#Newham Rising Vol. 2

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The second instalment of our 18 week anti-knife crime diversionary creative arts course. The finale was the course presentation in October 2018:-

New & Raw music performances produced by ReddotUK (Record Label) Music industry Q&A - 'Rising Music Moguls' featuring Sharky Major (Founder of Grime Original) presented by Jonathon Monkstar (RedDotUK). A Preview of a LGBT short film by Eclectic Clique #WithoutBorder EP. 1 - 'Murdered By My Mother' + Q&A afterwards (An Ape Media Production)

This course was provided with the help of the Home Office

ExCeL in the Arts 2018

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ExCeL In The Arts 2018 is our annual Newham borough 5 day arts summer camp for 10-16 year olds produced and created by Ape Media and funded by Headstart Newham in partnership with CG, ExCeL London, BigGIVE & MoPAC.

Trevor on BBC Radio London

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APE’s Trevor Blackman being interviewed on BBC Radio London’s “Drivetime with Eddie Nestor” show about the Mayor of London’s Local Communities Fund promoting anti-crime projects for young people, allowing them to fulfil their potential..

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(c) BBC 2018

#Newham Rising Vol. 1

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In March/April 2018 , 20 young people were invited to think, consider and express their views on the growing problem of knife crime in Newham, how it affects young people and their families, and what can be done about it. They were able to present their creatives works to an audience and discuss the topic and the end of course presentation, hosted by BBC Radio 1xtra’s DJ Ace.

Click here to see the Course documentary.

This course was provided with help from the Home Office.

Blackwoman 2018

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Our BlackWoman fashion show showcased the best of four emerging designers and 20 models back in June 2018 with Catwalk Shows, Human Rights Presentations, and Cultural Debates. In September 2018, during London Fashion Week, APE as part of its community work, help stage Catwalk Shows with an addition of a Natural Skin Care Product market place, with a Designer Showroom organised throughout the day for potential buyers to talk directly with designers. 

BlackWoman brings awareness in relation to discrimination that still takes place within the fashion and creative industries and society as a whole. The right not to be discriminated against is a right that belongs to everybody (regardless of colour), whatever our differences; BlackWoman goes a long way towards helping make this a reality within the fashion industry.

There is more in 2019.. See https://www.instagram.com/black_woman_fashion_show/

My Journey as a Trainee Administrator at Ape Media

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Whilst being at Ape Media, I have immensely gaining extensive skills and knowledge required, to enable me to reach my goal and dream job of becoming a PA within the Music Industry. I have learnt new skills along the way, such as: creating professional business documents, how to structure and write out minutes meetings, how to take detailed messages, the importance of a to do list and more.

Here is an outline of what I have been doing to make positive steps to gain skills in my chosen career path and some tips Ive learnt and am still learning along the way.

Picture1Minutes Meeting

I have been writing out minute’s meetings for team meetings, board of directors and business meetings. I learnt how to structure and write out minutes meetings during my Business Administration class as well as putting my knowledge gained into practice at Ape Media, this is a method of learning that really works for me and it has definitely come in hand in hand studying Business Administration at Elatt Training Centre and working as a Trainee Administrator at Ape Media, What I really like about writing minutes meeting, is the fact that it has improved my writing skills. I have also got into the regime of writing minutes straight after the meeting has finished as the information received will still be fresh in my mind and to proof read my work before sending it out to attendees.

So I have been told that I am very detailed with my minutes since I’ve invested in a Dictaphone, however I know I will really need to improve on my vocabulary, my spelling at times and to carefully proof read. Although it may seem discouraging, it actually gives me a chance find out my weaknesses, so I know what I need to do to be even better and flourish.

Here are some Minute Meeting Tips, which I have discovered through research and experience.

  • To prepare yourself ahead of the meeting by understanding the agenda, knowing all the necessary details of the meeting and reviewing related documents from previous meetings.
  • To Build a glossary of name terms
  • To clarify new attendees contact details: full name, email and their profession.
  • To use a consistent template


One skill I would really like to enhance is my typing skills, to have the ability to type up information using a Dictaphone without stopping the recording button all the time. I have actually been practicing this skill on the job, I have found it is very challenging to do, therefore I will need to break this skill down into manageable steps, so I have been working on my typing skills further to acquire this skill in my own spare time, using the Mavis Beacon Typing Skills DVD, where she demonstrates the correct and fast way of typing.

typingMaking To Do lists

I use Tick Tick to create my to do list’s because I can just about use it anywhere but sometimes I just write my to do list in my notebook. To do lists are extremely helpful, as I can refer back to what I need to do and I can tick off the tasks I have done. It gives me a clear indicator of important tasks in accordance to priority starting at the top of the list, but if there are tasks that can be easily completed, I will complete these tasks as I find that I am being more proactive to get things done. I write down everything into my notebook, at least then I can look back on the information if I need it for any particular purpose.

PA to Manager

I also take on the role as a PA to my manager. This job consists of checking the voicemail messages, taking messages, following up on any requirements from my manager to be completed, keeping up to date with my managers diary, to remind my manager of upcoming appointments/meetings and of any important tasks to be completed at a certain deadline along with all the details required. I also take business meetings and I get food/drink for my manager, if he has a really busy schedule during the day. This has really helped me immensely, as this is a good way of taking small breaks and walks away from the office, that way I can focus clearly, especially when I am overloaded with loads of tasks to do during the day, it really helps me to relax more.

Answering Phone Calls

I am getting really confident on the phone, believe it or not I once was really shy to answer the phone but now I do it without even thinking about it. Although I have improved a great deal over the phone, I would still like to improve my telephone skills more by practicing. I do take a lot of messages throughout the day. From experience, don’t be afraid to ask the callers to repeat themselves, as this is a sure way to verify the information received is accurate.

I had my appraisal for the first time and discovered it is very crucial to self-reflect, to outline what I am really good at, to recognise and praise myself for my hard work and effort and what type of skills I will need to build upon. Listening to others feedback is extremely vital because others have an insight on useful perspectives that I may not have on my own.

I really do enjoy what I do as a Trainee Administrator and it really does makes all the difference in the world. I am finally listening to myself and doing what I love that is; being apart of a company that makes a difference in the life of the younger generation, being around Music with those who share the same passion but also developing skills that I love doing; typing, writing, making to do lists and being organised. It has been challenging but very rewarding. I would like to share a inspirational quote that keeps me motivated to press on and it may even inspire you to keep this quote or encourage you to find a quote that relates to your values:

“What distinguishes us one from another is our dreams and what we do to make them com true” Joseph Epstein.

Never Give Up

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This documentary “Never Give Up” was shot in Stratford (London Borough of Newham) where a lot of young people find themselves in difficult situations: some find themselves homeless and others in financial crisis. However charities like Ape Media give young people the opportunity to study and express their individual talents, which will help them later in life.

Marco Liscio (Director/Editor)

Antonio Perrotti (Sound Operator/Runner) &
Emanuele Gengari (Camera Man).
Bryan Ntueba (Associate Producer) & Trevor Blackman (Executive Producer)

That Was Peter Crowe

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Peter Crowe’s life is not going well: his wife is divorcing him, he doesn’t see his daughter enough and to top it off, he’s about to lose his job. An interview with feared journalist Anna Moss is his only chance at swinging opinion back in his favour and keeping his career on track. But Peter’s down-to-earth nature is at odds with the carefully scripted rhetoric his advisor Tabiya has prepared for him. Can he bite his tongue long enough to keep his job or will his temper get the better of him?

Written & Produced by Richard Caves & Marcos Avlonitis

(Please note that this is a pre-release version.)

2015 IYAF International Music Collaboration

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Created, Directed, & Edited by Antonio Marotta, Francesco Leone, and Alessandro Monetta, take a behind the scenes look at 3 different musical artists (Julia, AMIRO & The Domino Collective) as they give us a taste on what it is like to be in the musical industry.

Commission by International Youth Arts Festival 2015

Bad Kids (prequel) 2014

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A prequel which introduces you to the central character Prince, of a new drama called ‘Bad Kids’.

Bad Kids — The Long Weekend due to air 2014 is based on the true events of young people aged 14-22 year olds, who I have worked with for the last 15 years in East London; but the ordeal of most was much worse in real life.

Bad Kids — The Long Weekend chronicles the life of a group of three East London teens. The drama is raw and will push boundaries as they attempt to climb the social ladder by any means possible, even if they have to use sex, lies, and murder to get there. It’s not easy living in a part of London where everyone has a dark secret.

Written by Chris Samuels
Produced & Directed by Trevor Blackman