UK Black Pride Receives Support from the Mayor of London

>Mayoral message of support for the UK Black Pride Festival 2007 I congratulate the UK Black Pride Board for coordinating this high profile festival building on last year’s hugely successful event, Metropolitan Police Service Support for UK BLACK PRIDE… It gives me great pleasure to support this year’s UK Black Pride on behalf of the […]

Ending Homophobic Reggae

>Buju Banton, popular reggae star known internationally for his homophobic lyrics, has signed a pledge to end his homophobic language. The gay rights campaign group Stop Murder Music announces publicly today that Banton has signed the “Reggae Compassion Act.” The act has already been signed by Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton, three prominent reggae stars […]

James Baldwin – The Price of the Ticket

>In 1953, James Baldwin, a hard-up writer in Paris, published the extraordinary novel Go Tell it on the Mountain. Four years later he sailed home to the United States to immerse himself in the civil rights movement. Caryl Phillips explores the historic consequences of his return. British writer Caryl Phillips assesses the work and impact […]

Reggae Stars Renounce Homophobia

>Three of the world’s top reggae/dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men. Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act (Word file), in a deal brokered […]