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Friday, 18 August 2017

#SpotlightInterview: Sierra Leone-born "No Drama" Recording Artist/Entertainer Yasmin Kadi

Sierra Leone-born recording artist Yasmin Kadi releases brand new single “No Drama". Kadi’s much-anticipated and crowdfunded offering "No Drama" was produced by SOS (Ariana Grande, Emeli Sande, Stormzy, Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah) and is an addictive afrobeats/pop number which highly oozes a positive and empowering aura .

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the multi-talented African entertainer - who is also of Lebanese heritage - was unwillingly forced to flee to the United Kingdom from Sierra Leone with her family at a very tender age courtesy of the Kadi family home being savagely attacked during the well-documented Sierra Leone blood diamond conflict.

Kadi's impressive debut single "Earthquake" reached #1 on iTunes Ireland. In addition, Yasmin Kadi has performed alongside Paloma Faith at the 02 Forum, coupled alongside headlining the Women of the World festival 2016, whilst also boasting credentials of touring live with  MOBO Award-winning Roots Manuva; Kadi has appeared in high-profile music videos for GRAMMY Award-winning R&B/Soul icon "The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" Mary J. Blige and multi-platinum selling hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne. 

Yasmin Kadi appeared as the voice and face of Channel 4’s marquee All 4’ campaign with Alan Carr and John Snow, whereas Kadi's prolific resume also includes currently starring alongside Jamaica's multi-time Olympic gold medallist and professional sports icon Usain Bolt in a brand new campaign for Virgin Media's “This is Virgin Fiber”. 

Moreover, Yasmin Kadi stars in hit PlayStation 4 video game "Guitar Hero". Kadi's previous successful single "Go Down Low" featuring Moelogo witnessed vast support from Capital Xtra, Kiss Fresh, BBC Arts Hour, BBC Africa, SBTV and BBC World Service.

3-time Award-winning and Future 100 certified In-spire LS Magazine caught up with the very inspirational Sierra Leone-born Recording Artist Yasmin Kadi to discuss the majestic African hitmaker's very inspirational and brave journey to date.

Q: First and foremost Yasmin, “No Drama" is the title of your incredible brand new single. Can you explain in detail to the audience about the intricate creative process of the inspiring single "No Drama" and of course the lyrical meaning behind the record?
Like most of what I write, it just comes to my head. Sometimes it’s the melody, followed by the lyrics. Sometimes I hear a production and the words are literally just flying out. Then as the song develops, you play about more with the melody and lyrics. The song is about a significant other who you really like, but their jealousy is causing a lot of arguments and issues in the relationship. It gets to a point where you can’t take it anymore, so you say that’s it! I’m not interested in your drama, just go home to your Mama.  I’m sure a lot of us have been in this situation at some point.

Q: The much-anticipated crowdfunded offering "No Drama" was produced by the very talented SOS who has previously collaborated with a pantheon of global music titans in Ariana Grande, Emeli Sandé, Stormzy, Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah amongst various other A-list superstars in the music industry. How much overall did you learn musically collaborating with a producer in the caliber in that of SOS?

Working with SOS felt like I was working with my brothers. We had a lot of fun and banter, and several play fights in the studio. We were all simply doing what we love doing and there was no ego. They listen to me as an artist and what I was feeling and the direction I wanted to go in, and we created from the heart. What I learnt was to continue to stay true to myself.

Q: Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone you were subsequently forced to flee to the United Kingdom from Sierra Leone at a very tender age courtesy of the Kadi family home being savagely attacked during the well-documented and heinous Sierra Leone blood diamond conflict. Can you vividly recount your very own recollections of this very harrowing chapter not only in Sienna Leone's history but also that of a deeply significant chapter and turning point in your life also?
Wow! I think I’d need several books to talk about that. Yes, it was horrendous seeing your dad beaten to the ground with guns. It was just as bad scrubbing his blood off the floor the next morning, but I never considered us to be victims because we were the lucky ones. We managed to escape eventually and were given a second chance at life in the UK. That is the most important thing to remember and focus on because so many people couldn’t escape. They suffered and after we managed to flee, a lot those people and their loved ones continue to suffer today.

Q: When you initially arrived in the United Kingdom with your beloved family, how long was the transitional period of adjustment to become firmly acclimated to the British culture and lifestyle and do you personally feel as though there is still a profound sense of assimilation somewhat for refugees who come to the United Kingdom in search of a better life?

I’d say adjustment took a good few years initially, but transitioning from one culture to another is constantly ongoing, so I guess it takes a lifetime. For example, when we have friends over at my mothers, we get carried away in a conversation sometimes and switch from English to Creo without realizing. For our friends to understand what we are saying, we try and make a very literal translation between the two languages thinking it will mean the same, but it ends up meaning something completely different and you tend to forget at times. 

Q: During the testing period where the Kadi family was unfortunately homeless, staying in a hostel in Sydenham and later in a council estate in Forest Hill presented itself. With all of the bitter hardship which came during and thereafter this particular timeframe, how much did south London shape you as a woman above all else?

South London taught me the values my mother instils in us. It taught me to be loyal, honest, hard working and tough.  And South East London taught me not to get in the wrong crowd otherwise life takes a different turn.

Q: When was the last time you visited your native Sierra Leone and has the nation radically changed since you migrated?

I visited Freetown in 2007 I think. I’d just done a six month stint for a west end musical and was off to Germany, so I went during the break in between. The country was a lot different than I’d remembered to be honest. Then again, maybe as a child back then, I saw things differently.  And as you can imagine, there was a civil war for ten odd years, so it was very underdeveloped and there was a lot of poverty. It was heartbreaking to see. 

Q: You were once quoted as saying “No matter how bad things are, there is always hope. You can fight the odds and still achieve things in life without selling yourself for a price or compromising who you are and what you stand for”. What words of advice do you have for women out there who want to truly find their true identity and parlay that very unique identity into their career and life to succeed?

Goodness, I’m not sure if I’m qualified to advise. I can only speak about my experiences and how I’ve dealt with things and what I’ve learnt thus far – which is the quote above. It is very tough and not easy at all. But like most things in life, we are faced with options. One, you can work as hard as you can, stick to your principles, surround yourself with like-minded people and stay true to you. It may take longer to achieve your goals but you are not compromising your integrity, who you are as a person, and what you stand for. Or two, pretend to be someone else and be prepared to keep that act up for a long time to come. For me, it’s hard to be anyone other than myself. It would be a very tiring role and no matter how good you become at playing that character, the curtains will come down eventually.

Q: How was your experience in hindsight headlining the very empowering Women of the World Festival 2016?

In short, that was one of the best and the most enjoyable show I’ve ever done. To see people lost in your music and witness the joy it brought to them was just out of this world. There were people of all ages and from all walks of life dancing together. It is an artists dream to bring such a diverse group of people together. I’m very grateful to Southbank for giving me that opportunity and honored to say the least. It continues to fuel me on my journey and makes all the hardship well worth it.

Q: What have been the biggest obstacles that you have had to overcome in your career?

Everything and anything you can think of including musicians walking off on you on-stage during a set. People saying you would never amount to anything, not having enough money to get by...the list is endless. Also, I know this line has been used again and again, but there is a reason why we hear it so many times: ‘Being a woman’. Being a woman in the music industry can sometimes make things tricky. Not all men, but some men view you as a potential “whatever fantasy they may have in their mind”, instead of an artist. Other times, you work with someone amazing who says you inspire them and they respect your talents and are interested in nothing more than your talents.

Q: Lastly Yasmin, what highly inspirational words of wisdom would you like to share with In-spire LS Magazine readers who are currently looking to achieve their goals in life?

If I may, I’ll keep it simple – Just be you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and speak about your fears. Learn from those smarter than you. Look at people who have achieved what you are trying to and find out how they did it. Get in touch with them if you can. You will be surprised at how forthcoming some people can be – remember they are human beings just like you and me. Hardship comes, but also goes. Everyone cries and it’s okay to not be okay. Don’t be too hard on yourself, have hope, surround yourself with positive people and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience called life. Do what you can and don’t let fear get the best of you because you will always question yourself on why you didn’t try and what if. Oh and ignore negativity. Don’t let it steer you off your course. Easier said than done, I know, but you have a choice - waste your energy on it or stay focused and use that energy to help you get closer to your goals. A trick I finds that helps me is this – If someone has really annoyed me, I write down exactly what I want to say to them in that moment to release my annoyance. I’ll leave it for a bit then go back and read what I’ve written. Lets just say it makes for an interesting read and more importantly makes me laugh. Lots of love everyone and the very best of luck.  

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Yasmin Kadi Instagram: @YasminKadiMusic

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

14 Year Old London Entrepreneur Unique Barnett secures funding for a Newham Pet Awareness Day at Britannia Village Festival

Today at She Inspired Her we put the spotlight on an intelligent, highly creative and exceptionally talented young school girl called Unique Barnett who is a 14 year old Entrepreneur and aspiring veterinarian. Unique Barnett already has her very own start-up company called 'AYP Uniquely' (Accessorise Your Pets Uniquely), selling her hand-made matching pet accessories, gifts and hampers for both pets and their owners and organising pet fun days! 

Currently attending the Oasis Academy (OAS) situated in Silver Town in Newham East London, Unique is a high achiever at school with appointed roles including school leader, school elite and school ambassador. Unique is currently studying for her GCSE's and is a sports journalist at OAS. This summer holiday Unique has been working as a youth work assistant at her local kids summer club as well as attending a mentoring project set up by KPMG, a professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Unique had her very first live sales experience selling AYP Uniquely products at the Ultrakids Winter Fayre in December 2016 via the UltraAcademy for young entrepreneurs. This is a school run by Leader in Entrepreneur Education and Founder of UltraEducation, Julian Hall. Unique attended The UltraAcademy from May to December 2016 which taught her skills in setting up and running her own business alongside giving her great hand's on sales experience at the December Fayre. She is also a part of the Plaistow Youth Market Collective in E13 where she also runs a stall once a month selling her hand-made AYP Uniquely products.

The current owner of a Rabbit called 'Keaton' and new 2 month old Jack Russell puppy named 'Olly', Unique is also the previous own of two guinea pigs, two mini lop rabbits and an array of gold fish and guppies! Unique aspires to be a vet in the future alongside running AYP Uniquely and she selects all the materials for all of her AYP Uniquely products and hand-makes the pet accessories which include cushions and identical matching bandannas for dogs and their owner, via her sewing machine at home, doing all of the additional aplique, stuffing, hand-sewing and lining herself.
As if this were not all enough Unique Barnett also bakes and sells healthy veggie pets treats and is a dab hand at knitting! This young lady started knitting at the tender age of just 10 after attending a "Bring and Fix It" event held by an organisation called 'Nusho'   which she says she absolutely loved! This led to Unique joining a local "Knit and Natter" group where she learned to perfect her knitting skills, of course being the youngest member of the group with most of the members being 60+! All at just 14 years of age!

Unique Barnett received a Young Leaders Grant via the Peabody Trust, a housing association providing housing within the area and offering grants to young people to help develop their leadership skills through working with other young people on activities and events. With the use of this grant Unique held her first AYP Uniquely Pet Awareness Day within the  Britannia Village Young People's Festival on Saturday 5th August 2017 where activities included owner and dog walks and pet activities, children's activities, pet accessories, pet awareness and information, pet surveys and more! This took place withing a wider event which had additional activities including  bouncy castles, jumbo games, face painting, music and more!

 She Inspired Her asked Unique Barnett:
If you could give one piece of advice to other entrepreneurs, young and old, taking the same journey as you and starting their own brand - what would it be"? 
Unique responded:

"My advise for someone currently thinking about starting their own brand is to make sure it is affordable; know your target audience; have a purpose; be original and make sure your product isn't just a trend going by"! 

What a breath of fresh air - she clearly knows what she is doing! 
The full interview with Unique Barnett will be published at next month - look out for it!

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

The Curly Treats Festival - UK’s Biggest Natural Hair Festival - Saturday 5th August 2017, London

The Curly Treats Festival (formally Natural Hair Week London) is UK’s Biggest Natural Hair Festival. Bigger, Better, Brighter- Introducing Beauty, Wellness & Black Empowerment in London, UK on Saturday 5th August 2017! 

For so long, Black people have experienced discrimination because of the colour of their skin and texture of their natural hair. Although, the standard of beauty is becoming diverse, the gap is still wide apart - progress is slow. Afro-textured hair is still perceived as political. Young people around the world are still being told that natural hair is unacceptable for school, many women still wear a weave or wig to work because natural afro hair is seen as “unprofessional’, and banning men from wearing their hair in locs is not considered racial discrimination - all recent news.

After 4 years of delivering the UK’s leading natural hair event, the team, headed up by Event Director Vinna Best will continue to celebrate and provide the creative platform for the celebration of natural afro hair, empowerment and wellness.

CurlyTreats Festival will take place on Saturday 5 August 2017 at the ILEC Conference Centre Earl’s Court, London. CurlyTreats is continually looking for ways to enhance their visitors experience, to provide greater value for those who love to attend Natural Hair Week (now CurlyTreats Festival). 

CurlyTreats Festival is a fantastic day and was created for visitors who enjoy natural hair and beauty and are looking for additional benefits such as beauty sessions, product offers, expert recommendations and feedback on your natural hair and wellness journey. This year's CurlyTreats Festival will take place in London only. 

"With the additional natural wellness branch of our event offers more presentations, workshops, exhibitors and networking opportunities to make feeling great easier.
- Founder and Event Director Vinna Best.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

#BeInspired #Charity: Felicia Cantone: Rising Above the Adversity of Ewing Sarcoma

Felicia Cantone was sadly diagnosed with cancer for the third occassion in her life shortly thereafter celebrating her 18th birthday in November 2015.

The very inspirational Essex-based resident - who currently resides in Southend - was initially diagnosed with cancer aged six and subsequently diagnosed with cancer for the second time aged eight; Felicia Cantone's highly inspiring story has officially received UK mainstream media coverage in MetroDaily Mail as well as appearing live as a special guest on ITV's hit show "Good Morning Britain".

Felicia Cantone - who is from Leigh-on-Sea - is currently studying Business Management at the University of Greenwich in Greenwich, south-east London.

Felicia Cantone had a bone removed in her right leg at age six, which was later replaced with metal. The mightily courageous Essex-based multiple cancer survivor is also a local hero and has received ongoing strong support throughout the community who call Cantone "one of our own".

Felicia Cantone attended Belfairs Academy in Leigh-on-Sea and irrespective of her illness continued to attend high school regularly. Despite being from a very small town, Felicia Cantone has a very huge heart and lives life with immense happiness and has risen against the odds on all fronts during her struggles with her health.

It’s all about seeing the positive side of the disability. Felicia (Cantone) never sees the negative side. Sometimes, I think she forgets she only has one leg" said Ms. Cantone's mother Samantha Kaya to The Echo, whilst also noting “There are not enough disabled people in the public eye really. I think if there were a few more, it would give other disabled people more of a positive outlook. It would give them somebody to look up to.”

Felicia Cantone had her right leg amputated thereafter the cancer sadly spread sufficiently and after being in remission for eight years the ever-upbeat Southend-based hero was diagnosed for the third time in November 2015 with cancer both in her lung and spine. The ever-supportive Cantone family officially raised money via Go Fund Me to travel with the brave 20-year-old to Tijuana, Mexico for alternative therapy.

Felicia Cantone's cancer is in remission post-two courses of largely innovative therapy at the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, whereas the impactful treatment at the Oasis of Hope Hospital involved filtering Felicia Cantone's blood to remove toxins, especially chemotherapy drugs which had essentially developed in Cantone's body from prior treatments.

"Felicia Cantone is my little sister, she has been through so much in her short life already, more then most people have been through in their whole lifetime" Marlena Cantone explained on GoFundMe, whilst adding "She is such a strong and amazing young woman. Despite all the horrible side effects from the chemotherapy that she is having in the UK she is carrying on with her life as well as she can, she's still going to college as she wants to pass her final year."

Felicia Cantone's major passion and career goal in life is to become a TV presenter and the Southend-based inspiration has made a high-profile appearance on ITV hit show "Good Morning Britain" to positively discuss about her current fight with Ewing Sarcoma. Felicia Cantone's beloved mother - Samantha Kaya - requested to ITV producers whether her brave daughter could be granted with a work experience placement on ITV's "Good Morning Britain".

"I wanted to show people who I really am, I was tired of hiding my leg in pictures and feeling forced to wear a prosthetic every day. I would only ever upload close up photos were you couldn’t see my leg. But last week I decided to show everyone on social media the real me and I haven’t looked back since." Felicia Cantone told Metro.

Each respective therapy course costs £20,000 and the Cantone family are currently fundraising so that Felicia Cantone can undergo a third treatment to ensure her health remains in a largely positive condition during her current fight with the rare and aggressive form of cancer known as Ewing Sarcoma.

Meanwhile, Changes Training Academy will be officially presenting the inspirational Feds Art Team on July 10 at the Roslin Beach Hotel in Thorpe Bay, Essex to raise money for Felicia Cantone.

The positive fundraising charity event is passionately dedicated to raising funds for Felicia Cantone to ensure that the small town girl with the huge heart triumphs with her current battle against cancer whilst raising greater awareness of Ewing Sarcoma; the forthcoming Felicia Cantone fundraising event hosted at the Roslin Beach Hotel on July 10 in Thorpe Bay has been officially supported on-air by popular Essex-based station Radio Essex.

Tickets for the Felicia Cantone fundraising event on July 10 hosted by Changes Training Academy are available here

Article by @Dean Perretta 
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Job Opportunity: Solace Women’s Aid Caseworker [Southwark]

Solace Women’s Aid - Caseworker [Southwark]

[Job Reference No: SWA 2574]
Job Description:
Solace Women’s Aid exists to bring to an end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors and in particular women and children. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.
Caseworker involves working with standard and medium risk cases of domestic and sexual abuse. This role includes risk assessment, safety planning, and assessment of needs, individual support planning and advocacy with external agencies. The role will involve attending external meetings within Children’s Services, safeguarding and attending housing appointments with service users.
Successful applicants will have in-depth knowledge of domestic abuse and its impact on service users and their children, experience of working with women who have experienced domestic and /or sexual abuse including strong casework management skills
Please take a look at the job description and person specification for more details about the role. This will be available on their website.
Salary: Starting at £22,000 – £23,000 dependant on relevant qualifications and experience
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: 6th July 2017
Interview Date: 17th July 2017
Please have a look at our Job Description/Person Specification
To apply please complete and send the Application Form AND Equality Monitoring form to 
Closing date of 6th July 2017
If for any reason you are having trouble downloading the documents, please email us and we will send the documents to you.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs.
Please ensure you send the correct documents by the closing date, as late applications will not be accepted.
Solace Women’s Aid values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applicants from black minority and ethnic communities.
This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1. Section 7(2)e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
A enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Peace Within Creates Peace With-Out: One-on-One Meditation classes with Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place

Peace Within Creates Peace With-Out; learn meditation today!

If you want to have greater inner peace, well-being, happiness and balance in your life - meditation is great practice and discipline that can lead you effortlessly to these things.

What is Meditation?
Meditation is an age old practice which is once again becoming increasingly popular in the everyday lives of individuals and groups across the world, from millennials to mamas!

There are a variety of benefits that have been linked with the regular practice of meditation, the ultimate 'goal' when practicing meditation is to lead one to a mind, body and spirit that are at ease and free from stress, by the use of quiet contemplation and reflection.

The three main components of meditations are: thought, contemplation, and reflection. 
There are numerous physical benefits that can be experienced when meditation is incorporated into your daily lifestyle. Relaxation and a decrease in stress are rather obvious benefits, but many people do not realize that meditation can also improve moods and memory and decrease negative feelings and depression. Meditation can be fit into your daily lifestyle and be used to help you to cope with day to day stress, anxiety and even numerous health problems.

Are you taking the time out to protect your mind and mental health? The health and wellness of your body? Your spiritual balance? 

Many people will honestly answer 'no' to these questions - they will say that they just do not have the time! However, the need for relaxation and meditation in our current busy schedules and lifestyles is critical! 

Many people hear the word 'meditation' and link it to thoughts of monks in far away lands sitting on mountains and murmuring "hummmm" in a strange way... although this can be not too far from the reality in some cases, many people in the Western world are now becoming more and more familiar and 'clued up' about the normality and more importantly the positive effects that are born out of the practice of meditation. This is consequently increasing meditations popularity among people of all ages, races and backgrounds. We all need better!

One-on-One Mediation Sessions held by Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place, London

Meditator and Reiki Practitioner Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place will be offering a series of one-on-one meditation sessions with those who wish to learn the practice of meditation and also learn how to integrate it into their daily lives.

The BENEFITS of attending this ANKH Place Meditation experience include:

- Learning how to live a more peaceful and stress-free life through meditation
- Descrease negative feelings and depression and encourage good thoughts and feelings
- Discovering your inner peace in a world that focuses on the exterior
- Re-connect with who you really are inside and be at peace with all around you
- Learn to cope better with day to day stresses and incorporate meditation into your daily life
- Learn the art of meditation and discover how it can help you to live a more balanced life

One-on-One Sessions with Mavis Wenham of ANKH Place will take place on: Saturday 15th July & Sunday 16th July 2017!
Bookings are open now for a series of sessions taking place at: The LIT Room, 339 Barking Road, East Ham E6 1LA 
To book your One-on-One session click here
Bring a friend for just £5 extra!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Salons Beware: You could be fined up to £20,000 for serving clients free alcohol

As the summer peaks and we start to think about which Wowchers, Vouchers, Groupons and coupons to take advantage of for our summer fun and pamper days out; many salons, spas and beauty businesses are similarly contemplating what they can add to their pamper deals to lure us in and how to beat their competitors deals! 

The competition is fierce indeed and extra luxury add on's such as an ice cold glass of Prosecco have been very popular for such deals . However, salons beware, because adding a complimentary glass of bubbly to make your deal that little bit sweeter could lead you to the bitter waters of a fine of up to £20,000 or even a few months in prison! 

Yes, salons are said to have been warned recently via Staffordshire Police that if they are in the business of offering complimentary alcohol to their customers without an adequate licence in place to do so; it could cost them up to £20,000 in fines! 

This warning came in after the Staffordshire Police licencing team discovered a string of beauty and hair salons in the county were offering a free glass of wine or complimentary champagne as part of their treatment and beauty packages, without a licence in place at their premises for this service. It is said that alongside the hefty fines related to this offence salon owners could even face, at worst, up to 6 months in prison if caught in violation of this policy.

Inspector Paul Prenter, Head of Staffordshire Police's licensing department said when addressing salons in the county: 
"Providing alcohol to customers without a licence is a breach of section 136 of the Licensing Act and is a criminal offence. Please ensure your business is not giving alcohol to customers. Alternatively if you do wish to continue the practice, please contact your local council." 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

FREE FESTIVAL: The Great Get Together London this Sunday 18th June 2017!

Building on the success of last year's Big Lunch, The Great Together will be taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 18th June from 12pm - 6pm, joining the nationwide event in partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation to bring communities together to celebrate connections and commonality.
Come to the Park and celebrate London’s diverse communities with live music on the main stage, world class dance performances from Sadler’s Wells and an area dedicated to dance and music, where you can try sambasalsa, afro beat dancing, steel pansAfrican drumming, and listen to community choir’s, local poetryacoustic performances and lots more. 
Performers in the Acoustic Summers Lounge provided by Celebrity Creations Management on the day include Crystal King UK, Kenza Blanka, Pierrot Obi, Afrix and more!  
There will be a storytelling area hosted by Stratford Library andDiscover Storytelling centre, along with carnival arts and crafts activities, Face Painting, a huge pirate ship by the Albion’s Kids Show, along with a display of students work form the London College of Fashion. There will also be lots of sports to come and try along with a 60m athletics track! You will also be able to pop along to Here east to their indoor makers market and pick up some treats for father’s day.
Bring along your neighbours, friends, families and a picnic or treat yourself with the worldwide cuisine on offer with: Caribbean, Indian, Japanese, Italian cuisines and more! We look forward to seeing you all there and this fun pack celebration on the Park!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Preview Screening of new Whitney Houston Film 'CAN I BE ME" + LIVE Music Tribute

PREVIEW SCREENING OF WHITNEY HOUSTON 'CAN I BE ME" + LIVE Music Tribute by Singer/Songwriter Crystal King UK at Stratford East Picture House on Thursday 15th June 2018

To get tickets click here

From acclaimed Director Nick Broomfield comes a new film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess,” the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognised as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’ tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

To get tickets click here

Crystal King UK will be performing a LIVE Whitney Houston tribute set on the night before the film commences!

Singer/Songwriter Crystal King UK has supported an array of acts including Omar, Dru Hill, U.S Hip-Hop legends De La Soul, Ed Sheeran and many more during her career and has new music coming out this summer including her feature on new single "I Got It" feat Startah and Jak Danz - see a preview of the music video here
'Can I Be Me' film Starts: 8.30pm sharp 
(Doors Open: 7:45pm)

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This feature is preceded by a London Premiere of the short film - CATFORD JESUS. A tense, psychological thriller set in early 90s London where a minicab driver Drey (Winston Ellis- Pirates of the Caribbean) turned moral crusader collides with Jink’s (Darren Kent- Game of Thrones) a creature of the night on the tale end of a bad deed. An unsettlingly journey unfolds as they attempt to make sense of their own uncertain destinies.
Dirs: Chris Michael Fretwell & Dan Jones
Prod: Cass Pennant
This event was brought to you by The New Black Film Collective

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