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New Black British documentary launches for BHM

PICTURED: Ndrika Anyika - Director of Young, Gifted and Grinding

YORKSHIRE FILMMAKER Ndrika Anyika has launched, Young, Gifted and Grinding, in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month.

The documentary explores different aspects and experiences of young black female entrepreneurs in Britain, who are carving out opportunities for themselves and turning their passion into profit and will premiere on 25th October at the University of Leeds.

Mental health is also a strong focal point in the documentary. New figures from the Mental Health Foundation indicate that black people are more likely than any other ethnic group in the UK to be diagnosed with a severe mental illness.

The innovative black female entrepreneurs discuss the importance of self-care, and share advice on how to succeed in maintaining a good work-life balance.

Director and producer, Ndrika Anyika, said: “I wanted to make Young, Gifted and Grinding a platform to highlight the variety of ways Black British entrepreneurs are flourishing."

"The project was also an opportunity for me to hear stories first-hand from people across the country who inspire myself and many other young entrepreneurs."

“Through interviewing black business owners, artists and content creators, I wanted to offer tangible and practical advice on how you can turn ideas into a reality – much like the protagonists in my films."

“Additionally, the launch of Young, Gifted and Grinding, comes at a time when the Prime Minister has published the first findings from her Race Disparity Audit."

"This evidence of racial disparity coupled with a report by the Runnymede Trust and Women’s Budget Group, suggests that minority ethnic women are the hardest hit economically by austerity, so now is the time to amplify voices and share stories of successful black female owned businesses.”

Watch the documentary, Young, Gifted and Grinding below:

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