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UK SHORT FILM: 12 THE DAMAGED RACE STARRING AML AMEEN (TEASER)

February 6, 2012 3 comments

Check out actor Aml Ameen’s trailer for his new short film 12 The Damaged Race.

12 The Damaged Race is a social commentary based thriller about an eventful year in London in 2011.

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UK FILM: PAYBACK SEASON (POSTER)

February 6, 2012 7 comments

FILM SYNOPSIS:

Payback Season is an urban thriller starring Adam Deacon (KidulthoodAdulthoodShank,Anuvahood), Nichola Burley (StreetDance 3DDonkey Punch) and David Ajala (AdulthoodThe Dark Knight).

The story follows Jerome Davies (Deacon), a young man who has beaten all odds to escape the council estate he grew up on and make something of his life as a professional footballer. However, close encounters with old friends on the estate where his mother and younger brother still reside cause Jerome’s life to spiral out of control. With his new found fame and fortune, can he balance his old life with his new?

So another UK “URBAN” film featuring a council estate, violence, menacing young black men, UK / Jamaican street slang, some dodgy acting in parts and Adam Deacon. Great. It should be a box office smash.

And has this film already been screened and reviewed by film critics? I am asking because on the poster it’s giving that impression. It looks like the film has already been issued with a four star rating and is apparently “SUPERB A MUST SEE”.

There have been instances in the past where ‘hyped up quotes’ from publications have featured on newly released posters before a film is even fit for screening.

Hmmmmmm……

Anyway music producer Danny Donnelly directed and wrote Payback Season and it will be released nationwide on March 9th.

XXL MAGAZINE FRONT COVER (MARCH 2012 ISSUE) NOTORIOUS BIG TRIBUTE

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XXL Magazine pays tribute to the Notorious BIG (real name Christopher Wallace) in their March issue which will mark the 15 year anniversary of his tragic death.

The rapper’s daughter Tyanna Wallace will also feature in this issue.

Via Punch Bowl Blog

Tyanna resembles her father.

Rest In Peace Christopher Wallace.

UK MUSIC: ALEXANDRA BURKE – ELEPHANT

February 6, 2012 4 comments

Alexandra Burke is back with new music. The new single Elephant will be officially released on March 11.

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I weep for Alexandra and her music career in this country. I know she doesn’t want to make music like this but her label RCA (part of the Sony Music group) obviously have different ideas.

*Note: RCA delayed the release of Elephant twice before giving it an official release date*

Don’t be surprised when it’s announced that Alexandra is no longer signed to RCA.

At this point in time the only black British female artist who is being courted by the mainstream while still being allowed to make credible music is the talented / Brit Awards nominee Emeli Sande. Introducing herself to the masses by appearing on the hit number 1 single Read All About It with rapper Professor Green also gave her a pass.

Your thoughts please….

UK EVENT: BLACK BOOK SWAP (LONDON)

February 6, 2012 4 comments

The first ever Black Book Swap event will take place on Saturday 3 March. There will be books to swap, authors to meet: Alex Wheatle, Chibundu Onuzo, Colin Grant, Sonja Lewis and Bim Adewunmi, and also the chance to meet other book lovers and dedicated readers.

Bring a book to swap: whether you loved it and want others to know that joy or hated it but cannot bring yourself to bin it, bring it along and swap it. You are bound to find an exciting read to replace it. Come along and join in even if you don’t have a book to swap. Any leftover books will be donated to charity.

Black Book Swap is free but as places are limited, so best to reserve a place, email: blackbookswap@gmail.com
The authors and writers in conversation at Black Book Swap will be:
Alex Wheatle:Brixton’s Bard has spent the autumn on tour with his one man show Uprising, and that followed the publication of his third novel, Brenton Brown last summer. Most recently, Alex has been telling it as it is in articles in The Independent.  You can watch Alex talk about his show: Uprising Twitter: @brixtonbard
Sonja Lewis: An American in London, Sonja published her novel, The Barreness last April. The book follows a woman’s journey to deciding whether or not motherhood is for her. A new edition of the book is to be published in the US in February for Black History Month there, and in the UK in March for Women’s International Day.
Colin Grant: Best known as an historian, ‘…explaining the Afrocentric side of Jamaican culture and history to the world,’ Colin’s new book Bageye at the Wheel (published in April) is a memoir of growing up as one of the few black families in Luton during the 1970s.
Twitter: @colincraiggrant
Chibundu Onuzo: Only just 21, Chibundu is a third year student at King’s College London. Her first book The Spider King’s Daughter is published this month (March) by Faber. Chibundu is wonderfully talented writer. The Spider King’s Daughter is about love across the class divide in Lagos.  www.authorsoundsbetterthanwriter.blogspot.com
Twitter: @ChibunduOnuzo
Bim Adewunmi: Journalist and blogger, Bim specialises in popular culture, feminism and race. She blogs at www.yorubagirldancing.com It was Bim’s tweet to her MP – Diane Abbott – about the media’s lazy description of the ‘black community’ that caused the recent twitter storm about divide and rule.  Twitter: @bimadew
To reserve a place: email
blackbookswap(at)gmail.com

How to get to the Black Book Swap venue:
Cottons, 70 Exmouth Market. EC1R 4QP Map
Buses  – 19, 38, 341
Underground Stations FarringdonTube,10 minutes walk; AngelTube 11 minutes walk
Railway Stations Farrington Rail,10 minutes walk KingsCross Thameslink Railway Station 14 minutes walk 
Car Parks near Exmouth Market
BowlingGreenLaneNCP, 3 minutes walk SkinnerStreetNCP, 3 minutes walk
Black Book News website: www.tricia-blackbooknews.com
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VIDEO: SUPERBOWL 2012 – MADONNA HALF TIME PERFORMANCE

February 6, 2012 2 comments

British artist M.I.A gives the middle finger to the audience during her little performance. She is sooooo edgy that girl. NBC have since issued an apology.

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