To celebrate Women’s History Month
And International Women’s Day 2022

SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2022
NOVOTEL LONDON W6 • 11 AM – 7 PM EST

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The Event For Black Women by Black Women.

On Saturday, March 5, we delivered an impactful festival leading up to International Women’s Day 2022, centring on the unique experiences of Black British women and girls.

At our first event of 2022,  CURLYTREATS Festival introduced our Dear Black Women event, which included a series of interactive workshops, curated talks, solution-oriented seminars, and a marketplace dedicated to Black women and girls our intersecting identities.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day – our sisters took part in an exciting programme of activities designed to celebrate the everyday Black women and girls.

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The Experts

Amenti The Awakener

Spiritual Teacher, Psychotherapist, Transformational Wellness Expert

Laurie-Ann Binns

Natural Hair and
Beauty Influencer

Yolanda Toussaint

Author, Motivational Speaker, Artist, Entrepreneur, Lecturer

Saskia Calliste

Author, Assistant Editor,
Journalist

Zainab Raghdo

Author, Editor,
Content Writer

Amma
Gyimah

Arts Teacher and Headwrap Expert

Ngozi Fulani

CEO & FoundHer of Sistah Space

Tia Sunlight

Sound Energy Healer & FoundHer of Take Your Soul And Elope​

Simi Lindgren

Founder of Yuty Me - AI-driven Beauty Marketplace

Bola Sol

Author, Finance Expert,
Presenter

Diahanna Clarke

Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist - Dedicated to Change Project ​

Fiona
Quadri

Creative

Dr Jennifer Owusu Adjei MBBS Bsc

Obstetric And Gynaecology Registrar

Sosina Binyam

Artist & Co-Founder of Hope and Unity

Oya Heart Warrior

Yoga Teacher and FoundHer of Unapologetically Black Yoga

Nia Faisal

Beauty
Influencer

Lisa Bent

Author, Presenter
The Coaching Counsellor

Elaine Griffith

Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist - Dedicated to Change Project

Sicgmone Kludje & Vea Koranteng

FoundHers of Black Girl Knit Club

Dr Remi Mogekwu
MBBS Msc ​

Obstetric And Gynaecology Registrar

Lindsey Daniella

Visual Artist

Kesha Williams

Beauty Expert and FoundHer of Colorblend Makeup

vanessa La Rose

Black-Owned Book Retailer - FoundHer of Book & Kulture

Marva Carty

Self Published
Author

Catherine Rock

Trainee/ Counsellor - Dedicated to Change Project

Leah
Salmon

Nutritionist and Author

Charmaine
Simpson

FoundHer of Black History Studies

Rochelle Clarke

Finr Artist and Designer

Wellness Programme

We created a calm space for Black Women to feel safe and be vulnerable with our wellness practitioners. We meditated, danced, relaxed, sang, and cried together – we created a collective space to support each other on individual self-care and self-love journeys – because Black Women are worthy of wellness too.

Sound energy practitioner Tia made our sisters feel happier, lighter and more at ease by raising their vibrational frequencies through harnessing the power of sound energy healing meditation. Participants immersed in this sound bath gave them a sense of calmness and peacefulness.

Sound energy healing is a meditative practice that uses a variety of musical instruments to generate healing vibrations in and around our bodies. These instruments produce waves of soothing and echoing sounds that can help with depression, fatigue, and stress symptoms. These sounds lead to deeper reflection, relaxation and cultivating inner peace – connecting mind, body and soul.

Amenti The Awakener created a moment in time for Black Women to unleash the Goddess within them. Participants explored and activated the divine feminine energy of ancient African Goddesses inside through sacral movements.

Amenti The Awakener is a highly sought Spiritual Teacher, 5th Generation Healer, Womb Alchemist, Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Therapy Trainer, Best Selling Author, Transformational Wellness Expert and Initiated Priestess. She has worked with high profile clients, local communities and corporate organisations advocating a holistic approach to wellness and women’s leadership! She has graced international stages and is well known for her wealth of experience and powerful presence.

Through this therapeutic yoga class with meditation practices, the participants released stress, eased tension, and cultivated Black joy.
Using restorative practices from Oya Heart Warrior’s health-enhancing yoga sequences, our sisters were able to stretch and strengthen their bodies without “brukking up” themselves.

Oya Heart Warrior is a Yoga Teacher and Founder of Unapologetically Black Yoga, whose focus is building compassionate spaces for Black people of all abilities, shapes and sizes to feel genuinely welcome to yoga. Her mental health and yoga therapy background informs her perspective of bringing holistic wellbeing to Black people through yoga. Oya believes in the powerful wisdom of our hearts and the truth in our bodies to guide us to our highest state of wellbeing and self-acceptance.

Using healing practices from the ancestral Mothers of creation to increase womb power, wealth, worth and wellness – our sisters took part in a powerful, intimate and cleansing experience delivered by Amenti The Awakener.

Amenti The Awakener is a highly sought Spiritual Teacher, 5th Generation Healer, Womb Alchemist, Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Therapy Trainer, Best Selling Initiated Priestess. She has worked with high profile clients, local communities and corporate organisations advocating a holistic approach to wellness and women’s leadership! She has graced international stages and is well known for her wealth of experience and powerful presence.

To offer the energy of peace, positivity and prosperity to everyone at the event, sound energy practitioner Tia used drums, gongs, affirmations and other healing instruments to support Black women in moving our minds, bodies and emotions in the direction of becoming more whole.

Beauty Programme

In Partnership With ColorBlend Makeup London

Kesha Williams highlighted the importance of spotlighting Black Women in the beauty industry and the efforts made to represent our intersecting identities. Kesha Williams is one of the UK’s only Black women with a complete cosmetics range. As well as bridging the gap between high-street and high-end cosmetics, Kesha’s mission is to provide premium options for consumers who experience an undersupply of suitable and accessible cosmetics. Kesha is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur featured in Forbes, Black Hair and Beauty Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. Passionate about representation, inclusivity, and self-expression, Kesha champions change within the beauty industry by redefining what beauty means.

ColorBlend delivered an inspirational and interactive session celebrating the founder of Yuty, Simi Lindgren. Participants learned how Simi successfully raised £500k in pre-seed investment funding for Yuty. Also, how she balances between parenting and business.

ColorBlend advised undertones, foundation, and concealer application in the ‘Celebrate Your Base’ segment.

Simi Lindgren is the Founder and CEO of Yuty, the personalised conscious beauty destination. Her mission is to use AI to empower beauty consumers to find the right beauty products and drive inclusive and environmental sustainability within the beauty industry.

Simi is a former award-winning commercial leader at FTSE and NYSE listed businesses, championing DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) and sustainability. Simi founded Yuty in 2020, which has featured in Elle and Refinery29. Simi grew up in the UK, attending St George’s Medical School and the University of Oxford. In 2021, Simi became the 10th Black female founder in the UK to successfully raise VC for her business and Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.

Makeup artists from ColorBlend demonstrated the benefits and effects of its award-winning and high-definition cosmetics range. Also provided solutions for makeup-related problems that Black Women may experience. Fortunate attendees got to try out ColorBlend’s foundations or lip colours!

Beauty influencer and PR expert Nia Faisal shared her experience of successfully entering and remaining in the beauty industry.

Makeup artist Laurie provided an insight into how she manages her creative career despite living with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and function neurological disorder.

Entrepreneur Kesha Williams discusses mentoring and its importance to business growth and personal development. She provided each attendee with the opportunity to sign up for business mentoring through the ColorBlend Agency – the home for makeup artists from across the UK.

Literary Programme

In Partnership With Book and Kulture 


This part of the festival featured Black-women authors who discussed various issues and topics, including feminism in everyday life, navigating society as a single Black woman, how Black hairstyles influence and shape mainstream culture, also how to improve your finances.

Marva Carty, a self-published author, dedicated her session to younger visitors of the festival. Participants joined Marva for a read-along and creative craft session around her Caribbean adventure.

In September 2021, Saskia and Zainab published a book titled: Hairvolution: Her Hair, Her Story, Our History. The project includes interviews from over thirty accomplished Black British Women, including MP Dawn Butler, comedian Angie Le Mar, entrepreneur Anastasia Chikezie, historian Stella Dadzie, and popstar Jamelia. Some of the world’s most inspiring Black Women spoke about their attitudes to and struggles with their hair.

Delivering a session about the politics and history of black hair, the authors and participants of this session explored how black hairstyles have played a part in the fight for social justice and the promotion of black culture.

They spoke about what it means to break down barriers, debunk stereotypes, heal from intergenerational trauma surrounding Black hair.

Lisa Bent is a writer of Jamaican descent from South London. Her degree in Counselling influences her writing style, and she champions the continuous journey of self-exploration. In this session, author Lisa Bent spoke about her search for love through several dating apps and how being single inspired her new book Symona’s Still Single. Symona’s Still Single explores the journey of Symona Brown. After being consciously single for several years, Symona is ready to jump back into the dating arena, and this time, she knows who she is and what she wants. But will the hard lessons she learned guide her to the love she desires? There was an open discussion about what it means to be a single Black Woman, including topics: singleness doesn’t necessarily mean loneliness, opening up your options, and navigating the dating world.

Bola Sol, a mathematics and finance graduate
helped our visitors make smarter money choices by providing insights into why we do what we do with our money, fueling participants to make financial changes.

Bola is passionate about women coming together to discuss money matters. She created the platform called Refined Currency in 2015 and its sister company Rich Girl Chronicles.

Bola is the co-host of The Last Three Digits podcast, host of web series The Bola Sol show, and leads weekly chats on social media about money. Bola has featured on the BBC, Stylist Magazine and Refinery 29. Through one conversation at a time, she wants to help build more financial confidence in everyone.

Yolanda Toussaint is widely known for having an unwavering voice on issues such as imperfect parenting. Yolanda’s session promoted a vital message: “We are not our biggest mistakes”. Women who attended this session felt understood, heard, and empowered to make the necessary changes to their lives.

Arts & Cultural Programme

Through a series of interactive arts and cultural drop-in sessions, we celebrated the everyday Black woman.
Amma carried out an interactive and educational head-wrapping session in the hope to build confidence in those who wear and would like to start wearing headwraps. The techniques required to create such fashionable head-wrapping styles were taught along with the history of African headwrapping.
Fiona is an Austro-Nigerian multimedia artist who explores the themes of belonging and identity. Fiona delivered a Black femme zine workshop where Black Women were able to take part in this creative healing experience. This was a safe space that encouraged conversations about wellbeing and the celebration of our intersectional identities. After the session participants took their zines home as a reminder of their self-love.
Black Girl Knit Club held a drop-in workshop for beginner and intermediate knitters who wanted to develop their knitting skills. During the session, participants were introduced to the basic knitting techniques that they would put into action when making their knitted coasters, using upcycled yarn to explore texture and colour.
The Naturally You Coach Leah shared some of her delicious smoothie recipes that all include African & Caribbean superfoods – simple, nutritious smoothies can help your skin to glow and make your hair shine from the inside out. Attendees had the opportunity to taste each smoothie whilst they were made fresh and ready to consume – sharing the health-boosting benefits of each recipe.

Solutions Programme

Participants took part in meaningful conversations relating to Black women’s issues and experiences. They were educated and advised on how they can get involved with organisations that are doing the work and be part of long-term changes.
Charmaine delivered an informative and inspirational session that gave insight into the hidden contributions of Black Women to World History – past and present. During this session, participants spoke with Charmaine about how we, as Black British women, have been excluded from both Women’s History and Black History. Charmaine educated on how Black Women can preserve their individual and collective legacies for generations to come – as this will make for a much more inclusive, richer, fuller, and more importantly, truthful account of World History.
Diahannas’s session informed our sisters on how we can better understand our feelings through therapy and release the truly special dynamic Black woman within us. Diahanna also advised attendees on how they can find and understand their true selves and purpose.

1 In 10 Women suffer from Endometriosis. Many women suffer in silence because it is an invisible chronic illness with varying symptoms; most endo sufferers are misdiagnosed for years.

Worldwide in March, it is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

During this interactive session, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Doctors – Dr Remi Mogekwu and Dr Jennifer Owusu discussed:
* the debilitating condition and its symptoms,
* its impact on the lives of endo sufferers,
* endometriosis diagnosis & treatment delays
* diagnostic methods & treatments.

Dr Remi Mogekwu and Dr Jennifer Owusu have a platform called Chat Her Box to educate and empower Black women to make informed choices about their care and move away from medical paternalism. They provide women with a safe platform to speak freely, ask questions and learn about their health.

Ngozi Fulani, CEO and founder of Sistah Space – (a specialist charity that supports African and Caribbean heritage affected by domestic & sexual abuse) discussed the intersectionality between domestic abuse and racism, the different types of abuse, and how to spot signs and act on them.

Counselling Taster Sessions By Black- Female Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Therapy for Black Women by Dedicated To Change Project helps us to explore our wounds and trauma. Releasing feelings of not feeling good enough, light enough, not having the perfect figure, daily stresses of life, family, work, and more can help improve your quality of life.

Having a Black-female counsellor or therapist that you can identify with creates comfortability and gives you the confidence to be open, helping you with your healing process.

With a combined experience of over one hundred years, attendees had the opportunity to receive a free counselling taster session from Black-women counsellors and psychotherapists. The Dedicated To Change Project was founded by Diahanna Clarke, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Art Galleries

We proudly introduced the following artists who showcased their art pieces at the event.

Event Floorplan

Saturday 5 March 2022 | 11 AM to 7 PM

Novotel West London, First Floor, Champagne Suite, International Ctre, 1 Shortlands, London W6 8DR

 

List of Exhibitors

A1 Knatural
A2 NHS Blood and Transplant
A3 Life of a Tree
A4 Ethnicity Clothing
A5 Sleeked
A6 Ivy Nat
A7 D’Ori Body Butters and Candles
B1 Big Nanny’s Hair Products
B2 Rufina Designs
B3 Yeye Mi
B4 SKINIRI London
B5 Uhuru Skincare
B6 Panthera Leo Beauty Limited
B7 Boni’s Blossoms
C1 KOL SOCIAL
C2 Nanela of London / Ibis Apothecary
C3 The Naturally You Coach
C4 Heleecus
C5 Dawn Jarvis
C6 Black History Studies
C7 Amenti The Awakener
D1 Kay Davis
D2 Umthi: Organic haircare
D3 Lava Cap
D4 Flakies
D5 House of Ohene
D6 Fashion Clicks
D7 Trisha K Creations
E1 ANAISARTS
E2 FG wear and accessories
E3 Minority Beauty
E4 The Chocolate Box Store
E5 Creme of Nature
E6 Sofnfree Naturals
E7 Denmar Distributing
E8 SHEER CHEMISTRY
E9 Tasha’s Chic BoutiqueTHE

Activities Include:

F1 Interactive Arts & Cultural Sessions
F2 Counselling Taster Sessions – Dedicated To Change Project
F3 Literary Sessions – Book & Kulture
F4 Beauty Sessions – ColorBlend

F5 Art Gallery – Fiona Quadri
F6 Art Gallery – Sosina Binyam
G1 Art Gallery – Rochelle Clarke
G2 Art Gallery – Lindsey Daniella

 

The marketplace

A selection of Black-owned businesses and the businesses that support the needs of Black women took part at the event on Saturday, March 5 2022, at Novotel London West.

Event venue

Novotel London West Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of London’s leading convention venues. The event returned to Novotel, taking place on the first floor of this 4-star venue. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Media Partner: KOL Social is a multicultural art and lifestyle magazine that celebrates unique global perspectives, the quarterly publication for predominantly Black people is available digitally and in print. KOL Social is committed to sharing the experiences and perspectives of primarily Black people through a combination of stunning photography, ground-breaking stories, lifestyle, entertainment news, reviews, and social commentary.

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