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Election Fraud: The Barking Dog in a Media Vacuum

Excellent piece here drawing out the significance of the recent local elections particularly the London and Bristol new mayors, Rees and Khan, and also very real and important issues around #ElectionExpenses that has so far been played down by most of our media.

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by Kiri Kankhwende 

There seemed to be something for every party to take away from what political pundits tried to brand Super Thursday (but which stubbornly remained simply Thursday for most people).

As the country went to the polls for the first local and mayoral elections since the General Election last year, only one result made international news: the London Mayoral election. And rightly so; after such a bitter, Islamophobic campaign from the Conservatives, the world was watching to see how London would react.

London responded by handing Khan one of the biggest personal political mandates in Europe with a resounding victory, making him an historic figure as London’s first Muslim Mayor (check out our columnist Chimene Suleyman’s brilliant analysis on that point).

_85501706_a19dea0f-299c-416d-a371-a85656203306But Khan wasn’t the only one to make history; the new Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, is the first Mayor in Europe from an Afro-Caribbean background. This…

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We Fought and Died For You

It’s been a very long time since I’e posted anything on this blog. 2015 has proven to be a very busy year. I changed jobs and also started to freelance as a consultant. Most of my spare time has now become time when I’m working and when I haven’t been working, I’ve been spending time with my family. But I often think to myself ‘I must get back to writing my blog’.

I’ve found some time this morning and I have something I’d like to share so here goes….

I few weeks ago I responded to a Facebook post on the Voice newspapers thread.  Here is it below:

We died and fought for you

I posted in the comments beneath the picture as the paper asked for an opinion; do you agree with the sentiment? Here was my response:

All you have to think is when you hear there’s been a stabbing somewhere in London, who comes into your mind as both victim and perpetrator? It’s a sad thing to say and I think ‘black on black’ crime is a completely reductive tag line to stir up hostility BUT I see a total lack of respect for the lives of our brothers and sisters replaced by so called status, street rep and nonsense that our kids have bought into. More to be said for (systemic) poverty, indoctrination and the destruction of our families than so called ‘black on black’ crime.

This was posted on October 21st.  Since then, the post has picked up quite a bit of interest with 53 likes and 15 comments.  The discussion on this thread has really inspired me to post a blog today and it felt appropriate because of the time of year (it being Remembrance Sunday). The comments have been thoughtful, diverse and constructive.  Not always in complete agreement but really thought-provoking. I wanted to share the thread and see what others think.  This is a topic close to my heart, this blog has mostly been concerned with ideas of identity and race. So my question to you is the same; ‘do you agree?’ 

What are you thoughts on the picture? Feel free to share, challenge (constructively!) and provoke.

Black History Month Reading List

Welcome to February! It’s slightly warmer, a whole lot lighter and 2015 is getting to a flying start.

Having changed my working patterns to part time free lance, part time employed, I’m still finding my feet in this new phase of my life. A. It busy and distracted to blog right now but I thought I’d share a list to some great Black History Month reading.

I’ll be back soon but until then…..

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/10/black-history-month-best-books-authors?CMP=share_btn_tw

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s – 1990s

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by Black Cultural Archives

Following their first exhibition Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain, the Black Cultural Archives present Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950-1990s from Thursday 15 January – Tuesday 30 June 2015. Thisnew exhibition is the culmination of a seven year collaborative project between Black Cultural Archives and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to acquire a collection of photographs that increases the representation of Black photographers and subjects within the V&A’s photographs collection and to develop broader audiences for arts and heritage. The V&A will also present an exhibition of the same title drawn from the new collection of photographs from Monday 16 February – Sunday 24 May 2015.

Staying Power explores the work of a selection of photographers who were documenting Black experience from mass migration following the arrival of the Windrush in 1948 to the late 1990s…

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The Black Administration of White Interests

A truly powerful peice on the structural circumstances that have created and perpetuate race relations in the US.

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by Ronald A. Kuykendall

The commodification of black bodies, once big business during the slave trade, and the cruelty and brutality associated with that condition lingers on today in a modified but obvious form. No longer is it the white mob eager to seize a black body, string it up, mutilate it, and drag in through the streets as a token of white supremacy; that job now rests with law enforcement who maintain the prescribed racial boundaries and can shoot, mutilate, and abuse black bodies under the protection of white policemen, white prosecutors, and white juries in spite of the presence of black public officials. The history of law enforcement in the United States has denied African Americans due process and equal protection, and so the agents of law enforcement have little legitimacy among African Americans in general. In fact, there has been a long history, extending back to World…

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A View from the World Cup- African, Caribbean or other??

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I’m watching the France v Nigeria game with my son.  I’m supporting Nigeria just I’ve supported Ivory Coast and Ghana in each of their matches.  At 1-0 to France 86.52 minutes into the game I am losing hope of a win.  By the end of the evening, we’ll know whether any African country goes through to the next round.

For many of us 1st and 2nd generation of Caribbean parentage, this is the norm.  Speaking to my friends of African parentage, they of course support their home team.  But they also support other Africa teams when they play (thank God there was no Nigeria V Ghana.  God knows how we would’ve coped!!).

My Twitter, Facebook and What’s App account use has been more frantic during the African games than anything else (including about Thierry Henry…!).  I have loved being part of that camaraderie.  Don’t get me wrong, I was screaming…

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‘That difficult 2nd album….’

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It’s been an insane week.  Pretty much the norm and if I’m honest, just how I like it.

The week has been heavily influenced by the 1st post of the blog, published in the small hours of Tuesday morning.It’s been in the making for a while so it was a big deal to take action and get it started!  I’ve been thinking of ways to keep writing regularly, how to get into the habit of storing experiences to write about.

I messaged my 4 friends, who inspired the blog, to share it with them and acknowledge their roles in my journey so far.  The feedback and support has been great and I hope they’ll be dropping in to comment and challenge and provoke, hint, hint!

As well as these women, there have been others who have inspired this journey and I want to share a few with you.  Like many women, particularly…

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