Sunday, 29 March 2009

African Bristish- Actor spotlight

Idris Elba

Idris Akuna Elba (born 6 September 1972) is a British television, theatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions. Idris Elba grew up in Hackney, East London.One of his first acting roles was in a British soap opera, Family Affairs.He has worked in a variety of TV roles including Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He is best known as "Stringer Bell", the drug dealer who aspired to become a high powered businessman, in HBO's The Wire.Elba is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis / Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.

Inpsiprational Black Families-Past and Present


In 1983, Washington married actress Pauletta Pearson (now Pauletta Washington), whom he met on the set of his first screen role, Wilma. The couple have four children: John David (July 28, 1984), who signed a football contract with the St. Louis Rams in May 2006 after playing college football at Morehouse: Katia (November 1987), who is attending Yale University, and twins Olivia and Malcolm (named in honour of Malcolm X)( April 10, 1991). In 1995, the couple renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating.

Inspirational black families-Past and Present


Malcolm X, Betty X and children

On January 14, 1958, Malcolm X married Betty X (née Sanders) in Lansing, Michigan. The two had been friends for about a year and—although they had never discussed the subject—Betty X suspected that he was interested in marriage. One day, he called and asked her to marry him.

The couple had six daughters. Their names were Attallah, born in 1958 and named after Attila the Hun; Qubilah, born in 1960 and named after Kublai Khan; Ilyasah, born in 1962 and named after Elijah Muhammad; Gamilah Lumumba, born in 1964 and named after Patrice Lumumba; and twins, Malaak and Malikah, born in 1965 after their father's assassination and named for him.

Upcoming Events

Dear Friends

Help the cause and spread the word to all your friends.

Send them an invite to be 'Friends of Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame'.

Soon we will be looking to recruit more performers (actors, singers and dancers) as we get set to revamp and upgrade the production and take it to a whole new level.

The promoters are calling, the stage is set, a new era is about to unfold as we step into 2009 -
Big Time!
The struggle continues ... but at least we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, as President Barack Obama presses the switch and turns on the light!


Blessed Love and Best Wishes for a Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season, and much Guidance, Strength and Protection for a Prosperous and Rewarding 2009.


Quote of the day

Being sane takes courage.

---George Orwell

Upcoming Events

UK Soul Jam

Doors 7pm

£8 door price

UK Soul Jam - Easter Special


Sunday April 5th - Easter Special

Featuring Live:

CK Gospel Choir (Lavish 16 piece UKGospel Choir), Fola (MOBO Award Winner), Rachel Kerr, Baby Sol, Kyra UK,

+ More TBA,

+ Resident Keep The Faith DJs Paul Aaaron & DJ Kay, Resident Band Soul

+ Liberation Funk & Marlon Conton, Open Mic Jam (Open To The Public

+ Later In The Show),

+ Surprise Acts,

Doors:7pm / £8 ADV / £10 DOOR,

This month back by popular demand for this UK Soul Jam Easter special is The CK Gospel Choir - a lavish 18 piece Choir who brought the house down on their last UK Soul Jam appearance at Jazz Cafe on the Xmas special & fittingly they return to UK Soul Jam for this Easter Special. Directed by Harlano - expect the CK Gospel Choir's trademark brand of Jazz, Soul & R&B infused UK Gospel.

UK SOUL JAM: A celebration of UK SOUL in an Open Mic - Jam Session, Showcase & DJ Session featuring the best of London's Soul talent every month at Jazz Cafe.

UK Soul Jam captures the energy and musical talent from London's Contemporary Soul Scene. Bringing together singers, players, & connoisseurs of Neo Soul, Nu Jazz, Credible Hip Hop and RnB, Brokenbeat, Bashment, Gospel and Soulful House scenes in London. A platform for new & established artists. Open Mic / Jam is open to the public - email if you wish to take part:

Further info @:


Campaign of Hope

Kambani's Campaign of HOPE is a posthumous tribute to Rolabu Idowu who died on 5 July 2007. He was a paraplegic and dedicated Kambani artist. To keep his dream alive, Kambani Arts, with the support and endorsement of Cadbury Nigeria, have embarked on the Campaign of HOPE to establish a foundation in Rolabu's name which will champion disability in the arts whilst reaching out to disabled and disadvantaged children. The campaign has been inspired by Barack Obama's message of HOPE.

Please also click on the following to see a video of Rolabu Idowu the inspiration

African Arts and Culture


A unique African and art culture experience

Kambani Arts is a not-for-profit organisation set up with the primary aim of promoting art of African origin. We engage with established and emerging artists, and link children into holistic art projects. These projects enhance children’s cultural educational awareness and create platforms for showcasing artistic talent to global audiences.

Kambani is a Zambian word which means “expression”, or “to talk”. It explains the main reason Kambani was set up – to express Africa’s artistic talent to the world.

Kambani Arts started in the wake of Africa 05, a BBC initiative to showcase Africa’s vast artistic talent. The legacy of Africa 05 is being championed by Africa Beyond, details available through their website Africa Beyond.

Kambani primarily helps under represented artists whilst engaging children in cultural awareness initiatives through our programme of creative arts. These initiatives help alleviate the poverty of participating artists and generate maximum exposure and remuneration whilst encouraging cultural educational awareness for participating children.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

African British Inspirations

Henry Bonsu

Henry Bosu A Journalist, broadcaster, Conference host and keynote speaker

Best known as the man axed from BBC radio for being too "intellectual"...

Click on the link to read more

He currently can be seen on VOXAFRICA, the Pan African television-Shoot the messenger. Discussing issues within Africa from African perspective and African diaspora perspective.

Please take a look,

The No 1 Ladies' detective agency

I love this show, you can't go wrong the music, the sceneries and Jill Scott. I love the new edition of Wellington he has the be the cutest kid...

Its a must see every Sunday on BBC 1 at 9pm..

African British-Entrepreners

Beautiful, something every women wants to feel.

Yana Johnson
Yana Johnson is the founder of Yana Cosmetics, delivering solutions that capture the ethnic and European market alike. Prior to launching her own line of cosmetics for women of colour, Yana had a successful career in music. She wrote songs with Shola Ama, Roachford, Massive Attack, and Ritchie Rich.

I welcome you to Yana cosmestics, a beauty line aimed at women of colour. I know all women find it hard to really get a foundation concealer to match your skin, and for women of colour it's near impossible.

Take a look at Yana cosmetics

You will find make-up for the face, eyes and lips and even a skincare range.

Nubian Ski

Brilliant a Nubian Ski holiday. I have found from my interactions with several people that they would love to go skiing but have found to come up against negative views of doing such a thing to be a "white thing", but now I welcome you to the Nubian Ski.

Check it out

Junioros Relaxation Centre

Junioros Relaxation Centre is the first and only UK Day Spa for Black women.

They provide door to door pick up Chauffeured service with all their packages. They are well known for birthday pampering packages and in house Caribbean cuisine.

Check it out