The Voice was founded in 1982 by Val McCalla, who, while working on a London local paper called the East End News in 1981, led a group of businessmen and journalists in a new and uncertain endeavour — the creation of a weekly newspaper to cater for the interests of British-born Black people. Until then the Black press in Britain had always addressed a generation of immigrants, relaying news from their countries of origin in the Caribbean and Africa. Publications were named accordingly, with titles such as the West Indian Gazette, West Indian World, The Caribbean Times and West Africa. According to Beulah Ainley, who worked with McCalla on the East End News, "nobody thought the Voice would work", however, as The Independent has noted: "The previous summer, Brixton had rioted, and black enterprises of all kinds were now being encouraged in the hope of preventing a repetition. London's councils, in particular, were keen to advertise for black staff, and even keener to do so in a black newspaper. McCalla also had a business partner, Alex Pascall, with BBC connections; soon the Corporation was advertising too."
Type and circulation
- News - includes: National, World, Business, Technology, Science, Health, Education matters.
- Life & Style - includes: entertainment features; People and Place; Arts, Books, Music and Theatre Reviews; Jasmines Juice, Stepping Out and Competitions.
- Young Voices - includes: Exclusive interviews with artistes making a huge impact on the UK youth scene. Looks at our favourite celebs, features a student of the week, street fashion, and poster battles. It also features advice from Agony Uncle Dear Kat. It is an award-winning publication.
- Soul Stirrings. All topics that fall under faith are discussed in a frank and open manner each week in this section. It also attracts regular contributions.
- Around Black Britain. This section allows the UK community to tell their stories. This section includes a West Midlands Focus.
- Sports. Another award-winning section of the newspaper, focusing on all sports matters.
- Community Conversations. This is an in-depth focus on one community each month in the United Kingdom.
- Family Matters. Each month The Voice looks at an issue surrounding family, parenting, care, fostering and adoption, healthy lifestyle and fitness, in a pull-out guide containing expert advice, information and contact points.
- Health Matters. Each month The Voice considers an issue surrounding mental and physical well-being. It is another pull-out guide that is filled with expert advice, useful information and contact points.