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Month: February 2018

#TBB10 with former X Factor contestant Karen Mav and Marisha Wallace & Moya Angela who will share the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls LDN

Amber Riley won an Olivier last year for her memorable turn as Effie White has to pass on the baton. Sonia Friedman Productions will replace her with African American actresses Marisha Wallace & Moya Angela and British singer/actress and former X Factor contestant Karen Mav who will all share the iconic role.

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Marvel’s Black Panther & the 30 Year Wait For Real On-Screen Afrofuturism: Part 2 – Sci-Fi & Fantasy on TV

Coming to America is the very definition of Afrofuturism. It remained unmatched for 30 years until the release of those first-look Black Panther trailers. Reflecting on the high production values and cinematic scope of four of the biggest and best science fiction and fantasy television series’ available in the UK on streaming platforms since late 2016, we see a limited vision of character not remediable by expensive CGI or lightning-fast editing, if you look closer….

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Activists join forces with women in entertainment to speak out on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Abuse

Activists’ letter: Dear Sisters, We write today as activists, organisers, advocates and campaigners working to end violence against women and girls. We work in rape crisis centres, specialist black and minority ethnic women’s organisations, disabled women’s organisations, refuges, helplines, advice services, women’s infrastructure organisations, community organisations, women’s campaigning groups, universities, trade unions, women’s networks and more. We write to you as a diverse group of women, speaking to other women, about the world that we live in, and the one that we know it is possible to create. In the last few months we have heard a number of...

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UK Women in entertainment & activists join Time’s Up movement to speak out on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Abuse

Dear Sisters, A little over a month ago Time’s Up was launched. You might have read a public letter in the New York Times. You may have noticed women wearing black on the red carpet. You might have seen women coming forward to share their stories of harassment. Maybe you identified with some of the stories these women shared. Maybe you found yourself nodding as you recalled similar moments in your own life. All over the world, women have been organising, resisting and speaking out – from Ni Nunca Más in Latin America and the #lifeinleggings movement in the...

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Marvel’s Black Panther & the 30 Year Wait For Real On-Screen Afrofuturism: Part 1

Ever since Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America (1988), the African Diaspora has yearned for another taste of the Afrofuturism depicted in the first 20 minutes. It is as yet unfulfilled by the big budget products currently produced by Starz in partnership with Amazon Prime or by Marvel, CBS and DC Comics in partnership with Netflix. Even the hotly anticipated collaboration by Macro and Netflix may fall a little short. So, people of the African Diaspora have been keenly awaiting the arrival of Marvel’s Black Panther, in the hope that it just might meet the need to see our story –...

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85% #OutOf100: Hold Tight through a fantastic joyride through UK Grime history

Disclaimer: I’m not a Grime fan, I mean there’s the odd track I like, but by and large I don’t really follow the scene. That said I still I can appreciate the roots from which Grime emerged because I was and am still a Jungle and UK Garage fan. I also like cultural history, so for me, this enthusiastic, energetic, humorous, ‘fanboying’ journey through a section of UK Black music history was like a fantastic joyride with an ‘Amen Break’ enthused soundtrack playing in the background. Reading through the track list, which is best read alongside listening to YouTube or...

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#TBB10 with Rising Star Editor, Writer, Producer & Presenter Afua Adom

Afua Adom, is a more than a rising star, as she’s been steadily working in media for over a decade. But as we have all learned it takes a while for special talent to get noticed. Currently hosting a slew of radio and TV shows, about to edit a prominent magazine and a mother of a young daughter Afua somehow found a moment to speak to #TBB10 about the new season of her new show on CNBC 1# Please introduce yourself My name is Afua Adom and I am a broadcast journalist. I produce and present the Metropolitan Mix...

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