Frederic Kanoute discusses his academy in Dubai and life after playing

Speaking exclusively to Sport360, former Lyon, Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute gives the lowdown on his KAFO academy in Dubai.

Kanoute also talks about life after football and a possible future career as a coach.

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BET Co-Founder Sheila Johnson Now Shaking things up in Hollywood

BET co-founder Sheila Johnson already made history in television. Now she’s making major moves in Hollywood.

Way back in 1979, Johnson and her then-husband Robert Johnson created the breakthrough network Black Entertainment Television, which was the first ever cable TV franchise targeting African Americans. Then in 2001 the couple sold BET to Viacom in an all-stock deal for $2.9 billion including debt. “Cash from the share sales makes up a large portion of her estimated $700 million net worth,” reports Forbes. Johnson is ranked No. 22 on Forbes new list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.
Since that time Sheila, 66, has been busy on various projects such as opening the Salamander Resort and Spa in Northern Virginia and a hotel management firm. Now she has a passion for film.

“I really believe that African Americans have lost their voice. That’s why you’re seeing what you’re seeing in the general mainstream media. There’s not that area where we can come together and really talk about a Ferguson [Missouri] or talk about what’s going on in the police community and all the racial turmoil. BET was supposed to be that voice. And we don’t have it,” said Johnson, who also owns stakes in three D.C.-based professional sports teams (the NBA’s Wizards, the NHL’s Capitals and the WNBA’s Mystics) and a private jet charter service.

Johnson has also been funding documentaries and films focusing on the African-American experience, including Lee Daniel’s The Butler, in which she was the first investor. Johnson invested $2 million into the production, and then said she wanted to encourage other prominent African-American philanthropists and celebrities to also invest in the film.

It was not only a fulfilling investment, it was a wise one. The Butler earned roughly $200 million at the box office.

Currently Johnson and The Butler producer Pam Williams have partnered on several other projects, including a TV miniseries based on a forthcoming book about Thurgood Marshall’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Other projects include the story of the 1980s Cadillac-favoring “Welfare Queen” who stole multiple identities in order to get more benefits.

“The men get all the credit for everything. We get airbrushed out of their lives,” she says. “I think that more than anything the perception out there was that I did nothing: That I just sat home and ate bon bons and did nothing but helped the family grow financially or emotionally, and that I think was the most painful part of all.” When she and Robert co-founded BET money was so tight Sheila made money on the side teaching private music lessons. And while she didn’t begin as an executive at BET, she reveals she signed for the company’s first loan and she was one of three original board members.

In 1990 Sheila joined BET full-time as vice president for corporate affairs and in 1991 the Johnsons took the company public making it the first African-American-controlled firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Then in 1990 they took it private.

“It’s champions like (Johnson) who put their money where their mouths are and say, ‘I’m going to keep funding African American voices and TV shows,” says the Butler producer Williams, “and hopefully she’s not alone in that.”

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Immigrating to Japan from West Africa, studying Japanese

The Japan Times interviews two recent West African immigrants to Japan, both of whom are studying the Japanese language. Simeon Conteh is a Liberian national and refugee applicant who studies at a local non-profit in Chiba. Elizabeth Onogwu is a doctoral candidate at Yokohama National University who was provided with intensive language training when she arrived.

This video is part of a larger story on issues of social integration in Japan’s African community. Read the story on the Japan Times website:…

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Africa’s Bill Gates – Should Africans living in the diaspora come back?

In this video, afrimind interviews IT entrepreneur – Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse – also known as the Bill Gates of Africa – on how the African diaspora can contribute to the progress of the continent


No Country For ‘Black’ Men? | Indiatimes

Are you still under the impression that racism is a western issue inexistent in India? Watch these African nationals speak about their experiences in India. It will open your eyes.

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Queen Of Comedy Back On The Airwaves

BRITISH STAND-UP comedian Angie Le Mar has joined Premier Gospel with a second series of one-hour evening shows.

The Angie Le Mar Show promsies to be a humorous topical discussion broadcast every Friday from 7pm.

The programme will also be available online for viewers to enjoy after the show has aired.

Throughout the series, the comic, actor and writer will talk about pressing issues in her life, early church memories and will take us back with her archive of well loved Gospel classics.

The star will be joined by the acclaimed gospel music journalist Marcia Dixon and celebrity friends from the world of entertainment including actors Kwame Kwei Ahmah, Treva Etienne, Apprentice winner Tim Campbell and Bazil Meade, leader of London Community Gospel Choir.

Dubbed The Queen of Black Comedy following her appearances on BBC TV’s ‘The Real McCoy’, Le Mar has also appeared on top TV comedy and chat shows including Channel 4’s Get up – Stand up and ITV’s Loose Women.

A regular headliner at comedy clubs Up the Creek, Jongleurs and the Comedy Store, the funnywoman also had a sell-out one-woman show at London’s Apollo Theatre.

“We are delighted to welcome Angie to Premier Gospel after the successful launch of her first series and it’s a show which is both funny and informative,” station director Muyiwa Olarewaju said.

“Angie is a great comedian who will undoubtedly bring a touch of humour to a light-hearted chat-show format.”

Premier Gospel broadcasts on DAB across London and Surrey, via the free Premier app and online at, with a listen again facility for 30 days following broadcast.

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Nominations for C.Hub Creativity Awards Now Open

Ends 28th of May 2015.

C. Hub CREATIVITY Award is a global initiative to recognise excellence in creativity within the African/Caribbean creative industry. The awards are open to every sector in the creative industry, talented males and females of African and Caribbean descent from around the globe. You do not have to be resident in the UK to be nominated.

Sponsorship, exhibition and designer showcasing opportunities are all available.

Awards Night
Date: 21st November 2015
Time: 5pm prompt
Venue: Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge
5 More London SE1 2BY UK.

Categories include;

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  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Best MC Best Singer/artist/performer
  • Best author Best TV show
  • Best Blogger
  • Entrepreneur
  • Media Personality
  • Best Brand
  • Best Photographer
  • Best Producer
  • Best Stylist
  • Best Makeup Artist
  • Best Dancer/Dance group
  • Best DJ
  • Best Vlogger
  • Best Comedian
  • Best Model
  • Best Event/Event organiser
  • Best Movie/Film
  • Best TV series
  • Best Fashion designer
  • Best Public speaker
  • Best community leader
  • Best Broadcaster/presenter
  • Best Business
  • Best columnist
  • Best Magazine/Newspaper editor/reporter


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Venus vs. Mars: West London writer talks about show

By Emily Chudy


Hit TV show Venus vs. Mars is now showing on Sky Living. Getwestlondon chats to contributing writer Delia-Rene Donaldson about the show


Hit TV show Venus vs. Mars is now showing on Sky Living at 11pm every Thursday.

Getwestlondon catches up with a contributing writer of the show, Delia-Rene Donaldson, about Venus vs. Mars and her blog, Vex in the City.

The local writer grew up in Ladbroke Grove, and continues to work within education inHammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea.

The show follows a young, single woman living in London and looking for love.

First released on Youtube in 2012, the show amassed 1m views for the first series, and caught the attention of Sky.

Series one and two have now amalgamated into one series, which will be shown every Thursday at 11pm.

Donaldson said: “Through watching the season you see that she has her flaws and her fair share of bad dates – which have come from my own personal experiences I will admit – I also drew on the fact that a lot of my followers like me speaking about relationships so that they can relate to it as well as learn.

“Venus vs. Mars is the kind of show that everyone within the family can watch together and enjoy, that is something that I thrive upon doing.”

Donaldson first began writing, via her blog Vex in the City, in 2008. The blog is a comical account of the author’s love life, sex and relationships.

“I have always had a passion for writing, and we chose to write a romantic comedy because there is an affluence of negative stereotypes portrayed of people from an ethnic minority,” Donaldson said. “Sky supported our diverse cast and saw the talent and potential within our show.”

The show has received great commercial success, trending on Twitter and hearing much positive feedback from fans and industry professionals.

Donaldson said: “I still continue to write even though I have a full time job within education, as I love working and inspiring young teenagers and helping them pursue a career or passion of the arts.

“I have a Youth summer programme that I run around London during summer, teaching arts and media to students, where they get to create their own videos and films.

“In the future I look to write more shows and content, work with other writers, release a book, continue to work with children and expand my brand, the possibilities are truly endless!”

So tune in and see this local writer’s talent in action!

Venus vs. Mars is on Sky Living and Sky Living HD at 11pm every Thursday.


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