India.Arie: "The Grammys are NOT about the music"


Following the Grammy Awards last weekend, which angered many Hip-Hop fans when dynamic Compton lyricist Kendrick Lamar left the night empty-handed despite seven nominations, soul singer India.Arie let her personal feelings on the iconic annual music ceremony be known. Read more

Dancehall star Konshens spearheads book drive for Secondary School in Uganda


International Dancehall artist Konshens is spearheading a book drive for Kololo Senior Secondary School in Uganda, Africa to help equip the students with tools to further their education. Read more

Oddisee, Dot Rotten play London Streetfest | Event Preview


UK live arts festival Streetfest returns this May for its sixth year, taking place in the soul of East London, Shoreditch; the home of creatives and free spirits.

For one day only, on Sunday, May 5th a variety of artists, musicians and more will unite to celebrate British Street culture; with attractions covering a spectrum of art including live music, workshops, art warehouses, street sports, street dance and a special spoken word show. Read more

C.S. Lewis to be honoured in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey | Arts News

The acclaimed novelist and scholar C. S. Lewis is to be honoured with a memorial stone at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. Read more

Stalley to headline Brooklyn charity book fundraiser in December

Stalley might be from the small town of Massillon, Ohio, but he's determined to give back to the communities where hip hop was born. The MMG rapper will be heading to Brooklyn on December 6th to perform at the Scholarich Foundation's new fundraiser/book drive, which aims to help under-privileged local children by providing them with much needed educational resources. Read more

Disney to buy Lucasfilm for $4bn, new Star Wars movies to come

With a new series of Star Wars films to come the creators of the iconic global franchise, George Lucas' company Lucasfilm Ltd is to be acquired by The Walt Disney Company in a $4.05bn (£2.52bn) deal, announced today (October 30). Read more

Brixton Underground Film Festival to 'bring the screen back to the people' | Event Preview

Clearview Productions will be presenting the Brixton Underground Film Festival from 30th September - 6th October. The pop-up film festival will showcase seven films across seven days at seven different venues, all of which will be announced 24 hours before airing. Read more

George the Poet does spoken word piece over Frank Ocean's 'Pink Matter' | Poetry Video

Twenty-one-year-old spoken word artist George the Poet provides an amazing delivery with his take on Frank Ocean's "Pink Matter." Read more

'The Art of Chess' exhibition at Saatchi Gallery begins Sept. 8 | Art News

Said to have originated in India around the 7th century, Chess, formerly known as "Chaturanga," has long been a popular choice for contemporary artists. The Saatchi Gallery's upcoming exhibition The Art of Chess explores the 21st century take on the classic game with specially-commissioned pieces from artists such as Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, Tracey Emin and Rachel Whiteread -- whose love of dollhouses inspired her to create the miniature furniture pieces. Read more

'Street's Disciples' art collection at Bernie Grant Arts Centre | Art News

Terrence Adegbenle's collection is currently being displayed at the Bernie Grant Art Centre as part of the "More Than XY" exhibition.

Titled "Street's Disciples," the collection features some amazing portraits that combine Adegbenle's oil drawings with his friend Dapo Adeola's black-and-white illustrations. Inspired by Adegbenle's dissertation for his Fine Arts degree and named after Nas' 2004 album, the collection aims to inspire young people through art.

The "More Than XY" initiative aims to bring awareness to the fathers who are active in their children's lives and celebrate their role and that of other positive role models in the black community.

I love the concept, and Adegbenle and Adeola's craftmanship is outstanding. However, rather than using only UK rappers who speak about social, political and/or religious issues, I would've loved to also see a black politician, a well known youth worker and/or a pastor/minister from a popular church amongst those representing the positive role models.

Nevertheless, it's an amazing collection that you should get down to see -- and it's free, so there's really no excuse! Fathers, take your daughters and sons. Mothers, do the same. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends alike, it is all of our jobs to inspire the youth of tomorrow so get involved and get down there!

For more of Adegbenle's work, check out his portfolio and catch him on Twitter @TerrenceAde.

Exhibit Details:
Date: Now until Friday 27th July, 2012
Location: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX
Tickets: FREE for all
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm

[Source: Niji Mag x Bernie Grant Arts Centre]

Graffiti 'vandal' jailed for £80,000 worth of damage | Art News

Harry Finn-Conway was sentenced yesterday at Harrow Crown court to 12 months in jail for graffiti tagging several landmarks and properties belonging to London Underground System. The 22-year-old Kensal Rise art student, who is a well-known graffiti artist, was charged with 13 counts of criminal damage to property resulting in repairs costing at least £80,000. Read more

Nigerian author Rotimi Babatunde wins £10,000 Caine Prize for African Writing | Books & Poetry

Nigerian author Rotimi Babatunde has been awarded the 13th Caine Prize for African writing, winning £10,000 for his short story "Bombay's Republic" from Mirabilia Review Vol. 3.9 (Lagos, 2011). Read more

Horror/Sci-Fi star Richard Lynch dies aged 76 | Film News

American actor Richard Lynch has passed away aged 76. A staple of several Hollywood horror movies, Lynch took on a number of villainous roles; his scarred face being a regular and recognisable feature of the horror and sci-fi scenes. Read more

Natasha Trethewey named 19th U.S. poet laureate | Arts News

The Library of Congress recently named Natasha Tretheway the 19th U.S. poet laureate. Read more

Singer Omar x actor Kwame Kwei-Armah honoured for services to music, theatre | News

Every year, as the Queen celebrates another twelve months on Earth, she releases a "Birthday Honours List" that featuring "members" of the British Empire she will honor with awards, such as a Knighthood, a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) or an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for their services to their respective fields. 

This morning it was announced that, this year, legendary singer Omar and renowned actor/playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah will both be honoured with MBE and OBE awards, respectively. Read more

'The Book of Mormon' to open in London | Arts News

The Book of Mormon, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning piece of musical theatre satirizing organized religion and, ironically, musical theatre, is coming to London early next year. Read more