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5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month 2020

This year with the horrific murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, COVID19, and now with #ENDSARS protest in Nigeria, the world has been forced to recognise the reality of racism and mistreatment towards Black people. Many would have ignored it before. However, this year many have decided to commit themselves educating themselves via social media, books, and more.

When is Black History Month 2020?

Black History Month begins from Thursday the 1st of October, to Saturday the 31st of October, 2020.

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is celebrated in various countries around the world. It began as a way of remembering the importance of Black people and history. 

In the United Kingdom, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987. It started through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council (GLC).

This post would normally, have covered a list of events to attend for Black History Month. I thought and thought about ways to celebrate Black History Month this year, and I think the best way was to do this is virtually. 

Read on to find out a few different ways to get involved with Black History Month this year.

1. Write down what it means to be Black

As a Black woman, I sometimes keep myself busy. So busy that I don’t realise what is happening around me. It sometimes helps me block at the reality of things that are happening to people that look like me. It’s easy to forget how hard you are working as a Black person sometimes. Not to mention the horrific events that have gone on throughout this year – it can all be a bit much!

This year has hit our community the hardest – we are tired, hurt, angry, raging, and did I say tired? Sometimes I feel we are constantly fighting for freedom, equal rights; and to just live in a world that is everyday working against us.

Try and use this month to write something kind to yourself. Talk about why your skin shines, how your hair beautifully stands out in a crowd. Why your melanin is popping? Remind yourself how far you’ve come as a Black individual. 

If you are not Black, maybe write the work and struggle a Black person has to go through. It’s not for you to feel upset or guilty about, but maybe time for you to reflect on the fight we are forever fighting.

2. Do Black Pound Month

Black Pound Day simply encourages us to help Black business for a day. However, it doesn’t have to be just one day! Celebrate it the whole month heck make it a lifestyle!

3. Think of ways Black History Month can be brought into the workplace

Diversity in the Workplace

Let’s be honest the more diverse a workplace is the better the decisions. By taking value in diversity a workforce is required to be innovative and have a much wider perspective on policy, projects and more. It allows the status quo to be challenged. 

Work with your team/department to think of how Black History Month can be recognised this month – maybe organise for a speaker to come in, or organise a virtual event?

4. Read and Educate Yourself on Black History

I’m one that needs to get back on this. Start reading books. I’ve been reading Why I No Longer Talk To White People About Race for the longest time. Honestly, there are things in this book that have made me take a step back.

I am learning every single day, read, learn the history and don’t be afraid to ask questions and be corrected.

5. Don’t Pressure Yourself

There seems to be a lot of pressure sometimes to be seen doing something. Own it and celebrate it in your way and time. Being Black is not a fashion its a lifestyle. I wake up Black and go to sleep Black. 

Not to mention we are also living in a global pandemic so, please don’t put too much pressure on yourself. 

There are so many things you can do to celebrate, so many that I haven’t mentioned. Black Travel Creators are collaborating with Grenada Tourism Board to give content creators a taste of the Island – Grenada. Interested? Sign up here. We are also looking for Black Travel Content Creators that have a UK based audience. 

What will you be doing to celebrate Black History Month? Leave in the comments below. 

Day 1- Luce over at perselem and

Day 2- Beth over at thoughtsofarealredhead then

Day 3- Jessie over at wandererandtraveller

Day 4- Rhiannon over at mrssleejones and

Day 5- Haley over at introvertedcreativity then

Day 6- Karalee over at talesofbelle and

Day 7- Kim over at chimmyville then

Day 8- Kirsty over at kirstymarie and finally me

Day 9- Adebola over at mybreakingviews

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Black History Month: Why More Black People Should Give Blood

At 17 years old I became a blood donor. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t a little nervous. I had never donated blood before, and the nurse at the time complained she couldn’t find a vein. After my session, I remember feeling like I had done something powerful. I was giving blood which could potentially help someone and save their life.  

It is estimated that only 1% of England’s population that give blood is black. More people are in need to give blood from all communities and ethnic backgrounds, particularly those from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. 

What is Sickle Cell?   

Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with this disorder have atypical hemoglobin molecules called hemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle, or crescent, shape. 

What is Thalassaemia:

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder. People with Thalassemia disease are not able to make enough hemoglobin, which causes severe anemia. Haemoglobin is found in red blood cells and carries oxygen to all parts of the body. … Beta Thalassemia Major (also called Cooley’s Anemia) is a severe illness. 

Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell disease is blood conditions that most commonly affect people within the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The treatment of this condition is more successful using blood that is very closely matched to the patients. 

Why are more BAME donors needed? 

  1. Many patients receive frequent blood transfusions which require a much close match to their type of blood. 
  2. Many blood conditions, such as Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia, are usually treated by blood transfusions, most commonly affected in BAME communities.
  3. It is also noted that the best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background.

6 Reasons Why You Should be a Blood Donor As A Black Person:

While people from all communities and backgrounds do donate blood. There was still only an estimate of less than 5% of our blood donors that gave blood, which in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. I can imagine you can share reasons on why more people should donate blood, particularly black people, but for now, here are a few below.  

You will be saving someone’s life by giving your blood.  

This is true. According to GiveBloodNHS, it is estimated that 1,000 people in the UK have thalassaemia, and between 13,000-15,000 people in the UK have sickle cell disease.

Blood transfusions are in need, and if you can give blood and save a life. Why not? If you become a blood donor, you will be changing someone’s life.

Every blood donation can save or improve the lives of up to three adults or six, sometimes children.  

There are different blood groups  

There are different blood types, nearly more than 30 different types of blood groups.  During National Blood Week in June this year the letters A, O and B had dropped significantly. 

However, there are blood groups which are particularly vulnerable to shortfall such as O negative. It’s important to note that all patients can receive this blood in an emergency.

It’s for a charitable cause to give blood

Remember my little story where I gave blood at 17 years old? When I gave blood, I had a view that if I gave blood I would be making a difference.

Back then, I hated the idea of giving money to a charity. I had and still have several reasons why, but it mainly involved me not knowing where my money was going. I believed by giving blood I was genuinely making a difference.  

BAME DONORS ARE NEEDED 

It goes back to what I was saying earlier, BAME donors are significantly needed! Conditions such as sickle cell and thalassemia are also more likely to affect these communities with patients requiring regular blood transfusions ideally from donors from a similar ethnic background.  

It’s not as difficult as it sounds  

Although my first experience wasn’t the smoothest, I can honestly say after that it has been pretty straight forward. Giving blood can be quite straight forward if you want it to be. You can book an appointment online and can be in and out in less than half an hour.  

Black Travel Creators are collaborating with NHSGiveBlood for Black History Month

You may already know that October is Black History Month in the UK, so Black Travel Creators have decided to work with Give Blood NHS, to encourage more black people to give blood. We already have a date set for the 27th of October. This is for 15 blood donors, were we hope to encourage more black people to come on the day and give blood.

It doesn’t stop there! We hope to also raise awareness and encourage black people all over the world to register as a blood donor. ✈?

Interested? Then Register your details (if you haven’t already) and email your donor number to – blacktravelcreators@outlook.com We will then send more details for timings etc.

I have a few Black History Month Posts for Reading:

Black History Month: 10 Black Bloggers Making Modern Black History

10 Black History Month Events to Attend in 2019

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Black Travel Creators Turns 1: Highlights

On Saturday 18th May 2019, myself and Debbie @wanderlustcalls held our first event for Black Travel Creators. The event was not only to celebrate our first birthday but to bring our platform together to learn and network whilst building a community.   

Why did you create Black Travel Creators?  

Debbie:  I’ve always believed in the power of community and being stronger when we work together. I wanted Black Travel Creators to be a space where we could all come together to collaborate and to support one another. There are so many talented black travel content creators, who have never been given a chance to showcase those talents. BTC was created to teach these content creators how to find opportunities and to ultimately connect brands with a global pool of talented black travel content creators. We didn’t want to just be a part of this continuous discussion about diversity, we wanted to help bring about change.

What do you hope for BTC in the future?  

Adebola: I hope we firstly keep on growing as a community for black travel creators where they are able to network and share opportunities with each other. I want us now to create a platform (a website) where we can help black content creators connect with brands and more. With this, I hope we can tackle the diversity issue that still exists in the travel industry.  In the meantime, I hope we can have more black travel creator ambassadors around the world where we can expand our brand globally. There are so many things I want for the BTC platform and I hope you can continue to grow with us!  

Adebola & Debbie

Did you come to #BTCTurns1 Birthday? Plug yourself and let me know what you thought? 

You can also grab yourself a T-shirt and #BTravelCreators to featured on our gram!

I would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors, host and panel:
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Check out some more photos from the event!

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Series: A Day with MBV…

Welcome to my Series: A Day with MBV

Before I get into the logistics. I would like to say that I hope the month of August is a fruitful month for every single one of us. Can you believe it’s been two weeks since I relaunched MyBreakingViews website? It has been extremely overwhelming with all the lovely comments, and I can’t thank you all enough for your support!

I feel like a new month is a call for something BRAND NEW. Read on, you will get it soon.

I’ve brought you all here today to tell you about my new series called ‘A Day with MBV…’ I’ve been flying to a few countries (here and there – you know) and participating in a number of activities this year. All of these have been quick little things, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

It’s funny how day trips abroad and group activities can be an excellent way of meeting new people, as well as experiencing something new. Most of my activities and day trips have been planned by @traveleatslay or @btravelcreators. Want to be involved? You got to follow to be involved! Read – Black Travel Creators Turns 1: Highlights

Anyways, all these activities got me thinking; how can I share my days with you all? Where you can ask questions to build your travel knowledge, and most importantly, enjoy the travel with me! And then it came to me – I could do a series of my activities.

Let me formally introduce you to my series:

A Day with MBV…

What can you expect with A Day with MBV series?

A Day with MBV… will be packed with lots of goodies! I will be writing about my day in a country or my day somewhere close by, like the Hitchin Lavander Farm! It could be absolutely anything! I want to show you what you can get done in just a day!

A Day with MBV...

This will sometimes contain a small itinerary, (which you can steal) of where to go, what you should do, how to go and do it, and a cost break down of the different attractions, where you can eat and more! Heck, you might even get a free day trip on me!

Want to be up in the mix? Subscribe to my mailing list, you don’t miss out on the first A Day with MBV…

My first post of the series will be ‘A Day with MBV In Prague‘.

Subscribe & Stay Tuned

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