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Oct 24

Panel Discussion on Black Dating: AfriClick & UCL BME, Black History Month

October 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Panel Discussion on Black Dating: AfriClick & UCL BME, Black History Month | Blacknet UK
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AfriClick & University College London BME Network present a Black History Month event:

A panel discussion on Black Dating: The Hard Questions

We have assembled the UK’s top academics, relationship experts, vloggers and social media influencers, for a panel discussion on Black Dating



Event Hosts

AfriClick are creating a Social Discovery App for professionals & creatives of African & Caribbean heritage. We are an authority on black dating, not just the fun bits but also the socio-political aspects that affect the Black British community.

University College London BME Network’s goal is to empower and enable BME students.

Join us to learn, debate our hot topics and network with like-minded, ambitious professionals and students.



 Some of our panel topics

Is your hair texture keeping you single?

Why are situationships trending?

Are we still guilty of colourism?

Is celibacy a realistic expectation in dating?

Can there be romance without finance?



Our Panellists

Emma Dabiri

  • Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian social historian, completing her PhD at Goldsmiths University and a teaching fellow at The School of Oriental African Studies
  • She has been published in a number of academic journals, as well as The Guardian, Grazia, i-D Magazine, The Telegraph etc.
  • Emma Dabiri presented the 2017 Channel 4 documentary “Is Love Racist? The Dating Game” which explores racism in modern dating and regularly appears on television and radio
  • Her first book, A History of Hair, will be published by Allen Lane in 2018

 Shadey Bangs

  • Sade is a British-Nigerian social media influencer and prominent vlogger
  • Her YouTube channel has gained over 3 million views
  • Sade is known for her fearless, funny and at times controversial vlogs on dating, beauty, hot topics and fashion


  • Gogo is a top social media commentator and photographer
  • He is a prominent cast member of the widely received YouTube show, Bk Chat

 Ayo Davies

  • Ayo is a husband, father, singer-songwriter and one-half of the British-Nigerian vlogging couple Ope and Ayo Davies
  • Their YouTube channel has amassed almost 500,000 views
  • As a couple they love God, love music and enjoy each other’s company. Their mission is to encourage couples to enjoy their relationships

 Natalie Lue

  • Natalie is a relationship coach, writer and podcaster
  • Her site Baggage Reclaim gives no-nonsense advice on taking responsibility for behaviour, building emotional maturity and learning how to recognize (and end) toxic relationships
  • Natalie has helped thousands of women reclaim their emotional baggage and raise their self-worth, break depleting habits like people pleasing, poor boundaries and being self-critical
  • Natalie has been featured on Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post and She Does The City

Aaron Wallace

  • Aaron is the co-founder of Shear and Shine
  • Shear and Shine is the UK’s first black owned grooming brand for Black Men
  • Aaron is dedicated to keeping men of colour well-groomed and looking their best
  • Shear and Shine has featured in The Voice Newspaper, The Telegraph, BuzzFeed, BBC Radio, SBTV, Black Hair & Beauty Magazine etc.

Jay Kast

  • Jay is an activist and educator in the black community
  • His community presence and social media and transforms the minds and hearts of Afro-Caribbean people, both locally and globally
  • Jay is writing a book and is also an upcoming author of book series We Save Ourselves.


The event content is best suited to individuals age 18-40. This is an inclusive event and all are welcome.

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If I have a ticket, is my place guaranteed?

For ticketholders, admission is on a first-come-first-served basis. AfriClick’s last event was oversubscribed, so please ensure you arrive on time to avoid disappointment. After the panel starts, waitlisters will be offered entry.

I’m on the waitlist, what should I do?

As cancellations occur, Eventbrite will automatically release a ticket to your email. If you do not get a ticket, you may attend the venue as a waitlister. After the panel starts, waitlisters will be offered entry.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is not essential but bringing your printed ticket will speed up entry.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age is 18, ID is not required. 

What can I bring into the event?

The venue prohibits food and drink bought outside. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please use the Eventbrite contact form


Speakers and timings are subject to change at any point up to and including the day of the event.

By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio or video recording and its release by AfriClick without compensation or credit.


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