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Janet Awe

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RIP Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson

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I’ve just heard the sad news that the legendary DJ Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson passed away this morning. His influence on the music and clubbing experience of my formative years, and beyond, has been huge. From listening to him on the pirate radio station, Kiss FM, as I drove around South East London in my school […]

Bah Humbug, M&S

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Ha! Apparently, for retailer Marks and Spencer, its Christmas must-haves are – for men: ‘Outfits To Impress’; and for women: ‘Fancy Little Knickers’. WTF?! Have you seen the weather?! That really won’t keep me warm in a meeting! Joking aside, what an antiquated ad campaign for 2018. It’s especially tone-deaf to the current tidal-wave of […]

Theatre Review: ‘ear for eye’, by Debbie Tucker Green, at Royal Court Theatre

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Massive respect to writer-director, Debbie Tucker Green, for her play ‘ear for eye’, performed at the Royal Court Theatre by an outstanding cast. A whip-smart, often poetic, sometimes funny, definitely poignant look at current and historic racism, oppression and double standards in the UK and US, and demonstrating the long-lasting, far-reaching impact. So many elements […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: The Hate U Give

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The film opens with a black family sitting around the dinner table. Mother – Lisa (played by Regina Hall), father – Mav (Russell Hornsby), a teenage boy – Seven (Lamar Johnson) and 16-year old girl – Starr (Amandla Stenberg) as well as a young boy – Sekani (TJ Wright). The father is giving the kids […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: Assassination Nation

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WTF did I just witness?! I walked out of Assassination Nation buzzing from this arse-kicking movie that turns the much-retold tale of the oppressed women persecuted in the Salem Witch Trials firmly on its head. It kicks off with an extensive, frenetic trigger-warning, advising that the film – set around the lives of four American […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: Sorry To Bother You & Mr Boots Riley !

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The brilliant film, Sorry To Bother You, is more than just funny, it’s a cerebral and visual treat. Dealing with classism, capitalism, racism, stereotypes, and challenging clichés and tropes, in a very, very fresh way. I loved it. Not only was I lucky enough to see a preview of it today, my cake got extra […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: Mandy

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Nicolas Cage is in fine grunting form as a man hell-bent on revenge after the peace of his idyllic and loved-up, secluded-forest life with his beautiful, adoring wife is brutally shattered by the invasion of a cult of violent motorbike-riding, drug-taking, hippy-cum-psychos. Full of laughable moments that you probably shouldn’t be laughing at, the writer-director, […]

Film Review: BFI Preview – Get Out

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I go to film screenings by myself a lot – especially if there’s a Q&A. As much as I love my mates, there’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for someone to come back to you, or to make up their mind about an event, only for it to sell out before you’ve been able to […]

Meryl Streep Calls On The Press To Hold Trump To Account

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One of the biggest failings of the US press in recent months, in the run up to their election and since Donald Trump’s shocking win, has been not only a failure to highlight when Donald Trump has been telling lies but to often repeat his comments verbatim, as if they were the truth. When Meryl Streep […]