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‘Only a fool would link music to violence’

Drill star Headie One has called on the Home Secretary to “open her eyes” and address the root of th..

Drill star Headie One has called on the Home Secretary to "open her eyes" and address the root of the problem which has led to over 50 deaths in London this year.

This week the Government said it wanted to crack down on drill music – an often raw and aggressive style of rap – which has been linked to the escalating violence in the capital, with calls for stricter controls on videos and social media.

Originating in Chicago and slang for automatic weapons, it's been labelled "demonic" and "malign", and often contains references to gangs, guns, knives and drugs.

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Headie One, an artist whose music has been singled out by police as being part of the problem, believes this blame game is too simplistic.

"I feel like Amber (Rudd), she needs to open her eyes a little bit. If she is going to ban drill music, she needs to ban all genres of music…they are not addressing the root of the problem, they are just playing around. I feel like they are being silly. Only a fool would say that drill music is the root of the problem of violence in the capital – don't make no sense."

He said his music, which contains references to knives and guns, is not glamorising a violent lifestyle, it was reflecting his reality.

The Government says it wants to crack down on 'drill' music which has been linked to the escalating violence in the capital
Image:Drill musicians say their raw music is a reflection of their reality

"I grew up on a council estate, that was reality… artists in other genres talk about things that are reality to them – they wouldn't be blamed for an outright problem that is going on around us right now."

Guvna B is a double Mobo award-winner who agrees that blaming the music isn't the answer.

"I feel like drill music is an expression of art and my main issue with focusing on drill music is yes the lyrics are really horrific but it's still a byproduct of a root issue."

He wants to use his music to send a positive message and to inspire young people but believes its crucial inner-city areas like the one he grew up in in east London are also given more help. He thinks the Government has to connect more with communities and provide more opportunities going forward.

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"The main problem is we all realise we are responsible for our actions but our starting line is different… you feel really underprivileged and that no one really cares. If you're from this estate you don't see past this estate. You can be a musician, a rapper, a footballer, those are your likely chances of making something of yourself. So a lot more opportunities in different spheres (are needed)."

Guvna B's new album Hands Are Made For Working includes tracks which address the issues facing youth culture today. He is also performing in the summer at the first Allo Mate Live Festival, an urban music festival and arts development programme which he has set up. The aim, he says, is to bring together some of the best current talent and to inspire young people with positive lyrics and clean content.

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

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Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
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Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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