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‘Black people have an extra hurdle to jump’: ex-cricketer Michael Holding

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In his playing days in the 1970s and 1980s, the West Indian cricketer Michael Holding didn’t speak out against racism, although he saw it all around him. “I chose not to confront it because I was being selfish,” he sa...

Anita Neil: Britain’s first Black female Olympian – who was forced to quit in her prime

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Anita Neil was just a toddler when she discovered two things: who her father was, and that she could run fast. Really fast. “I was introduced to my father when I was three,” Neil tells me over Zoom from her home in We...

Shiva Baby review – black comedy is a festival of excruciating embarrassment

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This debut feature from 25-year-old writer-director Emma Seligman is an amusing, self-aware, indulgent and transparently personal chamber piece, developed from an earlier short she submitted as her NYU thesis film. It...

‘It took every cell in my body to the edge’: on Black tenderness in Australian art

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Of the hundreds of works in the National Gallery of Victoria’s recent blockbuster Triennial, one piece stopped me in my tracks. Hannah Brontë’s immersive video work Eye Hear U Magik enveloped onlookers in a tender, et...

Black Pound Day: support black-led businesses and build a better future

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Angelina Cummings’s Jamaican rum cake has been made by her family for generations, and she’s been baking her own version from her Sheffield kitchen for 20 years now. But it wasn’t until May 2020 that she and her husba...

When I guarded the royal palaces I never realised there’d been a ban on black staff

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In 1986, when I was a teenager, Prince Charles expressed “serious concern” about potential discrimination and the lack of black people in the monarch’s military escorts. My dad, Brian, saw this and immediately encoura...

One in four elderly black people in the UK still not vaccinated

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A quarter of elderly black people in the UK have not been vaccinated, recent figures show, despite signs that hesitancy is improving generally. Nearly six months after the government kicked off the country’s most ambi...

American Legion official who silenced speech about black history steps down

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The head of an American Legion post in Ohio stepped down on Friday, amid criticism over a decision to turn off a retired officer’s microphone while he was speaking about how freed black slaves honored fallen soldiers ...

Why I don’t believe the word ‘black’ should always have a capital ‘b’

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Anti-racism. Allyship. Accountability. These are some of the key words that have accompanied the Black Lives Matter protests over the past year. But one little-noticed change is to the word black itself. Since the pro...

Folk singer Mustafa: ‘I’m trying to preserve the memories of young Black Muslims’

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Appearing on a Zoom call from his Los Angeles apartment, sporting the white, perforated kufi skullcap worn in mosques, 24-year-old Canadian musician Mustafa is a long way from Regent Park, the predominantly Black, wor...

‘Black fungus’ is creating a whole other health emergency for Covid-stricken India

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Covid-19 has killed millions around the world, but for some who are lucky enough to survive the infection, the nightmare is not over: adding insult to injury are deadly fungal infections that follow in the wake of the...

Black experience of Britain since 1940s charted in ICA exhibition

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Ten years on from the UK-wide riots sparked by the police killing of Mark Duggan, the story of frontline black communities’ resistance to institutional racism and UK policing is the focus of a unique exhibition. War I...

Time to challenge Argentina’s white European self-image, black history experts say

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Argentina has long taken pride in its European heritage. The mass migration of 7 million Europeans, mostly Spanish and Italian, between 1850 and 1950, created a racial profile many Argentinians feel distinguishes thei...

‘It’s easy to dismiss Black women’s lives’: Texas drags feet on maternal mortality crisis

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When medical staff prepped Shawn Thierry for an emergency C-section, she knew something was very wrong. After an epidural, excruciating pain ran through her legs. Soon, she could barely breathe. “I felt like my heart...

‘Black Wednesday’ for big oil as courtrooms and boardrooms turn on industry

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The world’s patience with the fossil fuel industry is wearing thin. This was the stark message delivered to major international oil companies this week in an unprecedented day of reckoning for their role in the climat...

‘I was 10 when it first happened’: Jermaine Jenas on why stop-and-search is failing black children

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I was only 10 years old the first time the police stopped me. My house was out of town, but Dad lived in the centre of Nottingham where officers were always around. I’d seen other black kids being hassled when I’d bee...

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