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The Sylbourne Show – Angie LeMar – Taking you Back to Full Circle – PART 1& 2

 


 

 

 

Angie Le Mar is a child of the Windrush Generation. She grew up in a church going Jamaican family, left church at 15 to pursue her dream to become a comedienne and along the way also worked as a radio presenter, TV host, playwright, producer and director. Earlier this year, Angie published her debut book Full Circle, an autobiography of her life.

“THE SYLBOURNE SHOW” is a thought-provoking, motivational based talk show where highly-successful individuals are asked challenging and insightful questions on their road to success in their areas of expertise. The aim is to inspire, motivate, educate and to entertain our viewers – When will YOU have the success you have always dreamed of? When will YOU fulfil your lifelong dreams? When will YOU build up the courage to not only help yourself, but to nurture and grow others?

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BEFFTA Award 2014 Nominations Open

Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts has officially opened it’s grand 6th year anniversary public nominations. BEFFTA awards, founded by entrepreneur, TV presenter and philanthropist Pauline Long in 2009 is back for the 6th year to celebrate greatness within the African and Caribbean community.

The 6th year BEFFTA UK anniversary is set to take place on 24th and 25th October at The Hippodrome. The awards ceremony is expected to be celebrated in a very grand style bringing together several international and UK stars under one roof with a common goal to celebrate and honor both unknown and known hard working and extremely talented personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

With legendary personality Sir Trevor McDonald celebrated at past BEFFTA UK with a lifetime achievement award, BEFFTA awards UK team looks forward to celebrating yet another deserving legend who will be revealed soon.
The general public can nominate in the following categories by sending names and details of nominees to

nominations@beffta.com

Entertainment Category

Music

1. Best Female Act
2. Best Male Act
3. Best Gospel Act
4. Best International Act
5. Best UK AfroBeats Act
6. Best UK Caribbean Act
7. Best International Afrobeats Act
8. Best International Caribbean Act
9. Best Producer
10. Best Video Director
11. Best Music Video Producer
12. Best Music Video DOP
13. Best Music Video

Dance

1. Best Dance Act
2. Best Dance Choreographer
Comedy

1. Best Comedian

Radio
1. Station of the year
2. Radio personality of the year

Newspapers/Magazines/Blogs

1. Best Community Newspaper
2. Magazine of the year
3. Journalist of the year
4. Blog of the year

Events

1. Best Events Promoter

DJ

1. DJ of the year
Photographers
1. Best Photographer
Fashion Designers
1. Best Male Fashion Designer
2. Best Female Fashion Designer

Stylists

1. Best Hair Stylist
2. Best Wardrobe Stylist

Make-up Artists

1. Best Make-up Artist

Fashion Choreographers

1. Best Fashion Choreographer

Models

1. Best male model
2. Best female model
3. Best Modelling Agency

Beauty Pageants

1. Best Beauty Pageant
2. Best Beauty Queen
3. Best Former Beauty Queen
4. Best Beauty Pageant Director

Film Category

1. Best director
2. Best Actor
3. Best Actresses
4. Best Film
5. Best screenwriter/Scriptwriter
6. Best theatre production
7. Best Cinematographer
8. Best Producer

TV Category

1. Best Actress
2. Best Actor:
3. Best TV Station
4. Best TV Show
5. Best TV personality
6. Best presenter
7. Best Webseries
8. Best online TV

ART Category

1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets
2. Best Art Director
3. Best Author

BEFFTA UK Special Awards 2014

1. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
2. BEFFTA INSPIRATION AWARD
3. BEFFTA FASHION ICON
4. BEFFTA FILM ICON
5. BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON
6. BEFFTA MEDIA ICON
7. BEFFTA CREATIVE PERSONALITY
8. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD
9. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD
10. BEFFTA FEMALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
11. BEFFTA MALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

BEFFTA UK public nominations will close on 28th August 2014.

For more information visit www.beffta.com/news

To sponsor BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email info@beffta.com

To get involved in BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email info@beffta.com

 

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Who needs the BBC? Black comedy stars take the YouTube route to fame

By Ian Burrell

Nearly four decades after The Fosters made television industry history by becoming the first black British sitcom on the small screen, the industry is under fire for having turned its back on African-Caribbean comedy.

Actors and comedians have complained that a dearth of television opportunities has forced the most recent wave of black comedy stars to ply their trade on YouTube to find recognition. The criticisms come as broadcasters are under pressure to improve levels of diversity following a campaign by Lenny Henry, whose own career as a comedian and actor began in 1975 as an impressionist on New Faces.

After quitting the BBC last November, Pat Younge, formerly the corporation’s most senior black executive, claimed British television was run by a “pretty white commissioning and channel elite”.

He said that some black comedy could be “lost in translation” to white commissioning editors but that the internet was a valuable showcase. “I think the internet is a great opportunity for black comedy, Asian comedy and frankly anybody who wants to get their work on TV but cannot get through the gatekeepers,” he said. “It shows the commissioners there is an audience.”

Younge praised Samuell Benta for creating the online hit All About the McKenzies, a family sitcom which has been turned into a television show for London Live, a new channel which launches tomorrow, and which is a sister company to this newspaper and the London Evening Standard. “He would never have got through the BBC’s door with a British version of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but he was able to execute it online and show where the humour lies.”

The House of Black website has been set up as a “home of black British entertainment” and host to 30 different web series, predominantly comedies.

Jane Mote, programme director of London Live, said she was “shocked” by the barriers that young black comedy talent has faced in breaking into modern television. “They have made a lot of effort to get into the mainstream broadcasters, and had lots of meetings but every time they get knocked back. Television has become more and more risk averse,” she said. “But the talent is bursting out of YouTube.” 

Simone Pennant, a producer at the TV Collective, said: “Their audiences see their work as great shows which happen to have a black cast rather than black shows. The irony is that it’s actually the mainstream broadcasters that are missing and losing audiences in droves. If it wasn’t so depressing it would be funny.”

After six years of fighting to establish himself online, and building a global audience that has contributed 30 million views to his comedy clips, Tolu Ogunmefun, 25, from Essex, finally arrives on British television this week.

The Adventures of T-Boy, Ogunmefun’s series for London Live, is based on a character he has developed in a web series called Don’t Jealous Me, hosted on the YouTube platform where he has uploaded more than 100 films. The new television series features a wealthy young Nigerian man who is sent to live in Britain with an aunt and finds himself living on a London council estate, pursuing an ambition to emulate the Hollywood fame of Will Smith.

The international popularity of Ogunmefun’s comedy has helped him to build followings in the United States, Africa and India. American fans invited him to perform his stand-up routine at Harvard University.

“I’ve had meetings with people telling me they can get me on to mainstream television but it never happened,” he says. “It has been a very long journey and I’m happy that I’ve finally been picked up.”

He said he had been inspired by the lasting impact of a wave of black comedians who emerged on British television 20 years ago. The BBC series The Real McCoy, which made stars of Felix Dexter, Robbie Gee and the comedy duo Curtis & Ishmael, was on television between 1991 and 1994. Desmond’s, which starred Norman Beaton and is Britain’s most successful black sitcom, made its debut on Channel 4 in 1989, and ran for 71 episodes. “There was much opportunity then,” said Ogunmefun. “Now it has become really hard.”

He dismissed the idea that young performers preferred to work online. “The only reason why people go online is because there’s nothing on TV,” he said. “I believe television is still very important, not just for me but for youth in general.”

The BBC has made an error in dropping its youth-orientated TV channel BBC3 and making it online only, said Jay Marsh, an actor in the sitcom Brothers with No Game, another new London Live show which emerged from a successful YouTube web series. “I think the BBC is making a big mistake because everyone wants to get on TV. That’s still where people watch entertainment,” he said.

Marsh, 27, a trained actor who appeared alongside Lenny Henry in the West End production of Fences, said he had turned to YouTube because of the shortage of opportunities for black actors on British television.

Brothers with No Game, which began as a blog, follows the hapless escapades of four office-based twentysomething black men. It is an older version of The Inbetweeners, with an urban twist.

The Brothers with No Game team approached the BBC but was told the series was “too mature” for the audience the broadcaster wished to reach. But Marsh said the roles in the show were “non-stereotypical” and different from the gangster parts that young black actors were offered on most channels. “I don’t want to be force fed what’s happening in the ’hood all the time,” he said. “I’m not denying that happens but I would like to see people living the life I want to live – not the life I don’t want to live.”

London Live is available on Freeview 8, You View 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159 within the M25 and on tablets, mobile and londonlive.co.uk within the UK

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