Review: More Life 2018

by Thursday, May 10, 2018

On Saturday 5 May, the world's first trending reggae/dancehall event made a dazzling return to London’s centre stage - More Life 2018. The popular music festival was headlined by reggae crooner Tarrus Riley, alongside Cham, Jahmiel, David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey and Nikki Z, on hosting duties. Each act was on top form, much to the delight of ...

Lee Jasper calls for UK PM Theresa May’s resignation following Windrush scandal

by Saturday, April 28, 2018

Following the Windrush scandal, community activist Lee Jasper called for UK Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation in an exclusive interview with me at the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) this afternoon. He described ongoing events as "legal kidnap, sanctioned by the state" and said: "I don't think there's anything more that we can ask for than the resignation ...

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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ hero was meant to be black

by Thursday, September 14, 2017

ROALD DAHL wanted the hero of his classic children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) to be black, his widow and biographer revealed on BBC Radio 4's today programme (13 September). The famous author decided against this decision, due to racial segregation at the time. The programme's interview with Dahl's biographer, Donald Sturrock, took place ...

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Patsy Cummings Wins Croydon By-Election

by Friday, September 8, 2017

FOLLOWING A landslide victory in the South Norwood by-election last night (8 September), Patsy Cummings has been announced as Croydon’s new councillor. According to the council’s website, the Labour leader gained some 1671 votes - 1196 more than Rebecca Natrajan from the Conservative Party, who came second with 475 votes. Liberal Democrat candidate Claire Elizabeth Bonham came ...

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Interview: Leading Nigerian writer Ben Okri on the power of fake news

by Tuesday, June 6, 2017

06/06/17 The British-Nigerian literary giant talks to Nadine White about the snap election, writers’ responsibility in times of conflict and showcasing his scriptwriting skills in a dazzling film debut   WRITERS DO not merely reflect and interpret life, they also inform and shape mass perspective. A number of life-changing events have recently taken place in Britain: the Brexit vote, ...

Interview: Ziggy Marley

by Thursday, May 4, 2017

The reggae star on how the Grammys are the least of his worries, his first cookbook and why he doesn’t rely on radio play to determine the success of his career WHEN THE name ‘Ziggy’ is mentioned in global conversation, it isn’t difficult to know who is being referred to. No other introduction is needed for this ...