The 2nd Black Magic Awards were the perfect start to UK Black History Month!


Hosted by Capital Xtra’s Remel London & taking place at London’s Criterion Theatre, the Black Magic Awards turned Leicester Square into mini Wakanda!

Following last year’s star-studded, inaugural awards ceremony, The Black Magic Awards took place last night Monday October 1st at the Criterion Theatre in the heart of London’s West End.

With a who’s who of the UK Black arts, culture and entertainment world, the evening was a brilliant reminder of our excellence. Though the awards honours women, there were men, women and non-binary black folks showing out to celebrate blackness! Remel London hosted the night which awarded 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!

The honourees included:

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)
Beauty & Fashion Honour – Jourdan Dunn (model)
International Honour – Tiffany Haddish (actress/comedian)

The event also included fantastic musical and spoken word performances. Judi Love, salute!

But what as you can expect, was the most empowering and tears-inducing were the acceptance speeches from the phenomenal women who were recognised. Every single woman spoke about feeling other and feeling relieved that such an event like the Black Magic Awards exist.

Co-founder of the awards Kojo Anim said: “This year’s awards are taking place because the black British female experience, influence and journey tends to go under the radar, well not anymore … It’s nice to get honoured with an MBE but it’s event nicer to get a thank you from your own community.”

Find out more about the Black Magic Awards here.


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