JOSEPH MARCELL - Distinguish Actor
Joseph Marcell was born in St Lucia but moved to England as a child. He has been an actor for over 35 years. Best known for his performances in classical theatre he has worked internationally with such companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe in the UK, with The Folger Theatre and The Shakespeare Company in the USA and in India for the British Council. He has received huge acclaim for his portrayal of some of the many characters from August Wilson's Canon charting the history of African Americans. Of his many television roles he is instantly recognisable for his portrayal of Geoffrey in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'.
LES FERDINAND - TV Pundit Former Football Player
Leslie "Les" Ferdinand MBE is a former English footballer. He played at Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur during which period he was capped for the England football team 17 times and scoring 5 times. He was the first player to score for 6 different Premier League clubs and was made an MBE in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List. He is a pundit for BBC Sport and is with the coaching staff of Tottenham Hotspur, appears on Final Score and is also a resident pundit on Setanta's Premiership coverage.
Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent- BBC London News
If variety is the spice of life, then Brenda Emmanus’ career has been a very tasty one! Through her media work she has successfully managed to extend her skills in print journalism, to radio and television broadcasting.
Brenda is currently BBC London’s Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent – a role which allows her to apply her skills to working across television, radio and on-line output.
Brenda made her mark as one of the co-presenters on BBC One’s The Clothes Show, which she contributed to for five years. She has since fronted the interior design programme, The Terrace and featured on BBC’s Holiday programme and The Midweek National Lottery, all on BBC One. Brenda was also the main presenter on Healthy Holidays and Money Makeovers for Granada and Sky Television.
As a regular face on Granada Television’s This Morning she teamed up with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as their fashion and entertainment expert.
Brenda’s is no stranger to radio. As well as contributions to various stations, she has presented her own show, The Early Show, for BBC Radio 2 and has been a regular guest on Radio Five Live and on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour . For several years Brenda also fronted a youth magazine programme, Megamix for BBC World Service, and a film and gossip slot for Choice FM radio.
As a freelance writer Brenda has contributed feature articles to Pride, Cosmopolitan and Caribbean Eye magazines, as well as features for New Nation, The Voice, and The Observer newspapers. She has also had several short stories published. Her greatest publishing challenge has been as Editor in Chief of Celebrating Sista’s, a magazine commissioned specifically for International Women’s Month and a facilitating judge for two anthologies by ethnic minority authors for Penguin Books. Brenda also named the latest of these anthologies published in November 2008.
Despite her challenging schedule Brenda finds time to donate to various charities. She is a patron of Body and Soul, a charity organisation for the support of women and families living with AIDS and HIV, Second Wave Theatre Group, The National Black Women’s Network and has been a supporter of Barnado’s, Centrepoint, The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trustand The Black Londoner’s Forum.
Brenda has achieved recognition for her work on several occasions. She has received a media award from The VoiceNewspaper, Candace Magazine and the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners. She was nominated by Cosmopolitan magazine as a ‘Woman of the Year’, and has been invited to the annual ‘Women of the Year’ event on several occasions. Brenda has also been a finalist in the annual Ethnic Minority Media Awards (EMMA’s), and a judge on the Bafta awards on a couple of occasions.
Brenda is constantly in demand to present live shows – particularly award functions. She mentors young people interested in a media career and works with the National Black Women’s Network to build the confidence of individuals looking to progress in her careers. Brenda participates in the Arts Councils’ Cultural Leadership Programme, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts.
Her hobbies include travel, sport, personal development, mentoring, the arts, fashion, and interior design. She lives in South London.
JACQUI JOSEPH - TV Presenter
Jacqui Joseph studied fashion for three years before working in the industry as a junior buyer, cutter, pattern cutter assistant and production & design assistant. She then went on to form her own ‘mini’ label selling her designs to local boutiques and also sold her designs at Camden and Portobello markets.
Jacqui got into modelling by ‘accident’ but went on to model for Escada, Red or Dead, KL, London Fashion Week, Fila, Jil Sanders and Clothes Show Live to name a few and travelled extensively around the World on catwalk shows, print, television commercials, catalogues and pop promos as well as print campaigns for Dark & Lovely, Clarins and Avon. She moved into the music industry working with an independent label Alter Ego. Jacqui then produced and presented an hour long weekly radio show ‘Where it’s At’ – focused on new music, where to go, artists/producers interviews and gig guides in London.
Jacqui started in the Media industry as a Producer/DJ for a London based pirate radio station. She has since worked closely with GMTV, on many different strands, including Hollywood Gossip, which took her to LA, Summer in the City and numerous travel and lifestyle features around the World. Jacqui presented 30 Minutes for Carlton Central, one of her episodes; Driving Force won great critical acclaim and an award for News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year.
Jacqui was Associate producer and Presenter of the 15x30 min show for Discovery where she helped change the lives of 15 women who were going through or just gone through difficult hurdles in their lives. These women were facing hurdles ranging from Post Natal Depression, Divorce and lack of self esteem. Through Jacqui's patience and caring yet determined approach, she helped give these women the confidence they needed to get themselves back on track.
Jacqui has presented various entertainment/factual & lifestyle programmes for ITV, BBC, Discovery, E4 and Bloomberg where she co-produced and presented 2 series looking at the business of entertainment with interviews with CEO of major record labels, computer game manufacturers and publishers.
Jacqui has remained true to her radio routes, she took on LBC's live 3-hour weekly show, London Times, and has since co-presented on BBC’s LDN weekday afternoon show with Jono Coleman. She has also presented the Black Plus Awards for LWT and the Black Hair & Beauty Awards.
Jacqui has interviewed a host of stars from Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Iman, Halle Berry, George Clooney, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Jackie Chan, Mark Wahlberg and Penelope Cruz to name a few. She has also interviewed MP's, CEO's and Chairmen of major companies. More recently Jacqui was showbiz presenter for ITV1 This Morning where she interviewed Will Smith, Leo Di Caprio, Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore and Sly Stallone to name a few.
During the summer of 2007 Jacqui presented the 'Make over My Mum' strand on the Richard Arnold show on GMTV which went out every Friday! And since September of 2007 Jacqui went on to become a presenter on Film24, a position she currently holds.
Jacqui hosted the very first Nelson Mandela 46664 concert in 2003 in Cape Town South Africa. In December 2007 she again went to South Africa to co-produce and interview Artists and guests taking part and attending the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert including Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamelia, Ludacris, the Goo Goo Dolls, Razorlight and Naomi Campbell.
In January 2008 Jacqui hosted the pre Honours awards show special for BET which took place in Washington DC where she interviewed a host of stars including Tyra Banks, Alicia Keys, Dr Cornell West, John Legend, Kerry Washington, Vivica Fox and Wyclef Jean to name a few. She also presented the Alicia Keys special for BET where she spent time with the star both in Washington and Elstree during her tour rehearsals. Jacqui now has shows in pipeline with BBC & ITV, all will be revealed soon!
Jacqui has a warm, sincere and open personality that makes celebrities and non celebrities alike feel at ease.
PAM JOSEPH - News Presenter
After obtaining a City & Guilds in Radio and Print Journalism, Pam kick started her career as a work placement at Choice FM Radio in June 1997, within 6-weeks she progressed as a paid freelance worker and in October 1997 became a permanent employee as News Broadcaster/Reporter. In 2002 she was promoted to ‘Head of News’, a post she held for over 4 years. Pam has received numerous commendations and awards, including a prestigious European Black Women’s Business Owner’s Award (EFBWBO) for ‘Professional’ in 2001. The Ethnic Business Development Corporation’s (EBDC) ‘Community Diversity Awards’ for ‘Talent’ in 2002. And runner up in the Commission for Racial Equality’s (CRE) ‘Race in the Media Awards’ (RIMA) for ‘Radio News’ in 2003.
Pam has long held the view that the African/Caribbean community should look after itself. But to do that, she believes the community should encourage its young people in every possible way, by having a ‘hands on’ approach with their children’s educational development at schools, colleges and universities etc., and spend more ‘quality time’ with their offspring to motivate and inspire them. She remarks; “As a minority ethnic community, we should set up more summer workshops, supplementary schools, offer private tuition, develop play groups, create more crèche facilities for those wishing to re-enter education and self help organisations”.
Pam also believes it is important that African/Caribbean communities create their very own ‘home-grown’ role models, to ensure they become mentors for future generations
In obtaining the role as Presenter of the weekly ‘Lifestyle Show’ (BEN TV, Sky Channel 184), she comments; “Although I have had a rewarding time working on radio, and gained an enormous amount of experience as News Editor/Broadcaster, Reporter and Talk-Show Host, it has always been my goal to eventually transfer my knowledge and expertise to television. I am delighted to have been approached for this venture and will endeavour to bring the same level of professionalism to BEN TV”.
(The ‘Lifestyle Show’ can be viewed on BEN TV, Sky channel 184… Friday 10.00am to 12.Noon… Repeated Monday 05.00pm to 07.00pm)
JANINE JAUVEL - Fashion Consultant
London born and based, Janine Jauvel graduated from University College of The Creative Arts with a degree in Fashion Promotion. Before studying fashion she embarked on a years working vacation to New Zealand, where she worked on wardrobe for films including ‘The Last Samurai’, ‘Who’s loving Lucy’(Lucile Ball) and New Zealand daytime television and commercials.
After returning to London, she was employed by a fashion consultancy company and it was during this time that she worked with an array of artists such as Buster Rhymes, Harvey, Big Brothers, Klashnekoff, and Booty Luv to name a few. As a stylist consultant for Endzone Image, she was involved in several projects including the MOBO Awards, UK Urban Fashion Awards, Screen nation Awards. She has worked on advertising campaigns for make up brand ‘Sleek’, hair brands ‘Soft and Free’and ‘Sta So Fro'hair dye collection and New Era Globalwear brand
Whilst studying and completing her degree she worked as a freelance fashion assistant to renowned Stylists and art directors including Catherine Baba, Nasrin Jean Baptise and more permanently Karen Binns. Assisting on editorial shoots for Italian Vogue, Dazed and Confused, Wig, ES, Blag, Clash, and Wound. She has assisted Stylist Catherine Baba on a Cartier advertising campaign and worked with Karen Binns as assisting image consultant for celebrities including Tori Amos, Estelle, The Noisettes, Petra Eccleston, Mr Hudson and Keisha White.
During London Fashion Week Janine prevails as assistant creative consultant to numerous fashion houses and fashion designers from Paul Costelloe, Ashish, Edward Sexton, Gavin Douglas, Bernard Chandran and Hemyca.
Today Janine Jauvel continues to break through as a successful freelance stylist, crafting imagery for style magazines, recording artists and fashion brands.
JAY EMMANUEL-THOMAS - Footballer, Arsenal Football Club
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was born in Forest Gate East London, of a St. Lucian mother and Dominican father. He grew up on the streets of Newham with a love of a ball which he nurtured playing with many of the countries current top professionals in west Ham Park. At the age of 8 he joined the Arsenal academy structure and has matured into a full time professional in the summer of 2008. He loves Soca music and is very well liked among the Caribbean community of London. He works tirelessly in his spare time mentoring young males of all origins and is looking forward to working to help kids in St.Lucia. Jay is also captain of the current Arsenal youth squad who are in the semi-final of the FA youth cup this year 2009.