Just in case you did not get my subtle hint if you were not there, the question must be asked are you somebody, joke - seriously on this one I am just joking.
Over a thousand people showed up for the BEFTTA's on Saturday night, I might be slightly exaggerating but that is only because I don't know the capacity of the Lighthouse where the event was staged but it was a full house.
Everyone was dressed to the hilt, forget recession lots of people raided their piggy banks or recycled old clothes by putting a new twist to them and people made sure that they were dressed to kill. Whilst talking about dressing, I know the invite said black tie and wear a black jacket or suit but hey my excuse on my purple jacket with purple shirt and no tie came about because I am colour blind and my tie got blown away in the recent hurricane that swept the UK.
The venue was great and had all the mod cons and the stars of the entertainment and fashion industry did the event justice. It was a great improvement over the last 2 years (well done Pauline Long – founder & CEO of the BEFTTAs), the event started on time but on that one I must say Thank God for that, with over 150 awards and 500 nominees we would have been there all night. But the BEFTTA team got through them all and numerous people that would not normally ever have been recognised had the opportunity to be recognised which for me is a great thing. So regardless of the fact that we all think there are too many categories and nominees, I appreciate what Pauline and the BEFTTA Academy are trying achieve and they should be applauded not criticised.
I don't want any of you to think that I am giving this glowing review just because I, Mahogany and Fashions Finest between us received 5 awards (Fashions Finest – Best Event Promoter, Mahogany Models – Best Modelling Agency, Nana Afua – Best Female Model, IDeLick Media (Fashions Finest Official Photographer – Photographer of the Year and Mr Mahogany received a special award for Fashion Icon of the Year – receiving this award and peoples comments following this particular award has truly humbled me.
It was also nice to see Mink Cosmetics get an award for Makeup artist of the Year (they have been the official make up sponsors for all of Mahogany's & Fashions Finest events for the past year and to my main man & good friend, who filmed with me during the day and rushed off to collect his lifetime achievement award, Mr Adebayo Jones – well deserved. However if I am ever to get one, can I please get one before I reach pensionable age and I am well on the way there now.
"Michelle Obama" Gets Ghetto at the BEFTTA's...
Ok give me a break I am getting there, I know you were reading the title and thinking what has the above got to do with the title of your blog – well I had to talk about the BEFTTAs first before I talk about what Michelle Obama (actually it's about Dionne Rose who is a Michelle Obama lookalike), did at the BEFFTA's.
Well this is what happened, after the BEFTTA awards a few selected VIP guests and the award winners were invited for a small intimate dinner. It was a nice intimate affair with a performance from a rising super star Angela Ricci (this girl can blow). Anyway there were some small issues over the serving of the food and drinks and there was a group of women on the table next to us and I have no idea who they were, where they were from or what they do but towards the end of the evening a couple of the women on that table decided that they wanted to pick a fight with everyone that looked at them, spoke to them or breathed the same air as them and unfortunately our table was marked as public enemy number one.
I tried to stop my table from responding to the verbal attacks we were receiving for no apparent reason (if we had done something I would be honest, I would tell you), I even used a great saying of mine which is that "it is not every time you have to respond to a mad person, when they talk to you, otherwise you may look like the mad person". This worked for a while but the women on the other table continued their affront and Dionne "Michelle Obama" could not contain herself any longer and went for this woman with a full on verbal attack which included such words as bleep, **@#, bleep, bleeeep, and more bleeps **@#,, followed by bleep, **@#, bleep, bleeeep, and more bleeps **@#, (you may insert profanities of your choice as they most likely would have been used). DIONNE's language was too colourful and she got down and dirty and stooped to the level of these bush women and sadly they were bush and extremely manner less in their behaviour.
It was not a good idea to sink to their level but it was good fun seeing her lose it and we all had a good laugh.
Moan & Groan
This is not Africa feed yourself...
Over the past few months I have attended a number of award ceremonies, some bad and some good, which have included some of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in the UK including Fashions Finest, Screen Nation & the BEFTTA's. Each time I have left one of these awards I have left with the screeching of many people's voices furiously complaining about the lack of food at the awards.
I have to break it down for you and it goes like this, yes it is true that nobody forces the organisers to put on these events and some of you might think that they benefit from it – on this I must correct you as it tends to be the nominees and the winners that primarily benefit as the recognition helps with the progression of their careers and the guest enjoy it because they get a night out and in most cases managed to get in free (not everyone gets in free by the way). The organisers spend thousands putting an event together and then people come to the event 1) expecting to get in free and 2) expecting to be fed and fed very well for free.
Do you know that to feed a person at an award ceremony costs (in london) on average between £35 to £65 depending on the venue. If I charge you an average price of £100 to £120 per ticket would you pay? NO you would not because most people won't even pay £30 for a basic price ticket. Ok let's assume that you are one of those lovely people that do pay and can afford to pay such prices that still does not resolve the problem, as unfortunately all of the nominees expect to attend for free and bring a guest so on average if the organiser has a total of about 40 to 60 nominees, which is about the average amount (sorry BEFTTA's this is excluding you), along with partners, plus judges, presenters and special guests, that means the event organisers must out of their own pockets find approximately an extra £3000 to £5000 (excluding drinks costs), so the final bill could be more in the region of £5 to £10,000. Hello where are they expected to find the money just to feed some hungry and in some cases ungrateful people. As after you feed them they would still complain that the food was not good.
So the moral of the story is before you complain about not being fed or there being no food at an event, if you did not buy a ticket don't complain and think about the poor organiser who is putting on the event and whom 9 times out of 10 makes a very big lost. Eat before you arrive or after you leave and be a bit more understanding. That way with your support we will keep improving, will do better events with your support and one day we will be able to give you a 3 course meal and not charge anyone to attend the awards ceremony. YEAH RIGHT.
I have to end by saying BEFTTA's did a 100% invite only awards ceremony, which was free to attend to everyone that had an invite and I still heard people complain that they had no food – ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!
The winners of the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards 2011 were announced at a star-studded ceremony at London's IndigO2 on Sunday the 16th October 2011.
Screen Nation was founded approximately seven years ago by film producer Charles Thompson, MBE who was on hand to greet all of the attendees.
A celebrity hairdresser by the name of James Brown (no relation to the Godfather of Soul), called stage school founder Ben Douglas a "n*gger" and his female companion a "n*gger's bitch" before proclaiming that 'a lot of my cousins have been with blacks' at the recently concluded Bafta awards ceremony.
Wait a minute before you get yourself in a frenzy and get all self righteous, as we all have called people names that we should not have either due to anger or as in this case alcohol. Let me touch on the alcohol issue here very quickly. In response to his outburst James Brown said that alcohol was to blame. I am not a drinker and never have been but one of the things that I have seen from people that drink alcohol is that it normally gives people the courage to say what they really think. I will leave you to interpret what I feel what this means.
Anyway back to my issue at hand which are two things in particular. Boots the chemist carry a wide array of his products in their stores and Boots being an upstanding public focused company is considering terminating his contract with them – well done boots for even thinking about doing it even though we know you won't do anything, but the sad thing is that they stated as of yet the company had not received any customer complaints. I know I sound like an old record that is scratched and keeps repeating itself (sorry for the younger generation, this is the equivalent to your MP3 player or Ipod continuously repeating the same words in a song over and over again), but this is an indication that it is acceptable to call us "n*gger" as we never complain about things.
The second issue and for me this is the crux of the matter, the Evening Standard reported that a source close to the hairdresser said "he has apologised and that should be the end of the matter". Come on, are you saying that I can go on the streets of London and proclaim that the Jews deserved what they got during the Holocaust and so long as I apologise afterwards all is forgiven, get real I will never get a knighthood or get a job of any substance not just in the UK but in the world – ok slight exaggeration I would get a job in Nigeria. We all know what happened to John Galliano when he allegedly made comments about Jewish people, not only was he sacked from his own label but he is also facing trial in France for his comments which he made during a drunken state at a restaurant. In England because James Brown has apologised we are told that's that.
No one reading this should get upset about him calling someone a "n*gger" as it is our fault because when things like this happen we never complain.
Hold on, none of you should even think about saying "what about you, what do you do to change things"? I will spell it out for you as to what i do to push for change - I write about it and due to my rantings I put my future MBE, OBE or CBE at risk and I also get on the radio and talk about such issues and put my potential non executive directorships that I am vying for in my dreams with the top fashion houses and other blue chip companies in jeopardy, so Ii am paying the price for being upfront and centre about such issues.
Moving on from me unashamedly begging & seeking recognition from the British establishment I must say to make matters worse James Brown seriously I am finding it hard to call him James Brown but I go on, then dropped the " I have a black friend, so how can I be racist" in his case he states that his nephew is mixed race. Enough already, I am sick and tired of this quote to justify people making comments about black people and then saying they can't be racist cos they have black friends or relatives.
Due to the fact that we are in England and because black people never kick up a stink about such issues Mr James Brown will go on an make money and a number of my black sisters will buy his products and put more money in his pocket and it is he whom will have the last laugh and still call us "n*gger".
In an earlier blog I spoke about the English Football Association being sore losers as when they did not win the bid to host the World Cup they kicked up a right royal stink. Have they let it go – NO – they are still kicking up a stink and under parliamentary privilege they made allegations of bribery and corruption against a variety of FIFA members. So the British FA say they were asked for knighthoods and other incentives for people to vote for them and the British FA members being all upstanding and totally honest did not at the time set off the alarm bells and before the vote was casted state that they were asked for bribes but waited for a number of months and under the cowardly protection of parliamentary privilege to make such allegations.
This is the open letter that FIFA wishes they could write to the Football Association...
Dear Cry Baby FA Members
We know that it is very disappointing that you did not win the bid to host the 2018 World Cup in England (even though the rest of the world is celebrating that you only got 2 votes, yes we repeat only two and one of them was yours) and despite the fact that you brought out your three lions (Beckham, Cameron & Duke of Cambridge), which being honest means nothing to the rest of the world. We think it is at this time that we must remind you that you know longer have the British Empire and it is not by right that you must be awarded the World Cup.
Furthermore we are not sure whether the FA is stupid or what (hopefully there are some street boys in FIFA that speak like this) but when the BBC in its Panorama programme two days before the vote releases a TV programme alleging corruption in FIFA, that we would all vote for you then you are living in cloud cuckoo land.
You and the British press can continue with your campaign to have our great honourable leader Sepp Blatter and everyone else you don't like removed, tainted or slandered by unfounded allegations and as you can see you lost the vote by 175 to 17 when you tried to get the elections stopped – HA HA HA
So because you did not get your way you have now started an alleged vendetta against FIFA and all of those that voted against you. The days of Royal Britannia rules the waves are over and if you don't like being part of FIFA then go set up your own independent FIFA, you bunch of cry babies, who always think you are right – GET A LIFE!
I know some of you reading this may think that Mr Mahogany is anti British, far from it but I am against those that are arrogant, self righteous and think that when they do things they are right but if others do the same things and they are in disagreement then they are wrong. Sometimes some aspects of British society have a philosophy of do what I say but not what I do.
SIGNED ALL OF THE 419 MEMBERS OF FIFA (419 IS A SLANG TERM GIVEN TO PEOPLE THAT COMMITT FRAUD)
SORRY PEOPLE ITS JUST BEEN ONE OF THOSE IRRITATING NEWS DAYS!
I should be feeling sorry for her, as in her to do list re her move to America she sacked her long time English manager and took on Will.I.Am as her new manager to help make her hot in the states, (he even through a welcome to America celebrity bash for her), she also took on celebrity trainer to the stars to help her get fit, was planning to buy a new house and bought all of the Digestive biscuits that she could find to buy in Tesco's.For those of you that don't know, she was fired due to her Geordie accent and the fact that the producers (including Simon Cowell) realised after two days of filing that no one would understand her and in addition she allegedly did not get along with Paula Abdul. For me it does not take Einstein to realise that no one in America would understand her as no one in England understands her either.
It Looks like the beautiful Nicole Scherzinger will be taking over from Ms Cole, not a bad promotion for Nicole as she goes from Co Host to Judge. A bit of extra gossip here, she was well upset that she could not sit next to Simon on the judging panel as that right belongs to Paula Abdul, so there would have been no extra camera attention on her likes she gets in the UK by continuously rubbing up with Simon in the hope that as the camera focuses on him she will get that extra attention she was desperate for.
Well Cheryl now that Danny has allegedly resigned or was sacked from the UK X Factor you can beg your mentor, your idol Simon Cowell to give you your job back in the UK. if he decides not to I for one wont be missing you. By the way Cheryl I have booked you a first class return ticket on Virgin Airways back to London for Saturday.
The Church is Getting it Wrong...
As part of my attempts to educate myself and to ensure that I am up to date on current affairs I was scouring through some international websites and came across an article that was talking about wealthy Nigerians that despite the global recession in the last year alone they had spent over $225 million dollars on purchasing private planes.
As I started reading the article I thought what is the big deal as wealthy people around the world regularly purchase private jets and if Nigeria has people that can afford to purchase planes than why not. I read on and became heavily dismayed at the fact that within this group of wealthy Nigerians a number of them were Nigerian clergymen and spiritual leaders that had purchased private jets.
Included within this alleged list were David Oyedepo believed to be Africa's wealthiest gospel preacher, acquired a Gulfstream V jet $30 million. He also owns a private collection of four aircraft. He is also reportedly creating a private hanger to accommodate all of his planes. Pastor Enoch Adeboye of The Redeemed Christian Church of God spent $30 million on a Gulfstream jet and Pastor Sam Adeyemi is also a jet owner.
My issue is this, these pastors were only able to purchase the jets due to their congregation giving gifts, donations and paying tithe, a number of these congregation members struggle each week to survive to pay their bills and to make ends meet and instead of these donations being used for Gods work their money is accumulated and spent on extravagancies such as private jets. I don't know about you but I think that this is disgraceful and a flagrant breech of what the Bible teaches and what the church should be doing with the money they receive. Nigeria is amongst one of the most religious country's within the world and bearing in mind that over 60% of Nigerians live below the poverty line for me it is a great shame that these preachers preach to their congregation that it is a command of God that they tithe and these people give up money that I am sure they don't really have, but do it because the man of God said they should and because they believe that they will get blessings from God in return.
The Bible says that there are many false prophets and as much as I might face ex communication (not sure if that is possible in a Pentecostal church), I am prepared to stand up and state that this is a disgraceful abuse of office and misuse of church funds as I can't see what urgent work that they do that they need to get to places urgently using a private jet or how they are celebrities that they are unable to travel first class on a commercial airline.
I am sure some of my avid readers will correct me and justify why this is a good use of church funds, sorry but no matter what you say I am not buying it. You read things like this and you still ask why less people are going to church and people are becoming disillusioned with the church. I say no more.
Do you know what $30m could do?
• Build Houses
• Feed sooooooooooo many people
• Build schools and bus books
• Pay school fees for possibly the whole of their congregation