Welcome to Mr and Miss Black and Beautiful, a Non-Profit Community focused Social Enterprise led by Young People for Young People based in the Borough of Lambeth.
We want to create a youth organisation with a difference. This organisation encourages young people from underprivileged and N.E.E.T sector backgrounds to engage with and discover potential careers.
Over the past ten years, we have helped over forty young people gain employment in professions such as politics, fashion, law and photography.
We hope that our workshops will empower and create positive energy among young people so they can take their first steps toward successful careers.
At Mr and Miss Black & Beautiful it's all about young people finding their strengths and having fun at the same time.
We use Ambassadors from the community who have been successful in their own field and can now inspire young people.
In 2003, we helped Danielle Smith, a young aspiring photographer from Lambeth, to gain an internship with professional freelance photographer, Dez Mighty. Dez took Danielle, who has now become a professional photographer in her own right, to that years Mobo Awards, where one of her photographs of that event was later placed in an issue of Hello Magazine.
More recently, we were awarded £21,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to arrange for a group of young people to create a project that would help them to find careers in the music industry at the same time as researching the history of Black Entertainment and 1980s Black History.
Named the 80's Babies Project, we worked alongside Omar (an 80's singer songwriter) and Don E (producer of the Sugar Babes and Bass Guitarist for Grace Jones) to contribute to the knowledge of 80's music and Black History during this period. This project led to Don E producing a song for one of our 80s Babies, Floetic Lara.
Mr and Miss Black and Beautiful were awarded the Commended position for their achievements within Social Enterprise in 2009.