Gutted Robbie Williams didn’t stay for long at the Artist and Manager Awards

This week saw me attend the Artist and Manager Awards in East London venue, The Troxy, held yearly to celebrate creativity in the music industry. I’ve got to be honest, I walked in to what initially looked like a bingo hall but luckily there was nobody bellowing, “2 fat ladies, 88″ but instead, performances by Rixton, We Were Evergreen and the wonderful Jools Holland. Robbie Williams made a moving speech when he won the Artists’ Artist awards followed by a swift exit. Gutted!

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I’ve always been a fan of TED talks because of their selection of speakers discussing varied topics that genuinely matter to me, so when I was invited to attend TEDx at The Yard Theatre in Hackney, I jumped at the opportunity. The discussion point was Radical Beauty and the most moving speeches for me personally came from Afro-American, Shaun Ross, the first male Albino model and Leyla Hussein who actively protects women from FGM. As you can imagine their words were raw and personal which was humbling to witness but my other favourite speeches came from Philippa Perry who highlighted the importance of small talk (and I love a chit-chat), Halim Madi who encouraged us to enjoy all things (even urinating), and The Chalkwell Ladies Drum ‘n’ Bass League; two woman of the older generation who refuse to sit down and knit quietly but instead, DJ. Amazing! It all made for an exciting day which frankly speaking, at points felt like I was back at my university lecture hall, only this time there weren’t any exams. Wahey!

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Tarrah for now.

AJ Odudu
xoxo

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