The untold history of black bourbon

“The bourbon world is dominated by middle-aged white dudes with moustaches,” Ramos said. “Bourbon is not something we really associate with black people.” Ramos jokes that he sometimes witnesses shock in a bartender’s face when he orders bourbon instead of cognac. Bourbon is a type of whiskey made in the US that must comprise 51%Continue reading “The untold history of black bourbon”

Actors to get nudity warning in anti-bullying move for TV work, union says

Equity has committed to ensuring actors are given nudity warnings as part of a move “against bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour in TV”. The performing arts and entertainment trade union shared its fresh “statement of commitment”. It brings together 21 major organisations, in the UK and abroad, including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. TheContinue reading “Actors to get nudity warning in anti-bullying move for TV work, union says”

Can a sleepy Japanese town become Asia’s Silicon Valley?

Always seen as Japan’s backwater, Tokushima is not where you would expect to see the opening of a special new school for tech-savvy young entrepreneurs. Located on the southern island of Shikoku, the sleepy, rural region doesn’t have a reputation for being a thriving place. But the area, which has been suffering from both anContinue reading “Can a sleepy Japanese town become Asia’s Silicon Valley?”

Manjula Patel: The 85-year-old India-origin chef wowing a UK town

An 85-year-old Indian-origin woman who came to the UK as a refugee from Uganda is now one of its oldest chefs and restaurateurs. Manjula Patel owns and runs Manju’s, a popular restaurant in the seaside town of Brighton that serves traditional vegetarian dishes from the western Indian state of Gujarat – where Manju, as sheContinue reading “Manjula Patel: The 85-year-old India-origin chef wowing a UK town”

PFAS: Possible breakthrough to destroy harmful ‘forever chemicals’

Chemists have identified how to destroy “forever chemicals” in a low-cost way for the first time, new research says. Scientists have linked exposure to the substances, known as PFAS, at certain levels to serious health risks, including cancer and birth defects. Their resistance to water, oil and stains make them highly useful. PFAS are usedContinue reading “PFAS: Possible breakthrough to destroy harmful ‘forever chemicals’”

‘Inclusive Barbies a major step in my life’

James Stewart is among those celebrating new Barbie dolls that are being released today. Mattel, the company that makes them, has released a range of more diverse dolls. For the first time, Barbie is seen with a hearing aid, a prosthetic limb and a wheelchair, while a Ken doll has vitiligo. James, who has theContinue reading “‘Inclusive Barbies a major step in my life’”

UK Black Pride event returns to London

Europe’s largest pride celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle-Eastern descent has taken place in London. It is the first time UK Black Pride has been held in person since 2019, as celebrations in 2020 and 2021 were online due to Covid. The event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park inContinue reading “UK Black Pride event returns to London”

Darlings: Alia Bhatt and Vijay Varma’s domestic violence film wows India

Domestic violence is no laughing matter, but a dark comedy streaming on Netflix on the topic is wowing audiences in India. Starring Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma in the lead roles, Darlings is the story of a young Muslim couple in love – and violence and revenge. The film opens withContinue reading “Darlings: Alia Bhatt and Vijay Varma’s domestic violence film wows India”

Covid: Room 46 musical emulates experiences of teenagers during lockdown

A musical showcasing the experiences of teenagers during the lockdown is to tour nationally after its Northamptonshire premiere later. Room 46 charts the changing social environment caused by the pandemic through the eyes of six young people. It will be performed and recorded at the Castle Theatre, in Wellingborough, for the first time on Thursday.Continue reading “Covid: Room 46 musical emulates experiences of teenagers during lockdown”

BBC Proms: Composer turned to music to help with Tourette’s

A man who turned to music to help his Tourette’s syndrome is set to see his work performed by Welsh musicians at the Proms. Gavin Higgins, from London, developed the condition as an infant and used music to “cool off” when overwhelmed. “Everything stops when I play music,” he said. Years after his diagnosis forContinue reading “BBC Proms: Composer turned to music to help with Tourette’s”