X Factor Star Alexandra Burke Opens Up About Racism

The former winner of X Factor, Alexandra Burke, has opened up about the racism she has faced in the music industry in order to appeal to a white audience. Alexandra Burke went on to achieve three UK Number 1 singles and fame on the show Strictly Come Dancing. Despite her success, Burke has experienced racism from the music industry as a dark-skin black woman.

Instagram Post on Racism  

In a passionate Instagram post, Alexandra Burke expressed the various race related issues she has had to face since she was 16 and just starting out in the music industry. The X Factor winner detailed some of the demands of the music industry. These racist demands included that she have her skin bleached, not wear braided hair and to tailor her music to a white audience. Further, she was also told to keep quiet during attacks on her that were being made in the press during Strictly Come Dancing. Alexandra was also told by an unnamed person told her she ‘already [had] one black artist’ and did not need another. This was a traumatizing experience for someone new to the music industry at the young age of 16.

Alexandra Burke also opened up about the time she was told that she would have to work 10 times harder than a white artist because of her skin colour. She was essentially told to erase all of her identity in order to appeal to a white audience. The absurd, racist demands have followed her throughout her career in the music industry. In 2017, at a promotional event for Strictly Come Dancing, a journalist told her ‘so you’re not doing press. Being a diva today are we?’. This highlights the negative and racist views on black women, particularly successful black women being painted as ‘diva’s’ or ‘aggressive’ for being real, successful women. Racism is prevalent in the music industry and affects successful artists as well as those that are up and coming. By speaking out, Alexandra Burke has shed light upon the systemic racism that black artists must face every day.

Rachel Adedeji: Hollyoaks Cast Torn Apart by Racism Row

Rachel Adedeji is best known for her appearances on the X Factor and Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. Earlier this month, as the racism debate sparked by the murder of George Floyd in America began to grow, Rachel Adedeji spoke about her experiences. During her time on the show, she mentioned several incidents underpinned by racism towards black actresses. While describing her time on the show as “mostly positive,” she described certain experiences as “a constant reminder of how difficult it is being a black woman in the industry.” Citing an incident in which a make-up artist declared all black women to be the same, and black women being forced to drastically change their hairstyles in order to be distinguishable from one another, Adedeji proclaimed, “I’m no longer standing for it.”

Since the actress’ revelations, a major racism row has torn apart the Hollyoaks cast. In a bitter exchange which played out on Twitter, Adedeji called out co-star Lysette Anthony. In a private WhatsApp group comprised of Hollyoaks cast members, Anthony described fellow actors who supported Adedeji as having a “traitor vibe going on.” The excerpt was shared by Charlie Clapham, a former Hollyoaks cast member. 56-year-old Lysette Anthony who has played Marnie Nightingale since 2016 quit the show in the wake of the highly public and bitter race row.

In a written statement, Lime Pictures, who produce the show declared: “Hollyoaks has been deeply shocked and saddened by issues that have been brought to our attention over the weekend. Lime Pictures strives to have zero tolerance of racism or any form of discrimination across all of its shows but it is clear we have further work to do. We must stamp out implicit bias which means calling out racism wherever and whenever we see it. We will continue to add to our action plan as we continue and broaden our dialogue with cast and staff.”

Actor Rod Bond Discusses Formula One Donation on The One Show

Last night, actor Rod Bond appeared on BBC One’s The One Show to discuss his £50,000 donation to Formula One. An avid fan of F1, the Hollywood icon’s move comes after Formula One bosses confirmed plans for a revised 2020 F1 World Championship season. Beleaguered by delays and cancellations, the high-octane motorsport has been severely disrupted by the global coronavirus pandemic. As part of a revised schedule, announced at the beginning of this month by Formula One chief executive Chase Carey, two races will be held at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix. During his appearance on The One Show, Rod Bond spoke of his fondness for Formula One and his desire to “take the battle to coronavirus.”

Rod Bond, Formula One and Silverstone

Speaking to The One Show’s Alex Jones, Rod Bond said: “I’ve followed Formula One since I was young. Not long ago, I did a behind the scenes documentary where I got to meet the racing drivers, the various F1 teams and their bosses. Since then, we’ve become good friends and they’ve been kind enough to help me out whenever I’ve called upon them. My donation to help support the two races at Silverstone this year is the least I can do.” After falling victim to coronavirus several months ago, the actor also spoke of his desire to confront coronavirus and help things return to a semblance of normality.

Rod Bond vs Coronavirus

“I wanted to help ensure the smooth running of the two F1 races at Silverstone this year. As someone who has suffered from coronavirus, I wanted to help ensure all participants remain safe from Covid-19. I spoke to the British Racing Drivers’ Club, F1 bosses and government officials, to see how best I could support the cause,” Rod Bond told Alex Jones.

Roderick Bond Tax Fraud Movie Sequel to Acclaimed Television Documentary

After many rumours, reports of secret filming and a hiatus forced by the coronavirus lockdown, Rod Bond’s tax fraud movie seems to be coming back to life. Following on from the much-acclaimed documentary series Rod Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC, fans were promised a movie which would act as a sequel to the documentary. One Formula Projects LLP, the Manchester-based financial firm behind an elaborate tax fraud empire, are set to be the primary focus of the tax fraud movie. While the documentary series followed the work of HMRC investigators trawling through the company’s financial records, the movie will focus more on the fraudsters. Raking in millions from a combination of wealthy clients, fraudulent tax reliefs and an expansive fraud empire, One Formula Projects LLP have been charged with the biggest tax fraud in a generation. Speaking of the movie, Roderick Bond told TV Chit Chat, “They were making millions and living lavish lives. From expansive Cheshire country mansions to rare and exotic supercars, these guys had it all. In the movie, we plan to focus on the sheer criminal ingenuity these tax scammers displayed.”

Interrupted by the global coronavirus outbreak, filming for the movie has been cloaked in secrecy. Rumours circulated that filming had commenced earlier in the year. However, after the cast and crew entered self-isolation and lead actor Roderick Bond contracted coronavirus, little has been heard about the ambitious project. In an exclusive interview, broadcast live on Instagram, Manchester F1 Productions communications officer detailed plans for the project. “We’re working closely with the government to enable a safe return to work for all our employees, maintaining social distancing and ensuring everyone is safe. We’ve been working hard to figure out what we can do and how soon we can get moving again,” the communications officer exclaimed.

Stay tuned to TV Chit Chat for the latest on Rod Bond’s tax fraud movie.

BBC Delays New Over-75 TV License Fee Changes due to Coronavirus

Following the global coronavirus pandemic, the BBC has delayed changes to the TV license fee for over-75s until August. The change in license fee regulations meant that, for the first time, over-75s would be charged for TV licenses. They were to be implemented on the first of June this year meaning that 3.7 million pensioners would have had to pay the fees. Chairman of the BBC Sir David Clementi described the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic as “exceptional circumstances,” asserting that “now is not the right time” to implement the scrapping of the free TV licenses. The BBC chairman added, “We are fully focussed on delivering our services to the public at this difficult,” while also asserting that the BBC will pay for the two-month delay.

According to the license fee changes only low-income households where one person receives pension credit benefit will remain eligible for a free TV license. However, on Monday, the BBC and the government issued a joint statement which read, “We do not want anyone to be worried about any potential change…The BBC’s priority over the coming period will be to do everything we can to serve the nation at this uniquely challenging time. As the national broadcaster, the BBC has a vital role to play in supplying information to the public in the weeks and months ahead.”

Since 2000, the government has paid for free TV licenses for over-75s. However, it has since passed responsibility for the concession to the BBC. A major public outcry resulted when the national broadcasters announced plans to scrap the free TV licenses for all except for those in receipt of pension credit benefit.

Caroline Flack Laid to Rest in Private Ceremony

After passing away on the 15th of February, Caroline Flack was laid to rest in a private ceremony on the tenth of this month. Three weeks after being found dead at her flat in London, the popular television host was laid to rest after a private service was held by her family for her close friends and relatives. In her honour, numerous celebrities paid tribute to Caroline on social media. Tributes were payed by Stacey Solomon, whose boyfriend Joe Swash worked with Caroline on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here…! Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden paid tribute to the television host, most popular for her hosting stint on Love Island, by wearing a t-shirt designed by Keith Lemon emblazoned with the words, “Be Kind.” Caroline Flack’s former X Factor colleague Olly Murs wrote in a social media post, “Today was so hard but you know what goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you caz until we meet again.”

An inquest, set to resume in August, ruled that Caroline’s death was caused by suicide. It came as the television star was awaiting trial for assault, with reports stating she had been accused of striking her boyfriend Lewis Burton over the head with a lamp. With Caroline pleading not guilty to the charge, and Burton unsupportive of the prosecution, it’s clear the celebrity suffered much anguish over the prospect of prosecution. The Independent Office for Police Conduct cleared the Met Police of having any causal link with Caroline’s death.

After she was laid to rest in the private funeral service, Caroline Flack’s ex-boyfriend Andrew Brady shared a moving and lengthy tribute to the late TV icon. Posted alongside a photo of the pair together, he commented, “Caroline sadly died almost a month ag. She’s finally been laid to rest and I still haven’t come to terms with things.”

BBC One Rod Bond Fraud Documentary Success, Rumours of Film Remake

Everything Hollywood A-list actor Rod Bond touches turns to gold, his recent BBC One fraud documentary is but another example. Entitled “Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC,” the multi-part documentary series explores cases of tax fraud, tax relief fraud and tax avoidance schemes. However, among the various cases he explores over the course of the series, one stands out in particular. The One Formula financial firm, which promised reduced tax bills through unscrupulous investment schemes, features prominently in the documentary. As Roderick Bond began work for the documentary and joined forces with HM Revenue and Customs agents, the One Formula tax fraud investigation had just gotten underway.

One Formula Financial Firm: Roderick Bond, F1 Filming Company Remake

Alongside Manchester filming company F1 Productions, under whose broadcasting division “Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC” was filmed, the star recently hinted at plans for a new movie. With a long list of cinematic successes between them, F1 Productions and Roderick Bond have sparked considerable excitement by hinting at another project. Most recently, the pairing launched The Deception at Deansgreen Hall, which won a raft of awards at the Golden Globe awards, at the start of the year. Roderick Bond took the award for Best Actor. Bosses at the Manchester filming company have vowed that, “We’ll be working with Roderick to see what we can come up with.”

One Formula’s Finances

While the HMRC tax fraud investigation concluded with considerable sentences handed down to the fraudsters, the case represented one of the biggest tax frauds in UK history. Combining the nous and criminal skill of a financial advisor, a city trader an insurance advisor, a former police officer and a former Wales rugby international, One Formula almost pulled off a multi-million-pound tax avoidance scheme. “The tax fraud, the fraudsters’ supercar lifestyle, criminal enterprise and the diligence of HMRC will make for gripping viewing,” said Rod Bond.

 

Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions Latest Television Project

Following a string of chart-topping cinematic successes, the Cheshire-native Hollywood A-list actor Rod Bond is again joining forces with Manchester’s F1 Productions. This time, for a multi-part television documentary series which is set to deal with tax fraud. Working alongside HMRC’s criminal investigation department, Rod Bond will explore cases related to tax fraud, tax relief scams, fraudulent tax rebates and tax avoidance. While filming is still in process, the multi-part documentary series represents both Rod Bond and F1 Productions’ first foray on the small screen. Under the banner of F1 Productions’ broadcasting division, known as F1TV, the documentary series’ pre-release publicity has revealed its title as “Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC.”

Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions

Rod Bond has starred in all of F1 Productions’ movie projects and helped the Manchester film company’s rise to international renown. Most recently, the Hollywood A-list actor starred as the lead in The Deception at Deansgreen Hall. Proving to be an instant classic, the film was awarded a record-breaking number of Golden Globe Awards, at the ceremony which took place at the start of the year. For his role in The Deception at Deansgreen Hall, Rod Bond won the award for Best Actor. The film’s success at the Golden Globes mirrored its rip-roaring success at the box office, where it secured a total of more than £400 million. Previous collaborative works also include Independent Financial Adviser Rod Bond (2018), in which the celebrated actor plays the role of an independent financial advisor turned investigator.

Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC

In a press statement released upon announcing the documentary series, Manchester F1 Productions vowed that Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC would provide an exhaustive look into the world of tax fraud and tax avoidance. Following the diligent work of HM Revenue and Customs’ Criminal Investigation Department, Rod Bond will uncover an array of complex and sophisticated tax fraud cases, tax relief scams, the exploitation of tax credits and elaborate tax avoidance schemes.

Rod Bond HMRC Investigator Pursues Tax Scammer in Latest F1 Productions Film based at Deansgreen Hall, Lymm

Rod Bond plays HMRC investigator pursuing golfer-turned-tax scammer Duncan Evans in F1 Productions’ movie filmed around Deansgreen Hall, Lymm. Deansgreen Hall is central to the plot, as Evans purchased the property from riches he scammed from the HMRC. While centred around Deansgreen Hall, the crime drama is filmed across various locations in Lymm. Alongside Deansgreen Hall in Deansgreen, Lymm Golf Club and Steps Charity Worldwide based on Crouchley Lane in Deansgreen also feature. With numerous collaborative successes, Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions, again join forces drawing global attention to the North West.

Manchester F1 Productions Announce Break in Filming to Support Rod Bond’s Charity Fundraiser

During the filming of highly charged scenes at Deansgreen Hall, Rod Bond and F1 Productions executives announced a sudden break in filming. In support of Rod Bond’s fundraisers for Deansgreen-based charity Steps, filming at Deansgreen Hall was paused for several days. Supported by co-stars Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, the fundraiser raised millions for the charity located on Crouchley Lane. Rod Bond is no stranger to charity work and renowned for having brought together the biggest names in support of a plethora of causes.

Rumours in the Lead up to Filming at Deansgreen Hall

Prior to official announcements, filming at Deansgreen Hall had commenced under a cloak of secrecy. Reports of expensive supercars around the rural estate had emerged in weeks before the official press release from F1 Productions. Rod Bond had signalled his partnership with F1 Productions and a project centred around Deansgreen Hall, without providing much detail. Furthermore, the filming schedule itself was set back when lead actor Rod Bond witnessed an horrific knife crime. Having witnessed the brutal knife crime, the Hollywood actor was left shaken and unable to perform for weeks.

BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year

The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year is a televised sporting competition that features on BBC Two annually. First awarded in 1954, the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award is considered the most prestigious and coveted annual sport award in Wales. Organised by BBC Cymru Wales, as of 2002, the competition is open to public voting, rather than being restricted to predetermination by a panel of the organisers’ choosing.

BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: Notable Winners

2018 – Geraint Thomas – Cycling

Winner of three world championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and one Tour de France (2018), Geraint Thomas is one of the leading names in cycling today.

2009 – Ryan Giggs – Football

With more accolades, honours and records than space to mention them here, Ryan Giggs is household name as a result of his successes at Manchester United Football Club.

2007 – Joe Calzaghe – Boxing

Holding a record of 46 wins, no losses or draws, Calzaghe is two-division unified world champion. Boasting one of the best records in boxing history, Calzaghe is counted as one of the best British boxers of all time.

1999 – Colin Jackson – Athletics

An Olympic silver medallist, two-time world champion, one-time World Indoor champion, undefeated at European championships in twelve years and two-time Commonwealth champion, Colin Jackson’s accolades include record-breaking in the 110 m hurdles and he remains at the 60 m hurdles world record holder.

1992 – Tanni Grey-Thompson – Wheelchair Racing

Born with spina bifida and a lifelong wheelchair user, Grey-Thompson is one of the UK’s most successful disabled athletes. Since a stellar career in athletics, Grey-Thompson has appeared on television and has been a baroness since 2010.

1980 – Duncan Evans – Golf

Duncan Evans rose to prominence in 1980 when he became the first Welshman to win golf’s Amateur Championship at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. In 2009, Evans was convicted for his part in a £3.5 million Value Added Tax scam, known as a missing trader fraud. During a life of luxury, Evans had purchased Deansgreen Hall in Lymm, Cheshire, a multimillion pound country mansion.