Founder of the New Testament Church in 1962 and oversaw a phenomenal growth in the church by the time he left office in 1978. Today, the New Testament Church has over 107 branches, 12 missions and over 10,000 members.He came joint second in the "100 Great Black Britons" list in 2004
a former British trade union leader. He was General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union from 1992 to 2003, and the first black leader of a major British trade union. Morris sits in the House of Lords,as a Labour Peer.He came joint seventh in the "100 Great Black Britons" list in 2004
a British jazz musician. Although known primarily for his saxophone playing, Pine is a multi-instrumentalist, also playing the flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and keyboards.Awarded the CBE in the 2009 new year's honours "for services to jazz music having received an OBE in 2000. .He came sixth in the "100 Great Black Britons" list in 2004
was Bishop of Croydon from 1985 to 2003 (and the first area bishop there from 1991), the first black bishop in the Church of England. He also served as Moderator of the World Council of Churches's Programme to Combat Racism, known for its work on South African apartheid.He came joint second in the "100 Great Black Britons" list in 2004
is an English rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and activist. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin. In 2005 and 2008, M.I.A. was artist of the year by Spin and URB, and she was named one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone in its "Best of the Decade" list in December 2009. Time named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2009. Esquire ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010.
is an English stand-up comedian, actress, and writer of Pakistani heritage. Amongst her recent shows is "The Kardashians Made Me Do It" which started in 2016. Shazia’s last show; ‘‘With Love From St. Tropez’‘ toured internationally until June 2018, following it’s launch at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017 In 2003, The Observer listed her as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy
is an English film and television actress, known for playing Jess Bhamra in the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham .She has had several other major television roles, including a starring role as Meera Malik in the NBC crime drama series The Blacklist from 2013 to 2014 . In 2003 at the 7th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Awards she was voted as the Hollywood Actress of the Year.
is a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and became one of the UK's best-known Indian personalities portraying Sanjeev's grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42. In 2003 she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama and literature
Best known for his web series Diary of a Bad Man(2010–2013) and Badman (2015–present) His homemade YouTube videos have been viewed more than 90 million times and have made him one of the most popular online comedians in the UK.In 2011, one of the Humza Arshad's video was the seventh most viewed on YouTube in Europe.
A career spanning over 50 years. He has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Kingsley was appointed Knight Bachelor in 2002 for services to the British film industry. In 2010, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, he received the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment.
He is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.Mercury was born of Parsi descent in Zanzibar, and grew up there and in India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England, in his late teens. He co formed the group Queen in 1970 He also led a solo career while performing with Queen.In 1992, a year after his death, Mercury was posthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Mercury was voted best male singer of all time in a 2005 poll organised by Blender and MTV2.
His American debut single "Down" topped the Billboard Hot 100, making him the first solo artist of South Asian origin and first UK urban act to top the Hot 100. Having sold more than three million copies in the United States that year, eventually reaching six million sales in the United States, making him the most successful British/European male urban artist in US chart history at the time.
"Hallelujah" (2008) "Bad Boys" (2009) "Start Without You" (2010)
"Fill Me In" (2000) "7 Days" (2000)
"Dance Wiv Me" (2008) "Bonkers" (2009) "Holiday" (2009) "Dirtee Disco" (2010) "Shout" (2010)
"Read All About It" (2011) "Beneath Your Beautiful" (2012)
English former professional footballer. Playing as a striker, his career lasted from 1988 to 2008. He is the third-highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 187 goals. Cole has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honours in the English game, including the PFA Young Player of the Year award, as well as the coveted UEFA Champions League title.
English professional footballer who plays as a left back. With Arsenal he won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and was an integral member of "The Invincibles" team of the 2003–04 season. At Chelsea, he won further honours, including the Premier League in the 2009–10 season, four FA Cups, one Football League Cup and one UEFA Champions League. With seven winners' medals, Cole has won the FA Cup more times than any other player in history. Cole was an England international from 2001 to 2014, playing at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, as well as Euro 2004 and Euro 2012. He won 107 caps, making him England's most capped full back.
English former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He played 81 times for the England national team between 1997 and 2011, and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He joined Manchester United in July 2002 for around £30 million, breaking the transfer fee record once more. He won 6 Premier League titles and 14 trophies,
English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. James is fourth on the list of all-time Premier League appearances, having played in 572 top-level matches, and held the Premier League record for most clean sheets with 169 until Petr Čech surpassed this record. He was capped 53 times by England between 1997 and 2010, and was first choice goalkeeper during the team's Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup campaigns.
He is a British distance runner.] The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000m and 10,000m. Farah is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to win both the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles at successive Olympic Games. He also completed the 'distance double' at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. He was the second man in history, after Kenenisa Bekele, to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships, and the first in history to defend both distance titles in both major global competitions – a feat described as the 'quadruple-double'.[
She specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800 and 1000 metre distances. In 1994 and 2002 she won the 1500 m at the Commonwealth Games.
He is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for Mercedes AMG Petronas. A five-time Formula One World Champion, he is often considered the best driver of his generation and widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Statistically the most successful British driver in the history of the sport, Hamilton has more race victories (72) than any other British driver in Formula One. He also holds records for the all-time most career points (2,993), the most wins at different circuits (26), the all-time most pole positions (82) and the most grand slams in a season (3).
The former professional boxer competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed title. Holding dual British and Canadian citizenship, Lewis represented Canada as an amateur at the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division after defeating future world champion Riddick Bowe in the final.
Labour Party politician and current Shadow Home Secretary in October 2016. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hackney North and Stoke Newington at the 1987 general election, when she became the first black woman to hold a seat in the House of Commons.
Campaigner and NHS doctor. She was abducted and forced into marriage in Bangladesh by her family in 2008. She has campaigned for better awareness and openness among professionals and Asian communities about forced marriage since her release. Her case, led to more victims coming forward.
Politician and diplomat who served as the eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. She was created a Labour Life Peer in 1997, becoming Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. When Amos was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2003,she became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
Athlete who specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800 and 1000 metre distances. For her achievements she won numerous awards and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2005.
An Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that created the status of "Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies" (CUKC) as the national citizenship of the United Kingdom and its colonies. The Act was established because it was agreed that each of the Commonwealth member states would legislate for its own citizenship, distinct from the shared status of "Commonwealth citizen" (formerly known as "British subject"). The Act formed the basis of the United Kingdom's nationality law until the British Nationality Act 1981 came into force in 1983
Before the Act was passed, citizens of Commonwealth countries had extensive rights to migrate to the UK. The Act specified that all Commonwealth citizens without a connection to the UK (including Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies who were not born in the UK and not holding a British passport issued by the British government) were subject to immigration control.
This was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act amended the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, further reducing rights of citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations countries to migrate to the UK.
The Act, as with the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, and that of 1968, restricts immigration, especially primary immigration into the UK. It introduced the concept of patriality or right of abode. It was also partly passed to legally clarify the rights of Commonwealth citizens within the United Kingdom in preparation for future membership of the European Communities which the UK became a member state on 1 January 1973 which gave new automatic rights to EC member state citizens.
This Act prohibited discrimination on grounds of race in public places and established the Race Relations Board with responsibility for conciliation of discrimination complaints.
This Act extended the protection against discrimination beyond public places to include, amongst other things, employment and housing. The Act strengthened the powers of the Race Relations Board and established the Community Relations Commission.
This Act extended the definition of discrimination to include indirect discrimination. The Act replaced the Race Relations Board and the Community Relations Commission with the Commission for Racial Equality. Individuals gained the ability to take discrimination complaints directly to civil courts or industrial tribunals. The Commission for Racial Equality was given responsibility to enforce legislation and conduct research to inform government policy on race relations.
This Amendment of the 1976 Act prohibited discrimination on grounds of race, colour, nationality and ethnicity in employment, education and provision of goods and services. It applied in England, Scotland and Wales.
Ruqsana Begum English professional kickboxer and boxer. She is the current British and World Kickboxing Association female Atomweight (48–50 kg) Muay Thai boxing champion and captain of the British Muay Thai Team. She is the only Muslim woman who is a national champion in her sport. In March 2018, Begum made the switch from professional kickboxing to boxing.
Naseem Hamed commonly known as "Prince" Naseem is an English former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2002. He held multiple world championships at featherweight, including the WBO title from 1995 to 2000; the IBF title in 1997; and the WBC title from 1999 to 2000. He also reigned as lineal champion from 1998 to 2001.In 2015 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Nasser Hussain OBE is a former English cricketer who captained the England cricket team between 1999 and 2003, with his overall international career extending from 1990 to 2004. A pugnacious right-handed batsman, Hussain scored over 30,000 runs from more than 650 matches across all first-class and List-A cricket, including 62 centuries. His highest Test score of 207, scored in the first Test of the 1997 Ashes at Edgbaston, was described by Wisden as "touched by genius".He played 96 Test matches and 88 One Day International games in total.
Zeshan Rehman is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Hong Kong Premier League club Southern. He was the first British Asian to start a Premier League match and is the first to have played in all four divisions of professional football in England. He represented England at under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels.
“One of the seminal texts of Egyptology and African historiography. In this ground-breaking work, Cheikh Anta Diop overturns decades of European efforts to separate Egypt from Africa by showing that the archeological, historical and anthropological evidence shows that Egypt was an African civilization.” David Levesley, Social Media Editor
“Marcus Garvey was the founder and leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest social movement of black people in history. The UNIA was founded in Jamaica in 1914 and headquartered in Harlem from 1920. By the late 1930s the UNIA had members in the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and over 700,000 members in more than 30 states of the US.” David Levesley, Social Media Editor
“This is CLR James’s study of the extraordinary slave revolt in the Caribbean island of San Domingo which lead to the establishment of Haiti, the first independent Black republic. This is the only instance in the history of revolts against slavery that the slaves managed to overthrow the slave system.” David Levesley, Social Media Editor
“The book is an examination of the long centuries of relations between the British and black people. It is subtitled ‘A Forgotten History’ for good reasons. For centuries the British establishment, including historians (official and unofficial) have buried this relationship in an effort to avoid confronting “unpleasant and inconvenient truths”. David Levesley, Social Media Editor
Following the riots across the country in the Summer of 1981, 12 young Asian men from Bradford were charged with ‘conspiracy to cause explosives and endanger lives' in April 1982. All were acquitted after establishing the defence that a community faced with potential or actual attack had the right to self-defence.
Elliot Browne a senior Manager in the NHS is found to have been subjected to 'systematic bullying and harassment' at Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in January 2012. He is awarded £933,000 compensation , the biggest pay out of its kind to date and established how serious race discrimination in employment may be treated.
The Mangrove Nine, a group of British black activists were tried for inciting a riot at a protest, in 1970, against the police targeting of the Mangrove Restaurant, Notting Hill, in west London in November 1971. Their trial lasted 55 days and involved various challenges by the Nine to the legitimacy of the judicial process. They were all acquitted of the most serious charges and the trial became the first judicial acknowledgement of behaviour motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan police
Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by a gang of white youths as he waits at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, with his friend Duwayne Brooks in April 1993 Neil and Jamie Acourt, David Norris, Gary Dobson and Luke Knight are arrested. After the CPS drop the case in 1997, the Government drops the double Jeopardy rule preventing retrials on the same matter in April 2005 and convictions followed for Dobson and Norris in 2012.
Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos became the first black woman in history to lead the upper house of Parliament when she was appointed to the position by the Prime Minister in 2003
Paul Boateng became the UK's first Black Cabinet Minister in May 2002, when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Sajid Javid was appointed Home Secretary in April 2018 by the PrimeMinister, the first Asian and the first from a Muslim background to hold one of the Great Offices of State.
Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London at the May 2016 mayoral election.He is London's first ethnic minority mayor. Khan won the largest number of votes in one election of any politician in British history.
Dennis Andries MBE Former Three Times WBC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Nigel Benn Former two-weight WBO middleweight and WBC super-middleweight World Champion
Frank Bruno MBE Former WBC Heavyweight World Champion
Lennox Lewis CM CBE Former three-time world heavyweight champion, two-time lineal champion, and undisputed heavyweight World Champion
Bernardine Evaristo MBE is an award-winning author of seven books . The Guardian writes, “If you don’t yet know her work, you should – she says things about modern Britain that no one else does.”
Aminatta Forna OBE is an award-winning author .Her memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water was chosen for the “Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers” series. Her novel, The Memory of Love, was shortlisted for The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2011.
Alex Wheatle is an award-winning author, Wheatle uses his platform as a voice against abuse and sexual assault. In 2008, he was awarded as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to literature.
Benjamin Zephaniah was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers and declined the offer of an OBE in 2003 for his services to Poetry and Literature.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977) is a painter and writer of Ghanaian descent born in London.In 2006, Yiadom-Boakye won The Arts Foundation Fellowship for Painting. In 2012, she won the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize. In 2013, Yiadom-Boakye was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery in 2012
Steven Rodney McQueen CBE (born 1969)] is a British film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 slave narrative memoir, he won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture
Christopher Ofili, CBE (born 1968) is a British Turner Prize-winning painter who is best known for his paintings incorporating elephant dung.His Orgena, a glittery portrait of a black woman created by the artist for his Turner Prize-winning exhibit at the Tate in 1998 was sold to an American collector for a record £1.8million, over its £1 million high estimate, at Christie's London in 2010.In 2015, art collector David Walsh sold Ofili’s 8-foot-tall The Holy Virgin Mary for £2.9 million pounds at Christie’s
Yinka Shonibare MBE RA (born 1962) is a British-Nigerian artist living in the United Kingdom. His work explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation.Other works include printed ceramics, and cloth-covered shoes, upholstery, walls and bowls.His work is included in notable museum collections including Tate, London; the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York;among others.
Craig Ashley David is an English singer, songwriter and rapper and record producer who rose to fame in 1999, featuring on the single "Re-Rewind" by Artful Dodger. David's debut studio album, Born to Do It, was released in 2000, after which he has released a further five studio albums and worked with a variety of artists such as: Tinchy Stryder, Kano, and Jay Sean. David has 20 UK Top 40 singles, and seven UK Top 40 albums, selling over 15,000,000 records worldwide as a solo artist.
Billy Ocean debut album gave him three Top 20 hits in 1976 then more global success followed in 1984 when Caribbean Queen rocketed to No.1 in the US and began a run of hits, including the global smashes When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (1986) and Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car (1988).
Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel known professionally as Seal, has sold more than 20 million records worldwide and is known for his international hits, including "Kiss from a Rose", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. Seal has won multiple awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards; he won Best British Male in 1992, as well as four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
Wiley – aka Richard Kylea Cowie – is widely considered the Godfather of grime. He enjoyed success in grime and garage groups, and as a solo artist.He has forged a genre that both contains black British musical history, and pushes it forward. It has enabled the success of artists from Dizzee Rascal to Stormzy to Skepta, whose cultural dominance have given shape to the wider identity of 21st Century British youth culture.
Sheila Chandra is a retired British pop singer of Indian descent. As a teenager she formed the band Monsoon with Steve Coe.Their hit single, "Ever So Lonely", peaked at No. 12 in the UK in 1982. Chandra went on to release a number of albums in the 1980s.
Natasha Khan , known professionally as Bat for Lashes, is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has released four studio albums, Fur and Gold (2006), Two Suns (2009), The Haunted Man (2012) and The Bride (2016), receiving Mercury Prize nominations for Fur and Gold, Two Suns and The Bride.
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam better known by her stage name M.I.A. (pronounced as distinct initials), is a British rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "Sunshowers" and "Galang", charting in Canada UK and the US.She has been nominated for an Academy Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize. Esquire ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010.
Sazia Judge is an internationally acclaimed Punjabi singer, composer, lyricist, actress and performer.The Queen of Bhangra has had a string of international smash hits like; Saa Charju, Bach Mitran, Hun Moi and Budda Jatt.She is the first Indian female Bhangra singer from United Kingdom to be invited to perform in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, with further performances across Europe, Germany, Amsterdam, Italy.
1992-2009, Surrey & England
1985–2005, Leicestershire, Lancashire, Boland, Derbyshire & England
1987-2000 & 2008, Leicestershire,Nottinghamshire,Surrey & England
1984-2003, Derbyshire,Northamptonshire, Leicestershire & England
Avinash Chandra(1931–1991) and his brilliant colour watercolour paintings meant in the 1960s he gained widespread recognition, exhibiting across Europe and the US. In 1965, Chandra became the first Indian British artist to exhibit at the Tate Gallery.
Tyeb Mehta( 1925-1991) was an exceptional modernist painter who sold his triptych Celebration, for $317,500 at a Christie's auction in 2002, - the highest sum for an Indian painting at an international auction.He received several awards during his career including the Padma Bhushan by Govt. of India in 2007.
Anwar Jalal Shemza ( 1928 – 1985) was a superb modernist artist and writer in the United Kingdom. Despite being better known as an artist, Shemza published several Urdu novels and books of poetry in the 1950s and Radio plays. He was also an accomplished printmaker, having his work exhibited at the International Print Biennial in Tokyo
Francis Newton Souza (1924 – 2002), commonly referred to as F. N. Souza, was an Indian artist. A founding member of the Progressive Artists' Group of Bombay, and was the first post-independence Indian artist to achieve high recognition in the West.
Monica Ali is a Bangladeshi-born British writer and novelist. In 2003, she was selected as one of the "Best of Young British Novelists" by Granta magazine based on her unpublished manuscript; her debut novel, Brick Lane, was published later that year. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name. She has also published three other novels.
Hanif Kureishi, CBE is a British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist of Pakistani and English descent.In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945"
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie FRSL is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize.
Meera Syal, CBE is a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She won the Betty Trask Award for her first book Anita and Me and the Media Personality of the Year award at the Commission for Racial Equality's annual Race in the Media awards in 2000. She was given the Nazia Hassan Foundation award in 2003.
Linford Cicero Christie OBE is a Jamaican-born British former sprinter. He is the only British man to have won gold medals in the 100 metres at all four major competitions open to British athletes: the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was the first European to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m and still holds the British record in the event. He is a former world indoor record holder over 200 metres.
Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama "Mo" Farah, is the United Kingdom's most successful distance runner. The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000m and 10,000m Farah also completed the 'distance double' at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics.
Colin Ray Jackson, CBE is a British former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, he won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once. His world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles stood for over a decade and he remains the 60 metres hurdles world record holder
Francis Morgan Ayodélé "Daley" Thompson, CBE is a British former decathlete. He won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and broke the world record for the event four times. With four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth titles, and wins in the World and European Championships, Journalist Robert Chalmers described him as "the greatest all-round athlete this country [United Kingdom] has ever produced".
Steven Kapur , known by the stage name Apache Indian, is a British singer-songwriter and reggae DJ. He had a series of hits during the 1990's. Two examples are the smash hits Nuff Vibes and Boom Shack-A-Lak.
Jay Sean (born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti) is a British singer and songwriter. His 2009 "Down" single made him the best-selling Male Artist in North America since Elton John.
Rajinder Singh Rai better known by his stage name Panjabi MC, is a British musician and DJ of Punjabi descent. He is best known for the worldwide bhangra hit, "Mundian To Bach Ke" of 2002. Allmusic has called him "one of the most prominent names in bhangra".
Talvin Singh, OBE , is a producer and composer and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of Indian classical music and drum and bass. He was awarded an OBE in the 2014 Birthday List for services to the Music Industry.
Una Winifred Atwell was a Trinidadian pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain and Australia from the 1950s with a series of boogie-woogie and ragtime hits, selling over 20 million records
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, best known both for her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker.She has sold more than 135 million records over her career.
Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth, DBE is an English jazz and pop singer and an actress, known for her scat singing and for her vocal range. Laine is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories. In 1978, the Sunday Times dubbed her "quite simply the best singer in the world."
Essex's Sade became a sensation when she burst onto the Scene in 1984 with Smooth Operator, a UK No.19 but No.1 in US, where she remains a superstar to this day. All of her albums have gone platinum in America and they've all reached the top three, making Sade one of the most successful British artists of all time.
Ackee and saltfish is a traditional Jamaican dish. It is the Jamaican National Dish. The ackee fruit was imported to The Caribbean from Ghana before 1725, as Ackee or Aki is another name for the Akan tribe, Akyem. It is also known as Blighia sapida. The scientific name honours Captain William Bligh who took the fruit from Jamaica to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England in 1793 and introduced it to science
Curry is an umbrella term referring to a number of dishes originating in the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. The common feature is the use of complex combinations of spices or herbs, usually including turmeric, cumin, ginger, and fresh or dried hot chillies. Curry powder, a commercially prepared dish is commonly thought to have first been prepared by Indian merchants for sale to members of the British Colonial government and army returning to Britain.
Egusi is a West African name for the seeds of plants like squash, melons, and gourds that, when dried and ground become a staple ingredient in many West African dishes. Particularly, in Nigerian culture, egusi is a popular with pounded yam. These seeds are rich in fat and protein, and add these essential nutrients into West African Cuisine. Nigerian Egusi Soup is a soup thickened with ground melon seeds and contains leafy and other vegetables. It is one of the most popular soups prepared by most tribes in Nigeria with considerable variation and often eaten with dishes like Pounded Yams. Prepare it with goat, beef, fish, or shellfish!
Rice and peas is the mainstay of the cuisines of The Bahamas,|Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago,Barbados and many other English-speaking Caribbean islands. Rice and peas is traditionally, but not exclusively, eaten with the Sunday dinner/Sunday meal. The dish is made with rice and any available legume, such as kidney beans, pigeon peas (known as gungo peas), or cowpeas, the combination of grain and a legume forming a complete protein. The classic Sunday lunch dish, is usually served with a stewed meat, such as chicken, beef, lamb or pork, or fish or seafood such as shrimp, crab or king fish.
Black History Month (BHM) in the UK has been running for the past 30 years, it has played a key role in recognising the value of living and working in multi-cultural Britain. The aim of BHM is to raise awareness of 500 years of Black History in the UK, highlighting the many positive Black contributions to British society, and the heighten confidence and awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.
Empire Windrush is best remembered today for bringing one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom after World War II at the invitation of the British Goverment. They are sometimes referred to as the Windrush generation. In 2006, the Empire Windrush made it into the Top 20 A Portrait of England List as voted for people across the country. The list celebrated icons of England.
The UK has adopted curry as a "national dish", with more than 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants and the creation of British-Asian dishes such as chicken tikka masala and balti, according to the National Curry Week website which says about 23 million people eat curry regularly. In 2006, the Curry Dish made it into the Top 20 A Portrait of England List as voted for people across the country. The list celebrated icons of England.
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday). The Carnival attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world's largest street festivals, and a significant event in Black British culture
500 West Indians arrived at Tilbury in 1948 -the start of significant post war migration from Africa and the Carribean. Today there are over 1.6 million residents of Afro-carribean descent in England
The racist murder of Kelso Cochrane shook the nation and reverberated around the Commonwealth.Cochrane's murder is thought to have led to a decline in support for British nationalism
A group of South Asian women took to the streets in revolt at poor working conditions led by the extraordinary woman, Jayaben Desai. Trade Unions previously seen as hostile to immigrant workers , rallied round the Grunwick workers and the dispute changed the perception of immigrants in the work force.
The racist murdr of 19 year old, Stephen Lawrence became one of the highest profile racial killings in UK history. Its fallout included profound cultural changes to attitudes on racism, to the law and police practice and the partial revocation of double jeopardy laws.
1928-146 - Oxford, Worcestershire, Southern Punjab, & England
1924-1931 - Sussex, Cambridge University,Hindus & England
1987-2004 - Essex & England
1893-1920 -Cambridge University, London County,Sussex & England
Former WBO, WBC, IBF, and Lineal featherweight champion, and European bantamweight champion
Former International Boxing Organization (IBO) welterweight Champion,Commonwealth welterweight title, WBF Inter-Continental Light Middleweight Champion
Former two time world champion WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight Champion
Two time KickBoxing World Champion, Three time European Champion and Three time British Champion
Played 1974 - 1995 Defender.Nottingham Forsest, Arsenal, Man Utd, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Middlesbough & England
Played 1981 - 1999 Midfield, Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Charlton & England
Played 1908 -1914 Wing Half, Tottenham Hospurs, Northanptiom
Played 1885 - 1902 Goalkeeper, Darlington, Preston, Sheffield United, Stockport County
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines . As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015). She is also the 2010 world indoor pentathlon champion.
Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle distance athlete. Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800 and 1000 metre distances.
Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu, MBE is a British track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres, the event for which she is a former Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion. The Olympic champion in 2008, she is a double World Champion, having won the 400m at the 2007 and 2013 World Championships.
Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, CBE is a retired English former javelin thrower and heptathlete. A six-time Olympian in the javelin (1976–1996), she won the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain, and in 1996 she became the second track and field athlete to compete at six Olympics.She is one of only five women in history to have thrown the javelin (old model) over 73 metres. She was the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal