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Mohammed Saleem’s family mark fourth anniversary of his brutal murder

In Events, Interviews, News on 04/29/2017 at 13:00
82-year-old Mohammed Saleem was murdered by a far-right white supremacist terrorist

82-year-old Mohammed Saleem was murdered by a far-right white supremacist terrorist

Today is the fourth anniversary of one of the worst terror incidents in the recent history of Birmingham.

On April 29, 2003, Ukrainian white supremacist terrorist Pavlo Lapshyn stabbed and murdered Birmingham pensioner Mohammed Saleem outside a mosque in Small Heath, in the hope of starting a race war. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are Brummies protesting against Donald Trump?

In Interviews, News on 02/03/2017 at 17:55
A protest against President Donald Trump in Birmingham city centre (Photograph: Geoff Dexter)

A protest against President Donald Trump in Birmingham city centre (Photograph: Geoff Dexter)

Two large protests have already taken place in Birmingham city centre since the inauguration of new US President Donald J. Trump on Saturday 20th January.

The first rally took place on the day the new Head of State took the oath of office, as a gesture of solidarity with individuals and groups protesting Trump across the world, and in response to Trump’s rhetoric targeting marginalised communities including Muslims, Mexicans, disabled people and women. Read the rest of this entry »

INTERVIEW: Nadiya Hussain on books and Bake Off ahead of Birmingham visit

In Events, Interviews, What's On on 01/12/2017 at 15:40
Nadiya Hussain will be launching her debut novel in Birmingham during a one-off personal event at the Town Hall (Photograph: Rebecca Fennell)

Nadiya Hussain will be launching her debut novel in Birmingham during a one-off personal event at the Town Hall (Photograph: Rebecca Fennell)

Since winning the Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain has captured the nation’s hearts. She has baked the Queen’s birthday cake, published a cookbook and a children’s book, fronted a BBC One documentary, The Chronicles of Nadiya, and judged the BBC’s Junior Bake-Off.

Already demonstrating she is a woman of many talents, Nadiya has now turned her hand to fiction and makes her debut with The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters. Read the rest of this entry »

Hate Crime? Where’s the Love?

In Blog, Column, Interviews, Videos on 10/26/2016 at 19:50

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(Debra Mefta, with members of the public, expressing how they feel about Hate Crime)

I want to live in a world where everyone is treated equally, where everyone has food, clothing and shelter, and where everyone is free to move to wherever they want. With Brexit there is more division, less sharing, more selfishness, less love and sadly* more hate crime!

Do you know what a ‘hate crime’ is? Would you know where to report it?

You may argue ‘it doesn’t happen to me, so I don’t need to know’, but what if it was a family member, a friend or even a member of the public that is the target of verbal – called a ‘paki’, ‘faggot’, ‘cabbage,’ ‘white honkey’ – or physical abuse – smacked, knifed or even have their property damaged – Would you know what to do?

Could you advise them?

The easy route is violence: Yes, stand up to them, but in some cases this just makes the problem worse. The most affective way to stop hate crimes at the root is by reporting the incident.

I’ve been lucky enough to work on a project with Redditch Council (Sarah McIntosh and Ken Hazeldene), in the Worcester, Bromsgrove, Kidderminister and South Birmingham areas, highlighting hate crime that exists.

1)What is a ‘hate crime’?

If verbal or physical abuse is directed to a person or their property because of their

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or beliefs
  • sexuality or gender identity

that constitutes as a hate crime.

2)Why should you report it?

 

Sajid Javid MP, of Bromsgrove, gives his explanation as to why you should report hate crime, how important it is to educate people about it and why it should not be ignored. (Filmed & interviewed by V Korpal)

3)Where should I report it?

If you are in danger or a crime is being committed, immediately dial 999 for the police, otherwise dial 101 for non-emergencies. You can also report it at the neighbourhood office and CAB. For those who are computer savvy, you can report it online at:

http://www.report-it.org.uk/home

Jeneatte Lane – talks about where to report it (Filmed by V Korpal)

 

4)Make a pledge

Tracey Onslow, Deputy Crime & Police Commissioner for West Mercia, explains why it’s important for the community to come out to help fight this terrible crime, which in most cases is targeted to the vulnerable. (Filmed & interviewed by V Korpal)

 

Hate crime exists and has been on the increase. Let’s report it and stand up for those who are vulnerable too. This way maybe we can start restoring the love.

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Vimal Korpal is a presenter/actor working in TV, theatre, radio and corporate role play work – contact directly or via agent Red Talent Management.

Vimal Korpal

Interview: Harvey McDonald, Birmingham Pokéwalk

In Charity, Events, Interviews, What's On on 09/12/2016 at 15:06
Harvey McDonald is co-organiser of the Birmingham Pokewalk, a social charity event inspired by gaming app Pokemon Go (Photograph: Birmingham Pokewalk)

Harvey McDonald is co-organiser of the Birmingham Pokewalk, a social charity event inspired by gaming app Pokemon Go (Photograph: Birmingham Pokewalk)

In July, Birmingham held its first ever Pokéwalk , riding the wave of international buzz surrounding Pokémon Go, a gaming app that’s taken the world by storm after being released by Nintendo and Niantic Labs to mark the Pokemon franchise’s twentieth anniversary.

Taking its cue from similar events being held around the country – and indeed, other parts of the world – the Pokéwalk concept was created to merge the explorative nature of the game with socialising and networking skills, essentially meeting new friends. Read the rest of this entry »

White Dee is broke and serving pints in Birmingham

In Interviews, News, Videos on 06/01/2016 at 13:30
White Dee - real name Deirdre Kelly - was seen at Birmingham Pride pulling pints for Davenport brewers (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

White Dee – real name Deirdre Kelly – was seen at Birmingham Pride pulling pints at a Davenport brewers bar stand (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham’s most well-known reality star White Dee – real name Deidre Kelly – was spotted serving pints over the Bank Holiday weekend, only days after revealing she’s broke and nearly homeless.

The Celebrity Big Brother star, who found fame on controversial Channel 4 show Benefits Street back in January 2014, has spent the last two years making a number of television appearances, featuring in magazines and newspapers across the country, had her own TV show and even released a fitness DVD. Read the rest of this entry »

BLOG: Film director Lalit Bhusal deals with FGM

In Blog, Interviews on 05/08/2016 at 19:34

 

Lalit Bhusal's new film project Crushed Wings deals with the sensitive subjects of FGM and stars Oznur Cifi

Lalit Bhusal’s new film project Crushed Wings deals with the sensitive subjects of FGM and stars Oznur Cifi

Today’s featured Midlands artists on the Vimal & Zoe Radio Show, on Ambur Radio, was the director Lalit Bhusal and singer Stacey Lynn Crowe,

Lalit Bhusal talked about his new project, the film Crushed Wings – which deals with the sensitive subjects of  FGM (female genital mutilation) and domestic abuse. He explains how the project came about, why he chose the subject FGM and how it is still an issue in countries like India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Through awareness, he hopes to educate and make change in this cultural practice. Read the rest of this entry »

BLOG: Kiriki Club swing by to share some catchy vibes

In Blog, Interviews on 04/29/2016 at 19:16
The Kiriki Club band enthuse a style of music where swing is king

The Kiriki Club band enthuse a style of music where swing is king, with upbeat catchy tunes

Today’s featured Midlands artists on the Vimal & Zoe radio show, on Ambur radio, were Kiriki Club

With their catchy upbeat tunes, sweet harmonies, bouncing beats, they produce a style of music which is swing and bubblegum pop. Kiriki Club definitely enthuse a style of music where swing is king. Read the rest of this entry »

Frank Turner mourns loss of friend in Paris Attacks

In Interviews, Videos on 11/19/2015 at 10:30
Music star Frank Turner was friends with the late Nick Alexander, who was killed in the terrorist attacks on Paris last Friday (Image: I Am Birmingham)

Music star Frank Turner was friends with the late Nick Alexander, who was killed in the terrorist attacks on Paris last Friday

British folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has expressed his grief following the murder of his friend Nick Alexander at the hands of terrorists in last week’s Paris attacks.

Speaking to I Am Birmingham yesterday, the Bahrain-born musician from Hampshire said he was saddened at the loss of Alexander – who had worked with a number of high-profile musicians over the years – but would not be putting his tour on hold as a result. Read the rest of this entry »

INTERVIEW: Roy Stride, Scouting for Girls

In Interviews, What's On on 10/14/2015 at 19:05
Scouting For Girls will be returning to the Birmingham O2 Academy on December 5

Scouting For Girls will be returning to the Birmingham O2 Academy on December 5 (Photograph: Ellis Perinder)

With Scouting For Girls returning with new album Still Thinking About You on October 16, and with the million-selling trio having also announced a headline UK tour throughout November and December- including a Birmingham O2 Academy date – we sent our reporter Joshua Williams to catch up with band frontman and songwriter Roy Stride.

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Joshua Williams: Hi Roy, I’m Joshua, how are you today?

Roy Stride: Ah, it’s great to meet you dude. Yeah good, really good. Read the rest of this entry »