Crafting Coalitions for Change | EurAfrican Forum 2018

I had the pleasure of being invited to Portugal to speak on a panel, at EurAfrican Forum 2018. I'm not going to lie, I was a bit spetical about saying yes to this opporutinity because it was so random and I didn't truly understand why they wanted me to speak at such a grand event. Well, all I can say is.... self-doubt gets you nowhere because I am so glad I accepted.

On the panel we spoke on the many ways different brands can form positive relationships with influencers of African heritage and how our race effects our industry.

with Influencers, Curlture and founder of BlackBloggers Network

The conversation was very interesting yet insightful for me, as I do find it very different to speak to an all white audience than a predominately black one. The atmosphere is just different, especially when race is discussed. A lot of times, black audiences are very interactive with different accounts of experiences,whereas white audiences tend to be quiet. I do think this is because a lot of white people don't feel comfortable speaking on race and struggle with asking questions that don't offend. Whilst I appreciate the sentiment, change doesn't happen with mouths closed. I have always said, in order to combat racism we need to have open and honest conversations.

I did however speak and network with many people at the Welcome Drinks Reception who spoke on some very interesting topics in relation to race and media.

I hope the EurAfrican Forum continues to push forward to create change and I am so happy to have been a part of it.

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