Natural hair and wellbeing debate for International Women's Month - Saturday 25th March 2017

Inspirational YOU, The Village, Ideas Genius and Motherhood Reconstructed

Presents

International Women's Month & Pre-Mothers Day natural hair and wellbeing debate

What does natural mean in 2017?

Saturday 25th March 2017

4.00pm – 5.30pm

 Moderated by Tamu and Leah from Motherhood Reconstructed

Speakers: 

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 Millennial's 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.


The growing number of Black women transitioning from chemically relaxed to natural hair styles has inspired a strong sisterhood within the hair care community. Yet it has also spawned divisions between wearers of relaxed hair vs. natural and has led to a debate among over what it means to be natural.

Some natural hair advocates believe that natural hair refers to texture, not colour or length, and as long as the chemical structure of the hair is unaltered, it can be considered natural. Supporters of this argument would likely consider commercial hair products, wigs, weaves, and even hair straightening with a hot comb, acceptable hair care options that fall under the natural-hair umbrella.

Others argue that the natural hair movement is a celebration of Black women’s beauty, hair textures and hairstyles, and so wigs, weaves, hair colouring, extensions, or using a flat iron do not constitute being natural.

  

Also hear about The Village CIC and their plans for this new community space.

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Pop Up Market, Discussion and Acoustic evening - Saturday 25th March 2017 (Women's month celebration)

 
Pop Up Market, Discussion and Acoustic evening
 
(International Women's Month and Mothering Sunday special)
 

Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareunEdited and Motherhood Reconstructed

Presents

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

Music on rotation by

Ace of Jacks

 

Our pop up shop is an opportunity for you to purchase high quality goods from independent brands.

4.00pm – 5.30pm (Booking required)

Natural hair and wellbeing debate hosted by Motherhood ReConstructed 

 

Panel: 

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 Millennial's podcast

Imriel Morgan, co-founder and CEO of The ShoutOut Network and co-host of the Melanin Millennials podcast. Melanin Millenials 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 such as

  • RAMONE
  • Chris IKE 
  • Oddisnormal

Come and hear about The Village CIC and their plans for this new community space.

More info:

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Call: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111

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Apply to join the Advisory Board of our new Saturday School - Inspire YOUth Academy

Do you want to give back and support future leaders?

Inspirational YOU are launching a Saturday School in South West London, Clapham and are seeking Board Advisors, mentors and teachers to support them and make the school a success.

How do I get involved?

We are taking applications via an online form and are seeking your input from the get go.

What’s involved?

Please register your interest in the roles available by using the form here, and tell us about yourself and why you want to join our team. 

Why apply?

  • This is an opportunity to support young people 
  • A great way to empower young people
  • A unique opportunity to provide students with the skills needed to succeed
  • Pay it forward and educate others

By participating, you will be opening doors to those from diverse and often challenging backgrounds.  You will help them to gain confidence and assist them with careers in competitive industries.

This is a great opportunity to give back, gain skills and empower others.  It is HUGELY rewarding!

Apply before the 31st January 2017.

 

Sonia Meggie wins Positive Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards 2014

 

Sonia Meggie Honoured at National Diversity Awards

 

Big Brother star Brian Dowling and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell returned to host the UK's Largest Diversity Awards, celebrating Community Heroes for their commitment to inclusion.

ROLE MODELS and charities were honoured nationwide at Friday's ceremony at The Hurlingham Club, London, rewarding Britain's most inspirational people for their fight against inequality.

Microsoft were just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent – positive role models, community organisations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.

Over 21,000 nominations and votes were received this year paying tribute to those from under-represented backgrounds who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the equality agenda.

Founder of Inspirational YOU,  Sonia Meggie, beat four others in the running for the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith & Religion.

Sonia's London based social enterprise launched in March 2010 with a mission to connect, inspire and empower young people, women and black and Asian professionals.

 

Sonia has been featured in the Powerlist 2013, which profiles the most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom, and is listed on Blackenterprise.com as one of London’s most powerful black women.

 

Sonia's story was shared with the room, and will be broadcast later this year on the Community Channel.

The one-of-a-kind ceremony kicked off with an inspirational speech from Human Rights Activist Peter Tatchell, followed by the 'The Last Leg' stars Adam Hills and Alex Brooker presenting the positive role model award for disability to Sarah Chapman.

Another highlight of the evening came when Stephen Sutton was honoured with a Special Recognition Award, which was collected by his older brother Chris Sutton.  There was not a dry eye in the house as guests were reminded of Stephen's courageous efforts for raising over £4 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust .

After decades of supporting disabled children through her organisation the Touch Trust, Dilys Price OBE was awarded the lifetime achiever award by Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan.

The night featured stellar performances from Liverpool boy band MiC LOWRY, and singing sensation Lemar.

The prestigious black-tie event has attracted a growing list of top employers including Microsoft, Lloyds Banking Group, Transport for London, PWC, Sky, MI5, The Open University, Financial Ombudsman Service, ThoughtWorks, Mouchel and Penna.

To view the full list of winners please visit: http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2014-winners/