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THE ‘TOP BOY’ DEBATE SHOW REVIEW/S (BRIXTON) – CAST, WRITER & DOG ALL MISSING IN ACTION

November 9, 2011 9 comments

Last week four-part “URBAN” drama ‘Top Boy’ aired on Channel 4 and pulled in 1 million viewers. Yes it went down a storm!

Then over the weekend it was quietly announced that the,

TOP BOY DEBATE SHOW shall be taking place Tuesday 7pm at Veranda bar 30 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5SG, with Ashley Walters, Richard Campbell, Sharon Duncan Brewster, Mark Prince and Gifford Sutherland hosted By Karen Allen..

This was an opportunity for those who tuned in to watch ‘Top Boy’ to ask the cast questions, to air their views on the drama, on how black people (particularly black males) are depicted on screen, the problems within our community, and how they can be solved.

The debate was brilliant, it was both very passionate and emotional at times and important points were raised throughout. I left with a feeling of hope.

But it’s just a shame that everyone involved with Top Boy all failed to show. There was no Channel 4 representative there and even the dog (Marni) failed to put in an appearance.  Yet over the weekend cast members turned up to BBC Radio headquarters to talk about the drama on 1xtra (minus the dog).

Anyway when it was announced by the host Karen Allen founder of organisation  Mad Transformations , that none of the cast would be in attendance for various reasons, I laughed and just shook my head in disappointment.

Ronan Bennett

I however would not expect to see Top Boy writer/creator Ronan Bennett (above) attending debates of this nature. The drama was a huge ratings success for him and that is all he cares about. He is probably sitting in his posh office somewhere formulating a script for a second series and planning his next trip to Hackney with his PA in tow, ready to suck more stories/ideas out of lost and misguided youth who are up to no good.

It wouldn’t surprise me if last night’s debate show (which was filmed) was just thrown for his benefit, so he can get some ideas for the second instalment.

Fellow blogger Lisa Bent also attended the debate show. Please click HERE to read her brilliant review of last night’s events.

Your thoughts please….

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UK NEWS: LEVI ROOTS SUED BY FORMER FRIEND WHO SAYS HE INVENTED REGGAE REGGAE SAUCE

November 9, 2011 6 comments

Tony Bailey at the High Court yesterday

Oh dear it’s all kicking off now!

Via The Daily Mail

Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Levi Roots is being sued for more than £300,000 by a former friend who claims he is the real inventor of the Reggae Reggae Sauce, a court heard today.

Jamaican-born Tony Bailey, 52, claims it was his jerk chicken recipe Mr Roots took on Dragons’ Den in 2007, winning a £50,000 investment from Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh.

Mr Roots told the Dragons on the show the jerk sauce recipe was his grandmother’s and had been handed down to him. Continue Reading….

[Thanks Nessa]

Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots and Dragon's Den tycoon Peter Jones

What a mess.  I don’t think Tony Bailey will win this case. But Mad News reader Henryx85 believes this might happen…

Hahahahaha!

UK NEWS: OLYMPICS AMBASSADOR SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR GOING ON A RAMPAGE DURING THE LONDON RIOTS

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Chelsea Ives

18-year-old former Olympics Ambassador Chelsea Ives, who met London mayor Boris Johnson as part of her  Olympic role for Waltham Forest council has been sentenced to two years in prison for rioting and looting during the London riots.

The teenager was arrested after her mother spotted her on television and contacted the police.

The Metro reports that Ives hurled a rock through a shop window then said to a friend ‘this is the best day ever’. She also admitted burglary, damaging a police  car, and two counts of violent disorder.

Ives mother Adrienne said “the decision to report her daughter was ‘gut wrenching’. ‘I had to do  what was right. I love my daughter but she brought up to know right from wrong”.

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Look where following the wrong crowd and behaving like a blasted sheep gets you! This girl had a bright future ahead of her but has now more or less thrown it all away.

As for her mother.. I don’t even know what to say apart from she must feel awful and is probably racked with guilt.

HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D DIES

November 9, 2011 7 comments

This news shocked me this evening….

Hip Hop star Heavy D (real name Dwight Arrington Myers ) has died at the age of 44.

TMZ reports,

Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing.  Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress.  Adam tells us he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911.  Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”  When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse.  People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that.  Law enforcement sources tell us … no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was “medical.”

Rest In Peace Dwight Arrington Myers aka Heavy D.

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