Black Media, Culture & Sports Talks

Thursday 17th October

6pm – 9.30pm

Black media is extremely powerful, this event will highlight what can be done to push positive black stories and how we can embrace our culture in today’s society. Speaking with black entrepreneurs and professionals within media and sports we aim to discuss some of the exciting opportunities available for black professionals.

Who is this for?
Anyone interested in pursuing a career in these industries and anyone within the media and sports industry. Regardless of your race this is a fantastic session for you to attend.

Speakers

Aicha McKenzie

Founder and CEO of AMCK Management LTD and former Team GB Gymnast

Aicha McKenzie is a dynamic and accomplished individual whose story unfolds across the realms of sports, entertainment, and entrepreneurship. As a former Team GB gymnast, Aicha clinched three bronze medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, setting the stage for a journey marked by resilience and determination.
Her talents extend beyond gymnastics; she has graced the stage as a dancer for Take That, choreographed performances at the Olympic Games, and seamlessly transitioned into entrepreneurship. Aicha founded AMCK Management, a ground-breaking agency that has since given rise to AMCK Dance, AMCK Models, and AMCK Fit, advocating for representation and diversity, and establishing her as a trailblazer in the entertainment industry with the ethos “for the talent, for the culture.”

Just Geen

PT & Fitness Creator

Just Geen is a highly decorated health and fitness influencer. She is a qualified personal trainer, online coach and content creator and has partnered with household brands such as Gymshark, Dyson, Amazon and more. She is the founder of the popular fitness event Beats & Bands and empowers her worldwide audience with innovative and exciting ways to manage their health and wellness.

Sophia Thakur

Award-winning, best-selling author and performance poet

Sophia is the Youth Creator and Educator Ambassador for Jordan’s Jumpman23 women’s squad and is continuing to work on a series of activities to empower communities. Her second poetry collection Wearing My Mother’s Heart launched in November 2022 and she was also announced as one of the Forbes under 30 for Arts and Culture within Europe.

The spoken word artist climbed onto the stage at the age of 16 with a refreshing and intimate take on traditional poetry, and captivated a room full of career professionals. Since then, she has pushed the boundaries of poetry to inspire varied audiences across the world from the Glastonbury stage to the Ted Talks stage to countless mainstream TV and radio stations.

David Olusegun

Co-Founder Creative Control Ventures

David Olusegun is Co-Founder of Creative Control Ventures, a venture builder revolutionising the CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) industry. CCV collaborates with celebrities in the UK & US to develop and launch the world’s most innovative and influential CPG brands. The inaugural brand developed under the CCV umbrella was Nala’s Baby, a natural skincare line designed for infants. This brand was co-founded with Krept, one-half of the renowned rap duo Krept x Konan and Sasha Ellese. Nala’s Baby achieved remarkable success, selling out within ten minutes of its launch. The brand has since been made available in major retailers, including Boots, Morrisons, Tesco, Ocado, and Amazon, highlighting its widespread acceptance and demand.

The second venture under the Creative Control Ventures (CCV) portfolio is SYPS, a brand that introduced a range of flavoured sparkling water with zero sugar and zero calories. This brand was co-founded with Platinum-selling rapper Aitch, known for his significant influence in the music industry. SYPS has received positive reviews for its quality and taste. The brand’s success is further evidenced by its availability in 1,200 Iceland stores across England, making it widely accessible to a broad audience.

Boasting over a decade of experience in the entertainment and media space, David is a respected thought leader, known for his visionary strategy, P&L prowess, operational management, leadership, and creative communication that transcends product, digital, media, and brand.
Throughout his dynamic career, David has held key roles in entertainment, sports, and the creator economy, working with global powerhouses like Warner Music, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nike, and Sony Pictures, and more.

Honoured with multiple accolades, David has been named one of the Top 100 African Business Leaders in the UK, featured in Music Week’s esteemed 30 Under 30 list, and appeared on Powerful Media’s Future Leader list, solidifying his reputation as an industry trailblazer.

Masibu Manima

Founder & MD of Translate Culture

A Data and Digital Marketing professional with over 12 years of experience, Masibu has been helping consumer brands grow through data and culturally informed campaigns. Previously co-founded two online entertainment platforms, Mixtape Madness & BWNG TV where he used audience insights to help inner city artists and actors break into the music and TV industry.

He is now focused on helping consumer and media brands grow through authentic partnerships and activations.

Chris Eubank, Sr.

A British former world champion professional boxer who held the WBO Middleweight and Super-Middleweight titles, scoring victories over six world champions.

Chris remained a world champion for over five years, undefeated in his first ten years as a professional, and remained undefeated at Middleweight. Winning 19 of 24 world championship fights affords him a unique perspective on the art, craft, and mentality needed to be an elite champion. His world title contests against fellow Britons Nigel Benn and Michael Watson created a golden era in the 1990s, with Eubank’s eccentric personality making him one of the most recognisable celebrities of the period, a status that still holds true today in the UK. While Chris grew up primarily in London and Jamaica, it was at the age of 16, after he was sent to the Bronx, NY, that he first took up boxing.

Eubank is credited for his bravery in the ring, in which he was able to take considerable amounts of punishment from power punchers en route to his victories and defeats, and for this, he is said to have a “granite chin”. Eubank is a former two-weight world boxing champion.
Since his retirement from boxing, Eubank has been an acclaimed and internationally recognised keynote speaker and is in high demand as one of Britain’s most sought-after motivational and empowerment speakers.

ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL