Iconic London MC and star of Top Boy Kano has revealed that he will be hosting a number of conversations with notable local names in aid of the area he grew up in – Newham.
Hit hard by the effects of COVID-19, Newham has seen a combination of issues, including intergenerational households, long-standing health inequalities and language barriers amplified and as a result the community is suffering. The borough has the second-worst mortality rate in England and Wales, with 201.6 deaths per 100,000 population.
Starting this Friday (4 September) the first of eight episodes will be shared to Youtube with a number of Newham naives featuring in each video.
Ghetts, Posty, D Double E, Footsie, Christine Ohuruogu, Idris Elba, Joy White, King Cook and Chris Hughton.
They’ll talk about the area and community that made them and their journey to where they are today and the lessons they learnt along the way.
Kano announced the launch of an exclusive series of conversations ‘Newham Talks’ to raise money for his hometown. Guests include Ghetts & Idris Elba amongst other Newham natives. Donations can be made via https://t.co/FQ29OULV0O
The first talk will be released Friday 10am.
— Kano (@TheRealKano) September 2, 2020
Episodes will be uploaded every Monday and Friday until the end of the month.
On the new series, Kano said, “Growing up in Newham, made me the artist, and the man that I am today. Newham is one of the most culturally rich but economically one of the poorest boroughs in London, and as the effects of COVID 19 continue to hit the community hard we must come together and do what we can to help. With other Newham raised artists and cultural pioneers, I’ve started a conversation – through ‘Newham Talks’, we aim to raise both awareness and funds to support this brilliant community, that has supported so many of us.”
All the money raised will go directly to The Renewal Programme , which will then equally split the funds between themselves, and additional Newham based charities Caritas Anchor House and Bonny Downs Community Association .
All episodes are free to watch, but a voluntary donation is encouraged. Click here to donate to the GoFundMe.
Photo: Kano in Huckmag Photo by Linda Brownlee