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 Black Magic Awards – a review

There are some experiences that just make you say “wow” over and over again. Like when you meet your baby niece for the first time or you’ve just seen your favourite artist live, it doesn’t matter which way you try to dissect it, the experience has imprinted on your life in such a way that it stands out.

The Black Magic Awards on Saturday was one of those experiences for me.

The FIRST of its kind, the awards were a tribute to remarkable black British women who have been pioneering in a wide range of industries in their own right.

Comedy icon Angie Le Mar, Vanessa Kingori who is the youngest and first female publisher of British GQ and campaigner Beverley De Gale O.B.E were among those who took the stage to receive their awards on Saturday night.

 

Angela Griffin, one of 12 honourees at the Black Magic Awards.

Though not all the honourees could make an appearance due to other committees (shout out to Rachel Yankey on the birth of her daughter!) the ones that did gave speeches literally TOUCHED MY SOUL.

For me, the most empowering thing is to see people who look like me navigate society in a way that reflects difficult aspects of my own experience and STILL achieve. Angela Griffin among others addressed the fact that when growing up visible black female role models were few and far between and yet Angela’s extensive career in television so far is testament to her success despite that. The same can be said for her peers who took the stage alongside her.

 

Spoken word artists Dylema and Mina Wast perform at the Black Magic Awards.

Highlights included electrifying spoken word and poetry from Dylema, Dan Bosi, Princess Latifah and Mina West (in all honesty they came to slay go see their next gigs) and an earth moving performance by gospel singer Rachel Kerr. The sounds of bashment, funky house and afrobeats was supplied effortlessly and on demand by DJ Keshia G! (Follow follow follow). Oh and a guest appearance from Stormzy wasn’t too shabby either, he presented the radio personality award to THE Jenny Francis, a women who’s entire career literally illustrates black girl magic.

 

Stormzy presents the Radio Personality Award to HEART FM DJ Jenny Francis.

A few tweaks and ironings out and from here I can only see the Black Magic Awards going onwards and upwards!

 

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