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Six Amazing Things Team Black Ballad Have Achieved In 2016

It’s been a long time since we wrote something on here. Ok, that’s a little bit of a lie, we uploaded our crowdfund campaign to the website a few weeks ago. And our editor Tobi wrote Editor’s Letter about crowdfund. *monkey covering eyes emoji!* 

Well in case you thought our only big move in the last four months has been the crowdfund, you are mistaken. Over the last four months, we have had individual and group success and if we don’t blow our own trumpets as black women, who will?

1. We have been nominated for a Screen Nation Digital is Media Awards.

Ok, let’s keep things 100. Every now and then, it’s nice to be acknowledged for the work you do. So there was a mini team celebration when we found out, that we were nominated for Favourite Arts, Entertainment and Lifestyle website / magazine at the Screen Nation Digital is Media Awards. It’s a tough category as we're nominated against Gal Dem and The British Blacklist, who have both done amazing work this year. It's a blessing to be recognised by the black British community and if you do feel we deserve more than recognition and want us to walk away with the award, then you can vote for us here

 2. It's official, we now produce award-winning journalism. 

Samara Linton, who has written some phenomenal content for the Black Ballad, received the New Journalist accolade at the End Violence Against Women Media Awards. The EVAW coalition nominated Samara specifically for her work on Black Ballad and highlighted her Meet The Woman Detained In Yarl's Wood Centre After Living In The UK For 18 Years and Three Black Women Discuss Their First Time Experiences With Mental Health pieces. As a team, we are immensely proud that Samara's work was recognised among writers from established media platforms such the BBC, Guardian and Sky News. It shows us and the rest of the world that Black Ballad is finally being seen as a platform for serious journalism.