Month: October 2013

UK NEWS: YOUTH BROADCASTER SB.TV WINS PRIVATE EQUITY BACKING

via The Guardian Jamal Edwards’s popular YouTube video channel SB.TV is to bring on board its first private equity backer, in a deal valuing the business at £8m. Edwards, who started SB.TV seven years ago at the age of just 16, has struck a deal with technology and music investment specialists Miroma Ventures. Edwards has built SB.TV from its roots in urban music to more mainstream appeal – its most popular video is an exclusive of Ed Sheeran singing You Need Me, []

ARTICLE OF THE DAY: WHO STOLE ALL THE BLACK WOMEN FROM BRITAIN?

Check out this interesting and without a doubt some will say “controversial” article about black women and our place within British mainstream culture, via the The Diaspora Diva blog. “No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women…. When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women”. (hooks, bell:1981). Here in the UK, the  visibility of black []

UK NEWS: MOBO AWARDS 2013 – THE WINNERS

The MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards 2013 took place last night in Glasgow, Scotland. Check out the full list of winners below. Best African Act – Fuse ODG Best Album – Home, Rudimental Best Female in association with Tresor Paris – Laura Mvula Best Gospel – Lurine Cato Best International Act – Kendrick Lamar Best Jazz – Sons of Kemet Best Male – Wiley Best Newcomer in association with HTC – Krept & Konan Best Reggae Act – Sean Paul Best RnB/Soul Act – Laura Mvula Best Song in association with []

UK EVENT: FLAVOUR MAG PRESENTS GOOGLE TOP BLACK TALENT – CREATIVE AND NETWORKING SKILLS

We are showcasing top role models across industries including technology, law, marketing, PR, music and fashion, to help you gain insight into career possibilities, learn key skills to get ahead and benefit from career wisdom from seasoned pros. The fifth in a series of Hangouts on Air from Google & Flavourmag, for black students, graduates and early career professionals, with this months edition featuring talks on Creative and Networking skills. Join us monthly live in the studio or online as we build a community of []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: COLOURFUL RADIO FOUNDER KOFI KUSITOR – THE FUTURE OF ETHNIC MEDIA IN BRITAIN

So much has happened over the last couple of weeks within the world of UK radio, and since the major shake up over at Global towers questions are now being asked. In an interview with The Voice which discusses the demise of Choice FM (now Capital Xtra) and the future of our other publishers and broadcasters (Read full article – Is Ethnic Media Becoming An Endangered Species?), the founder of Colourful Radio (Britain’s only legal and fully-licensed news and music station for the African and African []

UK NEWS: COMEDIAN FELIX DEXTER DIES

It has been reported that comedian, actor and writer Felix Dexter died earlier today following a battle with multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. Felix starred in the hit 1990s BBC black British sketch show The Real McCoy and also recently starred in the BBC 1 sitcom Citizen Khan. As far as I am concerned Felix was one of the funniest comedians out there, hands down. Rest In Peace Felix Dexter.

UK NEWS: AWARD-WINNING FILM MAKER MARK STRAKER DIES

Local news website The Comet reports that British award-winning film maker Mark Straker died suddenly on Thursday (17 October). The writer and filmmaker’s many accolades include Best Acting at the London Black Film Makers International Film Festival in 2009 for Second Chance, a Hollywood VSM award in 2009 for Hitchin-based short film One of Us, and a British Cinema Inspiration Award for PUKKA in 2004. Mr Straker was also the founder of Stevenage-based charity Positive Strides UK, which delivers arts programmes for []