Black Magic Awards
Over the last few years, life as a person of colour has really been testing. We’ve seen the noticeable rise in overt racial segregation, countless police brutalities and communal negligence to the highest degree. That said, in and amongst the mayhem, we have also seen the rise in visible black love, community spirit and numerous representations of indisputable black girl magic.
What started out as a celebratory and trending hashtag, has turned into a fully fledged movement of black women humbly congratulating one another, being each others loudest and most loyal cheerleaders, and carving out unprecedented lifestyles to fuel the inherent queen within.
Although our American counterparts have set the pace by blazing the trial for Black Girl Magic, UK entertainment network, The Colour Network, realize that shaping our own identity as Black Brits is just as important. To fill this gap, they are curating a brand new award show to celebrate British Black girl Magic - introducing The Black Magic Awards.
Hosted by Eddie Kadi and Heart FM’s Annaliese Dayes, the Black Magic Awards will highlight the achievements of women who have contributed to the black entertainment scene, business, education and community. Jamelia, Mis-Teeq’s Alesha Dixon, TV presenter Charlene White, GQ Publisher Vanessa Kingori MBE, actress Angela Griffin, England footballer Rachel Yankey, entertainer Angie Le Mar are just some of the names responsible for setting a precedent in their various industries. The show will also include live performances by Lurine Cato, Cherri V and Mina West but to name a few.
“Despite their contribution and achievements, some of the women we’re honouring this year have never been properly recognized. However, rather than dwelling on it, we’re here to make a change and shine some much needed light on these amazing women.” says Kojo Anim, Founder of The Colour Network.
The awards will also celebrate the achievements of the next generation of leaders with the ‘shooting star’ award which will awarded to 11-16 year-old girls who are making waves in education, the community or business, and the honourees from this category will be nominated by members of the public. The Black Magic Awards is sure to be a night filled with love, appreciation and Queendom!
The Black Magic Awards takes place on Saturday 9th September, at Hackney Empire. Doors open at 7pm and tickets can be purchased here
See you there!