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NOVEMBER 2011 08 Cover Story Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf 04 Events Mosaic 2011 08 Gallery Grace Jones 10 Food/Drink Oyster Festival


14 Theatre Shalom Baby 20 Fashion/Beauty Crème of Nature 21 Music StooSHE 29 Literature and spoken Jermaine Jackson 31 Community Family Matters 36 Screen Demons Never Die 40 Comedy Marlon Davis 41 Clubs Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont 46 Breaktime Get your jokes on


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Welcome to make the world the November a better place? 2011 issue of Well if you feel Lime magazine. you could do COMMUNITY This is our more then we’re QUESTION second annual here to inspire Community you to make a edition where difference. Flick we ask our interviewees through the magazine and to share the last time make a pact with yourself they did something for to do something that’s the community. Do you completely out of your support your community comfort zone but will events? Have you got a make someone feel that community spirit and little bit better about the reach out to do your bit to world.

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/06 Nov Mosaic – promoting creativity and diversity Mosaic is an exciting new home and lifestyle event that showcases the best of established and emerging local and international African, African-Caribbean and African Diaspora businesses. We bring together under one roof the very best of health and beauty, food


Nov One Taste Festival 50 acts, over 3 floors & 5 stages in 1 day: the independent grassroots festival for London that showcases the best new musicians, poets, actors, artists, DJs & dancers. Festival Highlights: Alice Russell, Jono McCleery, John Adeleye, AwardWinning Edinburgh Fringe Festival show: BANE. As well as: Laura J Martin, Holly Walker, Nick Mulvey, Moulettes, The Magic Number Swing Dance Session, John Berkavitch, DJ John Hendicott, Franky and the Jacks, Amber States, OneTaste Choir, LV and Joshua, Arena Artist Cabaret, plus 35 more acts! Info: 1pm–11pm at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9HD | www.onetaste.


and drink, fashion, photography, art and much more. Sat 10am7pm / Sun 11 – 6pm Info: The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT |


Dec Afridiziak Gifts and Occasions – second annual Christmas Shopping Boutique Following the success of our inaugural event in December 2010, we are pleased to announce the second Afridiziak Gifts and Occasions Christmas Shopping Boutique will take place on Saturday, December 3. This year is set to build on last year’s event and gives

shoppers the chance to pick up unique, culturally inspired gifts for their loved ones well in advance and avoid the last minute Christmas dash. Lime magazine is proud to be a media partner. Info: 12-7pm| The Bussey Building, CLF Art Cafe [1st Floor + 2nd Floor], 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST | www. | cultural_gifts


til 20 Nov Inaugural annual Merge Festival A new annual arts and music festival celebrating the rich heritage and contemporary culture of London’s Bankside. For two months, the river walkway near Tate Modern, a vacant office block, historic buildings, Bankside Mix, as well as Bankside’s open spaces, local offices, bars and cafes will come alive when major names from the UK and international art world stage installations and musical performances alongside emerging artistic talent. Artists include Fiona Banner,Jamie Reid (The Sex Pistols), Arturo Vega (The Ramones), Ted Riederer, The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, and Caravan Theatre. Info: Various venues, Bankside, London| www.

Nikki Walia drawing the winner at The Asian Awards 2011‫‏‬

Kingfisher Airlines Announce 2011 Winner of Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Accolade at The Asian Awards 2011‫‏‬ Kingfisher Airlines, India’s most awarded airline announced The Kingfisher Airlines Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle, who has sung for over 1000 Bollywood films. Asha Bhosle, who is also considered to be one of the most recorded artists in the world, was also the

inspiration for the 1997 hit ‘Brimful of Asha’ by British alternative rock band Cornershop. Rachel Finn, Kingfisher Airlines - General Manager UK and Europe and Jay Sean on October 19, presented the award to Asha Bhosle during the glamorous event. Info: www.

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Win tickets to A Colon & A Bracket (aka Dat Facebook Song!) Single Launch Party and Showcase Nov Join OneNess 18 Sankara and Special

Ravens Ait Island


Raven’s Ait – is this London’s most unique venue? We were blown away by Raven’s Ait island when we experienced their cruise last month. This is a truly unique venue which has been created on the River Thames and it’s got that essential ‘wow’ factor if you want to host an event which is memorable and in a unique location. With the iconic Hampton Court practically a neighbour, Ravens’ Ait has been given a complete design overhaul and is modern and stylish and if that’s not enough it’s just 20 minutes by train from London Waterloo. It launched earlier this

summer by Olympic medallist Ossie Stewart who won bronze in the Barcelona games in Sailing for Great Britain and he’s continued his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of all things water with the unveiling of this revitalised island. They are also planning on holding events in the coming months with Afternoon Tea as a possibility or Sunday lunch, too. Info: www.ravensait. | Ravens Ait Island, Portsmouth Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT6 4HN | 020 8339 6960

Guests for a magnificent evening of entertainment in celebration of the release of her debut single ‘A Colon & A Bracket (aka Dat Facebook song!)’. OneNess Sankara, of the Best Kept Secret Spoken Word Collective, performs with full live band, including Joy Joseph. Our Hostess with the Mostess will be performing some tracks from her forthcoming EP along with her debut single ‘A Colon & A Bracket (aka Dat Facebook Song!)’. The fun doesn’t stop



there, they will also be joined an array of special guests giving you the finest music, dance and spoken word. Confirmed guests include: Best Kept Secret; Jane Sekonya John; TY; Lyric L; Joy Joseph; KMT Freedom Teacher Spinning the hottest tracks and more. Info: 7.30pm | The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY www.tabernaclew11. com/whats-on We have one pair of tickets to giveaway. To enter, email competition@comelime. com with OneNess in the subject header by November 15. Good luck!


WOMEN FOR AFRICA PRESENTS ‘THE WOMEN FOR AFRICA AWARDS UK 2012’ For the first time ever women from Africa will be celebrated in London, at the first ever Women for Africa awards 2012. Women for Africa, is open to those who want to join us as we celebrate some of Africa’s unsung heroines. Nominations are now open for UKbased women of African origin to be nominated

in one of the twentyone categories with two categories opened up to non UK-based African women. The ‘Women for Africa Awards UK’ 2012 will be held on 19th May, 5pm at the Great Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX Info: www.women4africa. com

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Mosaic 2011 We caught up with Mosaic founder Denise Mahmud to find out more about her African Diaspora lifestyle event which is taking place this month at the Africa Centre. WORDS: SOPHIA A Jackson

Mand lifestyle event

osaic is a new home

showcasing the best of established and emerging local and international African, African-Caribbean and African Diaspora businesses. Mosaic was set up by Native New Yorker Denise Mahmud. Mosaic 2011 was due to be held in October originally. Why did you change the date? A lot of exhibitors were asking for it to be nearer to Christmas. What is the concept behind Mosaic? To promote African and Caribbean and SME businesses that may not have funds to do existing shows in London. How has the journey been so far? It’s been very good but as it’s a new event with the economic climate it was scary. What makes us different is that we’ll help promote exhibitors throughout the year until the next show.

Mosaic is a great opportunity for people to see these businesses and discover their originality and creativity. 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

What is your background and why does an event of this nature interest you? I’m a fashion

EVENTS Pepper & Stew exhibitors at Mosaic 2011

VDelicious make dairy and egg free cakes

designer originally and my company Moixa has shown internationally since 2007. I was going to all these shows and I noticed that African descent companies were not there out of 400 companies. I studied political science and finance and did market research for five years so I have a strong business background. I want it to be an annual event and grow into different sections. Tell us about some of the exhibitors featured in this year’s Mosaic. We have a fantastic artist called Trevor Jarvis, his work ranges from digital printing to oil paints and it’s quite interesting.

Some of his inspiration came from his visits to Ghana. We also have VDelicious who make egg free and dairy free cupcakes. There’s also Kizala, a shop in Croydon who were one of the first shops in England to sell multicultural gifts and cards. How will visitors be entertained? On Sunday we have Randolph Matthews who is a singer and musician – his music is really… You have to see to understand, I can’t compare him to anyone in the world. We also have catwalks and entertainers on both days.

What have been the It’s such an iconic place difficulties in putting on and it was always meant the event? to promote these types of It’s hard to say; there was a people. point when I thought what was I thinking but now I’m When was the last time excited to start planning you did for the next one. It’s all something quite hard but I’m starting for your to feel it’s worth it. COMMUNITY community? All the time QUESTION Why should people – I take in a attend? lot of students and always It’s a great opportunity donate some of my fashion for people to see these items to charity for auction businesses and discover and I do that done two or their originality and three times a year. creativity; African culture has really influenced global Info: Mosaic 2011 takes culture and it’s good to see place Saturday 5th it in a different light from a November 10am -7pm and flea market. Sunday 6th November 11am – 6pm | www. Why did you chose the | www. Africa Centre as the venue? LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Nov – 03 Dec Hanoi – Lights On

Pham Luan, Lakeside Restaurant, Oil on Canvas

Pham Luanwas born in Hanoi in 1954. As a graduate of Hanoi’s Teachers Training College, Luan is a self-taught artist who has by reputation become one of Hanoi’s most celebrated painters. As the chronicler of Hanoi, Luan’s passion for his subject is unsurpassed and poignant. Three generations of his family have lived in the same street, only a few minutes from the studio Luan built 13 years ago. Inspired by Impressionism, Luan’swork offers a fleeting and intimate glimpse of Hanoi’s atmospheric old quarter, ever diminishing in the wake ofmodernisation. Luan exhibits regularly in Hong Kong, the USA and Europe and is represented in the permanent collection of the National Fine Art Museum of Vietnam and the private collections of HRH The Duke of York. Info: Apricot Galley 27 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HZ


Nov – 12 Feb 12 Taylor Wessing, Photographic Portrait Prize

From the 2010 Taylor Wessing exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery


The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 offers a unique opportunity to see 60 works by some of the most exciting contemporary portrait photographers from around the world. Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, the entrants have explored a range of themes, styles and approaches to the contemporary photographic portrait, from formal commissioned portraits of public figures to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family. This year the competition attracted over 6,000 submissions from 2,506 photographers ranging from gifted amateurs and talented young students to established professionals. The selected works for the exhibition, many of which are on display for the first time, include the five prizewinners and the winner of the ELLE commission. Info: National Portrait Gallery,


Dec Letter Exchange – Inside Graffiti Before his studies in graphic design at Camberwell School of Art had confirmed his particular commitment to the letterform, Errol Donald had long been fascinated by the visual presentation of letters and words, and in particular, their ability to both inform and express different aspects of culture. Throughout a professional career spent in graphic design and brand

development, Errol’s journey has followed an unconventional path, in many ways, similar to the journey taken by the graffiti art movement, of which he is acknowledged as a key figure and advocate. By citing the influences that inspired him while working as part of The Chrome Angelz during the 1980’s, he will chart the course of a journey that has seen him navigate the creative divide and changing attitudes, into new territories and exciting point in his career. Sharing his unique, and personal experiences, he will offer insights into the origins of graffiti culture; it’s pioneers and the on going style wars waged by a community of artists who continue to explore the possibilities of the letterform. Info: 6.30pm | The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT | www.letterexchange. org


til 8 Jan My Giant Colouring book by the Chapman Brothers An exhibition of etchings by Jake and Dinos Chapman will open at the V&A Museum of Childhood this September. My Giant Colouring Book, a Hayward Touring Exhibition, uses the jointhe-dot drawings from a children’s picture book and the naïve innocence of the illustrations as the trigger for a wild outpouring of fantastical imagery far removed from the original dot formations. Info: V&A Museum of

Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA | www.


til 15 Jan Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990

Of all movements in art and design history, postmodernism is perhaps the most controversial. This era defies definition, but it is a perfect subject for an exhibition. Postmodernism was an unstable mix of the theatrical and theoretical. It was visually thrilling, a multifaceted style that ranged from the colourful to the ruinous, the ludicrous to the luxurious. Info: Victoria and Albert Museum |


-22 Jan London Art Fair London Art Fair, the UK’s largest art fair for Modern British and contemporary art returns, with over 100 galleries featuring the great names of the 20th century alongside exceptional recent work, from leading figures and emerging talent. Info: Business Design Centre, Islington | www.

Inside Graffiti

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Art Success S


Words: Adelaide Damoah

with Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf

uccess in the art world seems to be a mystery for a lot of us artists, but Rebecca FontaineWolf plainly and simply understands that you just have to keep putting yourself out there and learn what works best for you. There is no magical formula. It takes work, dedication, practice, tenacity and a will of iron.

Rebecca, how long have you been a professional artist? I have been selling work since my degree show which was in 2004. I worked in a gallery for a year and then after that, I really started doing it professionally and full time as well. What are your secrets to success? I would say I just threw myself in at the deep end I think. I worked at this gallery for a year and I was just basically working on a till and it made me miserable. I had my studio, but I didn’t have the time or energy after work to go to the studio and somebody told me about doing promotional work, which is sort of like giving out leaflets and samples and doing bits and bobs and you can do that as and when you please, you know, when you need it and it pays quite well and I just thought well I am going to try it. I’m going to do it. I’m gonna stop working and do these odd jobs here and there so that I can just concentrate on my work and do it and I think that was it, just saying yes, I am committing to it. I want this, so I’m just gonna do it, give it a go.

Was there anything else in addition to that? It’s one thing making the decision that your going to go ahead and make a commitment to doing art full time, but were there any other specific things that you did that you feel kind of catapulted you to the point where you started to actually sell work and attract dealers? Just getting myself out there really. I think just doing art fairs, just being online, seeing what opportunities are out there, exhibiting stuff in pubs and just sort of bit by bit starting to show work and get it out there. I think that’s all it was really and then from each thing something else comes. My mother is an artist which sort of helps as well but she works a lot more on commission, she’s a portrait painter primarily, so although she is an artist, her path is quite different than my path. So although I could get support and some advice from her, I still had to figure it out for myself. What about long term goals? Where do you see yourself in five years? I can say where I hope to see myself and it’s about having a permanent gallery space and being represented by one gallery exclusively and yes, just having that. Having solo shows with them and group shows with them. Not just in terms of status, but also, sometimes it gets really complicated when you’ve got work in

Njeri. 2011. Oil and acrylic on natural canvas (c) Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf

I think what every artist wants which is to be able to create something lasting, something that has a lasting impact on people that will be remembered for years to come. different places and your working with different people. It would also be nice to have somebody else who deals with all the business side of things and to be in a place where I can just focus purely on painting, purely on work and have somebody else

do all the other stuff. That’s ideally where I would want to be in five years time. And your ultimate dream for success? Ultimate dream would be I think what every artist wants which is to be able to create something lasting, something that has a lasting impact on people that will be remembered for years to come past your lifetime and will sort of play a big part in art history. Info: Watch and read the full interview: www. | For more information on Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf LIME MAGAZINE 2011


US BBQ chef King Ashbell McElveen recently joined the kitchen at Brasa, in Fulham Broadway introducing his creation of a unique dining experience. The menu is complete with traditional New Orleans recipes infused with tasty ingredients enough to lick your plate clean! There are two menus available, the brunch which offers a selection of breakfasts and the supper which has enough things on the menu for a big appetite. On arrival at Brasa we were welcomed to dine on the first floor of the three story building which boasted a modern dining suite, stylish lounge bar and even a rooftop garden. With sounds of Bob Marley in the background, my guest and I chose fruity cocktails complete with passion fruit, raspberries, peach and ginger in preparation for some real soul food. As a starter the waitress recommended the seafood gumbo; which was a real invitation to South Carolina. After which my guest chose a full Mexican breakfast that included corn bread, traditional chilli with guacamole and rice topped with



‘The dishes; were overwhelmingly filling and the flavours complimented each other, with rich spices and bold textures”

eggs for brunch. I opted for the chefs recommendation of New Orleans breakfast; spicy potatoes with mushrooms and crayfish, sunny-side up eggs and sausages. Both of the dishes; were overwhelmingly filling and the flavours complimented each other, with rich spices and bold textures. To top off the meal we tasted peach

cobbler and banana pudding, it was warm and rich; a delicious end to the afternoon. Brasa is great for a chilled out Sunday brunch with family and friends. Info: Soulful Sundays, Brasa, 474 476 Fulham Broadway London SW6 1BY | |


Can you bake a brilliant biscuit, ice an exceptional celebration cake or turn out a great loaf of bread? Do you fancy putting your skills to the test? Applicants must be 16 years of age and over on 1st February 2012. As an ‘amateur baker’ your main Patties by Chef Jae – a contestant on this year’s Great British source of income Bake Off cannot come from cannot Info: commercial baking and/or have any formal NVQ or www.loveproductions. cooking in a professional other professional catering | www. environment and you qualifications acquired in thegreatbritishbakeoff. cannot have ever worked the last 10 years. full time as a baker. You 10 LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Lime restaurant review: Soulful Sundays: A Brimful of Ashbell, Brasa restaurant | Words: Lime rating: Vernia Mengot

-11 Dec The Chocolate Festival is coming… It must be Christmas The Chocolate Festival returns to Southbank Centre for its annual Christmas celebration. The festival offers an ideal opportunity to discover the goodness of real, artisan, fine chocolate as well of course as being a chance for total, justified indulgence and a perfect opportunity to bag some thoroughly irresistible Christmas presents. The only problem will be bringing yourself to part with the gifts you’ve purchased so don’t forget to treat yourself too! Info: 11am – 8pm (closes 6pm on Sunday) | Southbank Centre, London SE1 | www.

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Lime restaurant review: Apostrophe Words: Cassam Looch | Lime rating: Last month was the 10th anniversary of popular café chain Apostrophe. Something of a familiar addition to most High Streets now, when it first opened its Shoreditch branch a decade ago the Lime restaurant review: Patara Fine Thai Cuisine Words: Sophia A Jackson | Lime rating: From the minute you step into Soho restaurant Patara, the first thing that hits you is that familiar aroma of fine dining Thai style - a heady mix of lemongrass and other room engulfing aromas. The main reason for this taste bud treat is to sample the Maldron Oyster festival which is on until the end of this month. On offer is either three or six of the Maldron Oysters served raw or cooked with a Thai twist accompanied by mint, coriander, lemongrass, Thai vinaigrette, lemon and crisp shallots or deepfried in soda batter served in its shell with beansprout and chilli sauce. We opted for three each of the famous aphrodisiac appetisers, washed down with champagne, naturally. My guest was a newbie

dining scene was very different. Now with every communal area offering a variety of options has this eatery managed to keep pace with its more abundant rivals? The branch we visited was the one situated on Great Eastern Street, in the heart of the City. There

to Oysters and I had only tried them once before they were refreshing but both of us preferred the dry ones served in a light, crispy batter. Next we shared the divine melt-inthe-mouth poached king scallops with the added bonus of the after effects of the chilli leaving a unique and lasting impression. We also had the tasty beef and prawn satays wrapped in seaweed. Throughout the meal food presentation is impeccable with the food looking inviting and pleasing to the eye. Thankfully the taste of the food lived up to its attractive looks. The Patara menu is extensive and choosing the mains took quite some

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The idea of ‘Gourmet’ snacks at affordable prices is an appealing one, but rarely achieved by the larger chains. With this in mind, I ordered a ‘Le Grec’ sandwich, one that leapt out from behind the


are plenty of Deli’s in the surrounding area, so competition is fierce. The branch is slightly hidden away, but anyone familiar with the bright logo will have no problem finding it.

counter. Lightly-toasted (as per my request) the sandwich consisted of Greek feta cheese, onion marmalade, semi-dried tomatoes, rocket on a rye, sunflower and brown linseed loaf. The colour of the bread doesn’t do it justice, it was a light dish which easily lived up to its Gourmet billing. As a whole there was a tangy sweetness to off-set the feta, just as one could have hoped for. To follow up, I went with the rhubarb, strawberry and cinnamon cake which was a great choice... even if a do say so myself. Although the branch I visited was a touch on the small side, the service and food were just the thing for those after a quick bite on the run. Info www.apostropheuk. com/news/

“…exquisite food and sophisticated ambience can go a long way”. time. Already impressed by everything so far we knew that the mains would not disappoint. The Gressingham duck breast with garlic and chilly was scrumptious but was out shone by the boar steak. The meat was tender and the sweet coconut red curry sauce with sweet basil, moreish. We chose the fragrant jasmine rice as our side dish and were now satisfied and unsure as to whether we could squeeze in dessert. Well, it seemed rude not to indulge so for afters

we shared the delicious warm fruits wrapped in a crepe and sprinkled with almonds – perfect for the winter months. At 7pm on a Friday night, it was barely full but by 8.30pm Patara was heaving; proving that exquisite food and sophisticated ambience can go a long way. Info: Patara Oyster month continues until November 30, 2011 |Patara London, Soho, 15 Greek Street, London W1D 4DP | www. LIME MAGAZINE 2011




“Although the branch I visited was a touch on the small side, the service and food were just the thing for those after a quick bite on the run”.


A Brimful of


at 475 Broadway US BBQ King Ashbell McElveen officially opened Soulful Sundays at Brasa on October 9th 2011. In commemoration for the opening; Lime magazine caught up with the award-winning chef to talk about how his food is influenced by history and how he combines his love for travel around the globe in his recipes.

Sbeen created by King

WORDS: Vernia Mengot

oulful Sunday’s has

Ashbell so diners can experience traditional southern delicacies mixed with a culinary twist. He joined the kitchen at Brasa and devised two menus comprising of brunch and supper recipes. What is it about Soulful Sundays that is so different and unique? Well it is this whole concept of global soul. Literally soul and soul food is a term that came from James Brown “I’m black and I’m proud.” For me it is wrapping up American soul and marrying it with global soul. I think the restaurant scene is a bit poncy and fake. On a Sunday you’ll get the same thing in every pub, so people can’t choose a selection. Where did you draw your inspiration from when you created the menu? When I created the menu I was thinking about the food I grew up with and how good it was and all the flavour, how we knew


the farmer that grew the food, and who cooked the food. I tried to bring some of that back to table, so I can tell you where everything you’re served comes from. In the peach cobbler the American southern biscuits used are influenced by the English scone and Irish soda bread. It’s soft and flakey and not hard like a cracker. We use it for savoury or for sweet. Had becoming a chef been a passion of yours from a young age? Cooking is my God’s gift. I have a master’s degree in psychology. With cooking, I grew up in a family where there’s always good food. There were not a lot of restaurants, so people created functions and dinner parties at home. Events were catered in the south by someone, where someone in my family did the cooking, for like the congressmen and senators. My family has a long history of professional chefs and whiskey makers. My father was a masterful cook; he and my grandfather taught me

how to make whisky. I’m marketing my own whisky here; it’s a white whisky that’ll be coming out next year.

could go to India on the bus; it cost the equivalent of £27. It didn’t matter that it broke down 10 or 15 times, we just kept going.

Tell us about one of the best meals you’ve ever had? Well the best French meal was cooked for me by a bare foot Haitian woman in Porto Prince. She couldn’t speak French; only spoke Creole so that was the best French meal I’ve ever had.

When you’re not in the kitchen... I love music; I love art, architecture and design. I have my hand at making furniture.

What is your signature dish? The bourbon smoked turkey thigh. The bourbon is secure in the marinade and the turkey is smoked which is not a process that anybody does here. You have travelled around the world a lot, where are some of the unforgettable places that you have visited? I’ve travelled to Thailand, Vietnam, Madagascar, West and East Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the Americas and Canada. When I was a student in France, Paris was the best place to study from. You

Where do you like to dine when you’re in London? I live with an Asian family from East Africa, from Nairobi. I’m thrilled as I get to eat incredible food. When I like to have a nice meal, there is a Chinese restaurant in Chiswick that make

cook. You learn all the restaurant rubbish once you go to culinary school. That’s why you go to all the restaurants that look great but the food isn’t that great. Learn from your family, the recipes from your family are going to have flavour.

BBQ Prawns New Orleans Style at Brimful of Ashbell

incredible dim sum. Everything is done very fresh and I love it; so my treat is to go in and sit down. I prefer food with lots of flavour and I like to put flavour in food. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to become a top chef? First learn as much of you can from the best cooks from your family. There are one or two people in everyone’s family that


When was the last time you did COMMUNITY something QUESTION for the community? When I first came to the UK, I started supporting the local dance company in Notting Hill that had a programme for children and young adults; we What does cooking created a bunch of mean to you? fundraising events and I’m excited to create things, raised £20,000. Because but with cooking it has I’ve been doing so much always been a God’s gift work with the arts and that I can put dishes and community I’m a board tastes together. I don’t relax member of the carnival in the kitchen. People ask village. It’s the organisation “what are you making that supports black people for dinner?” and I say owning the carnival. “reservations.” But I love creating dishes. The chore Info: Soulful Sundays, part and the prepping, Brasa, 474 - 476 Fulham washing up I’m not Broadway London SW6 interested in. When 1BY you’re a senior chef Brunch, 11am - 4pm | you don’t have to do Supper, 6pm - 10pm | all of that.         

I prefer food with lots of flavour and I like to put flavour in food.



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Afridiziak Theatre News review, Driving Miss Daisy Afridiziak rating: | Words: Sophia A Jackson The Pulitzer-Prize winning play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry will be remembered by many as the Academy Award winning film [1989] of the same name, starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd. Now the box office and audience hit has transferred from Broadway to London’s West End. A stellar cast who hook you in straight from their opening lines leads this timeless classic about African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn [James Earl Jones, 80], Jewish, Daisy Werthan [Vanessa Redgrave,74] and her son Boolie Werthan [Boyd Gaines].

A Place at the Table is a powerful theatrical response to the on-going troubles in Burundi, Rwanda and the African Great Lakes Region. Featuring an all-female cast, predominantly from Central/East Africa, this intimate, immersive production explores the shockwaves from the 1993 assassination of Burundi’s President Melchior Ndadaye backwards through colonialism to ancient legend and forwards to the Rwandan genocide and the continuing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each audience member is invited to take a place at a large table alongside the performers and to eat, drink and join a remarkable shared act of remembering and questioning. Drawing on a range of sources including interviews with refugees and campaigners to UN 14 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

Daisy is a cranky, control-freak and fiercely independent, and despite her age, the 72-year-old widow is reluctant to give up driving after a car accident. Her more liberal son employs Hoke convinced of his suitability based on his past employment record. Hoke is humble and gallant but doesn’t let Daisy walk all over him and knows when to stand up for himself. Daisy is not afraid to share her reservations at having Reports, A Place at the Table uses the powerful medium of verbatim theatre to create a uniquely personal experience that explores the subtle and dangerous relationship between history, identity and violence. Burundi is a country with a rich but often tragic past – a tragic past that touched

Driving Miss Daisy, Vanessa Redgrave (Daisy Werthan) and James Earl Jones (Hoke Coleburn) photo credit Carol Rosegg

an African-American in her house who she doesn’t know as she makes plenty of assumptions and voices her prejudices. At first her relationship with Hoke is somewhat prickly but over time, almost two and a half decades in fact, she warms to him and in a touching moment, where it dawns on her that he’s her only friend.

themes of the play and as Hoke says, things have changed but not really that much. There’s not time to delve deep into social issues and race relations but the story does highlight the racism faced by African-Americans and Jews living in Atlanta during the time of the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King.

The set is sparse but with clever lighting and video imagery; stills are effectively used and projected to provide a photographic backdrop for scene changes such as the shop where they go to buy groceries or ‘driving’ scenes.

This bittersweet drama, which is essentially a tale of a blossoming friendship between two people who are growing old, packs a powerful punch in a short and snappy, interval-free 90 minutes. All three of the cast give outstanding performances and I urge you not to miss this charming, thought-provoking, witty production, which is here for a limited period only. Info: Driving Miss Daisy is at the Wyndham’s Theatre until December 17, 2011 | Printed courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News | theatrenews

Talking of driving; although the ‘car’ is the prop used for many of the scenes it’s actually just a wheel and the stage swivels when the car is in motion; it does work. The success of this production is in the relevance of the various director Paul Burgess when his school-friend Charlotte Wilson was murdered by paramilitaries alongside her fiancé and 19 others when their bus was ambushed en route to Bujumbura (see uk for more information). Charlotte’s brother Richard, whose book Titanic Express explores

the issues surrounding the killings, is a key advisor on the project, along with several Burundian refugees and experts on the region. A Place at the Table is not about that specific tragedy but is rather an attempt to understand its context. Info: 7pm | A Place at the Table, 58-60 Hampstead Road London NW1 2PY |

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til 5 Nov bang, bang, bang, Royal Court Theatre by Stella Feehily A seasoned humanitarian worker and her idealistic young colleague get ready for a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. For Mathilde it’s an induction into a life less ordinary. For Sadhbh it’s back to madness and chaos away from her lover and London – exactly as she likes it. Info: Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS | www.

til 19 Nov Shalom Baby – A new comedy-drama by Rikki Beadle-Blair


Theatre Royal Stratford East is delighted to present a new play from awardwinning writer & director Rikki Beadle Blair. Shalom Baby is a love story initially set within the vibrant backdrop of 1930s Berlin as the city’s well-documented nightlife culture contrasts with the rise of the Nazis and the onslaught of the Second World War.  Events unfold as the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family falls in love with their black ‘Shabbes Goy’ – A term used for individuals who regularly assist religious Jews on the Biblical Sabbath with tasks forbidden to Jews within Jewish law. The play consequently crosses time zones and continents as a mixed-race couple in

Nov Exploring the Canon II The highly successful event Exploring the Canon returns for a second outing. Highlights of Exploring the Canon 2 include performance readings of: The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco by Andrew Whaley Zameen by Satinder Kaur Chohan Pure Gold by Michael Bhim and a presentation of Skin choreographed by Vicki Amedume of Upswing Info: 10am – 4pm | The Cottlesloe, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX adminLondon@ |


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til 19 Nov ZooNation Dance Company presents the world premiere of Some Like It Hip Hop Award-winning Sadler’s Wells Resident Company ZooNation brings Some Like It Hip Hop to the

Peacock Theatre. Created by ZooNation founder Kate Prince and Felix Harrison, the show is the company’s first full-length production since the award-winning West End smash hit, Into the Hoods. Inspired by Billy Wilder’s much loved film and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Some Like It Hip Hop is a comical tale of love, mistaken identity and cross-dressing; all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style of hip hop, comedy and physical theatre. Info: 7.30pm | Peacock Theatre, London WC2|


seemingly unprejudiced modern-day Brooklyn cope with a multitude of calamities. Shalom Baby is a poignant and humorous exploration of family, love and friendship. Info: Theatre Square, London E15 1BN. Box office 020 8534 0310 www.




Shalom Baby The multitalented Rikki Beadle Blair discusses his latest production Shalom Baby

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Not only is he directing his new play Shalom Baby at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, he is also squeezing in designing the set and composing the music. In between chatting with the actors and spray painting the floor he manages to give me a little of his precious time to talk about his new play and the ongoing mill of creativity that is his life. Articulate, passionate and incredibly humble, he was an absolute pleasure to interview and his play Shalom Baby certainly sounds every bit as dynamic and fascinating as the man himself. What’s your new play Shalom Baby about? It’s a play set in two time zones following two identical Jewish families. The family in the late 30s are already in the grip of Nazism in Berlin. For their Shabbat dinner as they’re not allowed to deal with Arians they hire a black guy as a Shabbes Goy, someone to perform all the tasks they’re not allowed to do on their Shabbat, and he and the daughter fall in love. So it’s about that love affair and how the family respond to them whilst the holocaust is growing around them. Meanwhile in modern


day Brooklyn, another family which is basically the original family reincarnated, are having issues with the eldest son who is a crack addict, and the they decide to have a Shabbat dinner to bring the family back together again and it’s all about the repercussions of what happens next. Is the Shabbes Goy character German? Yes, there were lots of mixed race Germans from the First World War; soldiers who stayed, married German women and had kids. In fact one of Hitler’s methods of ethnic cleansing was to round up the mixed race children, about 50 000 of them who he called the ‘Rhineland Bastards’ and have them all sterilised. But that didn’t happen to every black person in

Germany. There were definitely black Germans, relatively rare, but still in the tens of thousands. Digging into it as a play, every now and then I’d be assailed by the enormity of what it was I was looking at. I really wanted people to see that the Nazis are not just this anomaly; the Nazis learned all their ideas about concentration camps from us. They studied America for how to institute effective laws of segregation, we are not blameless in the rise of the holocaust, we were teachers and enablers. Why did you choose to set the modern day family in America? A couple of reasons, one is that the race relationships in America between black and Jewish people are

much more complex and intense than they are here. Also, I thought it would be nice to show that a black British writer can write about something other than growing up in Lewisham or Hackney. I wanted to show that we can have epic visions or at least international visions from our perspective. This play seems very different to a lot of your work. Are you trying to break into a new area as a playwright? Well you do with everything; I don’t really like to write about anything unless I have trouble understanding it. For example I’ve never taken drugs so I love to write about drug addicts. I don’t think of myself as a bigoted person so I’m fascinated by people’s

Your film FIT about bullying and homophobia has been distributed throughout every school in the UK. That’s an amazing achievement. It is amazing, it’s saying ‘Accept that other people are different from you.’ Putting it into a context, FIT isn’t just about sexuality, some people are bullied because of their perceived sexuality, they may not be

gay but they read too much or they’re a girl who likes football. I really wanted to put it in a wider context and have the audience look at the way we separate ourselves from each other. And then see how useless and impractical that is as a way of life and how homophobia is impractical. Are there any gay characters in this play? There are, I didn’t think there was going to be at first. I cast first then I write the script, so the actors and I have these rambling conversations while I sample their DNA and create characters that will challenge them. We talked a lot about the range of people who were in the holocaust; gypsies, Jehovah’s witnesses, communists, mentally ill people, disabled people, homosexuals and blacks of course. So it seemed an appropriate theme to put it in there. I thought it would be a really great opportunity to see how differently people do or don’t feel about themselves with seventy years difference, so sexuality does come into the play in very subtle and blatant ways.

You’re a very busy man. Do you ever sleep? Not busy enough, I like being awake! And when I’m awake I like to make art, and I’m very lucky that people will let me and get involved and encourage me.

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Walking in my winter heels I entered Soho Theatre more than aware that tonight’s attention will be drawn to the feet. Knowing Angie Le Mar’s customary style, which leans on the glamorous side, built an unavoidable preconception of what we were about to experience. Le Mar ignited the show co devised and directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr, with Falushilah Falashilay the boisterous US soul singer who brought life to the dark stage. Surrounded by party girl shoes and her brazen comedic attitude, ironically intensifies during her time alone before fading out with song towards five other multifaceted characters. A quick change of clothes and a tilt of a wig and Le Mar’s entire demeanour locks the audience’s gaze as a new character is born. With timid body language and a European exchange of dialect Rebecca Star, a wannabe model, plagued with diminutive self worth appears on stage and reveals her heart-breaking story at her local job centre. With backing music and two screens in the backdrop the tone and scene is set, but is controversially empty without Le Mar schizophrenically drawing in and out of each character. Such as Valerie Simpson, a character who initially brings an ordinary tone to the theme, who suddenly catapults the audience into her

personal seclusion through belly busting metaphors and animalistic similes that have viewers curling in their seats. Dupree McKenzie stalked by his best friend’s ghost throws you into darkness, whose soulful story is unveiled by the actions led by his feet. Samantha Hide another female character, but completely individual in her style and her muddled persona continuously fuels jokes and humour with her presence. Le Mar takes the opportunity with her final character to turn the theme on its head with Charmaine Lawrence a lifestyle guru who presents herself with no shoes at all. Lawrence is a guest on the ‘Brenda Emmanus show,’ complete with Emmanus’s real voice over which


– 27 Nov COMMA 40: The Place at Bloomberg SPACE Last in the series of COMMA commissions at Bloomberg SPACE, The Place, the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, announces the first ever dance installation. For one week, The Place’s artists will inhabit the spaces of the gallery, showcasing the broad and diverse practices of contemporary dance. Including an array of site-specific installations, performances, video



documentations and impromptu one-off dances, the show will offer an unprecedented insight into the creative process of dance artists. Info: 11am – 6pm | 50 Finsbury Square London EC2A 1HD |

created an element of surprise. As each step of their story is unveiled, Le Mar places the audience into the shoes of each character. Le Mar uses shoes as a crystal ball, like laces weaving through eyelets of a simple walking boot; she uses them to tie the show together. Angie Le Mar surpasses herself with an inspiring show that is diverse from what is obtainable in London theatres today. Le Mar brought a thrill of excitement to her one woman show, but be warned if you if you’re seated on the front row then fabulous shoes and pedicured toes are strongly advised. In My Shoes is at the Soho Theatre until November 5. Printed courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News: www.

om 22 Nov… The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time. Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. And for no one more so than

Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home. A buzzing metropolis, to the outsiders it appears a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound. Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell? Sleeping or waking? mad or well advised? Known unto these, and to myself disguised! Consistently recognised

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til 21 Jan 2012 Death and the Maiden Thandie Newton plays the role of Paulina Salas, wife of Gerardo (Tom Goodman-Hill), alongside Anthony Calf as Doctor Roberto Miranda in Ariel Dorfman’s Olivier award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden. Years have passed since political prisoner, Paulina, suffered at the hands of her captor: A man whose face she never saw, but whose voice and mannerisms can still recall with terrifying clarity. One evening, by chance, a stranger arrives at the secluded beach house she shares with her husband Gerardo, a human rights lawyer. A stranger Paulina is convinced was her tormentor and must now be held to account... Info: 7.30pm, Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN | www.deathandthe

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by strangers, the visitors question their very selves as the turmoil escalates. Meanwhile, Aegeon, father to the Antipholus twins, has been captured searching for his sons and, as an illegal immigrant, is sentenced to death at sunset. Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself? Lenny Henry, in his first appearance at the National, plays Antipholus of Syracuse; the cast also includes Claudie Blakley (Adriana), Clare Cathcart, Chris Jarman (Antipholus of Ephesus), Lucian Msamati (Dromio of Syracuse), Joseph Mydell (Aegeon), Pamela Nomvete, Daniel Poyser (Dromio of Ephesus), Amit Shah and Michelle Terry (Luciana). Info: Cottlesloe Theatre, National Theatre, Southbank, London SE1 | www.nationaltheatre.

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Lenny Henry makes his National Theatre debut in Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy staged in a contemporary world.

Thandie Newton (Paulina) and Anthony Calf (Doctor Roberto Miranda) in Death and the Maiden. Photo by Ellie Kurttz



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Natural Lounge and Naptural Roots magazine presents Naturally Fabulous Naturally Fabulous took place on October 8 and was a unique opportunity for naturals to share, talk, shop and have fun. Although there were two people missing from the agenda, who were going to provide some great seminars the show went on and was still thoroughly enjoyable. Angel Smith, who wanted a space to talk about her experiences in going natural, started natural Lounge in 2010, to talk about the products she used and share hair care tips and advice from a UK point of view. Now it’s more than that. The Natural Lounge has grown into one of the UK’s largest natural communities with an informative blog a thriving Facebook group and yes, they are finally on twitter. Naturally Fabulous was their second annual event and the third will be around the same time next year. Info: 20 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

Shair is a UK and Kenyan Registered Charity that develops and manages hair academies in Africa. Each academy teaches professional hair dressing skills to European standards at no cost to the students, who leave after one year with an internationally recognised qualification and a set of professional equipment - so that they are able to become financially independent, many for the first time.   Professional hairdressing is a skill that is perfectly suited to the urban environment, it is a skill for life, and is transforming life’s today, especially those who find themselves in the vast slums that are found in many of Africa’s biggest cities.   The Revlon Professional East Africa Academy was the first to be set up over 8 years ago. Each year 48 students are selected from

hundreds of applicants to complete a year of full time education, which in addition to practical skills training also includes placements in professional local salons. There are some outstanding success stories of individual triumph in the face of adversity, with many graduates for the first time in their lives being in the position to support  themselves, their families, and able to make a real difference to the communities where they live.    However the work of Shair is just beginning there are plans for a further 10 academies are in development.  It is hoped that within 5 to 7 years Shair will be able to manage and support up to 10 academies, so that up to 500 underprivileged people per year can be taken out of poverty with a skill that is always going to be in demand. To find out more and how you could be a part of Shair’s plans, please visit or email Chris Crossland at chris.crossland@

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Nov Bazaar LDN: Brixton Bag a Bargain at Bazaar Brixton: the monthly indoor market for savvy  fashionista’s. The concept is simple: BUY SELL SWAP or SHOP your way to a new wardrobe. Attend Bazaar Brixton as a Buyer or Seller. All sellers should buy a Bazaar Seller ticket in advance.  This includes, rail hire, price tags and bags for your beautiful buyers. All Bazaar sellers must buy their tickets in advance and have the freedom to decide what they would like to sell or swap their items for.

And in true BAZAAR style, bartering is encouraged. Info: 12-4pm | Living Bar, 443 - 445 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LN | Brixton


Nov / 17 Dec Vintage-Room Fashion Fair This is a brand new fair operating mainly in the Surrey, london Area. Our first ever fair is set to take place in the centre of the bustling Kingston Upon Thames. Our Fair will host about 20 Vintage traders selling an amazing selection of affordable clothing and accesories


Nov Nsaa Nefateri Beautiful Black Art Party

Statement celebration cards and gifts recognising African-Caribbean beauty and culture. This is a

pre-Christmas and Pre Kwanzaa black Art Party; an afternoon of food, music and beautiful black art for individuals who love the finer things in Life. Limited editions, exclusives and great deals. Info: 1-6pm | Kimos Wine Bar and Restaurant, 184 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JD | www.




from 1920s - 1980s and other lovely goodies! You can also expect to see lovely jewellery traders, handmade crafts, and a lovely Vintage Tea room stall selling the most gorgeous selection of cakes and other treats and a Vintage Beauty Parlour to create those gorgeous Vintage Coifs and beautiful make-up. Our aim is to bring you a selection of Vintage traders that have been carefuly selected for their uniqueness and great collection. Info: 11-4 pm | The Market House, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JS www. vintageroomfashionfair. com

Top Model of Colour 2011 Over 40 Male & Female models will be competing to win the coveted title of Top Model of Colour male or female winner. Top Model of Colour (TMC) is a modelling competition, which is now in its 6th year and is open to models from across the world, whom are of African, Caribbean, Hispanic, Oriental, African, Asian and dual heritage ethnicity. Top Model of Colour competition is providing models with exposure to the modelling industry. Info: 7pm, Porchester Hall, Bayswater, London | www.topmodelofcolour. com

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November’s new music releases


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Feed your ears with this month’s hot new releases

Out now: Fresh Out the Udder EP by Tricky Micky While the UK flounders and the world’s economy checks into hospital, Tricky Micky has brought us a tasty little EP to remind us that not everything in life needs to be so serious. You will be pleased to hear that Fresh Out the Udder is full to the brim with the same raucous rhymes and lad rap mentality that we have come to expect from Micky, including the previously released and acclaimed single, Blue Dress. Out now: It’s Hip Hop Tonight/Satta by Naba Napalm B Boy original, Naba Napalm, returns with an “original prime time hip-hop” doubleheader set kicking of with the low slung funk of “It’s Hip Hop Tonight”. Flanked with the tuff stepping reggaeinfused “Satta”, these tracks are starting to move urban dancefloors and airwaves across the globe. 14 Nov: Legendary Etta James Retires With Release Of Her Final Studio Album The Dreamer The Dreamer, is Etta James’ first album in five years and her final studio album before 22 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

she retires. The album, which marks the end of an incredible fifty-year recording career, features one-of-a-kind renditions of Otis Redding’s Cigarettes and Coffee, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s Dreamer, Ray Charles’ In The Evening and Guns N’ Roses’ Welcome To The Jungle. James remarks, “I wish to thank all my fans who have shown me love and support over all these years. I love you all.” James has created a remarkably deep and diverse catalogue of R&B, blues, soul, pop and jazz recordings. She has crossed all musical genres and styles and been cited as a major influence by a wide range of singers from Janis Joplin to Irma Thomas to Christina Aguilera and Adele. Many have tried to copy or follow her style, but there is only one Etta James. 21 Nov: Soul 2 by Seal Following the huge success of 2008’s ‘Soul’ album which sold 500,000 copies in the UK and three million worldwide, Seal will release ‘Soul 2’, a new collection of interpretations of classic soul songs, on Warner Bros. Records. ‘Soul 2’ sees Seal joining forces once again with legendary producer Trevor Horn who shares production duties on the album with ‘Soul’ producer David Foster. This time Seal brings his silky, inimitable voice to a lush collection of romantic soul classics primarily from

the ’70s, including those by Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green and Teddy Pendergrass. Seven of the album’s eleven tracks were recorded in London and Los Angeles with Trevor Horn. The remaining four were recorded in Los Angeles with David Foster and Jochem van der Saag. Info: 27 Nov: Emeli Sandé – ‘Daddy’ (feat. Naughty Boy) Emeli Sande is set on a meteoric rise to stardom. Having charted at number two with her debut single ‘Heaven’, sold out a UK headline tour and already was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer 2011’at this year MOBO Awards, it’s clear this revered Aberdonian singersongwriter is the artist to watch for 2012. ‘Daddy’ is a majestically crafted track full of depth and passion. Emeli describes it as a song about ‘Addiction to anything’; the lyrics a reflection of her intuitive intelligence, self-awareness and empowered honesty. The single is produced by one of the UK’s foremost producers and Emeli’s long-time collaborator Shahid Khan aka Naughty Boy. A powerful soundscape of bells, strings and haunting backing vocals, Emeli’s incredible voice and Naughty Boys’ distinctive and impeccably fresh production style combine to create an

impending classic. Info: 28 Nov: Betty Woz Gone by Stooshe StooShe’s debut single ‘Betty Woz Gone’ caused a huge stir when its accompanying lyrics video was unveiled. Within a day, the video had been viewed over 100,000 times, making it YouTube’s most viewed music video in the UK and the 14th most viewed in the world. Retweeted by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Wretch 32, it prompted Time Out to describe them as “A fresh voice in UK R&B.” Based on a true story, ‘Betty Woz Gone’ describes a mum who’s more interested in partying and doing drugs than looking after her children. Info: | 28 Nov: Fight for You by Jason Derulo Now that his second album ‘Future History’ has hit the Top 10, Jason Derulo will release his next single ‘Fight For You’ on November 28th on Warner Bros. Records. Featuring the production talents of RedOne (Lady Gaga), Beatgeek and Geo Slam, ‘Fight For You’ sees Jason Derulo crafting a contemporary urban power ballad around an interpolation of Toto’s 1983 hit single ‘Africa’. Info: www.jasonderulo. com        

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Lime review: Marky T Millionaire | Words: Semper Azeez-Harris Lime rating: Mark T is a Christian artist that is making inroads as an independent artist but do not think for a second he is new to this whole music game. Years spent as a mic man as part of the successful Gospel Sound System has taught him how to work a crowd. Embarking on his solo career with his ragga influenced debut single Millionaire, Marky’s lyrics speak words of wisdom and clarity regarding the social situation locally and globally. His words have particular poignance when we consider some of the issues that have come to light recently in the media. Millionaire is currently available on download on Amazon and ITunes and it is well worth purchasing.


Nov Foreign Beggars live at KOKO Continuing on their quest to change the face of UK hip hop Foreign Beggars make a hugely anticipated return to the big stage for this exclusive London show. Their legendary live show has left crowds fevered and frenzied as the group seamlessly blend grime,

Nov With total sales toppling over 15 million units, 2Face Idibia is undeniably one of Africa’s most coveted recording artists and will be putting on a phenomenal one off show at London IndigO2 alongside an Ivy League team of popular Nigerian music exports including: Lynxxx, Tiwa Savage, Timi Dakolo, Cynthia Mare and Show Dem Camp. 2Face, real name Innocent Ujah Idibia, burst into the international limelight in 2004, with global anthem ‘African Queen’. With YouTube views for the song nearing the 2 million mark, the gushy ballad, which made the soundtrack for Hollywood comedy Phat Girlz, was taken from 2Face’s debut album ‘Face to Face’, catapulting him to the very forefront of modern Afro-pop musicians. Info: 7pm, London, IndigO2 | Lime magazine has a pair of tickets to giveaway to 2Face Idibia at IndigO2 November 6. To enter, email with 2Face in the subject header by November 3, 2011. Good luck!

dubstep, drum and bass and rap music together with the a ferocity more akin to heavy metal than a hip hop show. Foreign Beggars more recent output has been a genre-defying blend of their former machinations and speakerbusting, floor rumbling dance music produced by the hottest artists around, delivering a succession of incredible collaborations. Info: 7pm, KOKO, 1a Camden High Street, London | www.

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Nov Seun Kuti and Egypt 80

After the acclaimed release of his latest album ‘From Africa with Fury: Rise’ (Because Music) and his

rave appearances at the Royal Festival Hall and on BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland earlier this year, Seun Anikulapo Kuti returns to the UK for two live appearances this November. Seun Anikulapo Kuti will be appearing with his fourteen-piece band, Egypt 80. New single RISE remixed by Swizz Beatz out 7th November. Info: 7pm, Koko 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE LIME MAGAZINE 2011



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Neo soul singer Jilly from Philly will be performing at Brixton Academy later this month so we thought this was the perfect opportunity to give you part two of our interview

Jmost humble and ill Scott is the

polite person I’ve ever interviewed. Hands down. The woman who I’ve always imagined to be ‘one of the girls’ was exactly that with her bubbly persona and open conversation style winning me over almost instantly. In the second part of our interview, Miss Scott discusses matters of the heart and her acting career. Do you think So in Love is a good wedding track from your latest album The Light of the Sun? Absolutely. Once the wedding is over and the wedding begins I think that’s going to get people up and shaking their butt – celebrating life and love. So, how do you personally deal with heartbreak – is it by reaching out to a higher being? That’s a part of it but mostly I lay down, I got on the floor and cried, really hard, often. I always say lay down because it’s the closest to the ground you can get to help you get grounded again instead of pretending like it doesn’t hurt and that everything’s okay when it’s not. I had moments of sporadic crying just out of nowhere but I think time helps, prayer helps, and asking for forgiveness even if you haven’t done anything wrong. Whatever I did to you, whatever you feel that hurt you, bothered or 24 LIME MAGAZINE 2011


troubled you, I apologise for that. You know, just taking whatever accountability you can for your own actions whatever they may be even if you don’t think you’ve done anything. I think it just washes some of the ache off and then exercise. Get up, do something and try to focus on something else as hard as you can and then date. So you didn’t spend more time with friends and family? That too but it was hard for me to be around my friends and family because they can look at me and know and that would upset me because they’d say ‘are you ok?’ and then I’d be like [pretends to wail] I’m not ok. So I kind of stayed away. I called but I didn’t want them to see the hurt in my eyes. What about in your personal life – are there any unfulfilled goals? I would like a happy, healthy relationship. I’d like to get married again; I’d like another child. I’d like to lose 20 more pounds. I don’t know if I need to but I’ve got big boobs [touches breast to emphasise point] and they’re not going anywhere. So I’ll get to a place where my face starts to look gaunt and then I’m like that’s enough. Or I just look like boobs walking in the door – Tits McGee and I don’t want that either.

Now on to your acting career, what was it like working with the late Anthony Minghella on the No.1 Ladies Detective? It’s hard. You know every time somebody mentions him it’s hard. Anthony was the sweetest, most life loving, wife loving, children loving, art loving, fun, sweet person I’ve ever met. And then on top of all that he was absolutely brilliant. And he challenged me and he focused me and he gave me a great opportunity and I miss him so much. I miss him. What’s your next acting project – anymore Tyler Perry projects? I’m looking for something else. I’ve been getting a lot of scripts but I’m looking for something else. What kind of scripts would you like to get stuck into? Whatever is nonconformist. I don’t want to be put into any boxes or any of that bullsh*t. I can do a lot of things and I love accents – French, English, whatever. I just don’t want to live within any sort of boxes. There’s no fun in acting if you don’t grow. I need to grow and I want to be challenged by a director.

I would like a happy, healthy relationship. I’d like to get married again; I’d like another child With your upcoming tour, where’s the best place you’ve performed? There are so many great places that have just blown my mind, over and over again. London is one of those places. I loved performing at Shepherd’s Bush, Paris, they’re always so animated and excited. Holland, at a 2/34am show on a Tuesday night. It’s fantastic because you get to see the intensity of the fans – it’s like I came at 4am in the morning and I’m going to work after this. I am with you. So that just gives me the freedom and I feel so strong. It’s like I’m going to give you everything I have. Info: www.missjillscott. com | Jill Scott’s album The Light of the Sun is out now. Catch Jill Scott at Brixton Academy on November 30.

/ 10 Nov BlackBerry presents Tinie Tempah w J. Cole Double Brit Award winner Tinie Tempah’s number one, debut album Discovery has sold over half a million copies to date. The album has also spawned two number one singles Pass Out (Platinum) and Written in the Stars (Gold). Info: www.livenation.


Nov Hip hop vs Dupbstep with Cypress Hill and Soul Assassins DJ Muggs Bass for your Face tour: Support on the night comes from the UK’s “1st Lady of Hip Hop” DJ Sarah Love, who has also just been confirmed as Aloe Blacc’s official UK tour dj in December. As part of a heavy hitting hip hop dj line up, Choice FM’s DJ 279 also blesses the decks together with DJ Snuff (End of the



Barrio North’s 4th birthday bash

Weak / Speaker’s Corner), El-B & DJ Raggs. As part of the overall night, Muggs will also be dropping some dubstep in Room 2 along with Choice FM’s Rod Azlan, Rinse’s DJ Chef, Sub FM’s DJ Enme with the night hosted by MC Crazy D. Info: 9pm – 4am, Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH | www.

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/15 Nov J Cole world tour Hotly anticipated Roc Nation artist, J.Cole, has added a second

show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to his Cole World Tour. The tour comes on the heels of his much buzzed about debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. -11 Nov: Electric Ballroom |15 Nov: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Info:


Nov Barrio North’s 4th birthday bash Party-loving Essex Road institution Barrio North turns 4 on November 12, and to celebrate they’re pulling out all the stops. n DJ/Producer extraordinaire Oliver Night (of Roots Manuva’s Banana Klan fame) on the decks n Special Anniversary Cocktail List n And don’t miss the FREE Infamous Tequila Ice Luge n Plus the launch of an ace competition to name the signature cocktail for our brand new cocktail

menu launched Jan 2012 n Plus surprise treats along the way delivered as only Barrio North can Info: 5pm to 3am, Barrio North, 45 Essex Road, N1 2SF | www.barrionorth. com       


– 23 Nov Brazilian Live music at Guanabara Celebrating the Winter season, Guanabara highlights Brazil’s incredible diversity of music with a full week’s programme of Live bands every night. Bringing sounds from all over Brazil to Guanabara, each day will showcase a different style of Brazil’s rich musical heritage including Sertanejo (traditional country music); Bossa Nova; samba e pagode; funk; carnaval and axe bahia and forro. Info: Guanabara, Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane), Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5PW www.

Brazilian Live music at Guanabara




You’re carrying on Stooshe you know! Atheir single F*ck

Words: Semper Azeez-Harris

s introductions go

Me is like placing a small hand grenade next to an elderly man with a dodgy heart, who is sleeping after a heavy meal of pureed delicacies at the communal home he resides in. Bang would be the last thing he hears. Stooshe is Courtney Rumbold, Karis Anderson and Alex Buggs who collide with their different musical inspirations of hard rap, soulful r&b, Motown and funk to create something that actually works. Whilst they run with the motto “no rules” I was lucky enough to survive the infectiously fun trio. Betty Woz Gone as their next release again fuses their different inspirations to create something that is deliciously radio friendly, 26 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

fun and drops a little respect to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air while still talking about a serious issue in many respects. Welcome to the stage Stooshe! How did Stooshe form? Karis: Our manager was basically looking for girls to work with. Our manager [Jo Perry] did not have a vision but she was looking for girls that could sing and had a passion for music. She came across us all at different times and just asked if we could sing and we were like “yes”? So we were working individually at the studio but our paths would cross at this studio in Gravesend and we started to talk and we got on really well. We said we work well together love the same songs so why don’t we just do this? What do you all bring individually to Stooshe?

We like it to be just spontaneous and we have one rule and that there are no rules. Alex: In terms of songs, Karis is really soulful and hits out these notes, Courtney would be dropping a funk vibe and I would be doing an r&b thing. It did not really work individually but together it worked having those three different dimensions we complimented each other. And what were your individual journeys and inspirations into music? Karis: Well I attended the Brit School where I did dance but it got to a point where it was not a challenge for me and also I did not have the right

body for it and so I took my hand at singing. I just did a show one day and from that I just started taking singing lessons from a teacher who taught Jessie J and Adele and so I am privileged to have had that experience. Alex: I never thought I would be a singer because I knew I wanted to go university and go into marketing and PR. My mum is a singer so it kind of scared me to want to be a singer. I did not want to be compared to her because she is so talented. In my second of year of university Jo Perry found me. My dad was like just go for it and so I did.

Courtney: I am the baby of the group I went to theatre school from the age of 6. I literally went from school, did a bit of work in Marks and Spencer’s and then I got spotted and so it was quick. In terms of inspirations I love Emeli Sandé she is a great songwriter she is just sick and she is going to be around for a long time. So you came out on F*ck Me so why did you do that and was it difficult? Courtney: I feel comfortable in myself and with the girls and so everyone else knew and the song is obviously talking about certain things and I just thought I might as well be me do what I am doing and so I did it. I like women but I would never rule out a guy so let’s get that straight. So how involved are you ladies in creating your music?

Karis: We co-write everything with our manager Jo and Future Cut has produced the whole album. Alex: Sometimes Jo has her own ideas and we have a chorus and then we will go in the booth and sing whatever. Courtney: We like it to be just spontaneous and we have one rule and that there is no rule whether that is in our lyrics, harmonies, performance everything really. And your next release is Betty Woz Gon. Alex: We did our first radio interview with Betty Woz Gone in the 1Xtra building and that was just so exciting and we are getting lots of love from people for that track. We put out a lyric video and it got over one hundred thousand views in one day. And you ladies will obviously be

really busy. Karis: Betty will be released on November 28th hopefully then we will be starting a school tour early January and the album will be out next year the working title is Swings and Roundabouts.


New girl band Stooshe are set to give the music scene a good old shake up

What was the thinking behind the name? Karis: We chose that title because it is about the fact that and you cannot box Stooshe. Alex: People have tried to say that we are like a novelty act but the tracks that we have cover a lot of different genres. Courtney: The album covers funk to reggae to urban and some pop. Hopefully everyone will be able to get something from our album when it comes out next year. Info: Betty Woz Gone is released on November 28th | StooShe| www. | Semper AzeezHarris is on Twitter @repmes / @atstreetlevel1




Nov Black Roots & Fowokan

Black Roots were a powerful and potent force in the British reggae music scene throughout the 80s and left a legacy of no less than ten albums and more than eight singles before bowing out of the public eye in the mid-90s. “If anyone tells you that there is no such thing as good British reggae, first tell them that they are a herbert and then listen to Black Roots.” John Peel Info: 7pm | Under the Bridge, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS www.underthebridge.


Nov Kindred The Family Soul

Kindred’s new album, titled Love Has No Recession is a personal testimony about what it takes to keep a family and relationship together in challenging economic times. Uttered in the same breath as the duo’s epochal debut Surrender To Love, local Philly talent and Grammy winning collaborators alike have lined up around the block to collaborate on Love Has No Recession. The socio soul epics We All Will Know & Take A Look Around (’s highest ever download) feature Raheem DeVaughn & Bilal, respectively. 28 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

Superstar Snoop Dogg appears on the newly championed summer anthem You Got Love (itself an online video hit, racking up over 120,000 hits in the first fortnight) and Go-Go king Chuck Brown gate crashing the aptly named Going To A Go-Go. But of course, being a Kindred album, Love Has No Recession also features sweet & vintage R&B with the Motown style stomper Authentically You, the gorgeous Sticking With You & aforementioned single soon-to-be Kindred classic Magic Happen. Info: Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG | www.

“voice” of mainstream Jazz and one of the UK’s most exciting and indemand live performers, whose concerts are always guaranteed to sell out. Info: 7pm |Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG | www.


-13 Dec Brian McKnight


Dec YolanDa Brown Double Mobo Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown is widely regarded as the emerging


/13 Dec The Brand New Heavies The Brand New Heavies, one of the most successful and enduring acts of the acid jazz scene, are celebrating their milestone 20th anniversary with two shows at Under the Bridge. These performances will coincide with the release of The Best Of 20 Years, a 2 CD compilation documenting the band’s career to date. Info: www.



Nov Jill Scott Jill Scott debuted in 2000 with the album ‘Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1’ which was certified double-Platinum and earned a number of Grammy nominations. Her second studio album ‘Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds, Vol. 2’ followed in 2004 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard album chart. It featured the track ‘Cross My Mind’ for which she collected her first Grammy for Best Urban / Alternative Performance. Her most recent album, 2007’s ‘The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3’ also hit the Billboard Top 5. She gained two further Grammy Awards for featuring on Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Daydreamin’’ and on George Benson and Al Jarreau’s ‘God Bless The Child’. Info: London, 02 Brixton Academy www.gigsandtours. com/?a=jill+scott | www.

Info: 7pm | Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG | www.

As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 13 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multiinstrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, McKnight has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, has toured successfully for over a decade, and has collaborated with performers across every genre including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson and Kenny G.

/ 23 Dec London Community Gospel Choir From humble beginnings in 1982 as Britain’s first concert gospel choir to performing at Wembley for the FA Cup final, The London Community Gospel Choir have grown to be a worldwide phenomenon. Renowned for their funky gospel flair, swing-beat, r&b, traditional and soulful arrangements, invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics, this dynamic group have performed at Live 8, Glastonbury and on the soundtrack for the Disney Smash the Lion King. Catch them at the Jazz Café for a ‘gospel’ Christmas. Info: 7pm |Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG |


Feb Nicole Scherzinger first solo tour Looking forward to wow-ing her fans with her flawless stage shows as she visits cities across the UK, the multi-talented Nicole Scherzinger will prove why she has become one of the most successful artists in the UK this year. Info: Hammersmith Apollo |  www.nicolescherzinger. com

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version first, on or before 1 December, followed by a limited print edition. In the New Year it will be available globally via Amazon as well as to order in bookshops.

Fbiography Beatrice:

Fiona Joseph reading at the Birmingham Conservatoire

iona Joseph’s

The Cadbury Heiress who gave away her fortune, is the story of a rich entrepreneur’s daughter who turned her back on her privileged life-style. It will be available at the end of the year. Why did you decide to write about Beatrice Cadbury? I came across Beatrice by chance after chatting to a Dutch client who mentioned that he used to teach at the experimental ‘Werkplaats’ School in the Netherlands. A Google search told me that the school, founded in Bilthoven in the 1920s, was the idealistic venture of an impoverished married couple, a Kees Boeke and his English wife Betty Boeke (nee Cadbury). At that point I wondered if Betty was related to the famous Cadbury family of Birmingham. With the help of my local librarian I established that Betty Boeke was in fact the youngest daughter of Richard Cadbury, who with his brother George had created the chocolate

empire at Bournville. Some of the facts didn’t square with my preconceptions of how a rich heiress would be living in the 1920s. Why was Beatrice, her husband and their eight young children living a handto-mouth existence in a Dutch town, rather than enjoying a privileged lifestyle within the bosom of the Cadbury family in Birmingham? Had a family feud cut Beatrice out of her father’s will? The truth, I eventually discovered, was even more amazing than I had anticipated. Beatrice was poor by her own volition: she had chosen to give all her Cadbury shares ‘back’ to the Cadbury workers. She could no longer reconcile her vast personal wealth with all the poverty and inequality she saw around her. It was a bold and completely unique way of addressing what she saw as the evils of capitalism. When will the book be out? I am publishing the book under my own imprint, Foxwell Press. It’ll be available as a Kindle

big-hitter in terms of its quality fiction and literary prizes/shortlistings. We have writing groups galore, including Tindal Street Fiction Group, of which I’m a member. Reading is also very well supported in Birmingham Libraries through reading groups and author events (authors such as Ian Rankin and Tess Gerritsen have appeared). There is also a two-week children’s literature festival ‘Young Readers Birmingham’.


Cadbury You run your own publishing business, tell us about that? My partner Peter Travis and I set up Flo-Joe in 2000 to write and publish online resources for students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Our website gets between When was one and two million page the last views per month. Flo-Joe time you did is my day job. I adore being my own boss and COMMUNITY something QUESTION for your I can honestly say we community? have some of the nicest Community is really customers! The best part important to me. I’m is when students write to very privileged to serve us on results day to tell us as a Parent Governor at they’ve passed their EFL the local state primary exams. There’s no greater school, recently rated buzz. I have started writing Outstanding by Ofsted, stories for this audience too which was a huge boost (language learner fiction) to everybody. Within so it all ties in very nicely. that role I’m chair of the Teaching and Learning What book do you wish committee and drop into you had written? the school quite often. I’m ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’ also one of a small band of by Lynne Truss. Who volunteers who organise would have thought a book carnival every July. One on punctuation would be a of my tasks is to persuade runaway success? businesses to advertise in the programme – a job What is the literary requiring the all charms of world like in Beyoncé and the tenacity of Birmingham? Ruth Badger! In addition In a word – fabulous! We I belong to a campaign have the Birmingham group that seeks to Book Festival (and a Fringe improve the public realm. Festival) and Black History Month every October, Info: The full version of as well as Arts Fest and this interview appears Spring Thing. Birmingham at Tricia Wombell’s blog is home too to the excellent Black Book News www. independent publisher  Tindal Street Press, which is small in size but a real LIME MAGAZINE 2011





If you think you know the Michael Jackson story, it’s time to think again… You Are Not Alone is an intimate, no-holdsbarred portrait of Michael – the man, not the legend. Here, for the first time, we are shown Michael’s private world through personal stories and intimate memories

that have never before been shared. You Are Not Alone is out now an published by HarperCollins. Lime magazine has five copies of We Are Not Alone by Jermaine Jackson to giveaway. To enter, email competition@comelime. com with Jermaine Jackson in the subject header. Please include your full postal address.


Lime book review: You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes by Jermaine Jackson | Lime rating: | Words: Tricia Wombell Like that quote ‘It is too soon to say’, regularly attributed to the impact of the French Revolution, it feels too soon for a definitive study of Michael Jackson. What this book, by elder brother Jermaine, does is to draw a line on what the family wants to say. The thing is that most of us grew up with Michael, and while we adored him for so long, there were many years when we desperately wanted to avert our eyes. The early years in Gary, Indiana, joining Motown, followed by a roll call of stars, such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, is fascinating and well described in this ghost written tome.  I had not known that Michael was a deeply committed Jehovah’s Witness. 30 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

Surprised though that things you want to understand from the Jackson family perspective are skated over. Michael’s striking change of features and skin colour is barely discussed, certainly not analysed in any meaningful way. The business of befriending a monkey is presented as ‘everyday.’ This attitude makes sense, when you later learn that Jermaine had a pet Bengali Tiger he would take on tour. This is a book for the fan, one that believes that Michael could do no wrong. And to paraphrase the Motown mantra, the only thing that really matters ‘is what’s in the groove.’ Info: Tricia Wombell blogs at Black Book News |

t 3 Nov Dangerous Women: The Guide to Modern Life by Clare Conville, Liz Hoggard & SarahJane Lovett Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson Evoking pleasure and decadence and offering humorous and philosophical advice in equal measure whether it’s on how to enter a convent, go on holiday with your girlfriend, avoid bores at parties or when to ring your lawyer, Dangerous Women urges you to trust your own instincts, find your own voice and reminds us how far we have come. So whether you need to establish the weight of the soul or plan your wardrobe for a stint in hospital this life-­enhancing book, offers wit and wisdom on over six hundred subjects that every woman wants to talk about...


Nov TEDxEuston

Previous speaker Hannah Pool

Speakers include Rt Hon Paul Boateng, Lola Shoneyin, Kola Karim, Femi Temowo, Kwame KweiArmah and more. Info: Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD www. tedxeuston/


Nov Black Reading Group: Bar Balto by Faiza Guene

Tricia Wombell, says: “ Bar Balto is Faiza Guene’s third book. Still only in her mid-20s, she writes of the lives of people living in Paris’ northern suburbs - the banlieues. It’s the community of people from largely North Africa and other French people of colour. Info: 3pm | Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD |

Judges needed for essay contest for children of African descent

The annual essay contest for children of African descent  – now in its seventh year, is about us showing children of African descent across the African diaspora that we care about them and are willing to show our support for their efforts. The aims are very simple: to encourage and support our children in their educational development. They particularly need English-, French-, Portuguese- and Swahili-speaking Judges. Over the last few years, they have had to turn away children who wanted to participate in this contest – 300 last year - as they did not have enough Judges. Info: For free tickets/info to the hottest events, sign up to our newsletter:





Beverley De-Gale OBE was the recipient of the “Special Award” at this weekends Inspirational Awards for Women at a London ceremony held at the prestigious Cadogan Hall on Friday 7th October 2011.


The awards celebrates the achievements of inspirational women from diverse backgrounds who have inspired a nation along with projecting positive images of women. Other winners on the night included; Annie Lennox, Deborah Meaden and Karren Brady. Last week Beverley who is the mother to ex leukaemia sufferer Daniel De-Gale, also received an


Nov A talk with Dr Hakim Adi Renowned international speaker and author Dr Hakim Adi will be discussing the transition of the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The author of ‘The History of African and Caribbean Communities in Britain’ will also be answering your questions in a special Q&A session. Refreshments will be served. Info: 7-9pm, BAR Gallery Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road London NW10 2SF | www. uk

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OBE from Princess Anne at Windsor Palace was overwhelmed at the awards ceremony. She says “My son Daniel is the inspiration behind the foundation of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust 15 years ago, and continues to be so today.  Daniel’s passion for life (inspite of his illness) gave me the drive to do the best I could to provide hope to leukaemia sufferers everywhere. I’m truly honoured to receive this award”.


Beverley De-Gale wins “Special Inspiration” Award at last month’s Inspirational Awards for Women‫‏‬

The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, which Beverley is a co-founder of alongside her partner Orin Lewis, recently hosted the annual campaign, Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Week, a national campaign which encourages individuals from black and mixed race backgrounds to come forward to donate one unit of blood to commemorate the legacy of their son by attending a blood donation session to give blood. Info:


Nov Rich Visions Business Spotlight and Exhibition Do you need to market and promote your business, brand or service to other businesses or consumers by Christmas? Do you need to raise your profile in the media and online within the next 12 weeks? Then you must NOT miss this business event where you will be able to pitch, showcase and promote your service,

products or brand to over 50 businesses/consumers as well as finding out 14 quick ways to grow your business or brand within the next 12 weeks and not forgetting the networking session. Who Should Attend? Businesses and Entrepreneurs who want to increase their sales and profits by the end of 2011/ early 2012. Do not miss this easy opportunity to promote your business or brand. Info: 10am – 3pm | Tower Bridge | http:// businessspotlight.


Nov The Ideation Camp Six hours of rapid incubation for your business hunches, concepts and challenges. If you have ever had a business idea but you didn’t know if it was viable, developed a killer concept that you couldn’t take to the next level, had a startup challenge that you couldn’t fix, or have amazing ideation skills that you are LIME MAGAZINE 2011


COMMUNITY itching to stretch and use, then The Startup Crowd Ideation Camp is for you. The Ideation Camp is dedicated to exploring your hunches, solving your challenges and recharging your creative mind with the support of fellow entrepreneurs and industry experts. During the event, we’ll pile on a host of quick and clever techniques, practical lessons, useful activities and a truckload of invaluable advice to help you supercharge your startup. The event only has capacity for 50 campers, so please book early to refresh your business ideas with The Startup Crowd. Info: Central Working, 11 - 13 Bayley Street London


Nov One Hand Can’t Clap: How will

you know you are a success? Know how to create your own opportunities: are you facing uncertainty in your job, career or business? It doesn’t have to be that way! If you are ready to up your game come and join us at this upcoming seminar.  Introduction to some fascinating people making good use of everything I am presenting to them. Discover why living through these economic times is exciting for some people. Discover how to create your own economy and prosper while around you people struggle, income shrinking, with fear and anxiety high. Give you the clarity, courage, confidence, direction, freedom and fun to discover your entrepreneurial skills. Help you discover how to create your own opportunities in this economic climate. Info: 9.30am - 1pm | Grange Fitzrovia Hotel, 20-28 Bolsover Street, London W1W 5NB | www.


Nov In Celebration of Men II The theme of our International Men’s event

is ‘Giving boys the best possible start in life’. As part of the programme, a number of focused workshops/seminars will be held on topics such as: - Fatherhood, particularly addressing the rights of fathers; - Health and life expectancy; - Education; - Real life choices. In addition the event will recognise men who have contributed positively in the above fields; the voice of youth; networking opportunities. Info: 10am-2pm | Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, London W2 5EZ | http://imd2011.


Nov Third Annual Black Youth Achievement Awards The 3rd BYA Awards will celebrate our amazing young people, reversing the negative association that has been portrayed of youth not just locally but around the country. Nominees, their friends and families, sponsors, media and guests alike will enjoy a 3-course dinner specially prepared for the occasion and then share in

the excitement as the 2011 winners are announced. With special performances and speakers, the evening promises to entertain, educate and exhilarate. There will also be the opportunity for a lucky person to win 2 tickets for the 2012 Olympics SemiFinals. Info: 6pm to 11pm, Jury’s Inn Hotel, Croydon | www. blackyouthachievements. org


Nov Natural November A natural cultural hair, health and beauty event. Showcasing the very best in: accessories, art, beauty, books, clothing, crafts, DVD’s, education, empowerment, head wrapping, health, home furnishings, jewellery, lockstyling, natural Afro hairstyling, problem solving, raw food, Sisterlocks™, skincare, transitional advice and... Featuring special guests: Caroline Shola Arewa, Dr Derin Bepo and Sherry Ann Dixon. Info: 11am – 7pm | The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London WC2E 8IT www.naturalnovember. com

Past Black Youth Achievement Award winners


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Family matters W

elcome to family matters Limes guide to fostering and adoption in association with BAAF. Here you will find key and essential information to help illuminate your road to parenthood. We here at lime think that now is a really important time for black people to think about adoption. You’ve probably heard that there are lot of black children in care system that are waiting around for adoptive families. You may have also heard that the government doesn’t think that black

children should be delayed and if there are no black families available then race should not be a consideration.

important to you then find out what’s involved and go along to one the events that local authorities are hosting at the moment.

Although I’m sure none of us want black children to linger in the care system I’m also sure we also think that being with families who share their identity is important.

I see the different councils making an effort to get more people interested but they can’t do it without your help, so go along and support them and find out what’s involved.

If we want black children to be adopted by black families then it is really important that more black people come forward to adopt our children.

Who are the children that need adopting

If this is something that is

There are around 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every


year. These children are from a great variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Many of these children are of school age and over half of them are in groups of brothers and sisters who need to be placed together. There are disabled children and children whose future development is unclear. Some children will have been abused and/or neglected and all will have experienced moves and uncertainty and their resulting behaviour may be challenging. LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Who can adopt? Y

ou have to be over 21, happy to make space in your life and home for a child, patient, flexible and energetic, and determined to make a real difference to a child’s life, for a lifetime.

Some people think about adoption but never look into it further - possibly because they are over 40 and think they’ll be ruled out. But they are wrong, there is no upper age limit. Agencies are looking for adopters who have the physical and mental energy to care for demanding children, and whose lifestyle suggests they will still have that energy when the child is a teenager, or young adult. Older children are among

those children who wait the longest so adoption agencies are keen to hear from people who can give a permanent and loving home to an older child.

A record of offences will need to be carefully looked into but, apart from some offences against children, will not necessarily rule someone out. Everyone has to have a medical examination and health issues will need to be explored. People from all ethnic origins and religions can adopt. Ideally, a new family should meet all a child’s emotional, identity, health and development needs.

In BAAF’s view, practice experience indicates that children do best when brought up in a family that reflects their ethnic and racial identity as closely as possible. In part, this is informed by reports from black and minority ethnic adopted adults who grew up with families who did not

match their ethnic and racial identity, describing difficulties in belonging to any community outside of their immediate family. What this means in practice is that vigorous efforts are made to find a family that reflects the child’s individual identity. Given the profile of prospective adopters, this is not always achievable. In these instances, social workers will have to make a decision about when to consider alternative families in order to minimise delay for the child. Children would then be placed with families that best match most of their needs, even if this means they are of a different ethnic group. Disabled people are not excluded and sometimes experience of disability will be positively welcomed. A single person, or one partner in an unmarried couple – heterosexual, lesbian or gay – can adopt. Since 30 December 2005 unmarried couples in England and Wales can apply to adopt jointly.


f you’ve ever thought about adoption then now is a good time to think some more. With this years national adoption week running form the 31st of October to the 6th of November adoption is very much at the forefront. Every year the British Agency for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) highlight the need for more adopters during adoption week. This year’s slogan is ‘Every child deserves a family’. True! As you have probably heard in the media, black and mixed race children wait longer than their white peers to be adopted. Getting children adopted as soon as possible is very important so they can just get on with their lives with their new families. The more people that come forward the less time the children will have to wait. Many people rule themselves out, believing they can’t adopt because maybe they are too old or too young or aren’t married, but adopters like all parents are all sorts of people. The most important things are that you have the patience, energy and determination to transform a child’s life. Adopting a child is a wonderful thing to do. As Nelson Mandela said “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than in which it treats its children.” As an adopter you may be a first time parent or you may like to add to your existing family. Perhaps

circumstances sometimes, means-tested financial assistance is given to families caring for a child with particular needs, or to help make it possible for siblings to stay together.



First Step to Adoption Deciding to adopt takes time you need to find out if it is the right option for you. If adoption is something you have been thinking about then you could come along to our special Ealing adoption event, where we will be focussing on the needs of the black and mixed race children waiting. We will take you through the process, tell you about the children and introduce you to our adopters all in a relaxed setting with a Caribbean buffet and a rum punch or two. your children have grown up and your house is feeling a bit empty, it’s not true you can’t adopt if you are over 40, in fact we’d welcome your parenting experience. Of course adopting is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly, it’s life changing! The process to adopt will help you to feel ready and prepared to make the commitment. Once you have adopted you will have full parental responsibility for that child and the decisions will all be yours. However we know it won’t always be easy and we will be there to support you all the way. We can offer advice, information and counselling. Raising children is

expensive especially in these tough times and adopters are able to get the same benefits as any parent. Depending on the

Just give us a call and get the ball rolling, start to do something you’ve been thinking about for a long time and take that first step!



Ealing Adoption Event: Focusing on children of black origin. All have one thing in common: Adoption. Find out how you could inspire the next generation. Info: 6.30 p.m. In central Ealing.

To book your place or for more information call Freephone 0800 731 6550 or email fosteradopt@ealing.



Ashley Walters and Reggie Yates in Demons Never Die


Ashley Walters talks about his latest role in the British hit movie Demons Never Die.

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sher D or as he is

known, Ashley Walters, is fast becoming the actor that you can depend on to morph and become that particular character. In his latest role he plays a detective in the British film Demons Never Die written and directed by Arjun Rose.

DEMONS never die

With a controversial storyline regarding a suicide pact by a group of friends Ashley Walters as the detective investigates. In a refreshing bit of honesty Ashley told me: “I don’t know why I am doing press there are so many twists in the film I cannot tell you much!” Ashley however was able to tell me a bit and by the time this interview comes out there should have been a few people that would have been lucky enough to attend the preview: how many twists did you count? 36 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

So formulaic question, what is this film about? It is about a group of people who all make a pact for their individual reasons to commit suicide but through the film they eventually find reasons to live but by that point there is someone after them anyway. It is hard to say much without giving away much of the plot.

That’s a rather controversial subject. I am not a politician I am an actor. My role is to act a role and so I did not worry about things like that. At the end of the day it is a movie and you cannot blame movies all the time for the government maybe not running the country well. Movies have so many different themes be that love, thrillers and so forth so let’s enjoy film and

enjoy the fact that we have British movies written, produced and directed by British people. What attracted you to the film? First and foremost the script attracted me to the film and the cast were people that I kind of grew up with or watched on TV myself. Obviously Idris Elba working on the film as well but we have never


road so long I do not know what life is about I have to get back to living, pursuing my hobbies, seeing friends getting into a relationship but music is on the agenda.

Ashley Walters and Reggie Yates in Demons Never Die

worked together but we know each other and it was nice to be in that space. Working with Jason Maza who produced the film as well he is a really good friend of mine and I doubt there are many people that know film as well as him he is just great. Explain a little about the part you play? I play the policeman which is refreshing playing this detective but that’s all I can tell you (he laughs). Lady of the moment Tulisia is in there which will surprise some people. I caught some of Tulisa’s stuff and there are people probably thinking that she is not going to do well but I must admit I was overwhelmed by how well she did I will definitely vouch for her. Is the whole ‘it is difficult for black actors thing’ an old barrier? The bottom line there are parts out there some of them will be the ones where they want a gangster a drug dealer or whatever but there are other parts and there is nothing stopping people from creating their own roles. The last feature I did I had to go to Malta where I played a guy called Abdul Farim in one episode of Sinbad. The role was for a white male aged 35 so it can be done.

Is the UK scene really good then? I think without a shadow of a doubt that t is a better scene we have started to develop our kind of scene and a lot of us are writing together, producing together and just in general knocking around ideas. It is great as well because now with the young up and coming black actors, there are more roles for them so the scene really is

We have a community spin on this COMMUNITY issue so QUESTION what advice would you give to black youngsters in the community? I do not think that the whole colour thing really comes into it now it is about being persistent and taking that journey. It wide open. Back in the day is important to pick your everybody wanted to be an roles if you keep playing emcee but now more and gangster types then you more people want to be might get typecast. I could actors and that is just great probably clean up with for the industry. these films but I wait for the right roles and do my Any chance of new best in the auditions. music from you? I am writing I am in my Info: Demons Never Die is studio but there is not out now | www.facebook. much at the moment going com/DemonsNeverDie on but hopefully in the | next year there will be a demonsneverdie project. I have been on the

First and foremost the script attracted me to Demons Never Die and the cast were people that I kind of grew up with or watched on TV myself





TIL 3 NOV Top Boy – 4 part drama Pulling their acting socks up, rappers Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson (Kano) and Scorcher star in Channel 4’s upcoming four-part drama Top Boy alongside Kierston Wareing (It’s A Free World) and Geoff Bell. The drama explores young lives lived on the edge as Dushane (Ashley Walters) gets the attention of ex-convict and drug dealer Bobby Raikes (Geoff Bell) and uses his sexy, clever and charming ways as an opportunity to become more than just a gang leader, but a top boy in the Summerhouse Estate. Dushane and Sully (Kane Robinson) embark on a violent quest to run the drugs game in their


– 13 Nov Film Africa Live

area with a storyline to tug at your heart strings when 13 year old Ra’Nell (Malcolm Kamulete) decides he desperately wants to be in the gang, struggling to create a stable environment for his mentally ill mother (Sharon Duncan Brewster) whilst his best friend Gem (Giacomo Mancini) will do anything to be accepted into the gang. Info: www. programmes/ top-boy



Nov Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai Taking Root tells the dramatic story of the late Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy – a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Info: PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LN | info@ t now Demons Never

Synchrosystem, Kadialy Kouyaté, and many more. Info: uk Nov The Mangrove

A story of conflict between the police and the black community in Notting Hill at the start of 1970s, focusing on a 150-string protest against police harassment of the popular Mangrove Restaurant in Ladbroke Grove. This screening of the original full version of this historic documentary will be introduced by Linton

disorders to lost parents. But as a much deadlier assailant hunts them down one by one, their quest for death becomes a desperate fight for their lives. Info: DemonsNeverDie


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08 Showcasing more than 50 of Africa’s best films and 15 UK premieres, Film Africa 2011 presents an exciting programme of screenings, Q&As, panel discussions and live performances. Bringing you eclectic performances and workshops from some of London’s most exciting Africa-inspired musicians and DJs … Across nine nights, enjoy the vibe and let your spirits soar with Film Africa LIVE!, featuring Dele Sosimi, Muntu Valdo, The Shrine

Kwesi Johnson of the GPI and Paul Reid of the BCA, followed by a discussion led by Ian Macdonald QC, leading immigration lawyer and one of the barristers at the trial. Info: 7pm | Karibu Educational Centre, 7 Gresham Road, London SW9 7PH | info@

Die Demons Never Die features Tulisa Contostavlos, the X-Factor judge, in her first feature film role, Reggie Yates and Ashley Walters. Stylish teen slasher film Demons Never Die follows eight very different London students with one deadly secret: they have all make a pact to end their lives together. However, a mysterious masked killer emerges from shadows to grant their death-wish in more terrifying fashion than they could ever have imagined. Misfit Archie (Robert Sheehan), model Samantha (Emma Rigby), wide-boy Kenny (Jason Maza), star pupil Ashleigh (Shanika WarrenMarkland), conflicted Sachin (Jacob Anderson), goth-girl Jasmine (Jennie Jacques), and weakling James (Jack Doolan) are all battling their own private demons, from eating

Jerry “Rocco” Patel (Akshay Kumar) and Nick “Hunter” Mathur (John Abraham) originally came to the UK to study as overseas students at Oxford University. Some years later, life is good in their comfortable London pad. Nick’s got a lucrative investment banking job and a beautiful fiancee, Radhika (Deepika Padukone). Jerry happily sponges off his wealthy pal while bringing up his nephew Veer (Omi Vaidya). But then the recession starts to bite, Nick finds himself abruptly downsized, and social services threaten to place Veer in a foster home. What to do? Why, strip off and earn a living as sexy pole-dancers of course! But under their new alter egos Rocco and Hunter, the two friends now become bitter rivals. Desi Boyz’ marks the exciting directorial debut of Rohit Dhawan, son of one of Indian’s cinema’s most prized comedy directors, David Dhawan. Expect nothing less than one of the freshest, most innovative comedies to emerge from Indian cinema in recent times, with Master of Comedy, Akshay Kumar, giving ‘Desi Boyz’ his inimitable, Midas Touch in the laughter stakes. Info: www.

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Snowtown | Lime rating: Release date: 18th November Starring: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris Tower Heist | Lime rating: Release date: 2nd November Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick Brett Ratner remains a hugely divisive filmmaker. His movies make money, lots of it in fact, but are they any good? The ‘Rush Hour’ franchise has gone from strength to strength, yet Jackie Chan enthusiasts (me included) lament the

sight of the great man performing poor dance routines whilst giving Chris Tucker the upper hand in their physical confrontations.

mediocre story.

This time, the once great Eddie Murphy experiences the opposite phenomenon. We get to see the comedian do some of his best stuff for years, reminding us of how good he can be on the screen when he needs to be. The problem, then, is that Murphy is only part of an uneven ensemble in a

Ratner, who shifts the focus of the film to different characters, most of whom are not worthy of any real attention, matches this lack of plot direction behind the camera. Still, Murphy and ‘Precious’ star Gabby Sidibe are good value, even when the latter uses a ludicrous Jamaican accent.

Ben Stiller is the brains organising a heist, with the target changing minute by minute.


Machine Gun Preacher | Lime rating: Release date: 2nd November Starring: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) is a biker, drugtaker, criminal and racist at the start of this movie. He miraculously finds God and begins a long road to redemption. Once things seem to have settled at home he sets his sights on the children of Sudan, some of whom have been turned into soldiers on the frontline. Butler does a very good job throughout the film. He doesn’t hold back in the early moments and we are left in no doubt that Childers is a reprobate of the lowest kind. His redemption might be a little too convenient, but is kept grounded by Monaghan and Shannon

as wife and best friend respectively. Once the action moves to Sudan we get a different approach from filmmaker Marc Forster, but it’s one that works for this movie. One of his previous films, ‘The Kite Runner’, was a mess due to a parody of a true story, which lurched from one unlikely sequence to



Earlier in the year ‘Animal Kingdom’ won plaudits for its brutal portrayal of Aussie criminal life and those effected by it. Now ‘Snowtown’ picks up the baton, with something even more grim, especially so when you consider the fact that it’s based on a true story. Using a largely untrained cast, Justin Kurzel focuses his film on Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) a 16-year-old boy who finds himself drawn to the protective nature of John Bunting (Daniel Henshall), a stranger who has moved in with his mother. The abuse Jamie suffers comes from all sides is truly horrendous, but so are his subsequent actions. It’s a tough film to watch, but stick with it and you’ll get ample reward. As a study of what drives these men to such extreme lengths, ‘Snowtown’ does a great job of not making excuses, rather it lets you into this depressing world and keeps you there even when you want to leave.

the next. This time around, there might be a number of liberties taken, but the story remains believable thanks to the characters. It’s long, but it does manage to strike a chord with the viewer, and that is some achievement given how much potential there was for this film to get it all horribly wrong. LIME MAGAZINE 2011




The Help is out now in the UK, and we caught up with three of the stars as well as the director to talk about the movie which has taken America by storm WORDS: CASSAM LOOCH

ESpencer and Viola

mma Stone, Octavia

Davis play three very different characters in the movie, which is an adaptation of the popular Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name. Here is what they have to say about the film, along with the thoughts of filmmaker Tate Taylor. Emma Stone: [My character] Skeeter is learning about the truth and the reality of the every day life of these women and I was too. I felt like we were learning in tandem about that because I had been educated on the most well known stories of the civil rights era but not the day-to-day life of the ordinary woman, so 40 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

getting to live in the South and getting to place here was so enriching for my life, not just as an actor, but as Emma.

Viola Davis: The only consideration [for me] at the end of the day was a lot of hesitancy

playing a maid in 2011. I remember playing a maid in ‘Far From Heaven’ and I remember telling some friends, and I’m glad they

SCREEN haven’t held me to this, I said “I am never playing a maid again, ever.” But then Aibileen came along. I remember getting these roles in television and they were always described in the same way ‘late 30s to mid-40s, strong and sassy…’ or I remember the last one I got and I looked at it, and I looked at it all night because it said ‘police officer, mother of two, married, strong with no vulnerability whatsoever.’ So when Aibileen came along and I saw how multifaceted and rich she was, for me it was a nobrainer. Both Octavia and Tate hail from the South, so their familiarity with the landscape played into the film-making process. The story is set in Mississippi in the 1960’s, and the film was also shot there. Have things changed in recent years, and was there ever any thought

of filming the movie elsewhere? Octavia Spencer: I’m from the South but I venture to say that the amount of racism which is prevalent at this point in America would be on par with what is prevalent throughout the world. For Mississippi, as well as all Southern regions, it is definitely something which is part of our past, it is not something that I think didn’t play a part in making us grow as a nation, certainly as people, but it definitely helped being there to bring the story to life, for me anyway. Tate Taylor: I had to shoot it there. It’s a character, its beautiful, its complex and I wanted every frame of the film to be packed with Mississippi. All of the homes, all the buildings, those are practical, real locations which were there except for two sets which we had to build for practical reasons, and then the love of the community. It had to be filmed there; it would have been a different film if it had been filmed anywhere else. The civil rights movement has been

well documented, both in film and beyond, but did the actors learn anything new? Octavia Spencer: I think it shocked me because I knew it but I didn’t really process how many Skeeters, in the form of young, white men and women were actually involved in the civil rights movement. I knew it was a struggle for African Americans and people of colour but then I realise it was a struggle for the nation, when I actually went back to do research and how many young people Skeeter actually truthfully represented. Viola Davis: There are certain things which don’t make it into the history books, its just how people felt on a day-to-day basis, when you get into a character you are walking in their shoes for 3-anda-half months and you’re feeling what they’re feeling when they go to work and when they come home. Emma Stone: What I learnt was so enlightening and horrifying and reading about the Jim Crow laws, which I had no idea

existed, and realising just how separate everything was, it was all new to me. Thank god I learnt about it. Just to appreciate how far we have come has changed my whole life now, in terms of being opinionated and open minded and being able to hear peoples’ stories in a much more open way and realise why people are the way they are – because of their history. Finally, Tate, the film has been a huge boxoffice success in the U.S. what do you hope audiences take away from the movie? Tate Taylor: Lots been said that perhaps the movie could have dealt more with the in-your-face horrors of this time period, but they were just the backdrop of a film that is about beautiful, ordinary, courageous people, who have come together and find love between each other when they’re not supposed to, which is so hard, and they find a way to better each of their lives, independently, but for one another, and with each others help. Info: The Help is out now nationwide. LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Lock and Kevin Bridges on tour. Info: 8pm | Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE | www.


til 5 Nov Angie Le Mar’s One Woman Show – In My Shoes

05 Forgive Me

Angie Le Mar’s In My Shoes with Brenda Emmanus

Angie Le Mar is back. This time she is  ready to get her heels stuck firmly in.  Her brand new show premieres at The Soho Theatre this October, before it goes on the international Stage, 2012 New York, LA and Atlanta to name a few. In My Shoes transports Angie to her comedy’s edge. This really is Angie as you have never seen her before as she steps into the shoes of some hilarious characters; introducing  some outrageous personalities, told to us in her own unique style. Written by and starring Angie Le Mar; directed by Femi Elufowoju Jnr and designed by Jennel Joseph. Info: www.sohotheatre. com


/06 Nov Forgive Me Blue Mountain Theatre puts today’s much maligned younger generation under the microscope in Forgive Me! Every Caribbean household knows the old adage ‘Spare the rod


and spoil the child’ but in our enlightened times is ‘tough love’ the only way the to haul today’s ‘Computer Kids’ back in line or is it just a case of ‘Dawg know who fe bite an duppy know who fe frighten’? Under the watchful eye of a talented cast including Charles Tomlin, Allison Mason and Terri Salmon our family’s fortunes are laid bare in this side splitting comedy of manners. Never forget -’What sweet nanny goat a go run him belly’- unless of course it’s laughter!” Info: Hackney Empire |


/06 Nov Alan Carr ‘Spexy’ Beast Live 2011 He’s back! Stand-up comedian, best-selling author and chat show supremo, the lovable Chatty Man and Tooth Fairy himself... Alan Carr is back on stage in the autumn of 2011 with a brand new live stand-up show, ‘Spexy Beast’. Info: O2 Arena | www.

aim to give comedians the opportunity to perform at this celebrated industry showcase. Established in 1982, the New Act of The Year showcase has helped most of the new wave of comedy acts get started on the big stage. Previous finalists include Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Ronnie Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Alan Davies, Ed Byrne and Russell Brand. This year’s final held at the Barbican in March was one of the best in recent years, won by razor sharp raconteur David Mills. Info: Every Tues, 7pm, Rich Mix Arts Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E16 | www. | newactoftheyear@gmail. com


/03 Dec Marlon Davis


-21 Jan Andi Osho: all the single ladies Following her sell-out debut Soho run last year, Andi Osho (Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2) and Stand Up for the Week (Channel 4)) returns with her second stand-up show, a brutally honest dissection of the perils and pitfalls of dating. Andi reports her findings to the audience in this hilarious and heartwarming show. Info: 7.45pm | Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE | www.



Nov - 17 Jan New Act of the Year 2012 auditions Auditions for The New Act of The Year Comedy Showcase and awards will be starting in November and will present the best of emerging talent in the world of comedy this year. Auditions are regularly attended by acts from around the United Kingdom, and

Dec Tiemo Entertainments presents 9th Black Comedy Awards A unique night to celebrate, honour and laugh with the funny men and women who have had audiences roaring with laughter in 2011 – awards ceremony; three-course meal and entertainment. Hosted by Rudi Lickwood. Info: 7-10.30pm | Venue 5, 446 Field End Road, Eastcote, Middlesex HA4 9PB blackcomedyawards2011. html

FHM Stand Up Hero Winner and rising comedy star, Marlon Davis brings his warped and funny observations to Soho Theatre for the first time. Marlon has recently supported Alan Carr, Sean

-21 Jan Kojo – live and kicking You’ve seen him on MTV Base with The Fresh Prince Of Hackney, Young Gods Of Comedy and Kojo’s Comedy Fun House. You listen to him every morning on the Choice Breakfast show. Now with his first movie role in the movie “The Knot” Kojo returns to Hackney Empire to tape his first ever DVD taking you Back To The Funny... Info: Hackney Empire |

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ery Weds at Guanabara Roda de Samba Every Wednesday at Guanabara we present our Roda de Samba, with Ulisses Bezerra and Groupo So Kem Eh as our resident Band!! Playing samba and pagode throughout the night, making you feel like you’re in a Boteco in ipanema! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to feel like you’re part of the band and learn how to samba with our teachers on the night. Info:


Nov supperclub London presents Norman Jay, MBE World renowned DJ Norman Jay graces the supperclub decks for a spectacle of sounds taking in funk, house, soul and good time grooves. The family affair continues with sublime support from Russ Jay and Melvo Baptiste with supperclub resident supremo Femi Fem for support. supperclub (formally subterranean/nhood) in the heart of Notting Hill, is a unique white space adorned with plush white beds and a killer sound system. Info: supperclub, 12 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5QZ | www.


Nov supperclub London celebrates second birthday Two years of being the most individual and unique entertainment concept

in London, born from its free thinking Dutch roots, supperclub London has grown organically with its own unique twist on the supperclub brand. Exploring new exciting concepts in food, performance and pushing the boundaries of how the club interacts with its guests, the supperclub experience is one of a kind. supperclub will be launching their Exclusive White card membership scheme on the night. The new supperclub in-house tattoo parlour will also be open at the birthday party and there will also be a limited edition tattoo with a numbered SC logo, which will bring a myriad of benefits in supperclub’s around the world. Info: 7pm – Midnight | supperclub, 12 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5QZ | www.


Nov *Zoe Nights The finest and hottest live music night showcasing a monthly line up of UK Gospel artists which will be attended by industry heavyweights. Make up your mind to be there every month. Bring your lads, bring your work colleagues and get ready for a fun packed, talented live and intimate atmosphere. This is a night not to be missed. Last Sun of the month. Info: 6.30pm | Canal 125 Bar, 125 Caledonian Road, London N1 9RG | www.

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Win tickets to Soul Heaven


Nov Soul Heaven is the leading international club party and event for all things soulful and vocal within house music. From old skool to nu talent, Soul Heaven joins the dots between the international trendsetter DJ/producers and legendary artists, whose songs have shaped house music and the rich seam of Britain’s talented DJ/producer stars, who man their residencies and release hot new tracks on the re-vamped Soul Heaven record label. Room 1: Kenny Dope; DJ Spen; Neil Pierce and Sy Sez Room 2: Andy Ward; DJ Rocco; Ziggy Funk; Darren Davies Jr Room 3: Phil Asher; At Jazz and Craig Smith Info: 11pm-7am | Pulse, I Invicta Plaza (off Blackfriars Bridge), Southwark, SE1 9UF | / Lime has five pairs of VIP tickets to Soul Heaven on November 26. To enter, email competition@comelime. com with SOUL HEAVEN in the subject header by November 21, 2011. [VIP means queue jump, free entry and also entry to the VIP Area]




Lime magazine has 10 pairs of tickets to giveaway


Nov Back To 95: Legends Of The Old Skool Special guest: exclusive live show from Carole Sylvanthe voice behind ‘Closer’ and ‘Everything I Do’ anthems and an irrepressible DJ line up that includes EZ, Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont, Mikee B, Booker T &  Mike ‘Ruff Kut’ Lloyd and many more… SVA, the pioneers of old school house and garage events, return with their fourth instalment of 2011, after the amazing Carnival Bank Holiday party with Janet Rushmore and Robbie Craig. Bonfire night sees Back to 95: Legends Of The old school fire up London’s newly opened spacious, stateof-the-art, Pulse, in Southwark. Info: 10pm-6am | Pulse, I Invicta Plaza, off Blackfriars Bridge,  Southwark, SE1 9UF | Lime magazine has 10 pairs of tickets to give-away to Back to 95. To enter, email with ‘Back to 95 in the subject header by November 3, 2011. Please include full name and contact number.




The DJ pioneer UK garage pioneer Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont discusses the changing face of this underground movement

Tused liberally in the


he word pioneer is

music game so when it is used I find myself being a little sceptical but safe to say that in terms of Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont he is a pioneer. Having spearheaded the massive UK Garage scene, 20 years later, Matt Jam is still as busy as ever doing it again and again! Draughtsman to DJ explain that transition if there was a transition? I worked as a draftsman for 10 years in Luton, and was DJ-ing as a hobby from the age of 14 and getting bookings for house parties, youth events and club nights.

In the early 90s recession I left my job in 1991 and decided I wanted to pursue  my hopes of becoming a professional DJ. To do this I came to London and for months just went around checking out the club scene. I found a club in Islington called Paradise and begged the Happy Days promoter, Timmi RamJam for a half hour slot. I ended up playing for two hours and the rest is history, as they say. What has kept you hungry for dj’ing? My love of music for sure and after 20 years doing this job, I still get excited when I step up to the booth. I play lots of styles of house and garage so the buzz of the ever changing music scene and crowds still excites me. I am also privileged to travel around the world. DJ-ing in many different cultures is another bonus and my tour of America starting with Las Vegas and LA is my next exciting challenge.  UK Garage at one time was absolutely huge is it wrong to


say that it has now gone back to its roots as a more underground genre and is that good? No you’re right, UK garage has gone back to its roots and it needed to as well. We had built up something back in the early 90s that lots of people thought would only last a year or so and blew up to become a fantastic genre in its own right. But Garage lost a lot of high profile producers around 2002 when the big pay checks dried up and other genres were getting more attention with the kids. You have been called a pioneer but who else in your mind has pioneered UK Garage and evidently UK music – three names will do? This will get me in so much trouble as picking three is just not enough, I need at least 20 but ok, I will have to pick my favourite from the 4x4 early times, so apart from

TuffJam, I would say Todd Edwards, Grant Nelson and MJ Cole. I think these three influenced the change of the sound of UKG back in the day, but there are so many people from Booker T, Wookie, Artful Dodger (Mark Hill), Sticky etc, who also shaped it, the list is endless. How is the label going and has that been hard to juggle along with your other pursuits? Solo Traxx is doing very well, having released tracks from Rosie Gaines, Lenny Hamilton Jr as well as our own productions which are doing very well on all the digital websites. Info: Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont will be playing at Back To 95: Legends Of The Old Skool on November 5, 2011 at Pulse | www.backto95. com | http://soundcloud. com/matt-jam-lamont | MattJamLamont

Garage lost a lot of high profile producers around 2002 when the big pay checks dried up and other genres were getting more attention with the kids

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Autumn Find and circle all of the Autumn words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell a secret message - an Albert Camus quotation.




Hub-Words How many words can you make from the letters in the wheel? Each word must contain the hub letter H. Can you find a 9-letter word and at least 15 other words of five letters or more avoiding proper nouns? 9-letter word - PARACHUTE Some other words of five letters or more containing the hub letter H: chart, cheap, cheat, chert, chute, earth, hater, heart, parch, patch, peach, perch, ratch, reach, retch, teach, theca, preach, chapeau, chapter, chateau, trachea.


- Recruiting bone marrow donors between 18 – 49 years (staying on the register until 60th birthday) a small sample of saliva will be taken from each person registering - Recruiting new blood donors between 17- 65 years - You must weigh at least 8st (52kgs) Please come along to one of our registration drives so that we can completely blow away your fears, misconceptions and the overall ignorance of a very simple donation process which could potentially save a life! Thank You. For further information about registering/fundraising please contact the ACLT on Tel no. 020 8240 4480 e-mail: or visit our website Charity Number 1119516 Company Number 04956925


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