The Black Market & Film Festival

Saturday, 30 July 2016 from 12:00 to 21:00

The eighth Black Market & Film Festival is an event to showcase, expose and connect Black cultural and creative entrepreneurs to the community and to provide a platform to sell their products, promote their skills and engage with the local and surrounding community.

The aim of the event is to:

  • Showcase and connect Black cultural and creative entrepreneurs to the community
  • Increase the exposure of Black cultural and creative sector’s participation in the wider community
  • To provide a platform to sell their products, promote their skills and engage with the local and surrounding community.
  • To raise the awareness of the importance and relevance of increasing your personal financial literacy and the benefits of developing and adopting an enterprising lifestyle.

We will have stalls Showcasing African Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Fashion, Skincare, Hair Care, Food, Books, DVDs, Toys & more! There will be educational and interactive presentation on Black Economic Empowerment and film screenings for all the family.
For a list of exhibitors, go to

12.00pm – 1.00pm:
Presentation: Start-up Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid
by Diana Powell, Global Institute of Entrepreneurship

There are so many steps involved in starting a business, it’s easy to get a little lost along the way. Everyone makes mistakes, but when it comes to your startup, even seemingly harmless oversights could cost you a lot in the long run. So what are the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs should avoid? If you’re about to launch your business, or are thinking about taking that leap of faith then this workshop is for you.

Diana Powell has over 20 years working within education, youth and enterprise development both within the UK, USA and across Africa. Her current achievements have included the development and establishment of the Global Institute for Entrepreneurship a UK base NGO developed to provide various platforms to nurture entrepreneurship sequentially breaking down social and economic barriers that hinder the mind-set of many established and budding entrepreneurs.Other accomplishments include:

  •     Being a member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum
  •     Chairwomen of the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum UK
  •     Chairwoman of African Diaspora Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Association UK
  •     Hosting The Black Business Economic Show, on GKTV London, UK TV platform

1.30pm – 3.00pm:
North London Premiere: Black Friday: What legacy will you leave? (2015) by Ric Mathis


Black Friday takes an in depth look into the spending habits of African-Americans in America. The film chronicles the financial miseducation of many African-Americans and explores the economic pitfalls that continue to derail the progress of the community-at-large. In an effort to heighten the economic awareness and financial responsibility in the community, the film, Black Friday, presents solutions on how to better manage the 1.2 Trillion dollars that leaves African-American communities annually. In addition, the film champions the importance of leaving a financial and ethical legacy for the next generation.

3.30pm – 4.30pm
UK PREMIERE: GKTV Black Group Economics Business Show Pilot


The Black Group Economics Business Show is an opportunity to empower our community to do something about this situation using the one tool that gives us a fighting chance, Education. Learn directly from top scholars and entrepreneurs about the paths to success. Learn more about the history of Black people and Black businesses in the UK. Learn the code of conduct for practicing group economics.

5.00pm – 6.00pm
UK PREMIERE: ‘When The Checks Stop Coming In’


In is a candid investigation into the lives of Black celebrities as they fall from fame and fortune to downright broke. It’s the life of a celebrity ­­one minute you are singing to an audience of thousands, playing to an arena of screaming fans, or performing on television for millions of viewers. The accolades are coming fast and furious and the money is pouring in. You think that the dream that you’re living is never going to end, but then you wake up one day and all your money and your livelihood is gone. Your worst nightmare has come true and you’re broke, the groupies are gone and the lifestyle has dried up.

Even the most seasoned and celebrated have lost it all. The list of celebrities gone broke includes Toni Braxton, Antione Walker, TLC, Wesley Snipes, Allen Iverson, MC Hammer, Dennis Rodman…it goes on and on. Moguldom Studios interviews celebrities, managers, agents, and their financial advisors to learn how much was being spent and how these celebs spared no expense for the glitz and glamour that was their ultimate demise. This documentary looks behind the curtain and into the lives of black celebrities to find out how they got into financial trouble and what advice they would give to others in hindsight. Be it lavish lifestyles, poor financial management, child support, or tax evasion, When The Checks Stop Coming In explores how these celebrities perpetuate an underlying issue within the African American community: an obsession with the American dollar.
6.30pm – 7.30pm
UK PREMIERE: ‘Dumb it Down: Exposing the Truth Behind Hip Hop (2015)’


Over the years, mainstream media and pop culture created a stigma that looks down upon being intelligent. In today’s society “being cool” is actually the opposite of being intelligent, and essentially certain entertainers “dumb down” their intelligence for ratings and record sales. Dumb it Down exposes the entertainment industry for forcing prominent African American celebrities to tone down their intelligence in order to maintain relevance.

7.45pm – 8.00pm


Your Land is an astonishing, extraordinary film that taps into the mystical and unknown questions on “The Slave Trade.” The origin of the term “Africa-African” and the existence of the “so-called” Africans in the Americas forces its audience to take a much deeper look into its history. Stars Ochuwa Oghie, Mohammed Ali Ojarigi, James Akingbade.
8.00pm – 9.00pm
North London Premiere: Bleaching Black Culture


What do Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus have in common? To many, they are cultural vultures, and a new film called Bleaching Black Culture explores this ongoing issue of cultural misappropriation.

From the birth of jazz to the evolution of hip hop; the advents of urban trends to transformative advances in technology, African Americans have played an integral role in molding American culture. Unfortunately, we tend to not be the beneficiaries of our own innovation. Bleaching Black Culture examines the continuum of America’s Black cultural appropriation and effects on the African American community.

The imprint of cultural theft has a long legacy, and this power of influence in music, sports, fashion and art translates into millions of dollars for our country. So, if the African­ American community is the cultural architect, why are we still outside of the building begging to get in? Cultural branding has not only helped to exploit the hip­-hop community along with other forms of Black art, but it’s managed to monetize off of Black marginalization. Currently, the Rhythm and Blues Billboard chart, a genre developed for the African American voice, is dominated with the likes of Robin Thicke, Justin Bieber and Adele. Perhaps, it’s easier to sell Black art when it’s masked in “white face.” Yet the argument with the latter comes from the 2013 African American consumer report. It shows Black buying power rising from its current astonishing $1 trillion level to a forecasted $1.3 trillion by 2017.

Since the African American community is the number one consumer, it begs to ask – can we take ownership of our cultural influence and convert our buying power into economic capital? Or, with the appropriation of Black culture becoming more and more exploitative and lucrative, is admiration the new bastardization?


The event will be held at West Green Learning Centre @ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR.


By Train: Seven Sisters Underground & Mainline Rail Station (from Liverpool St) and Tottenham Hale Underground & Mainline Rail Station (from Liverpool St).

By Tube: Seven Sisters (Victoria Line) and Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly Line)

By Bus: Numbers 41, 67, 230, 341 pass nearby the entrance. We advise that you get off at a stop near Black Boy Lane on West Green Road.

By Car: Free parking available, accessed via Langham Road or free on street parking along Black Boy Lane

Any profits from the Black Market and Film Festival will go towards funding future events as we are SELF FUNDED and strive to be self-sufficient.

Our economic empowerment and liberation is OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Tickets cost £6.50 if purchased before 6pm on Friday 29th July 2016.

Tickets will be £8.00 on the door

Children under 16 and Elder’s over 60 are FREE

Please note that this event will be filmed and photographed. This event is being filmed for display, distribution, and broadcast, including on television and the World Wide Web. By attending and participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be filmed and waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image.

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