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Month: February 2018

96% #OutOf100: British Acting Legend Lennie James is Note-Perfect in Sky Atlantic’s “Save Me”

If you are one of those who have been yearning to see a realistic reflection of self in good British television drama, your wait is over. Refreshingly, Sky Atlantic’s new six-parter Save Me, is one of the most authentic representations of present-day, first generation inner city Caribbean Brits you are ever likely to see – an age group usually written as powerless, two- dimensional non-entities. Even better: the star, Lennie James, is also the creator and senior writer of the series. We spoke with the Black Excellence of the BAFTA-nominated writer (Storm Damage, 2000)/BAFTA winning actor (Lucky Break, 2001)...

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JA Films want a director, producer & researchers for a high profile music documentary

JA Films are looking for a director, a producer and researchers for a potential archive-based documentary with a high profile artist for theatrical release. Interested parties must have: a proven track record in high-end profile and feature documentaries, ideally archive based. The director could have drama experience also. Music knowledge and a passion for recent contemporary music an advantage. JA Films is a well-established production company which has made films and content for artists including Adele, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Depeche Mode, Rizzlekicks, Placebo, and more. Please send CV’s and showreels where relevant to info@jafilms.tv Find...

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Africa Writes 2018 Returns Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July

Africa Writes returns for an exciting summer weekend at the British Library celebrating the best of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora. After an amazing response to their call for contributions Africa Writes brought to you by the Royal African Society has been busy cooking up a treat of a programme for you. Full details of the events and ticket booking will be announced at the start of May. In the meantime, save the dates in your diaries for a rich and vibrant programme of book launches, panel discussions, performances, masterclasses, education events, family workshops and an international book fair....

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ITV Journalists Ria Chatterjee & Charlene White launch ‘Breaking Into News’ to find ITV London’s new generation of broadcast journalists

ITV News and Media Trust today launched ‘Breaking Into News’, a unique initiative that has been successfully running for six years. Fronted by ITV’s award-winning news broadcaster Charlene White and Ria Chatterjee for ITV London with the aim to unearth the next generation of diverse broadcast journalist talent from across the UK. Ria Chatterjee is spearheading the campaign for ITV London and is encouraging applications from local budding broadcast journalists, who may have little to no relevant experience to apply. This is an opportunity for those who have recently finished education and have limited media or broadcasting experience living in the...

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See first pics of Idris Elba’s new nostalgic Sky One comedy ‘In the Long Run’

  A return to 1985 is in store as we throwback to the decade of shell suits and turtlenecks in brand new Sky Original Production In the Long Run, which starts Thursday 29th March at 10pm on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV. Created by and featuring Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba with an ensemble cast including comedy favourite Bill Bailey, a first look at the series takes a nostalgic look back at life in 1980s East London with Elba at the helm as family man Walter Easmon, alongside wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah), son Kobna (Sammy Kamara) and...

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British acting legend Lennie James discusses his writer-actor roles on new Sky Atlantic Drama “Save Me”

In 2010 Lennie James’ pilot episode character Morgan Jones in zombie drama The Walking Dead was so compelling the showrunners kept bringing him back until he became a series regular from 2015. James’ portfolio is varied and pioneering. He played ace trauma consultant surgeon Mr. Glen Boyle in Sky Atlantic’s Critical (2015); Joe, father to Chadwick Boseman’s James Brown in Get On Up (2014) homicide detective Joe Geddes in the US version of the British drama Low Winter Sun (2013), and DCI Anthony “Tony” Gates in the first series of the critically acclaimed Line of Duty (2012). He also...

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Jacaranda Books and Words of Colour to publish 20 Black British writers in 2020

Jacaranda Books, in partnership with Words of Colour Productions, is extremely proud to announce a new initiative to publish 20 Black British writers in the year 2020. Works will include adult fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Having been, in recent years, a leader in the development and exposure of new voices from around the globe, with an excellent list of award-winning books and authors the result, Jacaranda have a proven track record of developing and publishing diverse writing. The diversity-led publisher now looks to focus the vision on the development and exposure of Black British talent. This news follows Jacaranda...

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#TBB10 with Tolulope Ogunmefun aka Don’t Jealous Me aka author of new children’s book The Frog and his dancing shoes

Tolulope Ogunmefun is known all over the world by his online social media name “Don’t Jealous Me”. Launching his YouTube channel in 2008 which boasts 41 million views, Ogunmefun has been entertaining fans, both young and old, with hilarious comedy sketches and vlogs. However, the YouTube popularity became challenging on a personal level as he was only recognised as Don’t Jealous Me. After attempts to get into acting and getting repeatedly turned down he decided to take time out. Focusing on his acting paid off lead to him getting a significant role in popular Sky One sitcom Sick Note and the upcoming...

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TBB’s Music Rundown – Anaïs; Reggie ‘n’ Bollie; Big Tobz; Mist; Josh Kai

Anaïs – Nina So this song is nothing less than amazing its so authentic so reminiscent of a time where music was at its purest form, a true ode to Nina Simone. If you haven’t heard of Anaïs is about time you did. The video is directed by photographer Campbell Addy and is inspired by Nina Simone’s spirit and art and was shot in Senegal. Keep an eye out for Anaïs’ EP Before Zero to be released in March. Spotify | Deezer | Mora | Google Play Reggie ‘n’ Bollie ft Beenie Man – On The Floor There ain’t nothing better than when Afro beats meet bashment...

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Story of the Real Roxanne Shanté Comes to Life via Netflix March 23rd 2018

For those of us who are old enough to miss the ‘good ole days’ of Hip Hop then Roxanne Roxanne could be the nostalgic fix we need. After debuting successfully at last year’s Sundance festival Roxanne Roxanne has landed. The series based on female rapper MC Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden of the Juice Crew shows the highs and lows of what it was like navigating the male-dominated space of Hip Hop during the ’80s as a young black woman. The synopsis is as follows –  “In the early 1980s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was...

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