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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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Aug 14, 2014
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Hip Hop, deviants and “the code”

Hip Hop, deviants and “the code”

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To celebrate International Youth Day I thought I’d post this wrap-up on the power of hip hop.

“It’s always nice to work for a brand your mother has heard of.” Jonathan Akuwe quipped. There were a lot of quips. Engine work with Sky, Unilever, the Royal Bank of Scotland. They’re the awful company that came up with the noddy Churchill dog and the annoying 118 twins. Engine are so successful that…

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Aug 9, 2014
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#WINNING getting my innovator socks on!

#WINNING getting my innovator socks on! Turning my blog into a business #blacktwitter #revamp #magazines #zines

Two weeks ago on Tuesday, while I was scuttling around the 02 Arena dragging international pastors in their skinnies from VIP seating to the Hillsong Backstage television set I noticed the unread richter on my phone ranch up a notch.

Some youth pastors in their skinnies

Some youth pastors in their skinnies

Naturally, given the plethora of mailing lists I’m signed up to I waited a few seconds to open my mail.

Young and Free being interviewed for Hi

Through the lens: my…

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Aug 4, 2014
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#BushGreenLive and black writing

#BushGreenLive and black writing

Something that I moan about a lot is the lack of  quiet, freak-free writing space in London. Bush Theatre Café is one of those rare places bookish enough for writing.They also do amazing coffee.

Housed in the Old Shepherd’s Bush library the theatre aims to showcase the latest new writing and frequently features off-Broadway productions like Disgraced. The theatre acts as a platform for equivalent…

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Jul 17, 2014
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LONDON LAMENT

They called my girlfriend a nigger - a white South African’s view on London “London Lament” by @ManRambling #blacklondon

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There’s something about London in spring. The whole place feels like it just emerged from the throes of a civil war. Everyone seems a little delirious: too happy, too hopeful; there is too much damn naked flesh, too much damn Pimms and sunburn already. Yet I can still feel the remnants of the cold, grey destruction that stalked this…

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Jul 16, 2014
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Tim Reid: Telling black stories after Hollywood

Check out my blog post on Media Diversified.

Tim Reid: Telling black stories after Hollywood

Check out my blog post on Media Diversified.


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Jun 21, 2014
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16th London Asian film festival: Honeycomb Lodge

Honeycomb Lodge Film Review #film

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Women rarely secure principle roles in British film and minority women barely get a look in. Actress Surendra Kochardecided to take up the gauntlet and break the silence to write a film about seven women’s struggle with domestic violence in the Asian community. Through a series of miraculous circumstances they manage to flee their life-threatening home lives, escaping to Honeycomb Lodge, a…

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Apr 17, 2014
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Black boys in film: indie promise?

Black boys in film: indie promise? Can independent films like @Troop491film change the status quo for black boys?

Very few kids’ movies feature young black pre-teen boys as the main star, even in so called “black movies”. Black actresses seem to fare comparatively well, think, is there a male-centric equivalent to Keke Palmer’s career trajectory after her success in Akeelah and the Bee? Hollywood has its knickers in a twist over Beasts of the Southern Wild Oscar-nominated actress Quevenzhané Wallis but…

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Apr 16, 2014
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New kid on the block: indie filmmaker Praheme Praphet

Patrick Ricks, aka Praheme Praphet, 29, from Richmond, Virginia has just released his debut film Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lionsabout a young boy who is forced to join the scouts the Boy Scouts by his mother as he struggles with the temptations of inner city Richmond projects. Praheme has a BA Film Production from Howard University and an MFA in Film Production from Florida State…

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