Dear Readers,

Welcome to the first issue of the Black & Asian News!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I often tweet ‘News stories’ relating to Black and Asian communities in the UK and wider Europe.

However, you may not all be familiar with some of the newspaper articles and reports that you will find below (You just need to click on the title to read them).

Hope you will find these news stories useful.

Happy Reading!


Thushari Perera


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Culture and Entertainment

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Marcus Rashford and Manchester university professors recognised in Black Powerlist 2021 for ‘ability to change lives and alter events’ – Manchester Evening News, 18 November 2020

Reading ‘Love Letters’: Anouska Shankar on her most personal album so far, Scroll, 12 February 2020

Mark Lewisohn discusses how black music inspired The Beatles in upcoming interview – The Guide Liverpool, 26 November 2020

Watch the video: BLACK MUSIC & THE BEATLES – LIMF (limfestival.com)

‘It’s a lot of work being black in Britain’ – Tales from the Front Line … and Other Stories – review | Theatre | The Guardian, 27 November 2020

Watch the videos: Tales from the Front Line … and other stories – Talawa

Faizon Love sues Universal Pictures for ‘racially segregating’ him from Couples Retreat poster | The Independent, 26 November 2020

‘Small Axe: Mangrove’ Review: Perfect watch for fans of ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ but with more representation | MEAWW, 19 November 2020

Rising Damp: BritBox to show classic comedy series with racist language warning, Inews.co.uk, 25 November 2020




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Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert Sparks Online Racism Row in the UK, Global Citizen, 19 November 2020

Supermarkets join forces for anti-racism message on Channel 4 | Asian Image, 26 November 2020

Best afro and black hair salons in London, The Evening Standard, 19 November 2020


Media BAME

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EU law needed to protect free press, NGOs say (euobserver.com), 2 December 2020

BBC apologises for allowing a caller to use the N-word eight times ‘live on air’, Eastern Eye, 24 November 2020

Is it time to reassess editorial standards on discriminatory journalism?, Journalism.co.uk, 25 November 2020

Journalism’s chronic lack of diversity is a failure to reflect the nature of society (inews.co.uk), 30 November 2020

Report: Breaking News? The Future of UK Journalism (parliament.uk)




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“Her Win Is My Win”: For Mixed Race Women Like Me, Kamala Harris Is A Symbol Of Belonging, British Vogue, 22 November 2020


IT Science

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COVID toll turns spotlight on Europe’s taboo of data by race, Reuters, 19 November 2020

U.N. decries police use of racial profiling derived from Big Data (yahoo.com), 26 November 2020


End Systemic Racism

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Young, discriminated, and Black: the true colour of institutional racism in the UK, YMCA, 29 October 2020


Fears that inquiry into UK race disparities will be a ‘tool for inaction’, The Guardian, 30 November 2020

Head of policy quit ‘unfit’ Windrush compensation scheme, Personnel Today, 19 November 2020

UK has ‘significant’ ethnic wealth gaps, latest data suggest – CityAM : CityAM, 27 November 2020

ONS data reveals ‘stark’ ethnicity pensions gap, PensionsAge, 23 November 2020



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Race Inequality in the Workforce: Analysing the state of play in the coronavirus economy (carnegieuktrust.org.uk)

Report: Race-Inequality-in-the-Coronavirus-Economy-FINAL-1.pdf (d1ssu070pg2v9i.cloudfront.net)

VIDEO: What are black jewellers’ experiences of working in the industry? (professionaljeweller.com), 26 November 2020

Economic exploitation ensures structural racism will continue, The Morning Star, November 2020

‘Poor’ working practices causing negative social mobility, report warns, People Management, 19 November 2020

Report: Changing gears: understanding downward social mobility – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

City taskforce to tackle socio-economic diversity | ICAEW, November 2020

Report: Who gets ahead and how? (squarespace.com)

VIDEO: Diversity and inclusion in travel is about more than recruitment – is your organization ready?, Phocus Wire, 19 November 2020

Report Reveals Pay Gap for BAME Staff Employed by Birmingham City Council, Redbrick, 21 November 2020

Legal profession making ‘significant progress’ on diversity – but top roles remain a problem – Legal Cheek, 27 November 2020


police accountability

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Officer who designed police hijab aims to inspire Muslim women to join force | Shropshire Star, 27 November 2020

Black community’s trust in police is worse than it’s been in decades, says ex Met Police superintendent | The Independent, 30 November 2020



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Decolonising the Curriculum Resources – People’s Knowledge, 2020

‘You need someone on the inside’: the state school students helping peers into Oxbridge, 23 November 2020

UK universities perpetuate institutional racism, report says, the Guardian, 24 November 2020

Manchester University suspends security guards after claims of racial profiling | Education | The Guardian, 15 November 2020

BAME teaching ‘focuses too much on slavery’, report finds, BBC News, 19 November 2020

Education of poorest pupils in England and Wales ‘suffers most during Covid isolation’, the Guardian, 23 November 2020



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Government hyperbole and exceptionalism hides serious flaws in coronavirus programme | The Canary, 28 November 2020

Can the right technology end health inequalities? (openaccessgovernment.org), 27 November 2020

Report London Covid: ‘Shocking’ experiences of Ealing’s BAME communities during pandemic revealed, MyLondon News, 26 November 2020

Bristol’s Somali community disproportionately affected by coronavirus, ITV News, 24 November 2020

Pandemic offers one-off chance to reform NHS culture and retain doctors, says GMC chair, GP Online, 20 November 2020

Equal access?: As COVID-hit Brits escape to the country, minorities face rural racism, 19 November 2020



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The BAME women making the outdoors more inclusive | Health and fitness holidays | The Guardian, 2 December 2020

Football must stop blaming British South Asian communities for under-representation, The Conversation, 18 November 2020

Hamilton reveals “go back to your country” abuse drove him on as a kid, GP Fans, 19 November 2020

6 Top British Asian Cricketers of All Time | DESIblitz, 27 November 2020

ECB introduces commission for equality, as well as further measures to increase diversity | The Cricketer, 26 November 2020

UEFA President and European Parliament President commit to promoting inclusion and safeguarding solidarity in European football | Inside UEFA | UEFA.com, 1 December 2020


Europe Brexit

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Report: Being Black in the EU. Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (europa.eu), 2019

Implications of rising Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe (newsintervention.com), November 2020

EU citizens set to face Brexit ‘discrimination’ from landlords and employers, Sadiq Khan warns | The Independent, 1 December 2020

Implications of rising Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe (newsintervention.com)

UNESCO sets the agenda at the General Conference of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), 27 November 2020

Report: a_union_of_equality_eu_action_plan_against_racism_2020_-2025_en.pdf (europa.eu)

Fact-sheet: stepping_up_action_for_a_union_of_equality_-_factsheet_en.pdf (europa.eu)


Paris Press

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Thousands of protesters march in France against security law that bans filming police (pressenza.com), 29 November 2020

French police suspended after beating of black man is caught on film, RFI, 26 November 2020


What provoked France’s controversy over publishing images of police?, RFI, 26 November 2020

Can secularism be compatible with Islam?, Global Voices, 26 November 2020



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Discriminatory incidents stabilise in Luxembourg – Delano – Luxembourg in English, 1 December 2020

Other Related Links:

Black & Asian Heritage Mix’ – Black Europe Resources

Books – Black Europe Resources

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