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Brown Sugar Awards 2019

Brown Sugar Awards 2019 has come and gone and what an experience it was. Congratulations to all the winners, nominees and performers. And the biggest thank you to everyone who attended. We hope you had an amazing time! All pictures are on our Brown Sugar Awards page.

Dina Asher-Smith

Congratulations to Dina Asher-Smith who was awarded Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year! With all her medals and records this year it only made sense Queen Dina was crowned.

Dame Anionwu was the UK’s first sickle cell/thalassaemia nurse specialist, and a founding member of the Brent Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Counselling centre, now the Sickle Cell Society, in Harlesden’s Station Road. The Janet Jackson presented her with Pride Of Britain 2019 Lifetime Achievement award 

Former BBC trustee and media executive Sonita Alleyn OBE has taken up her post as Master of Jesus College, Cambridge University. She becomes the 42nd Master and the first black woman to lead Jesus College since its foundation in 1496. Another first for Black British women.

Historian Norma Gregory has spent the past few years unearthing the untold stories of several black coal miners who lived and worked in the UK. Digging Deep: Miners of African Carribbean Heritage is at the National Coalmining Museum in Wakefield until January 2020 and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund East Midlands & East and National Lottery Players.

Dawn Butler – UK Parliament official portraits 2017

Dawn Butler has announced plans to bid to be the new deputy Labour leader. She has been a consistent supporter of Corbyn and aims to be the voice of minority groups at the top of the party. We are always in support f Black British women in positions of political power!

Gina Yashere a Black British comedian, has co-created a new sitcom that will showcase Nigerian culture on a major network! Bob loves Abishola is just another sign of the impact Black British women can have on global media and representation. This is why we call it a movement!

Big things are happening in Bristol, half a dozen schools have signed up to curriculum which focuses on black history.The Bristol One Curriculum is offered as an alternative resource to schools and teachers who want to give their pupils a more rounded view of history which includes BAME heritage spanning all subjects.

June Sarpong – Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC

” Broadcaster, writer and campaigner, June Sarpong MBE has been appointed as the BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity. June will lead a renewed drive to further transform and modernise the BBC and its culture. She will work to increase representation and ensure that our content reflects the public we serve. She will take up her new role from 1 November ” WE LOVE THIS! Read more > bbc.in/331JfcD

British Athletics are on FIRE especially with Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson- Thompson showing them how amazing young Black British women are. Gold and silver medals and setting new records are some of the achievements these women have accomplished. We are so so proud of them and all they are doing. Olympics 2020 here we come!

Black British Business Awards 2019

Congrats to the Black British Business Awards on what looked like an amazing night! Big shout out especially to all the black women who won awards on the nigh including Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene co-authors of Slay in your Lane for the rising star award in arts and media.

Barbara Walker is an artist who spent four months recording the experiences of black woman and migrants in Margate. Her series; Place, Space and Who explores migration and the experiences of women living in Margate using portraits which will be displayed in the Turner prize exhibition until April 2020.

Black Females in Architecture Is the IRL Social Network the Design Profession Needs

“We’re a network and we want to provide support to our members,” Setufe, BFA’s co director and project manager, explains. “But the overarching agenda is to increase visibility for black women in architecture and to create opportunities for them.”

The amazing thing about Black women is that we really can do ANYTHING 👸🏾👩🏾‍🏫👩🏽‍💻👩🏾‍🎓👩🏾‍🍳 READ MORE > https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/black-females-in-architecture-network?fbclid=IwAR0W3R8wM_RS2Blwwi-jA0cIyW564PZHQY6CNln_72wELjPlHvXpe33Xxmk

Notting Hill Carnival 2019 you ready??

For black women especially, carnival can feel like a weekend of much-needed affirmation. It’s a time to be loud and proud in a society that so often shames us for it. It’s our time and we can’t wait to see all your costumes!! Check out our gallery from Notting hill Carnival 2018 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1034454343683072000?s=13

Karen Blackett, a businesswoman once named the most influential black person in Britain, has been named as a director at the new Sussex Royal Foundation. Our royal faves are doing it again and we Stan! Read More: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2019/08/22/duke-duchess-sussex-appoint-media-executive-named-influential/?fbclid=IwAR3HVjS21jzk0leqQGKEqirx3WG0h1YeH9AWz5I-mXh1n2SIRHHgqQTvLxE

Some Are Born To Endless Night — Dark Matter, Lina Iris Viktor,
 Autograph ABP | London, United Kingdom
13 September, 2019 — 25 January, 2020

This is the British-Liberian artists first major solo exhibition in the UK with more than 60 works on display in two galleries.

LONDON: AUTOGRAPH FREE ENTRY – https://autograph.org.uk/exhibitions/some-are-born-to-endless-night-dark-matter

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