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Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock Makes History as the First Black Woman to Earn Gold Medal From Institute of Physics

Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock has become the first Black woman to win a gold medal from the Institute of Physics, according to the Institute of Physics . An accomplished space scientist and science communicator, Dr. Aderin-Pocock has worked with hundreds of thousands of children to educate them around physics space research and physics engagement. Throughout the years, she has continued to push the conversation around women in science while simultaneously creating access to careers in the field. According to Because of Them We Can (BOTWC) , her accolades include a 2009 New Year Honours, in addition to receiving the member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) award, a Science and Technology Facilities Council Science in Society Fellowship. Dr. Aderin-Pocock is also the author of two popular science books called “Dr. Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System” and “The Sky at Night: book of the Moon – A Guide to Our Closest Neighbour.” Now, she is the recipient of the 2020 William...

Shanique Yates

Nov 9, 2020

Faron McKenzie to Lead Creative Diversity Xperience as New Head of BBC Radio 1Xtra

Congratulations are in order for Faron McKenzie as he has been named the head of BBC Radio 1Xtra . Already established with the network, marketing manager, McKenzie has been credited for the evolution of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and the Asian Network, according to BBC . His credits not only include commissioning and developing podcasts like Dope Black Dads and Brave Conversations for BBC Sounds, but he’s also responsible for paid strategic partnerships with Link Up TV for BBC3’s The Rap Game and GRM Daily. “I am delighted to be able to creatively mold & steer the most culturally relevant leading digital youth radio brand at the epicentre of black music and culture, BBC Radio 1Xtra,” McKenzie said in an Instagram post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Faron McKenzie (@faronmckenzie) The Birmingham native is also responsible for leading the BBC’s new Creative Diversity Xperience (CDX), which aims to bring together cultural disruptors to showcase Asian, Black, and minority ethnic...

Shanique Yates

Aug 24, 2020

How Michaela Coel Inked an Agreement With BBC After Rejecting a $1M Netflix Deal

Although you may have come across some must-watch movies and TV series while scrolling through Netflix, one hit show you won’t see is Michaela Coel’s “I May Destroy You.” Coel took her dramatic comedy series to BBC and HBO after turning down a $1 million deal with the popular streaming service. According to Pop Sugar , Coel, who’s the show’s lead actress, creator, writer, and director, rejected the deal with Netflix after a disagreement over ownership, in which Netflix denied Coel’s request for a percentage of the copyright. Corel’s moment of clarity came during a call with a Netflix representative where she asked for five percent of her show’s copyright. “There was just silence on the phone,” Coel told Vulture . “And she said, ‘It’s not how we do things here. Nobody does that, it’s not a big deal.’” Vulture reports Coel’s negotiation with Netflix went as low as 0.5 percent ownership of the copyright. Yet, the Netflix representative told Coel she’d have to run it past her...

Devin Crudup

Jul 15, 2020