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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?


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

Entertainment Category


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


1. Best Dance Act
2. Best Dance Choreographer

1. Best Comedian

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


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


1. Best Events Promoter


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


1. Best Hair Stylist
2. Best Wardrobe Stylist

Make-up Artists

1. Best Make-up Artist

Fashion Choreographers

1. Best Fashion Choreographer


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


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

For more information visit

To sponsor BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email

To get involved in BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email

Opportunities/Jobs Training/Workshops

Apply for Expert Voices: BAME Talent Days

Do you want to share your expertise and knowledge by appearing on television and radio? Are you from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background?

The BBC Academy is holding a series of free introductions to the world of broadcasting to help BAME men and women feel comfortable appearing on television, radio and online as expert contributors or presenters.

These events will help boost the diversity of experts in the media and follow the acclaimed Expert Women campaign which ran in 2013.

We are running five days across the country. The first will take place in London on 9 October and details of how to apply are below.

The days will offer a range of practical media experiences, including sessions on camera and in a radio studio as well as master classes and networking with experienced programme makers and industry leaders.


Event: Expert Voices: BAME Talent Day London

Location:  BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014


What we are looking for: specialist areas
If you have recognised expertise in one of the key subject areas listed below and are interested in appearing in the media and live or work close to London, we want to hear from you. If you don’t live nearby or have expertise in a different area, take a look at our future sessions which are taking place around the UK.

Cultural Commentary – is your expertise in popular entertainment, the arts, literature or areas like social policy or national identity? 

History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which period are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?  

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Health and medicine – are you medically qualified?

Finance and statistics – can you communicate about numbers, from personal finance to big business?

Food and nutrition – are you a chef, cook or expert on farming and food production?


How to apply
You will need to send us your CV and a short film of no more than two minutes duration. The film should be very straightforward – and can be as simple as a friend recording you on a smartphone.

The film should consist of you talking to camera:

a)     Give your name and job title at the start, explain your job in layman’s terms and talk briefly about what you do.

b)     Relate a story, within your area of expertise, that you want to tell and think the general public would find interesting.

The film should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo or similar so that we can view it.


Making your short film

1. We are looking for people who can really bring their subject to life in a way that would appeal to a broad audience.

2. Keep a mainstream audience in mind and avoid complicated terminology.

3. Convey your enthusiasm and passion for your subject.

4. Don’t worry about producing a super slick film; smartphone quality is ideal. Just keep it simple – we aren’t evaluating your camera skills. The most important thing is that we can see and hear you clearly.


Closing date 
The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 31 August 2014.

Please only apply if you are able to be in BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA on Thursday 9 October 2014. 

Please note that the BBC is unable to refund any expenses incurred in applying for, or attending, the training day.


So we can see your film
A straightforward way to get your clip to us is to set up a YouTube account, and upload your short film there. You will need a Gmail email account in order to set up a YouTube account. (Please note that YouTube and Gmail are separate third parties that are not affiliated to the BBC.  You will therefore be subject to their third party terms and conditions.)

Once you have set your YouTube account up, please check your settings. You must change your YouTube default setting from private to ‘unlisted’.

The privacy settings on your entry videos must be set as ‘unlisted’ in order for us to view your films.

Please could you name your clip in the following format:

Firstname surname expertise 

If you choose not to upload your film to YouTube you will need to burn it onto a CD or DVD and post it to Expert Voices, BBC Academy, College of Production, BC2C1, Broadcast Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Your parcel will need to arrive at the BBC by Monday 25 August.  We will not be able to return any CDs or other materials to you.


Application Checklist
Please send an email containing the following:

1. Personal details

a)     Name

b)     Category (Cultural Commentary, History, Science, Health and Medicine, Finance and Statistics or Food and Nutrition)

c)     Mobile phone number

d)     Email address

e)     Job title – in layman’s terms, clarify what your job involves

f)      Details of your ethnic group (please identify yourself against the Office for National Statistics categories listed on the ONS website).


2.  A link to a film of you talking to camera about you, your area of expertise and a story/issue that you feel needs to be told.


3.  One written paragraph explaining the story/issue you have chosen to talk about. Why does this story need airtime? Why you are passionate about it? (250 words max.)


4.  Your CV as an attachment. Please name your CV file in the following format: First name surname CV


5.  The following paragraph, deleted as applicable (see Privacy Policy, below)

do  / don’t give my permission to be informed if the BBC Academy holds further masterclasses.

do  / don’t give the BBC Academy my permission to share my details with other producers or broadcasters.

do  / don’t give my permission to the BBC Academy to include my video in an Expert Voices YouTube channel and playlist.


6.  The name and contact details for someone from whom we can take a reference for you.


All to be emailed to:


How we will choose the delegates for this event
A panel of experts from the BBC Academy and the wider BBC will view all the material submitted and will select up to 30 delegates, plus up-to five for a waiting-list, based on the following criteria:

  • Passion for your chosen subject
  • Communication skills
  • USP as an expert in your field
  • Your potential as on screen/on mic talent
  • Relevance and audience awareness

The judges’ decision will be final and we will not be able to give you individual feedback or enter into any correspondence. We will take up references before confirming the final delegates and the people on the waiting list.


Privacy Policy (see application checklist)

  • We would like to add you to our mailing list so that we could contact you about future BBC events. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.
  • We will also make your contact details and your clip available to producers across the industry who may contact you. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.
  • We plan to include clips on a BBC Expert Voices YouTube Channel. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.

We will store your information for 12 months, after which it will be securely deleted from our systems.



Further events

We are also holding Expert Voices events in Birmingham, Salford, Glasgow and Bristol. If you live and work near these locations and have expertise in the subject areas required, we’d love to hear from you.


BIRMINGHAM: Thursday 27 November 2014

The subject areas will be:

Health and medicine – are you medically qualified?

Rural affairs – do you have specialist knowledge of farming and food production?

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Business and economics – can you demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups?

Consumer finance – can you talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders?

Community matters – is your expertise in social policy, local education or family and religious affairs?

We will open for applications on 1 September 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this event before then, please email and we will remind you when you’re able to apply.


BRISTOL:  Thursday 29 January 2015

The subject areas will be:

Antiques / fine art – do you know your Ming from your Meissen? Do you collect, buy or sell desirable decorative items or advise other collectors?

Gardening and horticulture – are you a garden designer, a landscaper or a botanist? Are you passionate about shaping and beautifying the natural world?

Rural affairs – do you have specialist knowledge of farming, food production or rural issues?

Conservation and environment – are you an expert on alternative forms of power or preserving the natural world?

Natural history – are you a zoologist, anthropologist, geologist or biologist? Can you communicate about animal or human behaviours or the physical forces which formed the world?

Food – are you a chef or cook? Can you prepare delicious food or talk about what we eat?

Applications will open on 26 October 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this event please email and we will remind you when you’re able to apply.


SALFORDThursday 26 February 2015

The subject areas will be:

History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which periods are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?

Science / health – are you medically qualified?

Sport – do you coach, play or comment on football, athletics or other sport?

Business and economics– can you demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups?

Consumer finance – can you talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders?

Art – is your expertise in the visual arts, popular entertainment or literature?

We will open for applications on 1 December 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this date please email and we will remind you once applications can be accepted.


GLASGOW: Thursday 12 March 2015

The subject areas will be:

Arts – is your expertise in the visual arts, popular entertainment or literature?

Medicine – are you medically qualified?

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Community affairs – can you talk knowledgeably about local government, education or social policy?

Law and justice – do you have a legal qualification and can you communicate clearly about legal affairs?

Children’s broadcasting – are you a specialist in history, science, coding, zoology, agriculture or medicine and can you communicate these subjects to a young audience?

Applications open on 5 January 2015. If you would like to express your interest in this date please email and we will remind you once applications can be accepted.

News Radio

You spoke, the BBC listened

THE AFRICAN and Caribbean communities are not powerless. When we come together in solidarity fighting for equality, demanding to be respected we can win. Above all when we are successful, everyone benefits way beyond our own communities.

Back in April, six Caribbean individuals – Diane Abbott MP, David Lammy MP, Pat Younge – ex director of BBC, Baroness Ros Howells, George Ruddock – The Voice Editor and myself wrote an open letter to two of the most senior men at the BBC – Tony Hall and James Harding.

We lamented the fact that they were about to make redundant the only journalist specialising in African and Caribbean news on the radio. Their argument was that budgets were being moved for a more local response, but we argued losing this focus and particular expertise was both short-sighted and undermined the BBC’s own remit to be a broadcaster that valued diversity.

Also a number of BBC Caribbean staff also made their feelings heard at the highest level.

Four months later, after some genuine soul searching, the BBC has been big enough to recognise April’s move was a mistake. They now want not just journalist specialising in Caribbean and African but a team of journalists which would enhance the BBC as a whole.

In a statement last week the BBC said: “We are going to create a small team to cover the underreported African-Caribbean community; we are going to increase the number of political reporters and city correspondents across England to enhance local coverage and we are focusing our funding on original journalism through the big stories fund in Newsgathering and by providing extra money for Newsnight.”

This move is perhaps too late for Helen Bart and Kurt Barling who between them had 35 years of experience before their contracts were not renewed. But on the broader issue of the roles importance, we have resoundingly won.

This latest move comes on the back of the Lenny Henry campaign who has demanded that the BBC and other broadcasters ring-fence a minimum amount of money for BME productions.

We can only applaud Harding and others for listening and acting upon sound advice. I guess we’d argue this should not have occurred in the first place, but they’ve listened.

Let’s hope that this latest move marks a new era in which Harding, Hall and others recognise our value and begin the process of ensuring greater representation in middle and senior management, and greater communication with those communities the BBC seeks to serve.

* Simon Woolley is the director of Operation Black Vote (OBV), an organisation that aims to inspire BME communities to engage with public institutions in order to address the persistent race inequalities we face in areas such as: education, health and employment

Radio Television Whats On

Media Watch: Sunday 22nd June – Friday 27th June 2014


BBC World Service

9.06am: The Forum: Forgiveness

Samira Ahmed explores the complexity of forgiveness. What effect does it have in the aftermath of violent crime, conflict or injustice? Is it possible without remorse and is there any crime that is beyond forgiveness?

With the Rev’d Mpho Tutu, co-author with her father Archbishop Desmond Tutu of a book about forgiving; author and teacher Michael McGirr, and Marina Cantacuzino, former journalist and founder of The Forgiveness Project.


BBC World Service

10.32am: Global Business: What Does the Future Hold for the African Economy

The African Development Bank is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Donald Kaberuka has been president of the AfDB for the past decade and has been responsible for major changes in the bank’s strategy for development and poverty reduction. There is more emphasis on the growth of the private sector, and on the importance of major infrastructure developments in areas such as road, railways, power plants and communications. Kaberuka says infrastructure is crucial in promoting regional integration in Africa.

Donald Kaberuka talks to Peter Day about the key issues facing a continent with rapidly growing economies – including the critical importance of improving domestic trade links, tackling the image of corruption, Africa’s youth and the controversies of Chinese investment.



BBC World Service

7.06pm: Global Beats: Ghana

Eight up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform songs especially for the BBC and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond. Efya, queen of Afro pop, was discovered through a talent show, and recently nominated for the World Music Awards. Kyekyeku is giving a modern twist to traditional palm wine music and making Ghanaians chuckle with his witty lyrics. There’s also Yaa Pono, with a unique rocking rap, and Ayisoba, with his distinctive gruff voice and northern style, plus gospel artist Cwesi Oteng.

The programme is presented by Rita Ray, respected London DJ and authority on African music, who is originally from Ghana herself.



7.30pm:  Talk to Aljazeera: Doyin Okupe

Why has the Government in Nigeria been unable to defeat Boka Haram?



10.20pm: Venus & Serena

A profile of tennis stars the Williams sisters, telling the story of their rise to stardom and following them throughout 2011, which proved to be a demanding year. Venus struggled with autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome, while Serena was working her way back to fitness after suffering a pulmonary embolism in 2010 caused by stepping on broken glass in a restaurant





8pm: Rise of the Continents: Africa

Geologist Professor Iain Stewart examines key moments in the development of the world’s major land masses. He begins by looking at how Africa was formed from the wreckage of a long-lost supercontinent, with its landmarks, mineral wealth and wildlife providing clues that help piece together the story of its creation. He also reveals how this deep history has left its mark on modern day Africa and the world





9pm: Stacy Dooley: The Truth about Domestic Violence

With one in four women and one in six men in the UK suffering abuse in their lifetimes, the presenter looks into domestic violence in young people’s relationships. She speaks to victims and perpetrators to try to understand the issues surrounding the attacks, and joins Lancashire police officers as they tackle some of the 9,000 cases of abuse they investigate every year.

Stacey also talks to Home Secretary Theresa May and gains access to the National Centre of Domestic Violence

News Radio

Radio Biafra London Organise Demonstration in Memory of Biafra War

Yesterday 30th May marked 47th Anniversary of the creation of the  Republic of Biafra. The creation of this state triggered what was knwon as the Nigerian Civil War (Biafra War) which lasted from 30th May 1967 – 15 January 1970. around 3.5 million Biafrans were killed.

In memory of this the team at Radio Biafra London,(along with various Biafran groups) organised demonstrations across the world.

Radio Biafra London which broadcasts everyday 7pm to 10pm

(Radio Biafra also does live broadcasts from different bases across the world, i.e. Russia, Malaysia, France, Spain, Nigeria, to name a few)

Here are a list of books that tackle the Biafra War, get them now, whilst they are available. Don’t wait till they are out of print,then complain that you can’t find anything



Nigeria and Biafra: My Story by Phillip Effiong (Vice President of the Republic of Biafra) 

There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe

The Future That Vanished: A Biafra Story by P.J Odu 

The Untold Story of the Nigeria-Biafra War by Luke Nnaemeka Aneke

Biafra Revisited by Herbert Ekwe Ekwe 

They Died in Vain by Celestina Ischei-Isamah

No Place To Hide: Crisis and Conflicts Inside Biafra by Bernard Odogwu 

Surviving in Biafra: The Story of the Nigerian Civil War by Alfred Uzokwe

Biafra Sunset in Biafra by Elechi Amadi 

Nigeria Ojukwu Azikwe Biafra Beyond The Rising Sun by Dr S Okechuwku Mezu

Reflections on the Nigerian Civil War: facing the Future by  Ralph Uwechue 

The Broken Back Axle: Unspeakable Events in Biafra by Obi N Ebbe

War Stories: A Memoir of Nigeria and Biafra by John Sherman

The Biafra-Nigeria War: A hUman Tragedy by Godfrey Chukwugozie Okeke 

Biafra or Nigerian Presidency: What the Ibos Want by Emeka Adolf Chigozie Emekesiri

A Biafran Soldiers Survival from the Jawa of Death: Nigerian Biafran Civil War by Jerome Agu Nwadike 

Last Train to Biafra: Memories of a Biafran Child by Diliorah Chukwurah

Biafra: Lest We Forget by Richie Adewusi 

The Republic of Biafra: Once Upon A Time In Nigeria My Story Of The Biafra-Nigerian Civil War – A Struggle For SURVIVAL (1967-1970) by Dr Onyema Nkwocha

88 Days in Biafra by Samuel Enadeghe Umweni 

Biafra: The Memory of the Music by Jim Malia           

Red Belt: Biafra Rising by Samuel Ikpe

Shadows: Airlift and Airwar in Biafra and Nigeria 1967-1970 by Michael I Draper




I Saw Biafra by Ndubueze Akuneme

Destination Biafra by Buchi Emecheta

What A War: On Being a Biafran Soldier by Ray Anyasi 

War Games by Dulue Mbachu

Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche


Radio Television UK Whats On

Media Watch: 7th January – 11th January 2013


Community Channel

8am: Africa Goes Digital                                                                                                       Is Africa being left out of the digital revolution? This documentary highlights how Africa is making inroads into leveraging information technology for the continent’s development.

BBC Radio 4

11am: Phelophepa

Laverne Antrobus visits rural South Africa to tell the story of the extraordinary Phelophepa Health Train.

The Phelophepa (meaning good, clean health) is a mobile clinic which weaves its way through rural South Africa bringing doctors, nurses and psychologists to a population which has approximately one doctor for every five thousand people. Owned and operated by South Africa’s state freight rail company, Transnet, and funded by a variety of organisations and companies, the Phelophepa has twenty permanent staff who live on the train and up to forty medical students who come and go on placements.

For the programme Laverne caught up with the Phelophepa in Alice, a small town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She met doctors, student doctors, and of course the patients; many leave having received the treatment they need, however the painful truth is that not everyone can be seen. Often the train has to pull away for the next town, leaving patients (who had travelled miles to be there) behind.



Channel 4

10pm: Don’t Blame Facebook

Documentary tracking down people across the UK who have made extraordinary blunders on Facebook and other social media websites, revealing the potential dangers of sharing too much information online. Stories include the friends arrested on terror charges at a US airport after a joke tweet, the McDonald’s employee who went to jail after hacking an international superstar’s Facebook page and the model arrested in her pyjamas after police burst into her home investigating claims she was harassing a celebrity


BBC Radio 4

3pm: Money Box Live: Tax and Self-Assessment

Perhaps you want to know about your personal allowance, tax on savings, shares, pension contributions or buying a home?

Will there be tax to pay if you give away or sell a valuable possession?

And what happens if you transfer an asset to a current or former spouse or civil partner?

Waiting to share their knowledge will be:

Anita Monteith, Technical Manager, Tax Faculty, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Chas Roy-Chowdhury, Head of Taxation, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Eric Williams, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton

Whatever your tax question, our experts will do their best to help.


people power

10.30pm: People & Power – Ndiyindoda: I am a man                                                        

 Investigating allegations that circumcision rituals in South Africa result in the mutilation  and death of hundreds of young men every year.


10.30pm: People & Power – Spirit Child

Investigating the ritual murder of disabled children in Ghana – innocent victims of a belief that they are possessed by evil spirits.




8pm: Tutu’s Children (2013) Ep 1

Young professionals are coached to be inspiring African leaders of the future, in an experiment championed by the legendary Desmond Tutu.




10.15pm: Dame Shirley Bassey at the BBC

A compilation of archive performances by the singer to mark her 76th birthday – some 60 years after her vocal talent first achieved public recognition. Featuring footage from Show of the Week, The Shirley Bassey Show, the 2007 Glastonbury Festival and the star’s Electric Proms show in 2009. Songs include Goldfinger, Big Spender and Diamonds are Forever