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Rising Stars: Shannon Murphy

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Published September 11, 2019


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Rising Stars: Micheal Ward

Micheal Ward, a London based actor, took his first steps into the limelight when he featured in music videos for Giggs, Stormzy and Example, and then went on to appear in fashion campaigns for JD and footasylum. After moving into acting in 2017, Ward signed to Olivia Bell Management and said his dream role would be in the gritty London crime drama Top Boy. Just a year later, the rising star was cast to play the top boy himself, the head of Hackney's drugs scene, in Canadian rapper Drake’s Netflix reboot of the same series. Hot on the heels of this leading role, the actor/model has been signed by Select Model Management, and his next screen project sees him starring in London grime artist Rapman’s anticipated debut feature film, Blue Story, set for release in late 2019.

16 Sep 2019
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Jay Sean announced as ACM ambassador

Jay Sean has been appointed as ambassador of a new Rap and MC undergraduate degree pathway at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), predicting that the course, the first of its kind in the UK, will 'cultivate a new power generation of rap and MC stars with a 360 degree understanding of the urban music industry'. The Down hitmaker, who delivered an exclusive masterclass to students from the music college this week, joins fellow ACM ambassadors including Roger Taylor, Chad Smith, and Kamille, and said 'Thanks to this course these young rappers can learn and level up much faster than in previous years. It’s a fast track to success... If someone had told me back in the day that I could take a course like this and get a degree in the skill sector of MC’ing, rapping, music and the music industry, I would have jumped at it'.

17 Sep 2019
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Gary Lineker, Rachel Riley and Eddie Izzard back CCDH campaign

Personalities including Rachel Riley, Gary Lineker, Eddie Izzard, Richard Osman, Nick Hewer, Natasha Devon, Sadiq Khan, Aisling Bea, and Nimco Ali have teamed up with The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), spearheading a new campaign encouraging fans to to mute, block and report users who post 'abhorrent and derogatory comments' on social media. CCDH's Don't Feed The Trolls report draws on research to 'explore the psychology of trolling, why trolls behave the way they do, and the best way to deal with them', and Match of the Day presenter Lineker commented 'We've all be shocked by the way in which racist trolls have been targeting footballers recently... Everyone across the sporting world will be grateful for this guide on how we can show online trolls the red card: don't rise to the bait; block the trolls; and take some time out'.

17 Sep 2019
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Bella Hadid and Abby Champion for Calvin Klein

Bella Hadid, Abby Champion, Alanna Arrington, and Mitchell Slaggert co-star in Calvin Klein's latest campaign, showcasing the brand's Performance activewear collection. Hadid shared the campaign on social media, posting 'I would like to present to you: Calvin Klein Performance! Thank you to my @calvinklein family... can’t wait to launch this campaign next month'.

17 Sep 2019
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Alicia Silverstone partners with CRYSTAL Deodorant

Alicia Silverstone has been announced as CRYSTAL Deodorant's latest ambassador, becoming the face of the mineral-based and vegan brand. The American Woman star commented 'I've used CRYSTAL Deodorant for over 20 years because it's safe, vegan and most importantly it works! I am proud to partner with a company that shares my values and is committed to making healthier and kinder products'.

17 Sep 2019
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Dame Emma Thompson named Graeae patron

Dame Emma Thompson has been announced as Graeae Theatre Company's latest patron, supporting it's initiative to 'provide a platform for deaf and disabled artists - equal to that of non-disabled artists - through championing accessibility and inclusivity'. The Academy Award-winning actress commented 'I have entirely selfish reasons for becoming a Patron of Graeae... Put simply, Graeae rocks. It's a thrilling theatre company, peopled by thrilling folk. It is why I agreed to become a Graeae Patron'.

16 Sep 2019
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Rankin shoots Macmillan Cancer Support campaign

Renowned British photographer Rankin has captured celebrity faces including Boy George, Rylan Clark-Neal, Shirley Ballas, Joe Lycett, Kathy Burke, and Faye Brookes as they 'raise a mug' in support of Macmillan Cancer Support’s flagship annual fundraiser, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, September 27. Rankin sadly lost his mother to lung cancer 12 years ago, and commented 'Macmillan really supported her and my family when she was in hospital. I’m excited to be part of this. It’s such a simple idea that’s emotive and relatable. Everyone drinks either tea or coffee, and hosting a Coffee Morning can help make a big difference'.

16 Sep 2019
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Amber Gill fronts Littlewoods campaign

Love Island 2019 winner Amber Gill stars in the latest campaign for Littlewoods, launching the retailer's new Topshop collection. Gill shared the news on social media, posting 'So excited to announce I’ve modelled for @littlewoodsonline to launch their edited Topshop collection! #IOwnItWithLittewoods'.

16 Sep 2019