September saw 12 inspirational women honoured at the first annual Black Magic Awards, which took place at Hackney Empire. The awards night, sponsored by Palmer's, were founded to celebrate the women who have contributed to the black entertainment, sports, business and community scene.
Hosted by entertainer Eddie Kadi and America's Next Top Model contestant Annaliese Dayes, it was a night of true magic with performances from the likes of MOBO Award winning singers Rachel Kerr and Lurine Cato, 8-year-old viral dance sensation Princess K and a guest appearance from model Munroe Bergdrof and rapper Stormzy.
The rapper presented the last award of the night to one of his idols, legendary radio DJ Jenny Francis, who featured on an interlude on the rappers hit album Gang Signs and Prayer earlier this year.
With over 20 years in the business, the Heart FM DJ, was honoured with the 'Radio Personality' award and the show's organisers thought that there was no one better to present the award to her. "A childhood hero to so many of us, introduced me to R&B as a kid. 27 years of radio, more than deserved" the rapper tweeted to his fans alongside a photo of himself and the winner.
Hollyoaks' Duyane Boachie presented the Actress award to Coronation Street and Waterloo Road star Angela Griffin and Casulty star Charles Venn presented the Media Mogul Award to GQ Publisher Vanessa Kingori MBE.
Jamelia, Alesha Dixon's Mis-Teeq’s, TV presenter Charlene White, England footballer Rachel Yankey, entertainer Angie Le Mar, journalist/broadcaster Jasmine Dotiwala, music artist Eve and Beverley De Gale from the charity ACLT were also honoured on the night.
“Despite their contribution and achievements, some of the women we honoured this year have never been properly recognised,” said Kojo Anim, Founder of The Colour Network. He continues, "However, rather than dwelling on it, we wanted to make a change and shine some much needed light on these amazing women.”
Others in attendance and gracing the black carpet on the night included; Actors Fab Santino, Femi Oyeniran and Adam Deacon, music talent The Katanas, Magic FM's Angie Greaves, Big Brother personalities Deborah Agboola and Hannah Agboola plus many more.
"The evening consisted of motivating and encouraging words from the honourees and featured captivating performances,' says The Colour Network co-founder Annika Allen. 'It was an inspiring look for all women—especially black women who don't get to see enough positive images of powerful women of colour in the media.
The Black Magic Awards show was organised by The Colour Network and will provide honours to women from the scene that they have served well and celebrate their illustrious talents yearly. To continue the legacy on the run up to the 2018 event The Colour Network will release a monthly Black Magic podcast to continue to spotlight the strengths and triumphs of these amazing women.
COMEDY - ANGIE LE MAR
MEDIA MOGUL Sponsored by Palmer's - VANESSA KINGORI
THE TRIBUTE AWARD Sponsored by Palmer's - JAMELIA
SPORTS PERSONALITY - RACHEL YANKEY
ACTRESS - ANGELA GRIFFIN
TV PERSONALITY - CHARLENE WHITE
BRAND - BIANCA MILLER
MUSIC Sponsored by Palmer's - MIS-TEEQ
RADIO PERSONALITY - JENNY FRANCIS
COMMUNITY CHAMPION - BEVERLEY DE GALE
INTERNATIONAL STAR - EVE
THE INFLUENCE AWARD Sponsored by Palmer's - JASMINE DOTIWALA