Friday, 28 November 2008

It's Friday...


Ctrl.Alt.Shift @ Sadler's Wells

Thursday, 27 November 2008

The Good Consumer

All My Ladies

Milan, originally uploaded by I Doll You.

Whether you're a baller, dancer, batter, whatever, here's an opportunity to win a £5,000 Nike Gamechangers prize.

Nike Gamechangers’ aim is to mobilise communities via a series of competitions that seek to elevate the story of the role that sport can play in women’s lives, inspire more women and girls to take part in sport and support the projects they get involved with. It’s also part of something bigger – one of the first global online communities working together to change the world, showcasing workable solutions to some of the world’s most entrenched social problems. All UK and Ireland entrants will automatically go forward into the global competition.

Some projects that have already been nominated include:

Active Angels, a community based youth project using sports and education to engage young women, Based at the Peter May Sports Centre in Walthamstow, it provides an innovative multi activity programme targeted at inactive girls from neighbouring secondary schools. All activities are provided in a non-threatening atmosphere where personal empowerment and raising self-esteem are paramount. The overarching aim is to help the girls develop more healthy lifestyles.

Brent Ladies Football Club provides football activities for young females, organise football tournaments for the whole community, like kick racism out of football festivals, BBC Sports your game festivals, Mayor of London summer of sports and winter of sports, training young people in media, marketing and enterprises - and provide coaching schemes for young people to become qualified sports coaches, referees.

Ebony Horse Club Ebony Horse Club provides riding for all children in Coldharbour Ward, Brixton, London, aged eight to nineteen years who would otherwise have no means of accessing the sport, but specialises in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, especially those excluded from school.

To nominate an organisation that inspires women to be more active, log onto

Monday, 10 November 2008

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Obama won because of Hip Hop


New Look LIVE

Ok, so here's a sneak preview of the new look LIVE Magazine. For those of you who don't know, this 48 page quarterly mag is put together entirely by 13 - 22 year olds at our Brixton HQ. With Corrine Burton and Mahta Hassanzadeh effectively graduating on to Saturday Magazine - a project our sister company Livity have put together for USC, the clothing retailers - we've had to pass the buck on at LIVE. Jelani Dascosta-Best has been heading up the re-design, assisted by a bunch of new talent that's come to the south London stable. Sian Anderson steps up as editor, with Diana Nortey as her right hand woman. I'd like to congratulate all the team (too many names to remember at this moment without it in front of me) on a fantastic job. The mag hits streets next week and content includes a look at domestic violence, living with two mums, an interview with the urban smuggler Andrew Pritchard, a debate for and against Black History Month, our new job section, Busy Signal, a MySpace detox, and much more. There's also a fantabulous photostory on why not to smoke with a Ctrl.Alt.Shift poster on the flip. Not bad for a free mag huh! Keep an eye out for the new website launching soon too.

See You Next Tuesday


The third and final leg of Ctrl.Alt.Shift's HIV travel ban campaign - this is the big one - RUSSIA!

We'll be dressing up as secret policemen of the Russian HIV Intellegence Unit. Plus we've a couple of celebrity spokespeople and a scrum of press people to cover the event.

Book the morning off work or college - this is the big push!

There is no public health rationale for restricting liberty of movement on the grounds of HIV status. It only serves to drive the issue underground.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
8:00am - 9:00am
Russian Embassy
13 Kensington Palace Gardens

Monday, 3 November 2008

Protest Tomorrow

When: 04 November, 10:00-11:00
Where: Saudi Arabian Embassy


Ctrl.Alt.Shift HIV Demo part 2
Saudi Embassy
30 Charles Street, W1J 5DZ.

Ctrl.Alt.Shift Issue 2

Issue 2 of Ctrl.Alt.Shift is now available in Size, Fopp and Don't Panic packs. Alternatively, you can download it at Easy. This issue focuses on the stigma surrounding HIV, in particular the travel ban which in real talk means there are about 70 countries that will give you shit or not let you in if you have HIV. Until last month, America was one of them. They are in the process of changing their policies but there are still problems for the moment. Among the other culprits are Australia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. If you're not down with stigma you can email the embassies from our website - all you need to do is add your name and press send. We're also hosting a series of protests in London. Last week we hit up the South Korean embassy, this Tuesday it's Saudi Arabia and next week Russia. For details log onto our Facebook group or email

Also inside issue 2 there's columns from Sam Roddick, Noel Clarke, Lucy Fairbrother on being banged up in Beijing during the Olympics for voicing support for Tibet, Sex Before School in Sierra Leone, HIV myths from around the world, the Cambodians who've discovered condoms, Sway and photographer Hainsley Brown on Ghana and high-life, Man of the Cloth Richard Shoyemi (who turns curtains into a skirt), From Prison To Parliament, Oil Baron Top Trumps and more.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Ctrl.Alt.Shift Meets Sadlers Wells

Calling all dancing massssssive!

For one night only, Ctrl.Alt.Shift, a community of passionate and outspoken individuals joined in the fight against poverty and injustice, will collaborate with the UK’s leading dance house, Sadler’s Wells. Using dance and movement to explore issues and stigma relating to HIV in modern Africa and the UK, OYO from Namibia, Africa, will represent alongside leading British street dance groups Boy Blue Entertainment, East London Dance, Fuzzy Logic and Bennu.

Performing to music supplied by Boy Better Know, Goldielocks, The Streets and Mystery Jets, the show will also feature films alongside the performances to give the audience an insight into the journey each group took to create their work.
Experience the final performance, DJs and entertainment at the Peacock Theatre - Sadler’s Wells in the West End - on 22nd November. Tickets cost £5 from

Showcase your talent. Look out for the competition launching soon at where you can download tracks from Boy Better Know and Goldielocks, then create your own dance routine to be featured on the site and judged by professionals. We’ve got 50 tickets to the Sadler’s Wells Ctrl.Alt.Shift show up for grabs for the first dance routines submitted - so get dancing.

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Mixmag November 2008

Pick up the new issue to read my Goldielocks piece - great cover shot noted. Inside you'll also find JP's piece with Chipmunk and the boys, plus my Urban page.

Apologies to Sway for mixing up Father Noah and 2Face, not saying they look alike or anything. And thanks for the shout out in the album. Not just saying it but defo one of the, if not THE, album of the year for me.

VICE Meets Ctrl.Alt.Shift

Ctrl.Alt.Shift have teamed up with VICE Magazine to launch a photography competition where the winner will not only get a brand new digital SLR, but will also have their work displayed in a London gallery alongside that of the legendary photo artist Nan Goldin.

The competition calls for aspiring photographers to select one of the five mentors available: Nan Goldin herself, Alexa Chung and Vice staffers Alex Sturrock, Ben Rayner and Andy Capper. All you have to do is create a piece of photography on the issue of gender, power and poverty.

The mentors will select their favourite photographers to work with before Nan makes a final decision on the winner, who will have their work printed in forthcoming issues of both Vice and Ctrl.Alt.Shift magazines. Needless to say this is an amazing opportunity and is bound to be an unforgettable experience for the lucky winner. For more details and to submit examples of your work, LOOK HERE

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I ripped it. Sorry. All proceeds from this event went to the Livity trust - more companies should support grass roots charity projects, so nice one Diesel.

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I'm missing quite a few columns from the summer and as it's taken me so long to upload these, it's a bit like whatever, but I'm gonna do what I want because I can. It's my blog afterall.

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Chantelle Fiddy

Not a week goes by without me receiving a complaint from young Londoners that there’s not enough nightlife action for them. Even with the aid of fake id, it’s not necessarily a viable option with tight-knit security across the capital. But with a shortfall of under 18s night, it’s only when the likes of Bigga Fish, a not-for-profit youth organisation dedicated to educating 13-21 year olds through music, secure a venue that teens can expect a look-in.

Since starting up nearly a decade ago, Bigga Fish have been pivotal in helping break acts like Wiley, Ms Dynamite in Dizzee Rascal to a younger audience. Also keen to engage the next generation of promoters, they provide workshops on event management, flyer design, stage design and much more.

This Saturday, Bigga Fish are looking to recapture carnival spirit as they take over the Astoria, off Tottenham Court Road. But this is an event with a difference on two levels. Firstly, anyone over the age of 14 (accompanied by an adult) can go (yes, that includes you granddad). Secondly, this event is more like a concert or mini-festival, running from 6 – 10pm celebrating what’s good in London. The highlight of the showcase promises to be Routes to Roots. An international collaboration with artists Bashy, Akala, Lady Lykez and Kele Le Roc teaming up with African acts and a band of traditional Mali musicians.

“Bigga Fish is about creativity, learning and being enterprising,” said company director, Nii. “This event really symbolises the biggest line-up of the summer through to very unique performances like Routes to Roots, which has three MOBO award winners performing alongside some of the best African musicians. Our goal is to create events that inspire, leave people with a positive message and wanting more.”

With Wanluv from Ghana flying in for the event, expect plenty of surprises. Hosted by Twin B (1Xtra) and Fusion, Tinchy Stryder, Nu Brand Flexx, Chipmunk, Donae’o and The Bigga Bloco Drumline (a 20 piece Brazilian drum outfit with grime) will also appear on the night. Finalists from the legendary Rinse FM MC open mic will battle it out on stage too. Tickets are only a fiver so it’s a perfectly good warm-up if you’re looking to head out after.

With the teens (hopefully) on their way home, get more post-carnival action at SE1 Club with La Bomba’s summer party which has moved from Ministry of Sound. On until 6am, tickets are £15 on the door, with Reggaeton in one room courtesy of a squad of Latin DJs including Loco who mixes, scratches and cuts up dancehall with hip hop. The Salsa next door will be for those really able to bump and grind. Some things in life really are intended for adults after all.

Neil Boorman... Again

If you haven't yet read Bonfire Of The Brands, and are interested in one mans journey in de-branding his life, then go and get the book. It's alot.

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My main man Neil Boorman doing his thing. Gotta love him


Late but hello Luke Hyams and the KateModern team...

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