Diverse Magazine

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NO-WIN OR WIN-WIN GENDER AND BABIES AGENDA?

Choosing if and when to have a baby has never been an easy decision, especially if both parters want to continue in employment. But the debate has shifted quite a lot in the past few years, and perhaps now a deeper understanding is emerging of what ‘work-life balance’ is really about. Actually, of course, some folk would say it’s all-win for some, and never-win for others; but we do know, really, it’s not like that. The question does however have to be asked, how can you get it right, if you’re a woman and a mum and a person who...

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FA TO TACKLE HOMOPHOBIA IN FOOTBALL

A video showing football stars speaking out against homophobia will be released next year as part of an unprecedented drive by the sport’s governing bodies to tackle a sharp rise in abuse and discrimination. The video will be shown in cinemas, on TV and in stadiums in an attempt to rid terraces and pitches of homophobic chants and slurs, the Guardian can reveal. The Football Association (FA), the Professional Footballers’ Association, the players’ union, Kick It Out, the sport’s diversity and inclusion campaign, and Peter Tatchell, of gay rights group Outrage!, began work on plans for the video at the...

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GAY WOMEN FACE A DIFFERENT PREJUDICE TO GAY MEN AND ARE TRAILING 20 YEARS BEHIND

Johann Hari: How Navratilova leads the way for lesbians There’s something strangely soothing about this year’s I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here! If the credit crunch gets much worse we’ll all be living on kangaroo testicles with a side-dish of maggots, so it is pleasing to see Robert Kilroy-Silk go through it first, in a cage, on live television, with Timmy Mallet cackling in his face. But there’s something even richer and sweeter about this series: the Zen-like poise of Martina Navratilova as she wades through slime and Wags. The tennis genius has an inherent dignity that...

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INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM OPENING SPEECH

 Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool The day will come when it is impossible to imagine a pleasant and articulate black Liverpool teenager being excluded from his school for resisting racial hostility and physical attacks from his white schoolmates. But that day has not yet come. The day will come when it is impossible to imagine an African American woman, here to give a lecture on behalf of the International Slavery Museum and accompanied by her young son on the streets of Liverpool, being called “nigger” by a young white boy. Sadly, that day has not yet come....

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THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF CHATTEL SLAVERY

Excerpts from a lecture presented by Molefi Kete Asante in Liverpool Town Hall on August 21, 2007 for the opening of the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. Whenever I am in the city of Liverpool I feel quite connected to it like I am in an American city, a city with familiar images, histories, and dynamics. In many ways it is like Charleston, Savannah, Baltimore, and my own city, Philadelphia. Of course the link is truly historical but Liverpool has a visceral impact on me, a descendant of enslaved Africans whose ancestry goes to Sudan and Nigeria. I will never know...

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THE LIVERPOOL-BORN BLACK COMMUNITY

The history of The Liverpool Black Community seems to have been strangely ignored in the dialogue on asylum seekers and immigration by government pundits. The Liverpool Black Community is distinguished from others by its continuity, some black Liverpudlians being able to trace their roots in Liverpool for as many as ten generations. This community dates back to even before the American War of Independence, which caused numbers of free Black Loyalists to settle in London and the growing township. Early settlers ranged from freed slaves and black servants to the student sons and daughters of African rulers, who had visited...