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Graffiti 6 – Review

4 Jun

Last week I was filming some stuff at the LGCC new studio, and as we were leaving a handsome stud caught my eye! The lead singer of band Graffiti 6, Jamie! I checked out there music and see these guys blowing up! With an Indie, Folk sound, all about the GROOVE! Exciting!!!!

Check them out! Full review coming soon!!!

http://www.myspace.com/graffiti6

Death at A Funeral

4 Jun

In desperate need of good film, me and four of my brothers decided to pay a visit to the cinema! Arriving at Purley Way Cinema to find an array of people queuing, lines reaching as far as the Nando’s, to see Noel Clarkes, 4,3,2,1! Stand up UK cinema! With long queue’s we decided to watch a film that would keep everyones moods in tact!
We decided to watch Death at a Funeral. A film featuring Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Regina Hall. The remake to its first feature (which was not so successful) proved to be a real crowd pleaser.

Innovative and hard-hitting punch lines, the film is the best comedy I have seen in a while. A simple plot which follows a family at a funeral, as stories unfold about the deceased and his undercover life.
With supporting stories from other members of the surrounding family, it was a real tear jerking, belly moving, ball of fun film! Not your typical black comedy, the film crosses boundaries and had everyone in the crowd laughing as the film unravels a series of hysterical jokes. For all the black cinema loves, A real hit and a definite must see!

So ranks in at an AMAZING 5***** STRAWBERRIES!!!

Check out the trailer

Tenny Ten – Artist Review ‘SWAGGNIFICENT’

31 May

Introducing Tenny Ten, a new urban UK artist from the streets of Wolverhamption, Mr.Tenny Tenn is soon to be opening up for the likes of Mr.Hudson, June 15th in Brighton. His new single comes out on June 20th 2010 entitled ‘Swagganificent’ and keeps us excited for up and coming releases to come! An elliptic summer jam, it has a fresh sound, with a catchy hook.
The track talks about having ‘Swagga’, and with positive lyrics throughout, Tenny Ten brings a pop meets R’N’B vibe to the track. His accent may catch you slightly off guard, but unlike Tinchy, Chipmunk and Wiley, it definately sets him apart.
A club friendly track, ‘Swaggnificent’ has the potential to be a number one hit’! So check it out!

Rating: 4 Strawberrys ****

Check OUT TENNY TEN @ http://www.tennyten.com

Written by Stephane Alexandre

Check out Tenny’s New Video ‘Swaggnificent’

Why did I get Married too?

4 Apr

Both inspirational and creative, Atlanta’s writer and director Tyler Perry has not failed to deliver once again. Actor/ Writer and Director, Tyler has taken the church to the cinema, and not only that, he has given black cinema an established platform throughout the world.
His heart is always transparent in his productions and we now see his film ‘Why did I get married too?’ premiered in America on Friday 2nd April. A sequel to ‘Why did I get married’. The film stars Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Richard T. Jones, Michael Jai White and Tyler himself amougnst of other leading actors. The film embodies the journey of marriage.

Bringing the heart of God into every play, film or even sit-com, we see a dynamic and breath taking performance from Janet Jackson.
It was June 2009 when she lost her brother, world wide superstar and icon, Michael Jackson. His passing came at a time when the world least expected it, at a time when Janet was still in pre-production of the film. In an interview with Oprah we see how she struggles, overcomes and how above all she channeled her emotions into this heart-wrenching performance. Both teary and emotional, this interview again gives us in the UK a brief taster of what to expect once this film comes over here.

A great come back from Tyler, with efforts to hit mainstream audiences, in ‘Why did I get married too?’ we see less references to Christianity and swearing, I guess this was in efforts to reach a wider audience. The ending was the films greatest downfall, ending literally in a car crash, with some issues left open and unexplained to the audience.
With some unexpected endings and introductions, we await to see if there will be a third follow on, that may close the open doors.

The film still touches and covers a range of home hitting issues, unlike many Hollywood blockbusters, Tyler has brought real life to the cinema, and we await his next feature, which sounds all so juicy!

Rating 4 Strawberrys ****


Trailer for Why Did I Get Married Too?

Back In the DAYZzzz

8 Mar

Ahmad said it so nicely….Back in the days when I was young I’m not a anymore, but somedays I sit and wish I was a kid…..Right guys, you know in life, sometimes it’s just great to kick back and remember the good old days! I was surfing YouTube for disco hits and bamb! I came across some good old Disco classic’s. I’m take Kool & the Gang, Three Degree’s…you name it and I thought, lets check out some of the soaps and children series I liked growing up!
And here it is…The blog which requires your vote! Below are links to some of the greatest television series of all time. Choose your favorite and kick back and enjoy!
One on One
Sister
Moesha
The Parkers
Half & Half
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
The Proud Family
Smart Guy
Taina

Gone too Soon * We Had Him * Maya Angelo

9 Jan

The legacy of Michael Jackson is one that no musician will ever be able to fill. His life dedicated to entertainment leaves him as the the greatest musician our generation has seen. Easily acclaimed the most famous man on the earth. From the age of 8 he gave us music that kept us dancing. Breaking barriers in religion, music and race.
His artistry was sheer perfection and he will always remain a musical genius. June 25th 2009 was the day we lost him and his death affected the world. I happened to be on Miami Beach, Florida when an influx of tweets saying MJ was in cardiac arrest were being delivered to a friends phone. I simply shrugged it off, telling my cousin and her that it was a media stunt for him to take the money for those attending the ‘This Is It’ London concert and that he was just fine (I also had a ticket for the opening night). We got in my cousins car and drove to a local Dunkin Donoughts in Miami, with utter silence we listened to the radio changing and flicking through stations to get an updated report on his progress, the media was in a frenzy and no one could confirm whether his death was true. As we entered DD everyone was glued to the screen with CNN’s updates surrounding the condition of MJ.
We got back in the car around 5pm, a male reporter announced that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop was dead. Instantly tears started streaming down my face. The weirdest sensation ever. The car was silent all the way home and it was almost as if the world had come to a stand still, the only sounds alive were those of the many hits Michael had left us as we drove through the streets of Miami.
I had never ever met him or even had a conversation with him, but like many felt like I knew him and he was almost part of the family. Through his court cases to press releases I was always there backing it 110% for Michael. Childhood memories are incomplete without his influences. He was a part of the family, parties, reunions and more. We all had our moments in front of the TV imitating his innovative dance moves. I remember running to the screen yelling at my cousin that I was going to marry Michael Jackson as we fought to kiss him through the screen. He was a part of all of our lives and his music connected to memories growing up will continue to live in our hearts.

King of Pop – Michael Jackson – Gone to Soon

His death still brings tears to my eyes today. I stubbled across this poem written by the great Maya Angelou. Read by Queen Latifah at his memorial, and although some of the words are confusing to me, I still feel like ‘We had Him’

“We Had Him”:

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing, now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind.

Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace. Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.

In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing. No clocks can tell time. No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.

Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.

Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.

He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.

Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.

We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.

His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.

And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.

We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.

Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Black Star Square.

In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England

We are missing Michael.

But we do know we had him, and we are the world.

1958- 2009

GOOD HAIR vs BAD HAIR – MEETING NIA LONG

9 Jan

2009 was a great year for me. Nia Long, Hollywood actress was in London and I went down to the press conference to ask her some questions about her life as an actress and a successful black woman. It was truely amazing. Short in stature and striking to the eye, she had the glow of Hollywood all around her.

During the conference I posted the question to her about the black hair industry, following her premiere of ‘Good Hair’ directed by Chris Rock shown at the BFI’s. During the film it was said that $9 billion dollars a year is spent on black hair products alone, the most spent than any other race, but heres the joke, only five distributers are black owned.

Good Hair Trailer –

In the link below you will find a sound clip to the interview and her response. Black hair is such an interesting topic for me and at times a sensitive one.

A white jouralist at the press conferance pointed out a lady from the press who had an afro, he asked why she wouldnt be able to work in the city, in a high end law firm in Canary Wharf or even in the Houses of Parliment with her 9inc afro. The answers were ‘She would not be taken seriously’, and to much form this is very true.

When I look at successful female black role models in todays media that young black girls aspire to, the majority of them have hair extensions. Lace weaves, long 14 to 18inc silky Indian hair. Tyra Banks, Beyonce Knowles and Megan Goode are all prime examples of women in todays media who have conformed to having a European look. If its not weave then its pressed and chemically relaxed with Michelle Obama, Oprah and at 71 years of age Maya Angelo would also fit the mould. So why is it so hard for us to have our natural hair. Dreads, Cornrols or a full blown afro. Conventionally this is not beautiful and these ideologies of beauty stem right back to the early 1800’s. From literature to modern day magazines, black hair has never been beautiful in the eyes of any medium, to the point many black women do not see natural hair as beautiful.


In this music video by Indie Arie feat Akon, she talks about the transistion many black girls go through, some turn to weave and very few hold out natural, simply because natural hair is regarded as nappy hair, not beautiful hair, afro-centric ideologies surrounded the idea of having natural hair, hence its lack of representation within the public eye.

In todays image conscious society, I’d like to see more young black females having there natural hair out. Personally for me to say I will happily start the movement would be a major lie. I believe if I had my hair natural, I would not be beautiful and at times wish my hair was long and flowey to give me the right image that I believe to be beautiful. Its an interesting psychology and one that many find hard to admit to or even acknowledge as being a problem.

With artists like India making the mark, I hope minds can be changed and re-positioned. For all you in the dark, i’ll give you the first few lyrics of the song, so you can understand the process the average black girls goes through…in the words of India

India Arie

”Little girl with the press and curl
Age eight I got a Jheri curl
Thirteen I got a relaxer
I was a source of so much laughter
At fifteen when it all broke off
Eighteen and went all natural
February two thousand and two
I went and did
What I had to do
Because it was time to change my life
To become the women that I am inside
Ninety-seven dreadlock all gone
I looked in the mirror
For the first time and saw that HEY….

[Chorus]
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I ma not this skin
I am a soul that lives within”