Uncomfortable Truths-the shadow of slave trading on art & design-200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade


2007 marks the bi-centenary of the parliamentary abolition of the slave trade. It is a landmark year, not just in British history but in human history, signalling the end of 400 years of slavery. To commemorate this the V&A is running a number of activities throughout the year.

1. A series of contemporary works in the Museum’s galleries and public spaces raise questions about the haunting and ambiguous legacies of slavery.

2. As part of Uncomfortable Truths there will be a number of activities and events including talks, tours, films, poetry and music throughout 2007.

3. Five collections-based, celebrity led trails are running throughout the permanent galleries from 20 February to 31 December 2007.

4. The Uncomfortable Truths Discussion Board is open to all and we hope that it will enable and encourage an open debate on issues related to the transatlantic slave trade and art and design.

Michelle Obama in London update for non-US residents

Amendment to the rule on non-US guests: At all price levels they are able to attend if the contributions have come from the account of US passport holders. As admission to all events will be determined by the confirmation of payment email printout, the recommendation is that you and your guests arrive together or that you send a copy of said receipt to each guest. Their names will have already had to have been registered and, for security purposes, they should bring a picture ID.

Also, after making your contribution, please check your Spam Folder if you haven’t received your confirmation as all contributions will be confirmed via email without fail.

As a reminder, the link to the $2300 and $1000 reception is:
https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/london1015

And the link to the $100 event is:
https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/MO1015

A word of advice in relation to the $100 event: for venue and security reasons this is going to have to be kept at c.200 attendees. Notification will be going out today via Democrats Abroad UK and are expecting places to be taken up quickly.

While you’re in London – Inhuman Traffic: The Business of the Slave Trade (more on the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade)


This small exhibition explores how the Transatlantic Slave Trade functioned.

It covers more than 500 years, including the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807.

It features resistance leaders including Toussaint l’Ouverture, Olaudah Equiano and Nanny of the Maroons, and their continuing legacy of the struggle to end enslavement.

Admission free
Until 6 April 2008
Room 69a at the British Museum

Notes from England: Black and Asian women are "missing" from almost a third of workplaces in areas with significant ethnic minority populations


As it releases the results of a two-year investigation, which reveals for the first time the full scale of the workplace penalties faced by Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean women, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is today calling for a fundamental cultural shift in the way black and Asian women are treated at work and by public policy makers.

Moving on Up: Ethnic Minority Women at Work, the largest investigation of its kind in Great Britain, has established that Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean women face significantly greater penalties than white women in the workplace. Those who want to work are finding it more difficult to get jobs, progress within them and are more likely to be segregated into certain types of work, despite leaving school with the same career aspirations as white girls and similar or better qualifications than white boys.

In areas with above average numbers of black and Asian women participating in the local labour market, BME women are entirely absent from 3 out of 10 workplaces and under-represented in almost 3 out of 5 workplaces. The EOC’s report suggests it’s not too late to set the country on a different course. 28% of employers surveyed said they intended to introduce steps to improve the recruitment and progression of black and Asian women. However, the same percentage said they were unsure what action to take.

The EOC is today urging Britain???s employers and policy makers to catch up with the diversity of modern Britain and develop ???cultural intelligence??? – the awareness, understanding and confidence to communicate and relate positively to people from different cultural backgrounds, to get the best from them at work and design policy that meets their needs.

The EOC warns that cultural intelligence is absolutely crucial if Britain is to avoid paying a high economic and social price. Between 2001 and 2020, ethnic minority people are expected to account for over 70% of the growth in the UK population aged 16-59. With Britain???s employers facing skills shortages, it is crucial to tap into a growing and increasingly well-qualified pool of young Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean women’s talent if we are to maintain economic growth.

And with access to jobs being a key ingredient of community cohesion, policy makers will fail to build stronger communities unless black and Asian women’s skills and ambitions translate into better-paid jobs in a wider range of organisations.

Read the entire press release here.

By the numbers:

Breakdown of Black Caribbean women in English cities (Sources: ONS (2004) Census 2001: CD Supplement to the National report for England and Wales; GROS (2004) Scotland???s Census 2001: CD 5 Volume 1.):

Birmingham: 25,700
Bradford: 1,500
Leeds: 3,600
Leicester: 2,500
London: 191,500
Manchester: 4,700

Black Business Community Magazine

Diane is doing something exciting in London:

On the 20th July my new online magazine went up. Its called the Black Business Community Magazine for businesses in London. I am currently giving away some free subscriptions for anyone who already has content they would like to include in the magazine.

I haven’t created a press release about this yet but one will be going out this week. The free offer is limited so please visit the site www.blackbusinesscommunitymagazine.net and take a look.

Also if you know of a business in London that may benefit please forward this to all your friends so that they can include their business.

This is a magazine for black businesses based in London who want to start using audio and video to promote their business. There is also space for text articles too.

I will be doing all of the promoting so this is an opportunity for extra business. The next 3 months will be spent doing nothing but promotional activities so get yourself in there now and thank you for sharing this with other black businesses.