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Month: March 2018

85% #OutOf100: ITV2’s Comedy Spy Thriller, Action Team starring Kayode Ewumi is a hit!

Commissioned from Shiny Button productions last May (2017), Action Team is the new comedy spy thriller from ITV2 which plays out in 6 half-hour episodes, beginning tonight at 10pm. Written by James De Frond, who directs, and Tom Davis, who also stars, this scripted comedy is the latest from the creative talent behind BBC3 award-winning series Murder In Successville (2015 -). Action Team is a spoof spy action-thriller, following the missions and exploits of a top-secret team of special agents working for the British government, and charged with saving the world…. with a work experience youth in tow! Alongside...

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TBB’s Not Quite Oscar Predictions 2018 Edition

I don’t like to make predictions, mostly because I don’t like to be proven wrong and on the global platform that The British Blacklist resides I’m even warier of being caught out! Call me egotistical.   But in keeping up with The Jones’s I felt it only right I offer some opinion on tonight’s potentially history-making Oscars. Over the years I watch all the Oscar-nominated films, at least in the major categories so I can be well informed as I cuss or applaud the winners. This year is no different, I’ve taken all the films in the Best Picture category with...

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#TBB10 with ITV2’s Action Team star Kayode Ewumi – on Religion, Daniel Kaluuya & Life after #HoodDocumentary

In 2016 a young man captured our attention with the words ‘roll thafe’. RS the aspiring uncool rapper with a lisp was the brainchild of young Nigerian British creative, Kayode Ewumi. RS played by Ewumi, in the online series #HoodDocumentary became an ‘overnight’ sensation after his infamous appearance on 1Xtra’s Fire in the Booth. The series’ first episode is currently at 3million+ views, RS has become a global meme and at one point everyone quoted his words of ill-informed wisdom. On the back of its success, #HoodDocumentary was picked up by BBC Three. However, people felt its raw quality was lost once it went through the BBC Three...

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76% Out Of 100 – British Black Stars Claire Hope-Ashitey & Zachary Momoh Shine in Netflix’s Seven Seconds

Seven Seconds is a macabre must-watch. Though you know who’s guilty, Seven Seconds details how police killing black people cases get watered down to almost nothing by the time they get to court. This is where it’s good. Where it fails is that you’re not ever quite sure if they’re going to go dramatic or serious. One minute it’s poignant and raw, next minute it’s melodramatic and lazy. It fights itself at times. Brilliant turn by British Blacktors Claire-Hope Ashitey & Zachary Momoh

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#TBB10 with RnB Artist & X Factor Alumni Derry Mensah

You may remember Derry Mensa as the cute, shy boy who made Kelly Rowland’s heart skip a beat on The X Factor back in 2011. Fast forward to 2018 and Derry has all grown up and has released his latest single Moonlight Girl this past month, which he’ll be following up with a new EP.   #TBB10 caught up with Derry to talk life post X Factor and releasing new music as a solo artist. 1# Hello Derry and welcome to TBB now we cannot talk to you without mentioning how you broke into the music business via X...

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#TBB10 with Children’s author Julian Vassell

Today is World Book Day, a celebration and appreciation of reading and the illustrators and authors that help bring our children’ imaginations alive via words and pictures. J. Anthony Vassell is the author of ‘The curious Mr. Gahdzooks and his Cautionary tales for Naughty Children‘.  We caught up with him to talk about his book, the inspiration behind his character Mr. Gahdzooks and how to keep children engaged when reading. 1# Hi Julian can you tell us a little about yourself …  I’m a father firstly, everything I’m doing is for my little man. I would then class myself...

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See West End cast of Tina Rehearsing with icon and music legend Tina Turner

TINA, a new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, officially opens at the Aldwych Theatre on 17 April 2018, with previews beginning on 21 March 2018 is now booking to 20 October 2018. From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender, and race. Written by African American playwright...

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Barbadian artist Alberta Whittle becomes ninth recipient of 2018 Margaret Tait Award

At the World Premiere of Sarah Forrest’s 2017 Margaret Tait Award commission on Monday 26 February, Glasgow Film Festival presented the 2018 Margaret Tait Award to Alberta Whittle. Supported by Creative Scotland and LUX, the Award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image. Born a hundred years ago, Margaret Tait was an Orcadian filmmaker and writer whose film poems, hand-painted animations, and documentaries were pioneering in the field of experimental filmmaking. Born in Barbados and currently resident in Glasgow,  Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher, and educator. Her practice is informed by...

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