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Sadiq Khan: 'Black community is part of London's history'

LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan talks exclusively to The Voice about his hopes for the capital and his admiration for Nelson Mandela

October is Black History Month, what is your primary message for the community at this special time?

Police praised for 'excellent' modern day slavery response

A TOTAL of 80 crimes were recorded by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in their attempts to tackle modern day slavery.

The figures are contained in a report released by Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland, in which he says GMP have done excellent work in tackling the growing problem.

In the 12 months leading up to March 2016, GMP recorded 80 crimes and this trend continues.

Over the same period, 143 victims of modern slavery in the Greater Manchester area were referred to the National Referral Mechanism.

Jamaica Travel Market hailed a success

THE INAUGURAL Jamaica Travel Market, a two-day trade show in Luton which attracted over 100 travel professionals, including UK and European buyers representing airlines, tour operators and travel agencies, has been hailed a success by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

The Warren Weir suite at the Luton Hoo Hotel was a hub of activity between September 29 and 30 as the UK leisure and tour industry buyers met face to face with 22 Jamaican suppliers who came in for the event.

Gymnast Louis Smith 'fearful' after video mocking Muslims

FOUR-TIME Olympic medallist Louis Smith has issued an apology after footage showed him appearing to mock Islam.

The 27-year-old, who has since received death threats, is being investigated by British Gymnastics and could face disciplinary action.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he said he has experienced "a lot of hatred from the Muslim community" after the video surfaced.

"It's a very scary situation," he said.

"I am very ignorant to religion but I am an ethnic minority myself and have been on the receiving end of racist comments. I do not condone racism at all.

The Noisette's Shingai Shoniwa opens up about stalker hell

THE LEAD singer of British group The Noisettes wants lawmakers to impose tougher penalties on stalkers after her own ordeal at the hands of an ex-partner.

Shingai Shoniwa's former ex-boyfriend Pardeep Sall was convicted of stalking in May of this year after harassing her with calls and texts when he refused to accept they had split up.

Sall received a 12-week suspended prison sentence and an indefinite restraining order.

Campaign encourages public to talk about domestic abuse

A GROUND-BREAKING campaign to encourage the public to get comfortable talking about domestic abuse has been launched in Manchester.

The ‘Sitting Right With You’ campaign features imagery of a yellow sofa accompanied by challenging messages to get people thinking differently about what domestic abuse is and encouraging victims to take that first step and ask for help.

One in three women and one in six men experience some form of domestic abuse, but it isn’t only physical violence.

Black stars shine in Birmingham

THE GREAT range, versatility and power of black actors will be celebrated in Birmingham as the city joins a nationwide celebration of Black Star screenings this autumn.

As part of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Black Star season, the Midland Arts Centre, known as mac Birmingham, will showcase international as well as local talent, offering visitors screenings, events and debates from now until the end of the year.

West Midland leaders to play key role at Jamaica conference

KEY COMMUNITY leaders from the West Midlands will play major roles in the first-ever Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference to help the island’s young people develop a stronger and more independent future.

The two-day Together for Transformation conference, held in Montego Bay on October 13, promises to be a watershed moment in Jamaica’s expanding Diaspora movement.

And the question asked of every member of the Diaspora is: “To what extent are Christians and churches involved in facilitating integration, the development of our homelands and our people?”

Join The Voice and Sadiq Khan at festival celebrating Africa

AS THE official media partner for this year's Africa On The Square festival, we would like to invite all of our readers to join us in Trafalgar Square this Saturday (Oct 15) as we celebrate all the continent has to offer.

The annual event, organised by London mayor Sadiq Khan, will feature African arts and culture with a range of activities highlighting the diverse communities from across the continent and their presence in the UK.

We will also be giving away free copies of our annual Africa Celebrates magazine.

David Oyelowo pays tribute to ancestors when collecting OBE

BRITISH ACTOR David Oyelowo paid tribute to his Nigerian ancestors for helping make Britain “great” as he collected his OBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Oct 11).

The United Kingdom star was honoured by the Duke of Cambridge for his for his for services to acting.

He told AP: "Being of Nigerian descent and Nigeria having been a colony, my country of origin, its resources and its people have contributed to the 'Great' in Great Britain and so, for me, to be honoured by Great Britain is something I value because of the contribution in terms of my African heritage."