Antony Vander

TBB's Nora Denis Speaks to Actor/Writer/Producer Anthony Vander About Film 'The Tutor'

TBB caught up with actor/writor/producer Anthony Vander on the eve of his new filming project The Tutor.  Tackling new and thoughtful subject matter, the young filmmaker displays signs of much growth in a very short period. Curious to know what spurred the change in direction we were sure to make ...

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British Urban Film Festival Awards Ceremony Nominees Announced!

British Urban Film Festival awards ceremony nominees announced! The British Urban Film Festival has today announced that comedienne, cabaret performer and daughter of the late Richard Pryor, Rain Pryor, will be in London to receive an honorary award in recognition of her father’s contribution to comedy, film and television at the British Urban ...

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NEW MUSIC RADAR – TBB Speaks to Emerging Afrobeat Star Moelogo

Mohammed Animashaun otherwise known as 'MoeLogo' - "Moe is my name, Music is my Logo"  was born in Lagos Nigeria, he moved to the UK in 2001. MoeLogo currently collaborates closely with the talented producer Bayoz Muzik noted for his for previous work with Peckham rapper Giggs. Future projects will see the two collaborate and fuse ...

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Lenny Henry, Kascion Franklin, Cecilia Noble  in Danny and the Human Zoo, for BBC 1

Danny, Lenny, Destiny and The Human Zoo With a Side Order of Racism, Affairs and Accountability...

Sir Lenny Henry CBE has been on a lengthy journey in the British arts industry. From stand up comedian, to TV comedian with his own shows, to Hollywood film actor, to critically acclaimed stage actor, to diversity activist, to come full circle back to TV with his new film ‘Danny and the ...

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On VJ Day TBB Remembers the West African 'Burma Boys' Sacrifice for Empire in the Second World War

I have raised a V sign or two over the years for VE Day - Victory in Europe, or the unconditional surrender of Germany - on May 8th 1945. I'm aware of the Caribbean and African-American contributions to both World Wars. Much later, I came to understand that, after the atomic ...

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TBB New Music Radar – Introducing the Smooth Sound of British-Nigerian Vocalist, Fola

After winning hearts by tapping into classic 90’s R&B influences for his last single ‘Comfortable’; British Nigerian singer-songwriter Fola returns with a sexy brand new single ‘Melt’ featuring Aina More. This time around, the critically acclaimed artist pays homage to his vintage African and Reggae music influences for a new single, ...

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#TBBmustWATCH EXCLUSIVE George the Poet's :FHPC Short Film, Directed by Mark One

Through moving images Mark One Group engage emotion, educate understanding, entertain audiences, sell ideas, products and lifestyles which create relationships, building trust with our clients and their audiences. This is the heart of why; Mark One Group make still images move for their clients. :FHPC is a project designed to be universal and shared, ...

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Reflections on 'Beyond The Lights' Bechdel Test Fest Screening @RitzyCinema 'So much more than it first appears' by @DescantDEbs

Beyond The Lights is the story of Noni Jean at a crossroads. She is a young singer riding the wave of three collaborative Billboard number 1s in the run up to the release of her debut solo album. She's also having a fling with her collaborator - bad boy rapper Kid ...

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@DescantDeb Discusses 'Going Bongo' With Film maker & Actor Ernest Napolean

The British Blacklist caught up with the writer, producer and lead actor of Tanzanian romantic comedy Going Bongo Ernest Napolean. It's a warm-hearted tale of self-discovery in which a young surgeon realises there is more to life, love and career than the glitzy superficiality of Los Angeles when he reluctantly embarks on ...

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Catherine Sera is TBB's One To Robyn Craigie-Williams

Introducing, Catherine Sera. 21 year old neo-soul singer and songwriter. Young, passionate, fiery and determined. Catherine spoke to TBB about her aspirations and what it means to her 'to make it.' Catherine describes her genre as "anything experimental". Her sound is smooth, soulful and her vocals are stunning. "I don't know when I ...

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Corrina Antrobus  Founder of Bechdel Test Film Festival Discusses Going Beyond The Lights

It seems that the ideology of Corrina Antrobus, founder of the Bechdel Test Film Festival, is everywhere at the moment! We were super- interested anyway, because this film festival might be the only big screen platform that audiences will be able to see Beyond The Lights, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood ...

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Playwright, Ade Solanke

Ade Solanke's Voyage of Discovery for her new Play, East End Boys, West End Girls

When last we spoke to British playwright Ade Solanke [Read here], her play Pandora's Box was about to return to London on the home leg of the 2014 national tour. It was a huge success and an excellent piece of theatre [Read Review]. She also confided that she kinda liked ...

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BOOK TICKETS to Back2Black 2015 at London BAFTA Piccadilly, October 4th 2015

back_2_black_finalists_2015Now in it’s second year Creating Role Models celebrate the African Caribbean culture and heritage in opulent fashion. BACK2BLACK is an exclusive BLACK TIE event. Expect Glitz and Glamour with inspirational talks, spoken word and poetry performances, live music, an exclusive short film screening and also an award ceremony where we will be celebrating some of the individuals who have contributed selflessly to the African Caribbean community throughout 2014/15.

There will be many special invited guests and celebrities in attendance as well as prolific media coverage.
This will be a great opportunity to network and also a chance to fashion parade those elegant glad rags, polish the dust off your shoes and really have a great evening with us at Creating Role Models. This event is indeed somewhere you can bring your parents and children alike and celebrate together in style.

This fabulous occasion will be filmed for future broadcast and promoted globally. Plus enter our raffle and win one of the many great prizes available.

There are only 200 exclusive tickets for this event with a limited amount of discounted early bird tickets available from:

Vote for this years nominees who have either been inspirational or monumental in helping others around them or have overcome challenging situations to become a contributing and positive member of the community. They are all already winners and on Sunday 4th October 2015 at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly London, their achievements will be celebrated. Please visit to find out more about this year’s award finalists, entertainment and sponsors.

Please do not miss out on this spectacular event and help us celebrate UK Black history in elegance and style.


Radio 1Xtra Announces Outreach & Education Project for 7,000 Young People in Leeds & Bradford

bbc_1xtra_live_2015BBC Radio 1Xtra announced a distinctive month-long programme of bespoke face-to-face outreach activity for 7,000 young people in Leeds and Bradford that will take place in the run-up to the station’s flagship music event – 1Xtra Live, which will hit Leeds on 17 October.

The ambitious outreach project of over 30 events in 30 days, created specifically for 15-24 year-olds in Leeds and Bradford, will run from 15 September to 17 October, and will include free Q&A sessions, practical workshops, and industry panels, with insights from 1Xtra DJs and staff, artists, and music industry professionals.

This year’s outreach activity follows on the success of ‘1Xtra Live: The Sessions’, that took place in Birmingham in the run-up to 1Xtra Live 2014, following a partnership with BBC Learning.

Q&As, practical workshops, networking events and work experience opportunities…

  • The outreach programme, which has been designed around what young people, youth organisations and Leeds and Bradford City Councils have told 1Xtra and BBC Learning is needed in their communities, includes:
  • A three-day 1Xtra Academy in Bradford, produced in partnership with BBC Learning
  • Q&As with 1Xtra DJs Trevor Nelson, Charlie Sloth, A. Dot, Yasmin Evans, Nick Bright, DJ Target, Ace, plus Radio 1 Live Lounge host and former 1Xtra DJ Clara Amfo
  • Open studio sessions, where people can sign up to use BBC facilities
  • Spoken word, music mentoring and radio-making workshops
  • Mixing masterclass with DJ Semtex
  • Charlie Sloth visiting the young people at Centrepoint
  • A school visit from Nick Bright
  • Women in music and making money from music Q&As and networking events

This year for the first time ever, 1Xtra will be offering attendees the chance to apply for work placements at 1Xtra Live.
Angie Pitt, Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Outreach Manager, says: “We are really excited to be bringing such an ambitious programme of events to Leeds and Bradford. By working alongside some of the brilliant community organisations in those cities, we will offer some real grass-roots, inspirational and empowering sessions for the young people of West Yorkshire, and then give opportunities for those people to put their skills into practice with 1Xtra.”

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, says: “The build-up to 1Xtra live is going to create a massive buzz in the city. A month-long focus on music for young people is a fantastic opportunity to learn, get creative, nurture their love of music or even help people discover a new talent, and sits firmly at the heart of our desire for Leeds to be European Capital of Culture 2023 and a child-friendly city.”


For the Outreach programme, 1Xtra and BBC Learning have engaged with numerous local organisations and youth groups to partner with, to raise the profile of some of the brilliant youth projects in West Yorkshire. Partners include Leeds City Council, Studio 12, Angel of Youths, Path Yorkshire, Centrepoint Bradford, Bradford Community Broadcasting, Chapel FM, All Star Entertainment, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Student Radio, Leeds College of Music, Bradford College and Lifeforce Productions. 1Xtra and BBC Learning have also worked closely with colleagues in BBC Leeds and Bradford.
As a part of this activity, in a special collaboration with BBC Learning, ‘1Xtra’s Academy’ will be coming to Bradford for the first time.

There will be 7,000 spaces available for young people to attend. Ticketing details for the outreach activities will be announced on 1Xtra in the coming weeks.

Taking place across venues in Leeds and Bradford, including Leeds College of Music, Leeds Central Library, Centrepoint Bradford, Leeds City Museum and Chapel FM, 1Xtra and BBC Learning are taking over 30 sessions to the hardest-to-reach young people, ensuring they reach those where support is most needed, leaving something tangible for the young people of the cities once 1Xtra Live has finished.

BBC Learning plays a central part in meeting the BBC’s purpose of promoting education and learning. Utilising the power of the BBC’s big brands and key talent, the department puts learning right at the heart of the BBC and provides a variety of resources and learning opportunities for children, teachers, parents and adult learners. Working with partners and in local communities, BBC Learning aims to stimulate interests and encourage engagement through a variety of campaigns across all BBC genres and platforms.

BOOK TICKETS to premiere of Season 4 of Web Series ‘Dear Jesus’. October 1st 2015

dear_jesus_season_4Dear Jesus returns to YouTube on Sunday 25th October. But before that you can get to watch the whole series at an exclusive premiere event…

The cast and the creator of the award winning web series Dear Jesus are premiering the entire 4th season of the hit show.

Thursday 1st October | Doors open 7:00pm | Show Starts 7:15pm | Question & Answer 9:30pm

After losing her job, her best friend and her boyfriend all in one day, Mercedes was forced to move home and work at her family’s Jamaican take-away, Cool Breeze, in the first season of the hit online drama. Three seasons on and Mercedes is in as much trouble as she always is and every episode begins the same- “Dear Jesus!”
Returning from New York after her dramatic departure at the end of season 3, Mercedes realizes that nothing is as she left it. The whole crew is back, along with some new faces, and together they learn the past always has a way of catching up with you no matter how far you run.

You will also be treated to the entire second season of the spinoff; The Alexis Show; Dear Jesus’ sharper, more intense older sister! Alexis comes to terms with the depths of her husband’s betrayal and the relationship she has been forced into with Jonathan’s illegitimate daughter…

DO NOT MISS this advanced screening of the entire 4th Season and its spinoff The Alexis Show Season 2 as well as a special Q&A hosted by Claire Clottey BOOK TICKETS:

Dear Jesus will also Premiere in America. Find out more here:


Entries now invited for BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition 2015

bbc_radio_3Listeners and budding composers nationwide are now invited to submit their entries for BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast Carol Competition 2015.

The competition challenges amateur composers to write a choral setting for new poem Comes The Light, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and written by leading poet, broadcaster and author Roger McGough.

The six shortlisted carols will be performed live on Radio 3’s Breakfast in the lead up to Christmas by the BBC Singers, directed by Chief Conductor David Hill. The winner will be decided by public vote, as listeners will be able to listen and download each of the shortlisted carols and to vote for their favourite via the Radio 3 website.

The winning carol will be performed live on Radio 3’s Breakfast on Tuesday 23 December, and played throughout Christmas Day on Radio 3.

To get to the shortlist, all entries will be judged by an expert panel chaired by David Hill, Chief Conductor, BBC Singers, including Jamie W Hall, (bass with the BBC Singers), Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson of Oxford University Press, and Michael Emery (Lead Producer, BBC Singers). Master of the Queen’s Music and Associate Composer of the BBC Singers Judith Weir also joins the panel for the second year running. Last year’s winning entry by Jacqueline Burley set the winning composition to a poem Can It Be True? by Susan Hill.

The deadline is 3 November 2015. The music should be for SATB choir, with or without a piano accompaniment.

Comes the Light
by Roger Mcgough

Follow the star’s beckoning light
Break the silence of the night
Gently open the cattle-shed door
See the baby lying in straw
Sing out for the mother and the child she bore
Sing out for the mother and the child she bore.

Sing out for the earth, its health and renewal
Its wealth universal, equally shared
Through winter’s darkness, bleak and cruel
Comes the light, sing out and be heard.

Sing out…
For those with faith and those without
For those who hope and those who doubt
For those who mock, lay waste and fight
For those who would put out the light
Sing out…

Follow the shepherds’ marvelling gaze
Echo their wonder, join in their praise
Annus mirabilis, who can ignore
A miracle like this with love at its core
Sing out for the mother and the child she bore
Sing out for the mother and the child she bore.

Sing out for the earth, its health and renewal
For the birth of our saviour, the Jesus boy
Through winter’s darkness, bleak and cruel
Comes the light, sing out for joy.

For information on how to enter please visit

Michelle Escoffery Releases New Music as Maya Blue. Latest Single ‘Slow Dance’ Out Now

Maya Blue

Maya Blue

Having written and produced for some of the greats, Beverley Knight,Damage,Tina Turner,Rod Stewart,Artful Dodger & Liberty X, Michelle Escoffery is finally offering her own material under the artist name “Maya Blu”.

Hailing from the “Escoffery’s” hall of fame, Michelle is the youngest of the sisters who were signed to Atlantic Records in 1991 with their album “Opinions”.

She started singing at the tender age of 7 under direction of her father “George Escoffery” who taught all four sisters to sing in 4 part harmony.

Michelle was principle songwriter of the RnB girl group “Truce” signed to Big Life Records 1993-98.

She then signed to EMI music publishing in 2000 and in 2002 wrote No1 hit Just A Little – Liberty X. This song won her the prestigious Ivor Novello award for PRS most performed work of 2002 and was recently acknowledged by PRS as one of the top 100 songs of the century.

Michelle Escoffery’s talent and love for music is unquestionable – Michelle says “I love writing songs and collaborating with artists, it is very different writing for myself. I thought it was time I gave myself a voice and told my own stories. I’ve created Maya Blu to make a clear distinction between myself as a writer and Artiste. Michelle Escoffery is about creating for other people. Maya Blu is all about me, being as honest in my music and approach to it as I possibly can. ”

Growing up in a Jamaican household with parents of the “Windrush Era”, Michelle’s influences are richly rooted in reggae, gospel and soul with hints of jazz. Single “Slow Dance” is a throwback of “Ska Music” meets soul vocals, celebrating “Women and Womanhood” with substance & panache.

“Slow Dance” Comes with an “AfroBeats Remix” & a double “A Side” Soul Record Called “Good Man” also Produced by Gil Cang.

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