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Screen’s 2015 Future Leader & Producer of ‘The Call Up’, John Giwa-Amu Talks Exciting Projects, Sci Fi & Cannes

Starting out studying at Newport Film School in Wales, John Giwa-Amu has been a permanent fixture in the awards circuits which really means something to a creative trying to establish a career. Along the way, he has acquired expertise in many fields – directing, editing and visual effects. But, where he has made the longest strides is in film production, mainly as co-creator of Red and Black Films with long-term friend Caradog James.

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Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Cast As Legendary Garage Music DJ in New Film ‘Paradise Garage’!

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith‬ joins the list of black British talent impressing US casting agents to entrust them with iconic characters from African-American history. August 9th saw King Street Productions announce that Holdbrook-Smith has been cast in a key role at the heart of ‘Paradise Garage’ (working title). The film tells the story of the legendary New York members-only, underground nightclub considered the world’s top dance music club for a decade (1977-87) and the inspiration for DJs to innovate with eclectic styles of disco and house music. It was located on King Street in New York City’s Hudson Square, originally as a parking garage....

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MASSIVE #TBBshoutout to Issa Rae… From Awkward Black Girl to New HBO Show ‘Insecure’…

Issa Rae is the unofficially crowned Queen of Black Internet, after her cult-classic-amazing web series ‘Awkward Black Girl’ took American, UK and global black audiences specifically, by storm. Starved for non-stereotypical black characters, starved for non-stereotypical black female characters, starved for a short-haired, dark-skinned leading lady, starved for a leading lady who didn’t always make the right decisions and was just as confused about life as we were, Awkward Black Girl became the awkward black girl’s church of salvation. Awkward Black Girl, and Rae’s independent determination inspired a world of web series’ and platforms including the very popular Black &...

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A.Dot Becomes First Solo Female Host of BBC 1Xtra Breakfast

BBC Radio 1Xtra today announced A.Dot as the first solo female to host 1Xtra Breakfast (weekdays, 7-10am) in the station’s history. A.Dot, who joined 1Xtra in 2014 to present the station’s Saturday 4-7pm show and since October has hosted the weekday 1-4pm show, will take over the reins of 1Xtra Breakfast from 4 July.

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11th Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2016 Winners List

Hosted by Brenda Emmanus (BBC London News Arts Correspondent) and Kojo (comedian and ITV2 Love Fix presenter), the much-anticipated annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards took place on Saturday 19th March 2016 at the prestigious Hilton London Metropole hotel. The​ lavish evening ​celebrated outstanding achievements on the British screen and was attended by film and TV actors, actresses and directors; plus musicians and many of the nation’s best loved celebrities and stars including: Alison Hammond​ (Strictly Come Dancing), ​Ainsley Harriott, Arnold Ocen​g (The Good Lie), ​Beverley Knight ​(The Bodyguard musical/singer), ​Bonnie Greer​, ​Cecilia Noble​ (Danny and the Human Zoo)​, ​Charlene...

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11th Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2016 Nominations Announced. Kojo & Brenda Emmanus to Host

The annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards returns once again to the West End of London, as the UK’s only international celebration of black British achievement in film and TV. Now in the first year of its second decade and firmly established on the international awards circuit, the star studded ceremony will be hosted by Brenda Emmanus (BBC London News Arts Correspondent) and Kojo (comedian and ITV2 Love Fix presenter); who will pay homage to some of the finest British talent and globally established film & TV stars working in the UK and around the world today. Celebrating diversity and outstanding achievements...

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Danny, Lenny, Destiny and The Human Zoo With a Side Order of Racism, Affairs and Accountability…

Sir Lenny Henry CBE has been on a long journey in the British arts industry. From stand up to TV comedian with his own shows; Hollywood film actor, to critically acclaimed stage actor, to diversity activist, to come full circle back to TV with his new film ‘Danny and the Human Zoo’ which will air on BBC 1 this Autumn. In Henry’s own words, Danny and the Human Zoo is about parallel universe Lenny, and where truth meets fiction comes his chance to right some wrongs. The few times I’ve met Henry, it’s been brief, it’s been nice, it’s been a bit surreal. I grew up watching him on the telly! Which is what I mumbled to the comedian Alexei Sayle whilst shaking his hand after the preview screening of Henry’s latest project. Seeing Alexei threw me back to the days when there were only four channels; when British TV was packed with comedy sketch shows and sitcoms. Back in the day when I was unaware that British TV had a diversity problem. Fast forward to 2015 and the British TV landscape is quite bleak. The phrase ‘pale, male and stale’ sticks in my throat because it’s been turned into an ironic cool slogan which mainstream bigwigs throw out at diversity debates pretending that they’re dedicated to changing the status quo. Yet after such passionate words of commitment have been delivered with a wink and a smile…we get...

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