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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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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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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Refugees party in Manchester

WITH summer on its way carnival season has hit the North West in the form of Manchester’s Exodus Festival.

A unique celebration of refugee arts and culture the festival, which takes place on 18 July 2010 outside Manchester Town Hall, is a vibrant mix of contemporary and traditional music, dance and culture from around the world and exciting cross-cultural collaborations.

Now in its ninth year, Exodus was set up to promote creative activity and social engagement for refugees and asylum seekers and local communities.

“Exodus is about challenging negative representations, supporting the arts and culture of people in exile and promoting cultural cohesion through cultural exchange, and most important creating a voice for refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Manchester,” Exodus coordinator Katherine Rogers told Manchester Mouth.

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Cheryl rejects Will’s advances

CHERYL Cole reportedly turned down an invite to’s after show party in Manchester.

Despite her recent collaboration with the Black Eye Peas frontman on her single ‘3 Words’ the X Factor star was apparently in no mood to revel with the American singer.

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Reginald D Hunter – The Lowry

MANCHESTER Mouth community reporter Sadia Habib talks about comedian Reginald D Hunter ahead of his show at The Lowry on Sunday 23 May 2010.

I feel privileged because I have seen Reg D Hunter six times. Don’t be alarmed! I’m not stalking him! I just find him extremely funny.

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