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Too far from home: a symbolic graveyard for migrants created on the lawns of the Reichstag building, Berlin, by activists protesting against EU refugee policy. Photo: Ian McGowan
Burying the Syrian dead in Berlin
By Musa Okwonga - 02 July 9:35

Musa Okwonga attends the burial of a Syrian man, lost trying to cross the Mediterranean, organised by Berliners.

#AllWhiteFrontPages has been a key campaign for Media Diversified.
Why the UK media needs more writers of colour
By Musa Okwonga - 24 March 15:36

The launch of the Media Diversified directory aims to address the lack of diversity in the mainstream media.

James Blunt performing at the Invictus Games in 2014. Photo: Getty
I care deeply about diversity in the arts, but I can’t help sympathising with James Blunt
By Musa Okwonga - 20 January 11:26

The UK has a serious problem with a lack of diversity in the arts. But I can understand James Blunt’s anger – it hurts when you are lazily used as the metaphor for a social class where you often feel left out.

Ridley Scott cast the commercially “safe” Christian Bale in a leader role in Exodus.
Why Ridley Scott is wrong to say films with non-white stars won’t get financed
By Musa Okwonga - 27 November 17:29

This is Ridley Scott we are talking about. He’s a superstar director. If anyone is a position to challenge Hollywood’s prejudices, it’s him.

Idris Elba in the BBC’s Luther. Photo: BBC
What does it say about Britain that our best black actors have to go abroad to succeed?
By Musa Okwonga - 21 August 10:53

For a country that prides itself on its multiculturalism, our television is shockingly unrepresentative of what the UK is really like.

Demonstrators protest the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
Amid the tear gas and arrests of reporters in Ferguson, we must not lose sight of Mike Brown
By Musa Okwonga - 14 August 14:55

The shooting of an unarmed black man by police in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri has provoked civil unrest, media fury and a debate about the community’s reaction. But riots, reporters' arrests and black anger are not the issue here – the death of Mike Brown is.

Brazil losing to Germany in the World Cup. Photo: Getty
What comes next for Brazil after crashing out of the World Cup so spectacularly?
By Musa Okwonga - 09 July 14:40

Maybe, in the months to come, there will be the quiet, sober reflection that football means too much in Brazil. 

Jeremy Clarkson mumbled the rhyme in footage not broadcast by the BBC. Photo: Getty
The N-word: Jeremy Clarkson has finally urinated on the live rail of racism
By Musa Okwonga - 03 May 15:42

Jeremy Clarkson said the word "nigger" in a manner that was meant to be mischievously offensive - and I, for one, am fed up with being expected to serve up elegant, dignified and dispassionate responses each time one of his jibes against a racial group emerges into the airwaves.

UN general secretary Ban Ki-Moon, Rwanda's president Paul Kagame and others await the lighting of a flame that will burn in memory of those who died in 1994. Photo: Getty
If a genocide on the scale of Rwanda happened in Europe, would we stand idly by?
By Musa Okwonga - 07 April 12:19

Twenty years after the genocide, Rwandans are finding ways to reconciliation. But it’s too soon for the nations and institutions that failed to help to forgive themselves.

Sol Campbell on the pitch. Photo: Getty
Did Sol Campbell really miss out on the England captaincy because he was black?
By Musa Okwonga - 02 March 16:36

Like Kanye West, Sol Campbell has the habit of making headline-hogging statements that allow us to evade wider and more uncomfortable questions – in this case, about institutional racism in football.

President Museveni (left) with speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga (right) in 2012. (Photo: Getty)
Uganda, the gays, and President Museveni’s two types of hate
By Musa Okwonga - 26 February 13:14

Most major Western government who are horrified at Museveni’s latest manifestation of his hatred cannot say that they or their predecessors did not see it coming.

A still from 12 Years A Slave.
12 Years A Slave asks us the most important question . . . why?
By Musa Okwonga - 13 January 16:02

Slavery was cholera in water, it infected everyone; a daily routine, spiteful, petty and perverse, its many perpetrators faceless and unexceptional. How did it come about - and what should we think about the thousands who are similarly shackled today?

Dear Mr Gove, we need to talk about the Empire in our schools
By Musa Okwonga - 06 January 16:06

The Education Secretary wants to “encourage an open debate on the WWI and its significance”. If that's the case, it's time we talked openly about British imperialism, too.

Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel
By Musa Okwonga - 06 December 14:26

"Mandela did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn’t do nearly enough of it."