Bright Lights Awards Ceremony (BLAC) in partnership with the Royal Air Force, is an annual event for the UK’s grassroots African-Caribbean communities. Honouring the past, Celebrating the present, & Embracing the future by paying tribute to success stories across the many walks of life; showcasing the individuals & organisations who make our communities such wonderful places to live, work & play.
Proud sponsors of the ‘LOBL Awards’ in Nottingham.
This event is long overdue and needs to be highlighted. There’s not a lot of credit going where credit is due when it comes to young people. Recognising something a young person has done goes a long way and to be able to shine a beacon of light on them is great.
I feel The BLAC Awards are a brilliant and insightful way to highlight achievements of those who may not usually be identified or noticed.
So awesome to see a new fresh upcoming award that highlights individuals in the African and Caribbean communities! It is so necessary! I am looking forward to them!
The BLAC Awards, I must first say, I love what you are doing & stand for.
I love your movement.
I love what I'm seeing.
Well done for this great initiative.
Sending my warmest regards and keep up the great work you are doing.
I'm so honoured to be part of this ceremony and be around so many esteemed trailblazers who are leading the way. Good on them. God bless them and may they continue to be a beacon of light in a dark world making big and positive change.
Brilliant what you guys are doing.
I think the work you are doing to recognise our unsung heroes is wonderful.
This is incredible spirit of excellence.
Your guests are in for a treat. A game-changing event in our community.
May the awards be a success, but beyond that, become a lasting legacy befitting of the hard work and enterprise showed by the nominees and recipients.
This is a very important event which will become enshrined within the African Caribbean communities in the United Kingdom.
It's really important to recognise positive role models.
You and your sisters and brothers are the new light.
It is critical that everyone participates in the construction of our youth in their developmental phases or else the result will end in destruction.
It's a great job that you're doing, well done guys.
It's going to be a phenomenal event and I'm so looking forward to it.
I wish you all the best with this, it's a great initiative. Thank you for what you are doing in the community we need it, lots of love and respect.
This is great.
Absolutely love and appreciate what you're establishing through these awards. Not enough recognition is given to our people in regards to their contributions via their talents, creativity, and accomplishments. Very much looking forward to the awards.
This really looks fantastic and has caught my heart.
A huge thank you for this beautiful initiative. It is indeed very important to shine a bright light on those inspirational role models who work tirelessly to make a positive impact in our communities.
We appreciate the work you are doing and we believe that you are one of the organisations that can strategically represent Africa and it's talents.
This is awesome. Celebrating pure talent and connecting people is one thing I always look for so I'll be following closely and cheering you up.
The BLAC Awards are going to be a really powerful affair.
This is a brilliant initiative. Congratulations to the Organisers of this much needed and innovative award scheme.
It’s important to showcase our people and through lived experience, grow empathy. I’m very passionate about it.
This is incredible what you are doing. I love the mix of people; it’s our culture wrapped in one celebration.
Thank you and well done for the work you do to empower and highlight some of the positive things in our community.
The BLAC Awards seems like an organisation committed to making a positive impact on the African-Caribbean Community.
We really appreciate the work that you're putting in to support our community.
Your work seems very important in today’s social and political climate.
Thank you for organising such an essential event to inspire our children especially black teenage boys. Congratulations on the great work you are doing with providing a platform to recognise all the positive things that our community is doing.
This year we are delighted to be raising money for the Frank Bruno charity The Presidents Sporting Club & Disabled Sports Foundation which help children with mental and physical disabilities and The Frank Bruno Foundation in Northampton – “Building healthy bodies & healthy minds”.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
We must become bigger than we have been, more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.
Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
When people are determined, they can overcome anything.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
It takes a village to raise a child.
A child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
Success is liking what you do and liking how you do it.
When your intentions are pure you don't lose anyone...they lose you.
When you start seeing your worth you'll find it harder to stay around people who don't.
It's ok if some people don't like you; not everyone has good taste.
The worst part about having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don't.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.
-Martin Luther King
Don't let success go to your head, and failure to your heart.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
If everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot.
When someone tells you who they are, believe them.
Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you.
Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come; get up and make them.
-Madam C.J. Walker
A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning.
I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.
We are failing because we're willing to do everything for money but not willing to do anything for our people.
You don't become what you want, you become what you believe.
Sometimes you have to make a decision that will hurt your heart but heal your soul.
Instead of judging others' circumstances, how about asking...is there anything I can do to help?.
-The Safeguarding Agency
Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself...and then stand up for someone else.
There comes a point where we need to just stop pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in.
I am what I am because of who we all are.
When they go low, we go high.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
-Martin Luther King Jr
If a person gets up after a fall, it is not physics but character.
It's better to walk alone than to walk with a crowd going in the wrong direction.
Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings.
The results come when you align yourself with positive energy.
Failure is success in progress.
We repeat what we don't repair.
Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance you have to keep moving.
The sky has no limits, neither should you.
If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
When people are determined, they can overcome anything.
I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I'm changing the things I cannot accept.
Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.
All limits are self imposed.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
If you're always trying to be normal, you'll never know how amazing you can be.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
-Edward E. Cummings
Never try to destroy someone's life with a lie when yours could be destroyed by the truth.
For these are our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
You can't be hesitant about who you are.
Never let anyone, any person or any force, dampen, dim or diminish your light.
-Congressman John Lewis
You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.
Don't associate yourself with toxic people. It's better to be alone and love yourself than surrounded by people who make you hate yourself.
You cannot heal in the same environment where you got sick.
If you can stay positive in a negative situation, you win.
The art of knowledge is knowing what to ignore.
Just because you lost me as a friend doesn't mean you gained me as an enemy. I still wanna see you eat, but just not at my table.
Sit with winners, the conversation will be different.
If you run into a wall, don't run around it and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.
The successful Warrior is the average man, with a laser-like focus.
If you are tired, keep going, if you are scared, keep going, if you are hungry, keep going, and if you want to taste freedom, keep going.
Not everyone will understand and see your journey. Always be yourself and focus on your path.
Success is to be measured not by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
-Booker T. Washington
Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.
Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held it's ground.
What we call our enemy may be nothing more than our teacher. Find, analyse and learn your lesson.
If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to start to be great.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don't just be mad at him or her.
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
Sometimes all you can do is accept there's not much you can do, and sometimes all you can control is how well you let go of control
You are not a victim, just a fighter with scars that few understand.
Have the courage to be disliked.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
It's not my job to be likeable. It's my job to be myself. The right people will gravitate.
No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.
If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.
The world is changed by your example not by your opinion.
The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.
In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after each other as if we were one tribe.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
-George Washington Carver
The comeback must always be stronger than the setback.
The hardest walk is walking alone, but it's also the walk that makes you the strongest.
Society runs on our dependency for one another for successful outcomes. We look for dependency outside of our family members.
The meaning of community is often misunderstood, understated or overlooked. The word ‘Community’ generally refers to sections.
Our security within a community comes from a strong natural human instinct of wanting to associate with one another.
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