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From Northwest London to centre stage: Theatre performers explore what it’s like to live in your 20s

From Northwest London to centre stage: Theatre performers explore what it’s like to live in your 20s

Art, Breaking News, Culture, Explainers
The Harrow Young Creatives showcased a play based on the theme of 'your 20s' at the Harrow Arts Centre.  The 'So, what are we gonna do now?' play. Credit: Matin Animashaun 'So, what are we gonna do now?' ran last Friday and references the questions many young people ask themselves nowadays. It addressed the concerns, hardships and tribulations people in their 20s face living in the UK. Harrow Young Creatives is made up of performers in their late-teens to mid-20s from Northwest London looking to make a name for themselves in the theatre industry. It involves a partnership between the Harrow Arts Centre and LUNG, a campaign-led theatre company.  LUNG works closely with different communities to tell their stories. It aims to give a voice to the voiceless through their ...
Tis the season of exploitation

Tis the season of exploitation

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Tour bus prices soar to the point of taking the roof off this year.  The City Sightseeing bus company. Image by Monica Williams Despite the high prices, the public are still paying to see London’s traditional Christmas lights.  The seasonal buses will tour Central London and typically lasts for 90 minutes with Christmas soundtracks playing in the background.  A few companies are running the bus tour the year such as the The City Seeing bus company and Golden Tours, with pickup points set up at The London Eye, Victoria and more. Passengers on the tour should expect a live English speaking tour guide as well as the opportunity to choose between upper and lower deck seating. The tour bus companies have different price ranges and they are as follo
HMV reopens on Oxford Street after closing four years ago

HMV reopens on Oxford Street after closing four years ago

Breaking News, Explainers, Music
HMV Store, 363 Oxford Street. Credit: Somya Singhdeo HMV’s flagship store returned to London’s iconic shopping street on Friday after a four-year absence. The store at 363 Oxford Street was reopened at 11:30 GMT by the pop band Madness. The century-old entertainment retailer is best known for selling music- and film-related products and merchandise. HMV closed its Oxford Street store back in 2019 after going into recession. It was then bought by Canadian retail company, ‘Sunrise Records’, and experienced a “dramatic turnaround” in profit. Doug Putman, owner of HMV, attended the grand reopening and told the BBC that HMV is “once again becoming a mainstay on the UK High Street”. He added: “to be here and to be a part of it is just unbelievable”. Putman described how t
The issues surrounding black hairstyles explained

The issues surrounding black hairstyles explained

Education, Experience, Explainer, Explainers, LifeStyle, London, Media, Racism, Women
https://youtu.be/VvAYRqXcql4 With 2020 being a huge year for the progression of the Black Lives Matter movement, we take a look at the lack of understanding and misrepresentation of black hair and why this continues to be a topic of debate. In this video we cover the worldwide policing of black hair that often leads to people feeling discriminated, racially targeted and harassed. In a time led by diversity, inclusion and human rights campaigns are ever present, but why are there still conversations that decide how black people should wear their hair? How is racism linked to this problem and why do some black people feel the need to find ways in order to make sure they fit into society and are perceived as presentable enough.
What Does ‘Girl Power’ Really Mean?

What Does ‘Girl Power’ Really Mean?

Explainers, Explainers
It is hard to define “girl power” in a few words, because the meaning and strength of girl power is infinite. The girl power in each person is different. It could be independence, confidence and kindness, or it may be enthusiasm and freedom. The real power is personal power. This is your life. It's about being confident in your own strength, embracing your identity and being the best "you". Therefore, continue to embrace your Girlpower. My podcast gives you a deeper dive into the girl power, click and follow my voice. https://twitter.com/TongWu24497303/status/1250381796920963072?s=20
Stunt casting: The death of the British actor?

Stunt casting: The death of the British actor?

Culture, Entertainment, Instagram, London, Social media, Theatre
Miranda Hart in 'Annie', Joe Sugg and Ashley Roberts in 'Waitress', David Hasselhoff in '9 to 5' and soon Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Sunday in the Park with George'. British theatre is filled to the brim with famous names and celebrity casting, so what does that mean for the profession and the people invested in it? Stunt casting has become a common occurrence in the UK and referees to a practice where the casting of a role is used to generate media attention.  Investing in shows based on already successful books and movies and hiring big names to create and star in them has proven a receipe for sucess. The West End earned an estimated 765 million pounds in box office revue last year, but is this way of casting giving unknown actors a fair chance? Casting based on social media presence Earlier
The longest Netflix movie “The Irishman” leads nominations for Critics Choice Awards

The longest Netflix movie “The Irishman” leads nominations for Critics Choice Awards

Breaking News, Culture
“The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s film, leads the nominations for the United States and Canada Critics Association awards. In all there are 14 nominations, including Best Picture and Director. Announced this Sunday, Martin Scorsese’s movie and the miniseries When They See Us, both produced by Netflix, are the top nominations for the United States and Canada Critics’ Association Awards. The Irishman made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in late September and has been characterised, since the beginning of filming, as a rather controversial production. After the commercial release in the USA on November 1st, the film was added to the Netflix catalog worldwide. Despite all fourteen nominations, Londoners seem quite divided on their opinion of the movie.  “It’s incr
Cultural appropriation amongst young people, has it gone too far?

Cultural appropriation amongst young people, has it gone too far?

Culture, News
An online debate has started over accusations of singer Ariana Grande blatantly imitating black people by speaking with a ‘blaccent’. During an interview with billboard, Ariana Grande spoke about various childhood photographs. One photo that showed Grande as a toddler eating a cookie, to which she responded by saying: “I’, like a b***h, that’s my cookie, that’s my juice, okay. Carry on. Thank you next, that’s what this baby picture says.” .@ArianaGrande takes a looks back at childhood photographs & shares advice for her younger self #WomenInMusic https://t.co/lVic2FmCOO pic.twitter.com/Ik8FAK0ez3 — billboard (@billboard) December 5, 2018 On social media some users are defending the singer whilst others have lost respect for Grande. yea that's what we saying her voice

London Youth Charity: Buy the T. Not the stereotype

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London Youth, a charity organisation with a mission to improve the lives of young people in London have collaborated with sportwear apparel Champion. The new campaign has been launched with the aim to challenge negative youth stereotypes and raise awareness of the power of good youth work. London Youth stand  at Urban Outfitters  photo by Mariam Gambo Established since 1887 the charity launched their first high profile collaboration in stores such as Urban outfitters and Champion on regent street. Through a limited edition of T-shirts designed by London based graphic designer Tim Head, the charity uses the personal stories of five young people to tailor the message and art on the clothing. Tim Head, the man behind the art shares his thoughts on the process of making the t-shirts