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Take a look at the trailer for Life of Hers, an upcoming web series from Cardy Films.
The award-winning web series Dear Jesus returned in March for a third series. Created and produced by Wonderlondon Films, the show revolves around youg fashion journalist Mercedes whose life falls apart so writes prayers to Jesus on her laptop to make sense of it all. Catch up on the series so far below and tune in to youtube.com/dearjesustv every Sunday at 8pm for fresh new episodes.
Date: Monday 31st March
Time: 11pm (London Live launches at 6.30pm on Freeview 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159
In what has been described as the biggest UK television launch since Channel 5 in 1997, London Live (owned by ESTV) finally arrives on screens on Monday 31st March. What’s better is that hit web-series-turned-TV-series Brothers With No Game will be the first programme from the Raw strand to be broadcast, guaranteeing that the launch goes off with a bang. Transmitting daily at 11pm, Raw will showcase the freshest faces from online, urban entertainment and music across a range of comedy, factual entertainment and drama programming.
Warning: Contains explicit content and language
Check out this new web series from the US featuring Brit actress Gabrielle Ryan.
No drunk chicks, no ho's, and they can't be from Staten Island (it's a long story). These are a few of the rules Quinton has for one night stands. He's no Romeo and he's far from an Adonis. He's just a guy committed to being the perfect boyfriend — for one night. Each webisode we meet a new woman and they're as diverse as the city in which this adult comedy is set — New York. But beware. Quinton may look like he's living a life most men dream about, but one never knows what lurks behind a woman's bedroom door.
Let us know what you think!
Check out 'Brandy & Coke', a docu-film by Garage photographer and author Ewen Spencer on the golden days of the UK garage scene UKG style and how it all fell apart.
This film is a part of Dazed's new weekly film strand Doc X.
The nominations for the 2014 Screen Nation Awards will be announced on Google+ Hangout live from Vox Africa Studios on Wednesday 22nd January from 10.30am. Actor/director Chucky Venn, web series star Letitia Hector and Vox Africa's Fernand Frimpong Jnr will take the reins as the best from the world of black television and film are declared potential Screen Nation award winners.
Using this unique format, the nominations will be streamed live on the Screen Nation and Vox Africa websites and across social media on Google+, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages to reach audiences across the globe.
Watch out Lord Alan and Donald Trump!
Adots Apprentice is an upcoming 4 part web series from writers director Sebastian Thiel, Dionne Reid and Babatunde Aleshe. Coming out of Thiel's Its Upshot production company and powered by Elevation Networks, the web series spoofs the ever so popular The Apprentice reality show franchise but sees the hilarious Adot take over the hiring and firing. The cast includes Afolabi Dasaolu, Kevin Gary, Michael Salami, Andrew Apraku, Sophie Miller, Melissa Perry, Marlon Kameka, Ben Fawcett, and more
If you missed the release of this ep over the holidays – not to worry. You can catch up above.
The second part to Marcus' surprise birthday party which becomes a haven to different levels of tension as the rain forces everyone to interact…which gets varied results.
The winners of the inaugural Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards presented in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218 ) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly were announced at Google HQ London on Tuesday 17th December. The awards celebrated the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more.
Presented by James Sherwood (Afrobuzz on Vox Africa), the glittering ceremony saw a host of recognisable faces from the online space while guest presenters included Laurence Olivier award winning writer Bola Agbaje, entrepreneur and Editor-in-Chief at OK! Nigeria Alexander Amosu, actress Caroline Chikezie, filmmaker Obi Emelonye, Google’s Sade Salami, Screen Nation Emerging Talent – director Destiny Ekaragha and actor Arnold Oceng. So who picked up an award? See below for the full list of winners. You can also watch the awards, which were screened live on Google Hangout, above or catch a highlights special of the event including exclusive behind the scenes footages and interviews this Saturday 21st December 2013, 8:30pm on Sky 218 and 9.30pm On DSTV 191.
As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. Tickets to the awards are sold out but you can still attend the after party – click here.
Launched in 2009, RepDat aims to give a platform to a more balanced representation of modern black British culture in fields as diverse as charities, film, sports, fashion and music. Nominated for the Favourite Youth Entertainment/Lifestyle Website or Magazine award, we caught up with founder Shaka Henry to see how it all began.
“I started watching YouTube in 2010 and was drawn into the Grime scene as I was living in Kent. When I looked for ‘black British’, there was hardly any content so I wanted to redress the balance so that if there was the negative, there would also be the positive.”
A great mission to have – and RepDat have gone on to achieve so much in the cultural space. For example, in 2012, they expanded into the world of television with a show called ‘One Mic’ which aired on Sky Channel 199. But what has been the proudest moment so far?
“I have many achievements, from having a Rep Dat stage at Wales’ biggest festival SWN, creating and broadcasting One Mic 1&2 on Sky TV to millions globally, drawing up and executing the Lambeth council adoption strategy that was promoted throughout London, sponsoring fashion shows, being media partners with the Afro Hair & Beauty, The Arfican and Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, TheVoice and turning a council flat dream into a business earning just under 2k a month. Still my proudest achievement is being nominated as you would never have known the above unless we were acknowledged.”
What has been the biggest learning?
“When I demanded to be released from a television contract, I experienced the most backstabbing and Babylon side of the business. This made me more determined to find another contract just to prove that we were for real, a force and that you never need to compromise your morals to succeed you have to believe in Jah and just RepDat.”
Hard but important lessons to learn, however by the sounds of it Shaka has a lot more positivity lined up for the near future.
“There are many options from clothing lines to DVD merchandise on the table. I guess the fact that I'm also working with 16-19 year olds to help get them into jobs for Reed Employment means the future is yet to be written but nothing happens before time and RepDat is for life ;)”
Finally, why should people vote for RepDat?
“RepDat is about coming from a notorious area and representing all that you can be; it's for all those kids written off by society sharing council flat dreams knowing they can compete and have the skillset but are given the chance to RepDat. Rep Dat means to represent that which is you so when you see the logo it's Jahreen, Leroy, Timeless, Aaron, Shaka, Jane, Dion, Jimmy, Rhian, ShotzTaken, Nebula and everyone contributing to create a better platform for Black Britain.”
To vote for RepDat to win the Favourite Youth Entertainment/Lifestyle Website or Magazine award, click here.
For info on RepDat, see the links below: