Day: April 7, 2009

UK NEWS: VETERAN TV HOST MICHAEL PARKINSON SAYS ‘JADE GOODY WAS A WRETCHED ROLE MODEL’

Parkinson shows no mercy! Via The Telegraph Jade Goody, the reality TV star who died last month of cervical cancer aged 27, represented “all that is paltry and wretched about Britain”, Sir Michael Parkinson has said. He told Radio Times: “Jade Goody has her own place in the history of television and, while it’s significant, it’s nothing to be proud of. Her death is as sad as the death of any young person, but it’s not the passing of a martyr or a []

UK MUSIC: 1XTRA HOMEGROWN SALUTES 30 YEARS OF HIP HOP

Spotted @ The Cocoa Diaries 1XTRA Radio’s Homegrown recently saluted 30 years of Hip Hop with UK acts performing their own renditions of classic tracks by Eric B & Rakim, Lauryn Hill, Tupac, Wu Tang, amongst others. My thoughts on the renditions… an absolute travesty!!!! Nah, only joking. All the artists featured did a pretty decent job. Your thoughts please…..

BRITISH ACTOR AML AMEEN LANDS FIRST HOLLYWOOD FILM ROLE

  British actor Aml Ameen has landed his first Hollywood role in the film Red Tails, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.   Produced by George Lucas (Star Wars), Directed by Anthony Hemingway (The Wire), the film stars David Oyelowo (Spooks, Last King of Scotland), Bryan Cranston (Malcom in the Middle), Ne-Yo, Method Man and Jazmine Sullivan.      Aml will be travelling to Prague to begin shooting []

BARACK THE BARBARIAN

Here’s US President Barack Obama as Barack the Barbarian in a new comic book. Chicago-based Devil’s Due Publishing will publish ‘Barack the Barbarian: Quest for the Treasure of Stimuli’ in June. It features the Democrat leader as the muscle-bound, loincloth-wearing president of ‘Kickassistan’. In the cartoon, he takes on his Nemesis, former Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who sports a cape made from wolf skin and her trademark glasses – and very little else. Obama will also feature in []

UK NEWS: SIR IAN BLAIR SAYS STEPHEN LAWRENCE POLICE WERE NOT RACIST

Stephen Lawrence and Sir Ian Blair 16 years has passed since Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered and they still continue to deny and make excuses. It’s good to see that some things will NEVER change. Via The Telegraph Sir Ian Blair, the former Scotland Yard chief, has claimed that police who investigated the murder of Stephen Lawrence were not “necessarily racist”. In comments likely to stoke tensions more than a decade after the Macpherson report ruled that the Metropolitan police was “institutionally racist”, []

PFIZER AGREES DEAL IN NIGERIA DRUG SUIT

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay 75 million dollars compensation over a 1996 drug trial that caused the death of 11 children in northern Nigeria, a source close to negotiations said Friday. “Pfizer has agreed to pay the sum of 75 million dollars in compensation and the Kano state government has agreed to the offer,” said the source, who did not want to be identified. The source said a separate 6.5-billion-dollar suit lodged against the US drug firm by the Nigerian []