Month: October 2013

UK NEWS: BBC SET TO AIR TRIBUTE SHOW DEDICATED TO COMEDIAN FELIX DEXTER

The British Blacklist reports that BBC Two has commissioned a one-off tribute show dedicated to Felix Dexter. The 30-minute programme will feature contributions from former colleagues and friends. Felix died last week following a battle with multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. He was 52 years old. The comedian and actor starred in the hit 1990s BBC black British sketch show The Real McCoy and also recently starred in the BBC 1 sitcom Citizen Khan. Rest In Peace Felix Dexter.

UK TV: DOCUMENTARY ‘MY CRAZY NEW JAMAICAN LIFE’ SUFFERS BACKLASH

Last night in honour of ‘Black History Month’ Channel 4 and independent production company Acme brought us the documentary‘My Crazy New Jamaican Life’. Debbie, who’s 25, and Holly, who’s 19, are each immersed in or passionate about Jamaican culture, from X-rated bashment styles to food, patois or having a family with a Jamaican-born man. Debbie has three children with Jamaican-born Variel. But when she discovers that Variel is about to have a child with another woman, she questions the conventions of the family []

SINGER ESTELLE TO BE THE VOICE OF NEW CARTOON CHARACTER IN ‘THE CRYSTAL GEMS’

Estelle packed up, moved to America and hasn’t looked back. The songwriter/rapper turned R&B singer has signed on to become the voice of a new cartoon character. The Crystal Gems, the self-appointed guardians of the universe, are as much a family as they are a team. Garnet (voiced by R&B singer-songwriter Estelle) is the mysterious and powerful leader, Pearl (voiced by Deedee Magno Hall) is the perfectionist who craves structure and logic and Amethyst (voiced by Michaela Dietz) is the prankster and []

UK MUSIC NEWS: MOBO WINNERS KREPT & KONAN SIGN TO VIRGIN EMI RECORDS

UK rap duo Krept & Konan (the duo won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the  MOBO Awards this past Saturday) announced today that they have signed to Virgin EMI Records. Its official, we just signed our 1st major record deal with @VirginEMI /Universal!! Big up our new ANR @GlynAikins pic.twitter.com/pmfv3YXM6g — KREPT #YoungKingz (@kreptplaydirty) October 23, 2013 Virgin EMI… hmmmmm…. This will be interesting. I always laugh when excited UK acts post photographs of themselves signing their contracts and then photographs of themselves flanked by []

AUSTRALIAN WOMAN HOLDS ‘AFRICAN THEMED’ BIRTHDAY PARTY, ACCUSED OF RACISM BY INTERNATIONAL WEBSITES

An Australian woman, named Olivia hosted an ‘African themed’ birthday party and then decided to share the photographs on her Facebook page. Olivia’s Facebook page was exposed by Tumblr user BlackinAsia who wrote: Blackface, elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint, Native American headdresses (?!) and more …. I’m at a loss for words,”  In an attempt to defend herself Olivia said: “It was my ‘African themed’ party and it was honestly made that theme because I have always wanted to go to Africa (to teach English) []

UK NEWS: MAYOR BORIS JOHNSON APPOINTS RAY LEWIS AS NEW ‘GANGS CZAR’

Via The London Evening Standard Boris Johnson has appointed a new Gangs’ Czar to “revitalise” City Hall’s response to the problem in the wake of the Evening Standard’s Frontline London campaign. Ray Lewis has been given the “special brief” by the Mayor, in addition to his role as mentoring adviser, and has convened a gangs round table at City Hall bringing together thinkers and community leaders this Friday as well as calling for a gangs summit in the spring. In an exclusive []

UK EVENT: AN AUDIENCE WITH ANGIE LE MAR

  THE QUEEN OF UK COMEDY IS BACK WITH A SPECIAL ONE-OFF SHOW – AN AUDIENCE WITH ANGIE LE MAR  Taking place at the New Testament Assembly, 7 Beechcroft Road, London SW17 7BU on November 30 it will combine the healing power of laughter and the inspirational sound of gospel music. The event will feature the Queen of UK Comedy, performer, presenter, producer, actress, writer, director ANGIE LE MAR in her first stand up show for 10 years, and Award winning and []

UK NEWS: BBC CANCELS ‘COMIC RELIEF’ EXPOSÉ

Via The Telegraph The planned broadcast of a Panorama investigation into Comic Relief has reportedly been cancelled after a string of BBC executives ruled themselves out of making decisions about it. The documentary is understood to examine how the charity allegedly invested £150 million of its funds for up to eight years, before handing the money to the causes for which it had been raised. Some of the money was allegedly invested in tobacco firms and an arms company. By the end []