BRAP review of the inaugural Tottenham Literature Festival

‘Developing culturally diverse artists’ is the strapline for the purpose-built Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. The complex’s namesake ‘firmly believed that the arts have the power to transform lives’, and what better place to do so than in one of London’s culturally-rich boroughs. It is here that the inaugural Tottenham Literature Festival took place:…

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Soulful singer-songwriter Mychelle performs at the BRAP Live studio

Mychelle – Hello Young Singer-songwriter Mychelle can sometimes be found busking in Kings Cross Station, her stunningly soulful voice is enough to stop the rush hour travellers in their tracks. We had her in the BRAP Live studios to perform her beautifully written song ‘Hello’. Mychelle– Put Your Records On (Corinne Bailey Rae cover) Black…

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East London rapper Frenzy graces the BRAP Live stage

Frenzy –  Bro code East London rapper Frenzy graces the BRAP Live stage with a raw and pure performance of 90s-inspired bop “Bro code” which is lifted off his 2019 EP Murder Mile. Frenzy – B.O.M.B (Bomb Squad cover) Some nostalgia for your headtop! Frenzy takes us back to ’06 Channel U days with his…

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Must See Black British Theatre This Autumn/Winter

We may not always see them on huge billboards in central London but Black Brits have been creating amazing content in the theatre space. Recently, iconic plays like Misty, Barber Shop Chronicles and Nine Nights have come and gone but there’s always a new wave of plays to discover. Autumn and Winter is the perfect time to get cosy in a dark theatre and immerse yourself in black stories. Here is a list of must-see plays from Black British theatre-makers this season. 

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Dave wins the Hyundai Mercury Music Prize 2019 for debut album Psychodrama

The most coveted prize in British and Irish music was awarded to South London rapper Dave. The 21-year old rapper – whose full name is David Orobosa Omoregie – won the 2019 Hyundai Mercury prize for his debut album, Psychodrama. Announcing the winner, judge Annie Mac said the album “showed remarkable levels of musicianship, true…

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National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

This September, we’re recognising #NationalSickleCellAwarenessMonth, remembering that “there is a huge lack of knowledge and it is up to us as a people to demand more education on the disease.”

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8 Black British fashion designers you need to know (and celebrate)

As Black History Month draws near and London Fashion Week comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to highlight Black British fashion designers that are making waves and creating their own fashion lanes.  Representing a range of categories from menswear to urban-luxe womenswear, these talented black designers work hard to overcome the notorious racial…

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A review of ‘Black, Listed’, Jeffrey Boakye’s Black British dictionary

Words don’t just have literal meanings. They also say a lot about cultures, history, and geography, usually without us realising. The study of this is called etymology and it’s a lot more interesting than it sounds if you are the curious type. Imagine the history behind words like ‘Yardie’, ‘BAME’ or ‘Coon’.  This is what…

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