Black Excellence Hall of Fame
Danielle Dennis, Creative Computing student
What does black excellence mean to me?
As a black person, I take pride in the term black excellence as it is a self explanatory expression in what being black means to me. Black excellence speaks of the decisions we have made as a people and in our individual lives, to see other blacks rise above the prejudice limitations in society.? It speaks of the struggles we have overcame and to this day fight to remain victorious? though our success is not favoured by society. Black excellence shows the progress and wins the melanated people have accomplished in areas within the job sectors and legal system where we are the minority and our voice is now heard where they didn't previously hear us because we are black. Black excellence is me, its every black person proud to be black who uplifts their fellow brother and sisters even when,? even though and even if we have to continue explaining the royalty of our blackness in this biased world.
Why do you think black history month is important?
For a people who have had more battles than victories, I think it is imperative we recognise the efforts our forefathers have made so today we can have more privileges. It is hard to appreciate a gift without knowledge of the sacrifices made for us to obtain it.? Black history month is a designated period that teaches and encourages black people to not take where we are for granted and also give insight to non blacks on the struggles we have faced. This could hopefully challenge them to help us to equality while using their privileges.
Also, with the younger generation knowing where the black race has journeyed from, they can educate their children and we'll never forget who we are and the resilience that comes with our skin.
Kadiatou Bah, Pharmacology student
Why is black history month imprtant?
Black history month is important in my opinion because its a time where we are able to focus on all the achievements our community has acquired. Although I think its important we mention different people and not only the few usual, its good that we do learn our culture and teach others about our great achievements.
Who inspires you?
So there is this amazing person that I met not long ago she is from the black community and she has helped me soo much into making sure that me as a black person, that i am not left behind or looked at in a different way. She hasmade sure that I achieve my full potential and I love her for that and I hope I can be inspiring peopke the same way
Nkiruka Okigbo & Media and communications Student
Who inspires you?
Serena Williams , her drive and her sports man ship is really amazing and how far along she has pushed herself especially with the hate she gets from people because of the way her body is and how she amazing of a mother she is .
3b. Black excellence to me is when I see my black brothers or sisters thriving and enjoying their life and aswell just getting the respect they so deserve.
Why is Black History month important?
I believe black history month is important because it’s Good to just appreciate Africans and all they have to offer and even tho it should be done everyday ofc it’s just amazing to still see all the amazing things that have been accomplished.
Karem Hopffer Fernandes
Fashion Promotion and Imaging student
Who inspires you?
My mother Isabel Frederico Hopffer Fernandes inspires me every day to become the best version of myself, she is my rock and right hand. I learn every day with her about life. She reminds me to be myself, to never give up on my dreams/goals moreover, she reminds me that whatever I intend to accomplish must be done with love.
- Michelle Obama inspires me to keep going and continue focused on my daily journey even when the direction is arduous, she gives me the courage to always believe in myself. She is an inspirational woman.
What does Black does excellence mean to you?
Black Excellence means to me the following:
- Opportunities to demonstrate our capacity;
-Confidence to face everything (oppression), to be unapologetic black;
-Recognition of the efforts accomplished to be shared into the community and inspire others to do the same or better, however with admiration, respect and visibility;
- Achievement to maintain the focus even when there is a challenge, do not give up and be determined;
- Influence occurs when we work to have the same perception that helps resilience and empower the community;
- Resilience to maintain the community strength to face any challenge or obstacle
Glory Beyi, VP Activities and Participations
Whats your favourite aspect about Black British Culture?
My favourite aspect of the black British culture is the way we all welcome and celebrate all back cultures whether African or Caribbean. That’s what makes cities like London so fun to live in
What does Black excellence mean to you?
Black Excellence to me, is finding the unique beauty in your identity as a black person. It’s not about opening a school, being an entrepreneur, dedicating your existence to being activist or just about ‘black luxury’ it’s also things such as black joy and black love. Black excellence is also simple tings like loving your texture for what it is, loving the skin you’re in
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I’m not a good Black writer, I’m a good writer, period. And it sucks that Black people and People of Color don’t get the privilege of individualism.
Dave is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Dave has gained acclaim for his socially conscious lyricism and wordplay and is among the most recognised British rappers. Dave uses his platform to uplift the Black community and speaks about the injustice we witness Everday.
“Black is beautiful, black is excellent
Black is pain, black is joy, black is evident
It's workin' twice as hard as the people you know you're better than”- (Dave –Black lyric)
Michaela is a Ghanaian-British actress, screenwriter, director, producer and singer. Michaela Coel just recently earned herself a more than deserved Primetime Emmy Award for “I may destroy you” and has made history by being the first Black woman to win an Emmy in her category!
As well has her amazing work as an actress and screenwriter, Michaela continuously speaks on everyday issues that Black people face. “I am a black woman and that will always be true. And, for me, there is nothing like going to a different country where nobody knows me and experiencing the way security guards follow me around the pharmacy or grocery shop.
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‘The Met is the biggest fashion event of the year, and for this theme, I wanted to create something that was meaningful and would spark a conversation.
‘So that when people see us all together, it will put these Black designers at the top of people’s minds.’
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She is best known for her Youtube channel where she has accumalted more than 650,000 subscribers. She creates challenges, stories, look books, and various vlogs.