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New Beacon Books has been saved.

UK’s first black bookshop has been saved. New Beacon Books, one of the last black bookshops, was set to close almost after suffering due to pandemic lockdowns.   THE UK’s first Black bookshop which has been around for almost 55 years has been saved thanks to a fundraising campaign. New Beacon Books was established in 1966 by John La Rose and his partner, Sarah White, and is the only remaining […]

todayDecember 5, 2021 2

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Islington shop launches to hire out household appliances

The Library of Things is to rent out items like drills, carpet cleaners, sound systems and sewing machines has opened in Islington. It's hopes the store in the Bright Sparks Reuse and Repair second hand furniture store in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, will help people save money and reduce waste. The Islington council has joined forces with Library of Things and the shop to open the environmentally-friendly store, which […]

todayNovember 3, 2021 3

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Windrush sculptures of vegetable and fruit unveiled in Hackney, London

“This is for everyone, for the local community to own these sculptures,” said artist Veronica Ryan, creator of the UK’s first permanent public artworks commemorating the Windrush Generation. The marble and bronze sculptures of custard apple, breadfruit and soursop can be found by St Augustine’s on the Narrow Way in Hackney Central. The pieces were unveiled today – the first day of Black History Month 2021 – and follow the reveal […]

todayOctober 11, 2021 16

Black History


British Reggae Artists Famine Appeal (BRAFA) A new square at the entrance to Britannia Leisure Centre in Hackney has named BRAFA Square after a fascinating, yet forgotten, part of Hackney’s African Caribbean history. The name reveals the story of the British Reggae Artists Famine Appeal (BRAFA) which became Hackney’s answer to Live Aid in 1985.   When Band Aid was set up in response to the Ethiopian famine in 1984, […]

todayOctober 10, 2021 28

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Kidzmania in Hackney could be at threat due to flats plan

Much-loved Lower Clapton soft play centre Kidzmania in London Borough of Hackney is under threat once again after housing plans were changed. Having thought its future was safe, the centre is now urging some of the thousands who have used it over the past 30 years to sign a petition to protect it. Jocelyn Crome, owner and manager, said: “It’s not just your ordinary shoe shop, it has been established […]

todaySeptember 23, 2021

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Brand New Finsbury Park Picturehouse opening imminent

Finsbury Park Picturehouse is set to open "within weeks". The new seven-screen cinema is in the £220m City North tower block development by the new entrance to Finsbury Park station in Goodwin Street and Wells Terrace. The chain, which plays arthouse and blockbuster films, had been set to open the new branch last autumn, but it was delayed because of the pandemic, subsequent lockdowns and uncertainty in the film distribution chain. […]

todayAugust 24, 2021

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Aspiring Hackney footballer on his way to Leyton Orient after top GCSE grades

An aspiring footballer with dreams of playing in the Premier League has achieved star grades to help him go onto a scholarship with Leyton Orient. Ayo Ojo, 16, from Haggerston School, scored a nine in PE, along with top grades in drama, mathematics and combined Sciences, achieving 7s in all of them. He was part of the year 11 cohort at his school that achieved top grades across the board. More […]

todayAugust 24, 2021 1

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iLive Volcano Relief for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

iLive Press Release: August 2021 iLIVE Radio Network sends relief to Saint Vincent & the Grenadines The world watched in fear as the eruptions of the La Soufrière Volcano situated in the north of the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines began on 9 April 2021 and displaced close to 20,000 persons. The iLive Radio Network around 3 continents wasted no time in supporting these victims like many […]

todayAugust 19, 2021 22

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A Hackney family living in mould-infested property

A Hackney family is distraught after having to live for four months in a property infested with mould. One tenant living at the property, who preferred not to be named, says the problem has persisted since April.     They don't care," she said. The woman, who lives in the council property in Stoke Newington with her four children, three of whom have special needs, says they are unable to use both bathrooms due to the mould […]

todayAugust 4, 2021

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