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Chuka Umunna Confirms Bid for Labour Leadership

Labour politician Chuka Umunna has confirmed his plans to run to become his party’s leader. The MP for Streatham, who has been Shadow Business Secretary since 2011, confirmed his plans to run to replace Labour leader Ed Miliband, who resigned last week following a crushing election defeat. Mr Umunna announced his plans in a video on Facebook saying: “We’ve got to do better if we want to win next time. I’m pleased today to be announcing I will be standing for the leadership of the party.

James Baldwin's 1968 Q&A on Race Is Relevant Today

In "Esquire"'s July 1968 issue, published just after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the magazine talked to James Baldwin about the state of race relations in the country. In light of recent events in Baltimore, the magazine republished the interview in full, to demonstrate how relevant it still is today.

HIV+ Gay Nigerian Kenny Brandmuse Urges Buhari to Strike Out Gay Law

Gay Nigerian man living with HIV, Kenny Brandmuse, has congratulated Muhammadu Buhari on his win in the presidential elections. He also urged the president-elect to do good by the gay people in Nigeria by striking out the anti-gay laws introduced by the Jonathan administration. Brandmuse said in his Facebook post: "Now, the real hard work begins. Let's test our democracy and make real demands like electricity and good roads.

No, Nigel Farage, Racism Isn't Dead

Antidiscriminatory legislation in the workplace “would probably have been valid” 40 years ago, but “I don’t think it is today,” he says in a documentary to be screened on Channel 4 on Thursday. “If I talked to my children about the question of race, they wouldn’t know what I was talking about,” he says. Everything is for the best in this the best of all possible worlds. Try not to laugh.

Top 6 Standout Moments for Black Gays of 2014

To say that 2014 hasn’t been dynamic year would be incorrect. As a community, we’ve been pushed to and through the limits, ushered in the rebirth of a modern Civil Rights movement for change, and made substantial strides in visibility across many sectors in not only pop culture, but public life. Black gay men were leading many charges, and that’s something we should all reflect and acknowledge. Here are top 6 standout moments for our community in 2014, and they include Michael Sam, gay marriage, the #BlackLivesMatter movement and more!

Africa in 2014: 10 Things We've Learnt

From the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the schoolgirls' kidnapping in Nigeria to the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius and the conflict in South Sudan, it's been a busy year for Africa. But can you remember some of the quirkier headlines from 2014? Here are 10 things we've learnt in the last 12 months, and these include jollof rice, campaigning by bike, bobble hats, and a rabbit.

The State of LGBT Equality in Africa

Homophobia thrives in most countries in Africa, making the continent an oppressive place to live for countless LGBT people. A staggering 32 countries in Africa criminalize same-sex sexual contact with jail time. Months after Uganda's Constitutional Court overturned its Anti-Homosexuality Act, nearly identical legislation returned - this time in the Gambia. In October, Chad took up a sweeping bill that calls for 20-year prison sentences for those perceived to be LGBT. In 2013, more LGBT people were arrested in Cameroon than any other nation in the world.

Gambia Stripped of Special Trade Status Over Anti-Gay Law

The US has stripped Gambia of its special trade status, after the country introduced an anti-gay law. Gambia had previously been afforded special benefits due to its status, under the African Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000, which allowed it to export goods worth $37 million each year to the US without paying duty. However, it was announced yesterday that the country would be removed from the scheme, after President Yahya Jammeh signed a law punishing homosexuality with life imprisonment.

Racial Tensions in Guangzhou, China

With twelve million inhabitants, Guangzhou, in southern China, is the third largest city after Shanghai and Beijing. Like the rest of globalised China, it attracts people from all over the world, among them many Africans. They are drawn there for trade and business, exporting low-cost Chinese products to Africa. Unfortunately, many of them struggle to integrate into Chinese society, where prejudices still run deep. Even if Africans speak fluent Mandarin, they are not always welcome in Guangzhou.

Will Binyavanga Wainaina Change Attitudes to Gay Africans?

With internationally acclaimed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina coming out, Africa's embattled gay rights movement finally has a public face around which to rally support for equality. "What he has done is brilliant. He is admired and respected, and the only high-profile African to come out," said Nairobi-based gay rights activist Anthony Oluoch.

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