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Month: March 2018

TBB’s Music Rundown – 16.03.2018

Sade – Flower Of The Universe For every Sade fan, the release of her latest song must have been a dream come true. The singer had been on a musical hiatus for 8 years before the force that is Ava DuVernay convinced her to lay her vocals down for the soundtrack of Disney’s latest Movie A Wrinkle In Time. The singer does not disappoint and shows exactly why she (and her band) have had a career spanning almost 40 years. The song was written by Sade (Adu) alongside band member Andrew Hale and writer Ben Travers. The song is about the...

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#TBB10 with UK Rap Legend Ty, A Work of British Art

If I were to ask you to list the top 5 British Hip Hop legends there is no doubt that Ty would be amongst them. Not only is he respected by his peers but he is one of the few still flying the flag for true Brit Hip hop and does so with grace and humbleness. With the release of his latest album A Work Of Heart there is no doubt that in an industry that does not celebrate and appreciate the legacy that is British Hip Hop enough, he will be heard. 1# The last time you spoke to...

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Brixton-Born Soprano Nadine Benjamin Stars in English Touring Opera’s “Marriage of Figaro”

Nadine Benjamin recently spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour about being a Brixton-born soprano and starring in one of composing genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s best-loved operas, The Marriage of Figaro. Nadine Benjamin raised on a Brixton council estate and got a job with a brokerage firm in the city on leaving school. Her music teacher told her that she had the potential to sing opera and, armed with that, she decided to give her all to realise that dream and leave the city behind. Today, hailed by Opera Now magazine as ‘one of the top ten sopranos destined...

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Watch short film ‘Future First’ – Black Women, Cornrows & Cultural Appropriation

Future First is an artistic interpretation of a black girls response to cornrows being renamed as ‘boxer braids’. The anchor point of the film is cultural appropriation but it expands much wider than that – it isn’t about taking a stance as a victim, it is about reclaiming our place and not being afraid to take up space. Moments in the film reflect the resilience that is built in black girls from the day they are born – as they must learn to grow in a system that was built to destroy them. Other moments reflect a softness, a...

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Ashley Bannerman, Gia Ré & Stephanie Levi-John cast as leads in upcoming digital drama series ‘Third Act’

Ashley Bannerman, Gia Ré, and Stephanie Levi-John have been cast as leads in an upcoming digital drama series ‘Third Act’, from Writer & Director/DP duo Leon Mayne & Olan Collardy. Layered in hidden messages, the story begins with three friends as they embark on a new venture in podcasting. A humble setting for conversation quickly yields tension-filled exchanges between the friends, opening up a sequence of events that reveal secrets in their respective relationships. Bannerman plays Sidney, an advanced speech and language therapist who strives for ideals rather than the balance of reality. Her moral compass reaches an impasse...

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The Author School & Hashtag Press Co-Founder, Abiola Bello, Wins London Book Fair & SYP Trailblazers Awards

The co-founder of indie publishing house Hashtag Press scooped the top prize at last night’s Trailblazers Awards. The grand ceremony, held in The Groucho Club, London, celebrated the incredible talent of under-30s in the publishing business. Abiola Bello is a YA fiction author (Emily Knight series) and co-founder of Hashtag Press and The Author School. Abiola was one of 30 people shortlisted from thousands of nominations going on to be one of five winners at the Trailblazers Awards. As a small publisher, the GB Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist was in great company, with the other winners representing Harper Collins, Ebury and...

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#TBB10 with ​Sabaah​ ​Folayan​ director of ‘Whose Streets’ Showing as part of 2018 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Sabaah Folayan (Writer/Director, Producer) is an activist and storyteller born and raised in South Central LA. As an advocate at Rikers Island, Folayan interviewed incarcerated people about their experiences with trauma. She later helped organize The Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York history, in response to the non-indictment of the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death. In September 2014, she went to Ferguson with cinematographer Lucas Alvarado-Farrar to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Hearing the stories from the community inspired her to embark...

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Channel Executive role open at Channel 4. Deadline March 13th 2018

Job Title: Channel Executive Reports to: Director of Programmes Department: Commissioning Job Purpose The role requires someone who has the ability to provide extensive high-level support to the Director of Programmes across a range of his responsibilities from commissioning to channel management. You will report directly to the Director of Programmes to provide advice and assistance to ensure the commercial and creative success of Channel 4’s Commissioning department. Key Responsibilities To provide support to the DOP on Commissioning projects and other initiatives  To assist with, and where possible resolve, day-to-day editorial quality control, compliance, legal and related issues, ‘troubleshooting’...

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Brilliant line up of on stage diverse talent nominated at 2018 Olivier Awards

Aside from Hamilton being nominated 13 times, the overall nominations for this year’s Olivier awards bodes well for British Black on stage talent. Here are the nominees of interest: Best actor in a supporting role in a musical Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre Cleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre Best actress in a supporting role in a musical Sheila Atim for Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace theatre Outstanding achievement in music Hamilton – composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda at Victoria Palace theatre Best entertainment and...

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Premiere of “A Way Of Life” A journey though the world of global Hip-Hop @ Brixton Ritzy 22nd March

Industry Number 1 presents “A Way Of Life”, a feature-length documentary that brings to the forefront the evolution of global Hip Hop. Starring, Krs One, Skinnyman, Rodney P, Homeboy Sandman, Onyx, Jeru The Damaja, Marcelo D2, Emicida, Reggie Rockstone, Brainpower, Hilltop Hoods, Ladi 6, Reverie, Gavlyn, Big Narstie, The Narcicyst, Tuy “KK” Sobil, M.anifest and more… Brought to life by filmmakers Shibe Alawiye and Andre Hopkin A Way of Life documentary highlights the cultural and political influences on the progression of Hip Hop in countries around the world. Shot over a span of just over two years in 15...

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