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Private Dancer?

A Café with a view. In between colourful people crossing each other in front of me, I notice a street dancer, solely dancing, protected by two...

Dancehall Documentary Dude

Joshua Karl once found it hard to be open about being gay.  Now he is a high-profile member of London's black gay community, and also well-known in the LBGT...
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Doctors Refuse To Carry On

To coincide with their two-day strike from 8 March to 11 March, hospital doctors from all over East London gathered outside Stratford station to protest...

Docklands: What Was All That About?

Top-down development imposed on a de-industrialised area with local people locked out of any possible benefits? Or a gradual process of new money coming...

Size Matters

Phobbie Nicholas traces the journey of Plus Size Fashion from the USA to East London. According to online fashion industry website Fashion United nearly a...
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Picking Holes In Kanye’s Clothing Line

Jayce-Ebony Bell accuses Kanye West of breaking a promise. Kanye West’s clothing line Yeezy, Season 2 seems to be trying to 'get down' with the street...

‘Tis The Season To Be….Traditional

Tradition is a counterproductive force that undermines modernity - am I right? Except when it comes to Christmas, that is! As a Norwegian I think...

The Nigerian Take on the UK Elections

Beatrice Groth asked three East London Nigerians to tell us what they think about today's general election in the UK.   Quite frankly I have never...

Reason Through Rhyme

Kawther Ayed challenges a variety of misconceptions about Muslims and Islam in her news poem Freedom to Defend. https://vimeo.com/126855206

Brick Lane Fashion Shoot

JD Tagle takes us  into the world of East London fashion gurus Aaron Lesta Candal and Michael Angelo Sanchez. After a short wait I see...

Very Rare Warehouse Catwalk

JD Tagle pulls some classic clothes out of storage. Very Rare EU is a new online store that stocks hand-picked branded vintage and retro clothing. Having used the store...

In The Vanguard Of Vintage

JD Tagle interviews Raheem Muhammed of online vintage shop  Very Rare EU What brands do you wear personally? I wear brands such as Nike, Adidas, Alexander...

An East End Easter

In an occasional series about the way different religious festivals are celebrated, Beatrice Groth enjoys an Easter in the East. While congregations for the Church...

Alan, The Busker With A Difference

Beatrice Groth is drawn to a different kind of busker on the streets of Stratford.   https://vimeo.com/123612995 As commuters of various cultures stream from Straford station, I...

Food Market Forces People Together

The food on display at Queen’s Market in Upton Park is as diverse as the population in this part of East London, reports Beatrice...
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Independence on Sunday

Independent on Sunday editor Lisa Markwell visited the Rising East newsroom on 4th February to talk about the priorities for young journalists today. She...

Inspiring East London Youth Through Drama

Omar C. Richards talks to award-winning playwright, director, actor and choreographer Rikki Beadle-Blair about his extensive career, including his work with the Theatre Royal Stratford...

The Tastiest Table In This Part Of Town

Nika Jazee couldn't resist a new array of flavours. The wide range of pastries in the front window acts like gravity on your stomach, pulling...

Time Shift On The DLR

Michell Soares Gonzales shuttles between the past, present and future of the Docklands Light Railway. When travelling on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), have you...

A Christmas Snapshot

Beatrice Groth samples the Christmas atmosphere outside Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Centre. The area outside Stratford Station teems with shoppers, and buskers. While members of The...

Are The Police Racist?

Omar Richards talks to young East Londoners about policing and racism. In the wake of the protests across America against the perceived racist killings by...

African Dance Explosion

Hannah Odonkor explores the African dance scene. African Azonto dance is already well established across East London. But thanks to promoter DJ Afro B, a growing...

Chronicles Of A Forgotten Black Britain

Vanessa Jubey is carried back in time by a photo exhibition in Shoreditch. Click on any image for the slide show.   Autograph ABP’s exhibition entitled Black Chronicles II...

Marching for Free Education

Matthew Wright and Ferdia Carr join what could be the start of a new student movement. Around 10,000 students took to the streets of...

Ebola: can it happen here?

Beatrice Groth takes to the streets of Plaistow to ask white and West African residents how they rate the risks of Ebola. Newham Council...

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