'There's a Revolution Happening': The Woman Behind the UK's First 'Black Girl Festival' / by Tamari Johnson

icole Crentsil was talking to her friend and writer Paula Akpan, when they realized that the UK didn't have a single event that sought to celebrate young black women and gave them a voice.


Crentsil, a tall and thin woman in round glasses, is telling Broadly how the Black Girl Festival—the first of its kind in the UK—came to be.

"We wanted to do something we didn't have growing up," she says.

Crentsil is an arts curator based in London. A TED Talk regular—her last talk explored black British identities through art—she focuses on promoting art created by black women in the UK. This time, she wanted to set up a safe space to empower black women.