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RIP Felix Dexter: Gone, But Let’s Never Forget

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I was saddened to hear about the passing of comedy veteran Felix Dexter a few hours ago. At the time of writing this no official statement has been made about the cause of death, but it’s been speculated that he had been suffering from bone marrow cancer. As news of his death blazed across the social networking sites like wild fire, I found it quite poignant that his departure would occur as we ‘celebrate’ Black History Month in the UK. As more and more people begin to question the need for a BHM even within our own community, the passing of our unsung heroes remind us why we must never become indifferent about the contributions that the likes of this incredible talent has made to our rich cultural legacy. Felix Dexter was that guy. He was by far one of the standout stars from the BBC 2 hit comedy The Real McCoy, which aired on BBC2  in the early-to- mid ’90s. With characters such as the loveable Nigerian student, Nathan, and Douglas, the roots and culture lawyer, through Felix we were finally presented with authentic representations of ourselves that  not only had the ability to raise a chuckle or induce a belly laugh, but help us make sense of our cultural nuances and shared experience of living as minorities in good ole Blighty.

The void left by The Real McCoy has been felt by many. My girl Janice Spence (@madnews) only posted  a salute to Dexter last month; my sis Davina Hamilton from The Voice created a heavily supported campaign to bring back the ground-breaking comedy, and the brilliant Shakara Speaks from The British Blacklist penned an insightful piece on the socio-political statements the show was able to make using comedy as a conduit.

We thank God for YouTube. Tomorrow Black History Month will take an unexpected turn as I will endeavour to take a trip down memory lane while schooling my son on the teachings of brother Na-tan-yul.

RIP Felix Dexter

 

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Cocoa TV: The Future Wags of Great Britain

“I haven’t seen this many black people on TV since The Real McCoy” via Twitter

And so it began. The first five minutes of The Future Wags of Great Britain, a one off drama which debuted on Channel 4 last week.  The show sent Twitterville into a mild frenzy.  The Real McCoy Tweet shown above hit the nail right on the head, causing copious amounts of people to re-tweet and partake in general discussion about the lack of black images shown on British terrestrial television.

In case you missed it, The Future Wags of Great Britain is a 30 minute drama about two sisters who are going through a bit of a metamorphosis in life. Kim (Naana Agyei) is a studious and ambitious young woman who becomes seduced by champagne life of the football world, which she is introduced to by her bubbly, party-going sister Missy (Bunmi Mujekwu) played by Mercy from Eastenders. Disguised as a footballer’s wife, Kim starts partying with players until she realises that she has lost sight of her dream and thus decides to head for America to emulate her idols such as Michelle Obama and Oprah.

The show was truly refreshing. I particularly liked the sharp dialogue ( “A pastor that drives a Lexus is not a man to be trusted”) and adored the little black girl nuances such as the patting of the weave. According to Destiny Films who directed the short, the show was watched by over half a million viewers, so well done to those who tuned in. Let’s hope channel 4 sit up and take note and realise there is an audience out there virtually starving for these stories. Tales that reflect our experiences in all its variations, and is written and presented in an indigenous way. Note to channel 4 and all of the other terrestrial channels: more of the same please.

We caught up with the writer of The Future Wags of Britain, Abby Ajayi, to hear what she had to say.

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