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Multi-racial School Life in the second largest city in Britain — Birmingham.
Primary School Life in the second-largest city in Britain — Birmingham. Image source

At twelve, my best friend was a white boy named David, who lived across the road from us. …


Nkrumah Memorial Park — First president of independent Ghana, West Africa
Nkrumah Memorial Park — First president of independent Ghana, West Africa.

I’ve always wanted to move to Ghana. I fell in love with the people and the place on my first visit there in 1989. My father had always told me that we were from the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast, he said, was where our people came from before “the…


Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visits the township of Tembisa, South Africa.

Many people watched almost the entire first season of ‘Suits’ and had no idea the actress playing Rachel Zane was mixed-race. The first hint that Meghan Markle might be ‘Blackish’ came when Wendell Pierce arrived to play her on-screen father. The next we knew, the American actress was dating Prince…


Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

The idiot Eastern European driver parks his car at a bus stop two hundred metres from my flat, so I am forced to stride up to him suited and booted with dreadlocks flowing in the cold evening wind. He looks almost straight through me just as I reach the stationary…


Streetwalking Baboons near Mole Game Park, Ghana.
Streetwalking Baboons near Mole Game Park, Ghana.

We heard an almighty scream at Mole National Park, followed by a loud crash in the motel room next door. We ran into the adjoining room, my driver and I, to find a white American male red-faced on the floor with blood pouring from a gash in his forehead.

“What’s…


Children of the Damned from the 1960 British horror film Village of the Damned.

The young American couple and their blonde children next door are leaving Ghana. “Too poor,” they say. “One minute, water no lights. Next minute, lights no water.” They’ve had enough.

After five years of working to improve education in the country where their children were born, they’re packing their bags…


Whitechapel Road, 1965: All photos by David Granick/courtesy Tower Hamlets Local History & Archives Photograph: David Granick
On the corner of Greatorex Street at the heart of the clothing trade in the East End of London, 1965. Credit: David Granick / Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.

In the first two buildings that Ralph Swimer Limited occupied, no white person would work. Not even those without qualifications. The Swimer family lived above the shop at 22 Whitechurch Lane and their living quarters were as disgusting as the business premises below.

Ralph Swimer had advertised in the Hackney…


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Random acts of kindness have been the hallmark of my life for as long as I can recall.

When I was six years old, Miss Ivy plucked me from the streets of Kingston, fed me, clothed me, and sent me to school for nearly two years — all because I…


Three Anglican Priests photographed by Poco (BW)

I was never one to think of my childhood. I wanted to free myself from the past. I wanted to get rid of the hurt — to be born again. …


I was out for lunch with a friend of mine the other day when I spotted a cardigan in a small retro clothing store’s window. It looked just like original art and might have been the costume from a blaxploitation film. It had a rounded oversized 1970s collar with dark…

Paul Boakye

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