The sun sets behind the roof of Wembley Stadium last Saturday evening as the Final of Hearts of Talent began.
As I made my way past security and up the escalators to the second floor I enter the entrance to the Booby Moore Suite to be greeted by my dear friend Jasmine Dale, entrepreneur, mother, wife and the inspiring woman behind Hearts of Talent, a contest taking on some of London’s biggest community issues. Hearts of Talent offers so much more than the music competition – it is a programme that builds trust between the police and the community, giving young people a pathway to education and employment.
With the help from of Jasmines equally impressive and inspiring daughter, Amoy entertains and engages the audience from the stage with confidence and charisma.
I’m just in time to hear her say let the show begin.
Throughout the evening I would a catch a glimpse of Jasmine in Amoy as she keeps the night moving. I have watched Amoy grow in recent years to this beautiful confident, strong Black Woman and I can not help but smile when I ponder over her future in the industry.
Hearts of Talent offers so much more than the music competition - it is a programme that builds trust between the police and the community, giving young people a pathway to education and employment.
Founded by businesswoman Jasmine, Hearts of Talent is an inspiring anti-knife crime campaign that holds annual performing arts competitions across the UK aged between eight and 30. The competition started out as THE BRENT FACTOR owing to the fact Brent is the Borough of Culture and also the home borough for Jasmine and Amoy.
Co-founder Amoy in a recent article stated, “Mum had a feeling in her heart that things needed to change.”
Through strong support of the Community and the Public Sector, this competition strives to provide young people with the opportunity to drop the knife, pick up a mic and unlock their full potential. The competition has also grabbed attention in America, Nigeria and India who are also keen to engage.
The panel of four judges included rap artists K9 and Lemzi, comedian Rudi Lickwood, and Street Pastor Loy another dear friend of mine who hosts a radio show every week called Blunts for Life.
Congratulations to the winner of the competition was Ky, Lewis 23, who was introduced to Hearts of Talent through social media and was a late entry. His mum saw an Instagram post while at work and sent it to him. After reaching out to Jasmine, the late comer was so impressive he skipped the auditions.
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