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Results Day: Live Coverage

The Guardian is running a commentary on today’s results day.

Check out the link below to keep up to date:

It’s nearly over.

Indeed the sad reality is that the Olympics games are nearly over. It has taken us year and billions of pounds to create and host this once-in-a-lifetime event. If you have had the privilege of working or being a part of the Olympics, you’ll understand the sheer size of the workforce that has been put into this event.

Every morning London’s transport is scattered with people in all sorts of uniform. The green security guards, the purple volunteers, the all black folk as well as others. It’s at such a point at 6 odd AM that I look around as I go along my journey and realised that the games would not even have been able to be concieved were it not for the support of the British public. Every day people are waking up at odd hours, going to bed in the early hours, all to support our team, Team Great Britain.

And what a team we have! We have so many young athletes in all sorts of events that are successful for just being able to represent the entire country. Not to mention the medals that have come our way. It is pretty proud moment for everyone who considers themselves to be part of this great nation. 

Ask anyone who has watched any of the events and they will tell you of the radical support that Team GB fans are giving. The entire country is not only working daily to see the games through but we are supporting like soccer mums at the sidelines.

The Olympics may be nearing an end but more fun awaits with the Paralympics! Make the most of this opportunity, visit the Olympic Park, watch events and be involved in the games whichever way possible. This may be London’s 3rd time hosting the games but the only time to do so within our lifetime. That’s big.

Not to mention the level of inspiration out there. You don’t have to be Jessica Ennis’ sister to feel the motivation and pride. Our young athletes have shocked us and who knows, your turn may be next.


Aug 8

Writers Block BBQ Showcase


If you’re stuck for something to do this Sunday and fancy a BBQ, why not head down to the Writers Block Showcase. The event will be headlined by Jay Norton who is most recognised for his rendition of Aloe Blacc’s I need a dollar on BBC 1 The Voice. Also featuring will be soul/jazz artist Kersha Bailey; Poet, playwright and musician Dean Atta known for his popular poem I am nobody’s n***** and English- Eritrean singer songwriter Desta Haile. Tickets are seven pounds and will be held at Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street.

Aug 6

Jamaica turns 50

Jamaica is basking in its independence day celebrations a day after Usain Bolt retained the Olympic gold medal in the men’s 100m, with his compatriot Yohan Blake taking the silver.


The Caribbean nation is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence from British rule.

In the Jamaican capital, Kingston, thousands gathered in the national stadium to watch the race and celebrate the Jamaican medals.

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller described her country’s success as “just marvellous”.


 It’s truly a double toast for the nation following Usain Bolt’s Olympic glory.

Residents are encouraged to head down to Harlesden Library Plus, in Craven Park Road, today where an all day celebration will be honouring Jamaican culture.

Former Mastermind champion Shaun Wallace will be in town later on in the evening to host a brain scratching quiz from 6-15pm.

Arts and crafts stalls will also be available all day.

Aug 5

African Fashion Week London


Solange Knowles wearing Maki Oh

African Fashion Week London, founded by Nigerian Entrepreneur Ronke Ademiluyi, started on Friday 3rd August.

The show is to feature 50 designers and 100 models. Notable designers include Adebayo Jones who is recognised for his evening and bridal designs. Ghanaian designer Aisha Obuobi creator of Christie Brown who is renowned in Accra for her women’s wear. Stiaan Louw from South Africa who is to showcase an Olympic themed collection called Atletiek. Another favourite is Nigerian designer Amaka Osakwe, founder of label Maki Oh which is worn by celebs such as Solange Knowles.

African designers are rising in popularity with Kelis wearing Lagos label Jewel By Lisa and Michelle Obama wearing London-based Nigerian designer Duro Olowu.

Founder of AFWL Ronke told The Metro: ‘My aim is to create more visibility for African designers and to create a one-stop shop for the public.

We were expecting 500 people last year and almost 5,000 turned up. It was something people had clearly been waiting for.’

Source: The Metro


Are you passionate about inspiring your peers? Do you want to join a team that intends to change their world? Are you 16-25 years old looking for work experience that is meaningful??

Is it your ambition to become a journalist or have a career in PR? Are you passionate about Events Management and a seeking an opportunity to shine? Are you passionate about Community and helping young people succeed?


We are currently recruiting a team of dynamic young people to help grow our company “Young, Black and Successful”. We are a vibrant brand that is run by young African-Caribbean for African-Caribbean, and are in search of like-minded, driven individuals who want to help drive the company forward.


  • (Editorial Team) Contributing Writers x 5 (Write weekly columns for our blog/website) (Current Affairs, Entertainment, Public Engagement, Inspiration, Thought pieces, What’s going on in YBS)
  • Events Manager (Work on our Events line, developing ideas and bringing them to life)
  • Campus Rep (Represent YBS at your University, College or School by becoming a rep – You receive free training and entry to events as well as other perks)
  • Community Engagement Manager (Managing YBS’ engagement with various community stakeholders including faith groups, community groups and organisations)


Send in your CV and a cover letter detailing why you would like to join YBS and why you would be an amazing addition to the team specifying the position you’re applying for (No more than 200 words). If you are applying for an Editorial Role, please also submit any written articles, blogs or previous pieces of work you have done.


Phone: 07534717132

We look forward to hearing from you…

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#RateMePlz LIVE Showcase & Networking Party



After the huge success of her first event, Remel London is back again with the show for anyone with an interest in music, RateMePlz.

#RateMePlz Live will be kicking off with the summer edition on Wednesday 1st August at The Queen of Hoxton from 7.30pm until late!

This is the perfect event for you to enjoy a night of music and entertainment but also take part in the ULTIMATE NETWORKING EXPERIENCE.

With perfomances from Shakka, YJ, A.L, Whitney Williams, K’More and Showa Sho, this night is one NOT to be missed.

Not only is this a platform to showcase unsigned UK talent, the event doubles as a networking party.

As well as performances, the night brings guest speakers:

ALEX ‘TWIN B’ BOATENG – Consultant and product manager at Island records

ZEON RICHARDS- Managing Director at XYZEE music

JADE RICHARDSON – Founder of I LUV LIVE and A& R at Virgin records

You can take part in the show’s Open Mic session. Just turn up, sign up and get rated.



Entry Fee: £5 on guestlist, £7 on the door.

Greek Olympian expelled over racist Tweet.

Voula Papachristou has been expelled from the Olympic games due to a Tweet that was deemed as racist. The Olympian who was in the UK in order to compete in next weeks games, made a tweet which was translated by the website Keep Talking Greece:

“With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!”

It was this tweet that has now cost her her place in the Greek Olympic Team, according to the Associated Press. A statement for the Greek committee said the 23-year-old had “showed no respect for the basic Olympian value”.

She however made an apology over the “unfortunate and tasteless joke” to her team, her country as well as her family and coach.

Her full apology reads:

I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family. 

Her coach, George Pomaski, said the punishment was too harsh as she had already apologised.

The BBC reported that Greece generally has been experiencing a sharp rise in racism, with the popularity of right-wing parties soaring which was placing the current government under pressure to crack down on racism in all areas, including sport.

Young, Black, and Successful founding Managing Director, Richard Kuti, Announces He is Stepping Down

After 2 and half years, over 20 events, 7000 young people and over 70 team members with 23 jobs or forms of employment secured, Richard Kuti announced yesterday at the YBS Lounge that he will be stepping down as the company’s Managing Director.

Richard has run YBS on a voluntary basis since its inception, mentoring over 70 of the team’s young people in the process. Richard will still support YBS as a nonexecutive Director and mentor the young people that come on board

"Thank you to everybody that has helped me throughout this journey. I wanted a new generation to take on the vision and inspire the youth coming up," Richard gushed. "It is a brighter future & I am happy to hand over the baton."

The position will be assumed by current YBS Director of Operations, Femi Awoyemi, whose track record and work ethic in the company is beyond commendable!

"I am humbled and honoured and very thankful to be given such a position, to be able to inspire and motivate more young people," Femi said regarding his new role. "The aim is to further engage & make the dreams and goals tangible."

Femi’s previous role involved co-ordinating the efforts of the Community Engagement team and overseeing the overall objectives of YBS.

He teaches and mentors up to 30 young aspiring actors, is a member of Immediate Theatre Youth Board, whilst also being a prominent constituent of Transport for London [TFL] Youth Board, as well as Student Ambassador at London South Bank University.

Ghana’s President, Atta Mills, Passes Away


Ghana’s president, John Atta Mills, 68, passed away this afternoon in a hospital in the capital of Accra, after losing a battle with throat cancer. 

His office stated that he died shortly after going into hospital and receiving  treatment, they said:

"It is with a heavy heart… that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the Republic of Ghana."

There were concerns about the president’s illness. however he claimed he was fine and expected to seek re-election in the December polls. 

The president recently returned from the US after a hospital visit regarding his condition. It has been rumoured that the leader was experiencing pains on Monday evening, after which his condition deteriorated. 

Mr Atta Mills has been ruling Ghana since 2009 and was vice-president to past Ghanaian ruler, Jerry Rawlings, from 1997 to January 2001. Vice-president John Dramani Mahama has now replaced Mr Atta Mills.  

Source: BBC News