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Issue 29 • Dec/Jan 2011

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A Word From The Editor

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MUSIC

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COMEDY

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CLUB

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ASIAN EVENTS

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THEATRE

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EVENTS

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highlights of 2010

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SCREEN

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WINTER WONDERLAND

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WRITTEN & SPOKEN

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FOOD

Acting Editor

JB Rose

Design

Tony Watts

Contributors:

Fiona Frimpong

As we enter December family and friends are on our minds as we contemplate our Christmas and New Years arrangements. Although the earliest sightings of seasonal paraphernalia have been identified as early as July in certain London department stores this month marks the beginning of consumer overdrive as the shops and supermarkets push their finest tinsel and baubles and we all begin to feel the pressure of buying little Kofi and Kemi every item they have circled in the catalogue. Needless to say we should take time to remember what this holiday period is all about and in this months issue we look back on this year’s memorable moments, highlighting not only the fluffy showbiz gossip but the more serious disasters that struck Haiti and St Lucia. Throughout the year celebrities and civilians alike have made their own contribution to rebuilding the lives of those that have been ravaged by nature; as we settle down to dinner with loved ones we should all spare them a thought. On a lighter note Life in Colour encourages everyone to travel down to your local outdoor ice rink and see whether you can enjoy slipping and sliding without falling on your posterior. Our Theatre section is jam packed highlighting pantomimes all across London and in Events we have ensured that we have included Kwanzaa for those who wish to bring in the new year from an Afrocentric point of view. Kojo and Richard Blackwood are out on the comedy scene and the clubs offer plenty of choice for those who want to whoop it up and shake what God gave them into 2011. I would like to thank all the contributors, researchers, interns, work experience young people and the design team for making Life in Colour so brilliant this year. I would especially like to thank our Editor Samera Owusu-Tutu for her talent, vision and support and we look forward to another really successful year ahead. Happy New year from all at Life in Colour

Head Of Sales

Mike Pinat

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Life In Colour Listings Guide

Publishers

JB Rose

Derek Morrison-Bowen

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MUSIC

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Unsigned & Happening

MELEKA.

Meleka is one of the latest UK, R&B/Soul sensations to hit our screens and our radio stations as she releases her debut single ‘Miss Me’. This brilliant collaboration sees Meleka once again team up with the ever so talented Crazy Cousins to produce yet again another up-tempo club banger; that should definitely get everyone and anyone in the mood to get up and dance. This 21 year old first embraced her talents in 2008 where she competed in a two day workshop with 14 other hopefuls. With her astonishing vocals she managed to win over the former Mis-teeq singer Sabrina Washington, who had picked her for the grand prize at the prestigious urban talent event where she was graced with the opportunity to support Estelle who has had hits such as American Boy and Substitute Lover. Since winning Meleka has collaborated and worked alongside Don – E, Basement Jaxx, Chipmunk and even U.S diva Kelis.

MAXSTA.

Ian ‘Maxsta’ Koromah resides from East Ham, E6 situated in East London and is one of the youngest talented ‘Grime MC’s’ in his era at a tender age of only 18. His career began in 2008 and He has already emerged into the music scene with his first debut mixtape entitled ‘Maxtape’. He received a positive response from his fans who were familiar with some of his songs from this mixtape as they were aired on various radio stations such as; Kiss 100 and BBC 1xtra. Maxsta first made his debut video appearance in Ghetto’s popular song ‘Skadoosh’ which later gave him the recognition he needed to shoot his own solo video called, ‘East London is Back’. Maxsta has shone into fame so rapidly in his career because of the amazing content of his lyrics which depict the everyday life he faces as a black boy living in East London. He has also worked with other recognized MC’s such as; Dot Rotten, Ghetts, J2K and Wiley.


MUSIC YOUNG SPRAY.

This UK rapper blew the urban underground scene away with this debut mixtape ‘Realer than Most’. He portrays life from his bitter experiences growing up, from the separation of his parents causing him to move from his birth place Dominica to England to his time spent in prison at only 16. But it was this unfortunate time spent in prison where he had discovered his talent to rap. Young Spray known to his mum as Leon Riviere, joined a North London group called ‘Northstar’, where his childhood friend C1 was also a member and had performed with great artists such as; Memphis Bleek, Rocafella and Malia. They had great successes as a group and inspired black youths everywhere to leave the ‘streets for the beats’. Currently Young Spray is working on his own solo projects with the follow ups of his first mixtape ‘Still Realer than Most volume 2’ and his latest mixtape entitled ‘Hard 2 Kill’.

DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9

All Hip Hop heads know that Premo needs no introduction, formally one half of the great Gang Starr alongside the late Guru, as well as being one of the top Hip Hop producers in the game today. He has honoured numerous classic cuts with his trademark scratches and production credits include, Big L, Das EFX, D.I.T.C, Group Home, Jay-Z, Jeru the Damaja, KRS-One, M.O.P, Nas, Notorious B.I.G, Rakim and many more. Royce is former member of the rap duo Bad Meets Evil, together with Eminem and is the current member of the group Slaughterhouse (Joell Ortiz, Crooked I & Joe Budden). Cost: £15 Time: 8pm Location: Fabric, 77A Charterhouse St City of London EC1M 3HN Info: 07977 431 430 / 020 7336

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Dec CK Gospel Choir

Don’t miss this brilliant opportunity to catch this 15 member choir many of whom have appeared with the music industry’s finest acts, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Enrique Iglesias and

Phil Collins to name but a few…. with a full LIVE band for one night only. What is exciting about CK is there ability to fuse traditional and modern gospel with Soul, Jazz Latin and Classical with their unique blend of close harmonies. The group has been formed by likeminded independently talented singers who come together in a common love of performing in their own individual unique style. A great evening is promised, you will be dancing in your seats - whatever your age. Cost: £8 - 10 Time: 7:30pm Location: Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG Info: www.jazzcafelive. com/index.asp

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Dec Dennis Rollins Badbone & co The award-winning British trombonist Dennis Rollins is well-known on the British and international jazz scene and is celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the underrated trombone. His mighty sound can be heard to full effect in his award winning band, Badbone & Co’s repertoire of groove-based, funky dance music with jazz overtones. Cost: £20 - £41.50 Time: 6pm

Location: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk

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Dec Ronnie Scotts Blues Experience

The Blues Experience is a new band specializing in blues music from Chicago to Delta to West Coast to British, covering blues classics by the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Peter Green, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Cray...and many more greats of the blues genre. The band is led by the superb Tony Remy, one of the world’s most exciting guitarists – inspiring, soulful and inventive on stage. Tony plays regularly with Annie Lennox, In Cognito and Craig David amongst others. Checkout his album “Jammin’ At The 12 Bar Club” to hear his classic blues licks. Cost: £20 - £37.50 Time: 6pm Location: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk

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JLS

JLS tickets are now available to

see the X Factor finalists who are now making a name for themselves as a quality group in their own right, performing their acclaimed new album at the O2 Arena and Wembley Arena. JLS tickets will enable JLS fans to see the stunning four-piece live on stage as they bring their mesmerising live performances to the iconic music venues in what promises to be a hugely popular show – not least because it’s got the JLS boys in attendance. Cost: £30 - £40 Time: 7:10pm Location: Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, United Kingdom, HA9 0AA Info: 020 8782 5500

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Dec Gill Manly

We are proud to present a night which re-creates the legendary Nina Simone performances that have taken place over the club’s history. Nina’s performances at the club are often the most talked about…her amazing singing and a slightly idiosyncratic performance style. For these performances the incredible Gill Manley will present her personal tribute to Nina Simone. Gill herself has an amazing voice and is a truly great artist. She has been around on the UK scene for 20

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MUSIC years. She is a soulful and blues diva that has a voice able to move thousands. Cost: £20 - £37.50 Time: 6pm Location: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk

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Dec Marsha Ambrosius

Marsha Ambrosius formerly of ‘Floetry’ will be showcasing her new Album ‘ Late Nights & Early Mornings’ in a one off exclusive ahead of her 2011 UK Tour. Marsha now with J Record will be performing tracks ‘I hope she cheats on you (with a basketball player)’, the classic ‘Say Yes’, her new single ‘Far away’ plus more all on her renowned keys set with her DJ. Also performing on this night will be two of UK’s best kept secrets Obenewa performing tracks from her new EP ‘Late Night Lullabies’, and the soulful Nadine Charles both performing with Live Band. Cost: £19.50 Time: 7:30pm Location: Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB Info: 0207 428 5929

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Dec Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson

Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson unite for this one night as they display a double bill of sassy pop, funky R&B and Soulful Reggae. Janet Kay (born Janet Kay Bogle) was born in London of Jamaican parentage. Janet’s first single in 1977 was a cover version of Minnie Ripperton’s ‘Loving You’ (produced by Alton Ellis), which became a reggae smash hit spending many weeks at number one in the reggae charts. As a songwriter and producer Carroll experienced her first real chart success in 1980 with the timeless ‘I’m so sorry’ shooting straight to number one in the British reggae charts. She was quickly established as one

of the UK’s finest female reggae vocalists selling over 1,000,000 records worldwide. Cost: £17.50 Time: 7pm Location: Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG Info: www.jazzcafelive.com/ index.asp

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Dec Los Charly’s Orchestra

Combining a retro yet modernsounding style, Los Charly’s Orchestra blend the boogiedisco sound of the 1970s with a Latin twist to create a unique neo-funk style. Created by Venezuelan producers Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel, the band features Ace Neo Soul icon Xantone Blacq, singer Rotimo Soul, Brazilian bass player Matheus Nova, Guitarist Ed Ritches and Venezuelan percussionist Wilmer Sifontes amongst many others. Los Charly’s have worked in collaboration with some of the most prolific producers of the contemporary scene such as Faze Action, Phil Asher and Joey Negro, producing a series of releases over the past three years to the delight of the global disco/funk scene, the most recent of which is 2010’s Chicano Disco Funk. Cost: Free Time: 6:00pm Location: The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX Info: 0844 875 0073

long-awaited live show. With three studio albums under their belt packed full of modern soul classics (Everyday, Far Beyond, Rough Times, Garden of Love, Fly Away) plus a loyal and evergrowing following, the Sunburst Band performances are not one to miss. Cost: £17.50 Time: 7:00pm Location: Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG Info: www.jazzcafelive.com

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Dec Tropicalista

A New Year’s Eve extravaganza of Tropical vibrations with a global flavour! This New Year’s Eve two of London’s acclaimed global music promoters and regular Rich Mix collaborators are coming together for a seriously hot Tropical, Urban, Latin and Afro vibes line-up. Together Movimientos and Hackney Globe Trotter have enjoyed a ram packed year hosting stages and producing events at Glastonbury, the Barbican, Lovebox, Paradise Gardens, Big Chill, Roskilde; plus gigs all over Europe, sell out London Club nights, DJ support for Manu Chao and beyond, this party is set to be the hottest ticket for global revelry in the whole of this great fantastic melting pot of London Town. Cost: £15 - £20 Time: 8.00pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 0843 221 0100

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07, 08 & 10 Jan

After sell out shows across the country at Band On The Wall Manchester, Southport Weekender, Concorde II Brighton, Ronnie Scott’s London plus shows at Porgy & Bess Austria, Garden Festival Croatia and Arthur¹s Day Dublin, Joey Negro¹s Sunburst Band has gone from strength to strength since it was first created as a

One of the biggest new worldwide artists of the last year, Canadian rapper Drake has already had two massive US top ten hits with Best I Ever Had and Every Girl, received Grammy, MTV and Soul Train nominations, and won two BET Awards, despite only having released one album. A protégé of Lil’Wayne, former actor Drake has worked with everyone from

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Drake

Kanye West and Eminem, to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Cost: £30 Time: 7.00pm Location: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith London, United Kingdom, W6 9QH Info: 0843 221 0100

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Jan The Illersapiens Brixton’s garage powerhouse the Illersapiens are hosting another of their rowdy open mic sessions Upstairs at the Ritzy tonight, so expect shout outs, rewinds and the odd very special guest serving up the rhymes. Cost: Free Time: 7:00pm Location: Upstairs At The Ritzy, Brixton, SW2 1JG Info: www.upstairsattheritzy. co.uk

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Jan Ethiopiaaa Shake off your post-New Year blues with another Christmas night out! Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on 7th January and Rich Mix brings a rocking Ethiopian party to Bethnal Green Road. Much talked about as one of the freshest bands on the London African scene, Krar Collective deliver a gritty, rootsy sound that gets everyone dancing. So why not come down and enjoy an amazing dance show, Ethiopian food, traditional Ethiopian fashion, and DJ sets till late by Hackney Globe Trotter Russ Jones and Ethiopian DJ Sammy. Plus come and learn some Ethiopian shoulder-shaking and bodypopping dance moves before the night and buy from the Ethiopian design and crafts stalls. Cost: £6 - £10 Time: 7:30pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498


CLUBS 01 Dec

Exotic Fridays

Buju Original and Vibez Entourage bring you Exotic, a night of pure sensation, a night of pure champagne flowing, laughter and good vibez. Exotic at Hypnotik is definately the place to be, a night of pure sensation. Music Policy - R’n’b, Hip Hop, Bashment, Soulful Funky House, UK Garage, Soca, Rare Grooves, Club Classics and More. Location: Hypnotik Wine Bar 75-79 Norwood Road SE24 9AA Info: 02086716868

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CHOICE CUTS at Dogstar

This DJ bar in Brixton has all the credentials to hold some of the most credible reggae nights in London. Free before 10pm. A mash up of the best 80s, 90s, Electro, Indie, Hip Hop, Pop & Party Rock with the Choice Cuts DJs & Friends! Location: 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ Info: www.getlowblog.com

Dubstep Xmas Party

This edgy club holds a lot of house nights but still has time to squeeze in some of the best reggae events in East London. With Jakes, Distance, Cyrus + Darkside, Tunnidge. Location: East Village 89 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HX Info: www.eastvllageclub. com / www.Ticketweb.co.uk

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Dec Soca Rumba

Steven aka Credable from D Soca Cartel Brings you Release D Riddim RED EYE – Christmas Special @ THE MASS 100% Soca Come in your Christsmas colours and outfits as the crew are ready to palance from night till morning;11pm – 6am. Music from all the Islands, old and new with a DJ line up of: DJ Bliss, Mr Hardwine, QT 2Hype, Hyper Spice, DJ Tate, Digga D & Credable with guest DJ Tyrone,

Vinny Ranks & Martin Jay! £5 before 11.30, £10 after! Bring your flags, rags, horns and whistles. Over 18’s. No hoodies or caps! £5 BEFORE 1130, £10 AFTER Location: St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill SW2 1JF Info: steven_mensah@ hotmail.com, 07950715598, www.soca-cartel.com www.releasedriddim.com

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Big In Japan: Pete Herbert + Popular Peoples Front + Stopmakingme + Yamwho? at The Book Club

Finishing off the year with a bang Big in Japan hold a special late night party at favourite Shoreditch hang out, The Book Club. They have gone all out with a stellar line with Big In Japan residents: Dan Spinney, Jay Karim, Prince Pac, Mikey Palmer, Xena, Yes Jess and Fats Hraib spin the best disco, house, funk and boogie with classic R’n’B, hip hop and weird pop blips. Location: The Book Club EC2A 4RH Info: (0)20 7684 8618

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Dec Dim The Lights

Browning Promotions & Musik 1st Invite you to their Christmas celebration, ‘Dim The Lights’ (The Christmas Edition). Starting at 10pm till 5am you will be entertained by DJ Mikey, DJ Tubbs & Lloydie Banks, Cabbage Man, Goodfeelinz Roadshow, RS Digital & Big John. Music policy; absolutely the best in reggae, revival and lovers rock, with a touch of soul. Location: The Stylish Bar, 512 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE Info: 0872 148 4264

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Dec Blaze of Glory vs Heaven Jukebox at The Social

DJs over two floors: Matty J and Ben Terry. A double header Christmas party brought to you be the combined powers of

Matty, Ben, Danny and Carl over tow floors and 4 decks. Expect a Balearic Christmas treat. Location: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, Soho, London, W1W 7JD Info: 44 (0)20 7636 4992

acceptable. ouch of soul. Location: The Greyhound Bar 151-153 Greyhound lane Streatham London SW16 5NJ Info: 07943429469 or07957701176 or email G5_entertaiment@live.com

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Get Low at Dostar

The Get Low Cartel are back for Xmas, taking over the venue again with a smashing line up. This DJ bar in Brixton has all the credentials to hold some of the most credible reggae nights in London. Location: Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ Info: www.getlowblog.com

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FREDDIE MONO PRESENTS High Society - The Post Christmas Luxury House Party

This year, the Boxing Bank Holiday festivities continues at a pace with a barnstorming party on the banks of the Thames River at a truly genuinely luxurious mansion house party at Hampton Court. Location set on the outskirts of London and Surrey and in atmosphere properly fit for lively entertainment that would be ‘The party of the Christmas season. Dress futuristic and elegant. DOORS: 9.30pm 6.00am. Location: 8 Riverbank, Hampton Court, East Molesey, KT8 9BH. Info: 07780501951

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Dec Fancy Fridays

Fancy Fridays Start the Bank Holiday in style with G5 Entertainment - parties for a more discerning crowd, Friday nights where you can have a drink chat network and even a dance in a very relaxed atmosphere. First 30 ladies will receive Chanel and Bourjois gift bag! Further prizes throughout the night Dress code – Grown & sexy-collared shirts/designer t-shirts and fitted pants are

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The People, the music, the atmosphere. Dj’s PnP, DJ Ice Commander B and Guest. Includes free ticket for 2 on New Years Day before 12 midnight Location: Moon Lighting Club. 17 Greek Street, off Soho Square W1D 4DR Info: 0207 437 5782, 0207 734 6308, 07842 900 222. www. moonlightingnightclub.co.uk

The Bays at Jazz Cafes

The Bays, the UK’s legendary, improvising, electronic group took a new step by curating and headlining 24 hours of music in the Blue Pavilion tent at Festival 2006. The band are frequent offenders at the Big Chill festival, and due to their improvising prowess can pretty much guarantee that no two shows are ever the same. Location: The Jazz Cafe London NW1 7PG Info: 020 7485 6834

Nye @ Hypnotik

Nye would like to extend an invitation to the year to year special incarnation of... New Years Eve!!! Strictly over 21’s with Dj’s Gammo Speng, Special Selexionz and Platinum X playing on rotation. Specialising in R&B, Reggae, Funky House and Hip, the night starts 10.00pm – 5pm. Location: Nye (formerly Brockwells) 75-79 Norwood Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24 9AA
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Soul Brew Jazzie B + Ashley Beedle + DJ Vadim + Kidkanevil at Queen of Hoxton

The only NYE Party boasting 2 Grammy’s, 2 Ivor Novello’s and an OBE! SoulBrew AllStars: Spin Doctor & Andy Bird
Jazzie B (Soul 2 Soul)
Ashley Beedle 
DJ Vadim (BBE / Ninja


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& Chris P Cuts This year residents Spin Doctor & Andy Bird are joined by their most incredible line up of guests to date all of whom have a proven SoulBrew track record. Music policy; Soul, Disco, Hip-Hop, House, Reggae and beyond at London’s best value New Year’s Eve party. Location: East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HX Info: 0207-253-0483

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Hot Caribbean New Year’s Eve Party

The Hot Caribbean New Year’s Eve Party. This explosive fete will kick start 2011 Caribbean style in Sun Bailante’s tropical furnace boasting the best Dj’s originated from this part of the world with DTee the Soca master at BBC 1Xtra, DJ Djahman, Guadeloupe’s most versatile Dj jetting off to London. Sun Bailante with its infectious Latin and global sounds, plus special Grenadian guest on the night. DJ QT 2 Hype, the rising star from Bang radio. Don’t miss the sexy Caribbean Carnival parade and expect hip-shaking Soca, Dancehall, Zouk and Reggae alongside R&B, Hip Hop, Funky House plus Salsa, Reggaeton, Latin vives and live PA’s. The dress code is ‘Exotic Blue’. Finally, 10% of the profit will go to the National Committee for St Lucia Hurricane relief registered Charity no# 281188. £25 on the door. Location: Parker McMillan 47 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y Info: www.sunbailante.com

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Jan Bam Bam Sound at The Big

Say a big fat raggamuffin “hello” and “wha g’wan” to the New Year with all the best in beats and bass. Expect reggae, dancehall, breaks, funky, dubstep, jungle and more. Location: The Big Chill Bar, 14 Dray Walk, Shadwell, London, E1 6QL Info: (0)20 7392 9180

Any Given Sunday at RubyLo

Bros inc. Event management presents an urban event playing R’n’B, soul, house and afro-beats. Dress code: sexy and stylish (strictly no caps or hoodies). Location: Ruby Lo Ruby Lo, 23 Orchard Street, Mayfair, London, W1H 6HL Info: (0)20 7486 6371

Beats

A club night that specialises in delivering high-quality sounds and spreading love. Over the past two years they have built up a strong and loyal following of heads from all corners of London, who have come together to hear cutting-edge up-and-coming live acts coupled with DJs playing a potent mix of sounds: from soul, funk, hip-hop, reggae, ska and dancehall to drum ‘n’ bass, twostep, new skool, funky breaks, B-more, electro and dubstep. Resident DJs are Makka and Corsini. Location: Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Basement of Tavistock Hotel Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG Info: 020 7691 2610

Bustin Loose! at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

A club night that specialises in delivering high-quality sounds and spreading love. Over the past two years they have built up a strong and loyal following of heads from all corners of London, who have come together to hear cutting-edge up-and-coming live acts coupled with DJs playing a potent mix of sounds: from soul, funk, hip-hop, reggae, ska and dancehall to drum ‘n’ bass, twostep, new skool, funky breaks, B-more, electro and dubstep. Resident DJs are Makka and Corsini. Location: Bloomsbury

Bowling Lanes, Basement of Tavistock Hotel Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG Info: 020 7691 2610

CandyJam

A line up of DJs playing mash up party tunes this summer; old school, dance, garage, house, R’n’B, funk and soul will all be on the menu, and will be served by the likes of DJ LJ, The UK Funk Kartel, DJ Stevie T and Rob Sterling. Location: The Gallery NW4 3LH, 407-411 Hendon Way, London, NW4 3LH Info: (0)20 8202 4000

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Jan The Herbaliser at The Old Queen’s Head

More than 15 years into their musical journey, The Herbaliser just keep getting bigger, stronger and better. Taking influences from hip hop, jazz and electronica their releases on Ninja Tune’s have lead to both cult and commercial success and thier Fabric Live album is testament to their DJ skills. Location: The Old Queens Head N1 8LN, 44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LN Info: (0)20 7354 9993

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Jan Electronica Club

A night featuring DJs Shitmat, Tesco Value Gabba, Dave Skywalker, Junkie Kut, Noizy Az Fuck, Wombcorps, DJ Pinhead, Doomham, Mr Sparkle, Dhd, Raath-Mon-Tet, Drugzilla, Swiss-T b2b Greg Peaks, Murda Horse and Enerator. Location: The Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1EW Info: 020 7375 3774

Sean Taylor + Izzy Ducasse and Pilgrim + Sound Sheiks at Archangel Set for great things, furious guitar skills, paired with deep smoky vocals must mean one thing: acoustic blues deluxe. A mesmerizing performer. Izzy Ducasse and Pilgrim: All kind of chemical reactions from this

Battersea troubadour. Think sweet soul and helluva result. Sound Sheiks: Presenting their night, Diddly Bo, DJ duo The Sound Sheiks educate London in the art popcorn music. It is an all vinyl affair, spinning American rhythm’n’blues and soul from the 50s and 60s alongside some retro latin, ska and heavy 70s funk. Location: Arch Angel 11 - 13 Kensington High Street, Kensington London W8 5NP Info: (0)20 7938 4137

Liaison: Michael Green + Leroy Roberts + Shaun + Ellis at Pacha Liaison enter their fourth year of putting on parties at the renowned Pacha London, every party being a huge success and this party will be no different. Main room: Michael Green, Leroy Roberts, Shaun and Ellis and Smith Brothers. Global room: Alex Jeffcoate, Jack D and Seani Beats. Location: Pacha London Nightclub SW1V 1JR Info: 0845 3714489

Desi Disco (Bhangra Club) Desi Disco shall play host to some of the best up-andcoming British Asian music acts, with an established headline act taking the stage once a month. Line-ups are set to include a host of underground British Asian DJs, MCs, singers and other musical acts playing and performing the funkiest R’n’B, hip hop, UK Bhangra, Bollywood and urban beats. Desi Disco resident celebrity DJ Krash or The Senator who are on weekly rotation. Location: The Chapel Bar, 29A Penton Street, Islington, London N1 9PX Info: (0)20 7833 4090

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Brick Lane’s Cafe 1001 hosts an excellent pool of talented DJs and live bands almost every night, often playing out reggae beats. Cafe 1001 is located on Brick Lane and as you would expect attracts a colourful mix of media wannabes, ironic haircuts and those who just want to have a good night out. Location: 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 6QL Info: 0872 148 0522

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THEATRE 01

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It Had to Be You Christmas Eve. New York City. Theda Blau (Carol Lawson), an out of work actress, is loveless and jobless. But she decides to do something about it when a producer/director (Anthony Green) comes into her life. Time: 7.30pm Location: New End Theatre, 27 New End Road, London NW3 1JD Info: 08700332733 www.offwestendtheatres. co.uk / www. ItHadToBeYouThePlay.com

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Jan Jack and the Beanstalk Written and directed by Susie McKenna Get ready for a winter wonderland adventure this Christmas as we serve up a giant portion of London’s No 1 pantomime. Join Jack and the gang for another Hackney Empire smash-hit. Come and see the singing harp, the golden hen, the giant of all giants and not forgetting Buttercup... the break dancing cow. Ends 9 Jan 2011 Location: Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ Info: +44 (0)20 8985 2424, boxoffice@hackneyempire.co.uk

Get Santa by Anthony Neilson and Nick Powell It’s Christmas Eve but Holly isn’t happy. All she’s ever wanted from Santa is to meet her real Dad for the first time. And every time, Santa’s failed to deliver, bringing lots of useless presents instead. This lovely Christmas Adventure offers a touch of magic dust and a Teddy Bear with an evil masterplan and you have the ingredients for a magical, musical and downright mischievous Christmas show with a fresh moral. 1st December 2010– 15th January 2011 Location: Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8A Info: (+44) 020 7565 5000. www.royalcourttheatre. com/whats-on/get-santa

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Jan Mole in the Hole Meet the Mole Family in their cosy, underground home, lined with straw and strewn with sweetsmelling herbs. This is a wonderland with delights underfoot, popping out from the walls and even down from the ceiling. This is an adventure for everyone. Location: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London, Southwark, London SE1 2HZ Info: 020 7645 0560, www.unicorntheatre.com

Jan Little Red Riding Hood By Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman, Directed by Omar F. Okai Theatre Royal Stratford East’s panto is festive fun-packed entertainment for boys and girls of all ages with songs and laughs a-plenty. Join us as innocent Red Riding Hood and her feisty Grannie meet the big bad wolf...look out, he’s behind


THEATRE you! 4 December 2010 - 22 January 2011 Location: Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BN Info: Please ring the Box Office on 020 8534 0310 to book.

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Jan SNOW WHITE Written by Marc Day

3 Little Pigs A family Christmas show for ages 2-7. “You can huff and puff all you like; you’re still not getting in!”This adaptation of the famous children’s story is a real treat for everyone aged between 2 and 7 (sure, there is a wolf in it, but he’s not that scary – honest!) and will keep the adults on their toes! 
Taking it’s inspiration from 70’s children’s TV programmes, 3 Little Pigs is a feast of comical puppetry, cheesy music and rather loud wallpaper! Runs between; 7 - Fri 24 December Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446. www.thealbany.org.uk

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Jan The Gruffalo

Jan Beauty and the Beast

This Christmas, join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood ... Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl, a maraca-shaking and a party-mad Snake! Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined...? Goes on until Sunday 16 January 2010 Location: LONDON Garrick Theatre Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH Info: 0844 412 4662. www.gruffalolive.com

Join the Unicorn this Christmas as a new version of Beauty and the Beast roars into life. When Bob Brizzlewink loses his job as a merchant, the family is forced to move to the country and survive by growing vegetables. Bob’s daughter, Belle, constantly squabbles with her sister and struggles to rein in her fierce temper. Location: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London, Southwark, London SE1 2HZ Info: 020 7645 0560, www.unicorntheatre.com/ beautyandthebeast

star pantomime in London. For the first time ever for Christmas at the Broadway, a brand new production of the classic fairy tale in a magical, musical and very funny production. 11th Dec ’10 – 2 Jan ‘11 Location: Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU Info: 0208 690 0002 www. broadwaytheatre.ticketsolve. com

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a cryptic note from her doctor and a page from the Book of Everything she sets off on a wild journey to find her voice, which must be somewhere. Full of noise, song and live beat-boxing The Lost Voice is a captivating show for children from four to eight and adults who haven’t quite grown up. Suitable for all ages. Prices £8 Location: Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX Info: (0)20 7960 4200, www.southbankcentre.co.uk

The Lost Voice tells the story of Whisper, a shy little girl with hardly enough voice to be heard in the classroom, at home or anywhere else! Encouraged by

A Christmas Carol Adapted for the marionette stage from the story by Charles Dickens

Jan The Lost Voice

A Christmas production from Dickens’ well loved story about a mean old miser, Scrooge, who is visited by the Christmas ghosts and transformed into a jovial generous old man. Presented with marionettes and shadow puppets, special effects and dramatic lighting, this is an exciting and magical experience for the festive season. Suitable for everyone. Ends January 9th. Tickets; children £8.50, adults £10.00. Location: The Puppet Theatre Barge
is at Little Venice
opposite, 35, Blomfield Road,
London W9 2PF Info: 020 7249 6876, www. puppetbarge.com

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Snow White will take you on a magical adventure deep into the forest where you will meet lots of amazing animals and several quirky dwarfs! Will the wicked queen become the fairest in the land? Will Snow White escape the poisonous apple and meet her Prince Charming? And will love’s kiss save the day? 07 Dec – 02 Jan ‘11 Location: Broadway, The Broadway, Barking, Northeast London, IG11 7LS Info: 020 8507 5607 /www. thebroadwaybarking.com


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Jan Anansi: An African Fairy Tale, by Lisa Cagnacci In this lively alternative to the traditional Christmas show, everything hinges on the completion of an impossible quest, forcing a small but brave spider to confront her uncertainties and find hope in the most unexpected of places. This brand new play, based on research into traditional West African and Caribbean folklore, explores the joyous creative power of story-telling. On until the 8th January. Location: Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, (Corner of Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.) London SE1 2TF Info: 020 7407 0234, www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

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Snow Queen Once upon a time, there were two friends, Kai and Gerda. They did everything together and were inseparable. But, one cold, cold night, Kai falls under the spell of the evil Snow Queen and is whisked away on her sleigh to the icy palace far away. Can Gerda save Kai from the Snow Queen and remove the splinter of glass in his heart? Join us this winter for an enchanting tale of friendship and discovery based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story. Cost14 / £16 and £10 concession. Ends 5th February ‘11 Location: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB Info: (0)20 8543 4888

18 Jan

Fela

A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist.Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging On until January 23rd. Location: National Theatre, South Bank, London. SE1 9PX Info: 020 7452 3000, www.nationaltheatre. org.uk


Th e at re Pro d uc t i o n

About Tell Tarra Theatre

Established to celebrate and promote Britain’s most talented writers this exciting company was the brain child of playwright/ singer/ songwriter JB Rose who elicited the help and expertise of the highly respected director/actress Angela Michaels. Tell Tarra exploded onto the theatrical scene in 2004 and has fast become renowned for its Writers’ Festivals, showcases, networking events and high quality theatre productions. 2010 will see the full scale production of the musical The Next Big Thing by JB Rose and directed by Angela Micheals - an insightful, witty play about the highs and lows of the music industry and centered around two female characters determined to reach the top whatever it takes. E. info@telltarra.com W. www.telltarra.com


2010’s Memorable

written by Fiona Frimpong

January:

A 16 year old Canadian captured the nation’s heart with his teeny bop, R&B style music. Every young female swooned as Justin Bieber released the ever so popular up-tempo hit, ‘Baby’. Justin, who is signed to R&B mogul Usher, is one artist that shall be remembered as the pop teen idol of this decade for many years to come.

February:

After the tragic earthquake which devastated Haiti in January a new version of ‘We are the World’ written by the great Michael Jackson/Lionel Ritchie and produced by Quincy Jones was produced. The original was released 25 years ago. This new recording was aimed at helping the cause to raise Haiti from the rubble boasted some of the greatest artists from previous eras coming together with recent starlets such as; Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Latoya Jackson and much more.

March:

This month marks the 53rd celebration of Ghana’s independence. MOBO award winner Chipmunk took to the stage as he headlined this year’s annual celebration at the newly acclaimed East London hotspot, Stratford Rex. Amongst various other artists such as; Tinie Tempah and comedians, Eddie Kadi and Kojo this was one celebration not to be missed.


Moments April:

After much anticipation, speculation and rumours, the release date for Apples’ most remarkable creation had been confirmed. The Apple Ipad made its mark this month with its astonishing features for a portable device. Weighing in at just below 75kg with a depth of 13.4m, this device gives you all the pleasures of a big bulky PC with added new technology, flair and innovation.

May:

There were two reasons for celebration this month as it had been confirmed that Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys were expecting their first child together. Not only are these two expecting to be become new parents they also intend to tie the knot later this year. Miss Keys said, ‘I am very excited about starting a family, it’s one of the most beautiful experiences to have in life...’

June:

Get your vuvuzella’s at the ready as the World Cup returned. Every male’s fantasies had been answered with non-stop football action as they cheered the nation’s home team England. What made this year’s World Cup significant was that history was being made as the popular sport was hosted for the first time, giving the entire nation hope.


2010’s Memorable July:

It seemed Michael Jackson fans could have the moment they have all been dreaming of as the famous Neverland Ranch could be turned into a state park after a Californian lawmaker wanted to go ahead with these plans. Although residents in the nearby Santa Ynez Valley weren’t too happy with the idea of turning Mr Jackson’s former home into a tourist attraction this would allow fans to visit this site as they please similar to Elvis Prestly’s home Graceland.

August:

Haiti’s very own Wyclef Jean files papers to stand for presidency as Haiti rebuilds its country after the devastating earthquake in January. He filed to run as a candidate for the ‘Viv Ansanm’. As he arrived in Port-au-Prince he was greeted by a mass of supporters. Mr Jean who lives in the US had to prove his eligibility to run under Haitian law. He told his supporters that America has Barrack Obama and Haiti will have him. He also admitted that if it hadn’t been for this disaster happening in Haiti he would have waited at least 10 years before doing this.

September:

He may have been locked up but that didn’t stop Lil Wayne from celebrating his 28th birthday as well as his debut online album release ‘I Am Not a Human Being’. This online version features ten tracks whilst the CD will land on record shop shelves in October where it will feature three extra songs. It was said that Lil Wayne wanted to put out ‘I Am Not a Human’ to show that ‘he is always in the building’, regardless of his incarceration.


Moments October:

Amongst the usual Black History Month celebrations the MOBO awards ceremony took place in Liverpool celebrating 15 years of these prestigious after awards. The MOBO’s honours some of the music industry’s best talent in the UK and internationally. This year’s awards saw Tinie Tempah win best newcomer, Gyptian win best reggae act and Eminem win best international act.

November:

On the 3rd of this month Hurricane Tomas hit St Lucia killing at least 14 people and damaging the whole island especially in the South. It has to be one of the biggest awards in Afro/American entertainment to date. The Soul Train Awards was one of the most magical nights this year as it featured legendary tributes to some of the world’s greatest artists from; Anita Baker to Ron Isley. The Soul Train awards is also known for its immaculate sense of fashion trends as showcased by Chrisette Michelle who wore an amazing all black ensemble with matching turban. Filmed in Atlanta Georgia, performances from R.Kelly who opened up the show; Neyo, Erykah Badu, Ceelo and Reggae Mobo winner Gyptian wowed audiences.

December:

As Christmas draws nearer, the nation’s favourite singing competition came to an end with the bookies favourite Matt Cardle crowned its winner. Although Rebecca Ferguson became the runner up, her talent is unquestionable; as she was deemed a ‘world-class’ act by many music big wigs as well as the general public. Life in Colour predicts that she will follow in the footsteps of hugely successful JLS. However, it wasn’t Matt who had everyone talking during the finals of X Factor, it was Rihanna’s red hot performance that captured the viewer’s attention as she wore a black velvet maxi dress with the most revealing side split contrasting fabulously with her newly, curly, scarlet red do.


SCREEN 10 Dec For Colored Girls. In 1974, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered

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Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” made its stage debut, combining poetry, dance and music, and most significantly, placing the black female experience center stage. In lyrical, honest, angry, funny and tender language, Shange’s “colored girls” evoked the feelings woven into the fabric of black female life in America. Within two years, the play became a Broadway sensation, won an Obie and Tony Award, and would eventually be produced in regional theaters throughout the country. Now, thirty six years later, filmmaker Tyler Perry adapts this landmark work for the big screen, integrating the vivid language of Shange’s poems into a contemporary narrative that explores what it means to be a woman of color - and a woman of any color - in this world. FOR COLORED GIRLS weaves together the stories of nine different women – Joanna, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice – as they move into and out of one another’s existences; some are well known to one another, others are as yet strangers. Crises, heartbreaks and crimes will ultimately bring these nine women fully into the same orbit where they will find commonality and understanding. Each will speak her truth as never before. And each will know that she is complete as a human being, glorious and divine in all her colors. Dir: Tyler Perry, US, Drama, cert 15, 133min Cost: £5 - £7 Time: 10am & 3:30pm Location: Vue Cinemas - Shepherds Bush, Shepherds Bush Green, West 12 Shopping & Leisure Centre, London W12 8PP. Info: 0871 224 0240

12 - 15 Dec Look Closer. This exhibition explores the richness and diversity of Kilburn and the

nearby area as expressed through the people and architecture that help define it. Working with individuals and local community groups, ranging from youth clubs and basketball teams to sea cadets and boxers, K Yoland has created a social study of the area through a personal, artist-led approach. Navigating the grey areas between performance, portraiture and documentary photography, she has created a powerful and engaging series of images that connect to wider dialogues around youth representation and the influence of media, whilst capturing the fundamental essence of life in Kilburn and its neighbourhoods. Dir: K. Yoland, 2010, UK, documentary Cost: Free Time: 10am - 10pm Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR. Info: 020 7372 6611

18 Dec Besouro.

This unusal Brazilain Kong Fu tale was directed and written by Joao Daniel Tikhomiroff with the aid of Patricia Andrade. This movie is based on the real life of a legendary Capoeira fighter and social leader from Bahia, Brazil. This film tells us the mysterious tale of a young Afro – Brazilian man and his connection to the ‘Orixas’ (African gods with mystical powers). Set in the early 1920’s, just forty years after the abolition of slavery, Besouro is riddled with fantastic capoeira (an arobatic art of self- defense). These were choreographed by the ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’/ ‘Matrix’ team. It is also set to the traditional rhythm of the ‘berimbau’ capoeria instrument.Dir: Joao Daniel Tikhomiroff, 2009, Brazilian production, Time: 2:00pm Location: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT. Info: www.bfi.org.uk

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Jan Playing Away.

Cultures collide in the comedy Playing Away, when a West Indian Brixton based cricket team accepts an invitation to play a match in a upscale Suffolk village, as part of their ‘Third World Week.’ The arrival of the team leads to new friendships but also unexpected hostility. The film features actors and actresses such as Norman Beaton (Willie Boy), Robert Urquhart (Godfrey), Helen Lindsay (Marjorie), Nicholas Farrell (Derek) and Brian Bovell (Stuart). Written by Carl Phillips, Playing Away is the second fiction feature by Trinidad-born director Horace Ove (born 1939). Horace Ové is in the record books for becoming the first Black British director of a feature film with Pressure in 1975. Dir: Horace Ove, 1987, UK, comedy, cert 15, 100min Cost: Free Time: 2pm Location: Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Street, East Finchley, London, N2 9PJ. Info: 020 8444 6789


WRITTEN & SPOKEN 13 Jan

Book Slam. Book Slam South kicks off the new year at the sumptuous Clapham Grand with a sparkling line-up that includes poet Jacob Sam-La-Rose and award-winning poet and novelist Jackie Kay whose latest book, Red Dust Road, recounts her search for her birth father. Other guests are celebrated journalist and author Howard Jacobson and singer Kirstenana. Book Slam South kicks off the new year at the Clapham Grand with a sparkling line-up that will help us intellectually detox following the festive excess of bad TV. Guests include:

• JACOB SAM-LA ROSE: poet, web geek, edutainer, old friend of Book Slam and all round literary whirlwind will entercate us with his verse • JACKIE KAY: award-winning novelist, poet and, most recently, memoirist, whose latest book, ‘Red Dust Road’, recounts her search for her birth father • KIRSTENANA: melt in the mouth electro acoustic pop that’s funny, smart and touching Cost: £6 - £8 Time: 6:30pm Location: The Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, London SW11 1TT Info: info@bookslam.com

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Jan Guardian Review Book Club with Andrea Levy. Andrea Levy will talk to John Mullan about her Orange prize-

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Jan EC Osundu. EC Osondu, winner of the 2009 Caine Prize, reads from his debut collection of short stories, Voice of America. Set in Nigeria and America, the subjects of these stories range from the poverty of a refugee camp to the disorienting experience of immigrant life in a new world. Focusing on village communities and the bustling metropolis, Osondu’s writing is shot through with humour, pathos and wisdom. The event is chaired by Bernardine Evaristo, author of Soul Tourists and Blonde Routes. ‘Osondu looks at the human condition in all its poignant absurdity; with observant wonder and subtle humour.’ (Mary Gaitskill). Cost: £8 Time: 7:45pm Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. co.uk/find/literature-spokenword/tickets/ec-osondu55955

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Jan Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

An event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-84), one of the most prominent poets of the Indian subcontinent, who wrote in both Urdu and Punjabi, and whose humane work was filled with love, respect, dignity and resistance to injustice. This event will feature Tariq Ali, the distinguished historian, novelist and campaigner, and Faiz’s daughter Salima Hashmi. A unique celebration of the life and works of a great world poet. Cost: £9.50 Time: 7pm Location: Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG Info: info@kingsplace.co.uk

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• HOWARD JACOBSON: the celebrated journalist and author of novels including ‘The Mighty Walzer’ and ‘Kalooki Nights’ introduces us to his extraordinary, Booker Prizewinning tragi-comedy,’ The Finkler Question’

winning novel, Small Island. Narrated by four different characters - Gilbert and Hortense, newly arrived in London from Jamaica, Queenie, their English landlady and her husband, Bernard, the novel is a comic and moving story about the first wave of West Indian immigration to Britain. Time: 7pm Location: Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG Info: info@kingsplace.co.uk


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Dec Quincy Quincy returns with another bumper show for Christmas. This comedy Christmas stocking will be filled with top comedy acts from across the world, from TV, Film and Radio. The evening features a game show, giveaways and a free after party! Location: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX Info: 0844 357 2625. www.stratford-circus.com

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Jan Untapped Comedy Untapped Comedy at the Heritage Inn. Charles Tomlin best loved stand up comic in England today, ‘mek ya laugh til ya cry’ and Ms Binns aka Lavern Archer, comic actress of note, she brings charm and class to the party. Time: 9pm Price: £8 booked in advance Price: £10 on the door. Location: Heritage Inn, 301, Cricklewood Broadway, London, NW2 6PG Info: 07747 770 722

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Jan Comedy @ Cottons Wednesdays, 7pm Comedy and free after party in Caribbean restaurant Cotton’s. With up and coming and more established comedic talent; hosted on rotation by the Comedy Circus Club (Mr Cee, Quincy & Matt) followed by an after-party with music by resident sound system Dark n Devious, playing the best in soca, r&b, reggae, ol’skool and party classics. Cocktails and Caribbean food served (snack menu or + full West Indian Cuisine) Location: Cottons
70 Exmouth Market, London, EC1 (off Rosebery Avenue) Info: 07960 537 875, Cottons: 020 7833 3332 www. cottons-restaurant.co.uk

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Dec Kojob

Recently seen on Channel 4’s The 5 O’Clock Show and already seen on Stephen K Amos’ new sketch show; Kojo has already sold out Hackney Empire twice and performed stand-up all over the world. Don’t miss his Soho debut this December! Cost £12. Thursday 16th - Sat 18th December. Location: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: 0207 478 0100, http://www.sohotheatre.com/pl1974.html

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Jan Doc Brown

Since hitting the road as a professional stand up in October 2008, Doc has now become a headline act, as well as an accomplished comedic writer with credits on Radio 4’s The Now Show. ‘If Brown keeps mining this rich seam of hip-hop comedy, his fame should look after itself’ – Guardian. Tuesday 18th - Sat 29 Jan, starts at 8pm. Cost £10 - £13 Location: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: 0207 478 0100, www.sohotheatre.com/ pl1983.html


ASIAN EVENTS 11 Jan

DROP IN THE OCEAN and RITU SHRINGAR An evening of Kathak dance featuring Pratap Pawar Triveni accompanied on stage by tabla, sarod and sarangi also supported by Pandit Vishwa Prakash and Sujata Naphole 11th & 12th December 2010. Location: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 4a Castletown Road, West Kensington, London W14 9HE Info: 020 8568 0423. www.bhavan.net

18 Jan

In an era of generic urban music, Mumzy Stranger is set to blast onto the UK scene with a style that is entirely his own. Raised in Plaistow by Bengali parents, Mumzy’s music blends the bhangra and Bollywood beats of his childhood with the New Jack Swing riffs and reggae-inspired rhythms of his

Bobby Friction Presents Bobby Friction Presents is a night of eclectic South Asian vibes. From Pakistani Punks & Punjabi Dubstep through to Bangladeshi Bass, this night is a celebration of a definitive UK sound with an emphasis on LIVE performance.. Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498. www. richmix.org.uk

18 Jan

Urashima Taro Inspired by Japanese mythology and aesthetics, ‘Urashima Taro’ fuses stunning visuals with human size Bunraku-style puppets and Kamishibai - a traditional Japanese form of paper theatre - the origin of Manga. Video projection, shadow play, puppetry and the actor combine to tell this fascinating story of lust, betrayal and loss. Location: Rich Mix 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 Info: 020 7613 7498. www.richmix.org.uk

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Arun Ghosh Indo-Jazz clarinettist, Arun Ghosh’s musical vision and vocabulary reflects his rich geographical heritage. Arun Ghosh released his debut album ‘Northern Namaste’ on camoci records in 2008 to critical acclaim. The album has UK retail distribution through Harmonia Mundi. The opening track on ‘Northern Namaste’ entitled ‘Aurora’ also appears on Gilles Peterson’s compilation album ‘Brownswood Bubblers Three’. Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498. www.richmix.org.uk

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Mumzy Stranger Concert – With Full Live Band & Surprise Guests

teenage years. Whether he’s rapping or singing, producing or songwriting, Mumzy Stranger’s wide-ranging musical abilities set him apart from the masses. Now signed to Rishi Rich’s Tiffin Beats label, Mumzy is ready to unleash his distinct blend of bashment-flavoured R&B on the world in the form of his seductive new single Fly With Me.Mumzy Stranger. Location: Stratford Circus, 1 Theatre Square, London , E15 1BX Info: 0844 357 2625. www.stratford-circus.com


EVENTS Location: The Dub Club At The Dome Boston Arms, Dartmouth Park Hill London N19 5QQ Info: Info@ culturepromotions.com, www.culturepromotions.com

11 Dec

Ty’s Something Big Xmas Special Ty rounds off his European tour in London to celebrate Christmas in style. Hosted by the inimitable Charlie Dark and featuring support from Conrad the Scoundral, Debris, Aks and Obenew A. From spoken word beginnings to his current position as a boundary pushing hip hop artist and Mercury nominee, Ty rounds off his European tour in London.
With tracks from his new album, Special Kind of Fool and previous hits such as Wait a Minute and This Here Music. £10 Location: The Albany, Douglas Way SE8 4UG Info: 0208 692 4466

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11 Dec

Jah Shaka The Mighty Zulu Warrior Jah Shaka In An All Night Session Plays For The Month Of Asher - Royal Faith. A Dance Of Love And Overstanding For The Festive Season. A Dance For Everyone - All Nations -Who Love Roots Rock Reggae Music. The Heavy Bass Beats Will Fill The Dub Club. And The Spiritual Vibes Of Jah Shaka Will Keep

Everyone Dancing From Their Arrival Until 4am. It Is A Dance Not To Miss. £14 Advance Tickets £18 On The Door. Last Session Sold Out So The Advice Is To Arrive Early Or Buy In Advance. Buy In Advance On Line: Www.Ticketweb.Co.Uk Supatone Records Brixton Massive Records Camden Lock Dub Vendor Records Clapham Junction Jah Shaka Is The King Of Dub - Spread The Word

18 Dec Kwanzaa

You’re invited to the annual Christmas / Kwanzaa Book Fest and Educational C27therence. It will be an exciting educational, entertaining and inspirational, fun day. Meet, share and learn ideas with some of the UKs leading children authors, educationalists, TV producer and parenting instructors; there will also be book launches & signings, poetry, music plus a must-see film screening all under one roof. Children get in FREE. Adults £4.97 Location: Tooting Hub. St Peter’s Church Hall,
Beechcroft Road
London SW17 7BU Info: 0208 880 9076

19 Dec

Christmas special - Scratch at the Jack Quick fire acts showcasing fresh new material. Scratch nights contain a variety of performances - story telling, sketches, short plays, comedy and poetry. To submit for future Scratch nights, please email us: cratch@brockleyjack.co.uk Christmas Scratch December’s Christmas special will feature a line up of new and familiar acts. Scratch start at 6pm Location: 408-410 Brockley Rd, London SE4 2DH Info: 020 8699 3966, 0844 0847 2454 www. brockleyjack.co.uk/brockley_ jack_studio_whats_on.

Pan Jazz presents Caribbean Dinner Jazz Xmas Special Caribbean Dinner Jazz Xmas Special Featuring Panists Russel Roberts and Mark Cherrie With the Engine Room Band, Hosted by Cutty Williams. Sunday 19th December 5pm - 10pm. Pan, Jazz, Caribbean Meal, Punch De Creme, Black Cake, Parang Music at the end! Tickets £18.50 Location: Carnival Village, Tabernacle, Powis Square, Notting Hill. Info: 020 7193 5859, panjazzuk.com

26 Dec Kwanzaa

13 Dec

Monologueslam Monologueslam is the ultimate actors showcase- up to 30 actors compete in 3 rounds of competition in front of an industry panel of judges. The actors perform monologues of their choice in 1 minute - with a 2 minute improv’ added in to get the audience involved! A great night of performance from some of the UK’s hidden acting talent to reveal one overall winner! For further information please visit, Mon 13 Dec / 7.30pm / Bar / £5 adv / £7 door. Location: Rich Mix , 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498 www.monologueslam.com, www.richmix.org.uk

Umoja. Community Kwanzaa invites the community. Kwanzaa In the true spirit of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility, the Pan African Congress Movement (PACM) in the UK wishes to invite you to a series of Kwanzaa celebration near you organised by PACM and other African organisation. Starts 4-9pm Location: African Caribbean Culture Centre, 9 Clarendon Rd, London N8 0DD Info: 07939563 314


EVENTS Kwanzaa

16 Dec

Kwanzaa celebrates the unity of all Afrikan people. It is based around 7 essential p principles , the Nguzo Saba, which are focused on celebrating our history, culture, traditions, resistance and most importantly the family, especially the family. Times, 4-9pm Location: African Caribbean Culture Centre, 9 Clarendon Rd, London N8 0DD Info: 0208 8010205, 07956052821, 07951312509

Kickin’ Kangaroo Christmas Club The Kickin’ Kangaroo Club is a club night and dance programme run by and for people with learning disabilities. It is one of the friendliest and most creative clubbing experiences in London. There are loads of things on offer this year Location: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX Info: 0844 357 2625

27 Dec Kwanzaa

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Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as the lighting of a kinara. and libations, and culminates in a feast and gift giving. Location: New Initiative, 55 Wellington Road, SW9 9NB Info: 07940 005 907, panascf@yahoo.co.uk

08 Jan

Ethiopiaaa! Shake off your post-New Year blues with a rocking party to coincide with Ethiopian Christmas. Krar Collective have enchanted audiences with their otherworldly sounds and infectious dance grooves. Plus Ethiopian contemporary dance, food, traditional fashion and crafts, and DJ sets by The Hackney Globe Trotter and Ethiopian DJ Sammy. Sat 8 Jan / 7.30pm / Bar / £6 before ten, £10 after Location: Rich Mix , 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498 www.monologueslam.com, www.richmix.org.uk

14 Jan

Remembering the New Cross Fire 30 Years On. An evening to mark the 30th Anniversary of the New Cross Fire On Sunday January 18, 1981 a devastating house fire killed 13 young black people during a birthday party in New Cross, South East London. Kwame Kwei-Armah hosts this event to mark the 30th Anniversary of the New Cross Fire incorporating music, film, spoken word and discussion to remember the young lives lost and the impact the New Cross Fire has had on the lives of Britons today. The event will be inspiring and uplifting, with contributions from Alex Pascall OBE, Professor Gus John, Menelik Shabazz, spoken word from Courttia Newland, El Crisis and Albany Associate Artist Zena Edwards and music from The Queens of Lovers Rock Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay. Location: The Albany. Douglas Way. Deptford. London SE8 4AG. Info: 020 8692 44


WINTER WONDERLAND Ice Skating in London

The Uk’s is still recovering from recent record snow falls which paralysed our transport system and trapped many in their homes and gave most of Britain’s young school going population extra holidays and a chance to sharpen up their snow ball making skills. If the weather forecast are correct, December and January promises to continue in this vein offering more opportunities for sledging down hills and making our very own home made frosty the Snow Man. These next two months sees many London cities open outdoor skating venues which is brilliant for families to have fun and keep fit at the same time. Even if you’re not London’s answer to Torville and Dean, you will be able to enjoy skating with many venues offering lessons, Christmas markets and places to buy hot food and drinks; making it an all around great day out.

Ice Skating at Canary Wharf

Once again this winter, you can skate alongside Canary Wharf’s world-famous towers at Canada Square Park’s annual ice rink. Canada Square Park has been transformed for the occasion with sparkling lights and music and drinks to get you in the festive spirit. If you need a helping hand on the ice, simply book yourself in a group skating lesson. There’s also a special viewing gallery attached to the Rink-side Bar so non-skaters can watch their friends and family glide (or stumble!) around the ice rink. Location: Canada Square Park, Canada Square Park, London, E14 5AX Info: www.canarywharficerink.com

Winter Wonderland

London’s largest outdoor ice rink returns to Hyde Park for winter 2011. Get into the festive spirit with an outdoor ice rink, adrenaline-packed rides, Christmas markets and sparkling attractions for all the family. End January 2011 Location: Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch, London Info: (0)20 7262 5484

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

For a thoroughly regal ice-skating experience this winter, head to Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Offering a great view of the palace’s

spectacular Tudor façade, the ice rink beats skating round an indoor rink any day! You can book an ice guide to escort you around the rink if you’re not quite ready to brave it alone. There’s also ice skating lessons available on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but you’ll need to book ahead. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, a spin at this London ice rink makes for an unforgettable winter experience. -9 Jan Location: Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU Info: 0870 7527777


Somerset House Ice Rink

From late-night, torch-lit skating and DJ sessions to breakfast with Tiffany (& Co), London’s Somerset House is the coolest place to take a spin on the ice this winter. At the Somerset House ice rink you can admire the buildings around you while enjoying one of the more unconventional skating sessions, including: DJ Nights: a chance to stage your own Dancing On Ice as top guest DJs spin great tunes, Late Skates: where night owls can skate by torch light until just before midnight, Student Skate: bargain-price tickets for student ID holders and Wheelchair sessions: with a free ticket for your companion or an ice marshal to accompany you. At Breakfast with Tiffany you get free entry for 1 child with every adult ticket, a Tiffany cupcake, plus a hot drink for children. Location: Somerset House,

The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA Info: (0)20 7845 460

House, Westfield Shopping Centre Management, London Info: (0)20 3371 2300

Info: (0)20 7942 5000

London Eye Ice Rink

For the first time ever in 2010 the London Eye is hosting its Shop and skate at Westfield Set against the battlements of very own open air ice skating this winter! Enjoy 30 x 15 the iconic Tower of London, rink. Celebrate the festive metres of real ice (capacity for this magnificent ice rink offers season with some of the best 150 skaters at a time), under an unforgettable backdrop views of London. Ends 5th Jan Westfield London’s stunning for your festive skating. Ends Location: The Merlin glass roof and dazzling 9 Jan. Entertainments London Eye, Christmas lights. Take time out Location: Tower Hill London, Riverside Building. County from your Christmas shopping EC3N 4AB Hall, London, SE1 7PB to glide across the ice and Info: (0)20 7488 566 Info: 0870 5000600 relax. Or, better still, devote a night out to hours of skating fun under Westfield London’s Natural History Museum Ice Broadgate Ice Rink stunning glass roof and Have some winter fun on the Rink dazzling Christmas lights. A ice rink at Broadgate Circle. calendar of special ice events With its striking architecture, This smaller rink is ideal for will kick off with a spectacular twinkling evening lights and younger children and is popular café bar, London’s Christmas Light Switch On located in the heart of the City Natural History Museum is a to gear London up for the great spot to indulge in some near Liverpool Street station. festive season and as the ice Open now until 23 Jan winter ice skating. Ends 9th rink is open beyond the Big Location: Broadgate Arena, Jan Day, there’s no need for the Location: The Natural History Broadgate Circle, Spitalfields, post-Christmas blues. Ends London, EC2M 2QS Museum, Cromwell Road, 2nd January. Info: (0)20 7505 4068 London, SW7 5BD Location: 2nd Floor, Network

Westfield London Ice Rink

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POLITICS & LAW

POLITICS & LAW

Baroness Valerie Amos

is an exciting informative, publication highlighting the achievements of people of African descent. Published by Seven Media this unique Glossy A4 historical book promotes the achievements of people of colour particularly focusing on trail blazers and noted people who are the first in their field to have made recognisable achievements within government, the arts, business, industry and community sectors.

One of Britain’s First Black Female Recorders

B: 1954 - Georgetown, Guyana Baroness Valerie Amos was created a life peer in 1997. She is a British Labour Party politician and life peer, formerly serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. When she was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2003, following the resignation of Clare Short, she became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. A distinctive element of Baroness Amos’ political career is that she has never actually been elected to any public office as every office held has been

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Constance Briscoe

The First Black Female Cabinet Minister and Joint First Black Woman Peer

B: 1957

an unelected appointment. Following positions in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services in local government in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Camden and Hackney, she became Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission 1989–94. After resigning from the cabinet, Baroness Amos took up a directorship with Travant Capital, a Nigerian private equity fund launched in 2007 and is involved with the 2012 Olympic Committee.

Barrister Constance Briscoe was one of six children born to two Jamaicans who settled in the UK in the 1950s. Briscoe studied Law at the University of Newcastle, financing her studies through various weekend and holiday jobs including working at a hospice with the terminally ill. After completing her MA at the University of Warwick she was called to the Bar in 1983, and became a Recorder, a part time

judge in 1996 - one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK. Briscoe’s legal practice focuses on criminal law and fraud, principally defending. She is also known for her books ‘Ugly’ and ‘Beyond Ugly’ in which she recounts tales of abuse as a child and she often talks about her experiences publicly.

Baroness Scotland

The First Black Female Attorney General

Dame Linda Dobbs

B: 1955 - Commonwealth of Dominica

The First Black Judge Appointed To the High Courts of Justice

In 1999, Scotland was appointed Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was responsible for introducing the Bill to ratify the International Criminal Court in the United Kingdom. She also set up a panel of British-based lawyers who provided pro bono services to UK nationals imprisoned overseas. In 2001 she became Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor’s Department, and was made a member of the Privy Council. Scotland was a contender for a

B: 1951

cabinet position at a time when Tony Blair is reported to have considered appointing her Leader of the House of Lords. In 2003, Lady Scotland of Asthal, as she is also known, was made Minister of State for the Criminal Justice system and Law Reform at the Home Office. On 28 June 2007, Baroness Scotland was appointed Attorney General by the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. She is the first woman to hold the office since its foundation in 1315.

Dobbs’ mother was from Sierra Leone, and her father was an English lawyer who became a High Court judge in Sierra Leone. She studied Linguistic and Regional Studies (Russian and Law) at the University of Surrey, graduating with a BSc in 1976. She received an LLM from the London School of Economics, and a PhD for research on criminology and penology in the Soviet Union. Dame Linda Penelope Dobbs was the first non-white person to be assigned as judge of the High Court of justice of England and Wales. She was appointed a High Court Judge in September

Bernard Grant MP

One of Britain’s First Black MPs

B: 1944 - Georgetown, Guyana

2004. She received a DBE, and was assigned Queen Bench Division, the Administrative Court, and the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal. At the time of the appointment, Dobbs said: “It is a great honour to have been invited by the Lord Chancellor to become a High Court Judge… I am confident, nevertheless, that I am the first of many to come”. She has subsequently been appointed as Chairman of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies Board.

D: 2000

Bernard Grant was one of many West Indians who took up the British government’s invitation to the colonies to move to the UK for blue-collar employment in 1963. He was for a period a member of the Socialist Labour League. He quickly became a trade union official, and moved into politics, becoming a Labour councilor in the London Borough of Haringey in 1978. As council leader during the Broadwater Farm riot of 1985, in which a policeman, PC Blakelock, was killed, he was thrown into the public eye, when he was widely quoted as saying “The police got

a bloody good hiding”. Grant claimed had been taken out of context, but offered an apology to the family of PC Blakelock. The controversy did not prevent him from becoming MP for Tottenham in the 1987 election, one of only three black MPs at the time. As an MP he backed demands for black sections in the Labour and was recognised as a staunch voice against Police racism. In September 2007 in Tottenham, London, Haringey Council opened the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in his name.

Dawn Butler MP The first Black Female Minister in the House of Commons

B: 1969- London, UK Dawn Petula Butler is a British Labour politician, Member of Parliament for Brent South and an Assistant Chief Whip for Gordon Brown’s government. She worked as a GMB Union Officer, including time as a national race and equality officer. She was also an advisor to former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on employment and social issues. She is the first Black female minister in the House of Commons. She was born in London into a large family of Jamaican immigrant parentage with a sister and four brothers. She has said, “It is important to me that government is reflective of our diverse community and ordinary hard working individuals are given the opportunity to have their voices heard.” Interest in youth services has continued as one of her main interests in Parliament. On 24 October 2006 she was appointed Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs, and she is an Honorary Vice President of the British Youth Council. After Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, on 27 June 2007, Butler was made one of the Labour Party’s six Vice Chairs, with particular responsibility for Youth issues.

Colin Powell

First African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

B: 1937 - New York City, California, USA Colin Luther Powell, KCB, MSC, is an American statesman and retired as a four-star general in the United States Army. He was well known for his tremendous popularity among the American people. He was the first African American appointed to the position of 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush. During his time within the military, Powell also served as National Security Advisor, as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Command and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs

of Staff. Colin Powell announced his resignation as Secretary of State on Monday, November 15, 2004. The following day, George W. Bush nominated National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as Powell’s successor. In 2007, Powell donated the maximum amount to John McCain’s campaign with his name listed as a possible running mate in 2008 for Republican nominee McCain’s presidential election bid however, on October 19, 2008, Powell declared his backing of Barack Obama during a Meet the Press interview, citing “his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign’ additionally referring to Obama as a “transformational figure.”

She was appointed to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons shortly after her election, and has also served on standing committees (notably on the Violent Crime Reduction Bill 2006). In November 2007 she was appointed to the Children & Families Select Committee. Earlier (in November 2005), she had been promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary to the health minister Jane Kennedy, but decided to stand down from this post in early 2006. On 6 November 2007, Butler was chosen to second the Queen’s Speech. Her voting record shows she has largely been loyal to the government. She was promoted to Assistant Whip on 12 September 2008.

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