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'All for a good cause!'

SMILES: Alesha Dixon (left) and Jasmine

ALESHA Dixon recently invited me to come and see her on set as she made her charity video for this years poppy appeal event in central London.

She was paying homage to Dame Vera Lynn with a modern, more up-tempo reworking of the war classic We’ll Meet Again.

She looked drop dead gorgeous in a floor length slinky ball gown and dramatic make up.

Later in the week, Alesha also spoke at The Media Trust’s London 360 event that we held at City Hall event that also took place that week.

“As soon as I heard London 360 involved London’s young people uncovering grassroots news stories, I wanted to get on board and support it,” Alesha said. “I’m part of a generation of Londoners that believes in positive stories about our capital and its communities.”

Then, I had some good news for Alesha: Because of the success of London 360, our TV show is now being extended across the country. So UK 360 begins at the end of this month!

As if that wasn’t enough, a young people’s Question Time is being planned for our screens next year too!

Next, Boris Johnson called us and said of the London 360 project: “This is a great celebration of talent, and shows how gifted and creative young Londoners from across the capital are.

“It is important for young people to have a chance to get together and debate, as well as hear from experienced professionals in the media industry as they start their own careers. I'm pleased to endorse the Media Trust's work and wish them well.”

With Alesha and many other celebs paying serious attention to projects and causes that help society, we are all winning!
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Tinie lands a big gig


GIG: Jasmine and Tinie Tempah

NEXT, Tinie Tempah and his manager Dumi invited me to come and watch his gig at Wembley Arena. The whole arena was packed out and I sat in wonder observing the crowd and thinking about how far we’d come.

There was a time when a UK urban act couldn’t even get gig at smaller London venues, let alone perform a sell-out show at Wembley!

Fantastic visuals and graphics that were mesmerizing, alongside a simple but structured framed stage set that lit up in a variety of guises, kept us engaged. And with Tinie performing hit after hit, and being joined on stage by Kelly Rowland, the crowd was hyped and content as they left at the end of the night.
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In good company


EVENING STANDARD: Jasmine

THE posh Evening Standard 1000 Most Influential People event at Covent Garden’s Transport Museum was a who’s who of London.

On arrival, the red carpet was surrounded with heaving paparazzi and just inside A-lister after A-lister was having their picture taken.

Once we had navigated the museum and had been led to the main central stage space, I spotted Jemima Khan, Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone to name a few.

Fancy food and champagne was distributed the whole night, making the atmosphere like that of a James Bond party; the overpowering scent of money and power were not to be sniffed at!

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and Kids Company charity founder Camila Batmanghelidjh seemed to be having an outfit competition to see who could be more eccentric. Meanwhile, my mates tried not to ogle male model David Gandy too hard!

Also in attendance were British Airways head Willie Walsh, MP Iain Duncan Smith and journalist Toby Young. It was good company to be in!
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Jamaican Olympic hype!


CHAMPIONS: Jamaica's Olympic team

ANOTHER of my recent highlights included attending Jamaica High Commission’s Celebration Of Kingston at the Jamaica High Commission in London.

The event featured presentations from key travel and tourism officials who explained how Kingston will be supported on a world stage into 2012 for the Olympics in London.

I know from my inside contacts that a certain part of London is going to be transformed into a mini Jamaica where, no doubt there will be much excitement!

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