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    Judges

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Dona Croll

Doña Croll is a Jamaican-born British actress. She is best known for her British soap opera roles as Pearl McHugh in Channel 5's Family Affairs and more recently as Vera Corrigan in the BBC soap opera Doctors, and as Emerald Fox in the popular BBC soap opera, EastEnders.


Croll has also played in theatre for many years, notably as the first Black Cleopatra on the British Stage in Talawa Theatre Company's production of William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra in 1991.


In 2013, Croll returned to the stage with Talawa Theatre Company in their production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, also starring Don Warrington, she played Kate Keller and received good notices for her portrayal. All My Sons was revived by Talawa Theatre Company in 2015, and Croll returned to play the role of Kate Keller, again reveiving good notices for her portrayal of "a woman clutching desperately at shredded delusions".


From 1999 to 2002, Croll played Pearl McHugh in the Channel 5 soap opera Family Affairs. From September 1993 to February 1994, she appeared in the eighth series of BBC1's Casualty, playing staff nurse Adele Beckford. She also appeared in all three series of BBC sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom's agent, Norma, and in the film Manderlay.


Other roles include Catherine Cooper in ITV's William and Mary and Matron Casp in the Doctor Who episode "New Earth". Croll also starred in Kwame Kwei-Armah's 2003 play Elmina's Kitchen, which premiered at the National Theatre, London, and appeared in the West End production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. In June 2007, she appeared as Mary Maudlin in Oladipo Agboluaje's Soho Theatre play, The Christ of Coldharbour Lane. Croll has had four roles in EastEnders: a nurse treating Angie Watts in 1988; a glamorous bar worker comforting Frank Butcher around Christmas 1991; two episodes as Joy Lucas in 2006; and Emerald Fox in 2017. In the BBC soap opera Doctors, she played Vera Corrigan from 2007 to 2010. In April 2011, Croll returned to Casualty in the one-episode guest role of nurse Rachel Culley.


In 2012, Croll appeared as Juanita in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of Helen Edmundson's play The Heresy of Love.


Croll is the voice of Leopard in the children's television series Tinga Tinga Tales.


In 2013 she appeared as Rachel in all three episodes of the ITV drama The Ice Cream Girls. That year she also appeared in Tula: The Revolt. In that same year, she also guest starred in Dani's Castle in episode "Aunt Marjorie". Also in 2013, Croll played Kate Keller in the Talawa Theatre Company production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, repriding the role in the 2015 remount which also toured the UK.
— with
Dona Croll.
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Errol Reid

Birmingham born Errol Reid has enjoyed a successful career in the music industry. He achieved worldwide chart success with the hit single ‘Searching’ in the mid 90’s as the lead singer/songwriter of the band ChinaBlack. The single on its first release reached No 1 in the Reggae charts, staying there for 11 weeks and staying in the Reggae top 20, for over one year. On its second release through Wild Card/Polydor, 'Searching' reached No 2 in the UK national charts, staying in the top 5 for 3 months and internationally hitting the number 1 spot in Australia, Belgium and The Netherlands. Errol as part of China Black has had various Top 10 records in the Far East, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and also Europe; particularly France (top 5) and again Belgium (three Top 10s). He's also had success in South Africa, Germany and Sweden.

He recorded the England Rugby World Cup anthem 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' with Ladysmith Black Mombasa, where England won the Rugby 5 Nations Championship. Errol has performed in most of the Worlds major arenas, singing duets with the late Robin Gibb on his BeeGee's Magnet World Tour and with the late great Barry White live on the Parisian music TV show 'Taratata'. He has supported international stars such as R Kelly, Sounds Of Blackness, Jamiraquai, Dina Carol, Burning Spear, the late Gil Scott Heron and the legendary Tom Jones.

Errol has more than stamped his mark on the contemporary dance scene through collaborations with some of the worlds biggest Dance DJ/Producers, including Promise Land, Norman Doray and Tristan Garner, Eddie Thoneick, Tom Staar, Michael Gray, Mick Kastenholt (Kaaze), Sam Young (Vanilla Ace), Paris and Simo and the Swedish House Mafia heavy-weight AXWELL, with their massive worldwide smash hits, 'Feel The Vibe' and ‘Nothing But Love’, which appeared in the first 'Inbetweeners' movie and two auto biographical Swedish House Mafia movies. He has also gained praise and support from superstar DJ's the likes of David Guetta, Hardwell, Tiesto, Sebastien Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix and Kygo to name a few.

VIDEO LINKS :

'SEARCHING' Live on Top Of The Pops (1994) :
https://youtu.be/-1nvOa0AV7w

'SEARCHING' Live on Hit Me Baby One More Time with Vernon Kaye :
http://youtu.be/5Wfkt28uuok

'STARS' came after 'Searching' :
https://youtu.be/1eoSyWI7dug

'I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE' Live on Hit Me Baby One More Time with Vernon Kaye :
https://youtu.be/yRBnv8d6C1g

'LET THE MUSIC PLAY' My Duet with Barry White Live on Taratata in Paris :
https://youtu.be/MPHxRwQllrk

Axwell ft Errol Reid - 'NOTHING BUT LOVE'
https://youtu.be/6TnCPIGZfwI

Errol Reid
www.facebook.com/errolreidmusic
www.twitter.com/errolreid
www.instagram.com/errolreid

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Joyce Fraser FRSA

Joyce Fraser is the Founder and Chair of Trustees for the Black Heroes Foundation, registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in November 2016. Since its operation, the Black Heroes Foundation has produced a launch event for an audience of 150 guests at the London Living Room, City Hall; introduced the iconic Black Heroes Soul Food Café to Wandsworth’s Lavender Hill; and produced Black Heroes: The Debate; as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe. The Foundation closes Black History Month 2018, with a grand celebration with Exhibition, Buffet and Show, returning to City Hall for its 2nd birthday in the presence of His Excellency the High Commissioner of Jamaica.

The vision is “A world where Black Heroes are acknowledged, respected and celebrated”. Joyce was inspired by her late husband’s iconic show “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame” which re-opened the Hackney Empire 30 years ago, toured the UK, USA and Jamaica, with its last performance in 2007 - the strap line being “5,000 years of black history in one night of theatre!” The Black Heroes Foundation is staging a show for production in Hackney during October 2019, in commemoration of 5 years of Flip’s passing. Auditions for the new production will start in early 2019.


Joyce Fraser FRSA, MBA(Henley), FCIPD


Booking now: Black Heroes Fundraiser -
#BehindEveryGreatCity: London’s Great Women of Colour City Hall, 30th October


Nominate here: London’s Great Women of Colour Joyce Fraser M: 07786 435 465 LinkedIn

Make a difference every month by joining our Local Giving Community:
https://localgiving.org/Black-Heroes Visit the Black Heroes Soul Food Cafe: Celebrating Our Heroes, every month is Black History Month! Video: Southwark Spotlight on Black Heroes Foundation


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Pauline Henry

Pauline Henry began her career as a recording artist, signed to Sony BMG, as the lead singer of The Chimes. Fame followed quickly. The Chimes are best known for hits like “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For “ and “ Heaven “.

Bono from U2 considers that Pauline is an inspiration. Bono commented that The Chimes cover of the U2 hit “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” was the only cover version he had heard that he enjoyed and did the original justice, adding that “at last someone’s come along to sing it properly”. It reached number 6 in the national U.K charts, and received world wide acclaim charts success. In the United States, The Chimes song “ 1-2-3” reached the Billboard Hot 100, at number 86. It spent two weeks at number 1 in the US Hot Dance Music / Club Play chart. The follow-up, “ Heaven”, reached number 24 in the U.K. charts and in the U.S. it was a number 1 Dance chart hit and still remains a favourite in the boxes of many D.J.s.

Rolling Stone magazine called Pauline Henry “ The finest singer to come from the British Isles. An illustrious solo career followed and she had a string of hits including “Feel Like Making Love”, “Sugar Free”, “Happy”, “Too Many People”, Love Hangover”,

Never Knew Love Like This “ and “Cant Take Your Love“.

Pauline Henry is known for her live, energetic performances and since her return to the music industry has appeared at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals; one of these being “Bestival” on the Isle of White, alongside Stevie Wonder and Emeli Sande.

In October of 2018 Pauline Henry was part of the Disco Spectacular line up performing with a 45 Piece Orchestra at the prestigious Sydney Opera House Australia. Following the success of the tour a new album will follow.

For more updates and information visit.
www.paulinehenry.com

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Mistri

I am known in local music circles as Dj Mistri - the host and presenter of Electric Soul Show on Ipswich Community Radio. The show's been running for the last seven years. Originally starting out as an hour show on a Wednesday evening via the internet. After about a year, "ICR" radio was granted FM BroadcastIing status and I was offered the opportunity to host my show on Sundays until present.


just love music. Its that simple, together with my love of Football or Soccer as known in the US - "I'm in heaven"

My love of music started as a kid. When my mother thought she had tucked me up nicely in bed for the night.. I reach for my little transistor radio from under the pillows and switched over to Radio Luxemberg to listen to Dj Tony Prince and his dance music show as soon as the bedroom door was closed behind her.

England then, was different from what is is now. We were not blessed with music across all genres as is available to 24hours today. And for those of you who bear those memories, you had to wait till the weekend to listen to your favourite songs or presenters on the radio.

Time then moved on and the new music day was redefined for Saturdays. The new names on the block for us were Robbie Vincent on Radio London, during the morning; and Dave Brown on Radio Orwell, Suffolk - during the evening.

All the latest upfront Soul, Funk, Disco and Jazz Funk tunes coming from the US at the time as I recall, like most enthusiasts, we would write down the track and album titles so we can check with our local record store to see if they heard of it, let alone, stock it.

Another major influence on my music appeal was the TV show "TOP OF THE POPS" introduced and broadcast on BBC 1 each week on Thursday evenings. The show featured a number of groups that had made it to the top 30 in the music chart that week. This allowed for the introduction of a wide range of musical genres, groups or individual acts over the 1 hour length show.

I usually watched it in the hope of hearing or seeing a Soul, Funk or Disco Band. Nevertheless, I was left disappointed on most occasions, but when a group from my favourite music genre did appear it made it worth the while.

Simply put, I just love music…!
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Chrystal Rose


Chrystal Rose gave birth to her only child, Louise, when she was 17.
At the age of 18, as a result of being photographed by her local newspaper in West London, the Acton Gazette, Chrystal began to work as a fashion model and continued for ten years. She has also worked as a choreographer, singer, make-up artiste and journalist.


In 1984, Chrystal won 3rd place in a Channel 4 screenplay writing competition with her original script, a psychological thriller, ‘The Fine Edge of Friendship’.


Chrystal was a member of the Royal Court Youth Theatre for three years, performing in many productions. In 1988, she opened and ran her own management and PR company.


In 1990, without previous presentation or production skills, inspired by Oprah Winfrey, Chrystal financed her own TV pilots from a bank overdraft facility and selling her car, television and video. She was successful in creating her own talk show which Carlton TV commissioned and the Chrystal Show ran for four series. Chrystal also hosted “Chrystal’s Style Guide” for two years, a programme which explored the fashion industry.


Chrystal’s first novel, “What a Bitch”, was published in 1996 by Fourth Estate.


In 1997, Chrystal began to run a night club, Diamonds, for 30+ professionals. It was a tremendous success from its launch and well deserves its place in club history. She also opened her own fashion store, CHRYSTAL’S in the West End of London, Baker Street, W1, where she sold ladies clothes, shoes and accessories on her own label. She has a line of jackets, tee and sweatshirts on her “What a Bitch” label, perfume, skin care, make-up and a nail varnish range on her Chrystal Rose label.


1998 saw the launch of her own record label, Rose Records and she worked with American producer, Alan Glass, on her own album, Independent. All 16 tracks are written by Chrystal.
In 1999, Chrystal played lead female in the stage play, ‘Women On Top’ directed by Geoff Schumann. She acted in two Channel 4 programs, “Get Up, Stand Up” and worked with Rory Bremner, playing herself in ‘Bremner, Bird & Fortune’.


In 2002, Chrystal played lead Meg in the film, ‘Secrets’ and penned the novel, ‘YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE’.
Chrystal left London in 2005 and lived in Atlanta Georgia for 5 years.


Chrystal has written the book, ‘How To Make A Film With No Money’, which follows her progress getting from novel to the big screen.


Chrystal created three new board games which she has also developed into a TV game show. Licensed to American toy company, Patch Products, they retail in Target and other major stores.


Chrystal has written all of the lyrics for songs on the sound track for her film, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ a feature script she has penned, aiming to go into production March 2019.


Chrystal continues to stage events for mature professionals. She will take 100, 50+ professionals to Atlanta in October 2018. Her newest project is ‘CHRYSTAL SUNDAYS’.


Every Sunday a different venue, each starting at 1pm, in which Attendees enjoy a 3 course lunch, along with a number of other activities, a dance class, kizomba, salsa or soul line dancing,
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Chrystal Rose.

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Leroy Loga MBE

Leroy Logan MBE, PhD, BSc
1st degree connection1st
Chairman of the London Board advising the YVC (Youth Violence Commission) at All Party Parliamentary Group on YVC
London, United Kingdom


1. Experienced in managing successful programmes, risk and knowledge management, in addition to legacy benefits linked with the safety and security programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
2. As the Deputy Borough Commander of Hackney, contributed significantly in the borough receiving three consecutive Commissioner’s Commendations (2004-07), for delivering top performance in service delivery out of all the boroughs in the Metropolitan Police Service.
3. Broad experience as a member of senior management in all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial management; in addition to the effective and efficient deployment of assets through transformational leadership and performance management principles, based on reliable intelligence &/or verifiable information.
4. A wealth of experience in equality and human rights frameworks, both at a national and international basis.
5. A strategic and local adviser in developing community engagement and problem solving frameworks; as well as community assessment of need and risk in vulnerable groups, especially in young people, and where to effectively deploy assets.
6. Vast experiences in setting up and holding director and trustee positions on charities, social enterprises and other constituted bodies. With a good understanding of successful governance arrangements, articles of association and constitutions; especially since forming REALLITY in 2007.
7. Over 30 years practical policing experience and related work within the UK Justice system that included being a founder member, and past Chairman, of both the London and National Black Police Association; in addition to developing national and international partnerships.
8. Over twenty years experience in media engagement and public speaking.


Specialties: 1. Qualified in managing successful programmes (MSPs)
2. Accredited Assessment Centre assessor and debriefer
3. Accredited trainer and mentor
4. Fairness at work adviser
5. Developing operational learning frameworks
6. Diversity in action to improve performance
7. Partnership work with the statutory, private and voluntary sectors; in addition to multi-agency work at a strategic level in response to critical and major incidences.
8. Experienced facilitator, opinion former and public speaker.
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Leroy Logan.
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Lady Lex


Lady Lex is a West London born and bred Singer/Songwriter. Raised in a music loving family, Lady Lex, born in 1965 as Karen Moon is in fact second cousin to the late Keith Moon from "The Who".

From the very beginning Lady Lex was listening to Jazz, Blues, Country & Western, Motown, Soul and Reggae. With a love for the arts, this bubbly artist was more often found at the front of the queue to audition for school productions etc., For her Music 'O' Level in school she sang and played the piano for the examiner who awarded her top marks. As well as being a musician and singer, Lady Lex is a trained dancer and enjoyed many performances with her local dancing school. Lady Lex taught children how to sing and dance whilst working at her sisters dance school; the "Janet Moon Academy of Dance". Lady Lex also enjoyed her time teaching singing and dancing as a volunteer at a local youth club. Ever the active person, Lady Lex took ice skating lessons at Queens Ice Rink from an early age and even though she progressed to a level that allowed her to play the part of "Mummy Bear" in "Goldilocks and the Three Bears on Ice", she couldn't wait until the end of the session so that she could get her jeans on and speed skate.

In 1985 Lady Lex heard an advert on a local pirate station for a talent show due to be held at Priory Community Centre. She rang the number and started to discuss music when it became evident that this was not the local radio station, but instead an accountant who worked for a Manager who happened to be looking for a female reggae singer. Seeing this as "a sign" Lady Lex went to meet this Manager and via his connections was signed to Galaxy Records, however the type of reggae that she found herself having to sing was not the type of reggae that Lady Lex had grown up listening to. With this contract weighing heavily, Lady Lex was asked to sing at a few modelling exhibitions and clubs but couldn't sing what she wanted to. The last performance she gave during this time was in 1986 at Brent Town Hall, but again, the experience was dampened as she had to sing the "diluted" material dictated by her Manager. Shortly after this, the Manager went AWOL in the middle of the contract and the money from the contract went missing too....Lady Lex hung up her microphone no longer singing, but stinging from the experience.

Shortly after the birth of her first child, staying away from music proved to be too difficult. Lady Lex started making her own music at home using a Roland D10 keyboard, an Atari St and a Steinberg Pro 12 programme (the Steinberg Pro 12 was then superseded by the Steinberg Pro 24, and then Cubase). Although the music made was not as sophisticated as it could have been, the music she made came from the heart and in fact whilst in the middle of building a roots and culture riddim, Lady Lex's friend (who later became her husband) was so impressed by the tracks she was building that he jokingly asked her if she had just come out of a Shaka session.

During that time, and despite a racist neighbour who often shouted abuse at her over the fence because of the music she created, Lex worked on several projects with local musicians and in 1993 met up with Roame Lowry of the world famous band "Maze". Lady Lex, known then as "Moon" became part of an in-house production team involving various talented singer/songwriters/musicians. She was invited to the US in 1994 to develop her career but sadly personal commitments prevented her from travelling at that time.

After dedicating many years to raise her family, Lady Lex decided that she wanted to release one UNDILUTED record before she was 40, so in late 2004 on a Saturday afternoon she went to visit Pecking's Records with an "idea" for a track on the "Lonely Street" riddim.

A very bemused Chris Peckings listened to the passionate Lady Lex talking about her idea and asked if she had a demo cd or tape. As Lady Lex did not have either with her, she asked if Chris had the riddim track. Chris laughed and gestured to all the 7's in the shop and said "of course I've got it. Lady Lex asked Chris to play it and to his surprise she sang for Chris right there and then in the middle of the famous and very busy Peckings record shop.

Lady Lex then voiced her first track for Peckings "I'm In the Mood For Love" over the Lonely Street riddim and since then Peckings have continued to record this artist who has enjoyed chart success with her releases.

Since 2004, Lady Lex has gone from strength to strength, recording songs for the Peckings Label, Cousins Label, World Sounds, Mafia n Fluxy, Lloyd Brown's Riddimworks, Kemar Flava McGregor, Donsome Records, Gadd 59 and BB Seaton.

These recordings led her to perform at clubs and music venues all over world such as the Sardinia Reggae Festival, Belgium, Scotland, York, Marcus Garvey Day in Birmingham, o2 Proud, 02 Indigo and Oceans Music Venue with top artists such as Leroy Sibbles, Cornell Campbell, George Nooks, BB Seaton, Tippa Irie, Sylvia Tella, Gentleman, Michael Prophet, Richie Davis, Audrey Scott, Misty in Roots, Lloyd Brown, Barry Biggs, Peter Spence, Don Campbel, Dennis Bovell, AJ Franklin, Peter Hunnigale, John McLean, Kofi, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Sandra Cross, Donna Marie, Trevor Walters, Lorna G, Michael Gordon, Nereus Joseph, Janet Lee Davis, Paul Dawkins, Winsome Burrell, Paulette Tajah, Gappy Ranks, Neville Morrison, Lovella Ellis, Victor Romero Evans, Adele Harley, Wendy Walker, Helen Rogers, The Blackstones, Sweetie Irie, Ras Demo, BabyBoom, J Soul, Floetic Lara, Frederica Tibbs, Claude Darroux, Bunny Lye Lye, Vivian Jones, Maddi Carty and so many more...

In 2013 at the o2 Indigo, Tony Williams presented Lady Lex with an award for her contribution as a female reggae artist and 2014 saw the release of the much awaited album "Is This Love" from Peckings Records.

In 2015 after returning from a show in Belgium, Lady Lex and her DJ husband, Farda P, decided to start a radio station to promote spiritually pure and lyrically clean music. This station is called Chaaawaaa Radio and is an internet radio station boasting over 20 fantastic dj's. The station is family friendly and you can rest assured that the whole family can tune in and enjoy the selection. You can check them out at
www.chaaawaaa.com

After taking a musical break to promote the station, Lady Lex will soon be returning with fresh material in 2018

https://www.chaaawaaa.com/

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Ivor Etienne

Ivor Etienne started off as a Sound Engineer in 1983 for a community project called “Interchange” and taught students how to operate sound equipment, record demo sessions and also arranged showcases promoting their talent within the community.

In 1987 he joined the BBC as a studio manager and over a 5 year period he worked with producers and presenters on Radio 1,2,3,4 and the world service recording, he also worked in Radio 1 and 2 continuity and live sessions,

In 1992 Ivor joined BBC Radio 1 as a producer , he was the first black producer to work for the network and over the years he brought to them the idea of THE STEVE EDWARDS SOUL SHOW (the first modern Hip Hop and R&B music show to be featured on Radio 1) Ivor also produced mainstream shows such as THE UK TOP 40, THE RADIO 1 WEEKEND BREAKFAST SHOW, and specialist shows such as ONE IN THE JUNGLE (RADIO 1 FIRST JUNGLE SHOW) and THE LENNY HENRY COMEDY SPECIALS, Ivor also worked on live concert specials and recording sessions such as the first RADIO ONE BLACK ON BLACK LIVE MUSIC WEEKEND, WOODSTOCK LIVE , R.KELLY and THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS SESSIONS.

In early in 1996 he worked as a producer the Radio 1 news organization NEWSBEAT and later on went to work in Manchester on the BBC’s first black television series THE A FORCE working on game-shows and talk-shows projects and at the end of 1996 Ivor joined CHOICE FM initially as a breakfast show producer but was promoted to PROGRAMME CONTROLLER and over the years has won various awards for the station and two years ago Ivor was promoted to level of MANAGING DIRECTOR of CHOICE FM.

Until recently Ivor has set up his own media company called ETIENNE MEDIA in which he wants to “Connect Communities” and “enhance opportunities” for “customers and clients” in the way of promotions, live events and interactivity.



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Robert Bruce


Robert Bruce brings you the biggest hip hop and R&B anthems on Capital XTRA, along with your favourite throwback tracks. Get involved @CapitalXTRA. Presenter | @CapitalXtra Wknds 4-7pm (HOMEGROWN Saturdays)| @SpiceUKonline | Bookings: Enquires@robbrucek.com | Music@RobBruceK.com Essex, England Instagram.com/robbrucek/

SpiceUK means giving platform to talented young people and developing young influencers – the future of tomorrow. Hello! My name is Robert Bruce and I am one of the Co-Founders of SpiceUK. I’m a 22 year-old a Radio Presenter, DJ and Journalist.

In 2017 I graduated from the University of Leeds with a Broadcast Journalism BA. During my time in Leeds I had a radio show called SpiceUK which eventually developed into this brand.

We saw and experienced how difficult it was for young people to gain work experience in the creative industries and decided to create our own opportunities. Through SpiceUK I have done a lot of interesting things but more importantly we have created opportunities for other young people to develop their portfolio of work within the creative fields, which have also led to further jobs beyond our brand.

My professional career started at News UK. In 2014 I completely the first ever News UK Academy, attending a week long program of intensive journalism training from different journalists at the company. I was the Entertainment editor and a columnist on the publication created by the students. In 2015 I went on to freelance work at The Times and Sunday Times, writing features for the University Guide, reporting and creating videos on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and researching for the news team. I also spent the summer working with the News UK Communications team. In the following year I started my professional radio career working as a Team Assistant for BBC Introducing in Humberside. I was lucky enough to see many bands and artist progress their careers while gaining radio producing and on air experience.

In 2017 I finished university and took a radio presenting job at Capital XTRA, a station that is part of the Global Media group. In September we will launch our schools program, teaching students about the different jobs in the creative industries, giving practical advice on how to make the most of their education.

You can email me: robertbruce@spiceukonline.com

Tweet me: @RobBruceK Instagram: @RobBruceK Facebook: Robert Bruce

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Hakeem Onibudo

Impact Dance is a Hip-Hop Theatre Company, Street Dance Organisation and Educational Facilitator based in London, which has been established since 1995. It was founded by Artistic Director Hakeem Onibudo and has been a major gatekeeper for the Hip-Hop/Street Dance sector since its inception. It has been performing in venues nationally and internationally since 1995 as well as supporting individuals to realise their potential through the medium of dance.

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Trevor Sterling

Trevor Sterling is a Partner at Moore Blatch Solicitors and Chair of the Mary Seacole Trust. He has developed a reputation for his community activity and campaigning and is frequently seen in the media  commenting on legal matters or social injustice. He has appeared on most TV channels including Sky, BBC, C4 & C5, National Radio and in National Newspapers.  He was noted for his appearance on Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman and is a regular reviewer of newspapers with Vanessa Feltz on Radio London. He appeared significantly on TV commenting on the Windrush Scandal, including BBC News Channel.

Trevor is hugely involved with community matters having established the Capital Mentor scheme and the Mavis Nye Foundation. He is Vice Chair of Headway South West London (brain injury charity) and was a Trustee of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal which, following a 12 year campaign, successfully raised funds for a statue of the Jamaican Crimean nurse hero Mary Seacole, unveiled at St Thomas’s Hospital in London in 2016. This was the first statue of a named black female anywhere in the UK. Trevor subsequently succeeded Lord Soley and became Chair of the newly named Mary Seacole Trust following the unveiling. The Charity promotes Mary Seacole as a role model in order to inspire young people through its Education Programme as well as addressing social challenges in relation to race and equality through its Diversity Programme. Trevor is also a keen motivational speaker celebrating and promoting diversity more broadly.

As a lawyer, Trevor successfully created and leads the first and only Major Trauma Law Service in the UK. Trevor set up a project in 2008, involving on the ground research meeting with clinicians, insurers and rehab providers. He now leads a team of lawyers whilst developing and inspiring juniors in their fields to adopt his approach and philosophy. He has developed a reputation for pushing the boundaries in relation to what  can be achieved to ensure the best client care approach and to push to obtain rehabilitation placing all patients/clients at the centre of the process . As a result of this ground breaking initiative, Trevor was awarded two First Rehabilitation First Awards in 2012 and 2013 and after the launch of the Major Trauma Service he achieved his hat-trick of awards in 2017.

Trevor has become one of the countries most decorated lawyers having received 3 Rehabilitation awards in 2012,13 and 2017, in addition to  awards from the Law Society. In 2008 he was awarded the ‘Rising Star: Advocate in the Face of Adversary Award’  and in October 2018 was Highly Commended by the Law Society for ‘Solicitor of the Year’. He has been involved in some of the country’s highest profile cases and is one of only  a few black lawyers in the country to have succeeded in the House of Lords in the ground-breaking landmark case of Corr V IBC vehicles Limited. He was also involved in investigating the Paddington Rail crash and supporting the Jimmy Saville Child Abuse victims. More recently he has been involved in the Croydon Tram crash and Westminster Terror Attack.

Trevor is delighted to be a 291 Judge, he is known for his quick wit and inspiring way with words to develop the new talent that will be present on the night!

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Maria Kemplinska MBE

CEO + founder and CEO of Jongleurs Comedy Clubs/owner Dingwalls Music/Producer Strong Oak Pictures Looking for new ideas

Maria Kempinska MBE established and opened the first Jongleurs club in 1983 in Battersea, London. In 1985 Kempinska met her business partner John Davy. Regent Inns

By 2000, there were eight Jongleurs venues across the UK. Regent Inns plc, the owners of Walkabout, bought the clubs. Kempinska and Davy retained certain rights to the brand name, as well as creative control over booking acts.

With Regent Inns in financial trouble, the Cardiff venue was closed in January 2009 and in October that year, Regent Inns went into prepacked administration, allowing for a management buy-out which resulted in the formation of Intertain UK. As a result of this administration, Jongleurs venues in Southampton, Nottingham, Bristol, Oxford and Bow (London) all closed.

The sites in Oxford and Nottingham were later reopened by rival chain The Glee Club. As a result of the management buy out, Intertain UK decided to end its relationship with Jongleurs and all the remaining clubs were rebranded as Highlight in January 2010.

Maria is currently pursuing music production ventures along side her Kempinska comedy brand.



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Ed Adoo

Edward Adoo has many strings to his bow. Abroadcaster, writer, music consultant and DJ, Ed is an ardent music lover with a vision that unites the dancefloor through eclectic sounds. Ed's love of electronic and black music led to him to become a DJ, hosting club nights, playing at launch parties and brand launches for Blackberry, T-Mobile, Sky and Silverstone.

Ed has always had a bug for music and broadcasting. After setting up a school radio station at St George's, Ed was able to explore the roots of radio presenting alongside Tom Findlay (one half of dance collective Groove Armada) at King’s College Hospital. This led to producing at Kiss 100 then being scouted by Channel Fly's Student Broadcast Network to launch and present Circumference, a Saturday-night syndicated show, where Ed and his co-producer, Annie Mac, cut their teeth in professional radio.

Ed joined Zons PR to launch their music division. In that role he secured the first UK Top 40 hit for MOBO award-winning artist Rhian Benson. Ed also worked on a remix project as an A&R for Wendy James of Transvision Vamp, under her Racine moniker. Alongside his DJing work, Ed contributes to various magazines on music and cultural topics – he’s written on Reggaeton music for The Guardian, and is voice of the Fresh 40 Chart Show, MTV Base and MySpace Music. The legendary Karl Pilkington paved the way for Ed to further his work in radio voiceovers with the opportunity to voice promos on XFM. This led to work as a television continuity announcer on ITV2/4 and Channel 4 as the voice of More 4 with slots on E4.

His radio reigns were notched up by NME and Ed championed cutting edge sounds from across the dancefloors, bringing new talent to the fore and celebrating everything that’s great about music with exclusive interviews. This was followed up by regular appearances on BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1′s Review Show, LBC 97.3FM, Sky News Paper Review and making the list to sit alongside 130 influential and impartial UK-based music critics and broadcasters to find the best new acts for BBC Sound of 2009/10/11/12. Ed regularly guests across the schedule on BBC Radio 5 Live (previously on the MondayMusic Review with Victoria Derbyshire), Up All Night, Drive, Late Show and launched FLP TV, an online music, fashioned and lifestyle television channel as the main host interviewing the cast of Lion King and other West End shows.

Ed notched more radio airmiles, joined online and digital station Mi-Soul Radio to host a weekly afternoon show 'Without Further Adoo'. BBC Radio 4′s Saturday Live noted Ed’s love for broadcasting and his pastime obsession of buying and collecting London Routemaster Buses. In front of a live studio audience alongside film director Richard Curtis and other guests at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Ed featured as a guest and told presenters Sian Williams and Reverend Richard Coles how the combination formed the pathway to his career in DJing and broadcasting.

Ed narrated BBC Three documentary series Life Through Your Lens. This led to securing a monthly residency picking is personal favourites covering all genres from Latin, Funk, Electronic to Dub for a one-hour slot on BBC Radio Bristol. Ed has broadened his expertise to become a respected voice on news, current affairs, social and diversity issues. Ed now regularly writes for the Evening Standard, Independent, Huffington Post, The Voice, Q, Jewish News, Broadcast and other publications.

Ed currently hosts a weekly radio show on BBC Three Counties Radio, sits in for John Leech on the BBC Soul Show in the east, covers shows on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio London and Cambridgeshire, appears on London Live and the 'go to' person for all music related topics on 5, Sky News. Ed also appears on the BBC News Channel as a guest for the 10.30 and 11.30 evening paper reviews. Ed is currently ITV's promo voice for the Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage.


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Carl McKintosh


Loose Ends was a successful British R&B band that had several urban contemporary hits. The trio was formed in London in 1980, initially comprising vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player, writer and founder Steve Nichol. The latter two left the group in 1989 due to poor progression and since there departure the newer Loose Ends sound has gained higher chart positions globally and a wider fan base in the R&B genre through Carl McIntosh's production skills.


The group was originally called Loose End, and signed with Virgin Records in 1981. Their debut material was written for them by Chris Amoo and Eddie Amoo, who had achieved UK Singles Chart success of their own in the 1970s, with their group The Real Thing. The trio changed its name to Loose Ends in 1983 and continued to record for Virgin. They were distributed in the United States by MCA Records.


The group was founded by Steve Nichol after he left the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Nichol went on to tour with The Jam in 1982 as a trumpet, trombone and keyboard player. They achieved their first success with "Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)" in 1985, which reached No. 13 in the UK chart. "Hangin' on a String" also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard R&B chart, making Loose Ends the first British band ever to top that chart. They reached No. 16 with the single "Magic Touch" in the same year. The disc was produced in the US, as was their 1986 hit "Slow Down" (later used as the theme music for MuchMusic's Soul in The Cityprogram). At this time, they also arranged and played on a number of tracks from Five Star's debut album including the single "Let Me Be The One" which reached number two in the same listings later in 1986. Subsequent falling sales saw the threesome notch up their final transatlantic hit in 1988 with "Watching You (Watching Me)."


The group's line-up changed in 1990 due to differences in its proposed musical direction, with Eugene and Nichol wanting to maintain the group's sound and McIntosh wanting to be more experimental.


Eugene and Nichol decided to leave, and were replaced by Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman. Look How Long turned out to be the final studio album released under the Loose Ends name, and featured their final hit single, "Don't Be A Fool" (1990).


McIntosh himself went on to work behind the recording desk following the group's peak popularity, but the new trio soon disbanded.


He has since produced several artists' work, most notably that of Caron Wheeler, Ruth Joy and Kwesi.


In 1998, the group reunited to appear on a single by Pete Rock called "Take Your Time." They also appeared in the music video for the track.


"Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)" is featured in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional Soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.


Loose Ends continues to perform as 'Loose Ends' since the 1980 album Look How Long which was produced, composed and written by Carl McIntosh which came out on Virgin.
— with
Carl McIntosh.

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Kennedy President Mensah

Back 2 Da Future is a Music Publishing Company and Performing Rights Representative. Founded in 2008 by Kennedy ‘Prezedent’ Mensah a journalist and Music Business Professional of 20 years standing (at that time).

Our primary aim is to get our clients paid their due correctly by connecting the dots between the music of today with the music of yester-year and recognising their place in history. This is done by offering answers to the following questions How do you make a living from making the music that you love? How do you register with Performance societies (PPL, PRS, ASCAP etc)

We offer our clients a service that includes administration – which entails catalogue research, worldwide registration of works (via a network of sub publishers, in all major territories) and covering all major publishing societies such as ( PRS for music, ASCAP, BMI, GEMA, JASRAC, SACEM et al) as well as neighbouring rights administration (via PPL). We also offer some Marketing, networking, PR services and actively promote collaborations between our clients and with other publishing houses.

Our specialist subject is Reggae Music, but after you are able to untangle some of the disputes that Reggae throws up, trus’ me anything else is easy in comparison. Our mission is to source Royalties for our clients from every nook and cranny possible. We also endeavour to positively exploit the works/clients that we reprezent.

Contacts: info@back2dafuture.com Copyright@back2dafuture.com Royalties@back2dafuture.com Media@back2dafuture.com Bookings@back2dafuture.com


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Tina Rowland-Dixon


Research A&R Scout at Columbia Records, Sony Music UK
London, Greater London, United Kingdom


Verge Magazine
Dates Employed Jun 2011 – Jul 2014
Employment Duration 3 yrs 2 mos


Connected with the audience by carrying out vox pops about fashion and relationships, organised databases for client contacting, assisted with article writing, review writing and video editing


MTV UK
Dates Employed Aug 2012 – Aug 2012
Employment Duration 1 month Internship


The BRIT School
Dates attended or expected graduation 2012 – 2014


The BRIT School
Degree Name Extended Diploma
Field Of Study Broadcasting and Digital Communications
Dates attended or expected graduation 2012 – 2014


Broadcast and Digital Communications (BDC) and
English Literature AS

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Zak

A pop station reinvented as a black music champion. 1983 - 1990.

LWR took to the air as London Weekend Radio on 1 January 1983. The station was a joint venture between two DJs. John Dawson (Keith Green) had started helping out on Radio Jackie and Radio Free London before running his own station, South London Radio, where he refined higher-power VHF transmitters based on the RFL designs. Johnny Haywood had done shows on the smaller Bromley Sound as well as deejaying in a few small South London clubs and wine bars.

In early 1984 LWR were hit hard by a series of raids on their transmitter sites. Broadcasting from the tops of tower blocks meant that the authorities could turn up any time and take away the transmitter, no warrant necessary. However, other stations were by now exploiting a loophole in the law which meant a transmitter on private premises could only be inspected prior to a court formally ordering its seizure. The station decided that if it was going to survive it would have to join them, and on 10 March 1984 the station went 24 hours as LWR – London Wide Radio.

With the coming of the new Telecoms Act in 1984, which closed the loopholes under which pirates were more freely operating, LWR made the decision to close down on the 14 July 1984 before the new Act came into force the following day. A special goodbye broadcast went out from Johnny Haywood and John Dawson, thanking all the fifty-one DJs that had passed through the station during this period.

When those stations that had stayed on the air weren't subjected to crippling raids, others began to gradually reappear. On 15 September 1984 LWR returned, minus Johnny Haywood – who was now deejaying on cruise ships and was later to join Jazz-FM – and with new backing from club promoter Zak & Dee Promotions, run by brothers Zak and Fuzzy Dee.

The new daytime schedule switched from soul with Mark Mason on breakfast, to Zak's mid-morning reggae show, back to soul with Ron Tom for lunch, reggae in the afternoon with J.J. then Tim Westwood on drivetimes with his more soul-oriented selection – except for Tuesdays when he had his massively popular hip-hop show in the evening. Westwood had first gained attention as warm-up DJ for Steve Walsh in the clubs, but it wasn't until he began playing hip-hop that he started to make a name for himself. The Tuesday show would get one of the biggest mailbags on the station, sometimes receiving up to fifteen mixes a week from young DJs.

More DJs were added as 1985 progressed, including future rap star Derek Boland presenting a mix of soul, electro and hip-hop; Joe Douglas (later boss of North London's legal WNK) playing reggae and soca; deeper reggae with Daddy Ernie (later on Choice FM); jazz from Steve Edwards (later on Jazz FM and Radio One) and the underrated Barry B, one of the first DJs with a regular live mixing show on the radio in the UK. As well as more black presenters, the station also put more female DJs on air than many of its competitors, including DJ Camilla, Debbie Gopie, Angie Lamar, Sarah HB and DJ Elayne (Elayne Smith – also later on Choice FM).

After the announcement of the new ‘incremental’ radio licences in 1988 LWR remained quiet about what its plans were. It wasn't until December that they announced that the station would be closing down to apply for a licence. The final show went out on 31 December with Chris Collins and Wayne Turner while a separate LWR party took place in a London club

When the winners of the incremental licences were announced and they weren't among them – the Radio Authority said they never applied – it wasn't long before LWR took to the airwaves again. However, when it relaunched at the end of July 1989 it was minus many of its former jocks. Several had been headhunted by Choice FM, the black radio station that won the South London licence, while others were still hoping they might be picked up elsewhere or in the second round of licences. This incarnation of LWR continued on into 1990 but with new legal competition and changing tastes it was not as successful and eventually left the airwaves.

Read more about LWR in the new book London's Pirate Pioneers.
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Barrie Sharp


“I was a product of the times and the product became the producer. I designed the clothes, ran the club, played the records, was in the band and made the music, which created the scene that changed youth culture worldwide. I just kept falling up hill.” (Barrie Sharpe)…

The clothes – Duffer of St. George (created 1984) – from the street, four young men shook up the global fashion industry…

The Clubs – Black Market (Wag) 84/85 and The Cat In The Hat 85/86 – he with his friend Lascelle Lascelles played their favourite 70s funk records to a brand new audience. The style they played became known as ‘Rare Groove’ – the change in club culture…

The band – Diana Brown & The Brothers - that consisted of The Brand New Heavies, The Young Disciples and Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe – became the defining sound of the Acid Jazz Movement…

Rhythm Rhyme Revolution LP #1 (Blues & Soul write up) Game changer, fashion icon, maverick, dancer, writer, producer (I could go on) the rather bespoke Barrie K Sharpe makes a delightful return to the fray with this his sterling new platter emphatically entitled Rhythm Rhyme Revolution and the title track happens to be the opener setting a fine scene mixing a spiritual jazz vibe with some sharp afro beat inflections, fresh sounding and totally infectious. Sharpeye set the scene for an enthralling journey of beats basslines and dubby horns that brings new things to the table in terms of what's possible within what I would call classy dance music, leaving space for the glossy grooves to shine adorned with bite size anthemic vocal hooks. It's a winning formula, co creator Gareth Tasker has waved his magic wand over this too, believe me these two are a deadly force and it goes to prove the old adage that there is no accounting for experience and these guys have it in spades. Referencing Curtis, Marvin and others in a subtle yet enticing mixing bowl of goodness that just flows out effortlessly. Timeless stuff that will sound good way down the line (as does Masterplan). There are definitely no fillers on this album…

http://www.sharpeye.london http://sharpeye-31-01-60.blogspot.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006132708077

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