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Some History Behind The Race and Immigration Construct What follows is a very short synopsis of in which I have referenced John Solomos’s, Black Youth, Racism and the State  – The Politics of Ideology and Policy. Race, Immigration and Housing – The Changing Policy Narrative after Windrush Race has always been a contentious issue for the UK to reconcile. When you delve into the academic research, much can be found to extrapolate a narrative that…

Reflections on 30+ yrs of BME Social Housing The BME Housing Sector started out as a campaigning movement of community leaders seeking to address the abject poverty and social exclusion suffered by the people they represented. It’s a story of how a collective conscience, sought to organise and transition groups of people from BME backgrounds into civic service to build the foundations of organisations that are still flourishing today. Against all the odds these groups…

The irony of the Windrush saga, the momentum of the press and publicity that has unfolded over the last few weeks,  can only be said to be part of God’s plan, that is if you are a believer. Here we are in the year of 70th anniversary of HMT Windrush reaching the shores of the UK in 1948, with the first cohort of economic migrants from Jamaica; a celebration that may have only reached those…

On a recent visit to Jamaica, I made effort to record some of Trelawny, rural Jamaica, where my family comes from. A interview with Hugh. M Dixon a local historian, gave an alternative insight to Jamaica’s history focusing on the ecology of the landscape, which unfolded into a comprehensive contextual narrative of early Jamaican History, Escape and Resistance of the Maroons, Roots of the early Jamaican economy, Spanish and English Wars, Caribbean migration, Atlantic Slave…

The tributes for Cyrille Regis, ex-England International footballer who died aged 59 on the morning of Monday 15th January 2018 show the greatness of the man. A torch bearer in dark times. The most handsome, and coolest of personalities, has been lauded by all as a true gentleman; a black man who showed the strength, skill and subtlety on a football pitch, when blacks were excluded from the game by racial abuse and bias in…

Having seen “Fences”, starring Denzel and Viola Davis, I have to admit that the film moved me so much that I have started telling others even using the word  “Profound”, challenging them to watch it themselves and hear their perspectives. Having seen Denzel Washington promote the film, initially I only caught that the film’s main theme was about Troy Maxson’s (Denzel’s character) challenges with his son’s Corey pro football ambitions as he tried to placate with an apparent selfish wisdom for…