Claire Benedict argues that" it's difficult to make change happen in exile - we must support Lenny Henry to get greater representation in theatre, film and TV".
 
Whilst battling through the traffic I wondered what it would be like to meet Claire, her reputation as a strong outspoken defender of the Classical theatre within the community was something I was aware of and I felt some trepidation and apprehension about meeting her for the first time.


A Star is Born; is this the beginning of a black cultural renaissance in the Netherlands?
Amsterdam is one of the most popular holiday destinations for British Afro-Caribbeans. With this in mind we thought we would take a look at what's happening with the Dutch Afro-Caribbean community.

Is Lenny right?

In his speech at the annual Bafta television lecture on the 12th March in London, Henry said he was speaking on behalf of the 2,000 BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) people who have left the industry over the last three years whilst the industry overall has grown by over 4,000.

Henry said the situation has "deteriorated badly" with the number of BAME people working in the UK television industry falling by some 30.9% between 2006 and 2012.

Since 2008, I have noticed another worrying trend; our most talented BAME actors are increasingly frustrated and they have to go to America to succeed."

They now make up just 5.4% of the broadcasting workforce, which Henry described as an "appalling percentage".

Over the next couple of months we will talk to other actors to see what they think and find some actors who have left the profession.

What about the Arts Council???  They have invested 1.4 million from the Public purse and 1 million from the National Lottery.

Then we have the BBC increased  by £50million  to  £3,656million in 2012/13.

Why are we doing so badly?

Karen Campbell

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