The Pacific Rim: Uprising theatrical release has been moved once again, this time from February 23rd 2018 to March 23rd!Read More
Author: Descant Deb
September 7-17th 2017: The Toronto International Film Festival Emphasises Boundary Breakers in the 2017 Documentary Selection
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017 documentary line up features a selection of world premieres which spotlight black cultural icons figures, including;Read More
80% #OutOf100: Shelia Atim and Arinzé Kene Showcase Impressive Musical Talent In “Girl From The North Country,” Old Vic Theatre
Conor McPherson’s Latest Melo(dic)drama Is Built Around 20 Songs By Bob Dylan Take the back catalogue of a 20th century counter-culture musical icon, add an award-winning playwright and you don’t necessarily get your run-of-the-mill juke box musical. Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus explains in the programme foreword, that Girl from The North Country isn’t really a musical, but a singing-and-speaking collaboration across time. He wants to call it a melodrama, with ‘melo’ meaning melody or music, which is a recognised secondary meaning of the word. However, he concedes that its modern primary use, describing sensational drama with exaggerated...Read More
Seems to me the writers of Confederate are supporting a discussion that hasn’t been proposed by people of colour, by #BlackLivesMatter or similar organisation, but by people who wish to use science fiction to realise a partial vision around the erroneous construct of helpless Africans.Read More
The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire is Michael Oswald’s newest revelatory feature documentary – one which is as important to Britain as Ava Du Vernay’s 13th (2016) is to Americans. Both place national history into a disturbing modern context! It parallels Du Vernay’s deduction that in giving up overt slavery, American elites subverted the 13th Constitution of the United States to utilise the judicial system to funnel unpaid prison inmate labour into the business sector, thereby subsidising rising production costs and preserve the lost profits. It also restricted the power of white society’s ‘unwanted elements’ through incarceration. Spider’s Web exposes similar practices up to a point. It is narrated by actor Andrew Piper and features contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders (including one financial investigator who went undercover for 10 years!) and campaigners for social justice, to tell our story. Oswald uses stylized b-roll, archive and contemporaneous footage to illustrate their points as they discuss how the irretrievable decline of the British Empire (at its height one of the largest in history) led to an increasing loss of income for the City of London. The City, responsible for the UK’s financial services industry and representing its own interests, was incited to compensate itself by creating a whole new monetary system – the Eurodollar; a new market for a new investment system – the London Euromarket; and a safe, regulation-free zone in which...Read More
100% #OutOf100: Nairobi Thompson Sets African-Caribbean War Record Straight In “Bayonets, Mangoes And Beads” Summer Poetry Salon
Nairobi Thompson’s presentation of 14 of 60 wonderful poems taken from her book Bayonets, Mangoes And Beads which should grace the bookshelf of every African, Caribbean and Diasporic home, is an important gift.
Whilst the brutality and futility of war cannot be denied, what the Great Wars taught the British about themselves was that ordinary people could rise above and act with compassion, camaraderie and resilience, and that is always seductive.Read More
Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner, Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Soprano Jeanine De Bique, & Chineke! At BBC Proms ’17
With the First Night of The Proms kicking off on 14th July, here are some TBB gems to watch out for:Read More
If You Need A Supernatural Fantasy Fix, Check Out “Salem” Series 1-3 on Netflix UK Starring Ashley Madekwe!
Salem, a dark fantasy drama series, is set in real-life 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts, and explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials in the 1600s. Our own Ashley Madekwe was the first casting announcement of the production, way back in 2013 – slated to play central cast member Tituba. She had enjoyed a successful 5 years playing social climber Ashley Davenport in Revenge (2011-15), lovelorn Molly Lucas in Bedlam, (2011-12), Elisha in West 10 LDN (2008) and call girl Bambi/Gloria White in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (2007-11). In Tituba, Madekwe gets to play an ambitious, determined, loyal...Read More
On March 30th 2017, British Blacktresses Rakie Ayola (Talawa Theatre Co.’s King Lear, 2016, ITV’s No Offence, 2017) and Helen Aluko (web series Life Of Hers, 2014, short film God Will Fall, 2014) were announced amongst the replacement cast for West End hit Harry Potter And The Cursed ChildRead More
#TBB10 With Chizzy Akudolu – Discussing Her Inspiring Time As Much Loved Holby City Character, Mo Effanga!
Take a listen as #TBB10’s DescantDeb, spends an enjoyable half hour with Holby City star, Chizzy Akudolu a wonderful, humble actress who is of historical significance!Read More