10 December 2012, 02:58
Alex MacDonald is your presenter for the second episode in the latest series of London360 — the show looking at the capital's hidden communities, the latest showbiz news and the day-to-day trials and triumphs of Londoners.
The Royal National Institute of Blind people is only able to reach one in three people who need their support. Read for RNIB is a nationwide campaign that aims to raise money for the services the RNIB offers to blind and partially sighted people. Only 7 per cent of book titles are available to blind and partially sighted people…. so London360 went along to an event that aims to raise money for the charity. L360 reporter Nyima Pratten went to a 'Read for RNIB' event where local school children attended reading workshops run by authors and celebrities. More details: http://www.rnib.org.uk/
Energy companies have been in the news quite a bit recently. Many people are unhappy with the fact that five of the Big Six energy companies have put their prices up just before Christmas. Winter is here and a lot of people are having a hard time keeping their homes warm. L360 reporter Alex MacDonald went down to a protest by the Fuel Poverty Action Group in Westfield Stratford to report on behalf of the elderly protesters. More details: http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/
London360 explores whether there is still prejudice against the LGBT community who are also from an ethnic minority background in London. Valentina Etaghene went to interview up and coming actor James Floyd from hit British film My Brother the Devil, which touches on issues that young people face in "urban" London such as drugs, gangs and young relationships. The main theme, which is revealed later on in the film, however, is homophobia. More details: http://www.stonewall.org.uk
East Asians In The Arts
Recently there have been calls that there are not enough East Asians in the arts, on stage and on screen. A new group has been formed in London – British East Asian Artists – who believe that they face prejudice and stereotyping on stage and on screen. The group hopes that by raising the profile of British East Asians in the arts they can make the industry more accessible to their community. London360 reporter Nyima Pratten met group members and investigated further into the British East Asian arts scene. More details: http://britisheastaa.wix.com/beaactors
London360 reporter Eliot Goward was recently invited down to the House of Commons, to cover the United Kingdom Youth Parliament's annual meeting. They discussed five topics: Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all; Getting ready for work; A curriculum to prepare us for life; Marriage for all; and An equal national minimum wage for all. Let's see which campaign Great Britain's young voices voted for to focus on for 2013 – when London360 met some politicians with a difference.
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