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Mother, Wife, Superstar

Smart Sexy Sophisticated Clubbing

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Editor’s Note

EDITOR Mark Dwayne editor@


he weather in England makes you want to cry around this time of year but thanks to being in Media you can always find time to do things that take you away from the stress of it all. Hope you all enjoyed your valentines and were spoilt rotten. It was interesting seeing peoples posts on our Facebook saying how you enjoyed it or did not. Most notifications we came across were a lot of females male bashing about how their partners don’t care and just see it as another day.

SUB EDITOR Gordy Munro PRODUCTION Daniel Riley daniel.riley@ PR & MARKETING Amanda Bowen amanda@

Fair point you should love your partner and treat them no matter what time of the year but guys you know how sensitive women are on Valentines day they really take it to heart so gotta be very careful what you do or say on that day ha. Anyway welcome again to Street Cred where we had to make Beyonce the cover of our magazine and this is the third time we have done this with her. HOW LUCKY IS SHE? ha. We hear her single Drunk In Love in every club the video is on constant rotation and if not that people are humming it everywhere. Yes it’s Beyonce mania AGAIN and she is set to hit the UK this month and we cant wait. Our cover story goes into her amazing life as a superstar mother and wife, we don’t know how she does it but you go girl. Get reading your monthly guide to cool all here in the one and only SC.


www.streetcredmagazine. com The views expressed in Street Cred magazine are not necessarily the editors opinion so do not try to kill him if you read anything you feel offended by. The magazine is a positive and fun read and is not with the intent to threaten anyone. All images are copyright of their respective rights holders.

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CONTENTS PAGE GRIMEY (7-10) - Tinie and Brangelina, Usher, Big Reunion, Vybz Kartel, Bieber.


MOTORS (64-65) - Jaguar F-Type Coupé.


BAFTA Awards (11-12)


BIG SCREEN (67-73) - Dallas Buyers Club Review, Robocop Review.




COVER STORY (49-53) - Beyoncé.

GADGETS (77-81) - QDOS Q-BOPZ, SteelSeries 9H. MR & MISS SC (84-87) - Not, Emma Willis.

VMG Live (16-23) SWISH FASHION (25-28) - Nicki Minaj Clothing, Kanye + Usher Clothing, Selfie Queen + Competiton. WEDDING SHOW (29) WIRELESS FESTIVAL (3031) CANDY CLOSET (32-33) SECRET.LY (34)

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT (5557) - Joseph Neal. GIG GUIDE (58-60) - London, Birmingham and Manchester picks. SHIRLEY TEMPLE TRIBUTE (63)

REGGAE OR NOT (88-89) - UB40 TRAVEL (93-97) - Sun, Sea or Snow?

Word on the street

S W E N Y E GRIM Big Reunion




VMG Live for Teenage Cancer Trust

Tinie Vybz Kartel


S W E N Y E M GRI Brangelina in awe


ow established as one of Britain’s leading musicians, Tinie Tempah can now boast two new members of his burgeoning fan-base. After the energetic performance of his latest hit; ‘Heroes,’ with Laura Mvula, at the BAFTAs, the Brit-popster now has Hollywood’s No.1 couple, Brat Pitt and Angelina Jolie as additions to the ever-growing list of admires. The stunning couple were seen fawning over Tempah at a BAFTAs after party where seemed eager to pose for a memento with the hip hop artist.




ans all over the world beg Usher to return with the music genre that made him successful even cheeseball Will I am has an urban hit with Myley Cyrus with Feelin Myself so god knows why Usher is scared to go down this route. The dance music ‘naaaar mek it’ as the yardies would say. Come home Usher Raymond U got it bad!

Big Reunion surprises again


xpected to see stars looking old and haggered for the big reunion honestly. Didnt think they would be still looking sharp and trim!

Our eyes are on Damage and Eternal more so than the others as these are the UK favourites in R&B and to be fair have more Street Cred than the rest of them. A1 and 3t are the ultimate cheese but someone out there likes them ha! Keep an eye out for the series and tour.


he worlds favourite ragga star will not be out of prison for a long while. What the hell, it is alleged the star is now charged for hiring a man to murder a man and to make sure there was no skin left! OH DEAR! Hope not true.



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rink driving spitting at fans from a hotel balcony what next? Fame got to the head of the teenage star? What is mentor Usher doing about the destruction of this young man? anyway must say some of the tunes he is coming out with are fire at the moment :-O




ell the BAFTA Awards have come and gone, and stealing the show this year was Gravity, taking a total of 6 awards, with American Hustle coming second with 3, and 12 Years a Slave and The Great Gatsby with 2. Gravity took home Best British Film, as well as Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron (above left) along with cinematography, best sound, original music and visual effects. Cate Blanchett took Best Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine, and British star Chiwetel Ejiofor picked up the Best

Actor award for playing Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, having won the rising star award at the same show in 2006 This years rising star award went to 21-year-old British actor Will Poulter who has starred in the Jennifer Aniston comedy

We’re the Millers and British films Wild Bill and Son of Rambow. The Duke of Cambridge awarded Dame Helen Mirren the highest honour BAFTA can give, a fellowship award for her services to British film and she joins the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock. Despite having 9 nominations, Captain Phillips only won 1 gong on the night, going to Barkhad Abdi for best supporting actor for playing Muse, the leader of the Somalian pirates. He thanked co-star Hanks and British director Paul Greengrass. Disney’s Frozen received best Animation, coming out ahead of Despic-


able Me 2 and Monsters University. The Great Gatsby picked up 2 awards, for Costume and Production design. Congratulations to all the winners!

T R O P S Y E M I R G Jones the perfect fillip in Sochi


enny Jones’ historic Olympic bronze medal in Sochi proved sublime and inspiring as already young men and women are aiming to stake their place in the next Winter Games, with this one not yet finished. The 33-year-old earned Britain’s first ever podium position in a snow sport event after finishing third in the final of the snowboard slopestyle, an event that was making its debut at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

“The history part is still sinking in,” says former chalet maid, Jones who spent a lot of her early days funding herself. Her result was the perfect fillip for Team GB&NI and testament to what can be achieved with skill, determination, and, most of all, all-round support.

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ith English cricket still in turmoil after the disastrous tour down under perhaps it’s the perfect opportunity for the England and Wales Cricket Board to wipe the slate clean and start working on a new generation of young Lions to rule the roost again. Despite all the attention being heaped on Kevin Pietersen’s controversial omission from the international scene, the ECB will do well to channel all their collective thought processes on the exciting crop of talent who are ‘chomping at the bit’ for a decent run for their country. Daniel Bell-Drummond of Kent, Aneesh Kapil at Worcestershire, and Essex pair; Ben Foakes and Tymal Mills are just some of the hot property raring to play their part, alongside the present incumbent of young talent like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan, Chris Woaks, et al.



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fter the success of Jessica Ennis-Hill in the London Olympics 2012, a wealth of successors have been spawned, with new girl on the block, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, stealing the limelight during a successful athletics Grand Prix series which culminated in the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix at Birmingham’s NIA. Whilst KJT was breaking national records in the long and high jump disciplines, at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield, 16-year-old Morgan Lake was breaking the great Carolina Kluft’s world indoor pentathlon youth record in Sweden with a score of 4284. With the ‘with child’ Jessica taking the year off, Katarina is leading a band of upwardly-mobile British multi-disciplinersclosely followed by record-breaking Morgan, just keen to take on the mantle of World’s best.

Positive message after mixed Tri-Series


fter two compelling matches, England Netball can take some positives to take on to the future. Following their convincing win over a game Jamaican outfit, then defeat to the all-conquering New Zealanders, some of the home players who shone in both games believe the future for netball in this country is looking bright. One of England’s shining lights, Sasha Corbin, said: “After the Series, I honestly believe that things are looking good for the national side going forward. We attacked well in the Jamaica game and was very strong against New Zealand who are second in the world rankings.” Wing Attack Corbin, whose sister Kadeen also played in the Series, went on to say: “It was great to play against two of the best teams in the world, which allowed us to learn so much. We are looking forward to the chance to face them again in this year’s Commonwealth Games.” Positivity is afoot for English Netball.

Posh not too pushed on Miami


s he goes all out to win support for his new venture, perhaps prospective Football club owner, David Beckham, might look a little nearer home to fight for approval. ‘Golden Balls’ Beckham might have picked Miami as the home for his new Major League Soccer franchise team, but it is said that wife, Victoria, isn’t sold on the city. After her recent New York Fashion Week show, the former Posh Spice didn’t quite show willing on the idea of moving to Florida. She said: “Just because David has a club in Miami doesn’t mean we are moving to Miami. We’re based in London and that’s where the kids go to school.” In fact, she’d feel more inclined to building a stronger presence in New York. If his team succeeds, the returns could be substantial for David. Sport is where the big money is and successful teams that boast star players such as Miami Heat’s LeBron James are guaranteed outsized rewards – a trend that has not gone unnoticed by the entertainment business. He is spending plenty of time in Miami seeking a site for a new stadium to be built for the team, but he has not said his 15 family was moving there.





Adam started off with a simple wordpress blog which featured a selection of unsigned artists and he published his material on-line. Even he didn’t expect the attention VMG got and within a matter of a few weeks he racked up thousands of hits on his site in over 150 Country’s worldwide. He would joke with his Wife that the only continent VMG hadn’t reached was Antarctica, but that still hasn’t stopped him trying. Throughout 2013 Adam continued to develop the VMG brand after receiving some good advice from a chap called Darran Bennett who incidentally is the tour manager of the Loveable Rogues. ViewMyGig is now fast becoming known as the place to be for free promotional opportunities for unsigned singers.


is hosting a live concert In full support of The Teenage Cancer Trust, Wolverhampton Civic Slade Rooms, Sunday 2nd March 2014. 2pm until 5pm.

Adam is using Twitter to its full potential and this is where he does most of his brand and artist promotion. He has since gone on to create a new website from scratch and is continually thinking of new ways to promote the VMG brand and to continue supporting the next generation of singers in the UK.

ViewMyGig was created in January 2013 by music lover Adam Cornes who is also known as Mr VMG. Over the last 5 years Adam spent hours of his spare time searching for unsigned artists on YouTube and he quickly built up a large personal catalogue of his favourites. He decided to share his finds with whoever cared to listen and the ViewMyGig brand was subsequently born.

“Adam aka Mr VMG with Unsigned Artist Liberty Grant at the OpenMicUK Grand Final. January 2014.”


His work on ViewMyGig recently attracted the attention of the OpenMicUk and TeenStar national singing competitions, and this has led to him becoming an industry judge for them. Adam has recently judged the auditions for TeenStar at the NEC in Birmingham and on the 29th March he will be judging the live Regional Final again at The NEC. (Simon Cowell watch this space.) Adam also writes the Spotlight Feature for Street Cred Magazine which includes singer songwriter Joseph Neal this month. Go check it out. What’s good about all this is that VMG is still Adam’s wonderful hobby. Adam has a full time job completely different to the music industry and he has no experience whatsoever in this line of work.

Luckily he is a fast learner and everything you can see related to ViewMyGig has all been researched and completed by Adam himself. VMG is still a one man band and how Adam manages to hold down a full time stressful job and work on VMG is beyond me. Just think what could be done if VMG was his full time occupation with a whole team behind him? Adam is now ready to take the VMG brand to the next level. (All in his spare time of course.) He has taken the plunge and he has organised a live concert for Sunday the 2nd March 2014 between 2pm and 5pm. As VMG is Adam’s hobby he is hosting this event in full support of The Teenage Cancer Trust. It is due to take place at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton Civic, Broad Street. Wolves, and it will


showcase six new artists for your entertainment. These artists are the next generation of singers and naturally Adam discovered them on YouTube and Twitter. This concert will not only raise money for an inspirational charity but also give these new artists valuable experience performing in a live concert. If you are free then please come along. Tickets are £10 and can be found on-line at the Wolves Civic Midlands Box Office, See Tickets or Ticket Master. The more that attend the better the atmosphere and the more money the charity gets. You will also get to watch some talented new artists perform live.



VMG Live Wolverhampton is headlined by exciting new Boy Band Overload. Managed by Ex East 17 lead singer and founder of Union J Blair Dreelan, Overload members Jordi, Joey, RyRy and Ollie have gained thousands of fans with the help of social media. After sell out shows in London, Manchester and Paris this will be their first headline gig in the Midlands. You can keep up to date with Overload @overloadmusic on twitter. “Boy Band Overload with manager Blair Dreelan in Paris. Feb 2014.”

Supporting Overload are the following.

Amica Amica were featured in the Spotlight Section of Street Cred Magazine last month. Amica are a duo from Stoke on Trent and include friends Jack and Rachel. Check them out @officialamica.

Josh Brennan 19 year old Josh is a talented singer and acoustic guitarist from North London who is currently studying in Manchester. Take a look @Josh_Brennan_

Leo GoldenChild Leo GoldenChild has also previously been featured in Street Cred Magazine Spotlight section. Leo is an exciting new urban performer and a genuine nice chap. He has previously supported Union J and regularly performs at The ButterMarket in Shrewsbury. He will also be performing in his own school tour very soon. Check him out @ukleonardouk.


Ryan Upton Ryan Upton (below) is a singer/songwriter based in Basingstoke. He has successfully built up a strong fan base on twitter and despite being unsigned he has fans all over the UK.

Marc Williams Finally this exciting line up is completed by Marc Williams from Stoke on Trent (above). Marc is a talented acoustic guitarist and singer and you can watch many videos of him singing on YouTube or check him out on Twitter @Marc_Williams93 Thank you for reading this feature and hopefully you’ll come along to support Adam on the 2nd March at VMG Live Wolverhampton. This will be the first charity gig of many as Adam plans to host them all over the UK this year.

You can keep up to date with Adam’s hobby @viewmygig on twitter or on his website




Quick glance at The Nicki Minaj Spring 2014 Collection. The “Pink Friday” Diva shared photos via Instagram! There’s nothing better than cute, trendy, affordable clothing.

Usher always drops a variety of looks So cool.

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Kim Kardashian. No one likes Instagram more than our Kim and we thank her for it. HOT!

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Bridal event to return to NEC this spring


he National Wedding Show have confirmed an exciting beauty line-up for Spring 2014, with the return of official show partner bareMinerals and debut appearances from Essie and

Fudge. Multi-award winning mineral make-up brand bareMinerals will once again return to The National Wedding Show as the headline sponsor this spring, revealing their expert bridal beauty know-how of the season. Brides can see the stunning looks on the Catwalk and learn how to re-create them at bareMinerals’ Beauty Bar, where they can meet the experts and discover essential products for their wedding day make-up bag. bareMinerals makeup specialists will be sharing their top tips and advice during the Inspiration Sessions, uncovering everything from keeping your skin hydrated and achieving complexion perfection to testing and trialling your make-up and how to make it last all day. Iconic nail brand Essie will make their debut appearance at The National Wedding Show. From their famous shade ‘Allure’, the nail polish of choice for Kate Middleton on her wedding day to ‘Long Stem Roses’, the perfect red to complement a vintage dress, Essie’s range of nail polish

boasts a spectrum of shades to suit every style. Visitors can treat themselves at the Nail Bar, where Essie will be offering exclusive show offers and discounts including a complimentary File and Polish with Essie purchases (subject to availability). This season’s team of hairstylists will be led by Cinta Miller, Celebrity Hairdresser and Artistic Director for Fudge, who will create showstopping hairstyles on the Catwalk. bareMinerals, Essie and Fudge will join over 250 exhibitors at The National Wedding Show this Spring. From the largest collection of wedding dresses to an unrivalled host of experts and new features, The National Wedding Show provides brides and grooms nationwide with the ultimate inspiration to plan their big day. Diary Dates - Olympia London 21st -23rd February / NEC Birmingham 28th – 2nd March / Manchester Central 15th-16th March 2014 For more information visit The National Wedding Show website Facebook – Twitter - @nationalwedding / #TNWS


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65 Yardley Road, Acocks Green, B27 6LL Sweets, Custom made shoes, cakes and much more.


hether you are young or old, nothing quite beats shopping in your favourite fashion store, or, indeed, candy factory. And now, in Birmingham, there’s the ultimate dream; to shop in a sea of fantastically gorgeous sweets, fashion accessories and scents-all customised to your delight. In Acocks Green Village, in the south of the city, Candy Closet is a sweet shop that encourages shoppers to linger while the sugar rush kicks in. This small, quaint store brings a flavour of decadence with all sorts of

fizz-bang wallops, dib-dabs and jazzles in glass jars. Run and staffed by its creative owner, Leon Spinx she’s more than happy to chat about old favourites such as cola cubes, sherbet-dips, chocolate fudge and the likes. All specially made and prepared to your individual delights. It’s the ideal custom sweet shop…with a twist. As well as candy-themed sweets, she also creates bespoke candy-themed soaps and exclusively designed clothing range for all the family to stand out in any crowd. “I love the idea of creating a unique

niche that’s personal to every individual who enters the shop,” she says. “Each presentation, whether it be sweets, soaps, or designer wear, has its own unique personality, crammed full with your own, individuality to satisfy even the most discerning of connoisseurs, of all ages.” Opened for 12 months now, over the years, Candy Closet has built a reputation as an exceptional custom sweet shop catering to a wide variety of clients, from children to corporate leaders. Wide-eyed school kids, to their wider-eyed parents. “Who doesn’t like sweets?” says Leon. “And here, it’s all about the feel, the tough, the smell and the memories. It’s like going to the 1/4 shop again. Parents love it in here. Probably more so than the children.” A graduate from London School of fashion, she incorporated her haute couture skills by also creating her customised range of clothing, footwear, ‘jewellery-style sweets,’ and accessories to your specification. Anything from a 9” chocolate pizza(with your own topping of, say; Brazil Nuts, Smarties, Skittles, or Ferrero Rocher) to house, school, hospital, or in-house parties, Candy Closet is a must-visit. Anything to cater for that suger-rush. Visit the Candy Closet specialist sweets store and discover a world of quirky sugar-coated delights and experience the oasis of love for yourself.


ith big heavy hitter names on the line up of this year’s Wireless Festival such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Basement Jaxx, Drake, Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Clean Bandit and many more, Wireless Festival is the must see event for 2014! Tickets are on sale, and now, the Wireless Festival has branched out. Not only will the Wireless Festival take place in London, as for the first time in 10 years, Perry Park in Birmingham will play host to these big names. To celebrate the launch of Wireless Festival in Birmingham a launch event at Birming-


ham O2 Academy on Tuesday 28th January was held, with Spanky from Free radio getting the night started by giving us a taster of who’s on the line up for this year. It’s a line up that’s sure to make your eyes water. Street Cred attended the launch event and was also entertained by DJ Charlesy on the night. Ella Eyre was a surprise special guest performing at the launch, well known for her hit collaboration with Rudimental, “Waiting All Night”. Rudimental are also on the line up this year along with Ella Eyre. Ella’s performance was electrifying, with stunning vocals and an amazing live band. Ella performed 6 tracks of her debut EP “Deeper”, giving us a

treet Cred had a quick chat with event organiser of the Wireless Festival, Steve Homer.

Mystikle Blue:Wireless Festival has been going on for 10 years now, and for the first time, Perry Park in Birmingham is now playing host as well as London. What inspired you to make this move? Steve Homer: Well, we’re glad to be here, put it that way. We were looking to expand Wireless for a couple of years now, and we thought this was the right year to do it when the lineup started to come together, and also we’ve been looking at alternative cities. The type of music that’s made Wireless what it is today has always been

taster of her album due out for release this summer, as well as what to expect at the Wireless Festival in July. Steve Homer, Wireless Festival event organiser said he’s been looking to expand Wireless festival for many years, and felt this was the right year to expand, especially with such a huge line up, Birmingham felt like the right place to start expanding. Look out for the interview with Steve Homer. Birmingham and London will host the Wireless Festival from Friday 4th July to Sunday 6th July, don’t miss out!! Words: Mystikle Blue

very big in terms of touring acts in London and Birmingham as the second part of it, so it was always the best place to expand to. MB: When putting your line up together, what is it that you look for in an artist? SH: Well one of the key things about it, is we’re always looking to have a good mix of American acts and UK acts, and they tend to complement each other quite a lot. So there are a couple of obvious names that come to mind almost immediately, acts like Drake, Rhianna, Kanye West, so when we see which of the big names are available in the market, we chase those down first, and then we try and compliment it with

acts like Rudimental and Ellie Goulding on the bill which is a little bit poppy. We’ve gone for a more heritage act like Outkast, so we’ve tried to mix it up a bit, so really there’s no hard or fast rule about what makes a Wireless suitable act. We have a very online and sociable community, and they certainly let me know as well which acts they like. MB: Now Wireless started 10 years ago, what inspired you to start it? SH: Well when we first started it, we were looking for a different style in London, a one day event, or an event where you didn’t have to camp, so even a series of one day events, and it was based on a more alternative, dance based market.

l Wireless Festival organiser Steve Homer with Mystikle Blue MB: What inspired you to keep going? SH: We had a number of acts appear over a number of years, we saw a growth in it, but it wasn’t until about year four or five, where we started to get more of an identity, and we started to get more of a niche. There was a very good response to our Urban and Hip Hop acts and so we went more and more into that field and kept going till the last couple of years where we’re now known almost exclusively as an urban festival which has proved to be very popular. It’s unique, there isn’t another festival like it in the UK and certainly Europe. MB: Have you ever thought of doing a Wireless Unsigned? SH: Well there’s always an opportunity for that, and we will be having a New Act Stage at both sites. What we’ll do for that is we’ll look at local acts that are suitable from Birmingham as well as London and we’ll make it very much a local stage. It’s a good opportunity, there’s a lot of acts I’ve worked with over the years which have been very small acts to start with and have then developed very very quickly to become major artists. Tickets are available for sale from Friday 31st January, don’t miss out!!

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ecret is a new app that has just been released in the USA. It connects you to your contact list anonymously, then allows you to post your thoughts, either by text, photo or both, with complete anonymity. So far it appears Secret has had a good reception, with users keeping to the rules of the service and not posting inappropriate content, so it could soon be


seen released over here in the UK. If you had the ability to post anything you wanted, so that your friends and the wider world could see it but not know it came from you, what would you post? Would you out a cheating “friend� to their significant other? Would you put out a cry for help? Get in touch to let us know what you would do with Secret. Keep an eye on for more information!

Teens have chance to show their Power “Inspire a generation of young people to be the best that they can be.” That’s the ethos of Teen Power Radio, a new radio show launched to give young people a voice and position in today’s media-led society. Coming from Birmingham, the bi-weekly internet-led station and podcast “does what it says on the tin.” The show is set-up by young people, for young people. To inform, empower and inspire the next generation helping them manage the key decisions that will shape their lives and futures. Targeting the 13 to 19-year-old market, the Birmingham based Teen Power Radio show will be broadcast on the Millennium Radio and TV platform which has its offices in London. The show is a platform for Birmingham’s rich, young, diverse

community to air their views, share their ideas and BE HEARD! In doing so inspiring others from around the world to make a constructive contribution to the world we live in today. Not just a radio station, as such, it’s a magazine station highlighting subjects that young people encounter on a day-to-day basis. As well as playing the freshest music and keeping up with the latest celebrity gossip, fashion news and interviews, 25-year-old Rebecca Ahuefa-Agbezin, the shows Assistant Producer, is quick to emphasise: “We feel unique in that as well as the features that you’d more associate with young people we also cover equally important subjects such as; education, careers and training opportunities, politics-locally, nationally and internationally, finance, and other issues that effect communities throughout the world.

We’re about encouraging young people to be and feel better. And to let no-one stand in your way in aiming for your full potential.” Show host Remi Lambert (14) explains: “Teen Power is the ideal vehicle for us to be what we want to be while at the same time helping other young people be the best that they can be.” The shows editor 17-year-old Shannon Morgan said: “This show is enabling me to realise my potential. Teen Power is fantastic work and life experience for me. And, with my ambitions lying in media production, working here

is perfect grounding for me.” Teen Power is the brainchild of Birmingham based Author and Director of Emerge Leadership UK CIC, Errol Lawson, who says: “Teen Power is a movement. There will be major events spurning from this. Remi, Shannon and Rebecca are ‘fire-starters,’ blazing the way for their generation. Watch this space. Teen Power is going to be a phenomenon.” Check Teen Power on

OFFICE PLAYLIST Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne Rather Be This track just won’t go away, no.1 spot dominance and a feel good flavour has boosted moods in households and playgrounds the world over… the music video even has a Vanessa Carlton style feel

PENTATONIX RUN TO YOU One of Pentatonix’s noncover songs from PTX Vol 2, this is a haunting track with pitch perfect 5 part harmonies. Watch out for the bridge, if you’re an emotional person it’ll get you right in the chest! Sam SMith Money on my mind

The 1975 Settle Down The Mancunian pop/ melodic rock inspired group have been selling out venues the nationwide with their catchy and dance driven records. Settle Down the latest offering from their instantly recognisable sound

The northern soul singer has sung his way into the praise of millions after announcing he is to give his future earnings to charity. This catchy chart topper pays homage to Smith’s decision. Good work Samuel Katy B Crying for no reason The voice of 2010 is back for a second shot at the title. Her eagerly awaited second offering is sounding fresh Crying for no reason looks set to divide opinion but for now we welcome you back miss B

Childish Gambino Crawl Multi layered production with a Drake inspired rhythm, Gambino has been released. Crawl, his debut offering is expected to be heard a lot from now on. Watch this space

ANGEL HAZE FT SIA BATTLE CRY Another fine rendition from the US chart sensation whose presence has been made here in the UK. ‘Trumpets’ which does indeed feature a lot of brass will lift spirits this winter and ensure Derulo’s name is once again on the lips of radio listeners. Paolo Nutini Scream 2009 was the last album release from the Glaswegian which saw his summery fun and spontaneous sound grab the attention of audiences the world over. Now looking to reinstate himself this 2014, Paolo hits out with this funky track.



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ince 1942 Cox has been synonymous with top quality optical service and today it continues to be the No.1 optician offering the very best for your eyes and associated issues. After establishing its lofty position in Birmingham’s Aston district, continued generations of families from near and far has relied on the opticians that go above and beyond to make sure the health of your eyes are of optimum levels-ongoing. Open for private and NHS patients alike, Cox prides itself on genuinely top quality customer service; for men, women, young and old, from whatever background and circumstance. Headed by the amiable Adam Georgiou, the 30-year-old owner is continuing the high standards set by his late father, Kyriacos, who, until his parting, 2009, was very much part of Aston’s integral landscape and history. Not just a regular optician though, Adam has a passion for the family’s health and is determined to tackle, head-on, the increasing importance of children and young people to keep their eyes healthy, and checked, as regular as they should. With two step-children of his own, Adam knows only too well of the importance all-round health is to the young. And, with Trey and Ethan both being autistic gives him extra reason to care. “With the passing of my father, a man who I looked up to, and then a change of location from Victoria Road to Birchfield Road (both in Aston), the undying support from my wife, Cardien, has given me the strength to continue. There’s nothing that will stop me making children’s future much brighter,” he emphasises. Continuing, he says: “I’m passionate about children and making a change for the good,” he says. “We’ve been serving the community for 75 years now and, due to this, are very family-orientated

and go that extra mile for our patients-whether in-house, or home visit. In line with the Association Of Optometrists’ campaign to actively promote the importance of children’s eye health within their communities, Cox is going further by visiting schools, meeting with parents and letting them know of the importance of eye tests. Every child dreams of what they’ll do one day, they say. Up to one in five children may have an eye condition they do not know about which could stop them achieving those dreams. A free sight test may give every child the ability to see clearly, learn effectively and fulfil their career aspirations. Adam explains: “90% of children go to the dentist, but only 53% visit an optician. You can change your teeth, but you can’t change your eyes. We encourage parents to help their children achieve their goals. After all, seeing is learning.” With a first-class team, Cox’s Optician is a business. But, above all else, they are healthcare professionals. And that is paramount.


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years in the business and the reigning queen of pop culture. Yes we think she tops Madonna the success of the Beyoncé machine is not to be played with.

Her new self-titled album has stormed up the charts and with her raunchy performance with Jay Z at the Grammys it was definitely set to be a trending topic with millions on Twitter.

Standards have been set very high and the frightening thing is still young with a lot more life. Right now she is the money making machine for Sony ever since the death of Michael Jackson.

Beyoncé is currently on a world tour but our concern is when will she rest, her little baby is only 2 years old and surely these are the times where she should be a parent.

In the R&B urban genre we can say that Beyoncé has had the best chart success and with a hubby/manager like Jay Z who is fully switched on there really isn’t much she could do wrong.

It seems like Beyoncé is in ridiculous demand. With the money she and hubby have made, many would think they would retire but it seems they are addicted to work.


Well the family seem to be happy as you can see here, and despite rumours of a fall out with Destinys Child band member Kelly Rowland it is known that she spends most time hers and here are shots of her at Kelly’s recent birthday So who is raking in the profits out of the two? Beyoncé Earns $11 Million More Than Jay Z and Forbes Magazine Name Them as the ‘World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couple ever’ The mom to 2 year old Blue Ivy earned more than her husband do to the success of her Mrs

Blue Ivy with Beyonce and Jay Z Beyonce at Kelly Roland’s Birthday Party



Carter world tour which made $2 million per night. Jay Z and Beyoncé have topped Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and are the wealthiest celebrity couple. We bet the ladies love to hear that Beyoncé wears the shoes where money is concerned ha. It’s not all about that though is it? Are the couple happy? Is it a dream life? ‘Were happy and cant understand why people wouldn’t believe that’ says Beyoncé ‘we’re having a great time’

Beyonce and Jay Z always together

From the outside it looks great.. Who wouldn’t want to live a life of luxury and make sweet music with your partner? Beyoncé Mother Wife Superstar. Words: Mark Dwayne MDG

Beyonce at the recent Grammys performance

In Control

For the readers can you tell us a little background information about you and what you do? I’m 23, and a singer/songwriter/musician from Chelmsford in Essex! Something most people won’t know is the amount of stuff I’ve managed to do in 7 years! I’ve got 3 NVQs in catering, had chef and waiting jobs, been a marketer/sales advisor and at the moment I’m a stockroom operative for Primark!


his months Spotlight Interview features unsigned singer/songwriter Joseph Neal. The interview was conducted by Adam Cornes who is the founder of ViewMyGig.

How old we’re you when you first developed a passion for music? I was 5 when I began to sing. I did a few karaoke gigs when I was 6 to 9 years old raising money for the Royal Air Ambulance. Music in more ways than one has saved me numerous times during my childhood. I’m always thankful for that..

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Have you any plans to release a single or an album? What would your 1st album be called? I have plans to fund myself and write & release an EP this year. My first EP I think will be self titled ‘Joseph Neal’ to showcase my body of work and what I can do. Have you done any live gigs. Have you any gigs planned in the future? I have done and its so much fun! no matter what size audience i play to i always have such a rush of nerves but in a good way! Where do you see your musical career heading in the next 12 months? I see myself selling out gigs and tours with enough hard work and the right breaks I believe in myself enough to push forward with real emphasis and drive.

I am aware that James Arthur inspires you as an artist. Why is that? James Arthur for me epitomises everything about music which I can fully relate to. He’s had a troubled past and has more than come through the other side and you can feel such emphasis and real emotion in his material. Do you just sing or can you play any musical instruments? I play acoustic guitar and have been learning to play for around 4-5 months. Playing the guitar helps out enormously when writing my own stuff and wanting to put my own stamp on a cover. If you could make music with any artist past or present who would it be and why? It’s tough to choose one as there’s so many but I’ll give you two: Eminem & Ed Sheeran. James Arthur is a very close 3rd!

Would you enter a TV talent contest for example The X factor? I have in the past, reached the final 200 of the voice in 2012, and to the 3rd pre-audition stage of X-Factor last year. For me these shows have been more for experience than anything. It only takes one person in partnership with a record label to spot you and believe in you. I honestly believe I can find that person with or without these platforms. Who would you say your style of music and or voice is similar to? Purely for the reason of where his music comes from, James Arthur. Writing and singing from the heart in many genres and style is something I love to try and do. What makes you different from other unsigned artists out there at the moment? My drive, passion and determination defines who i am and sets me aside from other artists. I’m always true to myself and forever proud of where I’m from. I’m 100% purely about the music and I constantly want to deliver.

SPOTLIGHT What’s next for you then? Writing and recording my EP, and taking life one gig at a time. Oh and I’m headlining my own gig for the first time ever around April in Essex so that’ll be special for me.

VMG first found you on twitter and congratulations on hitting 10K followers recently. What are the advantages of unsigned artists such as you having access to sites like twitter? Thank you! I’ve just been plugging away at my own sound and it’s clearly working. I’m so thankful to all my fans for their support. Twitter is the best social site I’ve discovered in terms of growing a fan base and discovering opportunities to distribute my sound. I believe you are currently unsigned at the minute but you seem to be doing very well promoting yourself. I understand you have competed at Soccer Six with other new unsigned artists. How have you been able to get involved in that? I am, and that is down to the people who listen to my music and tell others about me. Its been such a good response during my time on twitter. I am at soccer six again because I have brilliant fans who believe in me and helped pushed me there. As an unsigned artist yourself do you have any advice to give others who want to make it in the music industry? The key piece of advice id give anyone is remain true to who you are, work hard and graft. The rewards are out there but they won’t be handed to you. This is what I’m currently doing myself!

Finally you are a member of ViewMyGig. What do you think of VMG and how does it help you? I am indeed! I think VMG is SICK! (Street slang for Brilliant!)! VMG is a fantastic set up for anyone who loves to sing, to get your sound further distributed and to help set up gigs. You can find more about Joseph on twitter @JosephNeal23 and keep up to date with ViewMyGig @viewmygig.

Gig Guide - London Pixar in Concert - 22nd February - Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall will host an exclusive UK Premiere of Pixar in Concert, celebrating all thirteen of the studio’s beloved feature films in a unique and unmissable film and live orchestra event

Miranda Hart - 12/13 March, 11/12 April - The O2

Rebecca Ferguson - 16th March - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire Rebecca Ferguson is playing a series of shows in venues hand-picked to showcase her extraordinarily powerful new material. Following the incredible success of her double platinum-selling debut album Heaven, Rebecca released her brand new record Freedom last year.

The award winning Queen of Comedy Miranda Hart comes to The O2 in spring 2014. Grab a chance to see Miranda’s laugh out loud genius live. She wants you to join her party. Expect galloping, attempts at song and dance, and simply such fun!

X Factor Live Tour 2014 - 21/22 March - The O2 The X Factor Live tour, which is celebrating its tenth birthday, is coming back to The O2 on Friday 21 (evening show only) and Saturday 22 (matinee and evening shows) March 2014. The tour, which will feature the contestants performing classic songs and viewer’s favourites from the television show, will be visiting our arena as part of a 14-date arena schedule that will include venues across most of the UK’s major cities.

Jack Whitehall - 17 March - The O2 Fresh from winning the King of Comedy Award for the second year running as well as Best Comedy Actor at the 2013 British Comedy Awards, Jack is now gearing up for his first solo tour since his critically acclaimed sell out 2011 stand up show, Let’s Not Speak Of This Again.


Birmingham - Gig Guide mAXIMO pARK - 14th March - The Institute

Disney on ice presents: Worlds of fantasy - 13-16th March - LG Arena Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories. Thrill to high-speed stunts as the crew of Disney/ Pixar’s CARS race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom. Enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies. And witness the Toy Story gang escape from Sunnyside Daycare – the toys are back in town! With dazzling skating and special effects, don’t miss the chance to gain a lifetime of memories.

Russell Howard - 21st/22nd March - LG Arena In this new show, the star and creator of the award-winning hit TV show, Russell Howard’s Good News, promises us more of his trademark brand of upbeat and razor-sharp comedy. Don’t miss the chance to see this unique comedian on his biggest tour to date; back on stage, on-top of the world, doing what he does best.

The band will be airing tracks from the new album on their first UK tour since 2012. ‘Too Much Information’ rides into view on a wave of expectation from a band who have created a collection of songs that pulses with life and intent. No less restless since their inception coupled with an ever - insightful musical backdrop sees Maxïmo Park emerge with what is a remarkable cache of tracks.

Onerepublic - 18th March - O2 Academy Birmingham Since reaching number 1 in the official singles chart with Counting Stars; OneRepublic have announced a full UK tour for March 2014. Counting Stars has gone top ten around the world and is taken from OneRepublic’s third studio album Native which was released in March 2013.

Michael Buble - 12/13th March - NIA Michael Bublé is still riding high in the charts with the ongoing success of his current album ‘To Be Loved’ – the album was his first to go straight to #1 in the UK with first week sales of 120,000 and passed the 200,000 mark just three weeks later. The album has also topped the charts in numerous other nations including the USA and his homeland of Canada with worldwide sales in excess of 2 million.

Gig Guide - Manchester Jason Derulo - 20th March - O2 Apollo Manchester Singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor Jason Derulo belongs to a new breed of multi-hyphenate artists who know no creative boundaries. He is now established as one of the world’s biggest pop stars having sold 17 million singles globally and a million copies of his debut album.

The Wanted - 18th March - Phones4U Arena Manchester No stranger to massive live shows, The Wanted have already performed on some of the world’s most iconic stages, including London’s Wembley Stadium and O2 Arena, not to mention New York’s Madison Square Garden and the White House!

Andy Mckee - 19th March - RNCM Theatre, Manchester His style of playing and his compositions have earned him a considerable international fanbase. In late 2006, a live performance of his signature song “Drifting” became a Featured Video on YouTube and MySpace, achieving over 40 million views on the former to date and remaining one of its highest-rated music clips.


Russell Kane - 14th March - Lyric Theatre, The Lowry What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it - being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired award-winning twat is the same, and he returns with a new blisteringly bigsmall show. Watch him ejaculate thoughts about smallness; on keeping things small when life gets big.

Torvill & Dean’s Dancing On Ice - The Final Tour 2014 - 28-30th March - Phones4U Arena Manchester Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean will bring the last ever Dancing On Ice tour to the UK this year, starting in Manchester on Friday 28, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 March. The first celebrities to join them on their tour will be pop star Gareth Gates, Coronation Street actress Hayley Tamaddon, West End star and singer Ray Quinn, former England rugby captain Kyran Bracken and comedian Joe Pasquale.



t a time when America stood still while her country men and women suffered in the great depression, one little girl changed everything. Her name was Shirley Temple and she was to become America’s darling. At the tender age of three she sang and danced her way into the hearts of a nation that was crumbling under severe social withdrawal. Then president Delano Roosevelt stated, she roused the troop’s hearts and awoke America’s people to unending possibilities. In the wake of her death, some have even commented that she saved American Cinema, bringing in more revenue with her refreshing optimism and dolly haired presence. The BBC’s arts and entertainment editor Will Gompertz commented; “her Hollywood charm was box office magic” It wasn’t long before the world was embraced by her rosy cheeks in a light she could truly blossom. Aged just six, Temple had already won her first Oscar and starred in a number of leading roles. Notably, the hit U.S record The Good Ship Lollypop from the smash hit, Bright Eyes. Despite this unprecedented arrival onto our screens, Temple’s introduction to stage came from the less than desirable ‘baby burlesque’ series, ran and encourage by Gertrude, her Mother. Temple was aged at just four years old. Her sensationalism

cried out in the eighties openly and with great poise. Having amassed an unquantifiable number of dollars in her thirties heyday, the onetime little sweetheart was to see a deplorable level of her income, declaring that one trust fund account held 44,000 dollars to her name. A startling number for a titan of post War stage and cinema. Despite the stark announcement to national television, Temple did rise again, rallying the American dream and representing someone who had seen and heard so much. Shirley Temple was now every much a woman, with a darkened brow and more mature aura, she once again touched the hearts of millions. Remarried and now representing what she saw as a real world, not one driven by her influential mother, Shirley Temple Black would go onto represent Ghana as well as Czechoslovakia as an ambassador, with further political ties to the White House, emerging as chief of protocol. Those who knew her best would see this as justice, those who admired from afar saw an astounding re-emergence for someone more used to the stage than the staunch and crushing life of politics. Joan Rivers who knew the starlet well tweeted: “Rest in peace, Shirley Temple Black. I know that you’re sailing up and away on the Good Ship.” Shirley Temple died on Monday at her Woodside, California, home from natural causes. “She was surrounded by her family and caregivers,” a statement said.

America’s ‘little Princess’ dies at the age of 85 however was to only last a short while. Pipped to the post by Judy Garland in the Hollywood spectacular The Wizard of Oz, at only 12, seemingly Temple was finished. Her adorable charm and blonde curls, now just a distant memory despite being one of the most popular stars of the 1930s. After retiring from films in 1950 at the age of 21, Temple returned to the spotlight as a politician and diplomat. Speaking openly about her dramatic rise and fall to Terry Wogan in 1989, the former American poster girl

A Special car for the special one



he Special One, José Mourinho joined British stars of sport and music to celebrate the official UK launch of the Jaguar F-Type Coupé. Natalie Pinkham, Example and Gary Lineker were among the invited guests at the highly anticipated event in Canary Wharf, opening with an exclusive screening of the new “Rendezvous” Jaguar advert, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong, and directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper. During a staged interview on the evening, José was asked what his team thought of the new car, “How can this old man drive such a cool car,” he replied with a wry smile.

Asked about his own take on the car, he went on to say, “It drives like a great player because it does what I want it to do.” Jeremy Hicks said: “I am really excited to be officially presenting the new F-TYPE Coupé in the UK for the first time. This sports car is as important to the Jaguar brand as it is spectacular to drive. “With the F-TYPE Coupé, our designers and engineers have created the ultimate expression of Jaguar DNA; beautiful design combined with immense dynamic performance. I am sure all our customers will be as excited as our new ambassador José Mourinho at the prospect of driving the new F-TYPE Coupé.”



BIGSCREEN wORDS by Antony Brown




ased on a true story, Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof; a womaniser who spends his time drinking, taking drugs and hustling people out of their money. When Woodroof suddenly discovers that he has AIDS and is given a mere 30 days to live, he works around the system to get himself and other AIDS patients the treatment they need. Matthew McConaughey is truly a changed man. Once known as the simple eye-candy in lacklustre romantic-comedies like Failure to Launch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, McConaughey has transformed himself into a brilliant and deeply respected actor. His performance in Dallas Buyers Club continues his fantastic run and may very well be the greatest performance of his career. He, along with Jared Leto, elevate this film to something quite extraordinary and their performances truly drive what is an emotional and harrowing story. Both McConaughey and Leto lost horrific amounts of weight in order to bring validity to their roles as AIDS patients. They both look skeletal and emphasises their unwavering devotion to these roles. Initially, Woodroof is a rather

unlikable man. He is a racist homophobe whose time is consumed by alcohol, drugs and unprotected sex with

women – he is the true definition of a redneck. However, the discovery of his condition and the sudden realisation that he may


not have long to live encourages a change in Woodroof’s life. He bends and breaks the law in order to get treatment that is unapproved by the FDA and will stop at nothing to get the necessary medication for himself and his fellow sufferers; causing him to strike up an unlikely friendship with Rayon, a transgender male who is the epitome of everything that Ron hates. Played with mesmerising dedication by Jared Leto; returning after a 5 year absence from the screen – Rayon is hilariously persistent and encourages a change within Woodroof. They are the perfect odd-couple and watching them together is like watching a comedy double-act and bounce off of one another. The performances are the driving force

behind this movie and without such dedication from these amazing actors; Dallas Buyers Club could have been a very different movie. Jean-Marc Vallée’s directs this movie with a gritty realism that serves to accentuate the story and tone of the film. Dallas Buyers

Club does not look pretty; Vallée utilizes washed out colours and hand-held camera work to add a realworld sensibility to the story. If it was directed in any other way, this movie may not have been as effective as it is. Everything about this movie is great; the performances, the direction, the editing, the soundtrack – everything. Dallas Buyers Club is an emotional and immersive experience that shines light on a terrible disease and the diabolical stigma that sufferers were forced to bear. Dallas Buyers Club is an unpleasant, yet quietly uplifting piece of cinema. 10/10



ver since this remake of Paul Verhoeven’s cult classic was announced, there has been an immense backlash from diehard fans of the original. Many people boycotted the film, assuming it would never live up to the original and, whilst that may be true, I am happy to report that José Padilha’s remake is actually pretty damn good. Set in the year 2029, RoboCop (2014) tells the story of Detective Alex Murphy – a loving husband, a caring father and a dedicated police officer working tirelessly to rid Detroit of crime and corruption. When Murphy antagonises a notorious gang of criminals, an attempt is made on his life, leaving him critically injured with very little chance of survival. Unsure of what to do, Murphy’s traumatised wife Clara is approached by multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, who are at the forefront of robotic technology. They offer to save Murphy’s life by turning him into a one-man crime-fighting machine known as RoboCop. After returning to the streets and winning the hearts and imaginations of the American people, Murphy’s humanity begins to interfere with his programming – making him an extremely volatile and very dangerous machine out for more than simple justice; he’s out for revenge. RoboCop (2014) acts more as a reboot than a remake. Whilst it follows the same basic premise, this film is extremely different in terms of style and tone. First of all, Alex Murphy is far more developed as a character; we get to know him before he becomes RoboCop. In the original, Alex Murphy becomes RoboCop within the first 15 minutes, barely giving us time to engage with the character, whereas the remake boldly takes it’s time in building up to his transformation. It is a change that I appreciated and it quickly made me realise that this remake would be far better than I had hoped. José Padilha handles his English-language debut very well, infusing the action with an exhilarating kinetic energy whilst also taking his time and lingering on the more dramatic and emotional scenes. Despite the fact he is directing a big budget blockbuster; Padilha never seems pressured to make his film all about the action, which is a bold choice that has to be admired.

The performances are solid from the vast majority of the cast, specifically Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton; who all give very good performances that elevate this film to a level it would not have reached without actors of their calibre and ability. Unfortunately, not all of the performances are up to standard. Abbie Cornish’s performance as Alex Murphy’s wife Clara is rather wooden. I never truly believed that she was traumatised by her husband’s horrific injuries; it simply felt like there was something missing. The chemistry between her and her husband feels very forced, making it difficult to invest in their relationship – this is not entirely Cornish’s fault, as Kinnaman can equally be held responsible. However, he redeems himself in other aspects of the film whereas Cornish seems content with putting in an adequate performance rather than striving for a good one. Fortunately, her screen time is limited so it does not have an adverse affect on the movie. The biggest problem with this remake is that it lacks a memorable, or even an obvious villain. Antoine Vallon, the gangster responsible for Murphy’s horrific injuries, barely qualifies as a villain as he gets an accumulative total of approximately five minutes of screen time. It’s very odd and affects our investment in Murphy’s quest for vengeance. Jackie Earle Haley’s Rick Mattox is an unlikable character, but he isn’t an outright villain. Mattox is simply against the RoboCop programme and takes an immediate disliking to Alex Murphy, but he never actually poses a viable threat. In the end, when the main villain is made obvious, it’s difficult to hate them as the character in question has been rather likeable throughout the entire movie and, even when they’re revealed as a villain, they never truly do anything despicably bad or evil. It’s a very strange creative choice that has a negative effect on the film. Fortunately, there are still enough positives in RoboCop to keep it in a very rare and elite group of films; a group comprised of genuinely good remakes. Whilst it may not rival the greatness of the original, RoboCop (2014) is a solid and satisfying remake. 7/10


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our students from Walsall Academy will showcase their talent this coming Thursday as a support act to the eagerly anticipated Swan Lake. Bradley Guest, Alex Stephenson, Brandon Evans & Sukhi Gill, all level 3 Dance and Drama pupils will perform to a packed out auditorium of over 1,800, at Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre. The show is running at the Hippodrome for an extended two week season before finishing on Saturday 15th February. Three colleges in total have been invited to celebrate the launch of award-winning director and choreographer Matthew Bourne OBE’s interpretation of the classic ballet. Birmingham’s Ormiston Academy as well as Stratford Upon Avon’s College will also embrace the podium, with 19 young dancers involved that will raise the curtain. The chosen individuals have worked tirelessly with one of the most respected dance and theatre names, New Adventures. Despite the high level of tutoring, three of the four chosen from Walsall have admitted that they have never performed to a live theatre audience before. Lecturers Julie Wright and Faye Cox said the students have been rehearsing over the past five weekends to get them up to speed in time for the show. Julie said: “We’ve worked alongside young female choreographers for two previous years under an initiative which is financed by the Hippodrome. For the first time though they wanted us to provide an all-male cast which is why the three colleges have teamed up.” Faye added: “We hadn’t actually got many male dancers so we had to ask three of our Drama students who hadn’t even had a dance class, let alone perform in front of a packed crowd at the Hippodrome…

Swan Lake curtain raiser for four Walsall College Students It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the improvement we’ve seen in their performance is absolutely incredible. All the staff and students at all three colleges have really pulled together and worked well to make this happen.” A group of 50 Walsall College students and staff will also be in attendance on the night. Those involved are being welcomed warmly by all helping to raise awareness for the forthcoming performance. Liz Leck, Creative Learning Manager at Birmingham Hippodrome, said: “We are delighted to present the fifth curtain-raiser at Birmingham Hippodrome which provides a unique opportunity for young people to work with a world class dance company and participate in all areas of the art form. “I am delighted with the quality of the performance, and more importantly the journey which the students have gone on and the progress they have made.”


QDOS Q-BOPZ A £30 bluetooth speaker with a nifty feature you’re unlikely to see elsewhere...

Steelseries 9h We get our grubby mitts on the 9H gaming headset from Steelseries



here are a lot of bluetooth mini speakers making their way onto the market at the moment. We got our hands on the QDOS Q-BOPZ, one of the smaller speakers we’ve come across, and at a mere £30 at that. Does the small size and price tag of the Q-BOPZ belie a beast of greater capabilities? The first thing you notice about the Q-BOPZ is the large suction cup on

the bottom. A rubberised finish available in a multitude of colours to suit your decor gives the Q-BOPZ a rugged, waterproof finish that feels nice in your hand. The suction cup allows the speaker to stick to most things with a flat surface, including but not limited to the back of your phone, tablet, table, window or table. You’ll find a trio of buttons on the Q-BOPZ, volume controls and bluetooth pairing/call answering with a microphone nearby, and on the other side of the speaker, hidden under a rubber flap you’ll find the micro-USB port and power switch. Touted at “up to 7 hours worth of high quality music” the battery life of the Q-BOPZ is surprisingly high, and through our test-

ing, we managed a fair few more hours on top of that at a reasonable volume. Obviously the louder you turn it up, the faster the battery will drain, but rest assured it should last most of a lazy afternoon in the garden. Sound quality is better than you would expect for only £30, but the 3W speaker lacks bass and at louder volumes distortion sets in making for a slightly harsher listen, although you probably won’t need to push it to the top of its volume as it has a pretty good output considering its size anyway. If you’re looking for a small, portable, rugged bluetooth speaker that will last a decent amount of time, as well as giving your mobile devices a stand, all while producing a good sound quality, then look no further than the QDOS Q-BOPZ. Visit for more information. Available from the website for £30.

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Winning is Everything That’s the slogan plastered over the SteelSeries 9H box, which also promises a tournament grade audio experience. Does the 9H live up to claims of “best in class comfort”, “extreme passive noise blocking” and a tournament grade audio experience? And is it worth paying the £135 price tag attached to it? Featuring circumaural double-enclosure earcups with leather-lined cushions, the 9H is surprisingly light on the weight front, and very comfortable to wear for extended periods. If you’re not used to over-ear headphones, the first thing you will notice is the “extreme passive noise blocking” that the 9H provides. It easily cancels out background noise, giving you full focus on whatever you’re listening to. The 9H’s come with a number of cables to enable connectivity across a range of devices such as PC, Mac, Tablets and Phones. A single 3.5mm ended cable allows for connections to phones and tablets, and using the enclosed USB sound card, the micro-USB or 3.5mm microphone/headphone jack combo work flawlessly. You can download SteelSeries Engine 3 from the SteelSeries website, allowing you to get the most out of your new headset. From here you can tweak your equaliser, microphone noise cancellation and

gain as well as turning on Dolby 7.1 emulation. The microphone sits snugly inside the left earcup when you don’t need it, and with a press and pull, will be ready for use when you do. When communicating, either ingame or on the phone you want a crystal clear audio stream, and that is exactly what you get with the 9H. There were no problems with using Skype, Mumble, Teamspeak, Ventrilo or phone calls even with the microphone retracted, it was still clear, just quieter.

While using the headset for its intended use, gaming, the 9H really shines. With individual game/ application settings, you can adjust your style depending on what game you’re playing. You’ll notice footsteps of incoming players on games like Battlefield or Call of Duty, and atmospheric sounds in games such as the Tomb Raider reboot are rich and immersive. Music and films are beautiful to listen to, and you can really get into what you are watching or listening to with no distractions from the outside. A long commute or journey on public transport will never be the same again, as you can block out screaming children and the general hubbub with this headset. The build quality of the 9H headset is high, it is a very sturdy headset but has thankfully shed some of the weight that would normally come with a product that seems so resilient. The one recommendation for the 9H would be to ensure you use the SteelSeries Engine when using the headset for gaming, as the equaliser really helps to bring the best out of the 9H. Fiddle about with all of the options available to you in the software to find the perfect setup for you, as everyones ears are different. As for the £135 price tag slapped on the SteelSeries 9H, it is worth every penny. The crystal clear audio, along with the beautiful build quality and aesthetics, comfort and durability make the 9H one of the best headsets Street Cred has reviewed. The SteelSeries 9H is available online now, from the SteelSeries website at as well as many other online retailers.

Angie Stone

UK TOUR–APRIL 2014 with full USA live band and special UK support DJ E Double D

Sunday 20th April 2014 @ The Drum 144 Potters Lane, Aston, B6 4UU (0121 333 2444)



EMMA WILLIS This months miss street cred comes from somewhat closer to home for us. birmingham born tv sensation emma willis has cred to the max, and if you’ve not seen or heard her, where have you been?


alled a ‘TV Sensation,’ presenter Emma Willis is seen and heard in an abundance of places with a smile and presence that justifies her ‘tag.’

Known for her work on Channel 5, BBC, ITV and Heart FM, she’s proving to be very hot in demand with a credibility factor that shows no bounds any time soon. The Birmingham-born star of The Voice, Celebrity Big Brother and This Morning-all at the same time-is fighting her corner as a woman’s and, in fact, people’s champion, as she juggles her ever-growing media-career, with first-class motherhood, as well as being the ideal wife. More currently seen the on BBC talent show (with former JLS singer, Marvin Humes) the 37-year-old Sutton Coldfield beauty is not just a “sensation,” but she is also very much “Miss TV.” Wife to former Busted heartthrob, Matt and mother to Isabella and Ace, former model Emma first hit our screens in 2002 presenting MTV UK. In 2010 she hosted Big Brother’s Little Brother and later Big Brother’s Bit of the Side and

in 2013 it was announced that she would be taking over from Brian Dowling as presenter of the main series of Big Brother. She attended John Wilmott School in Sutton Coldfield, before, at the age of 17, took up her first career, in modelling-during which time during she worked for magazines, retailers, and companies such as Marie Claire, Elle, GAP, Chanel and Vogue. Of her latest venture (The Voice), she says: “It’s is definitely the biggest thing I’ve done. I never thought that my first job for the BBC would be on one of its flagship prime time shows. I was also offered it outright without an audition, which had never happened to me before. It’s terrifying to be in front of the biggest audience I’ve ever worked to. However, it’s such a lovely team on The Voice, with all the coaches and my co-presenter Marvin, it makes me feel totally comfortable.” She has already created a “Cred” amongst all, young and old and that’s why she is this month’s ‘Miss Street Cred.’


WILL . I . AM ... NOT

Menelik Simpson is a British photographer with an uncanny resemblance to a certain artist, but there is more to the man than just his looks...



here’s lookalikes and there’s lookalikes… people used to say John O’Shea, the former Manchester United defender looks like Peter Kay. Ok, there’s a look, but I don’t think the footballer’s Dietician would be too keen on that comparison. Then there’s Hollywood beauty Marian Cotillard’s meets Chart Topper Katie Perry, both dark haired and very beautiful. Granted, we can see why those four mentioned may be compared but mostly done as a quip. It may come as a surprise then that Street Cred’s very own lookalike find has been sourced from the VOICE supremo WILL.I.AM, an admirably original looking guy with a flair for the ostentatious. We present you… Menelik Simpson, a British photographer with a love for music of his own and notably high top footwear. Besides the initial ‘mirror reflection’, Wolverhampton born Mene is on a mission to prove he may have been told he looks like someone, but as Jonathan Maley finds out, he is very much his own person… So Mene, tell me now… have you been mistaken for a certain someone? ‘Ah geezer all the time. Bars, restaurants, I’ve even been stopped for photos… It actually got me thinking maybe there’s some money to be made from this but definitely I want to be remembered for my own thing.

So you’re not tapping into the once upon a time Black Eyed Pea member’s wardrobe: ‘Although I get comparisons quite often I take it in jest. It’s important to be your own person. Life’s too precious to be born to then slot into someone else’s mould. You have approached doing some paid lookalike work though right? ‘Admittedly, yes. I live in London now and found there are a number of agencies that will pay for the privilege. Maybe one day…’ When you’re not convincing the general public you’re not the electro voiced chart topper, what are you up to? At the moment I work as a Picture Assistant for a publishing company and am a freelance photographer. I also moonlight as an occasional online DJ playing grime as part of the ShedRadio collective. I have 1 Will.I.Am CD. Come on spill the beans, there must be a story for our readers; does it come with parental advisory for explicit content? “So, I was living in south London two years ago waiting for the bus to arrive at Lewisham station. It was a freezing November evening. I’d just finished work and was waiting to get home. Lewisham’s a good mix of people from all corners of the globe, and while waiting I heard someone shout will. I looked up and noticed a group of French school kids walking towards the bus stop. Another chimed in Will. As they came closer I had about 20 French school kids chanting and cheering for me as I waited to get the bus. In Lewisham on a cold November evening, I knew things would never be the same again.”




hree of the original members reggae band, UB40, have announced they are reuniting to record a new album and tour.

Singers Ali Campbell, Astro and keyboard player, Mickey Virtue, made the announcement on their official website which stated that they are in the studio working on a new album. The Birmingham-based group, formed in 1978, ruled the charts for 30 years before Campbell left, in 2008, to peruse his solo career. Virtue left shortly after and Astro followed, last year, to concentrate on his first love which is foodopening restaurant in Worcestershire as well as overseeing and judging food contests whilst encouraging a new generation to cook. Selling over 70 million records worldwide, the band’s most successful hits include: ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love,’ ‘I Got You Babe’


and ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You.’ The message posted on their website read: “The three founding members have reformed and reunited to bring you the true sound of UB40. Ali, Astro and Mickey are currently in the studio working on a new album...more info soon.” Astro said: “It’s going to be great working with Ali again after all this time. We started on a mission to promote reggae music and that mission is still ongoing. Onwards and upwards!” Campbell added: “We originally formed UB40 to promote reggae. It was never about promoting individual band members - it’s about the music and the fans. Nothing else matters. Welcome home Astro!” Campbell, Astro and Virtue played a concert at London’s O2 Arena in December, leading to the official reunion and have signed a deal with


Cooking Vinyl Records, and will also headline the Bearded Theory Festival at Catton Hall in Derbyshire in May. The remaining members of the group continue to tour under the UB40 name, with Ali’s brother Duncan on vocals, and this announcement of another UB40 touring will likely cause major friction and legal action. UB40 enjoyed huge success selling over 70 million records and scoring three UK number one singles.

Eating Out


ver fancied being lost in a sea of cocktails and to experience the very best in South American gastronomy? Then Bar Bodega is just the ticket. Water down your appetite with a handpicked range of wines sourced from the finest vineyards across the Atlantic and beers seen by those who dare to explore. With a wide variety of classic dishes, from Nachos and

Burritos to Empanada and Batatas Fritas (Sweet Potato Fries that bring people back again and again), there is enough choice for everyone, and every size of appetite. Located in the hub of Birmingham’s centre and open 7 days a week, Bodega offers an alternative to dining out at a modest price! Bookings 0121 448 4267 Bodega, 12 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RS

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aradise islands ringed by breathtaking pearly sands, gently kissed by waters that sparkle beneath a sumptuous sun, the mere mention of the Caribbean is enough to conjure images of pure bliss.

retains its own distinct character.

A Caribbean holiday is a journey to a veritable utopia, where the lifestyles are laid-back, the scenery is epic and the atmosphere will lull you into a state of unadulterated pleasure.

You can choose from a wide range of luxury resorts for singletons, couples and families in places like Cancun and the Dominican Republic, sway to the smooth reggae beats of Jamaica, the upbeat calypso sounds of Trinidad & Tobago, be dazzled by the epic natural splendour of St. Kitts & Nevis, or St. Lucia, have fun in friendly Barbados and embrace the island lifestyle of Antigua...

Whichever Caribbean holiday destination you choose you won’t be disappointed, though each

Now really is the time to treat yourself to the paradise holiday you have always dreamed of.



SKIING holidays


ith the buzz of the Winter Olympics still fresh in our minds, you too can experience the thrills and spills that is Sochi 2014 by taking a skiing and snowboarding break in Britain, in Europe, or, perhaps, further afield. There are some great slopes to experience whilst the whether is ideal. In Scotland, the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorm Mountain above Aviemore in the beautiful Cairngorm National Park offer spectacular scenery and a variety of winter sports for everyone. Skiing in Scotland can be as good as the Alps so why not travel North of the Border to see what the Scottish ski slopes have on offer. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the excellent value for money inclusive snowsport packages that

is on offer. So if you’ve not considered Scotland before or if it’s your first time skiing then why not take look at what is on offer for yourself. Throughout Europe there are a great range of resorts to cater to you fancy including France, Italy, Scandinavia and Bulgaria where you can be in a luxury chalet to relax after a day on the slopes. Or if you simply need an affordable hostel with great après-ski for your snowboarding holiday, that too is on offer with some great ski deals and cheap ski holidays in hundreds of winter resorts. From the Alps in Europe, to the Rocky Mountains in North America and fewer destinations in the world offer as many choices as the US and Canada. Whether your interest is the breathtaking beauty of the mountains, glaciers, lakes and ancient for-


ests, or the cosmopolitan cities and friendly people, this option will not disappoint.

and a laid-back attitude that will allow you to relax and enjoy this fantastic travel destination.

This vast and spectacular wilderness is unparalleled and nature is easily accessible to the casual walker and keen hiker alike in the immense National Parks, or enjoyed during a river float trip, helicopter ride or camping adventure. Wildlife includes elk, moose, black and grizzly bears, bald eagles and osprey.

They do things a little differently on the slopes in North America. The skiing may be adrenalincharged, but the way the chairlifts and gondolas are loaded is often seen as much more peaceful and polite than in Europe.

Sooner or later many British skiers are tempted to try America simply out of curiosity and Wyoming’s Jacksons Hole and Breckenridge, Colorado are American ski classics, offering some of the finest slopes in the Rockies.

There’s no pushing, shoving or barging as you line up to ride the lifts – and certainly no-one tramples all over the backs of your skis. So, whether it’s the Highlands & Cairngorms, the Alps, or the Rocky Mountains, you too can experience the snow-rush that Gold Medal winner, Jenny Jones had on the slope of your choice.

Excellent hotels allow you to explore modern, clean and diverse cities; enjoy world class cuisine


Street Cred Magazine - February 2014  

Street Cred Magazine - February 2014

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