BBN: Enhancing TV experience with social media
By Lawrece Amaku | April 21, 2017
It is common knowledge today that reality TV show organizers not only use the social media to create awareness for their shows, but also to obtain viewer feedback, reactions and opinions, aimed at forging deeper audience engagement. Oftentimes, the information that viewers get from their friends online serve as reviews of a TV show, and the media choices they make are influenced by such secondhand information. In corroborating this view, producer of a popular US TV show, The Voice (NBC), Nicolle Yaron, notes that “In this day and age, digital and social media for a successful television show can’t be an afterthought.”
A study carried out by The Hollywood Reporter stated that over half of the people who were sampled said the social media determine the choices they made about entertainment. The report revealed that “of those who make posts about TV shows, 76 percent do so live and 51 percent do so to feel connecte . . .
How do you make a film about detained women that your government doesn't want you to see?
Phones and recording devices are banned at the notorious Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, so filmmaker Jade Jackman had to be creative in documenting the lives of women asylum seekers detained there. Here, Jackman issues a rallying cry to artists looking for new ways to engage a news-numbed audience.
In the midst of a business park in Bedfordshire, you'll find Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Slotted in amongst the stocky offices of cement and the tall street lights that curve ominously towards the sky, you'd be forgiven for not noticing the 400 women that live between them; you weren't meant to.
Across Europe, our governments routinely detain asylum seekers with the hope of removing them back to their 'country of origin'. Out of all of these, Yarl's Wood, operated by Serco, is perhaps one of the most notorious. The women are not held for having committed any criminal offence, yet they are left to wa . . .
11 Things to do in the days between Christmas and New Year
By Ellen Scott | December 27, 2016
Nothing is happening. It feels like there’s nothing to do. The excitement of Christmas is over with but you’re not quite yet to commit to being the glorious version of yourself you intend to be in the new year.
So we’d recommend using these days as a chance for some quiet contemplation, reflection, and planning.
Sort your sh*t out in time for the new year, basically, while remaining chilled out, cosy, and enjoying all your Christmas leftovers.
Here’s all the stuff it’s worth doing in these weird inbetween days (otherwise known as Twixtmas, if you need a catchier term).
1. Do your shopping for the new year
Boxing Day is always a bit too much to handle, but the days afterwards are perfect for buying up any new homeware and clothing you fancy for the year ahead.
Use your days off wisely. Do a morning of shopping then nap in the afternoon.
(Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
2. Sign up for t . . .
Memories of the African Diaspora: A Conversation with Nicola Lo Calzo
Yves Chatap | July 28, 2016
Since 2010, the Italian photographer Nicola Lo Calzo has traversed the Atlantic coasts to research buried memories of the African Diaspora. His latest installment,Regla, taken in Cuba, is the sixth and last chapter in an album entitled Cham, following series in West Africa, Guadeloupe, Haiti, the southern United States, French Guyana, and Suriname, each of which set the stage for photographic journeys through history. Mixing documentary and art photography,Regla reveals a society’s solidarity and resistance to oppression. I spoke with Lo Calzo in advance of his exhibition of Regla, currently on view at the fourth edition of the PORTRAIT(S) festival in Vichy, France. —Yves Chatap
Nicola Lo Calzo, Reinier, Sibooney Beach, Santiago, 2015. Courtesy the artist and L’agence à Paris
Yves Chatap: In the introductory text to your series Regla, you write, “There are two Cubas . . .
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Mustafa Tameez | April 29, 2016
The story of apartheid South Africa, and its effects on indigenous Africans, is well documented. Less well known, however, is the story of immigrants from India who were also subjected to the harsh laws mandating racial segregation throughout much of the 20th Century. “From 1912 onward, right up until 1948, there were progressive restrictions, legislation that wouldn’t allow us to use busses, we couldn’t go to hospital, we had no schools,” says Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee, an internationally-recognized attorney and family mediator based in London England, who was born and raised in South Africa, “In 1948 the ideology becomes more hardened. And apartheid then becomes a creed, a specific creed, with 148 laws that restricted people’s movement, where they could trade, who they could marry.”
Because of his family’s multi-generation ties to both South Africa and India, he has direct connection to two of the . . .
Nigeria’s celebrity, P-Square, quits music for football
One of Nigeria’s most popular musicians P-Square says he is leaving singing and dancing to embrace football. Peter and Paul Okoye otherwise known as P-Square are talented multiple award winners whose pop sounds are celebrated all over Africa. Because of his growing interest in football, Peter has launched his football management agency “P-Classic”.
P-Square, multiple winning African celebrities.
Peter said in an official statement that he and his twin brother Paul used to play football before settling for music. As his dream of becoming a professional footballer failed, he has decided to invest in other young people with the same dream, to become great professionals not only at home but also abroad.
For the past five years Peter has sponsored young football players in Omole, Nigeria where he lives. The sponsorship of Omole FC has produced two professional players who are now rising in European clubs. In 2015, he personally f . . .
“Hear Me Move” Group
Showing another Exciting, Moving South African Picture
This first ever South African dance movie is already captivating international interest and shaking the waves, even though yet to start great moves.
The film tells the story of Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery in order to learn the truth about his father's death and come to terms with his own identity. The question asked is whether Muzi will embrace his destiny and become the man he is meant to be?
”Hear Me Move” sheds a light on the South African dance form Sbujwa which fuses various dance styles with other African dance forms. That is why its co-producer and script writer Fidel Namisi is right to say, “It will resonate with African audiences...It ignites the feeling of achievement through cinematic moments.” It is not only about entertainment but education as . . .
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRESSING OR REGRESSING ?
ANOTHER EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL TOOK PLACE LAST JULY IN BROOKLYN, NEWYORK. THIS IS A FORUM WHERE AFRICAN ARTISTS COME TO SHOWCASE THEIR ARTISTRY AND MEET WITH PEOPLE FROM FAR AND NEAR.
By Laura Owen
As reported by its organisers, the festival began in 1971 as the African Street Carnival, a PTA’s block party fundraiser for an independent school in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with local entertainers, about 20 arts and crafts vendors, along with food prepared by the parents. Almost 2,000 people came to the event and it was a success. The International African Arts Festival (IAAF) has been part of the Brooklyn’s cultural landscape for 40 years. Each year a committed team of Board members, consultants, part-time seasonal staff and volunteers, work together to transform a city park into an outdoor African cultural oasis that celebrates traditional and contemporary expression of various African cultural art . . .
BOOMING NIGERIAN FILM INDUSTRY UPLIFTS AFRICA
Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry is fast becoming a world giant. Producing thousands of films (home videos) weekly to project Africa better, is its vision and it may not be far from it.
Commonly known in the U.S. and the West in general as African movies, sales of Nigerian movies here have risen during the last decade. Because of the eruption in Nollywood, it is today classified third best movie industry in the world, coming after America’s Hollywood and India’s Nollywood.
Haiti is just as fascinated with the movies. “May be because through them I can identify with my roots, to which I will forever be attached, no matter the odds,” she says.
Motiki who has researched on these films concludes that “Nollywood movies are gaining popularity among the fast-growing African immigrant populations, offering their much westernised children a glimpse of African life, particularly the clash of modernity and tradit . . .