Bafta race row: awards slammed for scarcity of BAME nominations

Diversity debate rages as non-white actors and directors miss out while Bafta CEO points to stiff competition in strong year and defends British focus The Bafta film awards have been hit with a diversity row after no BAME actors were nominated for the leading-role categories, nor for best director. The most strident complaints came from the US, with Hollywood Reporter … Read More

The cost of being a visible role model

“It is time to stop being humble and to start telling your story” –     Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder, Black British Business Awards I recently re-read Melanie Eusebe’s inspiring article, ‘The disconnect : it’s time to stop being humble’ having not read it since it was initially published in 2014. When I first read the article just over 2 years ago, … Read More

Equality and Diversity

When I publish a post I like to make it punchy and not too long. The reason behind this lies in the fact that I have always believed that I was dyslexic. I have never been tested but I have some of the traits outlined in the spectrum. One particular trait is the anxiety caused my reading long text. I … Read More

6 best LGBT-inclusive books for kids and young adults

Discover reads that will help broaden their horizons – and encourage compassion in the classroom The stories we’re told as children can play a huge part in influencing our childhoods. They spark our imaginations and begin engagement with some of life’s big questions beyond the nursery room. While previous generations might have been limited to books about passive princesses rescued … Read More

Childline Reports Record Number Of Counselling Sessions About Trans And Gender Issues

The number of child counselling sessions about transgender issues and genderdysphoria offered by a national charity has reached a record level in the past year. Kids as young as 11 have told counsellors they were unhappy with their assigned birth gender or felt their biological sex didn’t match their gender. In 2015/16, the NSPCC’s helpline held 2,796 counselling sessions – an average … Read More

My Life Story – Joanne Monck

David Nigel Vincent Monck was born in June 1955, in Rugby Warwickshire, the first of two sons born to Anne Josephine and Peter. With blonde hair and blue eyes he was a healthy bonny boy. However he did not realise so young in life that he was about to start a battle. A battle that would last for the next … Read More

Strength, Power & Consistency

A blog piece written by Efe Ezekiel – Shortlisted Nominee for The Entrepreneur of Excellence Award for Race at The National Diversity Awards 2012. My beautiful girls that I mentor all over the country are all obsessed with the perfection of themselves. I teach that perfection of self is in the now but that is sometimes a bit much for both … Read More