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UK THEATRE: PRODUCER GOLDIE AND FORMER EASTENDERS STAR CHARLES VENN TO STAR IN ‘KINGSTON 14’

Hit producer Goldie and former Eastenders star Charles Venn will star in the new theatre production KINGSTON 14, written by BAFTA award-winning and Olivier-nominated playwright Roy Williams (Offside – BBC, Suckerpunch) and directed by Clint Dyer (Olivier-nominated The Big Life, The Westbridge). The play also stars Brian Bovell, Ashley Chin, Gamba Cole, Derek Elroy, Trevor Laird and Tyson Oba. Story: Set in modern day Jamaica, KINGSTON 14 follows the story of James, a British police officer, who is sent to Kingston to investigate the murder of a UK tourist. James struggles to lead a proper investigation when []

UK EVENT: CAMBRIDGE STUDENTS BRING GROUND BREAKING PLAY ‘FOR COLORED GIRLS’ TO LONDON

After five star reviews and breaking history in Cambridge, Justina Kehinde and Ifeyinwa Frederick are bringing Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls [Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf] to London for one night only. The play, a choreopoem originally written by Ntozake Shange, will be staged at the Canada Water Culture Space on Friday, September 13, 7.30pm – followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew hosted by Hannah Pool. The original Cambridge run of the play directed and produced by []

UK MUSIC: BABY BLUE – ‘PLAY’

Rapper Baby Blue is back with the single Play. ………………………………………….. Baby Blue has taken it back to the late 80s Hip Hop era with this video, and the single has a slight old school feel to it also. Play is well produced and you can tell that some thought went in to the making of the single (i.e. It doesn’t sound like it was all put together in five minutes).  It’s not bad. Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

UK NEWS: TRANSSEXUAL JESUS SPARKS PROTESTS

Via BBC News About 300 protesters held a candlelit protest outside a Glasgow theatre over the staging of a play which portrays Jesus as a transsexual. The protest was held outside the Tron Theatre, where Jesus Queen of Heaven, in which Christ is a man who wants to become a woman, is being staged. It is part of the Glasgay! arts festival, a celebration of Scotland’s gay, bi-sexual and transsexual culture. Festival organisers said it had not intended to incite or offend []

JAY-Z, WILL SMITH BACK $11 MILLION FELA KUTI PLAY

Via Allhiphop.com Rappers Jay-Z and Will Smith are among the investors in a Broadway play about the life of Nigerian singer/activist Fela Kuti. The heavyweight Hip-Hop duo are backing an $11 million dollar production of Bill. T. Jones’ musical “Fela,” which will open in November. The original version of the play opened off-Broadway last September, starring actor Sahr Ngaujah, who will reprise his critically acclaimed role as Fela Kuti. Financial concerns due to the recession briefly halted production of the play, which []