TCM Letter Writing Campaign #DontTouchTCM #TCMParty @TCM

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The theme of the 2014 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival was “The Ties that Bind” and while I know the folks at TCM are aware of how deeply those ties are rooted throughout the community of classic film fans who love and support the network, I’m not sure Turner Broadcasting as a whole is aware.  When the news came out yesterday that Turner Broadcasting was making cuts our hearts and minds immediately turned toward TCM.  Although we can’t possibly know what’s on the horizon the mere thought that our beloved home of the classics and those who make it work may be affected spread fear in our world and we feel a sense of duty to do what we can.

My friend, Elise of The LA Rambler has written a letter to Turner Broadcasting that I am sharing the link to on Once Upon a Screen with her permission, adding my plea…

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Enter The Prince : Exclusive Blanck Magazine Feature : Q & A with EMC3 London CEO Baba Jallah Epega

This Article was exclusively put together for Blanck Magazine :

Babaj1Baba-Jallah Epega, who has the title of “Prince” is the Chief Executive Officer of EMC3 . He is an ex banker and mathematician, who has become one of the UK’s foremost event organisers and marketing maestros. The EMC3 acronym stands for Events, M for Marketing; the three Cs are Creative Experiences, Conferencing and Concierge.


Baba pictured with Michael Fassbender

The company looks after great global names, have networks across the world, organising conferences and major events for super brands like LinkedIn, Cartier, Universal, Google, World Economic Forum, Condé Nast, Virgin, across to other companies like Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Yahoo. The head offices have been based in London for the past 15 years, with outlets now expanding to the US, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He confesses to being a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and thinks nothing of flying his own plane or going diving in Egypt, Dubai or Zanzibar.

Blanck Magazine caught up with Baba and put some burning questions to him.

What would a stroll down memory lane be like for Baba Epega? Chequered, undulating and fantastical whilst still sticking to the yellow brick road.

What is your favourite part of your job? Meeting interesting people from all around the world who wish to attain their dreams.

What advice, tips would you give to people interested in working in the events and marketing industry? Do your research well, to attain your niche and find at least 2 clients before you jump ship.

babasealBaba pictured with Seal and Ozwald Boateng

How do you compare business in Nigeria, the UK and the US? Love them all but they are polars apart – Nigeria is now the real Wild West, UK is the still the stoic Old Country and USA is the land that time has almost forgotten!
Your Royal title, what are its origins? In Nigeria, my blessed Mother Ibiene”Ibby” ( May she rest in divine and eternal peace) was a Princess from the House of Ijallah, Itsekiri tribe – Delta State – on her Mother Princess Hannah Jallah’s side (which as a male offspring I inherited) and from the Okrika Royal House of Adoki in Rivers State on her father’s side whilst my dear Father Dr Benjamin Epega is from the Anunleru Ruling House Ode Remo in Ogun State.


Baba pictured with his late mother Ibby Adoki-Epega 1970s

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Christmas with my Family and the love of my life Osamede Isibor also known as Composer/Singer The Venus Bushfires, Flying


Baba takes flight

What is your favourite journey/destination? A Hot Air Balloon through Kenya and Tanzania to Zanzibar for a Scuba Dive or four! whilst eating guava and reminiscing on my past life there.
What do you most value in your friends? Their candour and advice on taming my past excessive lifestyle.

Who is your favourite actor/actress? Actually it’s a musician!! Jimi Hendrix because on the stage he was a demi-God.

Who is the relative of yours that went to Hollywood in the golden era? Pa Orlando Martins our Great Uncle, you can read up a bit more about him on :

He was the first full Nigerian to make it in Hollywood, via the UK and then US ! He acted with legends like Bob Hope (in ‘Call Me Bwana’), Robert Mitchum (in ‘Mr Moses’) and Ronald Reagan (in ‘Hasty Heart’), amongst several others, in the 1940’s. Although I only knew my Great Uncle for a few years he was a lovely inspiration to us all.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction? Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – as in Gene Wilder’s – sorry Johnny!

Who are your heroes in real life? Nelson Mandela “Madiba” , Martin Luther King Jnr, Sun Tzu and Shaka Zulu

What are your favourite names? Why? Agamemnon, because he was a warrior King that excelled and Nefertiti because she was a smoking Nubian Queen that ruled!

What are your plans for the next few years? The betterment of Nigeria for all Nigerians and friends whilst having a few kids with my belle….

How can we find out more about EMC3, its events and activities? Go to our international website for more information and do follow us on Twitter :




paloma faith ukThe incredible Paloma Faith has announced a UK arena tour for March 2015. Her current UK tour dates (starting in November) are completely sold out.

Paloma’s current album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ has been one of the huge success stories of the year, recently being certified platinum. A new edition of the album (the ‘outsiders’ edition) will be released on November 3, which features five new tracks, including the fantastic new single ‘Ready For The Good Life’, available from November 2. Paloma’s collaboration with Sigma ‘Changing’ is out now, and currently number one in the iTunes chart, and the Big Top 40.‘Ready For The Good Life’, which Paloma co-wrote, is produced by Klas Åhlund (Teddybears, Robyn, Katy Perry, Kylie, Britney, Madonna). The other new tracks on the album are:

· ‘Leave While I’m Not Looking’ – written by Diane Warren as a follow up to Paloma’s biggest selling single to date ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.
· ‘Best Bad Habit’ – written by Diane Warren and produced by new UK talent Komi (Naughty Boy, Sam Smith).
· ‘Beauty Remains’ – co-written by Paloma, Bernard Butler and Fyfe Dangerfield.
· ‘Changing’ – Paloma’s own interpretation of her collaboration with Sigma, ‘Changing’.

A deluxe 2CD version will also be available, including a recording of Paloma’s headline night at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms on September 5th, where she performed with the Guy Barker Orchestra and the Urban Voices Collective choir.

The 2015 Arena Tour dates are:

12 March Brighton Centre
14 March Newcastle Metro Arena
15 March Bournemouth International Centre
17 March Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
19 March Birmingham NIA
20 March Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
21 March Leeds First Direct Arena
23 March Nottingham Capital FM Arena
24 March Liverpool Echo Arena
25 March London O2 Arena

Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th September at 9am.


harrycoldColdplay’s Chris Martin has written the anthem for the inaugural Invictus Games, which open in London 10th September. The piece has been adapted for choir and orchestra by John Metcalfe. The Games will bring together over 400 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women from 14 nations.

The anthem is based on William Ernest Henley’s nineteenth century poem, Invictus. It will be sung for the first time at the Games’ Opening Ceremony by three serving soldiers, who come from different branches of the British Armed Forces:

Gary Chilton – Warrant Officer Class One at HQ Corps of Army Music
Matthew Walker – Corporal Royal Air Force
John Sumner- Corporal Bugler Royal Marines

‘Invictus’ will then be released simultaneously on iTunes and all digital outlets in the UK, via Parlophone. The vocals were recorded on Friday, 5 September in Air Studios, London, with both Prince Harry and Chris Martin present for the recording session.

All proceeds from the sale of of the anthem will go to the Invictus Games.

For further information:

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The Duke Of Cambridge And Prince Harry Attend BGC Partners Charity Day



Check out what happened on the day here >>

On September 11th, dozens of celebrities from the worlds of film, sport, TV, fashion and music will arrive at BGC’s offices in Canary Wharf, for its tenth annual Charity Day. BGC Partners, Inc. (“BGC Partners” or “BGC”) will be raising millions for charities in the UK and around the world by asking celebrities to conduct trades alongside licensed BGC brokers. 100% of the revenues generated on Charity Day are donated to worthwhile causes. To date, BGC together with its affiliate, Cantor Fitzgerald, has raised more than $100 million globally through its Charity Days.

BGC’s Charity Day commemorates the 658 Cantor and 64 Eurobrokers employees lost in the World Trade Center attacks. BGC is pleased to announce that this year Stephen Fry, Dynamo, Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Ross, Damian Lewis, Jools Holland, Tamara Eccelstone, Boris Becker and Sir Chris Hoy are just some of the popular celebrities visiting BGC’s Canary Wharf office and helping raise money for dozens of worthwhile causes.

“2014 marks our tenth year of BGC Charity Day,” said Shaun Lynn, President of BGC Partners. “This year we’re looking forward to welcoming celebrity guests and charities and raising as much as possible for so many important causes. Thank you to our clients for their continued support.”

Charity Day will take place across a number of BGC’s offices including New York, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, São Paulo, and Sydney.

This year’s participating charities in the UK include: Anthony Nolan Trust, Autism Research Trust, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Breast Cancer Care, Caudwell Children, Centrepoint, CHICKS, Elephant Family, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Grief Encounter, Haven House Children’s Hospice, Hearing Dogs, I CAN, Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Make-A-Wish, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Matt Hampson Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Nordoff Robbins, Place2Be, Reverse Rett, Sohana Research Fund, Sparks, Starlight, Stroke Association and WellChild.

For live updates on the day, follow @BGCCharityDay on Twitter and Instagram or join the conversation using #BGCCharityDay. More information can be found at:


“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”


Melissa Rivers


Joan Alexandra Rosenberg[1] (née Molinsky; 8 June 1933 – 4 September 2014), known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host, best known for her stand-up comedy, for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police, and for starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers.

Rivers first came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show, a pioneering late-night program with interviews and comedy, hosted by Johnny Carson, whom she acknowledges as her mentor. The show established her particular comic style, poking fun at celebrities, but also at herself, often joking about her extensive plastic surgery. When she launched a rival program, The Late Show, he never spoke to her again. She went on to host a successful daytime slot, The Joan Rivers Show, which won her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Her satirical style of humor, however, by focusing on the personal lives of celebrities and public figures, was sometimes criticized. She was also the author of 12 best-selling memoir and humor books, as well as providing comic material for stage and television.

On September 4, 2014, Rivers died following serious complications—including cardiac arrest—that arose during throat surgery at a clinic in Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.