Black Pound Day: The incredible black British women doing fabulous things from podcasts to multi-award winning make-up artists

It’s Black Pound Day and we are back!

Steph and Julie from Afro Leads (@afro_leads) are here to highlight Black excellence in the UK.

Black Pound Day, celebrated on the first Saturday of every month, supports black-owned businesses across the UK, with the first being held back in June 2020.

Founded by So Solid Crew member Swiss, the day is a “solution-based, community-empowering campaign and motivating endeavour that will leave a better infrastructure for the next generation to walk into”.

This month we thought it would be lovely to celebrate and shine a light on some of the various Queens representing and giving love, light and #blackgirlmagic to the world. We hope you enjoy!

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu – @sholamos1

What a fitting start – this Queen is doing a magnificent job representing and championing the culture in a variety of mediums. A fine regular panelist/pundit on a wide range of issues, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a lawyer, political women’s rights activist, writer, public speaker and political commentator. Her latest book, This is Why I resist is available at all good stockists.

Cocoa Girl Magazine – @cocoagirlmag

What a wonderful and welcome addition to the publishing world from mother and daughter duo – Serlina and Faith Boyd. We would have devoured these empowering and representative magazines as youngsters and thrilled that young Kings and Queens have the opportunity to do so today. Issues are published every 2 months.

Pat McGrath MBE – @patmcgrathreal

Glittery eyelids and thick black brows- this legendary, multi-award winning, innovative, trendsetting make-up artist did that! She learnt how to create and combine her own products after watching her mum do so due to the lack of makeup in the UK for black skin in the 80s. Ms McGrath is sought after the world over for catwalks and magazine shoots. Luckily for all of us, we can emulate her looks with her own brand of products- Pat McGrath Labs!

Gemma Cairney – @gemagain

We just LOVE the talent, artistry and tenacity of this incredible creative – broadcaster, presenter, author, producer and activist! Ever since she burst onto our consciousness as a radio presenter we have admired and basked in the representation, wit and versatility she brings to everything she does. Massive fans here and we don’t care who knows it!

Deta Hedman – @detahedman

Deta Hedman is a formidable trailblazer of women’s darts… period! This incredible woman has been quietly and diligently representing in the world of darts for over four decades! “Aunty” was the first woman to beat a man in a televised match back in 2005. Achieving all this whilst working full time and overcoming injustices such as gender pay disparity and racism. Ms Hedman, you are an inspiration!

Up The M1 Podcast – Listen on SoundCloud or Spotify

We are huge fans of these proud Northern Queens, Danyelle and Liv. Based in Leeds, these cousins discuss everything from topical family conversation, headline news to politics (and they don’t hold back on their opinions). We love to see it! Keep shining and inspiring us (and thanks for keeping us smiling during lockdown).

Athena Kugblenu – @athenakugblenu

Where do we start with this talented, funny and inspiring Queen? Whatever she turns her hand to, it has the “Athena Kugblenu” #BlackGirlMagic down to its core. We have loved listening to her podcast ‘Keeping Athena Company’ for ages now, often being caught laughing out loud whilst on our lockdown walks and feeling part of the conversation with her guests. Her latest project, ‘Athena’s Cancel Culture,’ is also BRILLIANT – catch it on BBC Sounds now.

Triple Cripples – @triplecripples

Kym Oliver & Jumoke Abdullahi started the Triple Cripples as a way to increase visibility & highlight the narratives of people from ethnically diverse backgrounds that have disabilities. The name of the brand actually represents the three layers of protected characteristics they have (that of being Black, female and disabled). We are big fans! Check out their website for more ways to learn:

Gina Yashere – @ginayashere

We have been HUGE fans of Gina Yashere for years – so it’s been great to follow her social media over the past few months to lift us up and inspire us throughout lockdown. Not only does she entertain us every Tuesday with her “#ChoonsOnTuesday” but it’s great to see her successes across the pond. We are inspired and motivated – if you’re not already, follow her – she’s GREAT!

Marverine Cole – @tvmarv

This Queen is an Award winning journalist, columnist for BBC Good Food, Beer Sommelier AND lecturer! (#BlackGirlMagic do I hear you say?) YES! We love the new podcast “Beer Beauty Podcast” which is hosted by Marverine – as beer lovers that love learning more about British beer – this comes highly recommended.

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