Inspiration & Humour

Those women

I was brought into this world by an amazing loving white woman, my dearly beloved mother. That woman, raised myself and my ten mixed-race siblings singlehandedly in Liverpool. My sisters, those women, looked after me often when our mum went off to work. My favourite nursery teacher was a white woman in a predominantly black…

Forgiveness. A Forgiven.

It’s hard to believe that eight years have flown by, eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. For the same amount of time he has been in office, I have been fighting racism and homophobia within the police. I’ve realised there comes a point in our lives when we have to move on from things that…

Bisi Alimi and Me

On Tuesday gone at Vout-O-Reenee’s, I had the pleasure of moderating a Q&A with Bisi Alimi after his performance of Pwaangulongii Dauod’s ‘Africa’s Future Has No Space for Stupid Black Men‘ in collaboration with Granta Magazine. Afterwards people came up to me to express their thanks for my support of Bisi, with some commenting about how much they thought I genuinely admired him.…

From Policing to Campaigning

I was speaking with my American friend recently when she said I should take more of an active role in fighting discrimination, especially around the Black Lives Matter movement. She believes as well as my writing and advocacy for change within policing to make it better, I should be out there on the streets protesting along…

The Black Farmer and Me …

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, known to many as ‘The Black Farmer’. I’ve been fortunate to have met lots of interesting people over the years for coffee and a chat, but Wilfred is someone who took me by surprise. The British black farmer is a force to be reckoned with, and an inspiring man. Wilfred…

#FoxNewsFacts … NO truth needed!

After such a horrible week gone for the world with all that happened in Paris, I like many was hoping for some light relief. However, I didn’t expect this to come from that trusted news source Fox News. Enter Stage RIGHT Steven Emerson, the so-called expert on terrorism. On Fox News, Mr Emerson claimed that…

Lest We Forget … what they died for

I always find it difficult remembering 11 November, for lots of reasons which others no doubt share. I was born in Liverpool, am Northern English through and through and have been known to be a passionate Brit at times. But, many people like me and especially those younger don’t always know how to or indeed…

Live, Love & Laugh …

Last week, the husband of my friend from my old neighbourhood in Liverpool died. He and I weren’t many years apart. I know no words can comfort my friend at this time, and all people can do is be there for her. Once again though, I’ve been reminded that life is so precious and we need…