Rise Festival was a London event set up by the Trades Union Congress in 1996 as a music event to promote anti-racism.
The original event took part in Finsbury Park, north London, featuring artists Chumbawumba, Fun-Da-Mental, Asian Dub Foundation and Incognito and was held again the following year in East London’s Victoria Park in Hackney.
After a three year hiatus the event was revived when Ken Livingstone was elected Mayor of London in 2000 and held annually around London featuring acts such as Jimmy Cliff, De La Soul, Public Enemy, CSS, Run DMC and Graham Coxon.
Following Boris Johnson’s election as London Mayor in 2008, he removed the anti-racism message from the festival. Subsequently the trade unions UNISON and Unite the Union withdrew their festival funding before Boris Johnson announced the festival would be cancelled completely in April 2009.
The cancellation of Rise Festival is a travesty and removes an important multi-cultural event which celebrated the contributions of different communities to the capital and promotes excellent community relations.
Andrew over at The Worst Kept Secret pointed out today that even though street dance troupe Diversity took home ‘The Britain’s Got Talent’ crown last night, it’s runner up Susan Boyle’s face that can be seen splashed across the front pages of all the newspapers today.
Susan comes across as being a lovely woman but she didn’t win the competition. Diversity did.
The media coverage should therefore be focused on them NOT the runner up!
But this is just typical of the British media.
This is the official video for Mz Bratt’s debut single ‘Who Do You Think You Are’.
The video has a number of featured cameo’s, but as most of you already know, I don’t really pay that much attention to what goes on within the world of UK ‘urban’ entertainment, so I only recognise one or two faces… and Mz Bratt.
I actually like this track. I think it’s really catchy, and something that I would play in the summer while sitting out in the garden, sipping on a cool glass of lemonade.
I also really like the look of the video.
The single will be officially released on the 13th July.
Your thoughts please. Hit or miss?
Congratulations goes out to street dance troupe Diversity, winners of Britain’s Got Talent 2009.
The troupe take home a cheque for £100,000 and will perform in front of the Queen at The Royal Variety Performance.
Susan Boyle came in second place.
Check out Diversity’s winning performance below.
Britain’s Got Talent semi-final contestant Hollie Steel (10) took to the stage last night and this is what happened….
After Hollie broke down in to tears (notice her eyes are try like sand paper) and put the producers and the judges in a position where they had no choice but to give her a second chance (or risk being seen as monsters), we the viewers at home were then subjected to a 15 MINUTE commercial break because Hollie needed time to compose herself.
This was manipulation at it’s finest and I couldn’t help but think that Hollie was coming across like a spoilt little brat, who is used to throwing a tantrum and turning on the water works when she doesn’t get her own way.
I felt sorry for the other contestants last night because after Hollie bawled like she had just witnessed her mother’s tragic demise in an accident, it was a wrap! She was definitely going to be one of two, who would make it through to the final.
Judges Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell told Hollie that she had been a “professional” (really?) and “incredibly brave”. Then SURPRISE SURPRISE voted her through to the final a long with dancer Aiden Davis.
Then Hollie for some inexplicable reason started to sob uncontrollably again.
Had Hollie been five/six years older would she have been treated in such a “delicate” fashion? Probably not!
Today the question is being asked ‘is the competition too pressurized for the youngsters who take part’.
In my opinion competitions of this nature are always stressful and the pressure can be intense. It’s highly competitive and it’s essentially about WINNING!
If the parents don’t want their off spring subjected to this level of pressure and stress then they shouldn’t encourage them to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
Or perhaps the producers need to sit down with the youngsters/their parents and explain that this is a competition, it’s going to be tough, there is a possibility that they might not get through to the next round, and that they shouldn’t expect to be exempt from criticism.
If the children who take part in Britain’s Got Talent really see themselves as future entertainers, then they need to start developing thick skins from now!
Messing up during a performance and then sobbing uncontrollably when it looks as if things might not go your way, isn’t always going to fly!
Anyway as for Hollie’s performance… well she’s no 10 year old Charlotte Church but with some vocal training I see some potential there.
I know that Ciara’s latest album Fantasy Ride, has failed to set the charts on fire like her previous albums have, but are things really that bad CC???
Via Sandra Rose
Ok so this is clearly a joke! A mean spirited joke! A mean spirited HILARIOUS joke!
I keep coming across pictures of Teyanna Taylor on various blog sites. I haven’t listened to any of her music (I just looked at her and thought nah can’t be bothered to click on ‘play’), but last year she was being touted as the ‘next big thing’ .
Anyway check out singers Teyanna and Omarion posing together during a photo shoot on Venice Beach, California.
There is nothing special about this track at all and it doesn’t make me feel as if I am walking on the moon.
I think that it would be in The Dream’s best interest if a friend took him to one side and told him the truth, which is…
When you sing it sounds as if your testicals haven’t dropped yet. You cannot sing!
The Dream should continue to focus on producing and writing hit records for artists and accept that he is a behind the scenes man.
The likes of him and Keri Hilson need to accept that some people just aren’t supposed to succeed musically in the spotlight.
What was running through this idiot’s mind??? He should have been the one to die.
Via BBC News
A Manchester United football fan in south-eastern Nigeria drove a minibus into a crowd of Barcelona supporters, killing four people, police say.
Ten other people were wounded in the incident in Ogbo town, after United lost Wednesday’s European Champions League Final 2-0 to the Spanish team.
A police spokeswoman told Reuters news agency: “The driver passed the crowd, then made a U-turn and ran into them.” Continue Reading….
For goodness sake it’s only a game.
Do you all see how football can turn a man fool!
Rest In Peace to all those who lost their lives.
When I first caught sight of this creepiness today I burst out laughing on the train.
You can literally pass any old crap off as “art” these days.
The oil painting which depicts Madonna in the nude with her former husband Guy Ritchie, is the work of “acclaimed” Scottish artist Peter Howson.
Worryingly, Howson seems to spend most of his time producing portraits of Madonna in a state of undress.
His latest work (above) is expected to fetch up to £22,000 when it goes on sale on Saturday.
Howson clearly has issues!