Love Thy Neighbour is a British television sitcom which was broadcast from 13 April 1972 until 22 January 1976. 
A white working-class socialist has his world turned upside down when an educated black man moves in next door. In semi-suburban Twickenham, Eddie Booth is a passionately left-wing, ignorant Mancunian bigot who's not afraid of a racial epithet or two. When his new neighbours, Bill and Barbie Reynolds, turn out to be Trinidadian, he's far from pleased. But even worse than their colour - they vote Conservative. The principal cast consists of Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper, and Kate Williams.
Rudolph Walker  lives Reading and is an active community member

Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE (born George McDonald; 16 August 1939 San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago age 79 ) is a Trinidadian-British newsreader and journalist, best known for his career as a news presenter with ITN.

McDonald holds honorary degrees from the University of Plymouth and Liverpool John Moores University. He was appointed Knight Batchelor in the Queen's 1999 Birthday Honours for his services to broadcasting and journalism. He was awarded with a BAFTA fellowship at the 2011 British Academy Television Awards.

The Real McCoy was a BBC Television sketch comedy show that ran from 1991 to 1996 featuring an array of black and Asian comedy stars. It was a groundbreaking sketch show that brought the black British perspective to TV, packed with guest stars, music and razor-sharp comedy.
Special request to the talented Felix Dexter RIP

Dennis Bovell - Matumbi
According to Bovell, he wrote "Silly Games" for Janet kay with the sole intent of it being a hit song.
Born in Saint Peter, Barbados, in 1953, Bovell moved to South London and became immersed in Jamaican culture, particularly dub music, setting up his own Jah Sufferer sound system. Running the sound system brought trouble from the police and Bovell was imprisoned for six months on remand, but was later released on appeal. Bovell was friends at school with future rock musicians including keyboardist Nick Straker and record producer Tony Mansfield, both of whom later worked with Bovell. He formed Matumbi in the mid-1970s.
Bovell also worked as an engineer at Dip Records, the precursor to the Lovers Rock label.
Matumbi's big hit 'Baby after tonight'
Barbara Blake Hannah - the first black female journalist on UK TV
Reporter Barbara Blake Hannah paved the way for the likes of Trevor McDonald and Moira Stuart when she made her TV debut in 1968.
Barbara Blake Hannah alongside presenter Eamonn Andrews and reporter Jane Probyn at Thames TV
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey,
In January 1959, Bassey became the first Welsh person to gain a No. 1 single
Shirley was born 8 January 1937 she's a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, and is well known both for her expressive voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). In 2000, Bassey was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to the performing arts. In 1977 she received the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist in the previous 25 years. Bassey is one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain

In 1979, Janet made history by becoming the 'First British born Black Female Reggae Artist to have a No. 1 in the British Pop Charts
Janet Kay, was born Janet Kay Bogle (the first of 6 children) in London to Jamaican parents. Janet is a descendant of the Jamaican National Hero the Rt Excellent Deacon Paul Bogle.
As a sixties child, Janet was exposed to the singing greats, especially those from the Tamla Motown stable and as a result of the exposure and inspiration, Janet's love for singing was born.
In 1977, whilst in Secretarial College, Janet was invited by her school friend Sonia Ferguson (who recorded a cover version of Smokey Robinson's 'Oh Baby Baby' in the late 70's) to a band rehearsal. Destiny saw to it that band member Tony Gad heard Janet singing in the rehearsal room. He was so impressed with the sweetness of Janet's voice that he introduced her to the reggae legend, the Late Great Alton Ellis.
That meeting resulted in Janet recording a cover version of Minnie Ripperton's 'Loving You' (produced by Alton Ellis), which became a reggae smash hit spending many weeks at No. 1 in the reggae charts.
The following year, 1978, saw Janet record 2 more cover versions, 'I Do Love You' and 'That's What Friends Are For', again, both spending weeks at No. 1 in the reggae charts.
In 1979, Janet made history by becoming the 'First British born Black Female Reggae Artist to have a No. 1 in the British Pop Charts' - Music Guinness Book of Records. The song 'Silly Games', (produced by Dennis Bovell) was a hit not only in the UK but also in Europe.
Janet's songwriting prowess became evident on the release of her first album 'Capricorn Woman'. The album was, and still is a best seller. All the songs except 2 were penned by Janet Kay.
By now, Janet had become known as the 'Queen of Lover's Rock'. In that same year Janet was presented with the awards for Best 7" Vinyl Single, Best 12" Vinyl Single and Best Female Vocalist 1979 by Black Echoes Music Newspaper.

Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1870 - 1940)
Without Abbott's creative vision, many of the Black publications of today—such as Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, and Upscale—wouldn't exist. In 1905, Abbott founded the Chicago Defender weekly newspaper. The paper originally started out as a four-page pamphlet, increasing its circulation with every edition. Abbott and his newspaper played an integral part in encouraging African Americans to migrate from the South for better economic opportunities.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of primarily African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) and airmen who fought in World War II.

The 99th Pursuit Squadron (later the 99th Fighter Squadron) was the first black flying squadron, and the first to deploy overseas (to North Africa in April 1943, and later to Sicily and Italy). The 332nd Fighter Group, which originally included the 100th, 301st and 302nd Fighter Squadrons, was the first black flying group. It deployed to Italy in early 1944.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws and the American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to discrimination, both within and outside the army.

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) is the first African-American woman to have her book published ‘Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral’. The book was published in London with the help of the Countess of Huntingdon.

6-Year-Old Boy With Autism was The Youngest Ever Oxford University Student, he is now approx 14.
Joshua Beckford from Tottenham took certificate courses in both history and philosophy and passed with distinction. He hopes to become a doctor when he gets older and says he hopes to “change the world” with his work. This child prodigy is certainly well on his way to doing so—he’s even hosted his own TED talk already, so it’s fair to say we can expect great things from Joshua.


Jesse Owens (1913 - 1980)
Owens was a track-and-field athlete who set a world record in the long jump at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin—and went unrivaled for 25 years. He won four gold medals at the Olympics that year in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, along with the 100-meter relay and other events off the track. In 1976, Owens received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1990

Alan Emtage, the Bajan man called the Father of the Internet Search Engine, will be bestowed with an honorary degree from UWI. He was the first Caribbean person to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame
If you have ever used the internet to search the weather, a cooking recipe or the lyrics to your favourite song- you can thank Alan Emtage.
He is credited for being the person who invented the world's first search engine and guess what? He is a Barbadian!
Just this week, it was announced that Emtage will be among ten Caribbean people who will receive honorary degrees from the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Emtage conceived and implemented the first version of 'Archie' in 1989 – the world’s first internet search engine. The concept pioneered many of the techniques used by modern public search engines leading directly to today’s Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
In 1992, together with Peter J. Deutsch, he founded Bunyip Information Systems Inc., the world’s first company dedicated to providing internet information services. Bunyip went on to distribute a licensed commercial version of the Archie search engine.
Back in 2013, in an exclusive interview with Huff Post, Emtage explained he "wrote a piece of code that gave birth to a multibillion-dollar industry". He said, although he did not make any money from the ground-breaking venture, he would not "change anything" about the whole experience.
Here are a few extra must-know-tid-bits about the man born of Barbadian soil:
- He is the son of Sir Stephen and Lady Emtage.
- He attended Harrison College from 1975 to 1983 and was a Barbados scholar.
- He is the first person from Barbados and the Caribbean to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
- He studied at the McGill University in Canada where he received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Computer Science.
- He said he has no regrets about choosing not to patent the invention and admits he is "quite happy not to be a billionaire".
Before Windrush
These children are lining up in Brixton, south London, to see Queen Mary open Lambeth Town Hall in 1938
The near-total exclusion from our history books of black servicemen in the First World War is shameful. One of the few exceptions has been Walter Tull (1888-1918). In recent years he has become the most celebrated black British soldier of the First World War.
Walter Tull was a British footballer and soldier who was born in 1888 and died in 1918. He was also the first black officer to lead white British soldiers in battle. Walter Tull was one of many brave soldiers who fought and was killed in World War One.
Walter Tull enlisted in December 1914, suffered shell shock, returned to action in the battle of the Somme and was decorated with the 1914-15 star and other British war and victory medals.
Commissioned as an officer in 1917, Walter was mentioned in dispatches for his ‘gallantry and coolness’ at the battle of Piave in Italy in January 1918, but two months later he was killed in No Man’s Land during the second battle of the Somme.

Black Echoes was a popular black music and culture magazine, first published in 1976. The magazine was one of the first to cover reggae artists in the early to mid 1970s. It was later renamed Echoes.

Mary Jane Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse, healer and businesswoman who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War. Wikipedia
Born: 23 November 1805, Kingston, Jamaica
Died: 14 May 1881, Paddington, London
Spouse: Edwin Horatio Hamilton Seacole (m. 1836–1844)
Parents: James Grant
Books: Wonderful adventures of Mrs. Seacole in many lands


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