Hackney Council announces innovative partnership approach to further develop social enterprise sector in the Borough

Hackney Social Enterprise

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“Hackney has a proud history of social enterprise – HCT was founded here back in 1982 – but with this new partnership, it could be a real opportunity to take social enterprise in the borough to the next level.” – Frank Villeneuve-Smith, Communications Director, HCT Group
On Wednesday 21st February, representatives from Hackney’s social enterprise sector were invited to meet Philip Glanville, the Mayor in Hackney Town Hall to present the results of a consultation to create a Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney.
Consultation on the Hackney Social Enterprise Manifesto, led by Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC on behalf of Hackney’s Social Enterprise Partnership (Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC, Bootstrap, Company, Hackney CVS, Hackney Roots, Hackney Council, Shoreditch Trust, UBS, UnLtd and Urban MBA), has gathered ideas from over 250 social enterprises for how Hackney Council, with support from the sector can work together to further recognise the existing role social enterprise plays in the borough and to support the development of social entrepreneurship and social ownership going forward.
The Consultation Results highlight three strategic aims for the sector locally: to promote awareness & understanding of social enterprise, build capacity and reach within the social enterprise sector and to provide a platform of resources and support for social enterprises. Suggestions for Hackney Council include innovative approaches to areas such as planning, procurement and communications.
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“This is an exciting day for the social enterprise movement in Hackney with Hackney Council really demonstrating their understanding of how much the social enterprise sector can contribute to the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Borough. We are grateful to all the social enterprises who contributed to the consultation and are pleased to be working with the Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership to push this agenda forward.” Edward Quigley, CEO, Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC
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 The Mayor, Philip Glanville, who has supported the consultation since it was launched at the Social Enterprise in the City conference at Hackney House in November 2017, has welcomed the suggestions and the efforts of the sector in undertaking this piece of work. Today, senior officers from the Council have announced their plan to work collaboratively as part of Hackney’s Social Enterprise Partnership to run a series of workshops to use the ideas generated from the consultation to create a realistic and actionable action plan that the Council and social enterprise sector can co-publish later this year.

“I’m very pleased to see the results of this manifesto consultation with the social enterprise sector and the significant steps taken to get here today. In light of recent budget announcements, it is more important than ever that every penny spent by the council achieves maximum social value for residents. By supporting the growth of this sector we hope to use more of their passion, innovation, and expertise, to see more jobs for local people and the development of a more caring society. Through our role in Hackney’s Social Enterprise Partnership, Hackney Council commits to work with the sector to ensure the best of social enterprise thinking is embedded throughout council policy and the everyday life of the borough.” Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
This level of in-depth partnership work puts Hackney at the forefront of innovative local social enterprise development and follows best practice guidance from Social Enterprise UK who awarded London Borough of Hackney recognition as an official Social Enterprise Borough in 2017.
“Hackney has always been a tremendously creative place, ahead of the curve in so many ways and it’s no surprise to see such a strong and vibrant social enterprise movement in the Borough. This dynamic social enterprise landscape is making a real difference to people’s lives in many ways including helping people get into jobs and providing health and wellbeing services. The Council’s support for the sector has resulted in the Borough being accredited as an official Social Enterprise Place.
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Embracing social enterprises is crucial if we’re to build genuinely inclusive communities – they are creating jobs where they are needed most and leading the way when it comes to pay, diversity and innovation. They represent the future of business and it’s great to see the Council working hand in hand with locally-based social enterprises in what I am sure will be strong and enduring partnership.” James Butler, Public Affairs Manager, Social Enterprise UK
“I am both excited and thrilled to see the progress that has been made to date” says Nick Wright, Head of Community Affairs EMEA at UBS, who supports social enterprise through its Community Affairs programme, “and how by working collaboratively across the sector significant strides are being taken to further develop social enterprises in the Borough of Hackney, enabling them to address societal challenges more broadly.” 
For more info visit  www.hcd.coop @hackneycoops for updates on HCD’s work

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The Ten Gaydar Commandments

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Straight men are secure in their sexuality and have nothing to prove

Some people will struggle with this post. Some relationships will see a decline while others will be greatly challenged. But I am here, sent by myself to deliver to you, the good news. To free those who are; from bondage. For there is no condemnation in Jesus. Amen !!!

Due Dilligence pays due dividend in the long run sustainably, unlike short cuts; that transgress the rights of others, in lieu of your long and distant objective, worthy of a long, road paved with eternal peace, love, joy and unwavering bliss..' – Anthony Everest #MercyfulGrace #RealTalk #AnthonyEverestMusic

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The rest is a waste of good vibrations. As a savy, very open minded, super tolerant black man who has processed and seen the bullsh*t from different perspectives; called human sexuality hear me out.

1. All men are gay until proven straight.

2. Straight men are not homophobes.

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3. Straight men are secure in their sexuality and have nothing to prove.

4. Men will stick it in anything as long as their friends don’t know (Thank you RuPaul for this one).

5. Your average man of the millennial is bi in denial but will justify it as okay if in a threesome with two of the! opposite sex. !!!

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6. Alpha males tend to be bi and closeted and their wives know or protect them.

7. Sometimes gay men make great fathers when broken and woken up inside. Especially alpha gay men.

9. Some women are attracted to bi men and alpha bi men who will later deny they did not know they were; after having a family with them. I don’t believe them. Don’t believe them.

10. Threesomes with straight couples opens the door to swinging and more curious sexual deviance’s from mild to full blown gay fetishes, fantasies and eroticism.

Mathew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

I always remind them that ‘Abraham, the Father of Faith’ had whore’s (Ketura) and Jesus’s Nan (Rahab) was a whore. Even Jesus’s best mate (Mary Magdalene) was one. A whore.


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Wickedness: H&M, Racism & Cops ..’

If your long and distant objective is worthy of a long road, don’t try getting there by short cuts that transgress the rights of others …’ – Whitney Houston

I gave vivid accounts so those who don’t see it can see it now ..’ – Aremuorin

The subliminal seeds of discord sown by western influence on African soils socio-politically; psychologically and subliminally; still makes it pandemic-ally possible to stunt the continent’s growth economically like witchcraft. Even, within the diaspora.

You then wonder why Africans don’t clock the game and unite. This is a mental war game etching away the very weaving fabric of humanity.

As long as white privilege is perceived and championed as the status quo, racism is going no where. Otherwise, white supremacists, would have fessed up their evil systemic lies by now to the whole world and to their own putting an end to the fasad.

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Africans are getting no reparations soon unlike the Jews until they learn self love, unity and put God first.

Like I said multiple times – ‘I don’t need the Pope to find God’. White Jesus can leave me alone now. I thrashed that in 2017 with 2017.

Christianity was in Africa before White Jesus showed up. So what the hell. Explain to me the demonics of slavery; it’s ebonics, and of the mind again? Anything that does not look like White Jesus is a threat to White Jesus.

I feel bad and awful for White folks who aren’t racist who just want to get on; and along, with everyone. It reminds me when I am running for the bus, upset-tingly getting stopped, or racially profiled as a drug dealer by White Jesus, and the police.

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On boxing day I was a victim of a hit and run by a white male in a car with no break lights who ran off. On arrival of the Police (White Jesus) they declined to record the incident saying they don’t believe there was a collision.

Really? ‘I have a witness to it who is the reason why I am alive’ – I explained. I would have been crushed. My witness is the one who pulled me quickly out of the way. I got hit by the thigh and suffered, thankfully only minor injuries but ended in hospital – still.

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Racism: H&M’s recent add campaign that left a sour taste in our mouth – yet again ..’

Police (White Jesus) said the culprits friend controls the cctv and there is no footage; that nothing is going to happen so I should stop wasting my time. He added that the crime is over. I am pretty sure when he runs someone over who looks like White Jesus or the Police the crime will be recorded, and believed.

Even the culprit came out of the car to admit he had no break lights that’s why he hit me before he ran off when I took his car plate registration no.

If I as a black man hit a white person (White Jesus) with a car with no break lights, and ran off, I’d be the one in jail and the there would be a cctv footage.

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So when the new H&M ad campaign; with a black kid called the coolest monkey in the jungle; backlash erupted again with denials of racial innuendos of prejudice by H&M: propagated with the help of main stream media: I’m like – ‘Yea, yea – I believe Hitler is Mexican and he built the Eifle tower, too’.

But here is the thing we blacks will still potentially buy from H&M again; cuz we don’t listen, watch and learn like the Jews. It’s not the first time to experience this systemic below the belt racial jibes.

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Some blacks are still going to buy designers and brag about them when some of those brands don’t even give a rats about them but their money. Taking from them the very tools they possess to build their own brands only to be used against them psychologically; buttressed with social stigmatization, and economic oppression.

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Whether you are black or white you should be outraged enough to feel empathy for humanity enough to warrant change for where peace, love and harmony reigns.

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May the love of God sooth again. Amen ..’

Here is H&M’s Apology:

“We would like to put on record our position in relation to the image and promotion of a children’s sweater, and the ensuing response and criticism.

Our position is simple and unequivocal – we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry.

H&M is fully committed to playing its part in addressing society’s issues and problems, whether it’s diversity, working conditions or environmental protection – and many others. Our standards are high and we feel that we have made real progress over the years in playing our part in promoting diversity and inclusion. But we clearly haven’t come far enough.

We agree with all the criticism that this has generated – we have got this wrong and we agree that, even if unintentional, passive or casual racism needs to be eradicated wherever it exists. We appreciate the support of those who have seen that our product and promotion were not intended to cause offense but, as a global brand, we have a responsibility to be aware of and attuned to all racial and cultural sensitivities – and we have not lived up to this responsibility this time.

This incident is accidental in nature, but this doesn’t mean we don’t take it extremely seriously or understand the upset and discomfort it has caused.

We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment in question from sale. It will be recycled.

We will now be doing everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again in future.

Racism and bias in any shape or form, conscious or unconscious, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable and need to be eradicated from society. In this instance we have not been sensitive enough to this agenda.

Please accept our humble apologies”.

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After conversation’s with varied opinions and having a feel for the complexities within multiculturalism and race relations; in my personal view. I have learned that the collective acts of subtle, passive and subliminal racism left people of color to be passive themselves, and / or playing games to survive. A dangerous blurry line to thread. As for those who insist it does not exist. Hear this:

When the script is flipped watch how ‘White Jesus and her tribe(s)’ switch their narratives. However, when it’s an expression of people of color’s, lived chorused challenges; experience-wise, it’s always argued, or implied to be an over reaction by White Jesus and her tribe(s). Question is Why? Could it be guilt, denial or irrational fear?

Don’t come for me with it if you know you don’t want it. Keep it where the sun won’t shine. Too done with for that ..’ –

When black artistes stop rapping about ‘Gucci and Bitches’ on their records maybe the system will stop killing us!

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Organised  Religions – White Jesus ..’

Organised religions are like people living in glass houses. They should not be throwing stones. Do not come for me or I will lay out your hypocrisies for you one by one ..’ Keep that dogma and narrative to yourselves and your bosses, bosses; smart enough to pimp your gullible ignorance all the way to the bank and back

I always wondered in the narrative of ‘White Jesus‘ how the heaven or earth did he have twelve disciples with English names? For someone who was born in the middle East. Really? Total white wash.

This is how slavery; and, of the mind, started. I am not disputing the disciples, but the names thou – are fishy as hell.  No pun intended. He was a fisher of men.

Perhaps, this is the reason why the sun rises in East and sets to the west ..’

The real Jesus came to set the captives free. ‘White Jesus’ on the hand was about power through appropriation of the truth via slavery of every fashion; economically,
mentally, psychologically, anthropologically and socially. These were just some of the vehicles.

The Arabian slave trade of the black-race counter-argument is inhumanely disproportionate comparatively, with the extent of the generational reverberation effects of the trans Atlantic slave-trade on the black-race, till today in my opinion.

Neither was it on the same scale. Jews saw reparations for the unforgettable diabolics of the Holocaust; unlike the black-race, for slavery. Blacks are still systemically shut down and told they are inferior.

When blacks were brutally dehumanized systemically via slavery they were forced to accept the religion of their slave masters. Their White God. Hence White Jesus. Jesus is not my problem. White Jesus is. It’s funny when you meet white’s who don’t even believe in him. You begin to wonder – why?

As a Black African it’s hard not to be traumatized by the lingering chains on the consciousness of blacks; religiously, all over the globe totally unbroken still believing in this ‘White Jesus’ as their God coming to save them.

Dear God. Mercy !!! Fcuk that narrative. No offense. Jesus is not white. If he is, I want a divorce. Jesus did not condemn anyone nor enslave anyone ..’

Jesus is love. Love is freedom. Love is God. That’s whom I believe. That’s my narrative. That’s my faith. At the end of the day religion is a business. It’s all about the money and the love of it is the root of all evil.

God told me he would use me to write about him. I heard him clearly. He did not send his Son Jesus to enslave, judge or deceive; nor condemn humanity. John 3 : 16 – 17. So. I begin to repeat.

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I don’t need the Pope to find God ..’


by Anthony Everest 

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NAZ On – ‘Sexual Health’.

On ignorance ..’ #nOScars 2017

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Having a great time @ #NoScarsAwards with @vulavox @eriwa_ @Aremuorin @anthonyeverest and #friends #LGBT #MercyfulGrace #MercyfulGraceDiaries #Love #Light #Power

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Vamos Cuba

As advertised 

‘A Carnival of High-Octane Energy Song and Dance …’ – Mail on Sunday

You will be yearning for more! The music and dance will get you feeling and swaying. 

Meet some of the cast members. Great Show … Great Cast … Great Press Night … 

Get your tickets ready! I loved every minute of it ..’


They were all selfies of a sort for you to get to know the cast a bit better. Some were not great shots but we hope you don’t mind. Thanks. Enjoy.

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Currently showing at the Peacock Theatre in Holborn – London 

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