I am Marceline Powell, founder and Director at Powell and Barns Media, (part of the Powell and Barns Groups LTD), and Editor of Urban Kapital Magazine. I am also the founder and former director of KEMET radio which I launched in Nottingham, East Midlands in 2007, and I have a long history of working in enterprise development, business support and local / regional media.
About the platform:
The main aim of this media platform is to represent Black and Multi-ethnic diversity. And the aim of the magazine is to take that representation beyond hair, food and music which is what we currently have in the Black Magazine space, we do have music and entertainment content, but cover a range of other things too, such as lifestyle, news responses, politics, economic development and social activism. Our aim is to provide a platform for intelligent, culturally diverse conversations that serve the underrepresented voices of black Britain and the global diaspora.
Creating new opportunities
I am passionate about continuing to create opportunities for young people to succeed in media and business and this platform and the magazine are built on a model that allows young people to develop news skills and gain work experience with us through paid and unpaid internships. Our current interns represent Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterranean.
I am a British born woman of Jamaican Descent.
My educational background and continued passion is in sociology, politics and Literature, combined with a love for being creative and helping people to connect, this inspired me to launch my own company in targeted media and communications, and eventually relaunch Urban Kapital newspaper into a digital and print Magazine. My academic background is in the Humanities, I have a BA Hons with a Sociology major specialising in culture, identity & media, Psychoanalysis, adolescence & family relationships, Post-Colonial Literature and British Politics.
I started out as a project worker for the National Care & Resettlement of Offenders before embarking on my journey in media, communications and PR.
My early communications roles include The Nottingham Playhouse theatre working to improve diversity in theatre and stage. Working alongside then 'Eclipse' theatre Producer Stephan Luckie and arts marketing expert Sally Tye. I assisted the launch of Eclipse theatre, incorporating The Nottingham Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, and The Old Wolesley Theatre to name a few. I had the pleasure of working on a theatre directorship scheme for Black and minority ethnic trainees alongside renowned producer Paulette Randall.
I was seconded to The Arts Council England East Midlands where I worked as Press & PR Officer for two years working alongside local / regional government, DCMS (Department for Culture Media & Sport) ministers as well as delivering projects in partnership with Sport England. I assisted the launch of Spaces for Schools & Arts and later, DDA for the arts (disability access and inclusion) before returning to the theatre for a short while.
I was later appointed as Social Enterprise Development Officer for The African & Caribbean Development Agency, where I was responsible for launching a social enterprise development service to support Black businesses and organisations to develop business and marketing strategies, governance & structure, and access resources for capacity building. I worked closely with the East Midlands Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund, local authorities and business support agencies. I was also an advisor and decision maker for several funding organisations including the Social Enterprise Development Fund.
In 2005, I worked on developing the concept of Kemet FM in Nottingham, with great support from then, editor in chief at BBC radio Nottingham who became my mentor for 18 months.
A broadcasting license was granted in 2006 and I managed the development of KEMET Radio, created bespoke training and volunteering programs and managed the regeneration of a disused building in Nottingham, creating 3 broadcasting studios, and in -house training and production suite. It was a fascinating and exciting time, working on media partnerships and joint broadcasts with: Regional BBC radio stations, The Politics Show, as well as several record labels, magazines and press, and at the same time, creating new opportunities for young people.
Other appointments I have loved - and learnt from include:
Communications Specialist for the Local Involvement Networks - (Contracted on behalf of the department for Health). SME Development Officer for First Enterprise Business Agency. Media Consultant at Local World Media (Nottingham Evening Post, The Metro East Midlands). Media & Events Consultant for Specialist quarrying magazines and Live events (UK & Italy). Media Consultant at Newsquest Media. London.
We are at a very exciting time in our journey as a business and our recent international expansion in the digital space means we offer even more to our readers, partners and sponsors alike.
If you would like to work with Powell and Barns Media, please do get in touch with me directly.