On Saturday 20th September 2014, Black History Studies held our fifth Black Market and Film Festival event at Platanos College, Stockwell. The Black Market is an event to showcase, expose and connect Black cultural and creative entrepreneurs to the community and to provide a platform to sell their products, promote their skills and engage with the local and surrounding community.
The event was successful with over 250 people attending on the day to support the 42 Black Businesses who showcased their products and services at the event. At the event we premiered the film ‘Elementary Genocide: From Primary to Penitentiary' by Rahiem Shabazz.
We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event A World Without Sickle Cell Anemia, Afrocentric 805, Ajene Healing, All Knightz Ltd, Amedee, Angela Singate, Aviela, Black History Tshirts, Calabash Hub, CaribBe TV, Cleo and Annie's, Djalis Creations, Dre's Designs, Forever Living Products, Herb Authentic, Hortense Muhammad, Jaan's Jewellery, Jerpurity, KALIARTZ, Katati First, Kinkz Accessories, Kittylocks Hair Care, Kuya Organics, Marcia Makeba, Marian's Collections, Nafasi Cultured Cards by Nature, Netera, Ni-Ka Deluxe, Ooma and Yumi, Osargenews.com, Pieces By Keke, Pretty Girlz Rock, Promoting Our Heritage, PureGoodness, QTIMA, Ratat and Mertkhon Ltd, Shiri Achu Art, Source Energy Organic, The Naturally You Coach, The Primary Learning Centre and Yaa Yaa Arts.
We would like to say a special thanks to Deniece from Platanos College, Naomi Dawkins, Wayne Riley of All Knightz Ltd and Dr Lez Henry.
We would like to thank Bro Icha of JetBlakInc for filming and photographing the event. We would like to thank all who volunteered to help on the day whose invaluable help made the day a success such as Sonia Scully, Lorna Campbell, Empress Jai, Vanika, Robert, Debrose, Legett, Mariah, Marchessa, Camille and Stephanie.
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On Saturday 12th April 2014, Black History Studies held our fourth Black Market and Film Festival event at Platanos College, Stockwell.The event was successful with over 300 people attending on the day to support the 41 Black Businesses who showcased their products and services at the event.
We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event All Knightz Ltd, Amedee, Artisan Impression Publishing, Calabash Hub, CESSA, CHOSAN, Craft2ability, Dre's Designs, From the Smiley Coast- The Gambia, Inifinit Therapi, J2Step Designs, Jaan's Jewellery, Jackie Morrison Photography, Jerpurity, KALIARTZ, Kittylocks Hair Care, Marcia Makeba, Moremi Books, Moyo wa Taifa, N8ture Juice, Nafasi Cultured Cards by Nature, Natalie Coopers Books, Nefertiti's Naturals, Ni-Ka Deluxe, Ninety3Ninety4, Only One of a Kind, Oya's Adornments, Pebbles Wearable, Pieces By Keke, PositiveImageProject, Promoting Our Heritage, Pure Aroma, PureGoodness, Serenity Wholistic Living, Shanika's Creations, Synergy, Talk Moneywise, The Maroon Boutique, Tree of Knowledge Bookshop and Yours Naturally.
We would like to say a special thanks to Deniece from Platanos College, Trinity Starr who delivered the Beautiful Black Queens session, Eli Anderson for this spoken word performance and Stephen Graham for taking part in the question and answer session after the screening of his film ‘I'm a Gun'.
We would like to thank Bro Icha and son of JetBlakInc for filming and photographing the event.
We would like to thank all who volunteered to help on the day whose invaluable help made the day a success such as Sonia Scully, Lorna Campbell, Empress Jai, Camille, Denise, Vanika, Robert, Michelle, Debrose, Legett and Mariah.
Watch the videos below of interviews with stallholders and delegates who attended the event.
On Saturday 21st September 2013, Black History Studies organised our third ‘Black Market & Film Festival'. We screened three independent documentaries The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, ‘Soul Food Junkies' and ‘Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes' films which were followed by some brilliant discussions. We also had a presentation on Economic Empowerment & Black Entrepreneurship delivered by Charmaine Simpson of Black History Studies. We also had a theatrical performance written by Menelik Shabazz and Neferatiti Ife on ‘Yaa Asantewaa: The Untold Story' and performed by Maskelah Gabriel-Adams.
Due to a number of conflicting community events scheduled on the same day, we had around 200 people attend the event.
We would like to thank Deniece from Platanos College, Sonia Scully, Bro Icha from JetBlackInk Multimedia and Basil from Pempamsie for their support with this event. We would like to thank Empress Jai for hosting the Q&A session of the Black Candle film and the Hip-Hop Artist Ty for hosting the Q&A session of the Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes screening.We would like to thank Iyanna Monique who is a classically trained violinist who performed throughout the day. We would like to thank Karlene Thomas and Yvonne Simpson for helping with the catering. We would like to thank our volunteers Robert Curry, Leget Muhammad, Lorna Campbell and Patrick Kenton.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all our exhibitors who exhibited at the Black Market & Film Festival event who were Afyah, AKIIKI, All Knightz Ltd, Amedee, Ancestral Essence, B-Jewelled UK, Custom Made From Africa, E&G Designs, Gitas Portal, Hasina Creations, ISIS Empire Ltd, Kaliartz, Kweyol 4 Kids Ltd, LibRaw, M&O Associates, Marcia Makeba, Nafasi Cultured Cards by Nature, North London Study Group, Nzinga Collectives, Pieces by Keke, Portia Williams, PositiveImageProject, Pure Goodness, Revision, Risebooks, Routes Designs, Sun Ra Publishing, Tam're Boutique, Yours Naturally
Watch the videos below of interviews with stallholders and delegates who attended the event.
On Saturday 6th April 2013, Black History Studies organised our second ‘Black Market'. We included a film festival this time and screened three independent documentaries The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, ‘BURN: The Evolution of an American City' and ‘Kickin' It With the Kinks' films which were followed by some brilliant discussions. We also had a presentation on Economic Empowerment in the Black Community delivered by Charmaine Simpson of Black History Studies.
We had over 300 people attend the event and we believe that the event went well. We received some good positive feedback form delegates and stallholders.
"I found the Black Market to be a very empowering event. I liked that every thing was so well organised. Me and my mum got there early so I could set up my stall. Everyone was so happy and it was great to see my black community working together." - Nature from Nafasi by Nature Cards
"I really enjoyed the event from the point of view of a stallholder as well as being part of an ambience of good vibes. There are too few events where our creative businesses and community can meet. Great idea to combine films with the market. Well done Mark Charmaine and all those involved in making it happen! More! More ! MORE!" -Menelik Shabazz
"As always the BHS Team put together a fantastic event ensuring exhibitors, like myself, were catered to with all their needs and the public was catered to with great tasting (and smelling) food. The event was a great turn out, lots of great items being sold. I would recommend to any and everyone and I would definitely attend again... even if I wasn't distributing. A huge well done to Mark & Charmaine!" - Nathanial from ISIS Magazine
We did receive some feedback regarding the price of the event and that the £10 entrance fee was too expensive. Delegates had access to three films, a presentation and access to over 30 stalls during the nine hour event with lots of networking opportunities and an opportunity to speak to a Financial Advisor provided by Talk Moneywise. The Black Market was not funded and sponsored by any other organisation or funding body so we have to finance our own events, hence the £10 entrance fee.
I believed that some missed the point of the event as the event was about doing for self and supporting our Black businesses and yes supporting Black business involves investing money in our Black businesses. We must come out of the freeness and funded mentality which has not got us anywhere. Let's not wait for funding before we take action. Like African scholar, Dr. Claud Anderson says "the new orientation for Black America (and the UK too), within the framework of a national plan, is the practice of group economics. The primary goal of practicing group economics is to draw wealth, income and other resources into Black communities and to make them more economically self-sufficient and competitive."
We do not want to pay £10 to enter an event so how will be afford our own buildings? WE DO NOT OWN BUILDINGS so have to rent them from non-African people. And the building we do have access to or have leases for are under threat. If we did have our own buildings, where would the funds come from to pay the costs to keep the building open (rates, insurance, security etc)?
Some more feedback received was regarding the creation of a brochure to circulate to the community from the event. Initially, we did have an idea of a brochure or event magazine but we chose to keep the costs low. Printing costs money and this will be made up somewhere (tickets will be £15). I have an idea, let's all patronize Purple Pages and fundraise to give the director Cheryl Henry the £100,000 plus it will cost to print the brilliant UK Black Links Business Directory that we used to have and love. Then we would not need to print a brochure because we will have a Black Business Directory in our homes.
Better still, lets encourage our businesses to advertise on the website so we have a central accessible directory to use 24 hours a day. Question, when was the last time you actually looked in your physical copy of the Thomson Local or it is in a cupboard under the stairs under some old shoes? Online is the best option, our next move will be to develop mobile phone apps (we need to finance this too). If you did not know about Purple Pages, then ask yourself why? We do not have the advertising budgets like Argos to promote and showcase our businesses hence the reasons for the events like The Black Market, The Black Baby Show, Uzima Expo, Natural November etc.
Other feedback received was that we should have shown films for children. All the films we screened were child friendly. A solution is to start to make and fund our own films. Do we have films made for our Black children on the importance of Black businesses to show? Or is this the role of the parents to take the children around to the stalls to speak to the stallholders on the importance of supporting black businesses or economics. I did not provide children activities as I did hope that this would be the case.
These events are vital to support businesses in the community, as we do not have the luxury of large marketing budgets to highlight our work so we need events like these to showcase the community talent and to encourage entrepreneurship and the circulation of the pound within the community.
We would like to thank Deniece from Platanos College, Sonia Scully, Bro Icha from JetBlackInk Multimedia, Cynthia Butare who is the director of Kickin' It with the Kink' and Basil from Pempamsie for their support with this event. I would like to thank Naomi and Rachel from UK Naturals for hosting the Q&A session of Kickin' It with the Kinks and thank Izegbuwa for providing British Sign Language support to Kevin so he could also enjoy the event. We would like to thank LMQ events for decorating the hall and helping with the catering. We would like to thank our volunteers Mariah, Marchessa, Janese Samuels, Robert Curry, Leget Muhammed and Empress Jai.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all our exhibitors who exhibited at the Black Market & Film Festival event who were Afro Fusion Designs, Afrocessories by J.M Prempah, AKIIKI, All Knightz Ltd, Anaisart, Asawala, Bespoke Binny, Blyssful Union, Cairo Cards / 3ms, E&G Designs, Foroyaa African Arts, Crafts & Jewellery, Greenshack Productions, House of Loulee, ISIS Empire Ltd, La Fashionista Ltd / Jewellery by Pauline G, LibRaw, Marcia Makeba, Nafasi Cultured Cards by Nature, Natalie Cooper Books, Onyinyedraws, Ooma and Yumi, Organics, Pieces by Keke, PositiveImageProject, Sistah Outlets - S.O Wyze, Skone Designs, Sun Ra Publishing, Talk Moneywise, Tanzanian Womens Association, The Calabash Hub, TomizCreations by Remi O, Uhzuri Designs, Yess Essentials, Yours Naturally
Watch our interviews of stallholders and delegates from the Black Market below:
On Sunday 21st October 2012, Black History Studies organised the ‘Black Market'
We screened two films Money As Debt and Black and Bold and Beautiful: Black Women's Hair which were followed by discussions. We also had two presentations on Entrepreneurship, Business, Money and Career Development using Kametic Astroscience with Bro Shomari and Carry-Beyond Reflections on why they never went home with Dr Lez Henry.We believe that the event went well and we received some good positive feedback form delegates and stallholders.
The engineering works that closed the Victoria line did not disrupt the event too much as we were concerned that this may cause problems for people travelling to the event.
These events are vital to support businesses in the community as we do not have the luxury of large marketing budgets to highlight our work so we need event like these to showcase the community talent and to encourage entrepreneurship and the circulation of the pound within the community.
We would like to thank Sonia Scully and Lorna Campbell of the Public and Commercial Services Union for their support with this event.