The BBC has announced Black And British, a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.
Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio and online, the Black And British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging orthodoxies. The season will also cast a fresh light on Black history, examining the contribution and impact of Black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be Black and British today.
Here's a first look at the new series of Channel 4's BAFTA nominated drama Humans starring Ivano Jeremiah, Emily Berrington, Colin Morgan and Gemma Chan. New additions to the cast include Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss, True Blood's Marshall Allman, Nashville'sSam Palladio and Letitia Wright, who appeared in E4's Banana.
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker is the latest big talent to join the already impressive cast roster of Marvel's Black Panther, along with Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War). In addition to Chadwick Boseman, who made his impressive debut as the titular Wakandan king, spiritual figure, and superhero in Civil War, Ryan Coogler‘s hugely-anticipated follow-up has also lined up Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Killmonger, Andy Serkis as Age of Ultron’s low-tier baddie Ulysses Claw, and Winston Duke as a key villain M’Baka, nee “Man-Ape”.
This week saw Charlie Brooker preview episodes from the new series of Black Mirror, which is set to premiere on Netflix on 21st October.
Produced by House of Tomorrow, the anthology series features 12 stand-alone episodes telling suspenseful tales exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia, reflecting our 21st Century anxieties. The series has been recognized with an international Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award, and been nominated for a Bafta award. Annabel Jones serves alongside Brooker as executive producer and showrunner.
David Oyelowo was the headline speaker at the BFI Black Star Symposium, where he was joined by British and international actors, filmmakers and thought-leaders to explore why opportunities for black actors to shine on screen in the US and the UK remain limited, and debated what more can be done to effect positive change.
In what was a passionate, eloquent and, at times, very emotional speech, David stated that we need people from diverse backgrounds in decision-making positions in order for the industry to move on from just talking about diversity to actually 'doing diversity'. There were three key factors which led him to this obvious conclusion:
Amma Asante's A Untied Kingdom was the opening film of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, the film tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
Check out the trailer for Get Out, a thriller starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (one half of comedic duo Key & Peele), the film follows a young black man as he visits his white girlfriend's family estate, where he begins to uncover a sinister, racially charged conspiracy.
Now in its 13th edition, the annual showcase highlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers who will be making waves in the years to come.
The list of past Stars of Tomorrow includes Oscar-winning The Theory Of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne (2005), Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (2004), Twilight actor Robert Pattinson (2005), Selma actor David Oyelowo (2005), Hacksaw Ridge star Andrew Garfield (2007), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Felicity Jones (2007), Slow West director John Maclean (2011) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega (2011).
Film history was made Friday 30th September 2016 as Oxford Gardens, the much anticipated boxing themed drama from Obi Emelonye, officially premiered and became the first Nollywood movie to screen at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).
Following on from the successful MOBO Awards Nominations which saw Kano and Laura Mvula reign supreme, MOBO Founder and CEO Kanya King MBE together with acclaimed playwright and artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah launched the MOBO Season this week at London’s British Film Institute (BFI).
Now in its 21st year, MOBO continues to motivate, elevate and celebrate excellence, through a series of agenda-setting cultural events, a social action campaign and pivotal partnerships leading up to and beyond the MOBO Awards which, this year, will take place on Friday 4th November 2016 at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.