Sistas with Locks (Documentary)

Short documentary by filmmaker Ethosheia Hylton about Black women and their choices behind locking their hair


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New Style Radio in breach for election special

Community station New Style Radio 98.7 FM has been found in breach of its licence after discussing the elections whilst polling stations were open.

The station, which targets AfroCaribbean listeners living in Winson Green and the surrounding areas of Birmingham, had one complaint made against it which Ofcom thought warranted investigation.

During the programme Different Anglez on 7th May, the station discussed:

  • the likely outcomes in local elections taking place that same day in some seats on Birmingham City Council and the 10 Parliamentary seats being contested in Birmingham;
  • the electoral prospects of Andrew Mitchell, the Conservative Party incumbent in the Parliamentary seat of Sutton Coldfield;
  • whether the Conservative Party and Labour Party were contesting the General Election on ideological grounds;
  • local issues discussed at Parliamentary hustings; and
  • the views of a listener on the General Election.

The station admitted that the material breached the Code but said that “there was at no point any deliberate attempt to flout the electoral codes”.

The Licensee told Ofcom that the presenter of Different Anglez “believed that as none of the guests were from a political party there would be no party political comments” and “hence the programme would be objective”. The Licensee accepted that “this was a complete misunderstanding of the strict rules dealing with election matters on election day”.

Ofcom noted the Licensee’s good compliance history and that it had introduced additional training as a result of this broadcast. However, the regulator still considered this was a clear breach of Rule 6.4.

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New Black Netflix? Kweli TV launches TV for the global Black community

Not that we assume you are ready to give up “Orange is the New Black” or “House of Cards,” but a new version of your beloved Netflix is set to hit computer screens this winter and we think you might be interested in the platform. KweliTV, an online streaming service, will offer more diverse programming and what’s more, it was founded by a Black woman, DeShuna Spencer.

Kweli (pronounced kwal-lee) means truth in Swahili and the new platform plans to offers documentaries, news programs, original docuseries, educational content and independent films representing the global Black community.

Spencer is a communications and journalism major from Jackson State University and also the brains behind Empire Magazine a online destination focused on combining journalism with social activism in order to seek change.

After reading through the news and comments surrounding kweliTV, Spencer could be found in the comments open to content suggestions and submissions. For all of you film and series makers, this may be a great opportunity to get in while the pot is still brewing.

The online platform and app has plans to launch in December 2015 and currently has a beta phase open for those who may be interested on getting a head start. KweliTV is asking for $19.95 per year for those willing to become a part of its beta community.

We’re looking forward to more diverse programming on the web and a place to find it in one destination.

Will you be signing up for kweliTV? What do you think is missing from the likes of our beloved Netflix?