Oliver Morris, CEO of Fashionaires will be joining our ‘Get ahead in fashion’ masterclass on Tuesday 25th February 2014 at the Stephen Lawrence Centre.
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Clara Amfo will be joining our ‘Young and winning ‘ panel at 4pm on Tuesday 18th February 2014.
Clara Amfo is a fresh and dynamic broadcaster who can currently be heard on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
She’s interviewed a spectrum of the world’s best known artists including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Plan B, Spike Lee, Justin Bieber, Drake, Jessie J, Dizzee Rascal, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, and Mary J. Blige.
Starting out her radio career at KISS FM presenting the overnight show, she quickly ascended to the Saturday Breakfast and drive time shows reaching audiences of 1 million on a weekly basis.
Her radio work earned her a prestigious Sony Radio Award nomination for ‘Rising Star’ , where industry judges said “her energy, understanding and obvious love of radio was absolutely infectious”.
She has travelled to Ghana with her work for the charity Plan and has reported from some of the biggest musical festivals in the UK including Wireless, Global Gathering, SW4 and NASS.
Clara has also hosted the British Premiere of ‘Red Riding Hood’ as well as The Transformation Trust’s annual Rock Assembly at London’s 02 Arena to an audience of 16,000.
In September 2013, Clara joined BBC Radio 1Xtra to present the weekend breakfast show.
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Bruce Grove, Tottenham Youth Club has its own internet radio station which began in July 2012!
The birth of Unity Radio enabled young people to have a positive new voice and facilitated radical change for the better.Unity radio gave them the opportunity to creatively shine, prosper and express themselves.
In 2012, the station had the opportunity to gain coverage of the Haringey Olympic Torch ceremony prior to the start of the Olympics, interview with Hilary Clinton’s special envoy during the ‘March Against Hate’ campaign to promote peace in Tottenham.
In 2013 Our reporters also interviewed Rev Jesse Jackson at the Bernie Grants Arts Centre.
This year, we were also fortunate to interview David Lammy MP live at our radio studio.
Bruce Grove Youth Club stands within the heart of South Tottenham, and provides a community base for young people to connect with one another and engage in positive activities.
Unity Radio has already raised community spirit as well as reaching and connecting a variety of diverse groups and communities.
What began as a summer project, has evolved into an ongoing sustainable project run by young people for young people in Haringey.
Meet them on Tuesday 18th February 2014 at Inspire YOUth
Arfa Butt, Music and Talent Director participated on our Inspirational YOU panel entitled ‘The business of the music industry’ on Tuesday 18th February at The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London.
A’rfa Butt is a dynamic mover and shaker that has become a stalwart within the UK’s urban music industry and holds a solid portfolio of contacts in the US, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Serving as a Programmer, Broadcaster, Editor and Music Consultant for MTV and independently, A’rfa has spearheaded an endless array of international platforms, including the launch of MTV’s first UK urban channel, MTV Base, in 1999 and MTV’s 100th channel, MTV Base Africa in 2004, which also featured high-profiled concerts headlined by Will Smith and Ludacris in South Africa and Nigeria.
In 2012, A’rfa produced and hosted a panel discussion at the A3C Festival in Atlanta which brought together women within the music industry from all corners of the globe to educate people about best practices, circulation of innovative ideas, new collaborations and evolution of creative ventures into professional success.
A’rfa has worked with a pool of American talent including Dom Kennedy, Bishop Nehru, Yelawolf, Stalley, Freddie Gibbs, Homeboy sandman, Oddisee, Brother Ali, Jessie Boykins, Jaiden The Cure and many more, introducing them to the UK through MTV’s The Wrap Up blog & MTV Base along with other initiatives.
She has also managed celebrity model/DJ Tyger Lilly, MC/Def Jam Poet Quadir Lateef and UK Producer Skitzbeatz.
In addition to working across MTV’s UK, Euro and Australia channels, A’rfa also recently joined UK’s new independent record label 10Thousand Music LIVE as their Talent & Promotions Director to book and manage the UK-leg of their American tours.
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Jacob Sakil will be joining the Inspirational YOU ‘Young and winning’ panel on Tuesday 18th February at The College of Haringey and Enfield in North End London.
Jacob was elected as Young Mayor of Lewisham in 2009/10 through a local borough wide election prior to that he was a young advisor. Jacob is 20 years old, lives in New Cross where he attended Lewisham College achieving a two year diploma in business studies. As Young Mayor he initiated an enterprise programme for young people in Lewisham to help them get started in business as well as being involved in intergenerational projects.
Having represented young people at conferences and events in the UK as well as across Europe Jacob has been invited to appear on News night, Panorama, BBC News also as keynote speaker at conferences in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Italy. Jacob talks about social issues of interest and concern to young people and the importance of young people’s democratic engagement which often highlights the need for participation in decision making locally and national.
As a motivational speaker and mentor he supports younger people to develop the skills and experience to speak in public and represent their views to various organisations and decision makers.
Within the last few months he started his own business American Bites catering for events, trading at markets with an aim of establishing his own chain of youth friendly restaurants. With this new venture he is also interested in developing partnerships and trading opportunities locally. He is keen to develop networks of budding and established entrepreneurs to help support other young people get into business.
Recently Jacob has been selected to be a youth panel member for the race for opportunity board where he intends to improve how corporations engage and recruit BAME young people.
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Ernest Kouassi will be speaking on the Inspirational YOU, ‘ Young and winning’ panel on Tuesday 18th February at The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London.
Despite getting kicked out of school, college, and joining a gang at a young age, Ernest Kouassi is one of the most exciting young entrepreneurs in London and the founder of five businesses. He started the EKA group at the age of 17, now at the age of 19 the EKA group is a small multi award-winning company and the umbrella of 4 different businesses which are expanding very fast. With so little time on his hands, he managed to launch ernestkouassi.com.
He is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, global nominated, motivational speaker, educator and activist. His story is inspiring enough, yet he continues to actively inspire others by delivering high energy seminars that encourage people to live up to their full potential by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness and despair that many face daily; his messages are both dynamic and inspiring.
Like so many of today’s youth, he found himself spiralling into a world where not many will make something of themselves. Several life experiences and a limited education threatened to derail him altogether, however after a few skirmishes with the law Ernest decided enough was enough. He finally had his moment of realisation, calling upon all his moments of adversity as he embarked into the business world.
Ernest has gone through adversities and successes; possessing the experiences of an adult already. With Ernest, the sky is the limit; at 19 he has already achieved great things and there is no doubt there is much, much more to come.
“If they are not hiring or you can’t get a job then go out and create your own job or opportunity, don’t waste your time on people who gave up their dream stop you from achieving yours. Remember time waits for no one and the windows of opportunity close so fast”.
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Elaine Powell will be delivering a workshop entitled ‘Think your way to success’ on Tuesday 18th February 2014 at The College of North East London.
Elaine has worked with over 8,000 people, helping to equip them with the mindset, speaking skills and keynote speech content, that will ignite an audience to make a difference in the world. We all have ideas but unless you share them, they are worthless. To be a great speaker you need to think like one. What makes Elaine unique is that she walks the talk. Not only does she speak at events herself, but she is constantly developing her skills by delivering storytelling and stand-up comedy on the London circuit.
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Tamu Thomas will be speaking on the Inspirational YOU ‘Get ahead in fashion’ Masterclass at The Stephen Lawrence Centre on Tuesday 25th February 2014.
Tamu is the Creative Director of fashion brand Kenema that was launched in 2010.
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“It went from receiving a dress from Sierra Leone as a present to discussions about importing them, to me sitting down and thinking there must be a way to use these fabrics in everyday garments that will appeal to a global audience actually designing and producing an entire collection,” she explains.
Tamu is passionate about supporting local businesses in Sierra Leone and across Africa, directly impacting them and empowering communities. The label works with entrepreneurs and artisans to provide products, goods and services in exchange for fair pay. Kenema aims to use locally produced fabric such as Batik, Tie-Dye and ‘Country Cloth’ Sierra Leone’s version of strip woven cloth that is native to West Africa alongside wax cotton prints that have become synonymous with the continent.
The Country Cloth is made from locally grown cotton, hand carded, spun into thread, and woven into strips on traditional looms. The strips are then sewn together edge to edge to form the finished cloth.
“We want to open pathways so the ethical background of the label is discovered,” says Tamu, mindful that awareness of these global issues is key, but savvy enough to understand people don’t want to be force-fed moral viewpoints.
Kenema takes its name from the third largest city in Sierra Leone, just one of many ravaged by the civil war which raged from 1991 until 2002. “The citizens of Kenema carry themselves with such courage and resilience,” says Tamu. “I want my brand to represent that beauty, strength and tenacity in all of the people.”
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Joshua ‘MckNasty’ McKenzie will be participating in the Inspirational YOU panel ‘The business of the music industry’ on Tuesday 18th February 2014 at The College of Haringey and Enfield in North East London.
Josh is one of the most exciting creative figures working in music today. After landing his first professional drumming gig at 16 years old with Daniel Bedingfield, MckNasty went on to play drums with some of pop’s biggest stars Natasha Bedingfield, Lilly Allen, Jamelia, Tinie Tempah, the list goes on.
Not content with ‘just’ being a drummer for some of the world’s greats, MckNasty wanted more, the young backpack standing drummer felt the only way to get higher up in the music business was to become a Musical Director, not just a drummer but someone who could bring a studio recorded album into a massive live show.
“From what I could see, being the MD meant the responsibility of the show was in your hands and when you did a good job of it your name would get around and you’d become known”
His first opportunity to put this into practice came when he offered to MD his wife Mpho’s live show, on a small budget and with only 2 musicians, it was her idea for him to stand up and bring the kit down towards the front of stage, creating an immersive, collaborative experience for a live audience.
Already having made a trademark of drumming with his backpack on, he revolutionised the world of drumming when he decided to stand up and play. “I’d been in Europe for two years on tour with artist called Patrice and when I came back home, all of the young drummers were sounding very different. Drumming had evolved into something that I wasn’t aware of and it freaked me out a bit,” the right-handed, left footed player admits.
“So It was exciting to do something different, something that no other drummer was doing anywhere in world of popular music today, stand up and play, change the whole vibe and concept of drumming.”
The idea worked in manifold ways. As well as changing the way he played, it provided MckNasty with an immediate identity, but he wasn’t finished yet. Now having cut his MD teeth on a relatively small gig, he was hired next to be Tinie Tempah’s Musical Director, he talked to Tinie about totally changing the traditional live set-up expected from a Hip Hop artist. As well as taking Tinie’s songs from CD to the live arena and directing their execution via a full band, MckNasty wanted the drums to be as integral a part of the show as the DJ, guitar or even the artist.
As Tinie’s Musical Director, MckNasty bought a palpable live aesthetic to British Urban Music, turning Tinie’s stages into full-on rock concerts and creating an electric live performance. Tinie went from support slot to headline to Arena tour in just under a year; the first urban act to accomplish such a feat. “The show grew from small stages at small festivals, to the Pyramid at Glastonbury and London’s O2, so the bigger things got, the more my creative juices were flowing”.
From Glastonbury Pyramid stage to Jools Holland, the Jay Leno Show and Coachella, MckNasty has drummed with, among many others, Emeli Sande, Katy B, Wretch 32, Devlin, and his younger brother Labrinth.
“Now I’m at the stage where I want to create something for myself,” Josh points out. “I want to get myself out there and have people singing my songs back at me.”
MckNasty’s next stage in his solo evolution was to incorporate DJing into his set, a technically tough challenge. Adding trigger pads to his set-up, McKenzie created a system that allowed him to play drums and also mix at the same time, and not only switch between records, but add in beat cuts, stutters and special effects. It’s a dazzling display that needs to be watched live to be fully appreciated, suffice to say everyone from I-D to Diesel, Britain’s Got Talent and RWD have asked MckNasty to create bespoke sets. “It doesn’t matter to me what the stage is, I just want to get the MckNasty experience out to as many people as possible. So if it’s TV, a shop, in the street or a club night, then I’m equally as excited to perform.”
His electric and energetic character, not only shows in his playing, so it’s little surprise to discover the 28 year-old hails from an incredibly musical family. Josh McKenzie’s eight siblings include Steve, Naughty Boy and Wretch 32‘s bass player; upcoming singer Shezar who has worked with Naughty Boy, McFly and Wretch 32, producer Jamie AKA Mac1, and his younger brother Tim AKA Labrinth, a musician, he notes with a laugh, who is “doing pretty well.”
Josh has worked with Natasha beddingfield, Estelle, Jocelyn Brown, and Duffy with Tinie, Wretch, Plan B and Naughty Boy.
He was on Britain’s Got Talent where he sailed through to the semi-finals. “People might wonder why I chose to do a show like that but as I said before, I see every stage as the same. If it means more people get to experience who I am and what I’m about, that’s the most important thing to me.”
“Playing with so many amazing people has taught me so much about performance and songwriting. I’ve taken a bit of everyone and put it into the MckNasty pot.” It’s really quite tasty. “Drumming isn’t always seen as a melodic instrument so I try and evoke a melodic vibe. I play other people’s tunes when I’m DJing so when they hear my music I want people to be like ‘That’s MckNasty’!
Mcknasty is also developing a TV show, he wants to be the Jools Holland for his generation, and show how integral real musicians are to the industry.
“I think people are hungry for good music, and I’m here to feed them.”
He’s already had an incredible career, but we haven’t seen anything yet.
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Romero Bryan will be delivering a fashion workshop in Lewisham for local residents who want to gain practical skills and learn about the fashion industry.
It is widely acknowledged that designers from the UK produce some of the world’s most cutting-edge fashion; one of them being Romero Bryan, 29.
Mr Bryan’s talent and innovation have been widely recognised by members of the international fashion press and fashionistas.
From a young age London-born Romero Bryan aspired to become a world-renowned fashion designer and he began to hone his skills for design and creation at just thirteen. Mr. Bryan has fashion in his genes – both his grandfather and uncle were tailors, whilst his grandmother was a seamstress. Mr. Bryan’s designs first caught the media’s attention in 2001, when UK singer Samantha Mumba attended the Brit Awards in a Romero Bryan dress with a plunging neckline.
Mr. Bryan graduated from the London College of Fashion in late 2005 and his career took off soon after. His designs have been worn by ‘A-List’ celebrities across the globe including Alek Wek, Cameron Diaz, Destiny’s Child, The Noisette’s lead lady & Fashion Icon Shingai, Mariah Carey and Usher, to name but a few. Romero Bryan’s garments have also been purchased by Kate Moss, Katy Perry & many more. Over the years, Mr. Bryan’s clientele has broadened and the “boy wonder” (Vogue.com) has matured into a wonderful young man.
Romero Bryan’s talent, hard work, determination and potential have been recognised by Philip Beresford in the predicted ‘Rich List 2020’compiled for the Royal Bank of Scotland. The list appeared in international publications such as Forbes Magazine.
Most recently named on the Lloyds TSB & Thomson Reuters ‘POWERLIST 2013’ as one of ‘BRITAIN’S MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK PEOPLE.’
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