Event REVIEW: Bloggers Delight – ‘The Great Debate’ – Cottons Restaurant – October 14

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It’s widely accepted that actions speak louder than words. Is this a mythical perception or grave reality? determine the much seeked answer, Bloggers Delights comprised a cohesively charismatic coalition of respected urban media personalities to exercise their freedom of speech and offer in depth insight in the uncensored, unscriped, conventionally off-the-wall ‘The Great Debate’. Cottons Restaurant (Islington, London) provided a degree of intimacy, where the authentic and richly-styled destination guaranteed a warm, direct aura for the acid-tongued, thought-provoking, and borderline controversial panellists. Bang FM radio personality, La La, hosted the four hour flurry of the fun-filled and banter-brimmed pop culture pursuit of unvarnished truth, with the mainstream dominated tabloid fodder creating the ideal foil. Hip-Hop/R&B vivacious vibes penetrated through the speakers in the Caribbean cuisine before the statue-esque announcer addressed the obsequious observers who patiently waited for the action to kick off.

Acclaimed spoken word/poetic artist, Lionheart, was introduced to a coronation of hand-claps, reciting two diverse, riveting artistic compositions. With a controlled, calculated and intelligent rage against the machine-inspired message for the unwashed masses, the poem possessed stellar story telling ability and unbridled passion, as the piece left a favorable impression, which would leave many politicians at a loss for words.

The ‘Fight The Power’, one-man renegade, empowering mindset of during this work of art touched on social economy, racial profiling, and the injustice of opportunities for college educated graduates settling for less than what they initially bargained for. The wordsmith then swiftly launched into Malcolm X-esque poetic justice which severely underscored and accentuated the major influence of the revolutionary figure in conjunction with the celebration of Black History Month. Proceeding Lionheart was the moment all had been waiting for – ‘The Great Debate’. Noteworthy industry names spearheading the afternoon of verbal exchange included – DJ Melody Kane (SBTV Official DJ), Marvin Sparks (journalist), DJ Livewire (K.Koke Official DJ), Yogi, Marvyn Harrison and Wendi (writer). The conscious-minded professionals rarely shyed away when questioned in regard to such highly touted and well-documented topics such as – The emergence of Afrobeats, Chris Brown-Rihanna relationship, disgraced British TV presenter Jimmy Saville, the unceremonious exit of R&B musician Starboy Nathan on ‘The X-Factor’, sexually provocative dance moves in 2012 and a public transportation altercation with opposite genders; all of which provided a wealth of comedic barbs, well-thought articulated views, witty one-liners and sarcastic rebuttals. An intensely pivotal talking point was the red-hot Jimmy Saville debacle. Somewhat sympathetic two cent offerings comparing former face of the now defuct flagship‘Top Of The Pops’ to ‘American Idol’ mogul Simon Cowell were analytically added, whereas others trivially placed question marks upon hospitals which graciously and naively given access directly minors, which Saville used his influence to then sexually harass a broad range of children. Significant and equally maligned public figures who generated contempt and scorn for their affinity with underaged adolescents were unjustly placed in the same class during the highly sensationalized scenario. The emergence of Afrobeats ‘The Great Debate’ section was compelling, much to the historical expertise chronicalling the ancestry and influence of the African originated genre.

Credibility of the art forms social relevance was raised – Fickle fad or Internationally widespread award-winner? There were those who linked the much emulated sound to the Sean Paul-led Dancehall pop crossover in the last decade, opposed to a culturally uplifting movement of Reggae headlined by Bob Marley and the Wailers in the 1970s. SBTV Star DJ Melody Kane, 28, explicitly stated ‘I generally play a more radio-friendly, poppier version of Afrobeats when presenting on radio or performing at shows’. Has Afrobeats captured the imagination and hearts of the all important masses? Is the essence of the ever-growing Afrobeats being cookie-cuttered by notable artists in the United States for monetary gain and unworthy credit? Opinions wholeheartedly differentiated and respectfully agreed to disagree as the participants were ensconced comfortably on leather furniture with a beaming spotlight gazing toward them, which ultimately created a ‘Barbershop’ meets daytime talkshow-type environment. A sea of hands were raised in the audience, including ‘I Luv Live’ and ‘Rate Me Plz’ Presenter, Remel, 21, whose solipsistic, tell-it-like-it-is, and innate gift-of-gab added fuel to the fire of an already highly charged Sunday afternoon of bombastically bold bravado.

Remel was plain-spoken when expressing her truest thoughts about Starboy Nathan’s humiliating elimination on ‘The X Factor’, claiming that the R&B vocalist strictly had an agenda of appearing on the reality show to garner traction and the stamp of approval from ’30-somethings and senior citizens’.Close acquaintances of Starboy Nathan, 25, were ironically on hand, as they strongly stressed how the ‘Diamond’ singers persistant work-rate, intense focus and never-say-die attitude have brought him to this point in his musical career, along with trumpeting how the South London-born act has appeared on Celebrity ‘Big Brother’. Some dismissed this as a mere narcissism whilst also denting his reputation as a credible artist simultaneously. In addition, Starboy Nathan’s deamoner when in the presence of ‘Let Me Love You’ Singer/Producer, Ne-Yo during an episode of ‘The X-Factor’ led some to believe that the hopeful was already a star in the figment of his own imagination. Networking during ‘The Great debate’ was prevelant, as well as individuals ordering the finest West Indian dishes which were sorely succulent with a touch of pure sun-kissed Caribbean authenticity. After a ten minute timeout, Bloggers Delight upped the ante with subject matter, as dancing in clubs was recognized Is wildy gyrating and bumping and grinding on a desired partner both passionately and seductively seen as a sanctioned move in dance lessons 101 in 2012? Both genders mutually agreed without fear of coming across as archaic or holier-than-thou that the raunchy routines are chiefly ill-advised when hitting the dancefloor. Apparent imitation based on music video imagery or a sign of the times? There is an uncertain area of gray. Classy moves and more subtle approaches from yesteryear were pin-pointed with more precision than George Michael’s facial hair.

A subject which urged the strictest attentiveness – Chris Brown and Rihanna. This ultra sensitive, on-off romance, eternal water cooler talk needs no formal introduction other than to those living under a gargantuan rock in Papau New Guinea. What hasn’t been said about Breezy and RiRi? Bloggers Delight panelists touched base on their checkered relationship, and also punctuating the fact how both superstars were pictured together in public. Feedback was mixed from ‘The Great Debate’ representatives who suggested that the ‘Talk That That’ Barbadon stunner and Chris Brown have moved on in their respective professional and personal lives, inevitably being intertwined until the end of time for numerous accounts. The recently publicised ‘American Idol’ pseudo-war-of-words between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey was spontaneously omitted due to the demand of a London-based incident, which involved a male public transportation driver and a grotesquely intoxicated female, who forcefully proceeded her way onto the drivers bus whilst flatly refusing to pay admission for her much needed journey.

Furthermore, a visciouslly cantankerous outburst erupted in which the lady salivated several times, along with the trading of blows which transpired, after the unwavering defiant drivers physically restrained and immediately instructed the woman to exit the vehicle. The urban professionals nodded in unison after being informed that the instigating woman is now officially receiving legal action in part due to the hard-nosed drivers self defence counter attack. Another strong point reiterated was the physical and imposing prowess of that of a man versus that of a lady when ill-fated incidents such as this arise. Love conquers all. Love is blind. Love is grand…but divorce is one hundred grand! Is it humaly able to be deeply in love with more than one person at the same time? The response was vastly balanced from ‘The Great Debate’ team, but Marvin Sparks begged to differ, proclaiming hypothetically that ‘If I had Beyoncé and Rihanna, then I’d seriously be in love with two women!’ Adultery and cheating-related tales were openly shared to the point of personal intrusion, which provided more worse kept secrets than Frank Ocean’s sexuality. The underlying message projected to everybody in Cottons restaurant capacity was ‘Love or lust’ which La La profoundly announced.

That’s deep food for thought. However, some expressed the pleasure of linking up vast partners, others noted how they’ve later discovered to be in relationship with their best friends ex-lover, adding an unofficial chapter to ‘Trapped In The Closet’. Bloggers Delight ‘The Great Debate’ wrapped up the four hour function which provided bang for the buck, entertainment ideal, down-to-earth hospitality and of course – a memorable experience. There are many monotonous and high profile debates which have been sending most to sleep in recent memory, fortunately ‘The Great Debate didn’t fall into that category.

Written by : @Dean2185

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