Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareUnedited and Motherhood Reconstructed
What does natural mean in 2017?
Saturday 20th May 2017
4.00pm – 6.00pm
The Village Centre, Willington Road, London, SW9 9NB
For black women across the diaspora, the choice of how one wears their hair is at times more than simply a personal choice. Often, it’s rife with social and political implications that can have a profound impact on all aspects of one’s life.
This series is a forum for all to come together and discuss the beauty and visibility of natural hair. The Black hair care industry is worth £88 million and as utilising the rise of social influencers to reach a new audience.
This panel of industry influencers will discuss hair maintenance, wellbeing, hair stories, style options, professional experiences and reflections on what it means to be natural in 2017 in an inclusive and lively environment.
Sandra Brown-Pinnock – Owner of Xsandy’s hair and beauty retail chain and hair brand (https://xsandyshairandcosmetics.co.uk/)
Stephanie Sey – Consultant Trichologist (http://stephaniesey.co.uk/)
Yvadney Davis – Freelance fashion stylist specialising in children’s fashion and founder of the Mums That Slay blog for stylish mum’s that are passionate about self care (http://www.mumsthatslay.com)
Comfort Nsek – Simply Comfort Hair heat free mobile hair service and Trainee Solicitor (https://www.simplycomforthair.com/)
Dr Samantha Z Tross MBBS, FRCS, FRCS Ed, FRCS Ed(Tr&Orth) –
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Tross)
The panel will be moderated by Leah Samuel and Tamu Thomas of Motherhood Reconstructed.
You can read some information about the previous panelists here.
Tickets: £5.00 – £10.00
There will be limited tickets available at the door. Children under 16 are free.
Natural Hair Weekly
Former Journalist, Natural hair mentor, beauty advocate
Founder of Project Embrace
Saturday 25th March 2017
What does natural mean in 2017? – A natural hair and wellbeing discussion
Lekia Lée, a former broadcast journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate and positive image activist, is the founder of Project Embrace, a social enterprise creating and promoting positive images of Afro textured hair with their newly-launched billboard campaign. Her company also organises empowerment workshops for mothers and daughters to inspire unconditional self-love and to teach practical ways to care for natural afro textured hair. Their ‘emPOWERDRESSING’ range feature Tshirts and other merchandise with positive affirmation slogans.
Project Embrace by challenging the narrow perception of beautiful hair, aims to encourage diversity in the beauty and fashion industry and society in general.
According to Lekia, research has shown that dissatisfaction with personal looks is linked to unhealthy wellbeing and low self-esteem; “hence her strapline – I am Enough. She says: “I hope to encourage women and girls to use their beauty as a source of empowerment and not a source of anxiety. When you feel empowered you can achieve anything. It is all about demanding equality and the right to express your authentic beauty. The problem is not that we appreciate beauty, but that the definition of beauty is narrow.”
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Inspirational YOU – Pop Up Market, Natural hair debate & Acoustic Evening (Int. Women’s Month/Pre-Mothering Sunday) – SW9
Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareunEdited and Motherhood Reconstructed
International Women’s Month & Pre-Mothers Day
Pop Up Market, Debate and Live acoustic evening
Saturday 25th March 2017
2.00pm – 9.00pm
Join independent female makers and designers who are selling:
Clothing | Jewellery | Accessories | Arts | Natural skincare and beauty | Homeware | Books
Our pop up shop is an opportunity for you to experience handmade and high quality from independent brands.
Music on rotation by
Ace of Jacks
Pop Up Shop Traders:
- Mathemateacal – Tea (sample tasting)
- Okuna Leather Art – Hand stitched leather bags and accessories
- Coco & Ginger – Luxury handmade candles & diffusers
- D_Jewelsus – Leather handmade Jewellery
- Forever Living Products – Aloe Consumables
- Pleasant Presents – Personalised handmade gifts
- Soufriere Living – Inspirational art prints
- Bella – Books
- Nature’s Gift Products – Hand made skin care stuff; creams, soaps, hand creams and hand made bags
- HK HennaArt – Henna/art
- Love YaaYaa ltd – Leather belts, jewellery and African print hair scarves
- Neteru Journey Health Products – Herbal Capsules (Moringa, Soursop, Aloe Vera, Noni, Maca).
- Care for Someone – Maracas
- FunkyNChunky – Handmade African print bags, statement jewellery, Headwraps and purses
- Gitas Portal – Modern african print dresses and clothing
4.00pm – 5.30pm (Booking required)
Natural hair and wellbeing discussion hosted by Motherhood ReConstructed
Be Manzini – Poet, Writer, Film maker and Spoken word artist
Be Manzini, award winning writer and creative producer. Be has donned natural hair he whole life and as every hairstyle for natural hair known to the African continent! She is passionate about promoting a positive Black identities which is no surprise as her family were freedom fighters that assisted in the decolonisation of Rhodesia making way for Zimbabwe.
Imriel Morgan – Co-Founder & CEO of the ShoutOUT Network & co-host of the Melanin Mellennials podcast
Imriel Morgan, co-founder and CEO of The ShoutOut Network and co-host of the Melanin Millennials podcast. Melanin Millennials is one of the best podcasts full stop, if you have not listened.. where have you been. Imriel and her co-host Satia have topical debates centred on the Black British experience and have recently started live shows which are super lit! Imriel is known for her undiluted commentary and quick wit.
Lekia Lée – Former Journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate & Founder of Project Embrace
Leika Lee, former journalist, natural hair mentor, positive image activist and founder of Project Embrace. Project embrace promotes a positive image of Afro textured hair which is often overlooked. Leila has recently made waves with an #Afro Visibility billboard campaign promoting tightly coiled Afro hair.
Simone Powderly – Model, Peer support worker & Influencer
Simone Powderly, model, peer support worker and natural hair influencer. Some know Simone as the young woman that was told to remove her braids to be offered a job in 2015 and some may know her as an advocate for natural hair care, wellbeing and empowering women.
6.00pm – 8.00pm (Booking required)
In the evening we have a live acoustic showcase featuring artists:
A talented 18 singer who is currently attending the world faamous Brit School for performing arts, where he is studying Musical Theatre. He is an RnB singer who also performs in indie or acoustic.
An exceptionally talented Singer, Songwriter and Producer.
Her music can be described as ‘fun’, ‘passionate’ and relatable. ‘Odd is normal’ known for her vibrantly colourful hair, with musical influences ranging from 90s Rhythm n Blues and current hip hop. She creates her own unique interpretation of RnB merged with Neo Soul.
Kianja is an upcoming artist who has been singing, songwriting and self producing since the age of 14. She’s nearly finished her journey at The Brit School and is ready to take on the world! Yay! Her music is feel-filled and fresh. ‘Kianja’ means sunshine in Swahili and she aims to spread love and light through music.
Come and hear about The Village CIC and their plans for this new community space.
Call: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111
COO for Global Operations and MD at Morgan Stanley
Tuesday 28th February 2017
Leadership, progression, diversity and success at the top – Raising the bar
House of Commons
Peter Akwaboah, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and the Chief Operating Officer for Global Operations. Prior to this position, Peter joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was most recently the Chief Operations Officer for the Corporate and Institutional Banking business in APAC based in Singapore, including running Operations, Technology and Corporate Services for the region.
He has held a number of roles at RBS including APAC Head of Operations, Global Head of Treasury Operations and Head of Debt Markets Change Management. Previously he worked at Deutsche Bank in a number of Technology roles. Peter has both a Masters in Engineering, and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK.
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Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke!, Principal double bassist,
Prof Royal Academy of Music, Broadcaster, Writer & Mentor
Tuesday 28th February 2017
Leadership, progression and success at the top – Raising the bar
House of Commons
An ex-sprinter and half the size of her double bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku has gained a reputation as one of the finest exponents of her instrument today.
The eldest of 5 children from Nigerian and Irish parents, she was 7 years old when she discovered the piano at a neighbour’s, who taught her to play a 12-bar blues. She returned to their house daily until the neighbour got so fed up they wheeled the piano up the road and gave it to her as a gift! Meanwhile, she was spotted (aged 8) by an athletics coach and trained as a 100- metre sprinter, eventually competing at National level. This career ended abruptly due to a knee injury aged 18, which is when (and why) she took up the double bass and actively pursued a career in music.
She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Franco Petracchi in Rome, and soon found herself in demand internationally.
Chi-chi is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which supports, inspires and encourages Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians working in the UK and Europe.
The Chineke! Foundation champions change and celebrates diversity in the classical music industry through its two orchestras, the Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra, as well as its educational and outreach work. Ultimately, the Chineke! Foundation aims to give classical BME musicians a platform on which to excel, and by such methods increase the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras. More information about the Chineke! Foundation and its work can be found at www.chineke.org.
Chi-chi is a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and held the position of Principal double bass there for 30 years. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998.
Chi-chi’s range of musical interests have resulted in a broad career performing and recording in a diversity of styles from authentic baroque through to 21st century and new commissions, with many of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and ensembles. Some of her notable chamber recordings include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet (recorded three times), and Octet, Beethoven Septet, Hummel Piano quintet and Boccherini Sonatas. Her solo recording of Dittersdorf and Vanhal Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Hyperion CD 67179 received critical acclaim.
In 2012 Barrie Gavin directed a documentary film about Chi-chi’s career, called ‘Tales from the Bass Line’. As a broadcaster, Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, she guests for the TV Proms and was Jury member of BBC 2 TV Classical Star. She presented a two part series for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 which brought to life the stories and music of black composers and musicians from the eighteenth century, whose vivd presence on the classical music scene have slipped through the net!
Chi-chi was also the ‘mentor’ for the 2016 BBC 4 TV series ‘All Together Now, the Great Orchestra Challenge’, showcasing the amazing talent of British amateur orchestras. Chi-chi is a trustee of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Mayor’s Music Fund, Tertis Foundation a Council Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. She served on the board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) from 2008 to 2013. Chi-chi created the ABO/RPS ‘Salomon Prize’ which celebrates the “unsung heroes” working in the ranks of British Orchestras.
Awards and achievements
- Chi-chi was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday honours.
- She was one of the 100 – Happy List in the Independent on Sunday 2011.
- In July 2016 she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire in recognition of her “pioneering contribution to music, in particular the inspiration she provides, the commitment she has shown, and the contribution she has made to addressing inequalities within classical music in the UK, most recently through the Chineke! Foundation.”
- Chi-chi was awarded the Black British Business Awards, Person of the Year 2016.
Source: Black British Business Awards 2017
Chi-chi is a dedicated advocate of the importance of music in everyone’s lives and is committed to teaching and sharing her love of music.
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Wednesday 17th August 2017
Rozan Ahmed is an internationally established writer, creative director, advisor, advocate, and popular commentator who plays an influential role in leading new frontiers and shifting attitudes in the worlds of fashion and entertainment.
She is deputy editor of the RWD magazine which she helped to make the United Kingdom’s biggest urban music and lifestyle publication.
Rozan merges the arts with social development and entrepreneurship and champions what she calls ‘cultural ownership’– taking pride in and embracing identity. She is breaking the barriers and connecting people between the diverse markets she works in: the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States.
Rozan currently sits on the MOBO music panel and is an ambassador at the Young and Gifted Foundation, a distinguished member of the Royal African Society, an advocate for the We Want Peace organisation, Dubai’s Fashion Forward, Kenya’s Africa Yoga Project, and Sudan Change Now. She has also mentored for the Unreasonable Institute as part of the Unreasonable at Sea program, sailing from South Africa to Ghana in March 2013 alongside Richard Branson, Prince Fahad Al Saud and Desmond Tutu.
She was recognised by the United Nations, the Government of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan for orchestrating the country’s first celebratory concert for the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
- Congo Fashion Week’s global ambassador
- Style.com Arabia’s cultural ambassador
- Music World Cup’s Goodwill ambassador
- Nominated 2014’s Women 4 Africa Awards for Inspirational Woman & International African Woman
- Selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of the Middle East’s “Ultimate Women,” 2015
The Pop-up African market
Monday 31st August 2015
In partnership with London’s trendiest indoor market space, Pop Up Africa present: Africa @Spitalfields – a market day supporting and promoting all things African and African inspired at the renowned Spitalfields Market located at the heart of the City of London.
The success of this event has brought it onto its third year of not only celebrating African culture, but also being an interactive shopping experience for customers; with music, entertainment, networking and an array of African cuisine.
‘Africa @ Spitalfields’ incorporates a wide variety of stalls displaying items including (but not limited to): clothes, music, film, jewellery, interior design, African art and craft, showcasing the best of African produce.