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WE ARE GRAFT ENTERTAINMENT. A GROUP OF GREAT THINKERS AND GREAT INVENTORS STRIVING TO INSPIRE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. AT GRAFT ENTERTAINMENT WE SPECIALISE IN THEATRE PRODUCTION, LIVE EVENTS AND RADIO PRODUCTION. WE USE THESE CHANNELS TO TARGET SOCIAL ISSUES BY ENGAGING YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT WHILST EDUCATING AND SHARING.

WE AIM TO COLLABORATE WITH CREATIVES TO TRAIN, SUPPORT AND INSPIRE THROUGH ARTS WORKSHOPS AND LIFE COACHING. OUR MISSION IS TO EVOLVE AND DEVELOP THE BRITISH ARTS INDUSTRY CREATING ART THAT IS RELATABLE AND BENEFICIAL TO COMMUNITIES. OUR VISION IS TO BE ONE OF THE LEADING GLOBAL PRODUCTION COMPANIES TO DEVELOP ALL TYPES OF PERFORMING ARTS.

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“Black women in the UK spend six times more on their hair than any other group” reveals performance artist Selina Thompson

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Hair is just hair, isn’t it?

This is the question posed by artist Selina Thompson in her powerful, provoking yet stunningly beautiful conversational performance, ‘Dark and Lovely’.

She reveals all the hard-hitting truths and political realities inside her hair built home of abandoned hair extensions and weaves a.k.a the “Tumble Weave.”

Some may say it is pretty gross, but I’m still curious just the same…

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How did you come up with the concept of ‘Tumbleweave’?

Hmmm, I am not sure. I can remember the first time I said aloud I was going to do it – in the middle of an interview – and then having a massive panic about how I was actually going to do it. I knew I wanted to build a big structure out of hair – initially it was going to be a throne – and I knew I wanted to be able to hide in the work, and the tumble weave allowed both. It was a very instinctive thing.

How did you carry out the research process for the production?

I read loads and loads and interviewed loads and loads of people, and sat in hairdresser’s ‘people watching.’ I had long (long) chats with my mum and my aunties, and my grandmother, and geeked out on all things hair. It was fun!

What were the most interesting things you found out from your research?

I was fascinated by the economics of it – so the fact that black women in the UK spend six times more on their hair than any other group. And also, stories that revealed grey areas – in 2005 there was a white girl who got cane rows on holiday – she wore them into school, and was told she had to take them out because they were inappropriate. The child’s parents complained – saying that other girls, black children wore cane rows to school – and the school replied that they made allowances for other people’s ‘traditional cultures’. Stories like that fascinated me.

What was it like for you growing up as a child with afro hair?

Normal! My hair for me meant spending a lot of time sat on a little stool, fidgeting, while my mum detangled/braided/twisted/separated into big plaits.

Do you believe the media play a role in how Afro-Caribbean women view their hair?

I believe the media play a role in how everybody perceives every facet of their lives – hair is no different, and Afro Caribbean women are no different.

What do you love about your afro?
It always smells great and it’s super soft. When it is fresh out of plaits, and pre shrinkage, I adore it – a long, slightly unkempt afro really suits me. I love it because it’s mine.

What are your top three tips for afro hair maintenance?
Spray your hair with a little water before you rub oils on it – hair doesn’t absorb most oil, it simply locks moisture in around the hair strand – so you need to make sure the moisture is there in first place.

Protective Styles are your friend – braid in the winter if you need to, wrap with a scarf if it doesn’t do well in heat.

But above all, remember that you must do with your hair what is right for you – don’t let too many other voices into your head when it comes to decisions you make about your body – including your hair.

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Who do you think are the good role models in the media representing for the young black females?

Role models are a strange one : we all need different things at different times, and pick our role models accordingly. I know I am inspired by Viola Davis, Janelle Monae, Janet Mock, Amandla Stenberg, Gabourey Sidibe, Michaela Coel, Warshan Shire, Reni Eddo Lodge, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Kelela, Santigold and Lupita N’yongo. There are so many black women to look up to – we live in a truly blessed time.

What message do you want Black British Females to take away from this production?
I don’t really want people to take messages away from my work – but I do want them to leave my work talking: to talk about things they recognise in the work, to talk about things that they disagree with, to talk about their own experiences, to maybe articulate things they’ve felt a little nervous or embarrassed to say before.

What legacy do you want to leave behind for the next generation?

Gosh, I don’t know. I am only 25, so I’m trying to concentrate simply on being a good artist, and building up a bank of work. I guess I would like the next generation to feel free, powerful and as though they can be art warriors.

Catch ‘Dark and Lovely’ at The Rep Theatre, Birmingham until Saturday 14 NovemberDirected by Daniel Bailey 

By Talisha Johnson

Also published on Skool Girl Online

Drake Releases “Hotline Bling” Music Video

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Drake has released the visual for his hot new single, “Hotline Bling” which has been directed by X and see’s the rapper breaking out into eccentric dance moves that might be contagious or will have you sitting in your chair hysterically  laughing.

“Hotline Bling” is currently at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, whilst Drake is praying for the record to go to #1 as he’s never had a #1 record on the latter chart. The rapper took to instagram to air his aspirations for a #1 record by declaring;

The rapper released the music video via Apple Music, the streaming service that he has given his all to. However, you can still view the music video even though it isn’t on YouTube as of yet.

Watch the music video for Drake’s “Hotline Bling” below:

Bridget Kelly Announces UK Tour Dates With Punch Records

BRIDGET KELLY FLYER 550x778Bridget Kelly is making her way to the UK! After releasing her new EP, ‘Summer of 17′ which was released earlier on this year, the singer is ready to make a visit to the UK to a do a small four date tour.

Bridget Kelly will be visiting Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham and London within her small UK tour with Punch Records. The tour will commence on November 21st and will come to a close on November 24th. She currently is working independently on her new projects and is working on releasing an album independently. If you want to be up to date with Bridget Kelly’s music, you can stream her latest EP here.

Looking to see Bridget Kelly on her UK tour? Tickets are on sale now via Ticket Web. View the UK tour dates below:

Saturday 21 November 2015, East Village Arts Club, Liverpool

Sunday 22 November 2015, The Irish Centre, Nottingham

Monday 23 November 2015, Institute, Birmingham

Tuesday 24 November 2015, The Jazz Café, London

View the music video of Bridget Kelly’s biggest hit, “Special Delivery” below:

Chris Brown Reveals ‘Royalty’ Album Cover

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Chris Brown is definitely using his daughter to sell his new album, ‘Royalty’, because his new singles have been unsatisfactory to say the least. The “Loyal” singer sent the internet into a frenzy this weekend by revealing the album cover to his new project, which features a picture of him holding his daughter.

Chris will release ‘Royalty’ on November 27th aka Black Friday. The project has been leaded by the singles, “Liquor” and “Zero”. If you think that Chris’ new album will be inspiring and reflecting, then you have another thing coming. His lead singles speak mostly about females and I guarantee 75% of his new album will speak about females and sex.

Watch the music video for Chris’ latest single, “Liquor” below and look out for ‘Royalty’ in the near future.

Tidal Passes 1 Million Subscribers

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Jay Zs ‘TIDAL has passed a milestone. The audio streaming service has managed to pass 1 million subscribers despite the media declaring earlier on in the year that the service has flopped due to it’s slow subscribing customers.

Taking to Twitter to declare the news, Jay Z tweeted; “Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists,” tweeted Mr. Carter, adding that “TIDAL is platinum. 1,000,000 people and counting.” To celebrate the milestone the rap mogul has enlisted Beyoncé, Usher, Prince, Nicki Minaj, the rapper himself and more to perform at a charity concert to honour the milestone.

Tickets for the TIDAL charity concert will go on sale on September 30th for TIDAL members and October 2nd for the general public.

Considering Graft Entertainment is based within the UK, we won’t be able to go to the TIDAL charity concert, but we can always say congratulations to Jay Z! They said that the service wouldn’t last until the end of the year and it’s going pretty strong! Well done.

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Nicki Minaj Gets Her Own ABC Family Comedy Series

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Nicki Minaj has managed to catch a family comedy series on U.S. TV network, ABC, which will be based on her childhood. The “Superbass” rapper will be the executive producer and will have appearances within the show also.

The family comedy series will showcase Nicki Minaj’s childhood growing up in New York, Queens alongside chronicling her life in an immigrant family from Trinidad and her evolution into a superstar. The show will be written by Kate Angelo who is most famous for her show ‘Sex Tape’.

Apart from Minaj executive producing the show, she will be joined by Aaron Kaplan, Angelo, Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher. The latter producer is mostly famous for his work with TV series ‘Boss‘. The show will be filmed in Queens, New York this winter and will hit U.S. TV screens next year. Look out for it folks!

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Ben Haenow Enlists Kelly Clarkson For His Debut Single

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Ben Haenow has announced that his new material is on the way. The singer has announced that he will be releasing his new single, “Second Hand Heart” which features Kelly Clarkson within coming weeks. Alongside announcing his debut album will be released this November.

Ben Haenow will release his new album on November 13th. The latter project hasn’t got a title yet, but expect the title of the project to be revealed within coming weeks. His new single; “Second Hand Heart” will be released within it’s entirely on October 9th which will be the follow-up to his X-Factor winner’s single, “Something I Need” which rocketed to #1 last year Christmas.

Be on the look out for Ben Haenow’s new single which will be released next week.

Whitney Houston Hologram To Embark on World Tour

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Hologram USA and Pat Houston have announced that a hologram of Whitney Houston will tour the world in 2016.

Pat Houston is the president of the Whitney Houston estate. The hologram will be created by ‘Hologram USA’ and will be distributed and syndicated to all major digital outlets online, on satellite and cable. However, the hologram won’t go live until Pat Houston approves of it. The interactive show will feature some of Houston’s greatest hits and incorporate audiences and special guests.

Read what Pat Houston had to say about the hologram below:

“It’s a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come. I look forward to the partnership.”

Will you go see Whitney Houston’s hologram in tour?

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