New Black Family Join ‘Shameless’

By Will Astbury

A new black family has been added to the eighth series of Manchester-based drama Shameless.

The show began again in early January 2011, kicking off with a Chatsworth Estate party and not just any party – Frank Gallagher’s stag night. Reliable as usual, Frank, led by his drug-addled brain, disappears which makes for a magical mystery tour as the rest of the cast seek to find him. Admist all the chaos the new family, known as the Powells, appear.

The family is made up of fiery housewife and home-brewer Avril (played by Karen Bryson – who you may know from Bodies), mild-mannered, until he’s had a drink, trainee teacher Jackson (played by Manchester-born Emmanuel Ighodaro) and theirchronically dim-witted but gorgeous teenage daughter Letitia (introducing Kira Martin).

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Asylum seeker’s play is London bound

By Peter Stanners

A play written by a tortured Cameroonian asylum seeker who lives in Greater Manchester will now be shown in London.

Lydia Besong’s play ‘How I Became an Asylum Seeker’ will be performed at the Break the Silence event on Sunday 28 November, at 3pm, at the Riverside Studios.

The event, organised by Women For Refugee Women (WRW), aims to shine a light on the hidden experiences of women who seek asylum in the UK.

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Somalian mum and kids go missing

By Peter Stanners

MANCHESTER Mouth has learnt that the disappearance of a Somalian mother and her two children from their Manchester home is worrying local police.

Anisa Ibrahim, 30, from Withington, Manchester, and her sons Khalid and Ahmed Abubakar, aged five and three, have not been seen since 6 April 2010.

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Amaechi opens-up on gay issues

VERY few celebrities from the sporting world have come out as gay.

However, Manchester’s own basketball star John Amaechi, 39, is one man who was brave enough to stand up and become a role model to millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youngsters around the world.

In April 2009 author David Watters interviewed Amaechi, who played for the likes of Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz and famously rejected a $17 million contract from LA Lakers, for his new book ‘Never Blend In: The Harvey Milk Legacy’ – a inspirational collection of interviews with a number of gay celebrities.

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Students strive for Malawi

THREE Greater Manchester students are currently visiting Malawi to see how a water pump has changed the lives of local people.

Wai-San Li, Jennifer Lloyd and Dan Owens want to find out how the pump, which was paid for by sales of One Water at University of Salford’s campus, has benefitted the pupils from the Lipongwe LEA school it was donated to.

They are all visiting Africa for the first time on this trip and hope their visit will have a significant impact on lives of local children.

“We want to see how the play pump has benefitted the children directly – we want to meet the children and their family and teachers,” Parasitology PHD student Li told Manchester Mouth.

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Joseph is UK student of the year

THE UNIVERSITY of Manchester’s Joseph Akinnagbe has been voted the nation’s Student of the Year.

The 19-year-old, who is originally from Nigeria but now resides in Barking, London, was presented with the NUS/ Endsleigh Student of the Year award because of his outstanding work supporting his fellow students, the Students’ Union and a range of community and business projects.

Speaking to Manchester Mouth a delighted Akinnagbe said: “Awards provide validation of what you’re doing but it means that much more when you are being recognised by a union of students like yourself. Big thanks to NUS and Endsleigh.

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Police seek kidnapper suspect

DETECTIVES have released a CCTV image of a black man they want to trace after another man was assaulted and kidnapped.

The victim, 52, was bundled into the back of a car near the Romper Pub on the A538 by Manchester Airport on Friday 7 May 2010.

He was then driven to Hulme before being forced to drive his attacker and a second man to Macclesfield town centre, where attempts were made to withdraw cash from an ATM using stolen bank cards.

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