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HERE COME THE GIRLS: Jasmine and the ladies featured in Black Women: In The Media

SOMETHING I was honoured to be asked to be a part of was a TV series called Black Women: In The Media.

It’s a three part documentary series that gives an exclusive insight into some of the UK’s most successful and talented women, who are paving the way in the media industry today. It’s premiering on September 1 on OHTV (parts two and three will air on September 8 and 15, respectively.

Alongside myself the documentary features ITN journalist Charlene White; BBC Arts and Entertainment Correspondent Brenda Emmanus; founder of Colorblind Cards and JH PR Jessica Huie; MD of VA-PR Vanessa Amadi; CEO of LGN Events Yolande Letshou; BBC and OHTV producer Michelle Brooks; radio presenter for Premier Gospel Radio Amma Aning; award-winning author Malorie Blackman OBE; and media brand consultant to the MOBO Awards and Justin Timberlake Kubi Springer.

It gives an exclusive up close and personal account of the highs and lows of our journeys to success. Dynamic and honest, we all discuss what it took for us to push past the boundaries and excel as black women in Britain today. The series will also come complete with a billboard campaign across London, which makes us all look like super heroes!

All of us ladies were whisked to a studio to tell our stories. The experience – accompanied by bubbly cocktails – provided a real bonding opportunity, sparking a whole new set of friendships and a network that I’m proud to have been a part of.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful experience and a timeless, positive bit of TV content. I’ll be sure to tune in with my peeps for a VIP screening – and of course it’ll be for ladies only coz, to quote Beyoncé: “Who runs the world? GIRLS!”

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DIAMONDZ IN THE RUFF


TALENT: Ruff Diamondz

FEMALE MUSIC trio Ruff Diamondz (RD) (left, with Jasmine) threw a private hip-hop karaoke night recently, which brought out the ‘gangsta’ in everyone present.

The group and their label Polydor threw the party to celebrate their latest single Got Me Burnin – and to give attendees some serious fun. Numerous media tastemakers were all in attendance, including former Daily Mirror 3AM girl turned reporter for The Times Eva Simpson, current 3AM girl Sarah Tettah, MTV talent representatives and many more.

The list of willing performers was constantly full, as we all wanted a piece of the action, and many Polydor staff were surprisingly good!

Eventually, RD jumped on stage to perform a few classics including Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing). Their energy was crazy and infectious as a good artist’s always is. Of course, they also performed their single and were pleasantly shocked halfway through as a load of dancers just jumped on stage and shocked out alongside them.

I so badly wanted to get my hands on the mic. My peeps will tell you that I’m a karaoke nightmare who never gives the mic up – it’s just so much fun. But this was a music industry crowd and I didn’t have the nerve to take the stage solo. My buddies, who are fellow record label players and artists that shall remain nameless, bottled it and so my possible moment of glory was lost!

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MORE MUSIC MADNESS


PERFORMANCE: Janet Kay

THE FOLLOWING night it was my work summer party on a moored boat on the River Thames before the week ended with the BBC carnival party for staff and friends. There, singer Janet Kay (right) performed, as did actor/singer Victor Romero Evans alongside Genesis Carnival Dancers. As usual, it was a proper sweaty rave!

Next, photographer to the hip-hop elite Paul H threw a BBQ at his home and then I finally topped it off by attending the huge Afrobeats festival at Hammersmith Apollo where music sensations P Square, Whiz Kid, Ice Prince and many more did their thing!

Jasmine Dotiwala is a TV producer, director and broadcast journalist. Email her at jasmine@hiphop.com

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