Month: March 2011

SMILEY CULTURE’S DISTRAUGHT FAMILY AND FRIENDS DEMAND ANSWERS FROM THE POLICE OVER HIS DEATH IN THEIR CUSTODY

Via The Guardian A meeting between top Metropolitan police officers and members of the public descended into chaos and tears, as family and friends of the dead pop star Smiley Culture accused senior police chiefs of being “murderers”. A former senior adviser to the former London mayor Ken Livingstone also warned that the black community in Brixton was at “boiling point” after the 48-year-old pop star’s “bizarre” death in police custody two weeks ago. The musician, who had success in the 1980s []

UK NEWS: SB.TV AND NANDOS CHICKEN SET TO DO BUSINESS TOGETHER?

It’s been a pretty good year so far for the UK’s number 1 youth online media channel SB.TV. Founder Jamal Edwards (21)¬† has already appeared in numerous mainstream publications, including The Guardian and The Observer, and earlier this year it was announced that he had signed a label deal with Sony RCA. RT @jamaledwards: Big up to @Nandos_Official just had a very good meeting with them. This is the start of a healthy relationship ūüôā — SB.TV (@SBTVonline) March 31, 2011 Now []

UK MUSIC: AYO AKA MC DARK-E (FROM C4 SHOW THE FAMILY) – MISS EDUCATION

Those of you who tuned in to the Channel 4 documentary series¬†The Family will no doubt remember self-employed web designer¬†Ayo Adesina¬†aka MC Dark-E¬†who dreamed of Hip Hop stardom, and sat in his bedroom making beats and writing rhymes. Well Mr “I’m young and I’m black surrounded by crack” is still pursuing his dream of Hip Hop superstardom, and his debut single Miss Education will be released on the 16 May. The track could be worse. Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

UK EVENT: KOJO’S COMEDY FUN HOUSE GOES TO MANCHESTER

Kojo the comedian will be taking his Comedy Fun House show¬†and¬†his glamorous Fun House¬†assistants¬†to Manchester on the 28 May.¬† Those of you who tuned in to his MTV Base show will¬†already¬†know what¬†to expect….. It looks like¬†this is¬†going to be an absolute blast.

UK NEWS: JADE GOODY “CONTACTED” PSYCHIC SALLY MORGAN’

TV psychic Sally Morgan claims that reality TV star Jade Goody who died in March 2009 after a battle with cervical cancer, has ‘contacted’ her. Morgan claims in The Mirror that she was contracted by Goody’s ex-partner Jeff Brazier a year after her death. “As soon as he sat down and I opened myself up to spirit, there was Jade, loud and clear, radiating a deep love for her sons. The first thing I felt was her ¬≠concern for her boys,” Morgan []

UK NEWS: POLICE OFFICER SAYS REGGAE STAR SMILEY CULTURE ‘STABBED HIMSELF TO DEATH DURING RAID’

¬† Via This Is Local London Reggae star Smiley Culture plunged a carving knife into his chest during a police drug raid on his home, a police detective has said. Detective Constable Stuart Hobkirk told a judge the musician ‚Äď real name David Emanuel ‚Äď stabbed himself in front of officers at his Warlingham home on March 15. The revelation came at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday, where Mr Emanuel, who grew up in Tulse Hill, was due to stand trial for []

5 YEAR OLD GIRL SHOT IN SOUTH LONDON

Via Sky News Police are searching for several youths after a five-year-old girl was shot and injured in a south London shop. The girl was hit in the chest, and a 35-year-old man also found at the Stockwell Food & Wine shop in Lambeth, was shot in the face. The two victims are in a critical but stable condition in hospital.The five-year-old was visiting relatives who owned the shop and the man lived above the premises. Police said two black youths were []

UK NEWS: RAPPER VANILLA ICE TO STAR IN PANTO

BBC News reports that 1990s Hip Hop star Vanilla Ice (real name Robert Van Winkle) has signed up to appear in panto.  The star will play Captain Hook in a production of Peter Pan at the Central Theatre in Chatham, Kent. Theatre general manager Tony Hill said, Ice is a huge name who I am sure will be a real draw for parents and children alike.He has never performed in a pantomime before, but I am sure that he will go down []

UK NEWS: XFM SIGNS MARY ANN HOBBS FOR WEEKLY SHOW

Xfm is proud to announce that renowned radio DJ and music journalist Mary Anne Hobbs will be joining its presenter line-up this summer, in a primetime Saturday evening slot.   Hot on the heels of a coast to coast US tour, Mary Anne will be making a return to the station where she launched her career in radio, hosting a weekly Saturday evening show from the 9th of July.  Mary Anne will also present a series of audio and video postcards from []