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Mohammed Saleem’s family mark fourth anniversary of his brutal murder

In Events, Interviews, News on 04/29/2017 at 13:00
82-year-old Mohammed Saleem was murdered by a far-right white supremacist terrorist

82-year-old Mohammed Saleem was murdered by a far-right white supremacist terrorist

Today is the fourth anniversary of one of the worst terror incidents in the recent history of Birmingham.

On April 29, 2003, Ukrainian white supremacist terrorist Pavlo Lapshyn stabbed and murdered Birmingham pensioner Mohammed Saleem outside a mosque in Small Heath, in the hope of starting a race war. Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds march in Birmingham against Chechnya gay murders

In News on 04/22/2017 at 21:40
Hundreds of protesters march through central Birmingham in solidarity with the LGBT community in Chechnya (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Hundreds of protesters march through central Birmingham in solidarity with the LGBT community in Chechnya (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Around 200 of protesters have marched through the streets of Birmingham city centre today in solidarity with LGBT individuals in Chechnya, who have been reportedly rounded up by Government officials and persecuted in the Eastern European country.

Standing in support of the victims of what has been described as State brutality, campaigners marched from the LGBT Centre in Holloway Circus to Victoria Square, where they gathered for a protest rally condemning the alleged human rights abuses. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham teacher to sleep out on city streets for charity

In Charity, News on 04/17/2017 at 17:15
Presenter Andrew Stelly feels respect is key is keeping communities together again forces of hate (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Teacher Andrew Stelly will be sleeping rough on the streets to raise money for charity (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

A secondary school teacher and aspiring model from Sutton Coldfield will be sleeping rough on the streets of Birmingham this week, to raise money for a charity helping children across the world.

24-year-old Andrew Stelly – who is Head of Year at a school in Tile Cross  – will be spending a night with homeless individuals in Birmingham city centre on Wednesday (April 19). Read the rest of this entry »

Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest UN Messenger of Peace

In News on 04/11/2017 at 13:36
Malala Yousafzai - shown here in 2015 - has been named youngest ever UN Ambassador of Peace (Photograph: Simon Davis/DFID)

Malala Yousafzai – shown here in 2015 – has been named youngest ever UN Ambassador of Peace (Photograph: Simon Davis/DFID)

Birmingham-based Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, after being awarded the accolade yesterday.

The 19-year-old, who is sitting her A-levels and has also received an offer from a top UK university, has accepted the role with a special focus on girls’ education. Read the rest of this entry »

OPINION | Rangzeb Hussain | “Go back home, Paki! This is England!” was my EDL welcome

In News on 04/10/2017 at 15:42
A member of the English Defence League (EDL) in BIrmingham on Saturday 8th April (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

A member of the English Defence League (EDL) in Birmingham on Saturday 8th April (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

THUGS. That is what we are dealing with.

THUGS. Our world is being brutalized by the violence and ignorance of narrow-minded THUGS.

Today, in my home town, I experienced the hatred and intimidation of THUGS. Read the rest of this entry »

YouTubers Syndicate, Yogscast and MumboJumbo join Birmingham Insomnia60 line-up

In Events, News, What's On on 04/09/2017 at 13:30
YouTube and Twitch star Syndicate poses with a fan at Insomnia 57 in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

YouTube and Twitch star Syndicate poses with a fan at Insomnia 57 in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Insomnia60, the UK’s largest gaming festival, which runs over the Easter bank holiday weekend, will see the most star-studded lineup in its 17-year history grace the stage at the NEC in Birmingham, as YouTube superstars Syndicate, Yogscast and MumboJumbo, with a combined fanbase of nearly 20 million people, will be meeting fans and enjoying the countless gaming features and events on offer.

This follows the news that on the Saturday evening there will be music from Years and Years, Chase & Status, Wretch 32, Disciples and Jaguar Skills. These new music acts add to Insomnia60’s status as a truly fantastic day and evening out for the whole family. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham mosque responds to EDL with “Best of British” tea party

In Events, News, What's On on 04/07/2017 at 17:05
The Birmingham Central Mosque in Highgate on Friday, April 7 (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

The Birmingham Central Mosque in Highgate on Friday, April 7 (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

When members of the Birmingham Central Mosque heard the English Defence League was coming to their beloved city to very likely moan about Muslims not integrating enough, they could think of no better way to respond to such divisive rhetoric than to host a Great British Tea Party.

Complete with ‘Union Jack’ bunting, tea and cakes, the early afternoon get-together has been timed to coincide with the far right outfits demonstration in the city centre tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham residents to feed homeless during EDL visit to city

In Charity, Events, News, What's On on 04/07/2017 at 13:01
Hairdressers will be giving free haircuts during the Birmingham Food Drive event (Photograph: Birmingham Food Drive)

Hairdressers will be giving free haircuts during the Birmingham Food Drive event (Photograph: Birmingham Food Drive)

Residents from across Birmingham will be uniting  on Saturday for a show of community spirit, providing food, clothes, live music and free haircuts for the homeless in the city.

On the day the far-right English Defence League (EDL) demonstrate in the city centre, members of Birmingham’s diverse communities are pledging to come together to show a city united for good and standing against hate and disharmony. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham Zombie Walk 2017 postponed

In Charity, Events, News, What's On on 04/06/2017 at 20:39
Birmingham Zombie Walk founder Jamie Chapman joins a previous 2.8 Hours Later urban survival game in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham’s Zombie Walk founder Jamie Chapman with blood-covered ‘zombies’ (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham’s annual Zombie Walk has been postponed for 2017, for the first time since it began, to make way for the Big Sleuth art trail.

A firm favourite in the city’s summer events calendar, the fundraising gore-fest has been put on hold to allow for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital to focus on its spectacular sequel to 2015’s Big Hoot project. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Lives Matter author is bringing book tour to Birmingham

In Events, News, What's On on 03/27/2017 at 12:15
American author Angie Thomas will be in Birmingham to discuss her book THUG (Photograph: Anissa Photography)

American author Angie Thomas will be in Birmingham to discuss her book THUG (Photograph: Anissa Photography)

Impact Hub Birmingham is hosting an evening of topical discussion and film around the Black Lives Matter movement, featuring US author Angie Thomas.

With a screening of 50 Shades of Melanin followed by a discussion with film director Naomi Grant and Siana Bangura, the ‘Art Against The Grain’ evening will launch itself straight into the heart of the subject matter; being black and being a young person in America and the UK today. Read the rest of this entry »