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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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TBB Speaks to the Cast & Crew Behind New British Comedy, The Weekend

TBB journalist Hanaa Cali managed to speak to some of the cast and crew on the red carpet. Getting the low down from director, Sheridan Myers, producer and man behind The Weekend’s original idea Kojo Anim, and leading cast Joivan Wade, Dee Kaate and Percelle Ascott. Supporting cast Lee Watson Roberts and Frankie Clarence also shared some behind the scenes insights…

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80% #OutOf100 – Sleeping Beauty Pantomime @ Hackney Empire

Traditional pantomimes are unique opportunities in the theatrical canon; whereas most theatrical performances demand generational segregation, pantomimes allow all members of the family to share the same performance – albeit with slightly different expectations and experiences. The adults get to enjoy a night of double entendre, timely social commentary, and ironic gender bending, while the children can enjoy the rest. Modern English pantomime tropes are clear, considered, and seemingly cast-iron – take a fairy tale, add a few songs, some topical, sometimes risqué – humour, a cross-dressing mother-figure, some very specific audience participation, a feel-good ending and Bob’s your...

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90% #OutOf100 – Infectious British Comedy, The Weekend Movie!

Brand new British Comedy produced by actor, comedian, screenplay writer & CEO of The Colour Network Kojo Anim hits the big screens today with The Weekend. With Kojo at the helm and starring the hilarious Mandem On The Wall trio, Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kaate as the lead roles, The Weekend was always destined for comedy gold. The story follows three regular and not the most popular young boys from Hackney who strike massive luck when they come across an abandoned lump sum of money. Eager to impress the guys and girls of ‘their ends’, of course they splash the cash!...

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