John Giwa-Amu

Screen's 2015 Future Leader & Producer of 'The Call Up', John Giwa-Amu Talks Exciting Projects, Sci Fi & Cannes

One of the things TBB does so well is bring you TBB Treasures - black British talent who have been building a legacy in their industry area, but who rarely make the news. 39 year old multi-talented John Giwa-Amu is someone who qualifies. Starting out studying at Newport Film School ...

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Parker Sawyers in 'The Call Up' (2016)

TBB Speaks to Parker Sawyers About Playing Obama, Starring in Brit Sci-Fi The Call Up...and Being a Brit...

Parker Sawyers is fast becoming a much repeated name in the acting world. No less because of his portrayal of President Barack Obama in the new film ‘Southside With Me’ a tale which focuses on Michelle (Tika Sumpter) and Barack Obama’s relationship pre-presidency, pre-children, pre-financial stability! With the excitement around ...

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Daniel Kaluuya (Christopher) in rehearsal for Blue Orange. © Johan Persson.jpg

Honest Daniel Kaluuya Sets The Record Straight & Talks About Taking On Award-Winning Stage Role 'Chris' in 'Blue/Orange'

Daniel Kaluuya is a hard man to pin down. His star is firmly rising and he keeps his multiple talents busy, year round.  But, knowing that he was to appear as Chris in the award-winning Blue/Orange, we persisted, and were rewarded two-fold. Not only did we catch him during what ...

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Sareeta Domingo

TBB Speaks to Novelist Sareeta Domingo About New Title ‘The Nearness of You’

South London romance novelist Sareeta Domingo channels her passion for writing into a career as a senior editor at a creative book packager. Squeezing writing into every bit of Sareeta’s spare time, it’s a wonder she found the time to talk to me. She’s just published her first full length ...

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TBB's Be Manzini Speaks to Playwright May Sumbwanyambe On Writing, Identity & Cultural Politics

Papatango Theatre Company’s debut of ‘After Independence’ is inspired by a decolonised Zimbabwe and the effects of land redistribution from white farmers to Black freedom fighters. The play's synopsis reads:  After Independence is an unflinching examination of land ownership, dispossession and justice in the postcolonial world. It is inspired by real events in Zimbabwe in ...

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Luci Monet

TBB's Marianne Miles Speaks to Singer / Songwriter Luci Monét

Singer/Songwriter Lucianne - better known by her stage name Luci Monét – is a proud east Londoner, born and raised in Hackney to Nigerian parents. Luci learned to sing in the church. She would join her older sister at choir rehearsals from the age of 8, subconsciously soaking up the melodies ...

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BOOK YOUR TICKETS to 'The Ballad of Soho Jones' by Giles Terera This Weekend...

About to wrap up his role as bass playing 'Slow Drag' in the National Theatre production of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' by August Wilson, actor / musician Giles Terera is bringing us new solo show 'The Ballad of Soho Jones'. The Ballad of Soho Jones is about -  ‘Soho Jones’ a homeless ...

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I Dream of AfroFuturism: Martinician Alain Bidard's Startlingly Beautiful 'Battledream Chronicle' Arrives in Britain.

Stepney's Genesis Cinema, regularly instrumental in bringing film festivals into the heart of East London, added to its historic stature on May 4th, as it premiered the 2015 science fiction feature film Battledream Chronicle. As an introduction to the film, a rep from the film's sales agent, Attard Communication, France, explained ...

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TBB Reviews 'The Suicide' @ The National Theatre Looking At How Theatre of The Absurd Resonates With Modern Life

It's not often that mainstream theatre presents a production which divides the theatre-community. Enter The Suicide. Adapted by British-Sudanese playwright Suhayla El-Bushra from Nicolai Erdman's original 1926 Russian satire of the same name, El-Bushra breathes new life into a theatre genre which definitely needed new life, and El-Bushra has largely succeeded. She transports ...

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Wil Johnson

TBB Speaks to Wil Johnson - Pioneer Black TV Detective, Veteran of Shakespearean Theatre, Currently in Talawa's King Lear.

Wilbert "Wil" Johnson is a Tottenham lad who is possibly one of our more important actors working today. The nation best knows him for his work in some of TV's best-loved shows, as well as BBC's groundbreaking, Babyfather. The significance of some of these roles makes him a TBB Treasure. But, ...

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#TBBmustREAD Tupele Dorgu Talks Being Legally Blonde!  

If I mention the name Tupele Dorgu there is a likelihood that you wouldn't be sure who I was talking about. But mention the name Kelly Crabtree and the curly haired ex-Coronation street alumni actress will spring to mind. Yes this character is her most famous role to date but ...

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Selina Thompson

Selina Thompson Writes About New Project 'Salt' Exclusively for TBB!!!

I’m sat on a train. The train is taking me from my Mum and Dad’s house, to a flat in Bristol – and that flat is going to be my home for the next few months. And while I’m there, I’m going to make the first iteration of Salt; my new ...

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#TBBexclusive #COMPETITION Insight Films Are Offering A Pair of Tickets to Premiere Of ‘Streetdance Family’ This Thursday 26th May

dancefamilyTo celebrate the release of Streetdance Family, Insight Films are pleased to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the Global Premiere at Odeon Greenwich on Thursday 26th May, 6-8pm.

Entity, the popular under 16 streetdance crew who were Britain’s Got Talent finalists, dream of becoming the first UK team to be crowned world champions. ‘Streetdance Family’ follows Entity on an extraordinary journey from their training room in Barking, east London, to the Hip Hop World Championship in Germany. As they battle against all odds the young dancers, their trainers and families, are forced to face their own personal demons and lay everything on the line in their bid for glory on the world stage.



Entity streetdance crew were finalists on which popular talent show:

A) Britain’s Got Banter

B) Britain’s Got Talent

c) Britain’s Got Game

To enter please send your answer to: with  your full name and contact details including – address, email and contact number no later than 6pm Wednesday 25th May 2016. 


  • Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees of The British Blacklist & Insight Films and any other companies associated with the competitions.
  • Entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over – Proof of identity and age may be required.
  • All entries must be submitted directly by the person entering the competition.
  • The prizes are as stated and are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The winner is responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prizes, including any necessary travel arrangements.
  • The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition.
  • The winner agrees to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of county of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by The British Blacklist relating to any post-winning publicity.
  • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.
  • Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

Tickets are available for STREETDANCE FAMILY only in selected cinemas from 27 May. You must book in advance to secure your screening. To find your local screening or request one in your area, visit

Read TBB’s review of Streetdance Family:




TBB’s @DescantDeb Speaks to Multi-talented Creative Gbemisola Ikumelo About Her Exciting New Projects…

Gbemisola Ikumelo

Gbemisola Ikumelo

Gbemisola Ikumelo is a multi-talented creative who manages to balance writing and directing, as well as theatre and TV acting roles. We caught up with her after the successful 3-night preview run of her play The Den at Swan Wharf last year, and again more recently when we heard that she would be appearing in the world premiere of Sarah Waters’ dark 2006 novel The Night Watch when Hattie Naylor’s adaptation opens at the Manchester Royal Exchange this month.

The Den was her 2015 immersive theatre debut which was, quite frankly, awesome, well-attended and blessed with fine weather, as much of the first half was outdoors….

It was brilliant! We were over-subscribed, more than sold-out! It was great – really high energy…

Most of us weren’t familiar with the immersive theatre medium, let alone site specific immersive theatre. We were queuing outside, handed these scraps of paper, and then as we were herded in we had the wonderful monologue from Rizza (Sam Rix), then we were corralled into that first outdoor space. That unfamiliarity, that wanting to blend in and not be picked on either to be thrown out or made an example of, or even to be part of the performance, was quite powerful. Because when ‘Lisbet’ was chosen from the crowd, you really did think she was a random member of the audience initially, It absolutely worked – we really felt like that world’s ‘Freshies’ – people who had made our way to this haven, but who might not actually be allowed to stay! It was very unsettling!

Oh, that’s great! That’s great to know. Awesome, actually.

Our perception was shaped by the conversations our group had been privy to, just like in life. It was particularly effective when Chase, Rizza, Abrun and George were each arguing their case, we the audience didn’t know who was telling the truth because we weren’t the all-knowing fourth wall. It was really, really cleverly done!

Oh thank you. These are the kind of questions I wanted people to ask of that sense of the ‘other’ in that community, who is the ‘other’? Is it the ‘morwan’ [adult] woman? Is it them? Your argument and your allegiance comes from who you’re with throughout the show, so you get the sense of genuinely how wars and disagreements, how conflict in communities, arise, because you only see one side of it. We were having meetings around exploring ways to further develop characters and just the challenges of people who are exposed to certain elements. So there are a lot of things we’re still developing… I learned a lot from having a full live audience.

the_denWell, at two and some hours long with an interval, I’m not sure I could go back 3 more times to experience it from all four group perspectives… I know that you are the director, and you’ve rehearsed it as completely as you could, but there has to be an element of improvisation, just because of the nature of the medium, in which case, it’s never going to be the same show even if I did go back 4 times in a row.

No, absolutely not and sometimes the audiences are so much more lively and responsive than others… When you invite an audience member to say something… the character has to respond and engage in any arising conversation. So a lot of the rehearsal was prep – having a dialogue, a language, a Den Dictionary so that they can call upon the dialogue of the world in improv situations.

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Vote For Your Favourite Stars in The 2016 TV Choice Awards. Voting Closes Midnight Friday 3 June.

tv_choice_awardsLaunched in August 1999, TV Choice Magazine includes features on the most watched UK TV shows, the very popular British soaps, as well as films, puzzles, crosswords, a letters page and prize competitions.

In February 2008, TV Choice became the biggest selling (actively purchased) magazine of all categories in the UK, a position it has held ever since. Selling  over 1.2 million copies a week and has an adult readership of 1.8 million.

TV Choice also has its own annual awards ceremony, the TV Choice Awards, awarded on the basis of a public vote by readers of TV Choice.

TBB has picked out ‘Ones to Vote For’ to help you along:

To see all voting categories and to cast your vote go to:

Autograph ABP Charity Celebrates Late Photographer Raphael Albert in Free Miss Black & Beautiful Exhibition

Raphael Albert, Miss Black and Beautiful, Hammersmith, London 1970s

Raphael Albert, Miss Black and Beautiful, Hammersmith, London 1970s

Raphael Albert moved from Grenada to Britain in the 1950s, and worked part-time at Lyons cake factory whilst studying photography at Ealing Technical College. He went on to produce so unique a body of work that the V&A museum in association with Autograph ABP, exhibited his work in 2007.

Since his death, just two years later, Autograph ABP, who have an international reputation for their work in photography and film, exploring cultural identity, race, representation and human rights continued their interest in Albert’s legacy. Their latest public venture has been years in the making, working with his daughters, ‪Vikkie Albert‬ and ‪‎Susan Ibuanokpe‬ and curator ‪‎Renée Mussai‬, to preserve, print and digitise two decades of the artist’s works.

In the first gallery showcase of his photography, Albert’s documentation of social events in west London’s black community from the 1960s-80s is sourced from his work as a cultural promoter and founder-photographer of pageants, such as Miss West Indies in Great Britain and Miss Black and Beautiful.

His images appeared in the Gleaner, Caribbean Times, New World, West Indian World and his own magazine Charisma. They stand as one of the most uniquely authoritative records of, amongst other culturally crucial subjects, the aspiring black model, little celebrated at the time, but now the inspiration for a celebration of black female beauty.

Mussai says, “Exquisitely bold and imbued with a revolutionary sensuality, Raphael Albert’s photographs capture an aura of hedonistic confidence in a new generation of West Indians in the UK, fuelled by complex cultural body politics of beauty, difference and desire.”

Mark the date and visit this wonderful, free exhibition – especially those of us who were too poor to have lots of quality photographs of our beautiful mothers!

The Raphael Albert: Miss Black and Beautiful free exhibition opens on July 7th with a free evening reception (18:30 – 20:30). Registering is via eventbrite:

The exhibition then runs from July 08 – September 24 2016 at Autograph ABP – Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA:

Sir Lenny Henry & Georgina Campbell Join 3rd and Final Series of ITV’s Broadchurch

lenny_henry_georgina_campbell_broadchurch_itvFilming commenced today on the award winning drama Broadchurch. The third and final series will continue shooting in Dorset and Somerset throughout the summer of 2016.

To coincide with the commencement of filming, ITV confirmed that BAFTA winner Sir Lenny Henry and Roy Hudd will join the impressive ensemble cast alongside National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell, and acclaimed actors Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley who take significant roles in the eight part series to be co-produced for ITV by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures.

The new series will herald a brand new case for Miller and Hardy, with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault.

“This is the final chapter of Broadchurch,” said Chris Chibnall. “We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.”

The series explores the consequences of a serious sexual assault as a Dorset community comes under the scrutiny of Hardy and Miller’s investigation. Based on a year of research with Dorset-based organisations who specialise in dealing with victims of sexual assault, and police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence, Broadchurch’s final chapter looks at the emotional cost to all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships.

ITV’s former Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the new series.

“Broadchurch is as ever stylishly written, provocative and thought provoking,” said Victoria. “We’re pleased with the direction Chris and Jane have taken this series and the extraordinary cast they’ve assembled.”

Broadchurch will be executive produced by Chris Chibnall (Malaterra, The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone (River, Humans, Gracepoint) for Sister Pictures. Dan Winch (Indian Summers II, What We did On Our Holiday) will produce the final series. Broadchurch is a co-production with Kudos, an Endemol Shine Group company.

The series will be directed by Paul Andrew Williams (The Eichmann Show, Murdered by My Boyfriend), Daniel Nettheim (Doctor Who, Humans, Line of Duty) and Lewis Arnold (Banana, Prey, Humans).

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