Have you tried… Roti Tabanca? LUR Christmas-Special Review

Roti Tabanca

Services: Trinidadian & Tobagonian Food Stall & Caterers

Location: Unit 7, Luton Indoor Market

Opening Times: Mon – Sat 12-5pm (or until all the greatness has sold out!)

Owners Heritage: Trinidadian & Tobagonian

Contact: 0753 824 0834/07588 111 761

Facebook page: RotiTabanca


If you have not yet experienced the mouth-watering cuisine from the local foodie hotspot Roti Tabanca, I must assume that you have either been living under a rock or simply just don’t know what you are missing! Directions: enter the Luton Indoor Market, veer left, continue towards the far wall, turn right and it’s the second stall on your left. Alternatively you can veer left at the entrance and follow the aroma of perfectly blended spices until you are greeted by the two loveliest stall holders you will ever meet. Cue Michelle and Adesh; the couple who work tirelessly to bring the tropical flavours of Trinidadian & Tobagonian cuisine and street food to Luton Town.

Open 6 days a week, I have been challenged to try a meal a day, as there is such variety including favourites like Roti’s, Doubles, Chickpea & Potato Curry, Stew Chicken & snack items such as Homemade Patties, Saltfish Fritters, Saheina and a personal favourite Pulourie!
Not to mention the Chefs Specials which can vary from Fried Fish & Bakes to Jeera Lamb. These mouth-watering snacks and meals are all reasonably priced and it is clear from the moment that you step into the stall, that all the food is prepared with love.

Michelle and Adesh set up shop in February 2016 and have since had a loyal following of customers. They also are regularly booked to cater for events on all scales and hope to long continue serving Lutonians with the support of the community. A clear favourite for the Luton Urban Radio team and for the locals of Luton, as there is often a queue brewing around lunchtime, so a word to the wise – Doh stick!



Anti-slavery march calls on Libya to end “crime against African humanity”

Marchers are demanding the Libyan embassy to stop slavery auctions after harrowing CNN footage shows what is believed to be slaves being sold near the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The footage sparked worldwide outrage and a petition calling on the UK government to put pressure on Libya to end modern slavery began circulating on social media in November. The petition has more than 262,000 signatures at time of writing.

UK-based NGO African Lives Matter organized protests across different cities of the UK after the petition garnered thousands of signatures.

Celebrities, including Cara Delevigne and Naomi Campbell, publicly supported the demonstration.

An official poster for the march says the demonstration stands for “the enslaving and selling of black Africans in Libya and the illegal detention of migrants in Libyan concentration camps”.

Parliament is set to debate the petition on December 18.

The footage released by CNN is considered to be the first hard evidence of 21st-century slave trade in Africa. source : @bmontanna

JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead the 2018 Grammy nominees

RAPPERS JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar are the top contenders for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, leading with the most nominations.

Hov received eight nods for his critically-acclaimed and culturally-aware album “4:44,”; whilst Lamar had seven for “DAMN.,” a critical favorite and a smash on streaming services that also addressed racial politics and self-reflection.

The two rap titans are closely followed behind by Bruno Mars, with six nominations, and Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA and No I.D. (Jay-Z’s producer) who each have five.

Other notable nominees include Cardi B, for her monster hit Bodak Yellow, getting nominations for “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Performance.”

The 60th Grammy Awards show will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Jan 28.

See the full list of nominees here.

Record of the Year
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Jay-Z “Story of O.J.”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble”
Bruno Mars, “24k Magic”

Song of the Year
Luis Fonsi, “Despacito”
JAY-Z, “4:44”
Julia Michaels, “Issues”
Logic f. Alessia Cara, “1-800-273-8255”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Album of the Year
Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love!
JAY-Z, 4:44
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lorde, Melodrama
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Best Rap Album
JAY-Z, 4:44
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Migos, Culture
Rapsody, Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator, Flower Boy
Best Rap Performance
Big Sean, “Bounce Back”
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
JAY-Z, “4:44”
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Migos f. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”

Best Rap/Sung Performance
GoldLink f. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy, “Crew”
JAY-Z f. Beyoncé, “Family Feud”
Kendrick Lamar f. Rihanna, “LOYALTY.”
SZA f. Travis Scott, “Love Galore”

Best Rap Song
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
Run The Jewels, “Chase Me”
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Rapsody, “Sassy”
JAY-Z, “The Story Of O.J.”

Best R&B Song
PJ Morton, “First Began”
Khalid, “Location”
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
SZA, “Supermodel”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Best R&B Album
Daniel Caesar, Freudian
Ledisi, Let Love Rule
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
PJ Morton, Gumbo
Musiq Soulchild, Feel The Real

Best Urban Contemporary Album
6lack, Free 6lack
Childish Gambino, “Awaken, My Love!”
Khalid, American Teen
SZA, Ctrl
The Weeknd, Starry

Best R&B Performance
Daniel Caesar f. Kali Uchis, “Get You”
Kehlani, “Distraction”
Ledisi, “High”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
SZA, “The Weekend”

Best Pop Solo Performance
Kelly Clarkson, “Love So Soft”
Kesha, “Praying”
Lady Gaga, “Million Reasons”
P!nk, “What About Us”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape Of You”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Imagine Dragons, “Thunder”
Portugal. The Man, “Feel It Still”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Bonobo, Migration
Kraftwerk, 3-D The Catalogue
Mura Masa, Mura Masa
Odesza, A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso, What Now

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Calvin Harris
No I.D.
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
The Stereotypes
source : /www.voice-online.co.uk

Mental health charity release book to celebrate black brits

Risen have released a black British culture inspired adult colouring book to celebrate black British culture and help people deal with stress & anxiety

MENTAL HEALTH Charity Risen have produced an adult colouring book to help people deal with stress, anxiety and depression.

Risen Co Founder, Chantelle Lewis says: ‘We really wanted to release this book to provide people with a practical tool to help to keep their mind at ease and freely express themselves.

“We chose to feature images of black British culture to help to raise awareness and acceptance of the experiences that many black Britons can relate too.

“Representation is so important, it is good that people can colour in images that they can relate to and will bring up positive emotions in them.”

Research has shown that colouring is a great source of self-expression and can help ease symptoms of mental illnesses.

Risen have released this book to help people and to also raise funds to continue their charitable work to break the stigma around mental health in the black community and host events next year including mental health pop up service events.

The book is only £5.99 which includes postage and is available on their website www.risenuk.com now.

Let’s support this cause and improve the quality of life for people affected by mental health problems! source : www.voice-online.co.uk

Migrants for sale: Slave trade in Libya

Libya’s UN-backed government says it is investigating allegations that hundreds of African refugees and migrants passing through Libya are being bought and sold in modern-day slave markets.

According to reports, the trade works by preying on the tens of thousands of vulnerable people who risk everything to get to Libya’s coast and then across the Mediterranean into Europe – a route that’s been described as the deadliest route on earth.

Libya is the main gateway for people attempting to reach Europe by sea, with more than 150,000 people making the crossing in each of the past three years.

“They [the refugees] are from several African countries and they say they have fled war, poverty and unemployment in their countries … They have taken a tough journey through the desert and they have paid people smugglers to get to Libya to try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. With the security and financial collapse in Libya, human trafficking and smuggling have become a booming trade,” says Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from a detention centre in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Modern-day slavery is widespread around the world and Libya is by no means unique … But what’s particularly shocking is that this is happening effectively in the open, where people can go to a farmhouse, place a bid and end up ‘owning’ a human being.

Leonard Doyle, International Organization for Migration

There is no proper registration process for the tens of thousands of refugees arriving in Libya.

According to reports, the business of detention centres is unsupervised in some parts of Libya and stories of torture, rape and forced labour have emerged.

When the centres get too crowded, people are then allegedly sold off like goods in an open market. Survivors have told the UN’s migration agency that they use smartphones to connect with people smugglers to get them to Libya’s coast, and that they were then sold, being held for ransom, used as forced labour or for sexual exploitation.

The International Organization for Migration says trade in humans has become so normalised that people are being bought and sold in public for as little as $400.

“As shocking as it seems, it’s indeed true,” Leonard Doyle from the International Organization for Migration tells Counting the Cost. “The reason it [slave trade] can happen is because there is really no rule of law across much of Libya. Libya is a country as big as France, with a lot of space there. Migrants are coming there … they see the promise of a new life when they go to their Facebook feed and they think something wonderful is waiting for them in Europe, because a smuggler has abused the system and has sold them that lie.”

He explains that when they arrive in Libya, “they get off the bus and they are quickly put into a kind of murder machine, an extortion machine. They are robbed of their possessions, their families are called. They are forced, they are tortured, they give them money. And then they are sold. Unbelievable, but they are sold in open, public auctions: $400 for a labouring man, maybe a bit more for a woman who can be put in the sex trade. And this is what’s happening across the country.”

Doyle stresses that this issue shows that the international community should pay more attention to post-Gaddafi Libya.

“There is an international responsibility to help … What is particularly important now is that this issue is reaching global attention,” says Doyle.

“Modern-day slavery is widespread around the world and Libya is by no means unique. It’s happening in the developed countries of the world as well as the undeveloped countries. But what’s particularly shocking is that this is happening effectively in the open, where people can go to a farmhouse, place a bid and end up ‘owning’ a human being.” source:http://www.aljazeera.com