Brenda King and African & Caribbean Diversity get Actors to encourage more black students to go to Cambridge University.

Black Actors encourage black students

Here is some good news from Brenda King at African & Caribbean Diversity in the UK:

Actors from Coronation Street and EastEnders put aside their soap rivalry to encourage more black students to go to Cambridge University.

Rudolph Walker, who plays Patrick in EastEnders, joined Wetherfield newcomer Colin McFarlane at Corpus Christi College yesterday to back a mentoring scheme by educational charity Afro Caribbean (AC) Diversity, which helps black teenagers from inner London to apply to Britain’s top universities.

The pair was also joined by well-known TV and film actor Shaun Parkes, who recently starred as TV detective Moses Jones.

The three men spoke to a group of London teenagers, who have spent the past week studying in Cambridge on a mini-summer school.

Read the full story on Cambridge’s website.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – England 6– Charcoal Ink

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Natural Hair & the business behind it. My Achievements:

2010: Launched first ever competition with Malik Stores Online as our sponsor.

2010: Wrote 2 eBooks, one of which received over 100 page views on in less than two weeks.

2009: Charcoal Ink on, Russell Simmons popular urban website.

2009: Launched vox-popPRcareers, a careers website for public relations students.

2008: Graduated from University of Bristol

2008: Launched Kerosene magazine. Distributed copies across the world.

2008: Launched Beyoncé’s Lair.

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Serena maintains her winning ways at Wimbeldon

Serena Williams shows her delight at winning the 2010 ladies' Championship.
Serena Williams shows her delight at winning the 2010 ladies' Championship. © AELTC / Pro Sport

6-3 and 6-2 says it all. Serena won decisively. Well she is the world’s #1 and she didn’t disappoint tennis enthusiasts in England who wanted to see a high level of tennis from the women competitors. Now she ranks 6th on the list of all time greats.

Source: BBC

Serena Williams insists she is not concerned about where she ranks among the great players in the game after winning her fourth Wimbledon title.

The American beat Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-2 to secure a 13th Grand Slam title, taking her past Billie Jean King to sixth in the all-time list.
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are next on the list with 18 Slams each.

But Williams said:

“I’m happy to win 13. You never know what tomorrow brings and I’m happy to have gotten this far.”

King was in the Centre Court royal box to see her mark of 12 Grand Slam titles overtaken, and Williams said:

“This one means a lot because it’s 13 and I was able to pass Billie, that’s always nice. I don’t know where it rates but to have four Wimbledons is really, really exciting.”

And asked about how concerned she is to be considered among the great players, she added:

“It’s definitely important. I never thought about it but I think I’d be mentioned regardless of whether I won here or not. It’s cool. “I don’t think about that kind of stuff. My thing is I love my dogs, I love my family, I love going to the movies, I love reading, I love going shopping – it’s not on my list to be the greatest.

Read the full BBC article.

Will Diane Abbott be the next leader of the Labour Party?

Dianne Abbott

Diane Abbot says she entered the Labour leadership race to encourage the “broadest possible debate” and said she was confident she can get the 30 nominations needed.

“Every wing of the party should be involved in the debate,” she said. “What we had before I intervened was front runners who were all very nice, but were a little similar.”

“It is my aim to have the broadest possible debate. All the other candidates have been saying we want every voice to be heard and I’m just making that real.”

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Nikki Amuka-Bird is a Nigerian born British actress

Her theatrical credits include Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic); World Music (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Donmar Warehouse); Top Girls (Oxford Stage Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company); Doubt: A Parable (Tricycle Theatre). She is married to the actor Geoffrey Streatfield.


Her film credits include The Omen (2006 remake), Cargo, Almost Heaven as well as the screen adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. On television, she has appeared in Spooks, The Line of Beauty, The Last Enemy, Robin Hood and Torchwood. She is currently playing Samantha Willis – the last surviving member of the government – in the reimagined BBC apocalyptic series Survivors. In 2010 she appeared as Det Supt Gaynor Jenkins in the BBC’s Silent Witness.

She appeared in the BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award winning novel, Small Island, broadcast in December 2009.

* Silent Witness (BBC One TV Series) as Det Supt Gaynor Jenkins
* Small Island (BBC1, Autumn 2009)
* Survivors (BBC One TV Series, 2008 and 2010) as Samantha Willis MP
* The Disappeared (2008) as Shelley Cartwright
* The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (2008 screen adaptation) as Alice Busang
* The Last Enemy (2008 TV mini-series) as Susan Ross (unknown episodes)
* Torchwood (TV Series, 2008) as Beth Halloran/Sleeper Agent (one episode)
* The Whistleblowers (2007 TV Series) as Helen Errol (one episode)
* Five Days (2007 TV mini-series) as PC Simone Farnes
* Born Equal (2006 TV series) as Itshe
* Robin Hood (TV Series, 2006) as Abbess (1 episode)
* Spooks (TV Series 2006) as Michelle Lopez (1 episode)
* The Omen (2006) as Dr. Becker
* The Line of Beauty (TV Series 2006) as Rosemary Charles (2 episodes)
* Shoot the Messenger (2006) as Heather
* The True Voice of Prostitution (2006) (TV)
* Cargo (2006) as Subira
* Casualty @ Holby City as Moji Muzenda (3 episodes, 2005)
* Holby City (3 episodes, 1999-2005) as various
* Casualty as Moji Muzenda (1 episode, 2005)
* Afterlife (TV Series, 2005) Sandra Petch (1 episode)
* Almost Heaven (TV, 2005) as Rosie
* Silent Witness (TV Series, 2005) Simone Campbell (1 episode)
* Murder Prevention (TV Series, 2004) as Gemma (1 episode)
* Bad Girls (TV Series) as Paula Miles (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
* Canterbury Tales (TV Series, 2003) as Constance Musa (1 episode)
* Doctors (TV Series, 2000) as Nurse (1 episode)
* Safe as Houses (2000 TV series) as Carole (unknown episodes)
* Forgive and Forget (2000, TV) as Emma
* The Bill (TV Series, 1999) as Doreen West (1 episode)
* Grafters (TV mini-series, 1998) as Martha (unknown episodes)

Andrea Levy is an award winning novelist in London

Hat tip: Euromight

In 1948 Andrea Levy’s father sailed from Jamaica to England on the Empire Windrush ship and her mother joined him soon after. Andrea was born in London in 1956, growing up black in what was still a very white England. This experience has given her an complex perspective on the country of her birth.

Andrea Levy did not begin writing until she was in her mid-thirties. At that time there was little written about the black British experience in Britian. After attending writing workshops Levy began to write the novels that she, as a young woman, had always wanted to read – entertaining novels that reflect the experiences of black Britons, that look closely and perceptively at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean. In her first three novels she explored – from different perspectives – the problems faced by black British-born children of Jamaican emigrants. In her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Every Light in the House Burnin’ (1994), the story is of a Jamaican family living in London in the 1960s. Never Far from Nowhere (1996), her second, is set during the 1970s and tells the story of two very different sisters living on a London council estate. In Fruit of the Lemon (1999), Faith Jackson, a young black woman, visits Jamaica after suffering a nervous breakdown and discovers a previously unknown personal history

In her fourth novel Small Island Levy examines the experiences of those of her father’s generation who returned to Britain after being in the RAF during the Second World War. But more than just the story of the Jamaicans who came looking for a new life in the Mother Country, she explores the adjustments and problems faced by the English people whom those Jamaicans came to live amongst. Immigration changes everyone’s lives and in Small Island Levy examines not only the conflicts of two cultures thrown together after a terrible war, but also the kindness and strength people can show to each other. The Second World War was a great catalyst that has led to the multi-cultural society Britain has become. For Andrea Levy acknowledging the role played by all sides in this change is an important part of understanding the process so we can go on to create a better future together.

In her latest novel, The Long Song, Levy goes further back to the origins of that intimacy between Britain and the Caribbean. The book is set in early 19th century Jamaica during the last years of slavery and the period immediately after emmancipation. It is the story of July, a house slave on a sugar plantation named Amity. The story is narrated by the character of July herself, now an old woman, looking back upon her eventful life.

Andrea Levy is a Londoner. She not only lives and works in the city she loves but has used London as the setting in many of her novels. She has been a recipient of an Arts Council Award and her second novel Never Far from Nowhere was long listed for the Orange Prize. Small Island was the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread Novel Award, the Orange Best of the Best, and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Besides novels she has also written short stories that have been read on radio, published in newspapers and anthologised. She has been a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Orange Futures and the Saga Prize.