Back2Black Awards 2015 [The Finalists]
The following people have been nominated by their community for a Back2Black Award. They have either been inspirational or monumental in helping others around them or have overcome challenging situations to become a contributing and positive member of the community. They are all already winners and on Sunday 4th October 2015 at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly London, we will celebrate their achievements and recognise those you vote for with a Back2Black Award.
Read more about each finalist by clicking their summary below or you can vote now by clicking the vote now button.
Winsome Duncan is an award winning Social Entrepreneur. She has over two decades of experience teaching workshops to disaffected young people at risk. Winsome is passionate about empowering people in the wider community to access opportunities and develop the necessary skills to enhance their socio-economic outcomes. Winsome Duncan is also known in her artistic capacity […]
Viv Ahmun is a Senior Partner at Coreplan (www.coreplan.org.uk), a Director at the Choices Consortium (www.choicesconsortium.org), and founder member of GEEDA (an international consultancy specialising in gender and educational empowerment). Over the last quarter of a century, Viv Ahmun has developed many private sector and not-for-profit companies in Europe, America, as well as in the UK. Several of which were taken from humble […]
Vee Roberts is a mumpreneur of 4, Strategic Marketing and Events Consultant and Founder of InspireUrBiz™ events. Aside from running a busy household and managing her own business (insight2Marketing), Vee devotes several hours a week to serving other people and helping their businesses grow.
Tracey Ford is the Founding Director of JAGS Foundation. In February 2007, she was running her own business, and looking after her children Becky (14) and Andre (17). When Andre was shot dead at a friend’s ice-skating party in Streatham; Tracey officially launched the JAGS Foundation an acronym forged from her son’s name James Andre Godfrey Smartt-Ford […]
At fifteen years old, like many other young people, Temi lost a childhood friend to violence when her next door neighbour was shot and killed. At sixteen, Temi set up an organisation to tackle gang culture and youth violence called ‘Get Outta The Gang’. Temi has been CEO of Get Outta The Gang whilst continuing […]
Stephen Graham is a multi-disciplinary service provider. He truly is a man of many talents. He is a life skills coach, youth mentor, filmmaker, author, poet, health and fitness professional and community activist. However, Stephen wasn’t always so positively focused. Growing up he found himself surrounded by violence and getting into trouble with the law. To keep him out […]
At the age of 25 Samuel Speaks decided enough was enough and it was time to stop hiding from his passion. He released his first motivational YouTube video in april 2014 and became an instant success. His motivational talks are one of a kind and led him onto an international speaking platform in the same […]
Peaches is one of the biggest All Round Edutainers as she likes to be known, a business woman attracting national and international attention for her work as a leader, motivational speaker and public speaker using her skills of Edutainment to encourage, empower and nurture lives and effect change. Peaches is the Founder and Co Director […]
There are few ‘real ‘Community leaders left – those who live within the midst of the people they serve and who actively seek to change the opportunities and lives of those who need that support. Natalie Tomlinson, the Director of The Sunday Essiett Company Limited, has dedicated her life to ensuring young men and women […]
Nadine is the ceo and managing director of Hiype Productions, a writer, actress, tutor of drama and streetdance and a creative youth support facilitator. Committed to the arts from a young age, she has written, performed in and directed pieces and productions that have been shown at some of London’s well known theatres such as […]
Morris Tolaram is known as the face of Balham and as a very strong figure in the local community. He spends most of his time teaching P.E at Ravenstone Primary school as well as working at the after school club. He also gives up his weekends to work with young people who wish to pursue […]
Mavis Amankwah is an award-winning entrepreneur specialising in marketing, PR, diversity communications and business sustainability. PR Week named Mavis one of ‘the most influential people in PR,’ for six consecutive years in their Power Book (2009-2015). She is currently an accredited advisor and spokesperson for the government’s Growth Voucher programme, which offers up to £2,000 growth vouchers […]
Kevin Bennett has helped and empowered over 30,000 people’s lives in the last 3 years. Discovering that every human being attaches their problems to emotions. Kevin Bennett built a proven successful formula that helps you with your 22 levels of emotions and your 12 levels of distress. Totally groundbreaking!
Kay Oldroyd is the founder and director of YiE (Youth in Excellence CIC). Regularly referred to as ‘a superwoman’ and ‘an inspirational figure, Kay is a successful business woman who describes her ‘purpose’ as “showing others that all things are possible…”. Mother to 2 grown children, she decided that she didn’t want them to experience the […]
Junior James also known as Sherlock is a self published author of two books. He is a living example of a ‘changed man’ and that no matter how far you fall; you can pull your self up and turn things around. Junior’s story is not ‘pretty’… From a very young age he lived a life […]
Isaiah-Raymond Dyer is a multi-faceted individual, primarily recognised for his musical abilities. Internationally known as the Founder of the renowned UK Gospel group ‘Raymond & Co’ & their ‘sister group’ – Isaiah-Raymond & Friends. Isaiah-Raymond spearheaded what became one of the most notable Gospel acts to emerge from the UK. Isaiah-Raymond is a prolific songwriter […]
Fiona Small is the passionate founder of Young Mums Support Network (est. 2011). She diligently channels her efforts towards engaging and empowering young women and mothers from deprived communities to help make informed decisions about their lifestyles and relationships. The organisation provides a range of support services from family mediation to training and qualifications along with childcare support. YMSN currently […]
Over the years, Cheryl Phoenix Henry has overcome many adversities, including the tragic loss of her life partner back in early 2007. A very challenging time as Cheryl rebuilt her life and businesses amidst the grief and her family responsibilities. Against all odds, Cheryl has become one of the most influential people in her field. Cheryl is a serial […]
Cassandra Campbell and Donna Solomon are the founders of Self Empowerment for Life’s Foundation (SELF), a growing not-for-profit organisation that supports the empowerment and growth of individuals and groups. Their mission is to encourage and support SELF-awareness, SELF-love, and SELF-acceptance. Armed with these tools, each individual can transform their life into one that is abundantly […]