Leeds to host market supporting black-owned businesses

A market supporting black-owned businesses is taking place in Leeds this weekend. The Mahogany Market, at Trinity Leeds shopping centre, will showcase a range of local companies.

There will be sweet treats from Rae of Sunshine Events; fashion boutique Ebony Milestone; braid specialist Hair by Rhonda; Ghanaian family-run brand Buy Makola; and festival glitter from Leeds-based events company Boomchikkaboom.

Mahogany Market founder Rachael Mills said: “The Mahogany Market is all about supporting black-led local businesses and giving them a platform. We’d encourage everyone to get involved and show their support for these fantastic local businesses – not only for Black History Month but all-year-round.”

Trinity Leeds and another city shopping centre – White Rose – will also be hosting an exhibition celebrating black culture and excellence.

The portrait gallery has been curated by Boomchikkaboom and Sable, a black-led creative studios and production company, and features 10 inspirational figures from the black community.

One of those featured is Norman Francis – a Leeds basketball coach who was back on the court just weeks after having his leg amputated. The former basketball player is head coach at Leeds City College and Leeds Let’s Do More (LDM) Basketball.

Leeds gymnast Neo Fowler, 11, is also featured, after being selected as part of the Yorkshire and National Squad, as well as the GB Foundation Squad last year.

The gallery is on display at White Rose and Trinity Leeds until the end of October.

Faye Kenny, founder of Boomchikkaboom, said: “This is a Leeds-centric celebration of black culture and excellence, and a chance to promote education and awareness during Black History Month.

“Whilst we celebrate the amazing and important achievements that have been made throughout the city’s history, we are also showcasing today’s movers and shakers of Leeds who are a treasured part of the community and continue to do incredible work and inspire others.”

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