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UK NEWS: AWARD-WINNING FILM MAKER MARK STRAKER DIES

Local news website The Comet reports that British award-winning film maker Mark Straker died suddenly on Thursday (17 October). The writer and filmmaker’s many accolades include Best Acting at the London Black Film Makers International Film Festival in 2009 for Second Chance, a Hollywood VSM award in 2009 for Hitchin-based short film One of Us, and a British Cinema Inspiration Award for PUKKA in 2004. Mr Straker was also the founder of Stevenage-based charity Positive Strides UK, which delivers arts programmes for []

UK TV: BBC COMMISSIONS BRAND NEW SCRIPTED COMEDY SERIES FROM WRITER KEITH AKUSHIE

The British Black List reports that BBC Three has commissioned a brand new scripted comedy series from writer Keith Akushie. The new comedy titled ‘Siblings’ is about the world’s worst brother and sister. Obnoxious, lazy, self-centred, underachieving, incompetent and occasionally depraved, they cause chaos and disaster where ever they go. BBC Three has ordered six episodes for the show’s first season. Keith began writing comedy at university before performing sketches and stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe. His first play Hostage won the 2010‘Harry Porter Prize’ for []

UK MUSIC NEWS: ESTELLE LAUNCHES NEW LONDON RECORDS

British artist Estelle has announced the launch of her independent label New London Records. The label is in partnership with BMG. The star said in a statement: “This is a new and exciting move for me. BMG has been an awesome partner throughout my career, and with New London we plan to continue bridging the gap between soul, pop, London and New York — uniting them through music.”  BMG executive president Richard Blackstone added, “Estelle has been a valued member of the []

UK NEWS: NOEL CLARKE LAUNCHES T-SHIRT COLLECTION

Actor, writer and director Noel Clarke has launched his very own T-shirt. Check out the merchandise below… Click HERE to view more….  The T-shirt’s are expensive. I was looking for Primark prices. But I can guarantee that they will go down a storm with the guys and gals who spend  their days and nights inside and outside Tennessee Chicken. Your thoughts please….

BRITISH MUSIC JOURNALIST BECOMES FIRST OFFICIAL UK RESIDENT COLUMNIST FOR XXLMAG.COM

Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson is well-known on the UK underground music scene for his love and passion of grime, UK rap, bassline, dubstep and other bass-orientated music. Having started off as a club night promoter, the 22-year-old has now gone on to become one of the most respected music journalists in the UK music scene. In his short career, Joseph has achieved an impressive amount of accolades for his young age. He currently holds the title of Editor of MTV’s urban blog, The Wrap []

UK EVENT: AN AUDIENCE WITH ANGIE LE MAR

British comedian, actress, and writer Angie Le Mar is about to celebrate 25 years in showbiz, and will be performing live at The Barbican in September. 25 years!!! This woman has worked hard to survive in the industry for that long.  Congratulations Angie. Check out poster below for more details.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: NOEL CLARKE

The problem was I got a bit soft, I got a bit friendly i got a bit emotional. I started worrying and focusing too much on helping others. And I did help a lot of people. I don’t need to name them, I know who they are, You know who they are, they know who they are. I was always on this – “Gotta write a part for that guy, Gotta bring in that girl”. How can i help this person, how can []