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#BlackGirlMagic Celebrated In London

THE SECOND instalment of the Black Magic Awards was a star studded affair at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End this week.

Kicking off Black History Month with a melanin inspired evening of celebration, the ceremony honoured 16 inspirational women of colour, hailing their remarkable contributions to entertainment, business, sport, fashion, community, music and more.

Founded in 2017 by comedian, actor and producer Kojo Amin and editor and entrepreneur Annika Allen, The Black Magic Awards saw a host of famous faces turn out to enjoy a night of ultimate night of #blackgirlmagic!

Guests enjoyed performances by the likes of violinist Just Kemi, singer Tanika Bailey as well as stand-up comedy from YouTube sensation Judi Love.

Kicking off the night of honourees, broadcaster and journalist Brenda Emmanus and Eastenders actor Ricky Norwood awarded presenter and 2017 Celebrity Masterchef winner Angellica Bell with the TV Personality Honour.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Bell thanked all those who had supported her throughout her career in TV and acknowledged she was a role model for young women trying to establish a career in media.

Presented by musician Shakka and 2018 Love Island finalist Kaz Crossely, Emeli Sandé received the Icon Honour, which recognised her singing and songwriting accomplishments as well as her global success as an award-winning artist. Sandé gave a powerful speech about her struggles finding her identity growing up in Scotland and how music had brought her closer to her roots – she also said of the awards: “It was glorious evening, a room full of love, empowerment and unity. From the bottom of my heart thank you so much for this honour. Can’t wait for next year.”

Rapper and long-time So Solid Crew member Lisa Maffia was presented with the Music Honour by former Blue lead singer, Simon Webbe and reality TV star Jack Fowler, while comedian and founder of the awards Kojo Amin, presented the Comedy Honour to Gina Yashere.

After finding success in the UK as one of the top female comedians, Yashere moved to the US eight years ago and has since fronted her own Netflix Comedy Special. Reflecting on the evening, she said: “A night of fantastic performances, love, power and heartfelt speeches – I don’t regret flying to London early for this event.”


Icon Honour – Emeli Sandé (Singer/Songwriter)

Inspiration Honour – Yolanda Brown (Saxophonist)

Comedy honour – Gina Yashere (Comedian)

Media Mogul Honour – Vannessa Amadi (PR)

Sporting Honour – Eni Eluko (England-Juventus Footballer)

Acting Honour – Ellen Thomas (Actress)

TV Personality Honour – Angellica Bella (Presenter)

Brand Honour – Carla-Marie Williams (Beyonce Singer/Songwriter & owner of Girls I Rate)

Music Honour – Lisa Maffia (Rapper/Songwriter)

Radio Honour – Angie Greaves (Radio presenter)

Community Champions – Joanna Abeyie (Diversity & Inclusion) Vanessa La Rose (Bookshop Owner) Patricia Ann Hewitt (young women’s charity owner)

Beauty & Fashion Honour – Jourdan Dunn (Model)

Influence Honour – Taponeswa Maguva (PR)

The Impact Honour – Munroe Bergdorf (Activist)

International Honour – Tiffany Haddish (Actress/Comedian)

Find The Black Magic Network, the team behind the awards on social: Facebook @theblackmagicnetwork, Twitter @theblackmagicnw and Instagram @theblackmagicnetwork




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The Colour Network Launches The Black Magic Podcast

The Colour Network partners with Audio Producers Unedited to launch new podcast series

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT platform The Colour Network launched its annual Black Magic Awards last month to honour women of colour who have pushed boundaries and made remarkable contributions across different industries, be it entertainment, business, sport, education or the community. They continue the legacy of that uplifting and inspirational evening, with the launch of the much-anticipated Black Magic podcast.

Hosted by media maven Annika Allen, this podcast series in partnership with audio producers Unedited – premiered on October 26, and contains inspirational and thought-provoking conversations with brilliant and resilient British Black women – about their life journeys, paths to success—peppered with lessons on how they fill their lives with meaning, purpose and passion and navigate any challenges.

The first episode featured interviews with Britain’s Got Talent judge and TV presenter Alesha Dixon and founder of blood cancer charity the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, Beverley De Gale, who were both honoured at the awards.

The second episode sees fashion entrepreneur Yolande Letshou and social influencer Cassandra Lokko reveal intimate details of battling illness and coping with loss and Black Magic honouree Angie Le Mar discussing sexism in comedy.

Co-owner of The Colour Network and host Annika Allen says: “We are very excited about the launch of this podcast. It allows us to bring black magic to a wider audience and have funny, celebratory and aspirational chats with exceptional women and encourage young queens.”

Unedited’s Cassandra Denton adds: This podcast is an important one for us to produce, as we tend to look to the states for inspiration, overlooking the phenomenal talent that we have on our shores.

What’s exciting is that each episode features three different stories and perspectives, and these interactions need to be produced delicately to ensure we get the blend right.

These women have all triumphed in their respective industries, and have a lot to offer those who are following in their footsteps.

Listeners will be able to access, download and subscribe to The Black Magic podcast through the Unedited Stories Network including Acast, iTunes, Google Podcast, Castbox, Player.FM and Stitcher. There will also be an audio rss feed on The Colour Network website.