Africans in Russia

The hardships faced by African migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in Russia are compounded by the hostility they often face. But not all Africans in Russia are suffering. Some have assimilated and found success.


Being Black : A Documentary Short on African Australians

A film by Mark Hellinger 

This film focuses on difficulties some Africans face in moving to Australia and what we can do to fix this.

Exploring the barriers placed in front of African youth such as mis-representation in the media and perceptions in the community and how this impacts peoples lives. 



Status London: Episodes 7 – 11

Status London invites you on a journey into the world of its cast members including one of the UK’s top promoters and DJ, Mr Play, radio host Amanda Star, DJ Melody Kane, radio presenter Jade Avia, celebrity Makeup artist and photographer Mr Gorgeous, Matchmaker Siobhan Copland, comedian/Actor Travis Jay and personal trainer and boxer Seb Eubank

Each episode will take you behind the scenes into the everyday lives of these upcoming public personalities, all who’ve attained a certain degree of success but are now looking to take things to the next level with bigger and better opportunities. Status London brings you up close and personal with some familiar faces within the industry all ready to share their experiences with you.



News Television

New Season of Naija Bites USA hosted by Esther Alade


Get ready for a fresh new season of Naija Bites! This time set in the City of Dreams, Los Angeles! With a brand spanking new set of guests such as Hollywood stars Mo’Nique, Tasha Smith, Harmony Samuels, J Que and many others! Not only do you have this to look forward to but you can also expect to see a new presenter, Esther Alade!

International News News

ARISE News Gets Emmy Nomination

Raheem Akingbolu

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 58th Annual New York Emmy Awards, which will hold in New York City on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

The documentary “Game Changers: How the Harlem Globetrotters Battled Racism” – produced by ARISE News – got nominated in the Nostalgia Programme category.

“ARISE News is a different kind of 24/7 news and entertainment channel,” said co-executive producer and chairman of ARISE News, Nduka Obaigbena. “We provide coverage and perspective on global events seldom given airtime.”

Former LA Lakers owner Don Sterling’s explosive comments exposed the undertone of racism that still exists in professional basketball.  No players are more aware of this pernicious bias than those who played for the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1940s and 1950s.

Long after Jackie Robinson hit his first ball as a Dodger, the NBA was still a “whites only” league. This Arise News Special took a historical look at the early days of professional basketball and how the Harlem Globetrotters not only dealt with racism, but helped change the world of sports.

ARISE News Co-Executive Producer, Alan J. Weiss added: “The story of the Harlem Globetrotters mirrors the civil rights struggle in America.  It’s important that these often overlooked heroes – lionized around the world, but treated as second class citizens at home – receive the recognition they deserve.”

Hosted by ARISE News anchor Julian Phillips, the documentary included interviews with former Globetrotters: Wilt Chamberlain, Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes, William “Pop” Gates, Gene Hudgins, Andy Johnson, Charlie Hoxie and Carl Green.

Members of the Arise Team who contributed are: Executive Producers:  Nduka Obaigbena and Alan J. Weiss; Host:  Julian Phillips; Writer:  Deborah Gobble; Producer:  Marilou Yacoub; Graphics and Animation: Pierre Vilmenay; Studio Director:  Larry Michaels; and Studio Director:  Jack Niesi.

This is the first nomination for ARISE News since its soft launch in 2013. ARISE News will be formally launched this year.

ARISE News, a THISDAY sister news and entertainment channel, was launched on the Multichoice platforms of DSTV Channel 416 and GOTv Channel 44 on January 27, 2015.

The New York Emmy Awards are a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honouring those in television and advanced media in the tri-state New York-New Jersey-Connecticut and New York State.


News Radio

Black History In Schools Petition Fails To Hit 100k Target

THERE WERE emotional scenes as the final seconds ticked down to the deadline for an online petition urging people everywhere to sign up for black history to be taught in UK primary schools.

But a tearful Stephanie Pitter, the Birmingham mother who single-handedly started the campaign, was adamant that her crusade will go on despite not reaching the magic 100,000 number, forcing the issue to be discussed in Parliament.

Along with supporters, she plans to take the 55,000 names she now has to the steps of No. 10 Downing Street next month, amid pledges that the campaign will continue.

The countdown to the 12 noon deadline yesterday (Feb 10) was covered live during New Style Radio’s Political Hour programme, led by Desmond Jaddoo.

After a minute’s silence as the deadline was reached Stephanie said: “Our journey is far from over. We will still be lobbying out on the streets and at events.

“We may not have reached the required 100,000 names, but the 55,000 people who have supported us have raised awareness of this campaign and that is what is so important.

“People are now far more aware of the need for all our primary school age children to know about the importance of black history and the role it has played in this country.

We have 43,000 names online and a further 12,000 on paper. We will be taking this directly to the Prime Minister next month. This is not over by any means.”

Veteran community activist Maxie Hayles, who was at the countdown, added: “Yes, 100,000 would have been a bonus, but Stephanie has stood up and been counted and she should be given great credit for that.

“All Governments in this country insist that the history of 1066 is taught in schools – no one insists that the history of the Moors is taught alongside that. There is so much of our rich culture prior to slavery that is simply never taught. It’s time it was. Black history is not just for black children.”

Desmond Jaddoo, while running his show on New Style, added: “Children are being born now who have no idea about our journey. With the General Election coming up, when people have politicians on their doorstep, they should ask them what is going to be done about this.

“Black history is now clearly on the agenda and we need to keep it that way.”

Many high profile names have added their support to the petition including Birmingham-born footballer Daniel Sturridge. Actor David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr in the recently released film Selma, has also added his support.

When asked if it was important that black history is taught in primary schools, the British-born actor said: “It is more than important. I think it is invaluable. Black people are part of the fabric of this nation.”