Month: January 2014

UK NEWS: JURY SAYS MARK DUGGAN WAS LAWFULLY KILLED BY POLICE (REACTIONS TO VERDICT)

Via BBC News Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots in England in 2011, was lawfully killed by police, an inquest jury has concluded by a majority of 8 to 2. The 29-year-old was shot dead by armed officers in August 2011 in Tottenham, north London. Following the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice, his aunt Carole Duggan said her nephew had been “executed”. Mr Duggan’s brother Shaun Hall said: “We still fight for justice.” There were angry scenes outside the courts, []

UK NEWS: ALESHA DIXON LAUNCHES HER FIRST PERFUME

Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is the latest celebrity to jump on board the ‘I have created my own fragrance’ train. The star launched her first fragrance named Rose Quartz at London’s St Martin’s Lane Hotel this afternoon. Congratulations Alesha.

BLACK BRITISH DOCUMENTARY – BEAUTY IS… (TRAILER)

Beauty is… a feature length film exploring the topic of beauty from a Pan African perspective through a candid collection of personal and group interviews. Beauty is… includes an assortment of short films and animations through which we also explore the impact of education and schooling, confidence in dating and relationships, and controversial topics like skin bleaching and ‘light skin — dark skin’ preference. Beauty is…¬† examines the nature of our external features such as hair, skin and body shape, and then []

UK NEWS: I’MPOSSIBLE #TALKING TUESDAYS RELAUNCH (LIVE GOOGLE HANGOUT)

#TalkingTuesdays is a monthly Twitter debate which takes place every first Tuesday of the month created and hosted by I’mPOSSIBLE since 2010. Four topical questions are posed around current news and events and our followers answer by tweeting, commenting on our Facebook page all using the hashtag #TalkingTuesdays. For 2014, the format has been revamped to take the debate and its global nature to the next level by using Google Hangout technology.  Sticking with the same successful formula, but adding in a rotating, well-informed, opinionated panel to bring the debate to life and []

UK FILM : BELLE – STARRING GUGU MBATHA-RAW (TRAILER)

The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son.¬† Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin []

ALICIA KEYS LOSES HER “JOB” AT BLACKBERRY

Singer Alicia Keys has lost her job at Blackberry. The struggling smart phone giant announced in January 2013 that they had¬†appointed the singing superstar as the company’s new ‚ÄėGlobal Creative Director‚Äô and hoped¬†that¬†her appointment to the post¬†would help ‚Äúinspire the future‚ÄĚ of the company. Well as expected it didn’t! Keys will depart her role as ‘global creative director’ as of January 30th,¬†CTV News reports. The decision to appoint Alicia as ‘global creative director’ still baffles me. Did they really believe that she []

FRESH PRINCE STAR JAMES AVERY DIES

Actor James Avery who played Phillip Banks (‘uncle Phil’) in the hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bell Air has died. He was 65 years old. Avery’s publicist told Sky News he died from complications following open-heart surgery in Glendale, California, on Tuesday afternoon. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara, his mother, Florence Avery, and his step-son, Kevin Waters. Rest In Peace James Avery.