Today the great and the good from the dizzy world of entertainment travelled to East London to help launch the Hackney Academy….
Via The BBC
BBC Radio 1 and BBC Learning today announced details of the Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy – the stations’ biggest ever programme of social action and outreach, which will offer up to 10,000 young people across Hackney and beyond the chance to gain skills and experience and to be inspired by leading people in their fields.
Opening in the run up to Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend – the station’s biggest ever music festival – the Academy will feature a host of leading names from the worlds of music, business, film, radio, fashion, comedy, gaming and software and journalism. They will take part in a range of masterclasses, Q&As and panel sessions to explain how they have made it and to offer advice.
Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend Ambassadors Leona Lewis and Plan B, along with Labrinth, will all take part in music Q&A sessions about their experience of the music industry and how they got started. They will also star in a new BBC Three programme, Plan B, Leona And Labrinth: Back To Hackney (working title, tx: June) which will see them work with a range of kids aged between 13 and 15 from Plan B’s old school, a Pupil Referral Unit in Newham, to create a special musical performance.
The Academy will also feature a range of other practical workshops and sessions, as well as the chance to speak to careers advisors on site with advice on CVs and interview skills. The sessions include:
• Music sessions on how to create your own music and promote it,
• Radio sessions on how to create your own radio broadcast, with advice on scriptwriting and interview techniques. Young people taking part in the music sessions will also get the opportunity to broadcast to the nation as part of a BBC Radio 1Xtra Take It On day, taking the reins on 1Xtra for a whole day on Saturday 16 June.
• Business sessions on the basics of setting up your own business, how to pitch, market and sell and a special Hackney Dragons Event where young entrepreneurs can pitch for investment from our very own Hackney Dragons.
• Fashion sessions on t-shirt design, fashion styling and fashion photography. T-shirts designed by young people at the Academy will be judged by a panel of fashion experts with the winning designs sold as a limited edition Radio 1 Hackney Weekend t-shirt.
• Film sessions on scriptwriting for EastEnders and beginners sessions on producing, directing, editing and camera and sound work. Participants who have completed all film beginners workshops will get the opportunity to make a Hackney-themed spoof film, to be shown on the main stage big screen at the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend.
• Games and software sessions on developing your own app and building your own website.
• Comedy sessions on developing stand-up, as well developing ideas for stage and TV.
• Journalism sessions including how to write and get published and masterclasses with journalists from range of publications including The Daily Star.
Click HERE to read more about the Academy and for further details.
During today’s launch rapper Plan B said
“As a kid growing up in East London, I felt ignored, I felt I didn’t have a voice. These kids are getting no love. Money is an issue, but it’s also about spending time with them.
“The education they are getting is s**t. Life is not just about academics. They are not taught enough about real life — about things like sex and drugs.
“We need to encourage them that there is another way by getting them to express themselves and discover their true talents. That’s what they need. I can see that they don’t know the hard work that goes into it. None of this (success) was given to us.
Kids DON’T listen to Plan B.
So teachers should spend more of their time teaching pupils about life (sex and drugs) and less time teaching them Maths, English and Science?
(The Academy will also provide workshops in business and journalism so here is where decent academic grades in Maths and English will come in handy Plan B).
Working towards doing well academically and achieving good grades is still of vital importance in this world. The black youth in this country need to have that drilled in to their domes.
If you want to sing, rap, tap dance, produce or act then fine, get the most out of the workshops that the Hackney Academy has to offer but DON’T allow your academic studies to fall by the wayside and risk ending up on the scrap heap in the mad pursuit to become the next Jay-Z, Kanye, Beyonce or Rihanna.
When it comes to education I am serious like a judge!
Your thoughts please…..
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