Press Release

For Immediate Release

London, 6 June 2015

Rough Copy laps up the love at UK Black Pride launch event

Rough Copy, the 2013 X-Factor UK semi-finalists who went on to sign a record deal with Sony Music before embarking on a world tour that took them across Europe and the Americas, were back in London last night to headline UK Black Pride’s tenth anniversary launch event.

The launch party for UK Black Pride – Europe’s biggest community-led, not-for-profit association for African, Asian and Caribbean heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – was organised with the support of club night organisers, LGBTDreamz, who co-hosted the event at Club My Tribe in South London on 5 June.

Taking centre stage during the star-studded the late night revelry, the Rough Copy trio of Kazeem Ajobo; Sterling Ramsey, and Joey J Thomas, entertained the crowds with their high energy, harmony driven performance to raise vital funds for Britain’s leading Black LGBT organisation, UK Black Pride.

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Guests were pleased to get a live performance of Rough Copy’s newly released single, ‘Same Formula’ which was launched on iTunes on 23 April with rave reviews from R&B aficionados. ‘Same Formula’ is the second single from Rough Copy to officially be released on iTunes since their debut single, ‘Street Love’ – a reworking of Anita Baker’s 1986 hit single ‘Sweet Love’ – was released in June last year.

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In recent months, the group have been supporting acts for artists such as Omarion and touring with fellow UK R&B boy-band, Damage. June will see the release of their soundtrack song to the film ‘AWOL’ (Absent without Love).

Also performing alongside the supreme R&B trio, Rough Copy, at the all-night event were a number of DJs from well-established London club nights, including: Biggy C and MC Tyron from Bootylicious; Smoochie, Kaspa and 2 Traxx from Lush; Blenda from Hustlers vs Divas; Super-Star Shorty from Sweat; Chillz from Turnt, and Mad-X from Sugar Rush.

UK Black Pride Executive Director, Phyll Opoku Gyimah, said:

“This was such a fantastic launch event that captured the essence of what UK Black Pride is all about. We had fantastic new and emerging talent from within the Black and LGBT community, performing alongside some stalwarts who have been with us since we began 10 years ago. I loved the performances, the crowd certainly loved the performances, and together it marked the best possible start to our Pride season.”

Speaking on behalf of LGBTDreamz, DJ Smoochie said:

“I want to thank UK Black Pride for giving us the opportunity to work together and we hope that we can do so again in the near future. Importantly, the launch party event also succeeded in fundraising £332 for the upcoming UK Black Pride event.”

To attend the tenth UK Black Pride festival, which is an integral part London LGBT Community Pride’s Pride in the Park celebration on Sunday 28 June in London Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens, simply come along from 12 noon until 9pm. The FREE event will feature a main stage where UK Black Pride will blend live music, politics and poetry to deliver an entertaining, family-friendly, and inclusive festival of community pride. With a disco stage, comedians, sports activities, education and welfare stalls, alongside world food and drink (or bring your own picnic), it’s guaranteed that there’ll be something for all tastes at the event. Join us!

UK Black Pride maintains a strong identity as a grassroots movement. We believe the most effective way to secure the fight for LGBT equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people and politics before profit. The Celebrating 10 Years of Ubuntu! (Including You!) theme signals our determination to stand for LGBT love and equality against all purveyors of division and hate wherever they are. Join us!

Get involved:

There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2015 a success:

  1. For UK Black Pride media and sponsorship enquiries email: pav@ukblackpride.org.uk
  2. For food or information stall bookings in the community area email: info@ukblackpride.org.uk
  3. For performance opportunities at UK Black Pride email: phyll@ukblackpride.org.uk
  4. For information about UK Black Pride visit: Web: www.ukblackpride.org.uk Facebook:

   https://www.facebook.com/UKBlackPride.org.uk Twitter: @ukblackpride

  1. For London LGBT Community Pride visit: http://prideinlondon.org/vauxhall/
  2. To learn more about Stonewall visit: www.stonewalll.org.uk
  3. To learn about UK Black Pride 2015’s sponsors visit: www.ukblackpride.org.uk

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