Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Black Magic Awards returns this October in London to honour more inspirational women of colour

The Black Magic Awards returns on 1st October 2018 to the Criterion Theatre in the heart of London’s West End for what is set to be an unmissable follow-up to last year’s star studded, inaugural awards ceremony.

Hosted by Capital Xtra’s award-winning presenter Remel London, the evening will honour and celebrate the remarkable achievements of 16 black women from across TV, Film, Music, Sport, Fashion, Business and the Community. 

Sponsored by international beauty brand, Palmers - The Black Magic Awards which was founded in 2017 by Comedian, Actor and Film Producer Kojo Anim and Editor and Entrepreneur Annika Allen is dedicated to recognising the epitome of black excellence and is the ultimate night of #blackgirlmagic! 

Honourees already announced include TV Presenter Angellica Bell, Magic FM’s Angie Greaves, Stand-up Comedian Gina Yashere, Saxophonist and Composer Yolanda Brown and Model and Activist Munroe Bergdrof. 

Full list of honourees:
Inspiration Honour - Yolanda Brown (Saxophonist)
TV Personality Honour - Angellica Bell (TV presenter)
Media Mogul Honour - Vannessa Amadi (PR)
Music Honour – Lisa Maffia (Singer/songwriter)
Brand Honour - Carla-Marie Williams (Beyonce Songwriter and owner of Girls I Rate)
Sporting Honour - Eni Eluko (England / Juventus footballer)
Comedy Honour - Gina Yashere (Comedian)
Influence Honour - Taponeswa Maguva (PR)
Community Champions - Joanna Abeyie (Diversity & Inclusion)
Vanessa La Rose (Bookshop owner)
Patricia Ann Hewitt (Young women's charity owner)
Radio Honour - Angie Greaves (Radio presenter)
Acting honour – Ellen Thomas (Actress)
The Impact Honour - Munroe Bergdorf (Activist/Model)
Beauty & Fashion Honour - Jourdan Dunn (Model)
International Honour - Tiffany Haddish (Actress/Comedian)

This glittering ceremony will shine a light on the brilliance and talents of black British women past and present with amazing musical performances by the likes of Just Kemi and Tanika Bailey Lioness, comedy from online sensation Judi Love, surprise guest presenters as well as inspiring and powerful speeches from honourees. 

Last year’s show hosted by comedy entertainer Eddie Kadi and America's Next Top Model contestant & Heart Fm’s Annaliese Dayes, featured appearances from Actor and Strictly Come Dancing star Charles Venn and saw Coronation Street and Waterloo Road Actress Angela Griffin, GQ Publisher Vanessa Kingori MBE, global Music Artist Eve and Entertainer Angie Le Mar honoured on the night. 

After the event, The Black Magic Network will release a monthly podcast hosted by Annika, featuring special guests and will continue to spotlight the strengths and triumphs of phenomenal black women. 

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The Black Magic Network is a black lifestyle and entertainment network that provides a platform to showcase positive stories about diverse groups like no one else can. Entertaining, authoritative and insightful, we produce and feature exciting and arresting TV, film and written content that highlights life experiences, passions, and culture. We empower and inspire. We listen and advise. We engage and promote debate.

Friday, 17 August 2018

7 Reasons to Become a Vendor and Sell Your Products and Services at The Pamper Sessions today!

 The Pamper Sessions - Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Show is a popular annual exhibition event which has been running successfully since 2011, allowing Beauty, Fashion and Wellness brands to showcase, demonstrate and sell their services to the public at various locations across the year with various themed editions.

The next edition of The Pamper Sessions - Beauty, Fashion and Wellness show will take place on 1st December 2018 at The Good Hotel, London GET TICKETS HERE 

This will be a fantastic beauty & wellness market place kicking off the Christmas shopping period on the first Saturday of December with EXCLUSIVE one-off deals and discounts on the day including beauty products, hair styling, eye lash extensions, wellness sessions, massage therapies, personal styling sessions, master classes, makeovers, hair extensions and wigs, Christmas hampers, sets and gifts and more!

If you are a Beauty, Fashion, Fitness or Wellness brand looking for a great platform to sell your products and services to an audience of beauty and wellness fans then look no further because here are: 

7 Reasons to Become a Vendor at The Pamper Sessions!

1. SELL, SELL, SELL - Boost your sales and MAXIMISE your profits on the FIRST Saturday of December by kick-starting you Christmas sales here!

2. Create awareness of your brand and services – you will be exposed to a new diverse audience of beauty and wellness fans

3. You can take advanced bookings and fill up your schedule for the day before you even get to the event or allow guests to ‘pay as they go’ on the day

4. Build your database by encouraging guests to sign up to your mailing list

5. Extend the offer of free entry to The Pamper Sessions to your already existing customers allowing them to attend as your guests too, your treat to them!

6. Book our classrooms and you can hold your own masterclass on the day and charge your own chosen fee for tickets to fill up the classroom and make great profits.

7. Network and collaborate with like-minded professionals from across the beauty, fashion and wellness industries, its all about who you know!


Monday, 13 August 2018

7 Reasons Why Online Shopping is the Future and Retail is not!

If you work in retail or read the papers and blogs you will know that there is a RETAIL CRISIS taking place at the moment with literally hundreds of retailers having to shut up shop due to empty stores and increasingly low sales records. 

We've seen consistent news reports about major stores having to close down after years of successful trade or being on the brink of closure, if things do not rapidly improve! 

So why is this happening? Here is a list of reasons:

1) Online shopping has become much more appealing over the last few years with the major season sales including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas Sales online giving the masses a feel for shopping online.  

2) Everyone seems to be working more and getting paid less and the price of everyday products are going up by the day! 
There is so much sense meshed into the idea of shopping from home (or browsing at work - seen as we all live at work these days) for great bargains and deals.

3) Who really wants to travel to a shop when they can browse from their bed and get it delivered to their door as soon as the next day! (We didn't say it was healthy or good to be LAZY... just convenient)!
4) Retail stores have opening and closing hours! 
You can shop online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without the worry of annoying the staff when you pop into a retail store 5 minutes before closing time and want to browse for 30 minutes!

5) Browsing for deals - when shopping online we can look around for different deals, bookmark everything we find, throw things into baskets and pop the kettle on at the same time - bliss!

6) For some, the ability to totally avoid public transport and other human beings in general is just an unbelievable convenience that they wouldn't pass up in a hurry! It is sad but true, society is becoming more and more anti-social and TFL have their problems too! We can't deal!
7) The bliss of avoiding road traffic, congestion charges and expensive car parking fees. Most  shopping malls charge crazy amounts for just an hour of parking and let's being honest we're going to need more than an hour just queuing in Primark! That average £10-15 fee for all day parking could get us a couple of additional items online.

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Friday, 10 August 2018

Spotlight Interview: Maamè Opoku, Co-Founder of Natural Beauty & Well-Being Brand MamaSia

Welcome MaamèPlease start by telling our readers who you are and what you do?
My name is Maamè Opoku, the co-founder of MamaSia. Established in 2012 we are an Awarding Wining, UK Based, Online Natural Beauty and Well-being Brand.
I am a qualified Beauty Therapist and enjoy anything regarding health and beauty pursuits.

What is your motivation when it comes to business?
My business motivations come from an unearthing desire to serve. I always knew as a young girl that I would be a business woman, but it was important to be able to do something that was genuine, authentic and that resonates with my core, which is to encompass service within everything I do.

“From our lands to your hands” is a beautiful caption that you use – what does it mean to you and why did you choose it?
From our lands to your hands is an expression or mission statement that ties into our values and overall identity of the MamaSia Brand.

So tell us more about your products – what makes them unique in today’s market?
Most of the raw materials used in our manufacturing process derives from our family lands in the Northern region of Ghana. The word SIA is an acronym meaning Share, Inspire and Assist. So, in a nutshell we want to share our resources with the world, inspire people to be more conscious about what they put on their skin and into their body, and assist by providing the information and the platform for individuals to be able to do that.  

What would you recommend as the ultimate ‘go to’ products for daily use and for the everyday woman, within the Mama-Sia range?
Our products are based on traditional African beauty principles, fused with a modern perspective. It’s also a reflection of my dual heritage, being of Ghanaian decent, and born in England. As such my natural instincts guided me to use ingredients such as Shea Butter, fusing it with lavender.  These combinations not only reminded me of my two cultures, but also provides excellent moisturising and healing benefits for the (skin) and uplifted the senses for ones well-being.

Our superfood oils collection really makes a statement, not only for the super health benefits but also because they are actually edible. This helps us to promote the fact that you should be able to eat what you put on skin and beauty starts from the inside out. Furthermore our oils can be applied topically to the skin, such as our unrefined moringa oil, which contains over 80 minerals and nutrients, is high in antioxidants and boosts collagen in the skin. (This also available in a powdered edible form, which can be drunk as tea, added to smoothies, sprinkled on salads, used in the process of cooking food, actually it can be used in just about anything). I would say that our products not only carry our African heritage, they are undeniably natural, which is of course as nature intended.

Nobody can deny, that the face is the first body part that catches one’s eye, therefore we take pride in paying attention and looking after all the faces (and bodies!) that MamaSia encounters.
For that reason, I would recommend our traditional Black Soap; which is a combination of Shea Butter, Coco butter, the husk of plantain and palm kernel oil. Africans have used various variations of this soap for centuries, as it is an amazing cleanser, toner and moisturiser which is used in the same way as standard soap. We recently developed our Black soap Shower Gel and added Baobab oil which naturally contains Omega 3,6,9, to provide an alternative to the traditional black soap, thus incorporating that modern fusion and making the product more accessible.

To moisturise the face; my personal favourite is the MamaSia Hibiscus Oil, also known as the “ Botox plant”! Not only does it moisturise the skin, whilst combating any wrinkles and blemishes along the way, it also supports the epidermis by naturally firming and lifting lose skin.

Take us through a typical day in your life, being the Co-Founder of MamaSia – how many different hats do you have to wear and what do you typically have to do each day to keep the business flowing?
I normally wake up around 6:30am and have developed a habit of scrolling through emails before heading off to the shower.
I spend 30 minutes each morning doing deep breathing exercises and yoga for an added energy boost.
I leave home around 8am and arrive at the office with a flask full of Moringa, Thyme and Red Clover tea, that I sip whilst going through emails at my desk.
I tend to have various “fleeting moments” with the other Co-Founder of MamaSia, Sam Brehanu and our other business partner and Commercial Director, Rhian Letang.

Our conversations and projects cover all aspects of the business from Marketing, Social Media, Product Development, Finance, Web Development and Sales, as well as other key areas in the business such as logistics, operational functions and events, to name a few.

I can typically be seen doing a bit of everything and I’m known for being the “visionary” in the team, so therefore I have to be the Project Manager of all pending projects and will typically initiate them before passing them along to other members in the team.

In order to make sure everything runs smoothly I have to make sure I am consistent, especially with regards to communications.

What advice would you give to our readers about creating a work/life balance and how do you like to spend your "me time” when you get a break?
My “me time”  consists of taking 30 minutes each morning to do nothing, some refer to it as mediating or mindfulness. Another way is by doing a yoga class with other people, every week for an hour. It’s quite intense but it’s the one hour I get to devote to me and my body and focus on nothing but my breathing and holding a posture, if I am lucky! Other ways are spending times with friends or reading and indulging in my favourite past time which is listening to various forms of music.

What are the perks of running MamaSia and what difficulties have you faced so far in this journey that you would like to share?
The advantages of running a business vary, I guess the ones that stand out are; being able to decide on what I want to focus on as a pet project for the day, dictating my own time, being my own boss and being able to initiate an idea, implement it and see it through to completion.
The disadvantages are equally varied; however, I think all business owners will agree that running a business takes a lot of one’s time and energy and sometimes I have missed out on important occasions with loved ones because “business has to come first”. Also I can sometimes feel isolated or lonely. However, overall the bigger picture boils down to me living my purpose on a daily basis, that’s fundamentally important and making a difference in people’s lives.

This year MamaSia won the AHBA Award for Brand Excellence. How did this amazing achievement come around for you and how did you feel when you won the award at the Jamaica High Commission in London?
Winning the AHBA Award, came as a complete surprise, normally I have inclination if something is going to happen, we honestly thought we were just going to be given the opportunity to share our story, but to walk away with an award for Brand Excellence that night, put it all into perspective. This was heightened by the fact that it came directly from our own community in the UK (The Black British Beauty Industry) which for us means that our work is appreciated, respected and acknowledged.

What is next for Maame and what is next for MamaSia?
I haven’t had a break or holiday for some time, so I have decided to take a few days off to unwind. As for MamaSia, we are currently working with our in-house chemist to formulate some more hair products, because our customers keep asking for them; and MamaSia customers always get what they want and rightfully so.
We will also be travelling back to Ghana, where we will be able to show some more behind the scenes footage of what life is like in the community that is deeply connected to our Brand.

MamaSia are celebrating their 6th birthday this year and would like She Inspired Her readers to be able to celebrate with them! So MamaSia are offering every reader 20% off until the end of the month. The coupon can be used directly on their website at the checkout and when readers sign up to the MamaSia Newsletter online they will  also receive an extra 10% off on their next online purchase. Take advantage now - visit: www.mama-sia.com
Discount code: SIABIRTHDAY

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Interview by Victoria de la Calle

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Interview with 'Daddy's Medicine' Country Music Star Brinn Black

Country Recording Artist Brinn Black is a Nashville-based rising star who is pursuing the bold dare to dream of Country music superstardom; Brinn Black was born in Virginia.

Brinn Black's unique entrepreneurship approach to achieving her goals has led the multi-talented singer-songwriter on a road to self discovery as well as sharing her inspiring story with the world.
Brinn Black released her most vulnerable offering to date in that of the very personal "Daddy's Medicine".

The multi-gifted Black has supported a pantheon of Country music's most marquee household names including: Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson and many more trailblazers in the Country music genre; Brinn Black officially cites her all-time musical influences as Jennifer Nettles, Patsy Cline and Kelly Clarkson.

Black's appeal and wholehearted spirit highly resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds courtesy of the authenticity and stunning execution of her art and musical ability; Brinn Black is currently one of Country music's most promising new female acts. 

Q: "Daddy's Medicine" is now available and since its release the single has generated a high volume of very positive support and traction within the music industry. How much of a turning point has the release of "Daddy's Medicine" been for you personally Brinn as a recording artist?  

It has been so amazing. Personally, it has been really freeing. Even though being so vulnerable about such a touchy subject was really scary at first, it has been amazing to see how it has brought my fans and I closer together and how many incredible conversations have happened because of this song. I wouldn't have done it any differently.

Q: It's been well-documented that some of your all-time biggest musical influences include Jennifer Nettles, Patsy Cline and of course Kelly Clarkson. What do you admire most about these incredible women?

I love that all of them are women who have been unapologetically themselves. They say "this is me, take it or leave it".

Q: Based in Nashville, Tennessee where thousands of very talented musicians relocate daily to pursue the dream of country music greatness, you've taken a highly unique journey in pursuing your dreams. With that being said, what have been the biggest hardships for you both professionally and personally in your journey?

I think the biggest hardships have been trying to figure out how to balance both sides, while not losing yourself in the process. Over the past few years, I have gone through some terrible losses personally, which have been gut wrenchingly devastating but my career has kept me going. Whenever I get into a rut, or grief starts to take over, the dream kicks in and reminds me that I am still here for a reason, so I need to keep on keeping on.

Q: Who has been the biggest source of inspiration in your career and life?

My momma. Growing up, I watched her be Superwoman, and no matter what got her down, she has always found a way to make sure everyone around her felt loved and that she was working every single day to make a difference in this world.

Q: You have been a very positive advocate in the community by partnering with inspirational programs and registered charitable causes such as: Christmas 4 Kids, Hands On Nashville, Columbia Shop-With-A-Cop, Big Brothers Big Sisters and much more. Can you talk about your uplifting community-related efforts in detail and ultimately how enriching philanthropy has been for you overall?

If it wasn't for my community and family growing up ,I wouldn't be here in Nashville, living my dream . They poured into me like I was their own and supported me, without question. I just want other kids to feel that kind of love too, and I feel like I need to give back since I was given so much.

Q: How was your overall experience serving as an official ambassador for LEAD Southeast, a public school in Nashville, Tennessee committed to prepping young artistic students for a four year college or university program?

I absolutely loved it! It was incredible to see these kids grow into performers over the school year. There were kids who wouldn't even sing into the microphone at the beginning of the year who were singing solos at the final concert. They gave me so much hope and confidence and reminded me why I am on this crazy journey.

Q: Having raised $50,000 in proceeds from a three-day charity festival benefiting St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee what inspired you to get involved as a philanthropist? 

Growing up, we lived paycheck to paycheck and didn't have much left over at the end of the month, so if a medical bill, school expense or anything came along it was a really big deal. That being said, I can't imagine having a child with a potentially terminal illness and on top of that have to worry about how to keep food on the table. That's why raising donations are so important. Also, I selflessly love going in and playing for the kids because they are so tenacious and resilient and they make me smile so big.

Q: Who do you cite as your favorite current Country music artists?

As far as new country goes, right now, I have Lauren Alaina's album ("Road Less Traveled") on repeat. It's so good!  I love Brett Eldredge and Dan and Shay. I could listen to them sing all day.  Also, I love Kelsea Ballerini and how hard she is working for her fans and blazing a trail for all of us girls in country music. She is a gem!

Q: What do you admire most about Nashville, Tennessee?

The people. Everyone here is so nice and really would give you the shirt off of their backs. When they say "Bless Your Heart", they really mean it. 

Q: Before we leave Brinn, what words of wisdom do you have for women out there who are currently lacking direction in their lives and would like to find their way to succeed? 

I would tell them that they are beautiful, and perfectly made. That whatever makes their heart happy is where they should put their efforts. If they do that, everything will fall into place.

Brinn Black Twitter: @BrinnBlack
Brinn Black Instagram: @Brinn Black
Brinn Black Facebook: Brinn Black

Article by @DeanPerretta

Monday, 25 June 2018

How to bring new life to your Home, Office and Venue with ONE Purchase!

Venue need a new lease of life?
Home lacking inspiration?
Need a more inviting reception area?
Want to do it all with just ONE statement piece?

Did you know that you can add a new lease of life to these spaces with a stunning chandelier or new foyer entryway piece, that will have heads-turning and tongues wagging? Well you can! Instead of re-decorating the whole space, which will take ages and cost you a great deal, why not consider adding one amazing light feature to the space today!

At first thought, chandeliers will probably bring to your mind the image of grand historic buildings, expensive mansions, plush ballrooms and 5-star hotels dripping with grandeur and elaborate dazzling decor, something fit for royalty? You wouldn't be wrong!

However, in modern day society, chandeliers and lighting in general have taken a whole new lease of life, being created in all shapes and sizes for all kinds of moods and personalities, to fit into homes, offices, restaurants, salons, spas and venues of all proportions! It has become increasingly normal to see chandeliers and entryway lighting features as you enter peoples homes, work and social environments... and what amazing, inviting energy they bring along with them!

If you are looking for a way to revamp your space, we are sure that there is an affordable and transformation lighting piece  out there just WAITING to be scooped up by YOU!

Chandeliers are ornamental light fixtures featuring tree-like branches, displaying several bulbs, sometimes candles, designed for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Chandeliers, dependant on their design, can be mounted on walls or ceilings. Entryway Chandeliers are created to set the mood for your venue from the very moment that yourself or your guests arrive, lighting the way in the foyer or passageway with immediate impact and character and creating the best first impression! Chandeliers will always make a great statement about you and your venue for visitors.

When it comes to the home, even the tiniest of apartments can be given a statement piece to add drama and life to the area that it is placed in. This can make the space feel more grand, open and inviting. With so many varieties of designs to choose from, ranging from classic and traditional styles to trendy and innovative creations, you will be spoilt for choice and you will always be sure to find something to fit your style, from glitz and glam to moody and dramatic.

Why not take a look and see what you will find!
Crystal Chandeliers
Foyer Entryway Pieces

Happy revamping - may this post light the way to a brighter, livelier venue near you!

Article by Crystal King of Celebrity Creations Management

Monday, 18 June 2018

A Great Success for League of Fitness Community Programme in Newham hosted by West Ham United Foundation

West Ham United Foundation Team - Image by: Celebrity Creations Management
An initiative designed with the core aim to get the community more healthy, integrated and active, League of Fitness was created by Tollgate Medical Centre Patient Participation Group in association with the University of East London and Newham Clinical Commissioning Group. It was hosted by the West Ham United Foundation and funded by The Health Foundation.

League of Fitness was a 12 week course for Newham Residents from a range of ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds. It took place from February - April 2018 in the London Borough of Newham. 

Candidates were found by an initial selection of West Ham United Team Leaders and Patient Team Captains, then word of mouth, email and Whatsapp invitations spread across the local community until three teams were born!

There was an all male team and two all female teams. 
The teams named themselves; Wild Women, League of Gentlemen and Women Who Workout (WWW)! Not there to "compete", the teams were created to motivate each others competitive spirits to lose the most weight in 12 weeks via positive team spirit and good old perseverance!

Each team had an assigned Team Leader and Team Captain. The Team Captains role: peer motivation and the Team Leaders role: physical activity formal instruction, health and nutrition education and weekly weigh-in's.

Over a 12 week period there was to be one compulsory group session, per week, led by the Teams Leaders and taking place at various pre-selected Newham Leisure Facilities and Centres including Newham Leisure Centre and St Marks Community Centre, to end with an award ceremony congratulating all attendees for their dedicated participation and to announce the winning team.

Free activities were also circulated for teams and individuals to be able to work out across the 12 weeks, including activities such as Walking Football at Lister School and Salsa, Swimming and African dancing at Atherton Leisure Centre.

League of Fitness Awards Ceremony - Image by: Celebrity Creations Management

An awards ceremony was held at St Mark's Community Centre in Beckton after the event. This was the end of programme celebration where each team was awarded with a certificate for their dedicated participation in the programme and the winning team, who had lost the most weight combined, were announced to all participants.

Winning Team "Women Who Workout (WWW)", managed to lose the most weight across the 12 weeks and they won a Cooking and Fitness session at Food Academy in East Ham (formally Jamie Oliver cooking school) plus a tour of the West Ham Stadium located at Stratford Olympic Park. They were closely followed by Wild Women in second place and then League of Gentlemen in third. Each team involved managed to lose weight, make friends and have a great time across the programme and therefore they were all winners! 

All guests received goodybags courtesy of Beauty in Dubai, an annual beauty and wellness retreat to Dubai UAE, containing  sponsored products from hair brand Twisted Sista and skin and hair care brand Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil with inserts containing information about maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Winning Team 'Women Who Workout' - Image: Celebrity Creations Management

Photography Credits: Celebrity Creations Management

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