Author Archives: Michael Allen

Q&A: Skinnyman speaks about negative effect of cut-backs on youth clubs

What is the biggest problem facing Islington’s young people today? We’ve seen all cut-backs on art funding for youth centres and youth clubs and anything that may facilitate the youths outside of curriculum activity events, which means that all youth workers that have great skills have become unemployed. Are street dance, MC battles and twerking

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Skinnyman condemns closure of youth projects

A local grime artist has slammed the closure of youth projects in Islington, saying it will lead to an increase in crime. Skinnyman – born Alexander Graham Holland – the 39-year-old artist of 2004 album Council Estate of Mind, grew up on Six Acres Estate in Holloway. He told Islington Now that cuts affecting youth

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From James Blunt to Notorious B.I.G.: a tale of hip-hop virgins

Additional reporting by Oscar Williams and Michael Allen It’s not unusual to see Islington swarming with Guardian-reading, privately educated couples with a theatre programmes nestled under their arms on a Monday night. But in a greying building on the corner of King’s Cross there is a burgeoning jungle of hip hop, street dance, urban music

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“Twerkers stole my innocence”

Michael Allen was subjected to an aggressive rendition of the bum-wiggling dance move – made famous by Miley Cyrus – during a twerking competition in front of 200 people at hip-hop venue Scala. Dressed in a velvet jacket and standing awkwardly in the audience, he was not expecting to be handcuffed and pulled onto the

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