London

UK CASTING CALL: PASS THE COMB (SHORT FILM)

Date: Wednesday 29th August, 7pm – 9pm Location: Theatre Royal Stratford East Pass the Comb is a 15 minute short film which tells the story of Jerome, a youngster in conflict and Chantelle, his older sister who uses her calming influence, reasoning skills and the cultural tradition of braiding hair on her younger brother.  Each completed corn-row demonstrates the benefit of Chantelle’s ‘hair therapy’, words of wisdom and advice. But how did Chantelle get so wise?  And is she really the picture []

UK EVENT: IBW (IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN) FILM FESTIVAL 2012

IBW (Images of Black Women) Film Festival celebrates black female filmmakers and the diversity of the Diaspora Cinema. In its 8th year, the festival serves as advocate for “cinematic justice” for the black woman, too often absent, mute and stereotypically represented on the big screen.  IBW considers it paramount to offer a platform that stimulates change, promotes and encourages individual and collective initiative in filmmaking and audience experience. Festival dates: Fri 13 Apr 2012 to Sun 15 Apr 2012 @ The Tricycle []

UK NEWS: JAY-Z TO HEADLINE HACKNEY WEEKEND

The Jay-Z lovefest continues… It has been announced that the rapper will headline BBC Radio 1’s “highly anticipated” Olympic Celebration, the Hackney Weekend 2012 on June 23rd. Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Plan B, Ed Sheeran and Will.iam are also on the bill. It’s like all my Christmases have come at once. YIPPEE!!! Also there will apparently be a second headliner announced soon. I am betting it is either going to be Kanye or Beyonce will cut her “maternity leave” short. The BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend []

THE ImPOSSIBLE CONVERSATION EVENT (LONDON)

On February 8 I attended the second annual ImPossible conversation event which took place at Pearson’s head offices in London showcasing an array of uber talented and accomplished professional black British women sharing their life stories. A lively, life-affirming, knowledgeable panel comprising of company secretary and chief legal head of Waitrose and John Lewis; Margaret Caseley-Hayford, actress, singer and now author; Michelle Gayle, Hackney Vicar and chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons; Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, official dentist on Channel 4’s ’10 []

UK NEWS: MODEL HID MAC 10 ‘SPRAY AND PRAY’ MURDER GUN IN BABY’S NIGHTDRESS

When will these silly young women learn? Dating and protecting your scum bag lover and his crew never ends well. Via The Evening Standard A model has been jailed for five years for hiding a Mac 10 sub-machinegun used in an unsolved murder in a baby’s nightdress. The Mac 10 “spray and pray” weapon was used to shoot dead 24-year-old Larry Malone, as he sat on the sofa at his aunt’s home in West Norwood. Mr Malone was hit seven times in []

UK EVENT: AFRIKAN BOY & TY @ RICH MIX (LONDON)

London-based Grime MC Afrikan Boy and UK Hip Hop don TY will be jointly headlining The Shrine at Rich Mix! In support is Madagascar’s inspirational singer and guitarist Nogabe Randriaharimalala and The Shrine resident & BBC Radio 3’s Max Reinhardt will be on the decks. Viva Rebel Music! AFRIKAN BOY & TY Rich Mix 2 December 2011 / 8.00pm / £6 adv