‘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 ...

Interview: Afrobeats star Mr Eazi

by Thursday, February 2, 2017

NIGERIAN BORN, Ghana-London based musician Mr Eazi burst onto the scene in 2013 and has risen to become one of Afrobeats’ pioneering stars. Currently signed to Wizkid’s Starboy World Wide Label, Eazi made some serious waves in the UK last year after two sell out shows, a summertime smash hit Dance For Me with Eugy and ...

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Marion Hall: Life After Lady Saw

by Friday, October 21, 2016

SINCE HANGING up her dancehall shoes in December 2015, Marion Hall has been baptised and is now walking a Christian path. Some of the best-known anthems from the Jamaican-born star, formerly known as ‘queen of dancehall’, Lady Saw, include Heels On, Man is the Least and Sycamore Tree. Currently residing in Florida, Hall decided to remain in ...