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UK NEWS: FORMER FIVE STAR SINGER JOINS THRILLER MUSICAL

Former Five Star lead vocalist Denise Pearson will make her London West End debut in Thriller – Live, a musical based on the career of Michael Jackson. She will be joined by Ricko Baird, who choreographed and doubled for Jackson in the You Rock My World video. Baird has also toured alongside the singer, whose hits include Bad and The Way You Make Me Feel. The show, which has already toured Germany and Holland, starts in January at London’s Lyric Theatre. Earlier []

UK NEWS. RAPIST FATHER JAILED FOR LIFE AFTER DAUGHTERS GIVE BIRTH TO SEVEN CHILDREN

A man who fathered seven children by raping his daughters was jailed today at Sheffield Crown Court for life with a minimum term of 19 and a half years. The 56-year-old man “took pleasure” in knowing the harm he was doing to his two daughters and threatened them with a “real hiding” if they refused to have sex with him, Sheffield Crown Court heard. The defendant, who called himself the “gaffer”, made his elder daughter pregnant seven times, fathering two children by []

UK NEWS: PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL STARS RIO FERDINAND AND ASHLEY COLE SET TO PRODUCE FILM STARRING CURTIS ’50 CENT’ JACKSON

Rio Ferdinand (Top) and Ashley Cole   [Thanks Nessa] Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole are producing a London-set gangster movie starring 50 Cent. The Premiership footballers (and now budding movie moguls) will be executive producers on London gangland movie Dead Man Running. 50 Cent will play a vicious loan shark in the film, which also stars Layer Cake’s Tamer Hassan, Brenda Blethyn and Danny Dyer. The movie will focus on an the age old story of an ex-convict trying to go straight. []

UK NEWS: MURDERED ANNAKA PINTO ‘WAS VICTIM OF DANCE TROUPE FUED’

Victim: Annaka Pinto A teenage girl was shot in the head after a falling-out between members of a female dance group known as the X Squad, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. Annaka Pinto, 17, who had just completed her GCSE exams, was shot on the dancefloor of a nightclub in North London. She died hours later in hospital. The man accused of killing her, Triston Walker, 22, was allegedly seen posturing with a gun in his waistband minutes before the shooting. []

UK NEWS: METROPOLITIAN POLICE BLASTED FOR ALLOWING REGGAE STAR BOUNTY KILLER TO PERFORM IN LONDON

GAY rights activists have accused the Metropolitian police of supporting homophobia by allowing Jamaican reggae star Bounty Killer to perform in London. Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Pryce, has been allowed by the Met Police to play at the Stratford Rex on Saturday, even though some of his songs call for gay people to be murdered. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the police were guilty of “double standards” by allowing the gig to go ahead. He said: “The Metropolitan Police are hypocrites. They allow homophobic []

UK NEWS: MAN STABBED AT 2008 URBAN MUSIC AWARDS

The O2 Arena (Greenwich, London) [shaking my head in disgust] Via BBC News One man was stabbed and two others have been injured during a music awards ceremony in south-east London. The Urban Music Awards at the O2 arena in Greenwich had to be abandoned after an hour and a half when violence broke out. The stabbed man in his late 20s is in a critical condition in hospital. Two other people have been treated in hospital for minor injuries. Officers initially []

UK NEWS: BABY AND TODDLER KILLED AT HOUSE

Delayno and Romario Mullings-Sewell Via BBC News A three-month-old baby and his brother, aged two, have been found stabbed to death at a property in Manchester. Delayno and Romario Mullings-Sewell were discovered in Cheetham Hill on Wednesday evening after concerns were raised with police. Their 21-year-old mother was held on suspicion of murder and has now been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Continue Reading…. This is just tragic. Rest In Peace little ones.

UK NEWS: BBC RADIO HOST REPLACED IN ‘RACISM’ ROW

BBC Radio Bristol presenter Sam Mason Via BBC News and The Telegraph A BBC radio presenter has been replaced over allegedly racist comments made during an off-air phone conversation. Sam Mason, who took over the BBC Radio Bristol weekday afternoon programme six weeks ago, was suspended on Friday. She was informed by station bosses on Saturday that she would no longer be working for the BBC. According to The Sun newspaper, Miss Mason allegedly told a Bristol taxi firm “not to send an Asian driver []

UK NEWS: BBC UNDER FIRE FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY AFTER DIZZEE RASCAL APPEARANCE ON NEWSNIGHT

  Via the Guardian Newspaper Pitting hip-hop star Dizzee Rascal against Jeremy Paxman in a Newsnight special was probably designed to up the “yoof” factor in the heavyweight debate about the consequences of Barack Obama’s election victory. But rather than receiving plaudits for making the programme less stuffy, the BBC has been criticised for its unorthodox choice of guest, with Paxman accused of conducting a “patronising” and “crass” interview with the London-born rapper.Critics say the 58-year-old journalist asked questions that he would []

UK NEWS: FORMER BIG BROTHER CONTESTANT DARNELL SWALLOW SET TO COLLABORATE WITH UK RAPPER GIGGS

After appearing in this summer’s snoozefest Big Brother 9, contestant and singer/songwriter Darnell Swallow is now working on some sort of collaboration with BET Best UK Hip Hop winner Giggs. Via Rwdmag “He’s recently linked up with BET Award winner Giggs and had this to say on his MySpace. “What up with it?! Been working on a collabo with Giggs, getting to know why he’s a BET Award winner and the best upcoming rapper in the UK… check it out… Congrats on the BET Giggs. []