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Ms Dynamite wins race award
Ms Dynamite
Ms Dynamite has won her fair share of awards in recent times
Ms Dynamite has picked up yet another accolade as she was chosen as media personality of the year at the Race in the Media Awards.

The 21-year-old garage star beat singer Craig David and Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand to the title.

Coronation Street's Shobna Gulati was awarded best soap star for her portrayal of shop assistant Sunita.

Sanjeev Bhasker and Meera Syal were at London's Savoy Hotel to pick up the best entertainment award for the Kumars at No 42.

Ms Dynamite, whose real name is Niomi McLean-Daley, has already been enjoying a string of award successes including the Mercury Music Prize, two Brit Awards and three Mobos.

But she has been vocal as an anti-gun campaigner and a strong opponent of the war in Iraq.

Speaking about her latest honour, she said: "I'm really happy to get this award. It means a lot that people are noticing that I'm fighting for something positive through my music."


Radio station BBC London received four awards for its coverage of, among other events. the Notting Hill Carnival.

Channel 4 News was recognised for its tackling of race issues and its wide agenda.

The Race in the Media Awards are run by the Commission for Racial Equality to encourage informed coverage of race relations, diversity and multiculturalism.

But the awards ran into controversy after the Muslim Council of Britain boycotted the event because it was being held to coincide with Friday prayer-time.

Dr Abdul Bari, deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the timing was "highly insensitive", adding that it was "no wonder why the CRE is so unpopular with Muslims".

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