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Grime artist Stormzy has launched a scholarship for black students in a bid to tackle the chronic lack of diversity at the UK’s top universities

  • UK grime artist Stormzy has just announced the Stormzy Scholarship.
  • With the help of YouTube Music, he will fund two black students to go to Cambridge University this year, and two more in 2019.
  • There is a chronic under-representation of black students at the UK’s top universities.
  • It comes down to a number of factors, including a lack of support in applying, the fear of not fitting in, huge competition for places on certain courses, and racism.

Grime artist Stormzy has just announced he will fund two black students this year and two in 2019 to go to Cambridge University, which is currently ranked the 2nd best university in the UK, and the 6th in the world.

The Stormzy Scholarship will pay for tuition fees and money the same value as a maintenance grant for up to four years on an undergraduate course at the university.

“It’s so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre,” the rapper said.

Stormzy will fund one student per year himself, and the rest of the funds will come from YouTube Music.

Both Cambridge and Oxford — the top two universities in the UK — haven’t got the best reputation for giving places to students of colour.

A Business Insider investigation found that the number of black students applying for, receiving offers from, and attending Oxford and Cambridge universities is chronically low. Only 40 black students were accepted out of 2,210 placed UK applicants to Cambridge in 2016. And only 35 black students were accepted out of 2,210 placed UK applicants to Oxford.

Full story at Insider

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SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljung

Kerry Trainor, formerly of Vimeo, will lead the beleaguered service. Founder and outgoing CEO Alex Ljung predicts a “strong, independent future for the company.”

The SoundCloud death watch has ended.

The struggling digital music service today secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.

The Raine Group, a boutique merchant bank, joined with the Singapore-based investment company Temasek, in leading a $169.5 million investment round that infuses SoundCloud with much-needed cash.

Former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor succeeds founder Alex Ljung as chief executive, and Michael Weissman, another former executive at the video platform, was named SoundCloud’s chief operating officer.

“All of this together — the capital, the capital partners — with Kerry and Mike joining our team — it puts our company in a really great position to stay strong and remain independent,” Ljung said in an interview with Billboard. “We see a strong, independent future for the company.”

Full story at Billboard

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New SoulChampion shirt, hoodie, etc design “Classically Trained”

Available now from G Notorious’ TeePublic store…

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fabric london to reopen

fabric to reopen after striking deal with Metropolitan police and Islington council

Highbury Magistrates Court has today approved the agreement.
London’s fabric nightclub will reopen soon.

After it emerged that the club was in talks with Islington council and Metropolitan police to have its license reinstated, an agreement was rubber-stamped today at Highbury Magistrates Court. The agreement will see fabric reopen with a new set of licensing conditions. The exact reopening date has not been decided.

Philip Kolvin QC, one of the lawyers who’s been representing fabric since its license was revoked in September, told the court that fabric “has always set about trying to lead the industry,” and has engaged in a “root and branch reappraisal” of its operating procedures.

The 38 new conditions in the agreement have been outlined by fabric and the police in a joint statement, which you can read in full below. They include the use of a new ID scanning system, enhanced searching procedures, physical changes to the club, and lifetime bans for anyone found in possession of drugs or attempting to buy drugs in the club.

Read the full story on Resident Advisor

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NOV4 Shake! presents Dubbel Dutch, Doctor Jeep, & Fens

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Friday, November 4
at Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston

$10 Advance Tickets | $15 Door

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The world’s ‘first’ grime instrumental has been found in a ‘90s Wolverine video game

It was written eight years before ‘Pulse X’.

If you thought Youngstar’s ‘Pulse X’ was the first grime beat, think again: SBTV has uncovered the story behind an accidental ‘grime’ instrumental created for a Wolverine video game back in 1994.

Brought to wider attention by Brixton producer Sir Pixalot last week, the track in question is an end of level boss theme from Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis platformer Wolverine: Adamantium Rage. Written by a producer called Dylan Beale, the track features all the hallmarks of early grime instrumentals: staccato strings, eski bleeps and square wave bass, recorded eight years before the first grime instrumentals.

SBTV’s Paul Gibbins managed to track down Beale, discovering that he was part of a ‘90s jungle duo called Rude & Deadly and worked in a Wood Green record shop that sold mainly techno and ragga…

Full story at Fact

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