Arts and Entertainment

Billy Bragg is among those backing efforts to strengthen deals between independent labels and YouTube

Alternative music ‘could be erased from YouTube’

YouTube has announced plans to block independent record labels if an agreement is not reached over a dispute on the terms and conditions and royalties. Google, which owns YouTube, has been renegotiating contracts with record labels, but some of the more independent companies say that they have been pressured into accepting “highly unfavourable terms”. The most controversial clause concerns the[Read More…]

Bob Marley's granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, is at the centre of a campaign to protect a Rastafarian heritage site

Bob Marley’s granddaughter campaigns to protect Rastafarian heritage site in Jamaica

Bob Marley’s granddaughter is at the centre of a campaign to protect one of the best-known Rastafarian comunities in Jamaica, it has been reported. Donisha Prendergast, 30 is the eldest granddaughter of the legendary Raggae musician, and has become involved in an initiative aimed at protecting Pinnacle – a 500-acre hilltop site in Sligoville, Jamaica, that was once home to[Read More…]

Around Nord Pas de Calais cycling race – 4 days of Dunkirk 2014

Around Nord Pas de Calais cycling race – 4 days of Dunkirk 2014

The area around Nord Pas de Calais cycling race is as impressive as ever, as this year’s riders battle it out against very strong winds, high cliffs and hills, cobble stones and lashing rain. There had of course been many tumbles along the way, which wasn’t helped by the heavy rain on Thursday second stage of the Tour. The conditions[Read More…]

New Banksy-style artwork pokes fun at GCHQ

New Banksy-style artwork pokes fun at GCHQ

Radical graffiti artist Banksy has come under the spotlight after what is suspected to be his artwork appeared in the vicinity of the UK’s most prolific spying agency. The work appeared to be pouring scorn over the actions of the nefarious GCHQ which has developed a reputation for eavesdropping on the phone calls and internet activities of millions of innocent[Read More…]

Mayam Mahmoud

Egyptian rapper takes a stand against sexism

A leading female rapper in Egypt has taken to the stage to speak out against sexism in her country. Mayam Mahmoud is an 18 year old rapper who has been featured on ‘Egypt’s Got Talent’ and performed on stage for the first time last October. Brave and outspoken, Mahmoud says that her aim is to challenge entrenched notions about how[Read More…]