London

PRODUCTS OF THE DAY: SKIN LIGHTENING CREAMS AND LOTIONS

Today while walking past one of the many black hair and beauty stores scattered around the South East London area, a particular brand of hair oil displayed in the store’s front window caught my attention. Several weeks ago I visited the hair salon and my hairdresser/owner of the salon suggested that I use the same brand, and as luck would have it, she had some in stock. I was all set to purchase a small tub of it, but upon hearing her price promptly changed my mind. As far as I am concerned, charging []

UK NEWS: MAYOR’S £700K TO CUT YOUTH CRIME

Mayor Boris Johnson A £700,000 funding package has been announced by the mayor of London to help tackle knife and gun crime among young people. The money will fund projects which hope to steer youngsters away from violent crime, said Boris Johnson. The announcement follows a spate of high-profile deaths of young people in London. So far this year, 21 teenagers have been killed violently in London. The mayor said he hoped the money would raise aspirations among youths. The new funding []

UK NEWS: POP STAR LILLY ALLEN MEETS MAYOR BORIS JOHNSON TO DISCUSS KNIFE CRIME (WTF BORIS???)

Lilly and Boris do their bit for the camera’s……. Picture Source Lilly Allen met with London Mayor Boris Johnson to discuss the capital’s knife crime epidemic. The singer wrote an appeal for an end to the spate of incidents on her internet blog. The LDN star wrote: “Please can everyone stop stabbing each other in the UK? “We need to have a knife amnesty. We should put on a big concert to raise awareness.” “Boris, if you’re listening, call me man.” And sure enough, []

LONDON’S 18TH STAB VICTIM THIS YEAR: VICTIM’S PARENTS THANK WOMAN

Beaten and stabbed to death: 16 year old Shakilus Townsend The parents of a 16-year-old knife victim have paid an emotional thank you to a woman who scared off his attackers and desperately tried to save him. Shakilus Townsend’s mother Nicola Dyer and father Derek visited the scene of their son’s death in Thornton Heath, south London, on Friday night. They and other relatives thanked Sharon Simpson, 47, for her brave actions. Shakilus was repeatedly stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat []

UK NEWS: DEPUTY MAYOR RESIGNS

Former Deputy Mayor Ray Lewis London’s deputy mayor has resigned two months into his post amid claims of financial irregularities. Ray Lewis faced allegations relating to his time as a vicar in east London in the late 1990s and head of a youth academy scheme in 2003. He was placed under Church of England disciplinary measures in 1999. London Mayor Boris Johnson said he was sad at the resignation – but insisted he would re-appoint Mr Lewis if he cleared his name. []

MAD NEWS: O2 WIRELESS FESTIVAL – HEADLINER JAY -Z

Thanks to the lovely folk over at Hall or Nothing (thanks Tom), I will be attending the O2 Wireless Festival on Thursday (July 3rd), in Hyde Park, London.  Artists performing on the day: Jay-Z, Mark Ronson, Roisin Murphy. David Jordan and the Cool Kids. I will post a review / photographs of the day’s events, so check back for that!   

PICS OF THE DAY: DINNER IN HONOUR OF NELSON MANDELA (LONDON)

The dinner in honour of Nelson Mandela took place yesterday (June 25th), and will raise funds for Madiba’s global charity projects, The Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664. Mandela will also celebrate his 90th birthday tomorrow (June 27th) at Hyde Park. Nelson Mandela Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith Oprah Winfery Actor Robert De Niro with wife Grace Hightower Oscar winner Forest Whitaker with wife Keisha Denzel Washington with wife Pauletta Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and Pussy Cat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger Singer []