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Black Market Past Events

Black Market Extravaganza – Saturday 1st December 2018

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 12.00 – 21.00

Location: Lewisham Village, Unit 3 Lewisham Retail Park, Loampit Vale, London, SE13 7SN

Events | Financial Education | Presentations | The Black Market

Black Market Extravaganza – Saturday 1st December 2018

Black History Studies presents ‘The Black Market Extravaganza’ Saturday 1st December 2018 from 12pm – 9pm Lewisham Village @ Lewisham Retail Park We invite you to our unique BLACK MARKET EXTRAVAGANZA taking over Lewisham Village on Saturday 1st December 2018 from 12:00pm to 9.00pm. Lewisham Village is a great new cultural hub and afro-perspective arts […]

14th Black Market & Film Festival

Date: September 1, 2018

Time: 12.00 – 21.00

Location: West Green Learning Centre, Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London N15 3QR

Events | The Black Market

14th Black Market & Film Festival

The 14th Black Market & Film Festival 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 aim of the event is to: Showcase and connect Black cultural and creative entrepreneurs […]

The Black Market & Film Festival – May

Date: May 5, 2018

Time: 12.00 – 9.00

Location: West Green Learning Centre, Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London N15 3QR

Events | The Black Market

The Black Market & Film Festival – May

The Black Market & Film Festival 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 aim of the event is to: Showcase and connect Black cultural and creative […]

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 5th May 2018

On Saturday 5th May 2018, Black History Studies held our thirteeth Black Market and Film Festival event at Parkview Academy in Tottenham. 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. 

At the event we premiered the films ‘Business in the Black: The Rise of Black Business in America’ (2017) by Anthony Brogdon ‘Back To Natural: A Documentary Film’ (2017) by Gillian Scott-Ward PhD, ‘Word is Bond’ (2017) by Sasha Jenkins and ‘Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement’ (2017) by Thomas Muhammad. TJ Atkinson gave a Motivational Talk on ‘When Enough is Enough – Jump!’ and Daryl Harper gave a presentation on ‘Jumpstarting Your Financial Future’

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Black History Studies, Khemporium Alkhemical Adornment, House of Ohene, Kittylocks Hair Care, Flakies Fashion, PureGoodness, Colourshot, Ibere Apparel, Ahima London, LB Beads, LOSA LTD, ODIP Group, Nzuri Boutique, Melodies of Praise, Yinka Designs, Afro-Puff Ltd, Politics of the People, Mishantygroup, Cowrie Design, MotherlandGift, The Calabash Hub, Dovetailed London Ltd, Books of Africa
Soul Medicine Ltd, Joli Create, The Holy Qubtic Church, Sankofa To Books, Conscious Prints, Shungite Stones, Phenomenal Dynamic Craft, Africo-Rizé, Ecollections, Shea Pureness, Dee Naturals, Dr Shea, Blair’s Flare, KrystleDeanCrafts, Seabass, Nubian Chile, Imhotep International, Triple Goddess London , Adorn by JD, Synergy, Aniba Designs, Jazzieo Textile, Little Buba, Kushty Cosmetics, Nyalas Naturals, Shika Assessories , Deus Avani and Live’n’Direct Tropical Fruits & Vegetables.

 

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 4 November 2017

On Saturday 4th November 2017, Black History Studies held our twelfth Black Market and Film Festival event at Parkview Academy in Tottenham. 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.

At the event we premiered the films ‘Mama Rwanda’ (2016) by Laura Waters Hinson, ‘Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle’ (2017) by Paul Sng, ‘Black Friday 2: The Living Legacy World Tour’ (2017) by Ric Matthis and ‘Captain Thomas Sankara’ (2002) by Christophe Cupelin. There was two presentations on Financial Savvy Sistas: How to be Financially Intelligent with Money’ by Charmaine Simpson and ‘How to Win the Money Game’ by Daryl Harper

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Black History Studies such as Khemporium Alkhemical Adornment, SISTAH SPACE (Against Domestic Abuse), Shika Assessories, Joli Create, Kittylocks Hair Care, Ankara Turbans ‘N’ More, ODIP, WordPower Books UK, Artsfro, Jeja Oils Ltd, Proud2bAfricanWoman, AVBJL AfroVintage By J Leslie, Dee Naturals
Almon Adeluwoye Art, Ace of Jacks Radio, Otto Gumaelius, Beautiful Unicorn, Your Highness Boutique. Appealing to the creative mind, Flakies Fashion, Colourshot, Mishanty, TM Boutique, Nation of Islam London Study Group, PureGoodness, Onestore Africa, Audrey Allwood, Byooti, The Holy Qubtic Church, YA Creates and MKYCC Yoruba Language Club, AquariusB, House of Ohene – same place as before, Sky Blue Greetings (SBG), Malika Natural Hair, IMANI P Designs, Kaz Afrocentrics, Meta Metta Arts & Crafts, Nana Ohhhh Creations, Soboye Boutique, Dovetailed London Ltd, Fruganics, Sankofa To Books, Conscious Prints, Shungite Stones, Akubas Collections, USI Tech, The Naturally You Coach, B. Silki Naturally & Jewellery by Francis B

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 29 July 2017

On Saturday 29th July 2017, Black History Studies held our eleventh Black Market and Film Festival event at Parkview Academy in Tottenham. 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.

At the event we premiered the films ‘Meltrek Episode 2: Exploring The Pre-Columbian Americas’ (2017), ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ (2017), ‘Madame C.J. Walker: Two Dollars and a Dream’ (1987), ‘TRESS: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair’ (2015) and ‘Generation Revolution’ (2016). A big thank you to Daryl Harper who delivered his presentation on ‘Jumpstarting Your Financial Future’.

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Kittylocks Hair Care, Coco Daville Jewellery Designer, Khemporium Alkhemical Adornment, AquariusB, Nzuri, Boutique, Flakies Fashion, Zuwa Re, PureGoodness, P & M Naturals, ODIP, Beauty of London, Your Highness Boutique. Appealing to the creative mind, Yours Natruly, Nzingha Jewellery, B.S.C Unity, B.S.C Unity, Black Stars clothing & Josephines Joy, Jeja Oils Ltd, Afriture, LOSA LTD, Nana Ohhhh Creations , Waverley G, YA Creates and MKYCC Yoruba Language Club, CurlyTreats Festival London, House of Ohene, Onekana Collections, Emprezzb knits, Ooh Skincare, All Eyes On Egipt Tottenham, Dovetailed Designer Ltd, Baserbillion Art, SparkeDesigns, Colourshot, Fes Designs, Shika Assessories, Kelis Africa, Inspirational Images, Blue Water Lily, Almon Adeluwoye Art, Dee Naturals, All Knightz Ltd, The Naturally You Coach, We Design, Labeeba Designs, Rhodas Stones, Sankofa Creative Co and Mishantygroup.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 29 April 2017

On Saturday 29th April 2017, Black History Studies held our tenth Black Market and Film Festival event at Parkview Academy in Tottenham. 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.

At the event we premiered the films ‘Paris Noir – African Americans in the City of Light’ (2016), ‘Gentrification: Ethnic Cleansing American Style’ (2017), ‘Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint’ (2006) and the The Business of DisEase (2014). A big thank you to Rijole Bitata of S.T.E.A.M Power who delivered bite size workshops that uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) led activities that help to raise children’s aspirations and cognitive abilities. Financial Educator Daryl Harper gave a brilliant presentation on ‘How to Win the Money Game’

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Kittylocks Hair Care, PureGoodness, Coco Daville Jewellery Designer, Khemporium Alkhemical Adornment, FunkyNChunky, AquariusB, Community Awareness Through Books, Dee Naturals, Longrich International, YA Creates and MKYCC Yoruba Language Club, Viola Sparkles, Ray-Ray Monet, ODIP, Dolls by Verona.C, Queen Bee, House of Ohene, Fes Designs, CSD, Inspirational Images, Nana Ohhhh Creations, The Adventures of Obi and Titi, Annika & Amélie , Nzuri Boutique, Jammi, Flakies Fashion, Kaz Afrocentrics
All Knightz Ltd, Your Highness Boutique. Appealing to the creative mind, The United Nuwaupians Nation Worldwide (UK) and Colourshot.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 12th November 2016

On Saturday 12th November 2016, Black History Studies held our ninth Black Market and Film Festival event at Parkview Academy in Tottenham. 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 300 people attending on the day to support the 48 Black Businesses who showcased their products and services at the event. At the event we premiered the films ‘7 A.M: A Documentary’ (2015) by Jason Black, Mama Rwanda (2016) by Laura Waters Hinson, ‘Profiled’ (2016) by Kathleen Foster, ‘Ota Benga: Human At The Zoo’ (2015) by Prof. Niyi Coker Jr and ‘Black Friday The Remix’ (2016) by Ric Mathis. A big thank you to by Awa Ginet- Jones for her Children’s Workshop: ‘Every History Matters: African Performing Arts Workshop’

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Kittylocks Hair Care, Yejide Adeoye aka YA Creates & MKYCC, Coco Daville Jewellery Designer, LOSA LTD, Beauty of London, FunkyNChunky, Darvet Holmes, ODIP Group, Rabaah Publishers and Work-Smart Accountancy, All Knightz Ltd, PureGoodness, The Adventures of Obi and Titi, Khemporium Alkhemical Adornment, Hand Made Frills, Black Star Life, AquariusB, Flakies, Black Owned Feed, VADM Botanics, Arbonne, Z,ipporahs Designs, The Peoples Guild of Ghana, Continential Mix, ATTAR BOY, Colourshot, Transitions Coop, Lammylapp, Super Funky Me, Yvonne Jackson-Browne, Ooh Skincare, Yours Natruly, Forever Living Products, Maroon Boutique, WordPowerBooks, Bold Health Care, Jolie x Hanzlee, ANAISARTS, Synergy, The Calabash Hub, Fes Designs, NATURALLY YOU, Nubiart, Robyn Smart, SISTAH SPACE (Against Domestic Abuse) and Ace of Jacks Radio.

 

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 30th July 2016

On Saturday 30th July 2016, Black History Studies held our eigth Black Market and Film Festival event at Parkview Academy in Tottenham. 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 350 people attending on the day to support the 48 Black Businesses who showcased their products and services at the event. At the event we premiered the films ‘Black Friday: What legacy will you leave?’ (2015) by Ric Mathis, GKTV Black Group Economics Business Show Pilot (2016) by GKTV, ‘When The Checks Stop Coming In’ (2014) by Jacinda M. Rentrope, ‘Dumb it Down: Exposing the Truth Behind Hip Hop’ (2015) by Jade Martin, ‘Your Land’ (2016) by Mohammed Ali Ojarigi and ‘Bleaching Black Culture’ (2015) by Jade Martin. Diana Powell did a workshop on ‘Start-up Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid’


We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Black History Studies / Shiri Achu Art, Kittylocks Hair Care, Waverley G, Tian Styles Designs, Beauty of London, Curls-aunaturel, Zween Moroc, LOSA LTD, Kemika Design, PureGoodness, Coco Daville Jewellery Designer, UmmiUMMI, Ni-Ka Deluxe, Luafrostyle Max, Bags By Maria, Listen, Speak & Learn, Precious & Preserved Ltd, The Peoples Guild of Ghana, FunkyNChunky, Green Alchemy, Dee Naturals, Pebbles Wearable, ANAISARTS, Sassy Tees, Black Star Clothing + Unity, Unikue Touch,
iDJ Photography LTD, CL Laites, Maman Gateau, Hanifa Ceramics, Pure Aroma, AB BY CD, Pieces By Keke, The Adventures of Obi and Titi, Yejide Adeoye aka YA Creates & MKYCC, The Holy Qubtic Church, Art By Yolande Letshou, Khemporium Alkhemical Adornment, Joe Pierre Cosmetics, Zions-i, Sheapea Natural, Miflo Design, Zayunu By Design, The Calabash Hub, Naturally You, WordPowerBooks, All Knightz Ltd, Shalshani Mineral Cosmetics,
Viola Sparkles and Ace of Jacks Radio.

 

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 9th April 2016

BLACK MARKET & FILM FESTIVAL IS CANCELLED!!

The Black Market and Film Festival scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th April 2016 was cancelled.

Without giving a reasonable explanation, the event was cancelled by Platanos College at the last moment.

We received a phone call at approximately 7pm on Friday 8th April 2018 from the Bookings Administrator at Platanos College, who stated that for reasons they cannot go into they have to cancel the event. We were at the venue from 2.30pm with our youth team setting up the hall. We demanded that someone from management explain why the event was to be cancelled and to contact us that evening. No one from management had the decency to contact us.

We did attempt to come up with an alternative venue but this proved to be impossible because Platanos College cancelling the event at such short notice, left us with no time at all to rearrange. Over 180 tickets for the event had been sold in advance and we were expecting the usual 150 plus people to come and pay on the day. We had vendors and delegates travelling to the event as far as Amsterdam.

We received an email at 16:03 on the Saturday afternoon stating:

Dear Mr Simpson,

Thank you for your email.

I can only sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused. As previously mentioned, this was due to circumstances beyond our control.

This related to a Safeguarding matter which I am not at liberty to disclose details on the grounds of confidentiality and the law. Indeed we have a right under the terms and conditions to cancel the hire. However, this is with good reason as outlined. Please appreciate that Safeguarding is of utmost importance to a school and we must follow regulations and procedures by law. Please be assured that the matter does not concern or relate to your organisation and is not a reflection of your organisation. This is a school matter and procedures that a school must follow.

I would like to sincerely apologise to you and your organisation once again and I appreciate the inconvenience that this has caused you. A decision to cancel the event was not a decision taken lightly – you will note that we have not had to take such action before. However, on this rare occasion the circumstances were unforeseen and beyond our control.

Once again many apologies for this unfortunate situation but I hope you will understand the circumstances of this decision.

Considering that there was no students on site on the day and the school was on half term is unacceptable.

We decided to cease our relationship with Platanos College and not use the venue again.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 11th April 2015

On Saturday 11th April 2015, Black History Studies held our seventh 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 300 people attending on the day to support the 48 Black Businesses who showcased their products and services at the event. At the event we premiered the films ‘As it Grows’ by Verona and Dalian Adofo, Nas: Time Is Illmatic by One9 and Erik Parker and Concerning Violence by Göran Hugo Olsson. There was a presentation on Young, Black & In Business: Young Entrepreneurs On The Rise by Charmaine Simpson, CEO of Black History Studies and Evaluating Business Ideas for 2015 – Preparing for growth and success by Diana Powell, CEO of Global Institute for Entrepreneurship.

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Nafasi Cultured Cards by Nature, Kittylocks Hair Care, A-Picture Photography,The Adventures of Obi and Titi, Dre’s Designs,PureGoodness,Pieces By Keke,Marian’s Collections,Libraw,The Global Institute for Entrepreneurship,Ebony Explorers,Dee Naturals,The Calabash Hub, MEUDZ by Jahsanna, Arts and Crafts of Africa, Kuya Organics, TALFLIFE, Moremi Books, I CAN Project, New Motive WOC,Sistah Outlets! Community Cultures Stores C.i.C, Deus Avani, The Peoples Guild of Ghana, Forever Living and Kissi Curl Book, Ni-Ka Deluxe, J.S Amusements, Shalshani Mineral Cosmetics,Green Alchemy, All Knightz, Asher Bead Jewelley, Just Like me Toys, Yejide Adeoye, Netera, The Maroon Boutique, Jaan’s Jewellery, Amedee, Viola Sparkles, TACT Adoption Agency, Chantelle Children’s Books, The Naturally You Coach, We Design, NubiArt, Ankh Wellbeing Centre, Back 2 Black Empire, The Holy Qubtic Church, Yours Natruly and Fruits of Life Snacks.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 7th November 2015

On Saturday 7th November 2015, Black History Studies held our sixth 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 300 people attending on the day to support the 48 Black Businesses who showcased their products and services at the event. At the event we premiered the short film From Gangs to Gardens, Culture Over Everything, Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth, Fresh Dressed and TRESS: Artists and Angels, Masters of Natural Hair. We had presentations on ‘Diversifying Children’s Media’ by The Adventures of Obi and Titi and Black Prosperity and the Years Ahead with Diana Powell, CEO of Global Institute for Entrepreneurship and Qi Gong with Wayne Harris of Training 4 Life.

We would like to thank the following exhibitors for supporting our event Kittylocks Hair Care, Khemporium Alkhemical Adornment, The Adventures of Obi and Titi, Marian’s Collections, The Global Institute for Entrepreneurship, Moremi Books, Yejide Adeoye aka YA Creates & MKYCC, Viola Sparkles, Artsfro, Ina Glow, Empress Occasions, Black British & Beautiful, Mama Blends, Marcia Makeba, Muatta Books, All Knightz Ltd, Ni-Ka Deluxe, Brainchild Productions, Black Star Clothing + Unity, Forever Living, The Calabash Hub, Pieces By Keke, Duafe Galleria, Kuya Organics, Aloe Adventures, UltraKids Club, Quirk & Foible, Green Alchemy, Nubian Accents, PureGoodness, NubiArt, Waverley G, Deus Avani, Zipporah’s Inspirations, Curls-aunaturel, Infinity, Yours Natruly, Shalshani Mineral Cosmetics, SHELF Collection / BLAQUE, The Peoples Guild of Ghana, Natasha Roberts, Just Like Me Toys, Back 2 Black Empire and Centerprise.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 20th September 2014

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.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 12th April 2014

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.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 21st September 2013

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.

The Black Market & Film Festival - Saturday 6th April 2013

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:

The Black Market - Sunday 21st October 2012

On Sunday 21st October 2012, Black History Studies organised the first ‘Black Market’ event.

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. 

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