Who said you can’t have a lit motive this Autumn?

Summer has officially come to an end after a longevity of heatwaves, frozen bottles of water and melted foundation.  It’s finally time to welcome back our English weather with a smile of chattering teeth and wave goodbye to your autumn/winter blues before they even begin.  Life is way too short to be locked up at…

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2 Tone: The Quirky Love Child of Ska, Reggae & Punk Rock

Two-Tone: adj. Coloured in two colours or two shades of one colour. OR noun. a genre of British music that fuses traditional ska with musical elements of punk rock. OR Noun. 2 Tone Records was an English record label that mostly released ska- and reggae-influenced music with a punk rock and pop music overtone. THE…

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Notting Hill 2018: 10 Tips For a Fun, Stress-Free & Memorable Carnival Experience

Dearly beloved, On Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August 2018, the Black British masses will flock, yet again, to the streets of West London where they will drink, party and most importantly… whine their waists. In other words: CARNIVAL IS APPROACHING!!! *Blows whistle* Notting Hill Carnival is something I look forward to every year, as…

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Festivaling While Black

I’m okay when I realise despite the extremely black headline, I am one of about 0.0002 black people and 0.0008 people of colour in total out of forty thousand people at Longitude festival in Ireland. I’m okay when a drug-fuelled reveller headbutts me by accident and splits my lip. I reapply my Fenty lip-gloss and…

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Festivals not to be missed this Summer!

Summertime is upon us, which can only mean one thing… IT’S FESTIVAL SEASON! We all know that Summer in the UK can be… winter? But that’s no reason to not pretend that the sun is shining, get those fringed skirts and floral shirts out (with at least 3 buttons undone of course boys 😉) and…

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Stormzy Launches Publishing Imprint with Penguin Random House, #Merky Books

There’s no guessing where Stormzy will take his #Merky empire next. With a record label, clothing merchandise, and music festival under his belt, he has just announced a partnership with Penguin Random House. Stormzy is setting up a new publishing imprint called #Merky books that’ll focus on new works by young writers. Earlier this year…

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Read how these Black British musicians create nostalgia with their selection of samples

Music is a powerful thing. Ever listen to a song for the first time, get all the feels and not know why? Next thing you know you’re screaming “omg this is a vibeee” and your friends are looking at you thinking, “I mean, it’s ok…” You’ve likely been samploozled. You’d be surprised how many of…

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Top 5 Colors Berlin Live shows from Black British Women

Avid fans of music and revered youtube surfers will surely be familiar with the YouTube channel COLORS. The Colors studio located in Berlin records live shows packaged as resplendent performances for our viewing pleasure. The Colors team seek out talented musicians from across the globe and across genres. Names big and small ranging from Goldlink…

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When there really is something wrong with a little bump and grind

Warning: abuse, violence, sexual assault Last year we saw Karrueche take out a restraining order against repeat offender Chris Brown, Kevin Spacey accused of assault against a minor, and a gruesome deposition of horrifying abuse suffered by girlfriend of American rapper XXX Tentacion. Black Brit artists are not exempt: Solo 45 and Bonkaz have both…

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Upcoming Talent: N8tive

“My goal for this year is to make myself present inside the music scene, I want people to know that I’m here… people all over the country.” For those of you who want to hear fresh new talent, keep your ears and eyes open for upcoming rapper N8tive. Representing South East London, he is already…

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