Black Magic Network Hosts Their Third Annual Black Magic Awards, But for this show, it's the Men's Edition..
On Monday 10th June 2019, the Black Magic Network are putting Black British men at the forefront of their own success stories in this year’s award show. Now in their third consecutive year, and hosted by Britain’s Got Talent Live show semi finalist Kojo Anim, the Criterion Theatre London is set to buzzing with all the #blackboyjoy for their first Black Magic Awards – Men’s Edition.
Founded in 2017 by Comedian, Actor and Film Producer Kojo Anim and, Content Creator and Entrepreneur Annika Allen, the Black Magic Awards is a live award show dedicated to recognising the epitome of black excellence. The show acknowledges individuals from a range of industries who have historically blazed trials, and newcomers who have been passed the baton or are creating lanes of black representation.
Fresh from the Britain’s Got Talent Stage, Comedian Kojo Anim is hosting this year’s ceremony and shares why now it’s important to spotlight the work and achievements of black men - “we are at a time where so many people continue to push negative stories about young black boys and men, but not many aresharing the stories about the magic that has come and continues to come from them”.
“We look to recognise some phenomenal men who have broken the mould within their careers and are a shining example within their respective industries.”
The categories for the night span across a vast range of professions with an extensive honour role of bold black British men. The 2019 honourees include Trevor Nelson MBE for his contribution to Radio, Film Honouree Noel Clarke, Community Champion Amani Simpson and Legend Award to the So Solid 21 seconds front runner, Mega Man to name a few, with the likes of Emeli Sande, Vanessa Kingori MBE and Angie Le Mar who have been honoured in previous years.
As well as the celebratory side to the award show, the Black Magic Awards will also be paying attention to one of the prominent health concerns for black men – prostate cancer. Sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK, Men at Risk Programme Manager at Prostate Cancer UK Jolynne De Souza shares that “One in four black men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime in the UK, (this outweighs the 1 in 8 men overall) but early diagnosis makes all the difference. The Black Magic Awards is a fantastic celebration of black culture and achievement and we are excited to be a part of this important event to help raise awareness of the significant risk”.
“we are at a time where so many people continue to push negative stories about young black boys and men..”
The line up of performances includes Funky House General Donea’O, X-Factor Finalist Jahméne Douglas with the Music Honouree – Omar Lyefook (finally!) and is sponsored by Triple7events. Omar has yet to be awarded for his contribution to music so this already is a huge highlight for us, as lifelong fans of his work.
As the first of it’s kind, the Black Magic Network has continually working to provide opportunities to be the change they want to see in the Black community. Co-Founder of the Black Magic Network passionately explains that “to introduce the men’s honourees feels really special. We look to recognise some phenomenal men who have broken the mould within their careers and are a shining example within their respective industries.”
The power of representation is hugely important, especially in our current social and economical climate, and Kojo adds “this is what we’re doing - reminding everyone of how boys from underprivileged communities grew into men who refused to lose with the cards they were dealt. It’s time to celebrate their magic.”