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A DATABASE dubbed ‘the IMDB for the UK’s British African and Caribbean market,’ has been launched.
The British Black List, which aims to “celebrate black folks doing incredible work in the industry,” serves as an online portal chronicling the careers of professionals from film, television, theatre, literature and music.
The site’s founder, Akua Gyamfi who has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, said she felt inclined to start her new business venture after growing increasingly concerned that “black British entertainment has no legacy in the UK.”
She said: ”There is no archive which honours the people who played a crucial part in laying the foundations of the black British entertainment industry. We recognise that it’s not just about whether Hollywood knows your name, but moreover having a credible portfolio of work which can and should be praised.”
“I also found that when doing research for black British people in the entertainment industry, finding decent cv’s which displayed up to date images and body of work was also very hard and thus The British Blacklist was born,” she added.
The service allows users to search for individuals by name or works, post casting opportunities, acts as an online portfolio and will be a source for the latest topical news from within the British African and Caribbean entertainment industry.