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Red Carpet Fashion: Oscar Winning Celebrity Style

With hours to go until the 89th Academy awards (Oscars 2017), what the stars wear is now almost as important as what they win. So for inspiration TBB has selected some of the best red carpet looks from our favourite stars. Kerry Washington – Never one to play it safe, the Scandal actress became a gladiator of fashion in this coral Miu Miu dress at the 2013 event. The sequin encrusted bodice provided all the bling that was required. Photo credit: Getty Images David Oyelowo – Whilst he may have been overlooked for a nomination, the Selma actor ensured he wasn’t overlooked...

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100% #OutOf100 – Moonlight ***Warning*** Review is Spoiler Heavy!

Recently, I heard that a friend of mine had watched a pre-released copy of Moonlight on his tablet. Apparently, he thought the film was ‘OK, but nothing special’ (!) I can only assume that – as is often the case when one is not totally focused upon receiving specific information – he wasn’t paying attention; for this movie is very special indeed. Indeed, Moonlight – based as it is on the Tarell Alvin McRaney play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, and directed by Barry Jenkins – is a prime example of the phrase: from specificity, true universality flows....

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80% #OutOf100 – The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin

When the bubble bursts… The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin is an award winning musical which spans 1960s to present day. We follow the journey of Viveca as she comes of age, we witness her challenges of wanting to become a successful dancer during a time where opportunities were limited for a person of colour. The play begins and ends with a news article of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing where four black girls were killed in Birmingham, Alabama by a white supremacist bomber on Sunday 15th September 1963, setting the scene for the production. Right from the...

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Bubbly Black Girl Sophia Mackay Sheds Her Chameleon Skin For TBB

Being able to grab some time between rehearsals with Sophia Mackay the lead in Kirsten Childs’, The Bubbly Black Girl and her Chameleon Skin was an absolute pleasure. Sophia Mackay has a very interesting story of her own, born in the UK, raised in Barbados and of Sierra Leonean heritage there are a number of influences that combine to bring us a woman of rich culture and even richer life experiences.

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80% #OutOf100 – MC Dave Concert @ Camden Assembly #TBBfave

MC Dave gave Camden Assembly an energetic performance at his headline show on the 9th of December 2016. MC Dave otherwise known as Santandave has been gaining major ratings since his Black Box and SBTV freestyles showing how phenomenal his lyrics are. He’s only kept on progressing with his latest EP release Six Paths and getting recognition and support from world renowned Canadian rapper Drake who remixed one of his songs, Wanna Know. The location was a perfect setting for this performance as it was small, dimmed and compacted creating a eager and hyped atmosphere assisted by breathtaking Dj’s and got...

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#TBBevents A Reflection of Sir Lenny Henry In Conversation @ BFI Southbank

After a short introduction, and a screening of the 1989 Oscar-winning short, Work Experience which he starred in, Sir Lenny Henry entered the BFI stage to talk with journalist Brenda Emmanus about his career. We, the audience, were treated to a series of old clips – outlining his journey to date – and to Lenny’s forthright, and considered appraisal of it all.

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