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Young people with spirit

ALL SMILES: Jasmine with Eddie Kadi

ALL roads led to the Spirit of London Awards recently, where I was seated in the Adidas VIP box. The stars of the show were young, unsung heroes in our local communities and there were plenty of celebrities in the house to applaud and pay homage to them.

It’s like the Oscars for the community!

The Damilola Taylor Trust developed the awards to address the imbalance in the way young people are perceived, due to a small minority who create negative media headlines. The event aims to represent the majority of fantastic young people in London and what an amazing night it was.

We really need more events like this to validate our youth and show the mainstream and general public that young people are doing amazing things.

The event was held at the Royal Albert Hall and was hosted aptly by comedian and radio host Eddie Kadi – alongside his less capable co-host Stacy Solomon. (Talk about a case of organisers getting celebs to do presenter’s jobs. Shes a great singer, but a wack presenter).

We were informed that as well as hearing the inspirational stories of many young people, we would also be entertained by Tinchy Stryder, Beverly Knight, dance troupe Diversity and Dionne Bromfield.

I was fascinated by an eight-year-old boy named Lucas Pinto, who was named Young Hero for persuading the chief executive of Tesco to reconsider the minimum wage it pays workers. He was articulate and confident and spoke with passion, and I had no doubt this kid could one day be Prime Minister!

We watched actors Ashley Walters and Adam Deacon present awards; singer Bluey Robinson performed; we had choirs and pianists; it was all so inspiring.

Diversity and Tinchy got the packed venue on their feet. And finally, just when I thought it could get no funnier, footballer Jermaine Defoe walks onstage. He was there to present an award to his manager, Harry Redknapp.

The narrator had already announced that Harry was the recipient of the London Legend award –but Jermaine comes on stage and announces "and the nominees are…" Suffice to say, what followed was an awkward long pause with much giggling amongst the audience. Eventually, the mic announcer exclaimed, "just announce the winner!" Oh how we laughed!

It was a funny and upbeat ending to a great night, full of amazing stories about high achieving young people.

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Chip’s still chipper

POSITIVE VIBES: Jas and Chipmunk

NEXT on the agenda was a chat with one of my favourite UK acts, Chipmunk. Chippy popped into London 360 News to talk about his recent mixtape Spazz.com, and much more.
He told us that he understands that “love and hate are simultaneous. If you roll out more success, you get more love, but you’ll also reap more hate.”
Commenting on his recent release from his record label Jive he revealed, “Jive as a label is in a situation and therefore I’m now an independent act. It’s a good space to be in. I’m currently independent and I’ve had calls from every major label here in the last fortnight, because they understand I’m only 20 years old and still fresh and ready to elevate me and my team to the next level. The plan is to go with my own label. A lot of people forget that I charted independently before I got my record deal.”
Chipmunk was the first UK act during my time at MTV Base that openly championed his intelligence, while others (who shall remain nameless) were ashamed of their education and asked me never to talk about it as it would mess with their street cred.
Chip stated strongly: “If anyone can tell young people the importance of being intelligent, I’d like to do it. I was read to as a child and I’m proud of that. I’m proud to be able to tell people that education was a big part of my life. Parents should give their kids books as presents, so that subconsciously, they are brain fed the idea that you read books as a positive activity.”
With that, Chipmunk left a whole room full of people feeling inspired. You go young soldier – onwards and upwards!

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Droll day for Dre...

WEST Coast legend Dr Dre (right) recently threw a party to promote his Dre Beats headphones at London’s Roundhouse.
If a party like this had gone down a few years ago, it would have brought the city to a halt. With big names like label mogul Jimmy Iovine and artist Will I Am in attendance, this party would’ve been amazing. But as no-one seems to knows how to make a party pop off any more, it had the worst reviews and was flatter than a pancake.
Seriously, what’s happened to our social scene? Can no one throw a cool guest list together anymore? When we had the P Diddy party at Café de Paris, we shut it down. The Maxwell party at The Aquarium – we shut it down. Janet Jackson at the London Dungeon – we shot it down. But you bring in Dr Dre and even he’s bored at his own party? That’s a crime!

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