London

UK THEATRE: ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW (TRAILER)

In 1970s Philadelphia, the Harrisons are the most respectable middle-class Black family in the suburbs – until their young niece from the rural South turns their polite, Christian life on its head. The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy in this hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.  

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 []