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Welcome to issue 17 of Lime magazine – this edition is all about the community. We focus on the organisations and the individuals who work tirelessly to improve, solidify and empower our community. We also explore all the different ways our community needs support and what we can do to support each other more. We get up close and personal with the entertainment world’s finest include Skepta, Dwele, Omarion, Tarrus Riley, Gina Yashere, DJ Femi Fem and Freida Pinto.

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Our community focus includes conversations with Cheryl Oteng of Adinkra Films, Copstick, who is changing the lives of Kenyan women, Jessica Elliott who is helping young people dance their way to the top and historian Stephen Bourne. The general message from our interviewees is that we can support each other more by being more collaborative as a community. How can you do your bit? Also in this issue is our fostering and adoption special with the launch of our new family matters section – turn to page 29.

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Designer Mialisa Fenty Contributors Michelle Adabra Cassam Looch Semper Azeez-Harris Tricia Wombell Alicia Adejobi Nicke Adebowale Victoria Woode Rachelle Reid Cecillia Makonyola Natasha Julien Jennifer Rock Uchenna Izundu Advertising and sales Dean Serieux

Events listings

Connect with Lime limemagazine Published By Got Media Limited Lime: a word used in the Caribbean which means socialisng and good times with your friends and family – welcome to Lime Magazine.



events refreshingly intoxicated and yearning for more. We ensure much entertainment, fun and enlightenment as always. Come down early, grab your prime spot and sip on a mocktail or Rum Punch cocktail whilst you join in the fun. Time: 7pm - 10pm Rudy’s Revenge (Downstairs), 168 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA

4th Annual Miss Flavour

03 Nov

Miss Flavour 2010 Award winning DJs/ presenters Ace and Vis (BBC Radio 1xtra) are set to host the fourth annual Miss Flavour 2010 contest With performances from Princess Nyah, Fumin and Lioness the grand crowning will see 21 beautiful contestants vying for the title. Judges: Denise Brown, Flavour Magazine’s Fashion editor and stylist to the stars (Rihanna, Kanye); Scorcher, UK MC (he will choose one contestant to be in his music video); Michael Scorr, fashion photographer; Jasmia Robinson, model (former finalist on Britain’s Next Top Model 2007);

Charles Gordan, Genetic Records; Max, BBC Radio 1 Xtra presenter; and Simon Beagals, head of marketing at Sleek Make-Up. Miss Flavour is an opportunity to network, make new friends and gives the contestants a chance to bring them a step closer to achieving their goals. Time: 9pm-3am Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London W1D 6BL Info: www.flavourmag.

04 Nov

Rum Punch – first Thursday of every month For a night that’s guaranteed to leave your creative taste buds

06 Nov

Spanish Harlem Spanish Harlem is an original event which features early dinner, free salsa lessons and both a dedicated r&b room and dedicated salsa room all night. The best of both worlds under one roof by the promoters behind Poetry n Motion. Time: 8pm APT Bar, Aldermary House, 10-15 Queen Street, London EC4N 1TX Info: events.php

07 Nov

Precious You - Inner Fulfilment for business success takes

The Broadway’s impressive cocktail menu, try the Chelsea Kiss – vanilla vodka, fresh cream, strawberries and Amaretto – bliss. This is the perfect place for the Chelsea, King’s Road and Clapham dwellers among you and ideal for a Sunday lunch after a good shop. Ladies I’m certain the man in your life will love this place however if you’re after a bit of variation and innovation in your menu, The Broadway may not be for you.

Lime restaurant review: Broadway Bar and Grill Lime rating: HHH Words: Michelle Adabra Located on the swanky Fulham Broadway – The Broadway Bar and Grill is an agreeable mix of new meets old, rustic meets modern. With numerous large screen TVs situated around the bar – this is a footie lover’s paradise. The menu is simple, hearty and big on flavour. I opted for their popular bacon cheese burger and fries and was pleasantly surprised when I sank my teeth into a lightly seasoned, generous and juicy burger in a delightfully soft bun, served with some of the nicest fries


Many of us aspire to material success, however business accolades and financial security do not lead to fulfilment, and indeed when women recognise and begin a journey of reflection and personal development, experience shows that outer success tends to follow suit. Entrepreneur Jessica Huie, founder of JH Public Relations and Colorblind cards, teamed with Foluke Akinlose MBE founder of the acclaimed Precious Awards, to launch this annual event for women in business who recognise the importance of life balance and the benefits of a holistic approach to business life. Attendees to Precious You will be treated to a stellar line up of speakers including; Serial Entrepreneur Deirdre Bounds, founder of I to I a gap year travel company which she sold for £20 million before becoming best selling author of Fulfilled, the story of her own personal revolution which made her business success a reality. Lifecoach to the stars Ali Campbell and best-selling author of Just get on with it – a kind, compelling kick

I have eaten in a long time. Yummy. I recommend the steak served with tomato, horseradish sauce and those fries again. The steak is mouthwateringly tender, not too chewy and near perfect. To compliment the meal I advise you to select a cocktail from

Try: White peach and vanilla Mojito Info: Broadway Bar and Grill, 474476 Fulham Broadway London SW6 1BY / www.broadwaybandg.

events up the ass whose client list includes every one from the A-list to royalty drives home ‘The Power of thought.’ Leading business coach & speaker Rasheed Ogunlaru, author of The Gift of inner success takes us on a tour of 5 cornerstones; clarity, courage, customers, cooperation and compassion. Speaking on ‘Building your business by Heart ‘ Participate in the Founder of Progressive Yoga Thierry Gunta’s ‘Learn to meditate’ workshop PR Mogul Max Clifford on why Public Relations is essential for every business. Time: 12-6pm One Alfred Place, 1 Alfred Place, WC1E 7EB Info: www.

08 Nov

The Precious Awards 2010 – Celebrating Your Success Stories Sponsored by The British Library. Precious invites you to join us as we celebrate the achievements of some of the most successful women of colour in business and leadership. Hosted by the Precious business coach, Rasheed Ogunlaru and Colorblind Cards/JHPR founder, Jessica Huie. Great food and drink, lively networking, and of course the Precious goody bag. We hope you can join us. Time: 6-9.30pm The British Library, Euston Road, London Info: www.preciousawards. com

13 – 15 Nov

Nollywood Weekend A weekend of films, talks and stalls about the history and culture of Nigeria. Bernie Grant Arts Centre Town Hall Approach Road, London N15 4RX Info: www.

14 Nov

One Taste Festival The annual music and spoken word extravaganza where you can expect to see the best bits of the past One Taste season mixed with fresh new findings, all day, on three floors of The Bedford. Including performances from Polarbear, Pepino, David J, Tanya feat. Yult, Alex Gwyther, the OneTaste Choir, AF Harrold and many more. Time: 3pm The Bedford 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD Info: www.wegottickets. com

15-21 Nov

Global Enterprise Week Over half of all young people

in the UK want to start a business. Yet only 1 in 20 of them actually do. We believe it’s time this should become reality for more people across the UK. This year, we’re making Global Entrepreneurship Week the

Get your Christmas shopping at the first annual Afridizak gifts and occasions Christmas shopping extravaganza 4 December 2010 Time: 11am to 5pm Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval London SE11 5SW Cost: £3 entry includes £1 charitable donation to the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust [ACLT] Info: (e) Your festive shopping experience includes: • On arrival, guests will be served a warm glass of mulled wine or nonalcoholic alternative with an Afridiziak Christmas cake made by our official caterer, Eclectic Food • DJ Sofire, Sofine spinning an eclectic mix of tunes to keep you feeling festive • Christmas Carols sung by Battersea Seventh-day Adventist Church Praise Choir • Retailers selling culturally inspired gifts for men, women, children including hair and beauty products, books, toys, educational gifts, paintings, jewellery, accessories, bags, clothing, gifts for the home and greeting cards too • Gift wrapping service • Raffle prizes galore – we are raising funds for the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust • Caribbean food will be on sale from 12-5pm at the Oval House Theatre café • On departure, guests will receive a goodie bag [subject to availability] Official photographer – Rachael Duchnowski Official media partner – Lime magazine Official choir – Battersea Seven Day Adventist Praise Choir Official caterer – Eclectic Food Charity – ACLT – 1/3 of the proceeds from ticket sales made on the day will be donated to the AfricanCaribbean Leukaemia Trust Official DJ – Sofire Sofine Official partner – Afridiziak Theatre News




Why did you set up the Black Youth Achievement Awards? To provide a platform for young people to be recognised for their personal accomplishments in a range of categories. The organisation itself will work on many different programmes and events all set to raise the expectations and opportunities of African / Caribbean / Mixed Heritage youth between the ages of 8 – 25 and resident in the UK. The idea of the awards ceremony was born out of wanting to hear about good news instead of all the negative stories that dominate our media. These stories are one sided and a total misrepresentation of young people and I felt compelled to try and change this in a small way.

What kind of events and experiences do you feel can redress this balance? The negative images of black people will always be something that mainstream media will continue to perpetuate. Stories like this sell and it helps to keep a community oppressed. We as a people need to be more aware of the negativity that we allow in our homes for one. For example, having certain music channels on in the house day after day, that display typecast images of black people. Parents need to take more responsibility for how they want their child to see themselves. If a baby grows up in a household that feeds into the myth of how black people should 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

WORDS: Natasha Julien be, then that child is going to grow up manipulated by a system that wants black people to have little self-esteem and pride for who they are, and will have misplaced expectations of themselves. Any experience that allows someone to take part in something different where their mind can be challenged and expanded is always a positive. Lime Magazine’s issue for November is concerned with community issues and during times of recession people become more aware of those less fortunate

then themselves how can any of our readers make a contribution to your organisation? There are many ways to get involved with BYA. We always need volunteers to assist at our events, especially the awards ceremony. We would need people to help set up and decorate the venue, greet our guests, serve the food and generally just assist on the night. We would also welcome people to join us as promotion and marketing assistants, fundraisers and administrators throughout the year. BYA will be hosting a radio show starting 4th November (SW London). We need a Street Team to come in to the studio once a fortnight and report on topics that concern those 25 and under. It’s a magazine show, meaning that all subjects can be covered:- education, business, health, wealth, theatre, music, arts; any and everything. There are many benefits to volunteering not just with BYA but in general. It provides you with work experience, you gain new skills, looks great on your



CV if you are looking for work, for those applying for University it adds value to your UCAS application, and I think most importantly it teaches you about the value of giving your time to others without necessarily receiving financial gain in return. In the materialistic world that we live in now, so much emphasis is put upon us ‘having’; giving back is just as – if not more – important. What spurs you on? I am motivated by other people’s individual success. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone’s progression, whether this be their personal development, their career choices or seeing a business idea flourish. I just want to be able to provide some of those options to the community but I don’t have all the answers. The Black Youth Achievement Awards takes place on November 20, 2010 at the Camden Centre. Info: www. blackyouthachievements. org

THE COMMUNITY QUESTION: What can the community do to support your organisation? Come along to Black Youth Achievements – The Awards. All money received from the ticket sales go towards the event and then back into the organisation. BYA is a non-profit making company;

therefore any income supports the projects that we work on. And spread the word, please tell others about the event and come and enjoy the evening. If anyone is interested in getting involved with BYA they should email: admin@

events barrier free week to make this happen. Whether you’re here looking for ideas to host your own event or just looking at what will be happening during the week, you’re in the right place. Info:

17 Nov

The Entrepreneur’s Exhibition The E2 is one of the largest gatherings of British entrepreneurs, all of whom want to assist you with your business and your entrepreneurial journey. With

over 60 of the UK’s premier entrepreneurs you are sure to find the right advice for your business. London Excel Info:

20 Nov

Black Youth Achievement Awards Come and support the 2010 nominees and performers, whilst enjoying an uplifting, motivating and inspirational event. Last year 12 young people proudly received their trophies in front of their

Lime bar review: Red Bar Words: Cecillia Makonyola Lime rating: HHH

friends, family and guests after being nominated and then going through the judging and voting process. The venue was completely sold out, and guests were treated to a delicious dinner and then watched a fantastic show of comedy, singers, drummers, guest speakers and of course the presentations of the awards. This year promises to be just as amazing. The arts category is sponsored by Afridiziak Theatre News. Seats are limited and tickets are not available on the

glance over the lowly-lit backdrop, I am assured an evening of restrained elegance. Headlining the menu is, of course, Don Draper’s Cocuba. A sumptuous, heady mix of Frangelico, Chocolate Liqueur, Pampero Especial and Coconut Rum, like the man, it is a cocktail of contradictions, golden in appearance and encrusted in chocolate, it is dark and deadly but infuriatingly satisfying. The Tender Betty is much sweeter than its namesake, a refreshing and light interpretation of an Absinthe laced cocktail. The mixed platter is standard bar fare, but the roast beef in mini Yorkshire puddings are a pleasant surprise, and the lamb koftes are grilled to perfection.

As a committed fan of both Mad Men and cocktails, when presented with an opportunity to sample a new Mad Men themed cocktails at Red Bar, I altered my plans and donned a poofy skirt faster than you can say SterlingCooperDraperPryce. Upon entry we were greeted by waiting staff that, over the course of the evening, display a measured but sincere attentiveness, providing charming anecdotes about the origins of each cocktail. As we take to our seats, Dinah Washington’s melancholic vocals saturate the room, and with a cursory

door. Info: www. blackyouthachievements. org

20 Nov / 11 Dec

supperClub Love Brunch As supperclub london fast approaches its first Birthday in November, this unusual dining and alternative entertainment hub has become a talking point across the capital. As well as their more renowned evening service,

but I could not help thinking that Don Draper’s genius, lies is his talent for finding the story, and selling it to you whole. The price tag of the Mad Men cocktails (£8.50) is befitting their quality but the poor attention to detail in the venue, undermines the tale it is touting. If you are looking for the glamour of Mad Men, you will not find it here, rather Red Bar is the venue that best expresses the duality of the show and its characters; picture perfect on the surface, but delve below stairs and you will find fragments of ugliness that betray the scene. Info: Red Cocktail Bar, 5 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PF / www.

At 8 o’clock however, the Radio Two Jazz hour comes to an end, and the Funky House from the floor below, invades our intimate domain. The change lifts the gorgeous, Frangelico infused haze and I take a closer look at my surroundings. They are pleasant but not plush, Mad About The Boy plays twice without correction, the bathroom is ill-conceived and executed with roller shutter doors, broken heaters and empty soap dispensers, and the half-club/ half cocktail bar concept does not work so well when you have to navigate the bustling crowd below to use the facilities. The evening was not spoiled,



events gathered is there to ensure that the ideas move on to have greater impact in our world. Room 110 Wilkins (Old Refectory room), University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT Info: www.tedxeuston. com

SupperClub Love Brunch

30 Nov

the current chatter is all about supperclub London’s popular monthly Saturday afternoon Love Brunch. The supperclub Love Brunch is perfect at combining all those facets, whilst offering a more luxuriant and decadent daytime twist. Are evenings old hat, and is midday, the new midnight? Weekend Brunch 11am – 6pm  supperclub London, 12 Acklam Road, London, W10 5QZ Info: www.supperclub. com

27 Nov

Tedx Euston To attend, you have to be invited. There are only

Winnie Ssanyu-Sseruma. We follow the TED format as much as possible and the TED conference is unique. The speakers sit with the attendees, many of whom are also involved in wonderful and uplifting work. There are no keynote speakers; all speakers are equal. There are no panel discussions or Q&A. Instead, there are frequent breaks where people can speak to whomever they choose; and because the entire room is filled with people passionate about Ideas Worth Spreading, many new ideas and idea cross-pollination occurs. The sheer beauty of a day like this is that everyone

The Manorlogz Xtreme Spoken Word Championship The Manorlogz Xtreme Spoken Word Championship is a combination of the X Factor and Def Poetry Jam and is already attracting high volumes of interest, with scores of people submitting their entries to the Manorlogz website. Manorlogz is not just another competition; it’s a platform for young people who can use social commentary to display an art form. Venue details to be confirmed. Entries that receive the most votes will then be shortlisted and whittled down further in a livechallenge taking place in London on November 30th. The lucky finalists will be invited to London to film their performance piece

on December 19th. Their footage will be uploaded to the Manorlogzwebsite, where voting will take place and the winner announced in January. This spoken word competition is like no other, as entrants have three minutes or less to perform their piece – a break from traditional poetry slam rules. Info: www.manorlogz.

HEADS UP 10-12 Dec

Chocolate Festival – London The Chocolate Festival is a unique event which gives visitors a special opportunity to enjoy a wide range of chocolate related products – as well as fine truffles, bars and bonbons, you will be able to buy savoury food with chocolate, chocolate cakes, pancakes, ice cream, milkshakes and more. 11am - 8pm on Fri / 11am – 6pm Sat/Sun Southbank square, Belverdere Road, London SE1 8XX Info: www.

The Manorlogz Xtreme Spoken Word Championship

100 seats and availability is limited and seats will be prioritised for those most likely to add value to the TEDx event. Speakers include Hannah Pool, Petina Gappah, Muhtar Bakare, 8 LIME MAGAZINE 2010




e is innovative, passionate about filmmaking and genuinely wants to help the youth of today realise their talents. His name is Bernard Kordieh. After establishing the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) in 2005, he went on to create his own company 4Front Films, which has helped more than 100 young people learn the craft of filmmaking. Now, with possibly his biggest challenge to date, Kordieh has created the Manorlogz Xtreme Spoken Word Championship – the UK’s largest online poetry competition. Have you always had an interest in spoken word? Why did you choose to do this project? I heard a Somalian guy perform a spoken word set and it absolutely blew me away and that’s what inspired me to do it. Spoken word is a niche and it’s all about who you are, where you’re going in life and what’s in your head. They’ve all got stories to tell and what makes it even more interesting is that they’re from all walks of life. I guess I have always been interested in spoken word, as I love hip hop and they’re on the same level. What challenges have you come across making this project? Too many. I’ve had a lot of problems with funding so I haven’t been able to hire people. But I’m all about being innovative and blagging. I’m just like a freight train and nothing’s going to stop it happening.

WORDS: Alicia Adejobi

Lime learns why Bernard Kordieh is so dedicated to supporting his community. telling them that they can’t do it, but they need to learn to adapt and make mistakes. Your film Stick with Me debuted at the Portobello Film Festival, the UK’s largest independent filmmaking event. How does it feel to have achieved that? Watching it on the big screen was amazing because it validated all the hard work. People don’t get to see the blood, sweat and tears that go into making films and the process of making Stick with Me was exhausting. I was working on a low budget with 20 young people who didn’t know how to film so it felt a like boot camp. But it all paid off in the end.

There are a lot of supporters of the project and you’ll be surprised by how far burgers and chips go. Why did you set up your own film company? I was working for BFM International Film Festival where I saw a few films and thought I can do better. I’m a creative guy but I didn’t want to go to film school, so I set up 4Front Films to develop my skills and other people’s talents. A lot of

young people want to make films but they fall out of education, so through my company I want to teach and mentor them in a way that caters to their specific abilities. Do you think that young people are hindered from making a mark in the creative world? I think the only obstacle for young people is their own beliefs. Their confidence is low because society is

The Manorlogz competition finale takes place in December. What are you looking for in the winner? I’m looking for a star. They need to have that stage presence and connect with the crowd when delivering their story. Your content matters and you need to appeal to all kinds of people, a wider audience. If they’ve got these attributes then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t win. Info: www.manorlogz.

THE COMMUNITY QUESTION: How can the community come together to support each other more in the spoken word and film industry? People need to open up their minds to new ways of

speaking. The artists need to be supported from the grassroots level, so that means having the support of their friends and family. Once they have that core support it should be a snowball effect. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


GAllery Until 02 Nov

Black 100+ Photographic Exhibition

Created by Lorna Stewart, The Black 100+ Exhibition was officially opened in 2007 by His Excellency The Rt. Hon. Burchelle Whiteman OJ, High Commissioner of Jamaica along with actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah and councillor Mackie Sheik Deputy Mayor of Southwark. Participants included a range of VIPs, celebrities, well known personalities and members of the general public such as; Lenny Henry, Baroness Lola Young, Rudolph Walker, and many others. Lorna Stewart of Black 100+, said: “It’s been a great experience working with Lewisham Council. The exhibition displayed here will be held at Downham Library free for everyone to see. Young people can learn about the many modern day role models and it’s a great opportunity to learn, appreciate and recognise our modern day achievers within the black community.” Downham library, 7-9 Moorside Road, Downham, Bromley BR1 5EP, Info: 020 3049 1980 10 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

08 Nov – 23 Dec

Do Hoang Tuong, Dao Hai Phong, Le Thanh Son

This group exhibition is a unique juxtaposition of three artists, each possess a distinct way of expressing the Vietnamese past and present day. Do Hoang Tuong, unsettling and disquieting, he courageously offers an insight into his psychology and his personal vision of Vietnam. Dao Hai Phong, reaching for a more nuanced expression of symbols and cultural identity, he presents a satisfying expression of Vietnamese nationhood and way of life. Le Thanh Son, a quintessentially and unmistakably Vietnamese artist who depicts his surroundings of Vietnam in a simple, uncomplicated, ingenuous way to sincerely celebrate the beauty of his homeland. Apricot Gallery, 27 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HZ Info: www.apricotgallery.

Until 14 Nov

Errol photography exhibition: Do You Have an Afro? After placing an advert on the internet inviting people with afros to come for a photo shoot London based portrait, music and fashion photographer Errol has built a collection of photographs and called it Do You Have an Afro? In regards to what influenced the style of the photographs, Errol says: “I was influenced by an early 80s American soul/funk band called the

Ohio Players, they had the most amazing Afros and now iconic album covers. I’ve always been interested in people that do things with passion, dedication and sometimes run against the flow.” The photographs were taken over the period of one year. Over 30 people who responded to the advertisement had photographs of their Afros taken. Lounge Brixton, 55-58 Atlantic Road, London SW2 8PZ Info: www.

Until 27 Nov

Nick Walker’s In Gods we Trust In Gods We Trust sees an exciting new exhibition from iconic artist and graffiti pioneer – Nick Walker – the artist’s first major solo show in 2 years. Having created an international storm through a series of controversial street works (‘Le Corancan’ Paris – March 2010 and ‘Amerikarma’ New York – July 2010) the groundbreaking street artist is now moving from the streets back to the gallery. In Gods We Trust confronts cultural practices and dogmas through a paradoxical exploration of political and religious landscapes. Debuting 12 new works, this shrewd new showcase is set to be Nick Walker’s most powerful collection to date. Art Sensus, 7 Howick Place, London, SW1P 1BB Info:


Until 14 Nov, 2010

London 2010: Festival of Stamps Impressions of Africa: Money, Medals and Stamps In 2010 the world’s attention

will be focused on Africa, as 17 countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence from colonial rule. British Museum, Gallery 69a, Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Info: www.

Until 03 April 2011

Images and Sacred Texts: Buddhism Across Asia This exhibition explores the ‘three jewels’ of Buddhism through sacred texts, painted scrolls and sculptures. It focuses on the institutional and organisational core of Buddhism. These consist of the Buddha himself, his teachings and the monastic community. The exhibition reveals the remarkable similarities between visual and written material throughout Asia, from Sri Lanka to Japan, over more than a thousand years. The exhibition will draw on the British Museum’s unique collection, with most of the objects going on public display for the first time. Room 91, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Info: www.


NOT JUST SINGING AND DANCING Lorna Stewart is CEO of Renaissance Inspired and the founder and creator of the award-winning Black 100+ Exhibition and Legacy, along with five other awardwinning projects. With over 20 years experience in education, the arts and business, she has made her mark both nationally and internationally as a project writer and event manager. Last month she co-organised the launch of Lewisham’s 2010 Black History and Heritage programme and the 2010 Black 100+ exhibition. Lorna has a son and lives in Lewisham, south-east London. Congratulations on setting up Black 100+. Why did you embark on this initiative? Thank you. I realised there wasn’t enough representation of black achievement, I was at a dinner party with a diverse group of friends and we couldn’t name 20 black achievers in black Britain. We couldn’t name anyone alive and kicking. Even as an adult I couldn’t find 20 established black people in Britain. That was in 2006 that I had the dinner party. In 2007 I put together the project. Usually it’s people like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King who aren’t around today so with this photographic exhibition it’s about real people – living and breathing today. How do you fund this project? I fund all my projects and get supportive funding.

With the first exhibition Southwark gave me £1,000 and I had to launch their Black History Month project. It was a challenge to put together an exhibition on that kind of sensitivity. How has the exhibition been received? People can feel uncomfortable even though it’s positive, amazing and inspirational. When we approached some high profile and VIP black people they’d say sorry we can’t be associated with your project. We had one MP who sent the information back saying I don’t want to align myself with this. They never gave any reason. What’s interesting is in the following year that same person pushed themselves forward. In 2007 some people who had said no then changed their mind when they realised the project wasn’t political but a subtle and artist way of engaging different people, and raising the profile of professionals who are doing amazing things. That’s when people jumped on board; we had to turn people away this year. If people don’t nominate fast we will have to create a waiting list for 2012. It’s not just

black people nominating black people it’s everyone. It’s amazing the response. We work to a high standard and we help people to network and develop each other that’s why it’s done in a prestigious environment with a cultural buffet so it’s WORDS: Sophia A Jackson sophisticated. As an event manager my team and I put nominations a lot of time and effort in – the base level is that to the occasion so people something you have done enjoy it, remember and it’s is inspirational and is something they want to important and significant. come back to. We want to promote and raise the profile for these What kind of people do you people who are on the road like to feature in the exhibito success and recognise tion? and acknowledge people’s It is incredibly diverse, abilities so everyone knows celebrities, VIP’s, dignitaries, about it. someone who has achieved something – every day people. The criteria is that they need to be alive so they come to the photo shoot. Joe public can say why the person is an achiever; then the panel and researchers look at the background of all the

The 2010 Black 100+ exhibition is at Downham Library and sports centre until November 2, 2010 and the organisers are in discussions about the exhibition going on tour. Info: www.black100plus.

THE COMMUNITY QUESTION: How can the community come together more to help Black 100+? The biggest struggles are not the struggles from alliances with local authorities but are with

the core of what are the struggles within the black community in coming together. Let’s get everyone supporting each other – something which is well pronounced in other communities. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


MUSIC THEATRE In association with

Afridiziak Theatre News: for all the latest news, reviews and interviews from the world of African-Caribbean theatre. Join our mailing list: or visit

Until 1 Nov

For Queen and Country

It’s time to set the record straight! After her death in 1881, Mary Seacole has returned to find out HERstory has been forgotten from contemporary history books. Mary Seacole (1805 – 14 May 1881) was a Jamaican nurse, confident in her knowledge of tropical medicine. After hearing of poor medical provisions for wounded soldiers at the frontline of the Crimean War, she travelled to London to volunteer as a nurse. She applied to the War Office and asked to be sent as an army assistant to the Crimea. She was refused, mainly because of prejudice. She got there anyway. When the conflict ended in 1856, Mary, ill, alone and wounded returned to England. The media publicized her 12 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

situation, and financial help was gained through a variety of organisations, and she was award several medals for her work in the Crimea. However, after her death Mary was forgotten for almost a century. In 2008 an artist selection panel, chaired by Baroness Amos and featuring some of the country’s leading cultural experts, undertook the task to select an artist to design and erect a memorial that will bring the achievements of this remarkable woman to light. Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd committed its support for construction, The Guys and St.Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust donated the site for the memorial and other supporters include the Jamaican High Commission, The Mayor of London, The Royal College of Nursing and a number of army units. With already £50,000 received in donations and a further £50,000 guaranteed by Autumn 2010, ‘the appeal’ needs to secure the remaining £400,000. Time: 8pm The White Bear theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ Info: 0207 793 9193

02 – 20 Nov Balé de Rua


WIN TICKETS TO SEE FELA AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE 06 Nov – 06 Jan 10 Fela Fela! – a provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T Jones’s visionary staging, this original new creation comes via Broadway to the National Theatre.

Sahr Ngaujah (who won an Obie Award for his performance) and Kevin Mambo, who alternate the title role in New York, will lead a new British cast. FELA! received its world premiere OffBroadway in September 2008, where it won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, before transferring to Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre in November 2009; its highly acclaimed run will continue in New York while the production opens at the National Theatre in London. Time: 7.30pm National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX Info: www.

Lime magazine has teamed up with the National Theatre and has two pairs of tickets to give-away to see Fela. To enter, email competition@comelime. com with Fela in the subject header by November 15, 2010. Please include your full name and contact number. Good luck!

A high energy mix of hip hop, African dance, samba and capoeira, hit Brazilian dance show Balé

de Rua makes its debut at the Peacock Theatre in November 2010, after a triumphant international tour. As colourful as the streets from which they hail, the cast of 15 dancers and two vocalists deliver a joyful celebration of life, love and the Brazilian way. Choreographed by Marco

Antônio Garcia, a self-taught dancer, in collaboration with the French director Paul Desveaux, Balé de Rua (which literally translates as ‘street ballet’) traces the country’s history from its African roots to contemporary Brazil. A lively backdrop of percussion sets the scene for this

THEATRE MUSIC sun-soaked spectacular, Balé de Rua’s exhilarating rhythms and breathtaking body movements ensure this dynamic and engaging show will have you on your feet, dancing in the aisles! Free post-show samba classes every Tuesday provide the perfect opportunity to join in the fun. Time: 7.30pm Info: www.sadlerswells. com

03 – 06 Nov / 10 – 13 Nov

Tales of the Harrow Road In Tales of the Harrow Road a woman leaves a war-torn land on a quest to find her new home, a girl dreams of singing at The Paradise, and a woman is turned into a Bollywood Cinderella when she receives three marriage proposals, one from a Bangla superstar. This is Soho Theatre’s third community-based project, following the success of Soho Streets and Moonwalking in Chinatown, both of which were led and directed by Suzanne Gorman. We hope this project will be a real opportunity to give a voice to and tell the stories of underrepresented groups in theatre and the arts. Organisations that have become involved include: African Women’s Group, Moroccan Women’s Group, Marylebone Project, Church St Library groups, You Are Not Alone Organisation, Wings of Hope Community Organisation and individuals from other groups have been invited to join the workshops and participate in the project, and the theatre has had a great response from those who have become involved. Time: 7pm Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.sohotheatre. com

06 Nov

Segun Olaiya in INSIDE

Collective Artistes presents The Meeting

By Jeff Stetson, an imagined encounter directed by Chuck Mike. Valentine’s Day, 1965. Days before his brutal assassination, Malcolm X will risk the scorn of his followers to meet the one man whose passion for freedom rivals his own: Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Cornell S John (Kidulthood, The Chronicles of Narnia) as Malcolm X and Ray Shell (The Lion King, Five Guys Named Mo) as Martin Luther King Jr. Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London Info: www. 

06 Nov

Folklore: Anancy Stories Pan jazz meets theatre, featuring pan virtuoso Len ‘Boogie’ Sharpe. With performances by Leon Foster, Etienne Charles, 3Canal and Yolanda Brown. A show produced by Brian MacFarlane and Darryl Ramsey. Hosted by Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam. Time: 6pm Troxy 490 Commercial Road, London E1 Info:

12 – 27 Nov

Inside Inside is written by Philip Osment and directed by Jim Pope and Philip Osment. Looking for relief from boredom and a chance to get off the wing, seven young fathers in prison sign-up for an education programme. They try to

use the workshops to settle scores and to rise up the prison pecking order. But they’re confronted with more than they’d bargained for, as they face up to their relationships with their children and their own fathers. Self-deceptions, vulnerabilities, and failed hopes and dreams are revealed, unleashing anger and violence that the workshop leaders struggle to contain. Researched in Rochester Prison with a young fathers group, the pilot project was devised at the National Youth Theatre in 2008 and was presented as Fathers Inside at Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute and at the Soho Theatre to critical acclaim. Playing On is far more than just a theatre company. Founded by Jim Pope and Philip Osment in 2010 to create new theatre of the highest professional standard through work with disenfranchised young people from a wide

range of backgrounds and circumstances to tell the stories of those who are seldom heard. Time: 8pm Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH Info: www.roundhouse.

Until 13 Nov The Charming Man

As Britain’s new Coalition Government settles in, and the Opposition debates whether they chose the right brother, Theatre 503 launches a season of new plays that take a playful look at the LIME MAGAZINE 2010



JESSICA AND THE DANCE FACTORY Getting to know Jessica Elliott, managing director of J’s Dance Factory.


ancing After School was founded by Jessica Elliott as a sister company to her successful dance school J’s Dance Factory where she runs dance classes for children aged 4-18 in south London. Jessica has always had a passion for dancing and has trained in tap, ballet and modern from aged three. She has appeared in numerous dancing shows over the years including performances at West end theatres in London, a Variety Show in New York and been involved in reviewing a street dance piece for the BBC which was televised. As a teenager Jessica began to take a greater interest in teaching and choreography and became a teaching assistant at a local dancing school teaching tap, ballet and street dance. She has since choreographed several pieces for children at numerous primary and 14 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

dancing schools. The most prestigious of which went on to be staged at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Dury Lane London. Aside from running J’s Dance Factory and being the founder of dancing After School, Jessica is a graduate sports therapist who works with injured footballers and dancers aiding their rehabilitation following injury in her injury clinic located in a gym in south London. In the future she hopes to further her academic studies in dance science and injury rehabilitation and prevention in a dance setting and plans to undertake a Masters in Dance Science and a PHD in Sports and Exercise medicine. From hanging out with Prime Minister David Cameron and London’s Mayor Boris Johnson, Jessica Elliott and her dance company are inspiring young people to

WORDS: Rachelle Reid dance their way to the top. Lime finds out more. Could you tell me a bit about your J’s Dance Factory? We provide dance lessons and classes to schools mostly in the east London area. J’s Dance Factory is also a Saturday dance school for children aged 3-17 based in Forest Hill, soon to branch out into other areas. How did you get into dance? I danced at a local dance school every Saturday from the age of 3, then I began assisting as a student teacher when I was 14. At the age of 16 I began teaching my own dance classes, I then went on to University to study

sports therapy. At the age of 20 I opened my first dance school J’s Dance Factory. I graduate when I was 22-years-old and opened my second company Dancing After School. What specialities of dance do you teach? Street dance and ballet. What do you feel have been your biggest challenges you have faced so far? Mainly funding, as well as my age in being young as I worry that people won’t take me seriously. What inspired you to set up J’s Dance Company and what were the challenges? Due to a lack of positive



wanted to share the benefits of dance with children, to increase their confidence and self esteem.’

activities for young people in the area, I wanted to create a fresh approach to the ‘traditional’ dance school. I wanted to share the benefits of dance with children, to increase their confidence and self esteem. Who are your main influences? Debbie Moore-founder of Pineapple Dance Studios, Jessica Huie, Foluke Akinlose MBE, Tim Campbell, Lord Alan sugar and Sir Richard Branson. What was it like meeting London’s mayor Boris Johnson and our Prime Minister David Cameron? It was great getting the opportunity to meet all three party leaders especially the Prime Minister. It’s nice for them to know that dance is making such a difference to children’s lives in urban communities. Hopefully it will lead them to think about helping more young entrepreneurs like myself to set up more clubs. It was great to meet Boris too, I’ve met him on more than one occasion and given him a dance session etc. He’s a great guy.

What could you say are the highlights of your career? Highlights of my career so far include: Definitely interviewing the Prime Minister and wnning the Precious magazine Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. What are your plans for the future? Opening more branches of J’s Dance Factory in other areas and developing Dancing After School as a well known and trusted brand. What performances have you got coming up in the next few months? The Everybody Dance Now charity performance is the first ever charity event held by Dancing After School. 

The event is all about raising much needed funds and awareness on behalf of the the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT). It will be held on November 6 at Anerley Town Hall in south-east London. Why did you choose a Charity Event and why African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust [ACLT] as a chosen charity? I chose to do a charity event for the ACLT because it’s a charity very close to my heart. It is founded by Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis who are my best friend’s parents. He needed a bone marrow transplant when he was younger after getting Leukaemia. It is hard for black and mixed race people to find bone marrow matches. They managed to find one for

him and it gave him nine extra years of life. He sadly died two years ago and I love him and miss him massively and do all I can to support the charity. We have a Daniel De-Gale Dedication to Dance award which is awarded to the student who displays the most dedication to dance throughout the year. Info: www. / www.jsdancefactory.


How can the community support each other more? We could support each other more as a community by volunteering our time to help charities and worthy causes. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


MUSIC THEATRE Afridiziak Theatre News founder featured in the historic 2010 Black 100+ photographic exhibition of black achievers in modern Britain We are pleased to announce that Sophia A Jackson, editor and founder of the UK’s only website dedicated to African-Caribbean theatre, Afridiziak Theatre News is featured in the 2010 Black 100+ exhibition. The photographic exhibition is in conjunction with Lewisham Local Authority. Sophia A Jackson said: “I am both honoured and humbled to be featured amongst so many other men and women from the black community who I admire and am inspired by. Thank you to Lorna Stewart and the team for all their hard work in putting this exhibition together and to Chantell Graham for nominating me. It is wonderful to be part of an historical project”. She was invited to have her portrait taken by a professional photographer together

workings of Parliament, with Garbiel Bisset-Smith’s The Charming Man. The cast isSarah Berger, Christopher Brandon, Syrus Lowe, Simon Rivers, Sam Pamhilon, Kate Sissons and David Verrey. Time: 7.45pm / 5pm Sun Theatre 503, The Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW Info: www.theatre503. com

13 Nov

JAM Dance Company 10th Anniversary show Current and former members of the Jam Dance 16 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

with other achievers from the world of politics, sport, business, religion, media, entertainment, music, education, creative arts, and community support.  The image is complimented by a brief biography about her personal achievements, and forms part of this inspirational exhibition. Here are some of the other people featured in this year’s exhibition: Lauren Craig, Thinking Flowers?; Life coach guru, Rasheed Ogunlaru; Rosemary Laryea, Colourful Radio; Sonia Meggie, Harmony Productions; Kay Oldroyd, Black Youth Achievement Awards; Barbara Campbell, Black Heritage Today; Sola Oyebade, Top Models of Colour; Lorlett Hudson, One Hand Can’t Clap, Mavis Amankwah, Rich Visions; Janelle Oswald, celebrity news journalist

Company come together to put on a sparkling celebratory show. Time: 3pm / 7pm The Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS Info: www.

Until 20 Nov

Blue Orange Tiata Fahodzi presents a radically new, all-female production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning Blue/ Orange, ten years on from the play’s acclaimed premiere. Blue/Orange is a passionate, witty and ultimately devastating exploration of institutional

and photographer; Comfort Cydelle, OnIT PR; Floetic Lara, singer and spoken word artist; Neil Mayers, Gifted at Primary and

Charles Thompson, Screen Nation awards. Info: www.black100plus.

politics, mental health and race. A young woman alternately bewilders and beguiles her medical consultants. Faced with stories of a damaged childhood in thrall to Idi Amin and a precarious urban London upbringing, her doctors and the audience must question where the truth lies and to what extent it would be more dangerous to keep her inside than to set her free. Time: 8pm Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola Street, London, E8 2 DJ Info: www.arcolatheatre. com

THEATRE MUSIC The Charming Man, Theatre 503 Words: Uchenna Izundu Afridiziak rating: HHH With a coalition government pressing the biggest public spending cuts since the Second World War, the question is ripe as to whether a political movement, such as the Green Party, could triumph in the 2015 general election. Gabriel Bisset-Smith’s political satire, The Charming Man, explores this possibility with foul language and sharp wit that deftly flitters between realism and surreal. He swiftly navigates between the different types of language and behaviours adopted and conflicted in this backstabbing world – from political speeches to bigoted talk to street lingo. It’s 2015 and Darren, a black youth worker, comes to a community meeting hosted by the Green Party to seek support for his youth centre, which he believes is key to helping disaffected youth and reducing crime. His passion, ideals, and a winning smile prove to be attractive for Sarah, the poised power breaker leader of the Green Party, who is looking for something fresh to offer the electorate. But in this world of dirty tricks and dangerous egos, change will always come at a price. For Darren this is denying that he’s gay and the crux is squaring his personal beliefs against his political ones – a cost, which is incredibly high. The tone of the play is established from the outset with Marcus, Sarah’s right hand man, having a drink with a possible Indian political candidate who could mark the makeover of the party: “Let me tell you that British politics is

Until 26 Feb 2011

Flashdance the Musical Set in Pittsburgh, USA, Flashdance The Musical tells the story of 19-yearold Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. This musical is about holding on to your dreams and love against all the odds features an iconic

Syrus Lowe, Kate Sissons in The Charming Man. buggered.” Bisset-Smith’s script, however, is fast paced with a couple of surprise twists so that although the audience’s expectations are set up in how it will conclude, he offers a satisfying journey to that. All of the characters’ differing agendas bring increased pressure and confusion to Darren who starts out honest and wanting to bring change only to find that he can’t escape the machinations of the political system and the inversion of his beliefs. Marcus is smug, sneering and arrogant. Olivia, the militant party worker, is frustrated that Darren is not using radical means to implement change. Sarah is desperate to see her beloved, beleaguered party come into power and is prepared to sacrifice her leadership to attain this. It is a strong cast which performs

score including Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock and Roll and the Academy award-winning title track Flashdance What a Feeling, as well as 14 new songs written specially for the musical. Time: 7.30pm Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP Info: www. flashdancethemusical. com

this piece. Christopher Brandon who plays South African Kenny Fox, the financial backer of the Green Party, is particularly strong – a sleazy and politically incorrect wheeler and dealer. He delivers memorable lines: “It’s a slag in a bag – a sure thing.” But it would have been great for Olivia to have had richer character depth as her transition from an extreme type of political action into the heart of the Party is theoretically fascinating. Also as Darren’s cold and distant relationship with his father affects his self esteem and perceptions, this too should have had a deeper texture. Neither does Bisset-Smith examine the intimate nuances of race and politics either – indeed at some points you feel as if it’s been glossed over. The Charming Man is at Theatre503 until November 13, 2010.

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt in Flashdance.



MUSIC Neo soul stalwart returns with his brilliant new album


So you would never consider it? I think if I came out rhyming and singing then I probably would but people know me as a singer and so I would have to figure out a right way to do. Let’s get to your album with that engaging title. Well “WWW” stands for; Wants, World, Women and the album is broken up into those three sections. The “want” section is my alter ego, the ”world” is more political and capturing the current climate and then you have the “woman” section which is the baby making music.

WORDS:Semper Azeez-Harris


remember the first time I heard Dwele, full name, Andwele Gardner. My friend had a copy of his album and he was like; “you need to hear this; it’s heavy”. I have to give him his dues. Subject (2003) was a sublime and sumptuous album of classic tracks that vehemently resisted any urge to not hear each track to the end. Now Dwele’s back with his fourth album, W.ants W.orld W.omen which delves into neo soul but also shows he’s flexing his vast versatility. Outside of music what’s an average day for Dwele? I like chilling by myself a lot because when you’re out on the road there is someone around all the time and so I 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

do not get time by myself. But after about a week of chilling alone I like to hook up with my friends. So ten years in music what has it been like? I think it is a lot different to what I thought it would be but I love the fact I make music and I love the fact that I get to travel. What advice would you give to young artists? I think music is about being passionate about your craft and being in the right place at the right time which is what happened to me. I had a real underground buzz with the Rize album I put out in 1998. Slum Village were crucial in your emergence.

Slum Village helped to ignite that fire by putting me on Tainted (2000) because people were like “who is this guy singing?” You talk about Slum Village and I have to ask about J Dilla’s impact on you? Dilla most definitely inspired me. He inspired me before I even met him but once I got to know him he inspired me even more. What about rapping because you started off as a rapper, any plans to drop some bars? I do not do it as seriously as I used to. I mean I had a little fun on the album in an interlude. For the most part I will do it when my friends come over and we having some beers and we get silly.

You are classified as neo soul but in the album you seem to be trying out different styles. Yes I was trying to show people that I can do more than neo soul. I feel that with this album that some songs are a little bit more RnB, some are a bit more club orientated, some are a bit hip-hop. I am just trying to stretch out a bit and show different sides. You must like other music, what other music inspires you? Neo-soul is where I feel comfortable but I love vibing to house music I love playing around with Drum and Bass as well. I have never been able to put that stuff out because I do not want to scare people so I need to take it slow and this album is a way of trying some different stuff. When are you coming over to the UK? Well hopefully I will get over to the UK in February time. Dwele’s album W.ants W.orld W.omen is out now.

MUSIC Lime music review: Wake Up!, John Legend and The Roots Lime rating: HHHH Words: Nicke Adebowale Release date: out now The Wake Up CD comes with a bumper set of notes explaining the history of the collaboration of one of the most respected names in hip hop with one of the most recognisable voices in r&b. John Legend hit the Yes We Can campaign trail in 2008 (so much so that the US prime minister Barack Obama considers him a friend) and whilst on the brink on the historic outcome wanted to find a way to extend the emerging optimism. He turned to ?uestlove and this album of cover songs was born. I’m not a soul

02 Nov

Wiley the Exclusive Tour Wiley will be supported by acts such as JME (Boy Better Know), Fugative, RD aka Ruff Diamondz and the rest of the A-List team this autumn. With Bizarre Presents The Elusive Tour Wiley wants to bring to life the whirlwind Life of Wiley in musical form, alongside acts he truly believes in. Wiley wants to show the UK and world media why he is “Godfather of Grime”. Koko, London NW1 Info: www.livenation.

music aficionado so was not familiar with any of the tracks on Wake Up! Legend and The Roots have made

04 Nov

Tinchy Stryder


05 Nov

Back and Forth ft. DJ Edu (BBC Radio 1xtra) + special guest M3nsa

02 Nov

Mary J Blige with special guest Lemar

The r&b superstar Mary J Blige comes to The O2. Time: 6.30pm The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Info:

an excellent selection. Wake up Everybody, the first single, is smooth and uplifting and the guest appearance by Common is a nice touch. It fully embodies the spirit of optimism that Legend was after. Other songs including Hard Times and Little Ghetto Boy seem to reflect the current situation facing young Americans - the tense political climate, ongoing economic uncertainties, and seemingly unwinnable wars – rather than boast of better things to come. As you would expect from The Roots musically it’s brilliant and Legend’s vocals work well with ?uestlove’s funky beats. It’s an effecting album that perhaps depending on your mood will either give you hope or fuel your rage.

Tinchy performs a one off gig in aid of Alicia Keys’ charity Keep a Child Alive. All ticket proceeds go in aid of KCA. Time: 7pm O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London W12 Info: www.

A night of pure Old Skool from 1xtra’s Deejay Edu plus we are have the bonfire-hot rapper, MC, singer and film star M3nsa hot off the trail of his new album release No.1 Mango Street. As it’s bonfire night we thought we’d give the explosive gift of making it free! Bring your sparklers and watch the fireworks from Brixton’s favourite balcony. Time: 8.30pm Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

06 Nov

Natalie Williams Soul Family,

Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul singer Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sunday offers the chance to catch some of the best r&b, soul and jazz musicians in the UK up close and personal. While guests vary from month to month, there is always the opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their material in an exciting ad hoc setting. Time: 7pm Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: 020 7439 0747

O7 Nov

DJ 279 celebrates 16 years on Choice FM: Redman and Method Man Hosted by Mystro; music by DJ 279. Guests appearing ReadyRoc (Gillahouse); DJ Dice; Street Life; DJ Allah Mathematics (WuTang. Official opening act: Cilvaringz (Wu-Tang) and Ledr P (Sweden) HMV Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, London NW5 1JY Info: www.kentishform. com LIME MAGAZINE 2010




marion has been in the music business for many years, having risen to fame as one fourth of successful boy band B2K and then going on to having a successful solo career. He has even tried his hand at acting, starring in box office hits You Got Served and Fat Albert. The 25-yearold Grammy MTV Movie Awards. After releasing himself from Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label, earlier this year, Omarion released his third album Ollusion, under his own label StarWorld Entertainment. Having been trained in various dance forms including ballet and breakdancing, he then went on to replace Shane Sparks as judge on America’s Best Dance Crew. You’re over here working with some UK musicians – what made you want to work with artists this side of the pond? When people see me they don’t see me as a regular person, but I think we’re all equally special and the way that I contribute the best to my music is understanding that part of people. So when I come to places like London, I want to go to the local spots and the underground scene because I feel like that’s where I come from. I grew up in the underground scene so I can relate. I’ve loved it over here so far, the support I get from the fans is amazing.


WORDS: Alicia Adejobi After leaving Young Money Entertainment, you went on to write your next album under your own label. Being your own boss is obviously great, but there must be some challenges? Yeah, of course there will always be challenges to being your own boss for example there isn’t that same guidance and support of having a record label behind you. Being independent, I have the freedom to grow as an artist and explore different opportunities and alternatives. I didn’t leave for any reason other than the fact that I wanted to branch out, follow a new direction and be creative. In the UK people are growing increasingly sceptical of reality talent-finding contests and are labelling them staged and fake. As a judge on one of these contests, how would you defend these shows? People are growing tired of them because they have been around for a long time

and now there are so many of them. They all seem to be the same so for that reason I would sit right next to those sceptics and say I agree with you. Of course reality shows are contrived but with the talent-finding shows it’s more about the creative side and showing people the talent that’s out there. Being a musician and being a dancer in the business I felt like I could relate to the contestants so I know why these shows mean so much to them. The media went crazy over your quirky outfits at the Mercedes-Benz fashion week. Is fashion an area you would like to branch out into in the future? I love fashion and it’s something I would like to pursue. The MercedesBenz fashion week was the first one I had been to and I wanted to try something different. Fashion is a huge culture in our society, but I don’t think there are enough young people interested in it.

Which is closer to your heart – singing or dancing? I love singing but it has to be dancing. My mother was a dancer so I’ve been around it from when I was young. I’m trained in many types of dancing so it’s something I’m passionate about. Have you learnt any dances since you’ve been here? Yeah, I know how to do the Migraine Skank – maybe I should create an Omarion Skank?! That’s what I like about the club scene in the UK, if an old song like the Migraine Skank comes on people will still remember it and dance. It’s not the same in the US. What can we expect from you in the future? Well, I’m working on the music so you should be hearing something soon and I’m trying to bring up the dance scene. Also, I love kids and I want a huge family. Hopefully I can find a beautiful wife and we can have some beautiful kids.


07 Nov

Suite For Ma Dukes To mark the official release of Suite For Ma Dukes as a CD / DVD package on Mochilla The Doctor’s Orders are excited to be hosting three official screenings an launch parties in London and Brighton. James Yancey, better known as J Dilla was born in Detroit. His work as a producer has a defining role in hip hop. He produced hits for A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson. At 32 he passed away in Los Angeles in the care of his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey of a lupus related illness. In Suite For Ma Dukes Miguel Atwood-Ferguson pays tribute to Dilla by interpreting his music for a 60-piece orchestra featuring special guests Bilal, Dwele, Posdnuos, Talib Kweli, Karriem Riggins and more. This live performance left many in the sold out crowd in tears and has had a similarly powerful impact on those lucky enough to see it so far. These screenings represent an exclusive chance to see this incredible film on the big screen in the intimate setting of the Westbourne Studios screening room. These screenings represent an exclusive chance to see this incredible film on the big screen in the intimate setting of the Westbourne Studios screening room. Time: 3, 5, 7pm Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London W10 5JJ Info:

09 Nov

O2 Your Country Live with Nneka supported by Samini, DJ Richy Pitch and M3NSA New for 2010, the African event presents the sensational Nigerian MOBO award winning Nneka supported by MTV Africa’s Best Performer 2009 Samini, DJ Richy Pitch and M3NSA. Time: 7pm O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT Info: www.

O2 Your Country Live with Tarrus Riley and DJ David Rodigan O2 Your Country Live is a fantastic free annual live music event to reward O2’s international calling community in the UK. New for 2010, the Caribbean event presents reggae superstar Tarrus Riley alongside legendary DJ David Rodigan. Time: 7pm

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT Info: www.

14/16 Nov

Gorillaz O2 Arena, London, SE10 Info:

17 Nov

Rick Ross – Blowin’ Money Fast tour + Tyga

12-24 Nov

London Jazz Festival Created and produced by international live music producers, Serious, the London Jazz Festival is now in its 18th year. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast, or new to the scene, the Festival offers something for everyone and has grown into one of London’s landmark music events. Info: www.

13 Nov Yaaba Funk

Lime magazine has two pairs of tickets to giveaway. To enter our competition to win tickets to Suite For Ma Dukes, email with Dilla in the subject header by November 4, 2010. Please include your full name, address and contact number. Tickets are valid for the 5pm screening.

08 Nov

Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

A hi-life/afro-funk explosion; a floor-filling extravaganza combining the tightest rhythm section this side of Accra; influenced by 1970’s Ghanaian hi-life, the funk of James Brown and UK cool of roots Manuva and The Specials. Not only having they been taking the national festival circuit, but they’re proudly Brixtonfarmed & have a favourable soft spot for the Ritzy. Lucky for us and you. Time: 8.30pm Ritzy Picturehouse,

The Boss is back. U.S platinum-selling undisputed hip hop heavy weight, Rick Ross returns to the UK for the much-anticipated tour. Teflon Don is the brand new fourth studio album by the Def Jam recording artist and was released in July 2010. The album features superstar artists such as Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, T.I Erykah Badu, and Raphael Sadiq. Don’t miss your chance to witness a true rap legend perform live in the UK. Rising U.S rapper Tyga has been added to the line-up to support and the Bed Rock star is fast becoming a global name, after he featured on the smash remix Deuces alongside Chris Brown and the infectious Coconut Juice. HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London W6 Info: www.ticketmaster. / 07960362294

17-20 Nov

London Jazz Festival: The Creole Choir of Cuba Prepare to be blown away: hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured LIME MAGAZINE 2010


Community MUSIC

BOY BETTER KNOW like it will be a pop tune particularly with the title, Cross My Heart. But what we came with was a straight banger.

Skepta brings street credibility and commerciality a little bit closer.


kepta is in buoyant mood about his forthcoming album Doin It Again. Mixing street credibility and commerciality has always been a difficult balancing act with alienation of one side always a distinct possibility. In this album the ingredients are just tantalisingly right. From out and out festival tracks like Amnesia, to tear your face off bangers, like Hello, Good Morning, Skepta is kicking in the door of mainstream. I was listening to the album and it seems deeply reflective, up-beat but slightly dark with a message that you should be careful what you wish for. That is exactly it. My first album was more of an introduction to me as Skepta. My second album looked at me as an emcee in the grime scene. In this album I am talking about how hard it has been for me to get to where I am and the things I have had to endure. Like what? There is a lack of privacy. You want to live your dream and I am living my dream but it is just one of those things that comes with the job so that is why I say in my track: “Before you sign up to the high life/make sure you read the small print”. Do the people only see glamour? A lot of the young ones have stayed naive to what is going on in the big scheme


f tomorrow ‘II could God forbid not

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris of things. The music is a quarter of what you need to do to make it. After all that hard work you seem to have the best of the independent world and the label world? Definitely, in 2009 the singles, the promo was just me and my manager on the grind and so for a while I did not want to get involved with the labels. But my manager said to me that the labels have the big budgets and you do have to at some point go to them because they can take you to a next level.

emcee, I can look at that picture of me performing with Diddy and say that I lived this music thing and I was not on some hip hop track I was on a grime track and that’s me.’ The album has some great tracks which are commercial yet still street. That was blatantly the idea from the beginning. I am a grime artist from day but my outlook is different. What I wanted to do with the album is to make sure people recognise me as a grime emcee but also see my differences. And the single with Preeya Kalidas (cover star for Lime issue 15) that is different. I liked the fact that it would be different because a track with Skepta featuring Preeya Kalidas sounds

Absolutely loving the track with N-Dubz you all go in with some steely bars. I met them on tour and I have a mad vibe with Dappy. We are both kind of mental and so when we went into the studio we just went for it and so we just dropped freestyle with each of us just dropping three bars, it was mad. Of course I have to ask about the track with Diddy. It is not the be all and end all but it is a massive thing for me. It is funny people do ask me what it means and I cannot put it into words that convey the way I feel about this but it is great. If tomorrow God forbid I could not emcee, I can look at that picture of me performing with Diddy and say that I lived this music thing and I was not on some hip hop track I was on a grime track and that’s me. Lastly what’s the follow-up single? I wanted to make a track that really made a statement and so I decided to go with Amnesia which will be released around January time. It is a track that will work well for all the festivals that are coming up and make a really big impact and so it is all about getting the sickest buzz. Cross My Heart feat Preeya Kalidas (Out now) Info: skepta / www.twitter. com/skepta

community MUSIC arrangements of these inspiring vocalists and you will know this is something new from Cuba, the most original vocal sound to come out of the country in a long while. Time: 7.30pm Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London E15 1BN Info: www.creolechoir. com

era MC’s supports his new album with this exclusive UK show. Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AY Info: www.

19 Nov

27 Nov

On The Real “Suite For Ma Dukes” Launch Launch parties featuring J-Dilla collaborators Elzhi, Phat Kat and DJ Dez, follow the screenings of Suite for Ma Dukes. The phenomenal golden era MC’s supports new album with this exclusive UK show. Plan B, Brixton Road, London SW9 Info: www.

19 Nov

YolanDA Brown Black Grape Global presents double MOBO Award Winner, saxophonist YolanDa Brown is widely regarded as the emerging “voice” of mainstream Jazz in the UK. YolanDa Brown has worked with artists ranging from Mercury Music Prize artist Soweto Kinch to MOBO Awards Best Album Singer Terri Walker, Chicago Star Brenda Edwards, Jazz Calypso Legend Russ Henderson MBE, Queen of Lovers Rock Janet Kay and US Soul Legend Alexandra O Neal, BET Award Best Hip Hop Artist Sway, as well as UK Soul Singer Omar to name a few. Time: 7pm Indigo2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

24 Nov

Keith Murray The phenomenal golden

John Legend and the Roots

Rest in Peace Gregory Isaacs 15 July 1951 - 25 October 2010 Acclaimed Jamaican music legend Gregory Isaacs died on October 25, 2010 after battling with liver cancer. The reggae singer also known as the Cool Ruler is best known for tracks Night Nurse and Number One. He is gone but will live forever in our hearts and on the dance floor.

01 Dec

After being inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, the r&b singer John Legend and hip hop band The Roots felt a need to enter the action. What started as plans for a single quickly developed into a passionate album representing change, hope and activism – not only referencing one particular moment in time, but on a larger scale, holding true no matter what the political climate may be. HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London W6 Info: www.livenation.

28 Nov

Funk Affair with special guest Omar Regular night of deep funk grooves from some of the UK’s best loved funk heavyweights, including alumni from Jamiroquai, singer Louise Pollock and a special guest appearance from British soul supremo Omar. Time: 7pm Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: 020 7439 0747

Kano Fast rising star of the UK hip-hop scene, Kano live and intimate. Time: 7pm Heaven, 9 The Arches Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NG Info: www.hmvtickets. com

05 Dec

UKSoulJam Christmas special ft. CK Gospel Choir Headlining our UKSoulJam Christmas special is the CKGospel Choir, fresh back from success on the Must Be The Music TV show, a new single and national tour. CKGC is a lavish 16 piece UK Gospel choir whose members do regular TV work, have performed with Stevie Wonder, Beverley Knight, for Max Clifford’s wedding and as recommended by Jamie Cullum. What better way to get the Christmas season underway than with some soul warming finest Choral UK Gospel. This is a multiline-up show with strong support also from the Latin flavoured, Enrico Delves, street soul with social commentary from Kyra Rox, Neo-Soul from Himal, Power-house Nu-Soul and from Ann-Marie Lataille, NuJazz and acoustic soul from

Miss Bee, and making their UK Soul Jam debut next generation Nu-Soul from Chantelle Nandi. Time: 6pm – midnight Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London NW1 Info: www.UKSoulJam. Com

09/10 Dec and 15-16 Jan 2011 JLS Time: 6.30pm The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Info:

22/23 Dec

The London Community Gospel Choir Time: 7pm Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG Info: www.jazzcafelive. com

02-03 Feb 2011

Usher’s OMG Tour On the highly anticipated OMG Tour, Usher will be performing his biggest hits and tracks at The O2. Tickets are on sale now. The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Info:







ela Anikulapo Kuti or simply, Fela. I thought everyone, Nigerian or not, knew who he was, turns out I was wrong. When asked to gather a few facts about the most populous African nation I included a throw away remark about Afrobeat and its most famous pioneer Fela Kuti. Much to my surprise this name raised a few eyebrows. I admit that while I knew about the man and his flamboyant lifestyle I knew next to nothing about his music. It was only as I typed my little piece for Lime last month ‘Nigeria 50’ I realised I’d never heard a note. I went straight to Spotify and what I discovered surprised and impressed me. My dad, who is Nigerian, used to play old Nigerian records when I was growing up. These were not to my taste; they all sounded the same with droning drums and downbeat vocals. Fela could not be more different. The first song I came across was Water No Get Enemy and it’s brilliant.


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An epic jazzy composition that would not be out of place on a Little Louis Vega or Jazzy Jeff mix CD. I delved a little deeper and here’s a tip, if you want to get to know Fela through his music the ‘69 L.A Sessions album is a great place to start. Fela Ransome-Kuti was born on October 15, 1938 in Abekuta, Nigeria. His mother was a feminist activist and anti-colonial campaigner. His father a minister and first president of the Nigerian Union of Teachers. His family were well respected and middle class and in 1958 his parents sent him to London to study medicine like his elder siblings. Instead Fela enrolled at

Trinity School of Music where he spent the next five years. It was here he formed Koola Lobitos a band that mixed jazz with highlife. Highlife is a musical genre that originated in Ghana and spread across West Africa in the early twentieth century. Fela married in London and eventually went back to Nigeria then on to Ghana where he first developed the Afrobeat sound. He took this new sound to the United States in 1969 where he discovered the Black Panther party, which influenced both his music and his politics. He formed Nigeria 70, which became Africa 70 and stated making the records that would become his legacy.

When he went back to Nigeria, Fela founded the Kalakuta Republic – a commune and recording studio in his home. He also started recording in Pidgin English so his records could be understood across Africa. By 1977 he was using his music to attack the military dictatorship that ruled Nigeria. Zombie one of his most famous recordings was a metaphor to describe the mindlessness of the Nigerian army. Despite frequent raids on the compound Fela kept antagonising the State. Even when his mother died following a beating by soldiers at his home Fela did not stop. He later married 27 women in perhaps one of his boldest and most controversial moves. Unsurprisingly each ended in divorce. Fela died in 1997 of an Aids related illness. A million mourners filled the streets of Lagos for his funeral. Fela Kuti blazed a trail both musically and politically. He should be celebrated and hailed for the legend that he is.



Singer Tarrus Riley talks about healing with music


rom his first album Challenges in 2004 to his latest album Contagious (2009), Tarrus Riley has been creating sweet reggae music that people all over the world love. Numerous awards and nominations have seen the son of one Jimmy Riley forge his music and name outside of his famous parent’s shadow. Due to perform at Your Country Live this year at the Shepherd’s Bush arena, Lime caught up with the reggae crooner. You call your music healing music, what are you seeking to heal? I want to try and lift some of the stress off the people and promote self-esteem and healing, especially with songs like She’s Royal, Lion Paw and Start Anew. What was the catalyst behind you embarking on a solo career? I always considered doing my own thing even while I was creating harmonies for people. I just wanted to do music because I had a lot of things I wanted to say and I felt I needed to say them. You have been remarkably successful in a short time have you found that a surprise? I’ve been in music a long time in truth but I believe that you come with success. We do not get success but we give thanks for the acceptance from the people because of the

quality of songs and quality of lyrics that you put out. Why reggae and not hip hop? Reggae music is my music. I do not have a problem with hip hop but my main purpose is to big up the music from Jamaica. Has the fact that you are Jimmy Riley’s son been a hindrance or a benefit? Well I guess it works in both ways. It helps me in the sense that I have been in the studio from a young age and I have met many influential people and so I have been in that environment. You always have people who are overly conscious that Jimmy Riley is my father and it makes me work harder.


eggae music is my music. I do not have a problem with hip hop but my main purpose is to big up the music from Jamaica.’ You have worked with some of the biggest names in music, is there a common trait that you always see in

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successful artist? I like to work with people who have quality, for example a Dean Fraser, and Sly and Robbie. I look at myself as a quality act. You are performing at the Your Country Live what can people expect in terms of the energy of your performance? Always expect me to sound like the record; a lot of high energy and healing music. It will be ease the stress time. What are the coming plans for you in 2011? More music, a new album and I want to become more of a business man and so I have a clothing line that I want to get out there. I also want to be able to give up

and coming artists some support in their musical careers. What book did you last read that had a major impact on you and why? The Wise Mind of His Imperial Majesty – the way he spoke about things, like morality and so forth which are still relevant today was so powerful. Do you have any passing words for your UK fans? The best is yet to come. Tarrus Riley is performing at Your Country Live at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire November 8, 2010. Info:



Comedy COMMUNITY WORDS: Natasha Julien

Mama Biashara: B

iashara is all about empowering Kenyan women who are affected by HIV Aids with a sustainable business means to provide for themselves and their loved ones in their home country. The whole process allows the women to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and groups in the greater community. Can you tell me how the charity came about, what was your connection to Nairobi? I went to Nairobi as vice chair of a UK charity called Children With AIDS Charity [CWAC]. One of our service users had raised £500 and wanted it sent to Nairobi to a group working in the area his late wife was from. I volunteered to take the money. And as soon as I got there, met the people, saw the problems and the extent to which I could help . . . that was it. We are trying to encourage individuals to get involved in their community was their a specific turning point which inspired you to commit yourself to working on the behalf of those less fortunate? I absolutely believe that if you can help, you must. It is as simple as that.


But actually seeing a problem that you know you can help fix. That is always a turning point.

The name of the project is unusual what does this mean, does it have any significance? I believe that charity will never solve anything. Business will fix things. And be sustainable. And less open to corruption. So everything I do there is through business – letting women set up their own small businesses, boosting and expanding other small businesses so they can be employers for the community. The Swahili word for business is Biashara. So I am Mama Biashara – a business mother. Tell me about your business model which is a change from the usual charity based organisations. Everything Mama B does is about sustainability. I set women up in small businesses (at a cost, frequently, of £25) and set them off. Most of the women want to work, want to be independent, but the gap you have to leap to get the start up costs is just not bridgeable for women at the bottom of the heap. So Mama B gives them a little training, a little guidance and the set up costs for their business. One level further up,


The Business Mother I buy craftwork from small workshops and groups – I buy in large-ish amounts and this business itself is a huge boost to the groups. I sell the craftwork in London and 100 per cent of the money made goes back to Kenya. You also run a shop in the West 12 Centre in Shepherd’s Bush selling craft work, tell me a bit about this? How supportive have local people or businesses been to you? I cannot stress enough how wonderful W12 Shopping Centre has been. They have not just given Mama B the space, but they have been supportive over and above that. This Christmas they are even having a Baobab tree instead of a normal Christmas tree. All the staff in the centre have been wonderful. And many of the other businesses in there have been so helpful. W12 Shopping Centre has such a great ‘community’ feel and spirit. We have ‘regulars’. If there is some kind of award for Community Spirit - it should go to W12, they are great, great people. Lime Magazine’s issue for November is concerned with community issues and during times of recession people become more aware of those less fortunate then themselves how can any of our readers make a contribution to your organisation? Come and buy their Christmas presents in the shop. As simple as that. And spread the word – as indeed you are doing here. If anyone feels they would like to volunteer for an afternoon working I’d be happy. What spurs you on? I truly believe that if you can do something then you must. My father and mother

gave me a wonderful childhood. My father is an amazing man who gave me everything - absolutely everything. Now I get to spread my good fortune. Also, as soon as you go there, as soon as you meet the people and see the problems and know you can do so much; you cannot walk away and do nothing. Well, I can’t. How many people are involved in the running of Mama Bishara? Er, me, mainly and my marvellous sister who gives me two days a week in the shop, despite having a serious career of her own. She has been amazing. In Kenya there is a wonderful guy called John Kibe who spends his only day off in the week travelling to Juja (about two hours from Nairobi) to run Mama Biashara’s feeding project on the farm where we dug the well. What experiences have those people had who have been involved in twinning businesses or those sponsoring individual businesses, do you have any individual stories?

Alister Bailey, a friend of mine, came out to pay for part of the well and ended up helping to dig it. He had the best time and is planning on coming back. He absolutely loved his time there – worked with the kids on the feeding project. Another colleague and friend Amabel Grant funded a hairdressing salon and still has her picture hanging there in Amabel’s alongside that of the president. She is now chairman of our new board of trustees. Some of our readers may think they do not have the right experience, can you tell me a little about your background or career which may inspire readers to become involved? If they have a good heart, are not afraid of work and want to help then that is the basic criteria. I have an honours degree in law, have been a television presenter, a stand up comic, a writer and critic, a television producer and a greengrocer. Take your pick of what might be relevant. Info: www.


What can the community do to support your organisation? Buy in the shop, spread the word and offer to twin your business with someone out there. Schools can twin too. All the children from the home have just been turned away from their school because we cannot pay the fees. Any group or business in the community can come in and discuss possibilities of becoming directly in touch with some organisation out there – a school, a business, a group. I believe in direct action wherever possible. And, of course, if anyone wants to come out there, I can look after them, as long as they pay their airfare and accommodation. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



African – Caribbean Martial Arts: Kazimba Group Classes Kazimba Ngoma is the fighting dance of the Nubian warriors. The class includes dance, drum and poetry. Time: 7-9pm Open The Gate, 33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BJ Info: www.theopengate.

04 Nov

Sister Circle London event: Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) – What Next? This event will give you the chance to reflect on what the CSR means for the organisation, department and team you work for. The meeting will be a coordinated and facilitated discussion where you’ll have: a) The opportunity to understand and consider what you can now do to prepare and b) Clarify what you might be able to influence. The aim of the meeting is to ensure that you are equipped with strategies to navigate the challenging times which will soon be with us. Info: sistercircleldn@

05 Nov

Africa Now and Then Presents: Ghana – The Story

Lime book review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Lime rating: HHHHH Words: Tricia Wombell This is my top book of 2010, it is a truly amazing read; yes it is a science biography, but it is a true story. In 1951 a young black mother of four, Henrietta Lacks died in the John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, of cervical cancer. Her cancer was particularly virulent and the doctor at the teaching hospital realises this and does research that effectively turns them into ‘medical tools’. In due course, the Hela cells – as the scientific community knows them – are used to develop the polio vaccine, to advance the medical 53 nations of the African continent. Activities on the night will include: photo exhibition by Eddie Otchere | fashion show by Maame Baryeh | screening of pidgen musical Coz Ov Moni | music from DJs Neptizzle, Volta45 and Okata. Time: 7pm Adulis Restaurant and bar, 44-46 Brixton Road, London SW9 6BT Info: nowandthen@

06 Nov

A night to celebrate the music, film and culture of Africa’s first independent nation, Ghana. This odyssey into the heart of Ghana is presented by Africa Now and Then, the educational and cultural club night that seeks to showcase the rich and diverse traditions of the 28 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

How to Support your Child through the Educational Process and 200 years of Somalis in Britain A double feature looking at simple tactics to develop your child and help teachers make the curriculum more inclusive. We’ll provide strategies and resources to improve academic achievement. This session is run in association with the National Association of Saturday Schools. We will

areas of in vitro fertilisation, cloning and gene mapping. They help to develop drugs that treat leukaemia, influenza, and Parkinson’s disease. Over the years the family is aware that also focus on the Somalis in World War 2 and their equivalent of the ‘Windrush’ generation which came to England about 150 years ago. Two female Somali authors will read from their books, sign autographs and take questions and there will be a short presentation on Somali history pre-European invasion. Time: 11am - 4.30pm Training Room 3 (next to conference room), 1st Floor, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1

something incredible has happened to their mother’s cells, but don’t understand the what or how. While Hela cells make others rich, the Lacks family cannot afford any health care. Decades later along comes the science journalist Rebecca Skloot, who researches not only the scientific, medical and ethical aspects of this story, but also the history of the family for generations back, even meeting the white land-owning relatives from whom the Lacks family takes its name. She tracks downs Henrietta’s children, and most importantly, becomes a trusted friend of Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah, and together they research the later aspects of the book. It is a wonderful story. Info: info@

DON’T MISS! 06 Nov

Everybody Dance Now by Dancing After School in association with the ACLT This is the first ever charity event held by Dancing After and is all about raising much needed funds and awareness on behalf of the The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT). This show has been put together not only as a great


Family Matters Your Essential Guide to Fostering and Adoption

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Make adoption your first option A

doption is a way of giving a child a loving, stable, caring family throughout childhood and beyond. Adoptive parents make a lifelong commitment to a child and take on full parental responsibilities. Your decision to adopt will be one of the most important in your life. Have you got lots of energy, understanding, patience and a sense of humour, and do you want to make a real commitment to a child for life? If so, adoption could be for you! The continued shortage of black and dual heritage adopters means that black and dual heritage children tend to stay in the care system for long periods waiting for a family to be found. The national shortage of adopters causes delay for the children seeking adoption placements. Delay itself is consequently putting some groups of children at a relatively greater disadvantage in terms of their adoption chances, because the older the child gets statistically the less likely they are to be adopted. Merton Council’s adoption service understands the difficulties of achieving a balance between adopters’ expectations and the

needs of waiting children, and appreciates that a more culturally sensitive and proactive recruitment strategy are needed to meet the placement needs of those children of black and mixed parentage who currently wait longest. Rainey Boateng is a black adoption social worker at Merton Council and understands the needs of black adopters and the importance of offering a culturally appropriate service. “At Merton social workers meet with prospective adopters in their own homes to answer questions and are available to support them throughout the process. Families know they can discuss their concerns with workers who reflect their own background and understand their situation. It stands to reason that some ethnic minorities will feel safer and more confident dealing with an agency that is more culturally aware of their needs and socioeconomic circumstances and able to address their thoughts and feelings.” “Merton has black and mixed heritage children waiting to be adopted into families from all walks of life and all parts of the community. It’s important that we dispel myths and let people know that you

don’t need to own a large house, have a fancy job or be married to become a prospective adopter. The crucial requirements are a genuine commitment to care for children and plenty of energy, understanding and patience. But more importantly, you need to be able to demonstrate that you can provide a permanent, stable and caring home for a child.” If you would like to find

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out more about adopting a Merton child please contact us on 020 8545 4841 or email adoption@ More information about Adoption can be found on our regularly updated web pages www.merton.

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ostering is about looking after other people’s children when they are unable to remain with their own families. Foster care provides a safe, secure and stable environment for these young people, working with them, their families and the Local Authorities / Trusts to help most children to return home as soon as possible. Foster carers are required to provide care to children and young people for a few days, weeks, months or even years depending on their needs. Can you provide the following? A spare bedroom Full-time availability as a main carer Experience of living/working with children Are you ready for a challenge? Fostering is a professional role and will require carers to work as part of a team to achieve the very best for all the children and young people cared for. It is important that we recruit a broad range of carers from all cultural and social backgrounds and circumstances who are able to meet these children and young people’s needs.



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doptive Parents can come from all walks of life. Employment status, disabilities, gender or marital status will not automatically exclude you from adopting a child. What matters most is your ability to provide a permanent, caring and stable home, to meet the needs of a child from the care system.

Marital Status

Single people, married couples, cohabiting couples and same-sex couples can all adopt. Sexuality is not a barrier to adoption.*


Adopters in England and Wales must be over 21 years of age (18 if one of a couple is the birth parent). There is no upper age limit, but the placing authority must be confident anyone adopting a child will have the energy required and be in good enough health to offer a stable home.


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wealthy or a homeowner to adopt, but will need to give details of income and explain how you would support a child. You must have adequate space to cater for the needs of the child and, depending on your circumstances, may be eligible for financial support from the local authority, reviewed annually. You can apply for means tested benefits and tax credits like any other family.

North London Adoption Consortium Event Program Tuesday 2 November 2010 6pm

Event opens


Panel speakers • Patricia McGinty, British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)


Adoptive parents need the energy to cope with family life and meet the child’s needs throughout childhood and into early adulthood. Health and well-being play a part in the assessment process, but you are not automatically disqualified for being disabled, overweight or having a medical condition. If you have a medical condition or disability, but are unsure how you would cope on a practical level, use Adoption UK’s PAL service to speak to an adopter with that condition.

Peter Stevens, North London Adoption Consortium, talking about the adoption process

Adopters who have adopted through one of the NLAC boroughs, sharing their experiences

Adoptees who were adopted as children, discussing their experience of adoption


Q&A panel discussion - put your questions to our panel of experts


Your chance to chat one on one with adoption social workers from the five boroughs and find out more about the children we have waiting for a loving permanent home. Representatives from BAAF, Adoption UK and Norwood (overseas adoption service) will also be on hand to talk to.

Refreshments and a small crèche facility will be provided. This event is FREE to attend. To register your attendance please complete the booking form.

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The Waiting Child But you came for a second babe. Does no-one want a child of four?

by Debbie Bodie I saw you meet your child today You kissed your baby joyfully And as you walked away with her I played pretend  you’d chosen me. I’m happy for the baby, yet Inside I”m aching miserably I want to plead as you go by, ``Does no-one want a child of three?” I saw you meet your child today In love with her

I saw you meet your child today But this time there was something new A nurse came in and took MY hand And then she gave my hand to you.

before you met And as I watched you take her out I knew it wasn’t my turn yet.

I recognize you from last year! I knew I’d seen your  face before!

Can this be true? I’m almost six! And there are infants here you see? But then you kissed me and I knew The child you chose this time was me.

First independent fostering agency in the UK Families for Children was one of the country’s very first independent fostering agencies and is one the most highly respected in the UK. We have been at the forefront of providing innovative services to children and outstanding support to carers for over twenty years. As a Families for Children carer you will be attached to a friendly local centre providing support 24 hours a day. All prospective foster carers receive comprehensive training which helps them identify and build upon their skills – as well as develop new ones.

providing a fun, optimistic and safe environment for a young person and would like to work as part of an enthusiastic professional team, we look forward to hearing from you. Please phone or visit our website for more information: 0800 019 7087.

To find out more about adoption please call us on: 020 7582 3687 or email:

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SCREEN COMMUNITY way of encouraging young people to show off their dancing skills and talent but also as a means of raising awareness and much needed funds for the ACLT. Time: 1pm / 7pm Anerley Town Hall, Anerley Road, London SE20 8BD Info: www.

07 Nov

Tony Allen in conversation with Kevin Le Gendre

Tony Allen, described as ‘the greatest drummer alive’ by Brian Eno, turns 70 this year. Writer and musicologist Kevin LeGendre sits with the legendary drummer for a conversation about his career, drumming style and influences. Time: 4pm ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH Info: 020 7930 3647

14 Nov

Black Reading Group: The Memory of Love by 34 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Aminatta Forna This month we will be discussing The Memory of Love’ by Aminatta Forna. The Memory of Love transports us to an African city, where a dying man Elias Cole, reflects on a past obsession: Saffia, the woman he loved, and Julius, her charismatic, unpredictable husband. Arriving in the wake of war Adrian Lockheart is a psychologist new to this foreign land, struggling with its secrets and the intensity of the heat, dust and dirt, until he finds friendship in Kai Mansaray, a young colleague at the hospital. All three lives will collide in a story about friendship, love, war, about understanding the indelible effects of the past and the nature of obsessive love. Time: 3pm Fifth Floor Restaurant, Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly London W1J 9HD Info: blackreadinggroup@

17 Nov

National 2010 everywoman Conference

This fast-paced oneday interactive event is all about you and your business. You’ll get to the heart of your business, change the way you view it and focus on areas that generate revenue and drive results. Each year, over 350 women in business come to London to boost their skills through listening to inspirational speakers, taking part in useful masterclasses and networking with likeminded businesswomen. Topics include Balancing the Marketing Mix; Adding the Zest to your Brand and Driving Results through the Power of Persuasion. Time: 09.30am – 7pm Grand Connaught Rooms, 61 - 65 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5DA Info: www.everywoman. com

17 Nov

SABLE 10th Anniversary SABLE LitMag celebrates 10 years of publishing exciting work by writers of colour with a series of events. SABLE publishes all genres – fiction, poetry, travelogue, memoir, essays . . . and more . . . with a focus on emerging writers. The internationally renowned writers who have appeared on its covers launched with LKJ, and since then have included, Sonia Sanchez, Buchi Emecheta, Niyi Osundare, Kamau Brathwaite, Chinua Achebe, Walter Mosley and Caryl Phillips and Nawal el Saadawi will be headlining this event at Barbican. The event will take place at the Barbican Library. Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS Info: 020 7638 8891

18 Nov

Women and Development in Conflict Zones This event has been organised by the United States Embassy and Women in Public Policy and

is followed by a networking reception at Parliament. RSVP essential. Time: 5.30pm House of Lords Info: www.

27 Nov

Lorlett Hudson’s What Next Challenge Programme with Jay Kamara In 12 simple, inspirational steps the What Next Challenge Coaching Programme guides you through the process of finding out where you want to go, right through to reaching your end goal and staying where you want to be. Our guest speaker Natasha Devon will be talking about transformation as a Way of Living at Lorlett Hudson’s monthly programme on inspirational steps to transform your life. Time: 9.30am-1pm Grange Fitzrovia Hotel, 20-28 Bolsover Street, London, W1W 5NB Info: www.

28 Nov

The First Lady Christmas Fair Shopping, performances, live music, workshops to support those from the creative industries. Kenema & Co alongside Inspirational You present The First Lady. This is an alternative festive shopping experience that promotes and supports products, goods and services targeted at women. Time: 11am-5pm The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX Info: www.kenemaco. com


Nubian Ski Christmas Party We’re having a party celebrating 10 years of Nubian Ski, as well as Christmas. More details to follow. Info:


Mother Country Esther Bruce was part of your family throughout the twentieth century and essentially an aunt/ grandmother to you. Tell us about her. Aunt Esther was adopted by my (white)great grandmother during the war. I interviewed her many times about her life as a black working-class seamstress in Britain, and I published a book about her life in 1991 when she was nearly 80. Aunt Esther spoke like a cockney. She was down-to-earth, straight-talking and with a great sense of humour. We had a great relationship. She can be seen in a short documentary I made about her called Aunt Esther’s Story which is now available on YouTube. What inspired you to write the book? Aunt Esther inspired me to write Mother Country because during the war she volunteered as a ‘fire watcher’ and when she told me about the dangers involved, I realised that other black people must have been supporting the British war effort, and so I started to find out what I could about them. Historians have always ignored them. There are a many characters in the book that people will not have heard of before. How did you find out about them? It took years of painstaking research and being a good detective. I talked to people who lived through the war, and searched our archives

So far this year my proposal for my next book Deep Are the Roots – A Companion to Black British Theatre 1825-1975 has been rejected by eight publishers. It took me ten years to find a publisher for Mother Country so I will have to keep trying.

WORDS: Tricia Wombell decades. What you would you recommend people read after your book? I would recommend West Indian Women at War (1991) and, as an introduction, The Oxford Companion to Black British History (2007). Also, anything by Marika Sherwood.

for information, such as the Imperial War Museum and National Archives. Who is your favourite character in the book? Dr. Harold Moody, the community leader who was such an inspiration to black people in the 1930s and during the war. He is such an important black British figure and he should be better remembered. British school children should learn about him before they learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks. How have black people responded to the book? The response has been warm and positive, but mostly people have been shocked that so many black people, from all walks of life, made such an important contribution to the war, and have been ignored for

You have organised exhibitions with the Imperial War Museum, do you have any exhibitions coming up? In 2008 I worked as one of the consultants on War to Windrush for the Imperial War Museum and researched Keep Smiling Through – Black Londoners on the Home Front 1939-45 for the Cuming Museum, but I have nothing planned at the moment. Would you say that you are a writer or an academic? I describe myself as a historian of black Britain. I am not an academic and do not wish to be, although my books are thoroughly researched. What is your favourite book? Sidney Poitier’s first autobiography, This Life, published in 1980. He is a self-made man, a gentleman, and a giant. I wish I could have met him. What are you working on now?

What question should I have asked you? Did you get paid? Answer: No. There was no advance and I am now out of pocket. Mother Country has been a labour of love – worth labouring over. I work as a part-time library assistant to survive. Mother Country: Britain’s Black Community on the Home Front 1939-45 is out now. Info: www.


How can we as a community support each other more to achieve our dreams? The community must buy books like Mother Country and other black British nonfiction books otherwise publishers in the UK (who are all white and middle class) will not take the subject seriously. This is the reason why Mother Country was rejected many times, and now Deep Are the Roots is being rejected: because publishers will not accept that there is a market for black British non-fiction books. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



LIME’S NOVEMBER FILM REVIEWS Film review: Legend of the Guardians: The owls of Ga’Hoole Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: HHH Release date: Out Now Film review: A Screaming Man Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: HHHH Release date: TBA One of the best films at this year’s London Film Festival, A Screaming Man is a deeply poignant and heartfelt story set in modern day Chad. In reality it could be any country in Africa which has suffered the crippling effects of war, but the plot focuses on another more personal battle. Adam is a former swimming champion who is still respected by those who old enough to remember his glory days. He loves his current job as a swimming pool attendant in a hotel on the verge of being dragged into the war just over the horizon. His son

also works at the hotel, and is just as popular with everyone something that sets off a wave of jealousy and fear in Adam when jobs begin to be cut. In a rash moment Adam sends his son to the frontline but is soon swamped by guilt as he realizes the gravity of his decision. Is it too late for him to make amends? The central performance is excellent and director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun draws out something memorable from the script as well. In its own way this film manages to enthrall the audience without resorting to cheap tricks. Cast: Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emile Abossolo M’Bo

Film review: Let Me In Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: HHHH Release date: November 5 A remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, this touching vampire flick is the opposite of the Twilight franchise. It is a revamp and in places an inferior one at that, but it is also better in places than the original film. When a strange young girl moves in next door to troubled kid Owen, the pair strike up an instant if unlikely friendship. They both have problems, but Abby is like no other child you could imagine. To survive she needs blood and when the man who usually provides her with ‘food’ is taken out of the picture the girl has to fend for herself. The update is nowhere near as cerebral as the original, but by the

This is the film that essentially landed director Zack Snyder the Superman gig, and it also showcases the best and worst of the animated 3D genre as well as those of the filmmaker himself. A classic tale of good versus evil and sibling rivalry, ‘Legends…’ is a visually stunning piece of cinema. There is no doubting that it is one of the finest films to look at since Avatar and if anything the 3D looks even better. Watching the birds fly into a storm and out of the Imax screen is an experience that you’ll not quickly forget. What will fade however is the memory of the plot which is paper-thin at best. There is little invention when it comes to the story and we never get a sense of the care and attention being applied equally to the visuals and script. The film is heavy-handed in places and there are only so many glorious slow-motion swooping owl shots that one can take before demanding something a bit more substantial when it comes to the plot. Cast: Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush

same token it also never pretends to be as pretentious. Chloe Moretz (last seen in Kick-Ass) proves once more that she is a frighteningly convincing protagonist in any context and the support here is also top-notch. This is a contemporary horror that works on many levels, but above all it’s a rollicking good ride. Let Me In also marks the welcome return of famed production house Hammer Films. Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Elias Koteas, Richard Jenkins

Cassam Looch is a co-founder of – providing real movie fans with real movie content. 36 LIME MAGAZINE 2010


BOMBAY DREAMS Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto talks about her latest movie, the controversial Miral.

Freida Pinto came to our attention following her performance in Danny Boyle’s Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire. The talented Indian actress has gone on to work with the Hollywood A-list like Woody Allen, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Brolin and scored a lucrative advertising campaign. She’s just finished working on her first blockbuster Rise of the Apes with James Franco but up first is Miral, which was shown last month at the London Film Festival. We caught up with the star when she was in town promoting the controversial film by filmmaker Julian

WORDS: Cassam Looch Schnabel. In taking on the role of Miral, did you feel the pressure of portraying a real character? There was pressure on one hand, but then also it was an amazing opportunity to be able to breathe life into this character and make her the person that she is. Having Rula Jebreal [whose book is the basis of the film and central character] around was a big help and Julian sent me on a little project where I went to the orphanage in east Jerusalem where Rula grew up


and I stayed with this Palestinian family as well to learn more about the culture. It was an intense preparation period but also fruitful for me. I learnt a lot about the kids of both Palestine and Israel. How did the whole experience effect you emotionally and spiritually? Well I come from India, so it’s not too different culturally from Palestine. We have a lot of food in common and even words are similar between the Arabic and Hindi. So culturally I wasn’t surprised, but emotionally I was shocked when I went to the refugee camps. I was upset but found people responded well when we reached out, especially the children. I love the fact that I’m educated in as much that I have that in my ammunition, but in many parts of the world the kids don’t have that. It did make me appreciate what I have, much like ‘Slumdog’ in that sense.

ulturally I wasn’t surprised, but emotionally I was shocked when I went to the refugee camps.

How was it living and working in that part of the world? Julian Schnabel and Rula had me immersed into my character. I walked around there as one of the locals rather than a tourist, and I noticed that when I went to the Al-Aqsa mosque where no one stopped me at the gates. They just thought I was a Palestinian and let me go straight through. You learn about not just Miral but also all the kids. The first time we went to the refugee camps we saw three young boys with stones in their hands and some of the team I was with were worried and began to walk away. When I asked them why they were doing that [walking away] they said the kids probably weren’t used to strangers. One of the girls with us said ‘you know some Arabic, why don’t you go and talk to them?’ And that’s what I thought, they are just children, how can you be afraid of them? So I went over, said hello and asked them how they were. They put the stones down straight away and put their hands out to shake mine. It was that simple, all their lives they had been shown violence and hatred so showing them a little bit of love and affection just calmed them down. What about the reaction to the film? Rula has said ‘is it a problem that I talk about this conflict or that this conflict exists at all?’ And I think that sums it up beautifully. Miral (12A) is released in the UK on December 3, 2010. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



Out on 08 Nov

Win a copy of Little Big Soldier on DVD Little Big Soldier is an hilarious thrill-packed masterpiece from the matchless star of hit movies like Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon and The Karate Kid. Based on an original story created by Jackie Chan himself, Little Big Soldier is an irresistible, pulsepounding deluge of side-splitting comedy, stunts and kinetic martial arts action that is guaranteed to enthral and entertain from start to finish. Lime magazine three copies of Little Big Soldier on DVD to giveaway. To enter our competition to win a copy of this DVD, email competition@comelime. com with Chan in the subject header by November 20, 2010. Please include your full name, postal address and contact number.

06 Nov

Unravel – a direct film animation workshop

welcomed to create what will be a film of richly varied colour and texture. Time: 11am – 4pm BFI South Bank, London SE1 Info:

10 Nov

Fundraising screening: Legacy in the Dust

The Unravel Project, a free drop-in hands-on workshop where you can contribute to the creation of an epic 16 hour long hand-painted film. All you need is an interest in film and how it’s created. The Unravel Project gives everyone the chance to contribute to the world’s longest film, using paint and pen to animate directly onto 16mm film. You don’t have to be a filmmaker or an artist. Contributions from all ages and backgrounds are 38 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

In the 1960’s Newton Dunbar came to the UK from Jamaica and founded the first Reggae-oriented music venue’s called The Four Aces Club, which for some 33 years was home to the most influential

black music and musicians to date. It showcased new music genre’s like; Reggae, Ska ,Jazz and Soul performed at the time by artists like Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff, Count Shelly, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King Billy Ocean and many others. This gave the club authenticity to attract artists like The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Bob Marley, The Slits, Sex Pistols, Marc Bolan and Bob Dylan who were heavily influenced by the infectious pulsating rhythms. It pioneered the early indoor Rave scene during the days of Acid House music in the middle 80’s. Despite its success it came under fire from the local Police and was forced to close its doors in the late 90’s due to a compulsory repossession ordered by the local Authorities to make way for the regeneration in Hackney for the fourth coming Olympics in 2012. Time: 7pm Open the Gate, The Black Culture Cafe, 3335 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BJ Info: www.openthegate.

schedules, the Bigger Boat team have decided November’s the time for some real horror. As the night’s are getting darker ... Time: 7.30pm Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www.


01 – 05 Dec

Africa International Film Festival: Nigeria The First Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), a platform that seeks to give expression to the players in the African film sector by recognising and rewarding excellence in the industry, will hold its maiden edition in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Info: www.africafilmfest. com

13 Dec Move On Up

27 Nov

Adinkra Film Nights presents Motherland with Q&A Motherland (Enat Hager) Is a bold, epic documentary through Africa with a distinctive African voice. Fusing history, culture, politics, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new dynamic story of a continent. From the glory and majesty of Africa’s past through its complex and present history. Time: 3-6pm Lexi Cinema,194b Chamberlayne Road London NW10 3JU

30 Nov

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Multimedia Film Quiz – Horror Special Unwilling to be ruled by mere Halloween calendar

An unmissable all-day event for black and minority ethnic television and film professionals to make new contacts among the broadcasters and the independent sector. Apply for a one-to-one meeting with a choice of about 100 industry executives. Workshops include How to work with the BBC; How to work freelance successfully; and The Pitch. TUC, Great Russell Street, London WC1 Info: moveonuptv@bectu.



here did the name Adinkra come from? The word Adinkra is taken from Adinkra symbols which are symbols originating from Ghana, and Ivory Coast West Africa. These symbols represent popular proverbs and recorded historical events. Adinkra symbols are also present on cloth used for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, etc. We felt, as our films and documentaries are as diverse as the Adinkra symbols themselves, and deliver different messages to our audiences that this was a perfect name for our brand.

What is Adinkra Films all about? Adinkra Films is an organisation focused on delivering black cinema to UK audiences. By black we mean African, Caribbean, and African American. Independent and major black films are largely invisible in the UK, Adinkra was created to address this. The Adinkra Film Screenings is just one part of Adinkra Films. So how did Adinkra Films get started? My business partner Samyia Dawuda and I wanted the full cinematic experience while watching black films instead of seeing them via DVDs with people’s heads bobbing up and down. An opportunity presented itself

at the Urban World Film Festival 2008 in New York, I met a few directors, such as Lee Daniels (of Precious and Monsters Ball) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (of Love and Basketball). We were then contacted by Fox UK, they offered us the opportunity to screen The Secret Life of Bees as a UK premier and it all kicked off from there. What has Adinkra Films achieved so far? We have secured two preview screenings which we are chuffed about as we are a new organisation. Our first season’s line up included Skin, A Raisin in the Sun and 100 Best Black Movies (Ever) with. We feel we are progressing well. Why do you think that black movies fail in British cinemas? Black movies usually have smaller marketing budgets, so they don’t get the marketing or promotion that it usually deserves. We need more UK audiences going out and supporting new black film releases, this is one of the main problems. I sometimes feel it may be down to creating more awareness and educating audiences about how the film industry works. Things seem to be looking up as we’ve seen the release of Chris Rock’s Good Hair and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?

WORDS: Victoria Woode Do you think the British film industry will change in the coming years? Films like Bullet Boy have opened the doors to a whole genre of similar films that have come to the forefront. I feel many of the UK black films being promoted here only seem to reinforce black stereotypes of crime and drugs. So until a few other talented filmmakers get the opportunity to make and release diverse films we may be stuck in a rut. What has the response been like from the black community? Many people said “our community needed this”. Our Q&A’s have proven to be popular and sometimes get a bit heated. What is your favourite black movie? Love and Basketball is one of my favourite movies. I think I’ve seen it over 20 times. New Jack City, Juice and House Party, Set it Off and loads more. Which black movie star or director has inspired you? I like Spike Lee as I feel he is truly inspiring, I also like John Singleton and F. Gary Gray (Friday and Italian Job) as his films are not always seen as “black film”.

Dionne Maxwell - founder of Melon Tops and Adinkra Films business parter with Cheryl Oteng.

Can you see Adinkra branching out into other sectors of entertainment? Definitely. Other projects of ours include our online film debate show. Tell me a bit about your November screening – Motherland. Motherland is a documentary by Owen Alik Shahadah (director of 500 Years Later). He interviews an array of progressive people, delves further into issues in Africa and looks towards a positive Pan-African future. This screening will be on November 27th at the Lexi Cinema NW10 and followed by a Q&A session. Info: www.adinkrafilms. com


What can the community do to support each other more in the film industry? Support independent films. I think this is the only way black films can be noticed and respected internationally. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



The Real McCoy Comedy Xplosion 2 The Real McCoy legends of comedy return with a brand new show. Catch the same great performers with all new hard-hitting, side-splitting comedy. Join Felix Dexter, Robbie Gee, Eddie Nestor, Judith Jacob and Leo Muhammad - as the ladies favourite Mr Frazier, and special guests Slim and Kojo the Fresh Prince of Hackney. A night of top quality comedy mayhem not to be missed. Presented by Heartbeat Entertainment – Keeping Quality Entertainment Alive. Time: 8pm Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ Info: www.

featuring the edge of the seat talents of Special P (MTV Base’s Comedy Funhouse) and the ever feisty Maureen Younger. Time: 7.30pm The Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS Info: www.

14 Nov

A Touch of Class

05 Nov

Upfront Comedy with Felix Dexter and Kojo

Comedy on the night from Kojo, Geoff Schumann, Kevin J, Will E Robo, Annette Fagon and Lateef Lovejoy. To round off the bill we have performances from Barry Boom performing the Lovers Rock anthem Making Love and UK Bashment artist Stylo G. This event will be hosted by Stamina from the Top Boyz. Time: 7.30pm Catford Broadway, London SE6 4RU Info: www. broadwaytheatre.

17 – 20 Nov Upfront Comedy are back with another powerhouse bill of laughter, hosted by MTV Base presenter Kojo, introducing an evening of belly laughs supplied by comedy heavyweight Felix Dexter (The Real McCoy; Absolutely Fabulous), and 40 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Gina Yashere One of the UK’s most recognisable comedy stars and listed as one of the Observer’s Top 10 Best Female Comedians,

don’t miss this rare chance to see award-winning Gina Yashere in London for an hour of uncompromising hilarity. Her bombastic delivery, infectious personality and cheeky observations have turned this British comedian into one of America’s hottest comics. She has made appearances on The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien among others, as well as becoming the 1st British comic to appear on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. Time: 9.30pm Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Info: www.sohotheatre. com

28 Nov

Comedy Roast: The Roasting of Mohammed George (Guss from EastEnders) Kojo, Slim, Kevin J, Felicity Ethnic, Babatunde, Jason Lewis, Kane Brown, Kayleigh Lewis and Richard Blackwood take to the stage for the ‘roast’ of Mohammed George, aka EastEnders’ Gus. Time: 7pm O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 Info: www. o2shepherdsbushempire.




ow residing Stateside in the sunny climes of Los Angeles, we find out why funny lady Gina Yashere went in search of the American dream. Why did you choose to become a comedian after being a lift engineer? It happened organically, I left my job as a lift engineer and in the interim while I was looking for another job I did a couple of gigs, people started telling me that I was funny and offered me money to do more shows, I ended up never going back. Being black and entering a male-dominated profession, how did you make that break through? I just worked hard and made sure I was better than everybody else and got better quickly. You have been in LA since 2008 – was it the right decision? I like the lifestyle, I like the weather. It gave my career a boost and a new lease of life. I’m having new experiences. I’ve done Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, Def Comedy Jam and had my own DVD aired on TV out there so it’s going good. You are going to be doing a lot of touring in the upcoming months. Is there a difference between London, LA and Nigerian audiences? Between the UK and LA not that much, apart from the fact I have to slow down my speech a bit. They think I have a strong cockney accent but other than that, no. Nigerian audiences can be different, I just did a show out there and they don’t tend to like outsiders coming in and making jokes about Nigeria so I got a bit of stick.

Do you tailor your material for specific audiences? Yes you have to cater your material for the audience you’re performing in front of. Where does your material come from? It comes from the things I’ve seen, things I’ve read and whatever’s made me laugh. What support do you get from other comedians in the UK or otherwise? It’s a cut throat business; I don’t think there is much support. We do know of each other and respect each other’s work, but comedy is a selfish vocation. How do you hold an audience’s attention and are there still nerves? When you believe and have the ability to do what you are doing, then it’s not hard to capture an audience’s attention. I don’t get nervous; I’ve been doing this for so long now that I don’t care what you think. I know I’m good at my sh*t. Can you name a defining moment in your career? My DVD Skinny Bitch Tour and the television special in the US. I got my first ‘One Hour Special’ in two years of being in LA, an hour of television dedicated to me, that also validated everything as to why I moved to America. You often make reference to your Nigerian up-bringing; does your mother see the funny side? She loves it, she loves the characters, and she’s been telling me I should pay her commission for using that material. What is your life like when not on stage? Boring, I just do normal things, eat, socialise and

WORDS: Jennifer Rock

watch television etc. Do people expect you to be funny all the time? People can expect you to be funny, but I tend to tell people I’m not going to be funny today. What is next for you? I am doing another DVD, I’m writing it at the moment. But other than that I don’t like to say too much until I see it

happen so I never talk about it. Gina Yashere will be performing at the Soho Theatre, 16 – 20 November 2010. Info: www.ginayashere. com Printed courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News:

THE COMMUNITY QUESTION: What could we as a community do to support each other more in the comedy industry? We need to start doing stuff for ourselves and not wait. The problem is we’re not going to be getting the same opportunities as white artists, that’s just a fact. We should put our money together and

make our own stuff and our own shows and not wait for anybody, that’s what we need to do. That’s why I respect Eddie Kadi, he’s doing his own thing. LIME MAGAZINE 2010




05 Nov

*NEW* La Republica A new weekly Latino party arrives in town as Candela UK start a new chapter in Latino clubbing in the UK. Hosted by Candela UK and La Bomba’s leading light, Jose Luis, La Republica launches in explosive style with Flow Latino Live (hot from supporting Daddy Yankee on his UK tour. Time: 10pm to 5am Fire Club and The Light Box, South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, SW8 1RT Info: www.larepublica.

05 Nov 13 Nov MUAK Seventh Birthday with exclusive from house music legend, Kerri Chandler A house music journey with Kerri Chandler (eight hour exclusive set on decks, computer with live keys + hologram visuals) plus DJ’s Kellilicious and Soy Mustafa. History: Conceptualized by DJ Zaki Lais, the Muak name represents bringing people together. Muak’s a night that channels over 15 years of experience in the underground dance scene in London. Time: 10am – 10pm EGG, 200 York Way, London N7 9AP Info: Lime magazine has three pairs of tickets of to giveaway. To enter our competition to win a pair of tickets, email with Muak in the subject header by November 11, 2010. Please include your full name and contact number.

Every Fri/Sat/ Sun

Amika Nite Club Music type: Funky, American House, House, Funky  DJ’s on rotation:  DJ Nasher, & special international guests & artists.  Amika London Club, 63-65 High Street, Kensington, W8 5ED Time: 10.30pm-2am Info: Call Solse 07827237176 for free guestlist, Ladies free 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

before 11.30 Gents £20

Every Friday

Disco Motel Music type: disco and house with DJ’s on rotation: Fat Tony, Tasty Tim, Guy Williams, Rob Alldritt, Mister Shiver, The Men Who Fell From Earth, Matt, Sharp, Strawberry K, Ben Adikition and more. Dex and Roof Terrace, 467468 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH Time: 9.30pm-5am

First Friday after Work Party Michael Simon’s First Friday is a new monthly party held after-work for professionals and business people at an upmarket venue boasting three floors of temptation. Come and party hard to the sounds of Mistri, Company Soul Sound, Nigel B from Special Touch and LA CJ playing the best in lovers rock, soca, reggae and bashment. Time: 6pm-2am Clerkenwell House, Hatton Gardens London EC1N 8JJ Info: www.mspfirstfriday. com

07 Nov

Solid Silver Sundays Held on the first Sunday of the month. Top quality live entertainment each month featuring The Delroy Murray Band and DJs on rotation playing Soul classics, party reggae, rare grooves, lovers rock and the best of the rest. Time: 4pm-12am The RS Lounge 20 Woodford New Road London E17 3PR Info: info@clubsilverent. 

20 Nov

Bodymove: The Autumn Sessions Line up includes Seb Fontaine, Femi B (Strictly Rhythm), Vangelis (Phonica), Never Trust DJs (Ifidota/ Tape), Simon Heslin & Dave Jones(Sankeys/ Electronique/Dirty Funk), DJ’s Manuel De La Mare(Hotfingers/303Lovers), Mike Chadwick(Botaira Records) & Bappa DJ(MOMENTUM DJS), Natalie Parker, TT Harkin(Botaira Records), Tobie Allen (Bootleg Social/Prohibition), Andre Hanan (Liberte of Sound), Blush (Push Fm), and Will Sumsuch (Urban Torque). Time: 10pm-10am Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX Info:

24 Nov, 22 Dec

Keep the Faith presents Bluenotes, Bass and Boogie A new monthly after-work Soul Session with resident KTF DJ Paul Aaaron and guests playing eclectic mix of soul, Neo Soul, rare groove, funk, real r&b, leftfield hip hop, soulful dance and nu jazz. Our guest DJ is Fitzroy ‘Da Buzz Boy’ (Soul Survivors) – one of the original Kiss FM DJs. Time: 6.30pm-11.30pm Mau Mau Bar, 265 Portobello Road, London, W11 Info: www.

27 Nov

Collabo presents The Saturday Nite Boogie Bemi (Amplified/Collabo) and special guest DJ, Bunny Bread (Uprock/The Soul Masters) will be spinning boogie, disco, funk, 80s soul, and a touch of rare groove – so you can get your boogie on. Time: 8-11pm Marketplace, 11 Marketplace, London W1W 8AH


THE SUPPERCLUB EXPERIENCE DJ Femi Fem on why the words ‘Supper’ and ‘Club’ work so well together


rom hosting the legendary Rotation parties to being involved in the brilliant Young Disciples, DJ Femi Fem is music. Now the music director for the brilliant supperclub in Ladbroke Grove, Femi spoke to Lime about his musical hopes and his love and energy for this new adventure. I read that your love for music was as a result of your Sierra Leone heritage? The Sierra Leone community particularly then in the Seventies within London was small but people had a sense of togetherness. I had a big family and so when I was a kid I was always going to parties – one after another absorbing tunes. How did an initial love evolve into your active participation in the UK scene? At first I was just a promoter but then I started to collect records when I started to DJ with Norman Jay in the 1980’s. The house explosion came but I took a different angle and I went down the funky root. I eventually got into the Young Disciples and we were nominated for the Mercury award with Apparently Nothing.

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris I know as a promoter you were the man behind the legendary Rotation parties at Subterranea. I did a reunion party for my famous Rotation Party recently which we used to run in the same venue when it was Subterranea. We’ve had, Diddy, Laurence Fishburn, Biggie to Tupac who would come here, it was big. And now you are back with a new venture in supperclub, how did you get involved? I was approached by the owners about a year ago and they asked me if I wanted to be the musical director of the club. supperclub is what I am about, a mixture of all types of people under one roof. It is a concept started in Amsterdam basically by hippies and then it grew into this international business – we are just doing the London take on this. How would you describe the UK supperclub experience? You need to come here with an open mind because it is a feast for all your senses. There is a mad French theme on Wednesdays; Thursdays we keep it bohemian. On Fridays it is a free and funky vibe and

on Saturday it is dirty – seriously it is crazy. I have heard seen some of the DJ’s they are quirky but they play some serious music. Well we have Russell Jay and Melvin Baptiste who are great and Russell happens to be Norman Jay’s son. There are these cool girls called Delicious who are really good and really funky and Sam Ham Bailey who used to be part of the Duboholics. The club is all about the eclecticism and variety. You have had some big stars here? Madonna has been here she had a party for her son. She had like a hip-hop theme but supperclub is not about celebrities it is

about the community. What are the plans for you and the supperclub concept in the future? We will be dropping a CD soon. There will be more of supperclub on location. We did a supperclub on location this year that went well. We are also thinking of connecting up with festivals as well but the big plan right now is to get supperclub to be a well known brand. The next supperclub Love Brunch takes place on 20 November and 11 December 2010 at supperclub London, 12 Acklam Road, London, W10 5QZ from 11am to 6pm. Info: www.supperclub. com

THE COMMUNITY QUESTION: How can the community support each other more in the music industry? People get it twisted, hot music is the only way forward, DJ’s and journalists only support what they are feeling. The community has to produce good tunes for the majority to support it by buying or

playing it. Best examples are Labyrinth and Tinie Tempah, hot tunes have taken them to the top. LIME MAGAZINE 2010






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How to be the ‘man’ of the house


Tony had just finished reading a new book entitled, ‘You Can Be The Man of Your House.’ He stormed to his wife in the kitchen and announced, ‘From now on, you need to know that I am the man of this house and my word is Law. You will prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert. After dinner, you are going to go upstairs with me and we will have the kind of love that I want. Afterwards, you are going to draw me a bath so I can relax. You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe. Then, you will massage my feet and hands. Then tomorrow, guess who’s going to dress me and comb my hair?’ His Sicilian wife Gina replied, “The flipping funeral director would be my first guess.”

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Little Johnny and Father Joseph Little Johnny was on his way back home from the store with a loaf of bread in one hand, and his other hand in his pants pocket.  Off in the distance, Father Joseph sees little  Johnny and realizes this is the perfect opportunity to go preach the gospel of the Holy Bible to the young boy.  Father Joseph approaches little Johnny and says, “I see that you have the ‘Staff of Life’ in one hand.”  “Yep,” replies little Johnny. “And I have a loaf of bread in the other!”




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