Month: January 2014

OH TV: REAL TALK – AML AMEEN AND ASHLEY WALTERS DISCUSS THE EXODUS OF BLACK BRITISH TALENT TO AMERICA

[Thanks Lorraine] I enjoyed this debate. The black British community tends to always look at what black Americans have achieved in the world of entertainment etc, but what we have to remember is that none of that happened over night and they STILL have a long way to go. Note to Trish Adudu – I know time was an issue but surely there is a way to stay within the time limit without constantly interrupting the guests.

UK EVENT: SCREEN NATION AWARDS 2014 / NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

Set to take place on Sun 23rd February at the Park Plaza, Riverbank, the 9th Screen Nation Awards will be hosted by gorgeous LA based movie actress Caroline Chikezie alongside Ali Baba, aka the Godfather of Nigerian comedy, with the show set to be broadcast mid March 2014 on Vox Africa (Sky218) and across the Africa continent on the DStv platform. Themed under Nigeria @100 and with a special celebration of black British Women in film & TV, industry backed Achievement Awards, presented by a host []

BRITISH ACTOR JOHN BOYEGA TO PLAY OLYMPIAN JESSE OWENS IN BIOPIC

Shadow and Act reports that Attack The Block star John Boyega has been cast to play Jesse Owens in the biopic Race. The biopic will focus on Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper who later went on to shatter Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Shooting is set to begin in 2015. YESSSSSSSSSSSS! Congratulations John.

UK FILM: ORTEGA AND HIS ENEMIES (TRAILER)

A film by director Malcolm A Benson based on original British drama with some Nollywood twists. John Ortega loses everything in his quest for justice and to keep his relationship. Written and Directed by Malcolm A Benson. Produced by M A Benson and Matthew C Martino. A Benalex Media Production featuring Darrell Las Quevas, Adi Alfa, Uche Odoputa, Rita Nzelu, Dean Ekperigin, Gary Douglas, Alexandra Johnston, Malcolm Benson, Theo Handen, Sharan Atwal.

LENNY HENRY WANTS TO STOP BLACK BRITISH TALENT FLEEING TO AMERICA

Comedian/actor Lenny Henry is very outspoken these days over the plight of Britain’s black talent. I had this to say about Lenny in a previous post: When Lenny was cock of the walk at the BBC back in the 1980s and in a position to help implement change he never really spoke out about the lack of diversity in television . But almost three decades later (and no longer cock of the walk at Auntie Beeb) Lenny is now chairing committees, speaking out []

UK NEWS: FORMER FRIEND FOUND GUILTY OF ACID ATTACK ON NAOMI ONI

Mary Konye has been found guilty of hurling acid in to the face of her former friend Naomi Oni. Mary Konye, 21, dressed in a veil and attacked Naomi Oni after following her home. Ms Oni, 21, a former friend of her attacker, was left scarred and needed skin grafts after the incident in Dagenham, on December 30 2012. Konye, of Canning Town, denied throwing acid but a jury at Snarebrook Crown Court returned a guilty verdict after more than seven hours of deliberations. []

NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS: EASTENDERS STAR KHALI BEST WINS ‘BEST NEWCOMER’

Eastenders star Khali Best took home the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at last night’s annual National Television Awards. A shocked Khali said in his speech: Hello everyone. Wow, wow this is mad,’ Khali said as he began his speech. ‘This is mad. Good god almighty. ‘Well first of all I didn’t think I was going to win so I’m going to keep it real, keep it honest and come from the heart. ‘First of all I want to thank God. Secondly thank my []