01 September 2014

Why? The Truth About Jamaica

This is a poem by Kevaughn Ellis about the society issues in Jamaica that pose great questions. It is definitely something that can be applied here in the UK too. Words are definitely powerful.

31 August 2014

Parents of Ashya King Speak Out!

It has been on the news for the past few days that a young child was taken from hospital without the doctors consent. The news outlets were all notified and the parents were shown to be wanted on interpol the international police data base for criminals. The family have been found safe and well in Spain. They have released a video showing Ashya still receiving his feed through the machine. The video discusses the parents concern about the treatment their son received under NHS care and the alternative they asked for. The NHS are in the process of creating a centre that would enable such treatment but it will not be ready for a few years. The therapy is called Proton Beam Therapy

Please watch the below video to hear what the parents have to say. After all we have heard the doctors and the police speak on numerous occasions. This case reminds me of a mum who went to court because the cancer treatment her son received was so severe it left worst for wear according to his mum. The dad won a court battle to continue with the treatment with backing from the medical world. 

From the video it seems the parents did their own research and found a treatment that would be beneficial for their son and require different doctors to treat him. The doctors did not like what they heard and threaten to get a court order to remove the parents parental rights. If that is the case that is a huge concern and a very worrying scene that could have unfolded. I am praying Ashya gets well and that they can raise the money for the specialist treatment that the NHS does not yet offer.

The info box on Youtube asks that the whole video is watched in full so you can understand the parents perspective.

18 August 2014

Sky Sets Diversity Target

In a press release today, Sky Broadcasting announced that it is setting a tangible target to ensure that at least 20% of all new original programming on its channels Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts reflect the audiences that watch them. The aim is to ensure Black, Asian and other minorities are represented better on British TV. This move covers On screen portrayals, Production (including senior roles), Writing and Commissioning.

Stuart Murphy, Sky’s Director of Entertainment said: “Sky is dedicated to making programmes that feel representative of every one of the millions of viewers that watch our content every day, whatever their colour. So we have tackled the issue with the same sense of ambition that we show in all other areas of our business, setting ourselves a set of tangible goals that will hold us to account. Our aim is to kick start a sea change in the on screen representation of ethnic minorities on British television. It’s an incredibly exciting time, and I am very proud that Sky is going to be at the forefront.”

This is good news to read about as for a very long time British TV has been very hostile towards true diversity and representation. This has lead to many talented people leaving England for amazing careers abroad. Others have shown off their talents through online webisodes  such as Brothers With No Game, that have become very popular and pretty much welcomed. One of the things that got my attention is that they are not just covering the actors but those behind the cameras too. So hopefully that means we will never be subjected to another show like the ill fated show The Crouches or even the plethora of shows that contain so called minorities but do not have any of their input.

08 August 2014

Rocking Red Hair

Single braid extensions can set you back a minimum of £50 upwards. So I decided I would do what I had not done in years and and do my own braided extensions.  I think they turned out alright. Anyway check out my video for more information. Oh yeah I know I have not got the best edges but I address that in the video. Stay Blessed x

06 August 2014

05 August 2014

Mark Sebba Gets an Epic Send Off

Mark Sebba the CEO of Net a Porter was given an epic send off after 11 years for retirement. The London staff enlisted choirs, artwork, samba dancers, drummers and more to wish him well. The celebrations were also simultaneously joined by the international offices in America and Asia. He must have been a very good boss that kept all staff happy enough to give him such an amazing send off. It pays to be the boss but it pays even more to be nice to others

01 August 2014

Emancipation Day Jamaica

Today marks the 176 year anniversary of Emancipation Day in Jamaica. Slaves were freed and slavery ended on 1st August 1838. Slavery itself in the British colonies was ended four years earlier in 1834 but it was made official in Jamaica on Emancipation Day.

You can read the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen's message here. Where he discusses Jamaicans tasting freedom for the 1st time and the hopes they would have had for the future not just themselves but for the nation. He also reflects on the current state of Jamaica. Worth a read.

Let us reflect on those gone by who fought the battle to freedom and many who lost their lives along the way.