For an  understanding of a few societal issues affecting the African-Caribbean communities, and the positive impacts individuals and organisations are making, as well as an insight into some areas of the Royal Air Force, we have chosen a selection of videos.

Black Voices on Policing - Police Accountability Consultation

Community consultations on police scrutiny by PSi and Black Thrive Global.  Black Thrive Global evolved from the work of the Black Thrive Lambeth partnership, which was established in 2016 to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth. The Black Thrive Partnership brings together individuals, local communities, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations to address the structural barriers that prevent Black people from thriving. Black people’s cumulative exposure to negative experiences and poor outcomes are not unique to Lambeth, as demonstrated by the Race Disparity Audit and global data. Intuitively Black Thrive Global was founded upon the common understanding that wherever Black people of African and Caribbean descent are located, detrimental outcomes persist. We determined that focused Black Leadership which facilitates systems change will transform the Black experience from surviving into thriving.

Royal Air Force 2020 - Infinite Defence

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom’s aerial warfare force. It was formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain. Today the Royal Air Force maintains an operational fleet of various types of aircraft, described by the RAF as being “leading-edge” in terms of technology. This largely consists of fixed-wing aircraft, including: fighter and strike aircraft, airborne early warning and control aircraft, ISTAR and SIGINT aircraft, aerial refuelling aircraft and strategic and tactical transport aircraft.  The majority of the RAF’s rotary-wing aircraft form part of the tri-service Joint Helicopter Command in support of ground forces. 

British police’s long history of racism allegations

There have long been accusations that the police in the UK have treated the black community unfairly. And there have been many instances where the police have been accused of racist violence and sometimes with fatal consequences. We look back at race and policing in Britain.

How Police Racism Actually Works in the UK

Sayce Holmes-Lewis was assaulted by the Metropolitan Police at age 14, and since then he has been stop-and-searched over 30 times. Holmes-Lewis speaks to Insider about his experiences and the racism within UK policing. He now runs training sessions for police officers to change the way they interact with the public, and he is the founder and CEO of Mentivity, a mentoring organisation for young people.

Cosford Celebrates Black RAF Personnel For Black History Month

The RAF museum at Cosford marks Black History Month with a special exhibition celebrating black people who have served in the RAF.

E-Sports Association during 2019 In The Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force started its first Esports Association in 2019, which has since grown to be the second biggest hobby association in the RAF, second only to Football. Boasting over a thousand members, the group is active in competitions between the Royal Navy and British Army Esports teams, as well as civilian teams across all major gaming platforms and games. But gaming isn’t all the association is about. This documentary explains how Esports is helping the members of the RAF Video Gaming Esports Association develop a number of personal skills such as team working and leadership, as well as providing welfare benefits for its members and bringing likeminded individuals across the RAF together, whether regular, reserve or civilian.

UK police accused of targeting black men with tasers

Merseyside first black, female inspector's inspiring story​

 Listen to Irene Afful’s inspiriting story, where she discusses why she joined the police force, the challenges she faced throughout her career including sexism and racism, and how she went on to become a mentor to others defining their careers. As the first black female police inspector at Merseyside police in 2013, she became chair of the black police association and now devotes her working life to equality, diversity, and leadership development. of oppressive policing, to the push for LGBTQIA equality and the aftermath of the West African ‘farming’ phenomenon, where white families took care of black children outside the remit of local authorities​. 

Find Your Force - The Royal Air Force Advert 2019

Everyone’s got that one thing they were born to do. Find Your Force in the RAF and apply today

RAF Mythbusters - Answering your questions about life in the RAF

We got some of our personnel to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about life in the Royal Air Force. If you have more, let us know in the comments or visit the RAF Recruitment website for more information about our roles.

London's first black policeman: 'A job that had to be done'

Norwell Roberts became London’s first black police officer when he joined the Metropolitan Police in 1967. He was put forward as a symbol of progressive policing amid ongoing tensions between the police and ethnic minorities in the capital. But behind the scenes, he endured years of racist abuse from colleagues within the force. Norwell Roberts QPM spoke to Alex Last about growing up in Britain and his determination to be a pioneer in the police force.

Black officers took to the streets of Birmingham for a special patrol

Some of the West Midlands Black officers came together one afternoon in May 2021 to mark Black Inclusion Week (BIW) with a special patrol in a Birmingham neighbourhood. They took to the streets of Lozells to chat about their roles, listen to the community’s concerns and encourage more people to join the force. Throughout Black Inclusion Week, they were highlighting the work of Black officers while openly talking about the ambition to be more representative of the diverse communities which they serve.

The Pilots of the Caribbean - Mark Johnson (part 1)

Historian Mark Johnson tells the story of the RAF’s Black volunteers, focusing on the contribution of his great-uncle, John Blair, who won the DFC as a navigator in Bomber Command.

RAF Shawbury: Exclusive Access Inside The Billion-Pound Centre Training

WARNING: this video contains strobing throughout.

Meet Britain's first ever black policewoman

Sislin Fay Allen became Britain’s first black policewoman in 1968, paving the way for other black women to join the Met Police.

RAF Music | Performing the Beautiful Moonlight Serenade by the RAF Squadronaires

The Royal Air Force performing the beautiful and soothing ‘Moonlight Serenade’.  Perfect summertime enjoyment.

"Africa" Performed by Air Cadets Music Services - Virtual Ensemble 2020

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets National Youth Ensembles may not have been able to meet up on camps as planned, but the music still goes on.

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