A Celebration Of Black Excellence...
We want to celebrate and magnify the voices of Black women by shedding a light on the important work that they’re doing.
Below are 6 amazing women whose voices inspire, inform and educate thousands of people, they help connect and break down barriers for people of colour while championing equality in their fields of work and beyond. Let’s support them by listening and elevating their voices, as we should also do with the voices of so many others like them.
Afua Hirsch: Writer, Broadcaster and Author
Afua is a powerhouse with passion and zeal and is a strong advocate in fighting racial injustice and educating the masses with her radio show on LBC. Her current projects include a 6-part series with Samuel L Jackson, a major BBC series about African art, and an Audible original series about the legacy of the British Empire, through the stories of people who lived through it. She regularly writes, reports and speaks on international current affairs, and has published two bestselling books.
- Audiobook: We Need to Talk About the British Empire
- Book: Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging
Jackie Ania: Beauty YouTuber
A sensational social media beauty guru, known for her makeup videos, being political and outspoken about social issues such as racism and her unbiased beauty product reviews. Her blunt commentary, as well as her sense of humour and infectious personality, have earned her more than 3.4 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.6 million followers on Instagram. Recently she joined the #PullUpOrShutUp movement, where she challenged beauty brands to reveal the percentages of Black representation in their organisation.
Kike Oniwinde: Founder / CEO of BYP Network
Due to the frustration and limitations of protesting inequality and discrimination in the workplace. Kike created a platform called the Black Young Professional (BYP) Network that is designed to connect black professionals with each other and corporations. She’s been featured on Forbes 30 under 30, Maserati 100 Innovators and Top 100 UK BAME Leaders in Tech. It is all about continuous improvement on all accounts, in her own words, “Success is changing the black narrative. The world will be much more inclusive and the BYP community will be much better connected to one another”.
Naomi Smith: Co-founder of Justice For Black Lives
Naomi is one of the main founders behind the Justice For Black Lives demonstration as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, helping to organise the peaceful protest in Hyde Park, London. Her movement has also raised money and brought awareness to Belly Mujinga’s tragic passing from coronavirus after being spat at while on duty. Her case is now being reviewed by The Crown Prosecution Service as a result of more than 1.7 million people signing a petition seeking justice for Ms Mujinga's family.
Leah Penniman: Founding Co-director, Soul Fire Farm
Leah is a farmer, a food justice activist, and the author of the best selling book ‘Farming While Black’. She encourages people of colour to reconnect with the land and to address “food apartheid” — the systemic gap in the food supply between white and non-white neighbourhoods. Her farm trains more than 150 people each year to grow crops sustainably.
Zeze Millz: Youtuber / Talk Show Host
A budding social media influencer and talk show host who is not afraid to speak her mind and tell it like it is. Aside from interviewing guests she also gives her opinion on popular culture and produces content with a tongue-in-cheek approach. Zeze speaks on issues such as colourism, female sexuality, racial injustice and is a regular spokesperson on the ITV Good Morning Britain show.
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