It was one of the most significant nights in the Black British community last weekend as Black British Entertainment (BBE) was launched with a nominee party for the upcoming much anticipated first BBE Awards. It was a night of glitz, glam, rep carpet, wine and cocktails at the St John’s Hyde Park Hall in London on 28 October. The glamorous star-studded event was hosted by classical singer and TV presenter Rodney Earle Clarke.
The nominees of the first ever BBE Awards to take place on the 25th of November in London Porchester Hall attended the launch party in style. The awards are expected to take the world by storm, showcasing the excellence of black talent in the UK.
At the Launch, guests included fashion designers, Poets, Performing artists, athletes, TV presenters and a lot of big names who have made a difference in the Black entertainment industry in the UK including Olympic Gold Medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton and Danny Grant from the BBC’s Apprentice.
Olympic silver medallist Shara Proctor who is an Ambassador for Black British Entertainment attended the launch and gave a powerful speech on self-believe.
Another high profile celebrity who attended the launch was model Muna Jama, the first-ever Miss Universe contestant to model without a bikini. She was a guest speaker.
Former Premiership footballer and boxer Leon McKenzie was a guest speaker and his speech was about mental health awareness.
Young Achievers Award nominee Joshua Beckford who is the youngest child to attend Oxford University also came to launch party. Adorable internet sensation and child model Farouk James who is nominated for BBE Young Achievers Award also attended and stole everyone’s attention with his larger than life personality.
BBE nominee and Fashion designer Yousra of Boutique de Nana graced the red carpet in her stunning modest gown. Fashion designers Rita Colson and Morts N More were also among the guests.
The night was filled with entertainment from a mind-blowing performance art by Eugene Ankomah, Poetry by Munnya Usuwana, music performances from Lloyd Luther and Ava Sehra and Rodney Earle Clarke performed songs from his latest album glorious quest.
The night ended with BBE co-founder Jean Gasho giving a speech on the vision of Black British Entertainment and why it is so needed in the Black community. Her speach mainly touched on black people having a sense of identity and belonging in the UK, enabling them to use their God given talents for the betterment of Great Britain even though they may have immigrated from other parts of the world.
Among the press to attend was reporters from BBC London radio, ITV and London Live TV.