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Watch Season One Of U.K. Web Series ‘All About The McKenizes’

Despite our differences in history, culture and language (black Americans vs blacks in the UK), when it comes black sit-coms, there’s pretty much a commonality, whether it's about African American families or Black British families. And to prove that point, there’s new a black U.K. web series titled, All About The McKenizes, which was created by 26 year old actor/writer/director Samuell Benta, who also is one of the performers in the series. Benta says that one of the main reasons why he created the web series “is because most young people (in the U.K.) are watching and listening to American material because there is a “lack” of British entertainment that they can...
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Why black British drama is going online, not on TV

Faced with British TV's indifference to black shows, young writers and directors are taking their talents to the web to find an audience. Bim Adewunmi talks to some of them

HBO's recent comedy drama Girls, created and co-written by indie wunderkind Lena Dunham, has been the subject of a seemingly endless stream of think pieces. The crux of the matter is the diversity – or lack thereof – that the show displays. A full cast list from Imdb.com showed parts for non-white cast members such as "Jamaican Nanny", "Young Black Guy", "Roosevelt Hotel Bellhop" and "Tibetan Nanny". Of course, Girls is only the latest in a long line of New York-set TV shows that paint a distinctly monochromatic picture. From Seinfeld to Sex and the City to Friends (which recycled the same storyline for two black characters over the series), there is a small-screen tradition of whitewashing the big city.

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'EastEnders' bosses celebrate 'E20' series three success

'EastEnders' bosses celebrate 'E20' series three success
EastEnders bosses have today expressed their delight after the new series of EastEnders: E20 surpassed 1.2 million views across BBC Online and BBC Three. E20 returned for its third run on September 20 and show producers have seen a 50% increase in the programme's online audience since the launch. This year's series, which is now half-way through its run, focuses on troubled trio Faith (Modupe Adeyeye), Donnie (Samuell Benta) and Ava (Sophie Colquhoun), who all came together on Albert Square amid desperate times in their lives. Covering topics such as family breakdown, bullying and teen sex, the new episodes were developed in conjunction with BBC Learning to address issues in the Pshe curriculum. EastEnders: E20 producer Deborah Sathe commented: "I am thrilled to see E20 has sustained its position as a front-runner (more)
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'EastEnders: E20' trio target Walford's residents - Watch episode two

'EastEnders: E20' trio target Walford's residents - Watch episode two
The second episode of EastEnders: E20's third series sees Ava, Donnie and Faith interacting with more of the EastEnders regulars as they resort to desperate measures to get food. While Donnie (Samuell Benta) tries to pull a fast one on Kim at the Minute Mart, Ava (Sophie Colquhoun) targets Masood and Faith (Modupe Adeyeye) turns her attention to the chip shop. Later, after a day of mixed success, the trio are given reason to fear that they've been discovered... (more)
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'EastEnders' Fatboy is a good match for Faith, says Modupe Adeyeye

'EastEnders' Fatboy is a good match for Faith, says Modupe Adeyeye
EastEnders star Modupe Adeyeye has predicted that Fatboy Chubb could be a good match for her character Faith Olubunmi. Faith was recently seen making a move on Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) on the main soap and they will continue to share scenes on the new series of EastEnders: E20, which launched yesterday. EastEnders: E20 also sees Faith develop a crush on troubled Donnie Lester (Samuell Benta) while hiding out with him and Ava Bourne (Sophie Colquhoun) on Albert Square. Adeyeye told Digital Spy: "Faith really likes Donnie. I think Donnie would like Faith too, but she gives away everything on a plate. She doesn't let you find anything out about her or keep anything back, she just puts it all out there." Asked to name the better match for Faith, she replied: "I'd say Fatboy, because even though she brushes him off, Fatboy actually (more)
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'EastEnders' Kim gives chase in 'E20' - video preview

EastEnders: E20 continues tomorrow with the second episode of series three, which sees the trio decide to scam some of Albert Square's residents as they're in desperate need of food and money. While Ava targets Masood and Faith ponders stealing from the chip shop, Donnie chooses outrageous Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) as a potential victim. However, it soon becomes clear that Kim isn't one to give up without a fight as she chases Donnie (Samuell Benta) through the Square when he tries to pull a fast one! EastEnders: E20's next episode goes live on the official BBC website tomorrow (more)
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'EastEnders: E20' returns - video preview of episode one

'EastEnders: E20' returns - video preview of episode one
EastEnders: E20 returns tomorrow as series three launches on the online spinoff's official website. Show bosses have now released a new trailer for the opening episode, showing Mercy's sister Faith (Modupe Adeyeye) preparing to make an impact by making her outfit as revealing as possible. The preview also shows a dramatic moment as Donnie (Samuell Benta) and Ava's (Sophie Colquhoun) minibus crashes just outside of Walford, which is what brings the troubled duo to Albert Square for the new series. EastEnders: E20 will (more)
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New Eastenders E20 cast announced

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Eastenders spin-off E20 returns on 20 September 2011 with three new troublesome teens - Ava, Donnie and Faith to shake things up in Albert Square for Series 3.

Sophie Colquhoun (represented by Independent Talent) plays Ava, described as a closed book, who can look after herself. People think she's a bit stuck-up, which is odd for a girl who's spent the last while in the care system. She comes across as certain, definite, even hard. But underneath that cool and brittle façade, Ava has a secret past which she is constantly trying to get away from but will it follow her to Albert Square?

Sophie graduated from Guildhall drama school in 2009 and has previously appeared in a number of film and TV productions including Channel 4's The It Crowd. "Who ever thought working [on E20] could be so much fun!" confesses Sophie. "It has been amazing experience"

25 year old Samuell Benta (represented by I
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'EastEnders: E20': Ricky Norwood introduces the cast

'EastEnders: E20': Ricky Norwood introduces the cast
As revealed earlier today, EastEnders bosses have announced the cast and characters for the new series of the soap's online spinoff E20. The latest run of the internet drama stars Sophie Colquhoun as Ava, Samuell Benta as Donnie and Modupe Adeyeye as Faith. Additionally, Emaa Hussen and Tosin Cole reprise their roles as Naz and Sol from series two, while a string of EastEnders favourites are due to make appearances in the show. In the video below, EastEnders (more)
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'EastEnders' unveils new 'E20' cast members

'EastEnders' unveils new 'E20' cast members
EastEnders bosses have today unveiled the three main cast members who will star in the third series of the soap's online spinoff E20. Sophie Colquhoun and Samuell Benta have been cast as troubled Ava and Donnie respectively, while Modupe Adeyeye has taken on the role of Faith, who is the younger sister of established character Mercy Chubb. As the new series begins, viewers will see runaways Ava and Donnie descend on Albert Square after their bus crashes outside Walford. The pair soon bump into Faith, who has been kicked out by grandmother Grace Olubunmi (Ellen Thomas) after being caught getting intimate with a boy in her bedroom. The drama begins when Ava, Donnie and Faith form an unlikely gang and search for a place to hide. However, things turn from bad to worse when the law catches up with the trio.

From left to right: Ava, Faith and (more)
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