Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category

BET Programming Schedule


I  have very high hopes for BET. Yesterday (4 Feb 2015), I saw a clip from an interview with Debra Lee, CEO of BET. She said the channel was now trying to get a balance between education, information and entertainment. She is doing a sterling job.

A wide range of people have protested in the past about elements of BET’s programming and actions. As a result, BET heavily censors suggestive content from the videos that it airs, often with entire verses and scenes removed from certain rap videos.  So that is sorted.  But I want more.  This is what I want.

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Toastmaster Malachi Talabi


With a name which is hard to forget Malachi Talabi broke new ground when he won the UK and Ireland Toastmasters International public speaking Competition.  He then represented UK, and came third in the World competition.*

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Lenny Henry’s call to increase numbers of Britain’s Ethnic Minorities in TV and Films


A meeting I attended this week, chaired by the culture minister Ed Vaizey in the House of Commons, was in many ways a ground-breaking event. For the first time, representatives from film, television and the performing arts came together to acknowledge that representation among black, Asian and ethnic minorities across the television and film industry – most significantly behind the camera – has fallen.

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Handsworth New Testament Church – New Development


A New Beacon of Hope in Handsworth, by Mandisa Gordon, BBC WM Reporter (Monday, 14 December, 2009)

A beacon of hope has arrived in one of the poorest and most troubled areas of Birmingham.

On Saturday, 12 December 2009 The New Testament Church of God in Handsworth opened its doors to a new multi-million pound state of the art building for the first time. The community church complex is located in the heart of where the 2005 disturbances took place that left two men dead.Thousands attended the opening. The £5.2 million all purpose building has been erected in this inner city area thanks to the determination and shear hard work of members of the church, its supporters and the local community.

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