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The EDL have come to Hackney

13 Sep

For those of you who don’t know, Tommy Robinson – leader of the far right, fascist group the English Defence League (EDL), was seen plodding about the streets of our borough today on a supposed ‘charity walk’.  To give you all some background, Tommy Robinson ‘campaigns’ for an England free of immigrants and multi-multiculturalism, so for him to show his face in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse, and accepting boroughs in the country is clearly an act of provocation. As young people in Hackney, we need to send a clear message to the EDL that they’re not wanted in our borough. Their mission is to provoke negative reaction, but as citizens of Hackney, we will show them that we can rise above them. We are a borough who hosted the biggest INTERNATIONAL sporting event in the world. The EDL and Tommy Robinson have no place on our streets and would not use Hackney as a platform to incite their vile messages of hatred.

Meeting Hackney’s Youth Parliament

5 Sep

Last week, I was invited to drop in on a session of Hackney’s Youth Parliament. It was very exciting to hear of all the amazing ideas and campaigns planned. I have been invited to observe a scrutiny meeting next week so you guys will be hearing about that! Make sure to keep checking in for updates on all things parliament!

Tips on starting A Levels

5 Sep

Many of you will be starting Year 12 this week and I understand that this may be a somewhat intimidating transition, but it doesn’t have to be.

Use these helpful hints to help ease yourself into A Levels from GCSE.

Be organised! – Having yourself organised is key! Make sure you have folders and stationary ready before you start. This will make it easier to collect all the information that will be bombarded at you in the first few weeks. It is important you keep your work neat as your notes should be your first port of call when you start revising.

Manage your workload! – Teachers are not lying when they say the jump from GCSE to A Level is huge. Don’t underestimate it! However, with the right level of organisation and a good work schedule, the work wouldn’t seem as intimidating.

Don’t leave things to the last minute! – Always complete work when it is given to you, and be sure to meet your deadlines! Completing homework the day you receive it is more effective as the information you picked up in that days lesson will still be fresh in your mind. You’ll find it’s nice when it’s all out of the way as well! 

When in doubt, ask! – Never be afraid to ask if you’re ever in doubt. Teachers are there to help you. Don’t feel like you’re burdening them or your peers. It’s your future in the balance.

Try your best to build a good relationship with all your teachers. Set a good first impression these first few days. You’d enjoy your lessons much more when you’re with a teacher you get on with.

I’d say the most important (and cliche) point is to have fun along the way! Work and assignments seem a lot less daunting when it’s on a subject you enjoy, so it’s important that you’ve chosen subjects you enjoy. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in classes you hate for two years. Remember, A Levels are a big commitment. The road is always smoother when you’re having fun!

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Hipnotic Summer Fest 2013 – An evening of music

3 Sep

Last Saturday (24/08/13) saw the epic conclusion to the Hipnotic Summer Fest in Hoxton Hall with a spectacular evening of music. A vast range of talent was on show, from drummers, to amazing singers, guitarists to saxophone players. The young talent were supported by Glastonbury performers, The Soothsayers. Soothsayer member Robin explained his reasons for partaking in the project. He told me that he believed that music is fundamental in creating a sense of society within a group of young people, so his aim was to create a reflection of society through music to teach young people about togetherness and teamwork. His aim was proven a success after I spoke to 15 year old Aaron who “thoroughly enjoyed the programme”, as he thought it gave him a life changing  experience that enabled him to continue perusing his dream to make it big in the music industry. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

 
All in all, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the event was a huge success, and a huge congratulations to all who took part! It was definitely a night to remember!Image

The Insiders – Abdel

21 Aug
Hi! I’m Abdel Rebika, a 17 year old aspiring political journalist from Hackney.
Politics is my passion, and my ultimate ambition is to influence people to stand up and take action to help make our world a better place. I aim to achieve this through pieces of writing that provoke thought – thought that provokes action – action that provokes change. Sounds cheesy, I know but hey, thats just me. I’m going to be here, reporting for the insiders on events for young people going on in Hackney. Hope you’ll find us useful! Oh, and I’m Batman on weekends.

Two of our young talents produce art for ‘Not For Rental’ charity film exhibition

18 Jul

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Two of our young Mediorite creatives, along with a variety of talented artist have contributed a fantastic charity film exhibition called ‘Not For Rental’, featuring artistic designs of VHS video boxes. The VHS boxes were auctioned to raise money for the charities Art Against Knives and Macmillian Cancer Support.

We have worked closely with Art Against knives for many years supporting their cause to help young people who have been affected by knife crime. They provide young people with the opportunity to pursue their creative career and overcome their experiences.

The exhibition was presented by the film magazine Little White Lies in London and was featured in the renowned Guardian newspaper.

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Reach a million people from your bedroom!

4 Apr

YouTube is the largest growing vlogging site in social media right now. People vlogging their lifestlyes, interests and hobbies can grow on YouTube to build an audience of millions; this can be very effective and get individuals voices heard… for free.

A topic that most people do not like to be involved with, unless they are seated behind a screen; film making and video journalism is one of the most growing features in online social media right now. We believe the main reason that people do not want to create content is because they believe that it cost unbelievable amounts of money that will never be available; little do they know that there is an online community that includes thousands of people whom have made a living out of creating videos in their bedrooms… talking to their webcam. This is not the only route in filmmaking; most youth centres around London are interested in creating and supporting young people to produce short films and journalism videos.

Another issue that young people fear within this subject is that criticism that will feedback from the content they produce. This is a big problem for every film maker, institute and actor; although receiving criticism that you don’t really want, actually builds your confidence to help yourself create better content. On the other hand, positive feedback has to be found and when you find it, it’s great. So have a go, as this is a definite recommendation if you have any free time on your hands and you can get hold a camera… everything deserves a first try.

If you want examples of people who have started a career from the social site YouTube, there are videos linked within this blog showing you their first videos which started their inspiring careers.

Film making is not hard, it does not take a lot of money; just a bit of effort and you’re on your way.