Started On :: 09/10/2015 - Ended On :: 09/11/2015
The I’mPOSSIBLE. conversation returns for Black History Month to add a ‘HERstory’ feel to proceedings. UK based, social enterprise celebrates the life stories and successes of women of colour during Black History Month UK. Despite the strategic, persistent and pernicious erasure of women of colour from the London nightclub scene and feminist movement, the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation restores balance authentically
· The panel line-up consists of:
o filmmaker – Cecile Emeke
o head of publicity, Columbia Records UK – Taponeswa Mavunga
o house music pioneer and singer – Kym Mazelle
o managing editor, i-D Magazine – Lynette Nylander
o chartered architect and RIBA Councillor – Elsie Owusu OBE
- Hosted by Buzzfeed UK’s culture editor, Bim Adewunmi
Next Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30pm, the UK social enterprise, I’mPOSSIBLE will hold its Black History Month edition of the ‘I’mPOSSIBLE conversation powered by MIZANI’. The successful, international panel event series that gives an empowering platform to the life stories and successes of women of colour returns with a stellar line up transcending industries, ages and backgrounds.
Joining an impressive list of panellist alumni, this edition sees acclaimed filmmaker, Cecile Emeke, music industry maven, head of publicity for Columbia Records UK, Taponeswa Mavunga, legendary house music pioneer and singer, Kym Mazelle, the 25 year old, managing editor of i-D magazine, Lynette Nylander and esteemed chartered architect, Elsie Owusu OBE. All hosted by Buzzfeed UK’s culture editor, Bim Adewunmi.
At a time where London nightclubs are left to openly discriminate on a gender and race basis against women of colour. And films about the historical UK feminist movement, leaves out pivotal contributions of women of colour to its success. Proves it to be fact that the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation is more necessary now, than ever before, to help highlight these stories of contribution, pioneering, resilience and success of women of colour. Uncovering role models that have been behind bringing house music to Europe to designing Green Park tube station and being at the helm of generation defining publications helps this dynamic group realise they are much more than what society dictates.
Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC, Simone Bresi-Ando said: “This global movement which I’mPOSSIBLE has been a part of since 2009, of women of colour reclaiming their stories, their images and their space in a world that would rather forget, devalue, shout over or erase them, is blossoming into a dynamic, forward-thinking and empowering platform that lifts as it shines. No longer will women of colour be relegated to faceless twerkers whose body parts and cultural IP is appropriated to either be ridiculed, accessorised with or profited from without seeing any of the return for their innovation. The age of being POSSIBLE is here to stay.”
Jessica Osunsanmi, MIZANI UK commented: “Mizani are excited to be welcoming another inspirational and successful panel through continuing to power the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation. It is great to be able to provide a space and be so heavily involved in such a positive and much needed event.”
The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation started in 2011 and is an intimate panel event series that puts women of colour on a platform to discuss and share their journey’s to being POSSIBLE. The event has built up an impressive panellist alumni including esteemed former head of legal and company secretary of the John Lewis Group, Margaret Casely-Hayford, critic and playwright, Bonnie Greer OBE to trailblazing space scientist, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.