31 Oct 2023

Celebrating Black History Month

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Written by Vivean Pomell from Learn with Lolonyo

As we celebrate Black History Month, we are reminded of the countless remarkable individuals who have made their mark on society and whose stories continue to inspire us.

Vivean Pomell, a second-generation Windrush child and an enterprising black female entrepreneur, is one such individual who has truly paved the way for future generations.

Vivean Pomell's journey is a testament to the spirit of determination and resilience that defines the Windrush generation. Her parents embarked on the brave voyage to the United Kingdom with dreams of a better life and greater opportunities. Today, Vivean is a shining example of the success that can emerge from the sacrifices of previous generations.

In addition to being a thriving entrepreneur, Vivean's literary ventures, including her upcoming books "Under the Mango Tree" and "Windrush Memoirs," are an ode to her heritage.

These works, filled with stories from the Windrush generation and poetry from the second and third generation, celebrate the rich heritage and the legacy of the Windrush generation.

These books celebrate the vibrant culture and resilience of the Windrush generation, creating a bridge between the past and the present.

They are more than just stories; they are tributes to those who embarked on a journey of hope, leaving their homeland to shape the future of a foreign land.

Her commitment to positive representation shines through her literary works, both books forthcoming. Vivean's story, a testament to the strength of her heritage, exemplifies the values of her brand, ‘’Learn with Lolonyo’’ empowerment, representation, and education.

While these two books are set to be released soon, Vivean is also hard at work on a new project – a personal journey that she is documenting in a book.

This upcoming publication promises to offer a unique insight into the life of a black female entrepreneur, shedding light on her experiences, challenges, and successes. It will provide a deep and intimate look at her path to becoming a prominent figure in the business world.

Vivean's journey has not been without its fair share of challenges, as any entrepreneur's path is marked by both triumphs and trials. However, she has continuously demonstrated the strength to rise above adversity. Her entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishments have not only inspired her community but also serve as a beacon of hope for all who aspire to make a difference.

What makes Vivean's journey even more remarkable is the way she seamlessly blends her role as a successful businesswoman with her creative talents. Her millinery business, Brynels Millinery, offers bespoke high-end headpieces and has made waves in the fashion industry. Vivean's unique, vintage-inspired creations have graced the catwalk of London Fashion Week and garnered the attention of major publications.

As we reflect on Black History Month, Vivean Pomell's story serves as a powerful reminder of the incredible contributions that the black community has made throughout history.

Her entrepreneurial success and her dedication to celebrating her heritage through her writing are a source of inspiration to us all. Vivean continues to break barriers, embracing her identity as a black female entrepreneur, a second-generation Windrush child, and a celebrated author.

As we honour Black History Month, we must remember that history is not just a record of the past but a living narrative. It's a story written every day by those who follow their passions and inspire others to do the same. Vivean Pomell's journey is a story of resilience, culture, and entrepreneurship that continues to inspire not just this month, but throughout the year.