Pedro Kouyaté: review of new album ‘Live’

Pedro Kouyaté is not a typical griot artist. In West Africa, griots are the guardians of oral tradition. They can be historians, storytellers or musicians. Pedro was born of griot ancestors but he has grown tired of this world. His mind wanders elsewhere. When he was younger he rather enjoyed hanging out at Siby, his…

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British fashion designer to showcase exquisite collection in Berlin

London-based fashion designer Samantha-Jane Agbontaen, who specialises in luxury womenswear with eco-values, is to showcase her collection at Berlin Fashion week in the New Year. Samantha Jane is renowned for creating unique, feminine and alluring designs form women who enjoy wearing exquisite clothing. The brand, Fabryan, was developed in September 2010 with its studio in…

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Book Review: What’s love got to do with it? By Ifayomi Grant

This book explores black male/female relationships in the west and suggests  seven steps to solving the crisis in relationships  based on secondary research, personal stories and opinions gathered from a wide cross-section of people.  It touches on some really important issues about building and maintaining sustainable relationships. The seven steps outlined give some interesting, practical…

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First class business graduate becomes scholar and author on Islamic history and law

Habeeb Akande is the author of a recently published book called Illuminating the Darkness: Blacks and North Africans in Islam, that seeks to critically address the issue of racial discrimination and colour prejudice in religious history. After graduating with a first class honours degree in business and film studies from Kingston University, Habeeb headed to…

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New centre launches to help East London’s BME students prepare for business careers

The University of East London (UEL) has launched a new initiative to help better prepare its black and minority ethnic (BME) students for a successful career in the world of business. Funded by the Noon Foundation, The Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business was officially opened this week at UEL’s Royal Docks Business…

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