The Diaspora

Shereka Marsh death, random acts of madness and her schools shameful response

Shereka Marsh death, random acts of madness and her schools shameful response

READ MY UPDATE BELOW Four years ago another young black girl was shot in the neck in a greasy fried chicken shop in Hoxton as she stood in a line to be served and died two days later. On Saturday, just like Agnes Sina Inakoju, Shereka Marsh died from a single gun shot wound to […]

BBC Journalist Komla Dumor dead at 41

BBC Journalist Komla Dumor dead at 41

Just heard of the sudden and very sad death of Komla Dumor, the BBC’s World News programme – Focus on Africa, but can’t find much information on line, not even the BBC???? Apparently he died today of a heart attack, in his London home. He was only 41 years old. RIP, and condolences to this […]

Nelson Mandela, my memories

Nelson Mandela, my memories

People remember where they were at certain iconic moments of their lives and for me, February 11, 1990 was a day filled with varying emotions. Nelson Mandela was walking to freedom from his 27 years of incarceration (18 of them on Robben Island), just as I was beginning my incarceration at the Sybil Brand Institution […]

A salute to Claudia Jones – mother of the Notting Hill Carnival

A salute to Claudia Jones – mother of the Notting Hill Carnival

I haven’t attended the Notting Hill Carnival since 1984, in fact I believe I have only been to it a total of 3 times. Until 1977 I hop scotched the Atlantic with my parents and in 1986 I left the UK for North America for almost two decades. While I might love watching carnival on […]

Lots of young black people from Hackney missing and Pauline Pearce wants to be an MP

Lots of young black people from Hackney missing and Pauline Pearce wants to be an MP

This is my buy one get one free post of the week – two blog posts in one. Yes they’re all children of colour.  Maybe the warmer weather is an attribute, but since May there appears to be more that the usual amount going missing in the borough. And they are not being abducted, they’re […]

Trayvon Martin and the killing of Latasha Harlins

Trayvon Martin and the killing of Latasha Harlins

   Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY — Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013 A tweet from Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin after the verdict.   The verdict is in and George Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTY.  It came as no surprise to me in […]

They feel harassed by me???

They feel harassed by me???

In the past, I have used a drug bust that took place in a building I lived in many years ago in Los Angeles, as a way of illustrating my attitude towards curtain twitchers. One day a new neighbour introduced himself to me in the elevator on our way up to the 3rd floor. He […]

Bruno Hall, father of Mark Duggan dies

Almost a year after losing Mark, the Duggan family have lost another member. Bruno Hall has passed on. I called youth activist, campaigner and one time Conservative Councillor candidate for Edmonton, Ken Hinds this evening to confirm it, and was told Mr Hall passed away over a week ago from cancer he was recently diagnosed […]