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Jas brings the drama!

IN ATTENDANCE: (l-r) Sway, Jas, Aml Ameen and Adidas head honcho Paola Lucktung

LAST week, the urban world was buzzing thanks to TV drama Top Boy. The four-part series got people so hyped, it ended up trending worldwide on Twitter!

The series was preceded by a red carpet launch event that I was invited to by Ashley and his Top Boy co-star Kane ‘Kano’ Robinson. The drinks reception was overflowing with wine and apple martinis, while excited fans were taking photos of the celebrity attendees.

MC Bashy rocked a bright orange Adidas jacket and dark shades on the red carpet, and I nearly didn’t recognise rapper Sway as he reached out for a hug as he was in full sharp grey suit and white loafers!

Singer Kele Le Roc looked as fierce as ever; Davinche was umissable with his bleach blonde hair; and Aml Ameen was looking as well as ever, having flown in from L.A. with his lady friend.

After an hour or so of drinks and canapés going around, we were taken to the basement private screening room to watch episode one, while it was airing live on Channel 4. Surprisingly, instead of being asked to turn off our phones, we were asked to keep them on and add to the Twitter conversation.

It was interesting to read Twitter comments live and unedited as celebs like Rio Ferdinand and more tweeted their approval at the show!

I did hear many complaining that it was “just another one of those dramas that glamourise gang life and hood mentality.” But on the other hand, many were pleasantly impressed by the high production quality.

I thought it was representative of many real life stories (even though, despite several crimes taking place in the drama, there were no police to be seen!) I also think broadcasters and filmmakers need to commission a variety of content, as I do feel that so much of our content is extremely stereotypical.

In America they have balanced representation of black and ethnic minority audiences. They can have African American dramas as varied as The Wire and The Cosby Show, but here in the UK, it’s all very one sided.

For example, film company Revolver Entertainment (the company that gave us urban flicks Anuvahood and Shank), have recently churned out yet another UK ‘hood’ film called Sket.

For those not in the know, the word ‘sket’ is basically another word for ‘slag’. I know I certainly don’t want any females in my scene described as skets!

Also, how many post-Kidulthood dramas can there be? Film companies seem all too happy to exploit one element of our culture – and we keep buying into it!

Until all of us collectively take responsibility for our output, nothing will change and we’ll all continue to blame each other. We need filmmakers that are brave enough to invest in our scene in a positive way; a UK version of Spike Lee that will stand up to the film companies that exploit our talented young people and culture.

As long as there is no-one is brave enough to do this, exploitative companies will continue to win while we sit back and wonder where it’s all going wrong!
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Birthday cheer for Audley


CHEERS: Jas with Audley and wife Raychel

NEXT, boxing champ turned Strictly Come Dancing star Audley Harrison invited me to his 40th birthday dinner party at Cottons restaurant.

Seated next to his American wife Raychel and their adorable daughter, Audley hosted a very fun night for 35 of his nearest and dearest that included his dad, brother, cousins and lots of tough boxer types.

The dinner party had Audley and his missus playing perfect hosts, introducing all their guests to each other and entertaining us.

Audley made a touching speech about all his achievements thus far – then proceeded to demand “absolutely smooth, lump free custard” from the waitress to go alongside his apple pie!

A memorable evening with lovely people, great conversation and much family love!
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Art attack


ALL SMILES: Jas and Goldie

IT’S been a week full of top boys, with Drum & Bass legend, actor and artist Goldie inviting me down to view his art exhibition, featuring 13 paintings of British Olympians.

Held in south east London, the evening was choc-a-block full of tastemakers from the worlds of art, sport and music and Goldie excitedly showed us his work featuring athletes like track and field star Jessica Ennis and diver Tom Daley.

Goldie used to be a very accomplished graffiti artist before he ventured into music, so he’s always dabbled at art.

Through his latest exhibition, we were reminded of the hugely anticipated Olympic games that will be taking place in London next year. Unsuprisingly, all in attendance had a thoroughly good time.

Thumbs up Goldie, it was a great night!

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