Cambridge University: ‘Stormzy effect’ helps rise in black students

The “Stormzy effect” has contributed to more black students being admitted to the University of Cambridge, it has said.

For the first time, black students made up more than 3% of new undergraduates, according to figures released by the university.

Grime artist Stormzy has pledged to fund the tuition fees and living costs of two students each year.

The university said the new figures were reflective of wider UK society.

This year 91 black students were admitted to the university, up about 50% from the 61 who started courses in autumn 2018.

Reacting to the news in a tweet, Stormzy said: “This is amazing – there’s no way that this is because of me alone.”

He went on to thank the Cambridge University African Caribbean Society and the university itself for their efforts to recruit more black students.

He said: “Big up CambridgeACS for the incredible work they do they would of played a massive part in this. And big up Cambridge—Uni for there continued efforts.”

Since Stormzy’s funding announcement there has also been an increase in the number of black students taking part in outreach activities and enquiring about courses, the university said.

Other factors credited for the rise included the involvement of several student societies in promoting the university and proactive campaign work.

The university said it meant this year there would be more than 200 black undergraduates studying at Cambridge in total, a record number.

UCAS figures showed that, as of 12 September, 33,730 black UK students had been accepted on to degree courses at British universities and colleges, meaning black students made up 7.9% of acceptances across the country in total.

Cambridge’s figures showed that 26.8% of its undergraduate students this year were UK residents from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
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Prof Graham Virgo, Cambridge’s senior pro-vice-chancellor for education, said: “This record rise in the number of black students is a credit to their hard work and ability. We have not lowered entry standards.”

Wanipa Ndhlovu, president of the university’s African-Caribbean Society (ACS), said the rise was “a testament to the hard work that ACS, as well as the university, has been putting in to break down perceptions”.

“It should send out a signal to other black students that they can find their place at Cambridge and succeed.” source :

Tyler Perry Makes History with ‘Tyler Perry Studios’

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry made history by being the very first black person to own a major film studio. On Saturday, A-list celebrities came to celebrate with him at his grand opening gala in Atlanta, Georgia.

Among the guests who attended the historic event were Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Vanessa Williams, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Tiffany Haddish, Storm Reid, and many more.

“For people to drop what they’re doing in their very busy schedules to come and join me in this moment is beyond anything I could’ve imagined. It makes me happy. It makes me want to cry. It makes me grateful. It’s just I’m beyond,” Perry told Variety. “I’m over the moon right now.”

Director Spike Lee, who was present at the event, was honored by having a soundstage named after him at Tyler Perry studios. He told Variety, “It means I’m a part of history. This is an historic night in American cinema. It’s never been done before. So I’m honored and humbled that my brother asked me part of it.”

All the soundstages of Tyler Perry Studios were named after other members of the black community who have inspired him, including Will Smith, Oprah, Denzel Washington, and Cicely Tyson. source :

Grammy Award-Winning Artist and Actor Louie ‘Original Don Dada’ Rankin, of Belly and Shottas, Dies in Car Crash

Louie Rankin, the Jamaican dancehall singer (known as the “Original Don Dada”) and film actor has died, following a tragic car crash in Ontario, Canada, TMZ reports. Rankin was a Jamaican native who grew up in Saint Thomas Parish and East Kingston and was living in Toronto at the time of his death.

According to Heavy, Rankin was 55 years old and is survived by his wife, Jewlz Sykes, and seven children (three of whom the couple shared). Sykes was also Rankin’s executive assistant.

Rankin’s 1992 hit “Typewriter” earned him a Grammy. He was also well-known on the film scene, starring in Belly (as Jamaican kingpin Lennox) and Shottas (as Teddy Bruck Shut).

Following the filming of Belly, Nas and Rankin became close friends and publicly reunited for a cameo in DJ Khaled’s “Nas Album Done” music video.

“We got the call at 9:17 a.m. this morning,” Dufferin Ontario Provincial Police Constable Shannon Gordanier confirmed to Global News on Monday morning— an investigation is underway. “Both vehicles were single occupants – one person in each vehicle. We’re waiting for the traffic collision investigation team to attend the location and help us determine exactly what did happen. We’re not speculating at this time.” Source :