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Sep 17, 2014
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#WorldRevolutionDay: “What Occupy means to me”

#WorldRevolutionDay: “What Occupy means to me” by Occupier @joshuavirasami #OccupyLondon #S17 #Occupy @adbusters

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Today is World Revolution Day, a day set aside to focus on global revolutionary action three years since the birth of the modern Occupy movement -the occupation of Wall Street, New York. As this is a British based blog (soon to be a mag) we decided to ask Joshua Virasami, an Occupier who was at the heart of Occupy London to define what Occupy means to him.

Joshua Virasami: Occupier, writer, rapper

Joshua Virasami: Occupier, writer,rapper

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Sep 16, 2014
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White writers, black faces - chat with playwright Robin Soans about faith, diversity and race on the stage

White writers, black faces - chat with playwright Robin Soans about faith, diversity and race on the stage @bushtheatre

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After watching Perseverance Drive, a play about the Gillards, a Barbadian family who struggle with their commitment to the church after the death of the family matriarch I decided to sit down with the playwright Robin Soans to discuss his motivation for writing such a dense piece of work.

Your play is about a Caribbean family dealing with religion prior to writing the play, what was your personal…

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Sep 13, 2014
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Modern underground fashion rudies -Return of the Rudeboy exhibition

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By Sophia Denny

There is always a certain elegance about stepping into the grand surroundings of Somerset House.

As I enter the gallery space, I am greeted with the rhythmic sounds of ska music and a room filled with photographs- some mounted in old suitcases. Any Caribbean descendent might recall these suitcases, called a “grip” growing up. The nostalgic description of the West Indian household…

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Sep 9, 2014
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Models Own: nails and stuff beauty Review

Models Own: nails and stuff beauty Review @modelsown #beautyblogs #nails #london

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A few weeks agoI managed to do what many nifty bloggers do: I got swag. Major swag. Over £30 squids worth of swag. While saying goodbye to the inimitable Alexa Chung at my local mall the sensible girl in me filmed Chung’s farewell on my phone. As she was leaving a Models Own staffer gave her some goodies. Unfortunately they didn’t…

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Sep 7, 2014
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Mojo for your creative juices: Kingdom Book review

Mojo for your creative juices: review of Kingdom - new book by @freeandbalanced #ReadABookDay #creativity #culture

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In honour of Read a Book Day

If you are a Christian creative, what Christian-lit is out there for you if you’re stuck, demotivated and disillusioned? Of course we have the Bible but I believe God gives us “now” messages to help us with our current cultural dilemmas. Kingdom: The Rise of the Creative Church by Andre Andersonis probably the best Christian book I have read since reading Purpose…

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Sep 6, 2014
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IWT Film Festival: Camarada Presidente “Comrade President” review

I Will Tell International Film Festival: Camarada Presidente “Comrade President” film review #Mozambique @iwilltell #Mocambique

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By Sam Batista

Upon my arrival at the Pimlico Academy for the screening of Comrade President I knew, in retrospect shamefully little about its subject: former president of Mozambique, the late Samora Machel. I went into the darkened assembly hall with a vague familiarity of this anti-colonial figure. The two hours that followed were a much-needed education in the…

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Sep 6, 2014
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Bush Theatre: Perseverance Drive: Review

Bush Theatre: Perseverance Drive: Review #throwback #RobinSoans #bushtheatre #theatre #religion #Barbados

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The gorgeous Bush Theatre

The gorgeous Bush Theatre

All black casts on the London stage are always an “event” in this multicultural city. However they’re rarely about Caribbean families, so when Perseverance Drive opened in my back yard I was curious. There was a buzz about the play; every broad sheet had given it four stars and as someone who floats aroundthe Bush Theatre café I noticed the “brou ha ha” coming from…

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Sep 6, 2014
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British Urban Film Festival: It’s all about Perceptions

British Urban Film Festival: Chat with Perceptions Director Samuell Benta @buffpresents @genesiscinema @sbenta

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Samuell Benta (right) and director Kingpin on Arise TV today talking about BUFF

The British Urban Film Festival is currently on (4-7 September) in East London, showing the latest in urban independent cinema. We caught up with All About the McKenzies director Samuell Benta at the British Film Institute a few weeks ago to find out about his first short film Perceptions screening tonight at BUFF.

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Aug 20, 2014
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Being yourself vs getting noticed vs creating meaningful work

Creative Rant: Being yourself vs getting noticed vs creating meaningful work #theBizzPlan @AllThingsMitch #identity

Screen-shot-2013-07-29-at-8.50.13-PM“Now people are just satisfied with being cool…that’s kind of peoples’ peak now,” says Julian Mitchell, editorial director at Revolt TV an online music platform. The video below is part of a business blog I love called -the Bizz Plan.

Anyone who dabbles in social media will notice the sheen-friendly images. PerfGirly Things_on…

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Aug 19, 2014
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Meeting Alexa Chung in real time

Meeting Alexa Chung in real time #fashion #London #books #blackgirlsarefromthefuture #alexachung

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My confidence increased dramatically after I won some funding for this little platform of mine, it gave me the pep to email random companies asking them for something to write about. To cut a long story short and, despite the “sold out” headlines I miraculously received an invite to Alexa Chung’s book signing celebrating the launch of the paperback version of It  hosted by Foyles at Westfield,…

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