What a year it’s been!
For the global diaspora, it has been a year of great highs and lows and it’s been a pleasure to see them covered so thoroughly by the team here at Black Wall St. Media.
November was an interesting month and what stood out for me most was that issues of institutional racism, intersectionality and lack of representation and inclusion are still far too much of a headline.
The Baton Awards
On the 24th I held my event, the Fifth annual Baton Awards: Celebrating women from diverse cultural backgrounds and, as always, I was blown away by the excellence that was showcased on the night. Despite adversity, barriers and glass ceilings, our community achieve so much. Every single nominee, finalist and winner were testimony to Black and brown excellence. As was Black Wall St Media’s coverage on the three black entrepreneurs who own 38 grocery stores and have just received $13.5m to buy six more.
As the African proverb goes, ‘There is no beauty but the beauty of action.’ The truth is, when we work together, support each other, and reach for excellence, we can achieve it. Black excellence is always within our grasp. December is the Month of Giving and the concept of the ‘Christmas Spirit’ revolves around people making a difference in society by helping others. The truth is, we may not be able to fix every issue overnight but there are so many charities and organisations who are on the frontline and fighting for change. As we spend on gifts, turkeys, trees and lights this Christmas, my advice is to find a charity that is working in an area that speaks to your heart and donate whatever you can afford.
Natalie Morris provided food for thought with ‘The Cost-of-Living Crisis Disproportionately Affects People with Sickle Cell’. She emphasised that wars over sky-high heating bills aren’t the only way the cost-of-living crisis will disproportionately damage the Black community.
Alyssa Tundidor’s article about navigating life as a Black, neurodivergent woman and its complexities was an example of just how much we as intersectional women go through every day. For Alyssa, growing up, her layered identity presented a trifecta of unique challenges, some of which follow her to this day, and this is an important insight on what it is to be black, female, and neurodiverse.