REVIEW: Billionaire Boy – The Musical

A journey from one emotion to another, “Billionaire boy” is not about money, it’s about the things that actually matter: friendships, family and love. From laughing in tears to singing along and feeling like a part of the cast, “Billionaire Boy” was a delightful play to see. Adapted from the book by David Walliams which probably every British person is familiar with. The main character, Joe … Continue reading REVIEW: Billionaire Boy – The Musical

Legend and Common’s Oscar speech strikes a civil rights chord

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Last night’s Oscars saw musicians John Legend and Common win the award for Best Original Song after they composed and performed on the soundtrack for Martin Luther King biopic ‘Selma,’ which documented the struggles of the civil rights movement. Lewis Shaw writes.

But whilst the song is a powerful one, it was their acceptance speech that rattled cages around the world.

I learnt a lot from their acceptance (their real names are John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn?!) but the main brunt can be summarised in a quote from Mr. Legend’s half:

“We wrote this song for a film based on events that happened 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. […] We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real: we live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than under slavery in 1850.”

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