A Seat At The Table: Black Girls Are Magic Brunch

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This Saturday, 29th October 2016, was a historic day in my eyes. It marked the first of hopefully several events to come. The girls behind the twitter bg_bookclub hosted their very first 'Black Girls are Magic' Brunch in St. Paul's in Corney and Barrow restaurant. Tickets for the event cost between £30-35 included in the price is the book, brunch, drinks and a goody bag. The book for the first book club was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Arriving at the restaurant the atmosphere was calm and welcoming everyone was interacting and getting to know each other. It wasn't as daunting as you would expect a room full of strangers would, I would say that this is due to the fact that the moment you purchase your ticket or have any questions, the girls are willing and open to interact with you (they are the queens of GIFs) and encourage discussions with people planning on attending, so before we even stepped foot into the event most people were on common ground and familiar with each other.

On arrival, there was a reception of a range of beverages (Prosecco, Peach Bellini or Mimosas) we all had set seating where we had a personalised menu, everyone also got a personalised handwritten card from the hosts, which was a nice touch considering there were over 50 people attending. A few weeks before the menu was sent to us and we decided what we wanted to have I chose the Buttermilk Chicken Burger with green salad. The burger was really good not dry as I thought it would be, nice simple clean presentation, I didn't end up getting my salad but was offered a bowl of chips instead (goodbye low-carb diet *sigh*).

After our meal with had some cupcakes and then started a game of Kahoot with questions based on the book with the prize for 1st place being the October My Ebony Box. I did not do so well but first place went to the lovely Cecila who was sat next to me. My Ebony Box is a monthly subscription box curated for women of colour.
 After warming up with the quiz we started with the questions submitted but attendees before the event. Topics discussed were: Hair, identity, Racial Identity, Relationship and touched on Female Empowerment. Unfortunately I had to leave early to attend some meetings but the discussion was captivating and eye opening to know that there are others that have gone through similar situations as I have.
L-R: Gloria founder of BLM Badges. Host; Melissa and Natalie leading the discussion.
Everyone that attended was gifted with a goody bag. The goody bag contained samples from , , ,  and . The brunch was sponsered by ORS Hair so every girl was gifted with a handful of samples. As well as samples there was a BLM badge by . There was also a 2016/2017 planner some business cards, a greeting card by Dorcascreates and a mixtape and not forgetting a mini bottle of wine.


The only thing that let the event down ever so slightly, which was out of the hosts hands, was the service from restaurant apart from that it was a perfect event. I advise all of you that think you see yourself going to this event, to definitely keep your eyes on their Twitter because I'm sure that they'll sell out very quickly for the next one.

Heres a small teaser of the discussion based on themes raised in the book americanah at BGBC brunch.
Is hair a useful way of examining hair culture?
When did you realise you're 'black'?



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