2016 AWARD 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 we will celebrate their achievements and recognise those you have voted for with a Back2Black Award.
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Yetunde Adeshile is a community leader who works with young people delivering mentoring, coaching, teaching and training programs. Yetunde gives her time, money and experience and her 50-50 program aims to help 50 families with regular focused workshops designed to challenge, educate and improve.
Winston Goode is a renowned youth worker responsible for planning, organising and overseeing many community programs whilst assisting in positive change within the community. His fight against youth violence and gang activity is well documented.
Samuell Benta is a creative pioneer in producing, writing and directing for film and TV. He is an innovative revolutionist for the black community. A dynamic, articulate and powerful speaker that teaches you how to turn past pain into a future positive.
Princess Roberts works extensively with young people, in schools, organisations and pupil referral units. She is an ambassador for BYA (Black Youth Achievement) and also works on the ‘Safe and Secure Program’ an innovative and life saving scheme that helps to relocate young people, often the final but key piece in the jigsaw.
Pauline Long is a multi award winning entrepreneur, philanthropist and TV presenter. She is recognised as one of the most inspirational women of colour in Europe and is on the Black Woman in Europe Power List. She is also the founder of one of Europe’s biggest award ceremonies for black and ethnic personalities in film, fashion, television and arts (BEFFTA).
Nick and Teddy are the founders and faces behind Fully Focused, a genuine youth led media organisation that uses the power of film to challenge perceptions, raise awareness, change mindsets and transform lives.
Radio DJ Micheal Pusey also known as DJ CK Flash received an MBE for his services to youth work and as the voluntary founder and head coach of Peckham BMX club which he set up on a back garden track in 2004. The track was built to help give local kids something to do and is now home to two Olympians and two of the Worlds best female BMX champions. His ingenuity, work ethic, selflessness and the success rate of the program have been wonderful for the local and wider community.
Martin Wright is known more for his skills as a DJ and radio host however his ‘Milk Tray Motivation’ events have captured the imagination; inspiring and motivating many to take charge of their lives and do more. His daily motivational messages and quotes are read by thousands.
Lola Owolabi is a pastor and founder of ‘Proud To Be Me’, a charitable organisation for young ladies between 13-16. She strives to provide young ladies with the skills and attributes their up bringing or environment was unable to afford them.
Kehinde Oglunabi is a mentor specialising in enriching the lives of young people. A community worker and talk show host he mentors our young and changes their futures for the better.
Janette Collins set up the Crib which is a youth organization that works with young people experiencing some serious inner-city issues. Janette and her team bring a fresh, realistic and effective approach to the work they do and actually make a daily difference to the lives of the young people they encounter. Supporting parents, raising awareness and generally doing things for our community that some people do not even do for their own children.
Gwenton Sloley, a former East London Gang member is a Government strategy advisor on gangs and youth violence. A published author, his books have helped inspire many and are used widely in workshops, prisons and schools. He is also an outreach worker, project manager, motivational speaker and public speaker.
Edmund Owusu-Brown is more widely known as a professional bodyguard to the stars and has looked after international celebrities such as Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross and Drake just to name a few. What you don’t know is that before carving out his career he had to battle against obesity, and that struggle resulted in his healthy weight loss. His journey was extensive, the results incredible and now he passes on his knowledge and experience to help others live a healthy and nutritious life.
Dwayne Nosworthy is a singer, dancer,actor, choreographer, motivational speaker, activist, writer….the list goes on. A humble guy from the community, who gives so much to help and inspire others, helping to evolve the perception males have on masculinity and inspiring females to ‘love’ themselves.
Award-winning PR expert Dr Diahanne Rhiney is the founder of Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M) a charity which seeks to combat Domestic Violence by empowering young women.
Davis Williams created Love Is Just A Verb, a social movement that encourages people to interact, socialise, collaborate and work together on rebuilding the ‘village that raised a child’ concept. Davis is committed to creating a thriving and robust community.
Courtney Brown is the CEO of Father 2 Father, a service which supports fathers and their families by providing information, advice and guidance to enhance. Its aim is to encourage positive fatherhood which has been proven to improve the lives of the children.
Christopher Syrus is the founder of Syrus Consultacy which delivers crime prevention workshops using the creative arts. The workshops are aimed at deterring children and young people from offending and re-offending. Its focus is on building confidence, communication skills, and self esteem while inspiring young people to engage in education, training and employment.
Benoit Chaves is the founder of VC & Chance and a young man whose tireless fight against gang and youth violence can be clearly seen in the work he does. His docu-dramas help raise awareness on the hurdles and pathways young people in the UK take to survive in boroughs and cities conflicted with gun violence and crime.
Akua Gyamfi is the director of The British Blacklist which is described as the IMDB for the UK’s British African and Caribbean market. It serves as an online portal chronicling the careers of professionals from film, TV and music while keeping the public up to date with the goings on within the Afro Caribbean community.