Month: January 2014

BBC RADIO AND BBC 1XTRA TO MARK ‘WOMEN’S DAY’ WITH ALL FEMALE LINE UP

BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1xtra will mark this years ‘International Women’s Day’ with an all-female line-up for 12 hours on two nights. Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper said: “It’s fantastic that Radio 1 and 1Xtra has such a wide range of female specialist DJs. We are committed to giving opportunities to the best DJs in the world and you are going to hear something very special to celebrate International Women’s Day.” Check the schedule below. Friday 7th March 2014 7-9pm Annie Mac []

BLACK BRITISH RADIO STATION BAN’S JAY Z’S ‘DRUNK IN LOVE’ LYRICS

Black British Internet radio station Bang Radio has announced that they will wipe Jay Z’s lyrics (“eat the cake Anna Mae I said eat the cake Anna Mae”) from Beyonce’s new single ‘Drunk In Love’. After discovering that the rapper’s verse references the abuse that singer Tina Turner suffered at the hands of her former husband Ike Turner, station executives decided to ban the verse. Bang Media CEO Jennifer Ogole said in a written statement: The lyrics derive from the film What’s Love []

DIRECTOR STEVE MCQUEEN SET TO MAKE ‘EPIC’ BBC BLACK BRITISH EXPERIENCE DRAMA

Shadow and Act reports that award-winning director Steve McQueen is planning to make a BBC drama on the black experience in Britain, from 1968 to 2014. McQueen says the series will be “epic in scope,” and will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families from 1968 to 2014. He added: “I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists.“ … But Steve what about the Channel 4 []

UK NEWS: TOTTENHAM MP DAVID LAMMY REFUSED TO ATTEND MARK DUGGAN VIGIL

Via BBC News Tottenham MP David Lammy has said he refused to attend a vigil for Mark Duggan because he did not want to share a platform with “anarchist groups”. He told The Andrew Marr Show he did not want to appear with “people that don’t accept that a jury laboured and reached a decision”. Up to 500 people gathered at Tottenham Police Station on Saturday. On Wednesday, an inquest jury concluded Mark Duggan was lawfully killed when he was shot dead []

BBC 1XTRA PRESENTER SARAH-JANE CRAWFORD GRACES THE FRONT COVER OF FABULOUS MAGAZINE

BBC 1 Xtra presenter Sarah-Jane “I bridge the gap between middle England and the street” Crawford, graces the front cover of The Sun’s weekly ‘glossy’ Fabulous Magazine. According to Fabulous Sarah-Jane is one of the ‘future stars of music, TV and comedy’ and she will also ‘rock your world’. It always makes me laugh when the media attempts to tell us what is cool and who we should embrace. Anyway congratulations Sarah-Jane.

UK NEWS: ACTOR NOEL CLARKE FURIOUS WITH THE GUARDIAN OVER MISLEADING ARTICLE

A misleading article published on The Guardian website has angered actor Noel Clarke. According to blogger and film critic Ben Child, Clarke’s horror flick Storage 24 was America’s lowest grossing film of 2013. Child wrote: A British horror set in a self-storage facility from actor and film-maker Noel Clarke was the poorest performing movie at the US box office last year with a paltry £44 ($72) haul.  Storage 24 was shot on a reportedly tiny budget of around £1.6m and was Clarke’s first film to appear in American []