October marks the celebration of Black History Month across the UK and Ireland to recognise and honour Black culture. Throughout the month, Pinterest will celebrate with a range of activities including a first-ever online speaking event Black Gold, and a virtual exhibition from multidisciplinary Black artists. Additionally, we’ll feature 31 days of inspiring content showcased on the Today tab, including Shopping spotlights featuring Black-owned businesses to make it easier for Pinners to discover and shop their products.
To honour the compelling contributions of Black voices throughout history, we’re hosting the first-ever Pinterest Presents: Black Gold digital speaking event on October 14th. Created in celebration of Black-owned businesses, Black Creators and allies, the event will spotlight these role models through a line-up of compelling talks and conversations. The roster of provocative and inspiring speakers includes: Sharmadean Reid of Beauty Stack, Mark Maciver of SliderCuts, Monica Rastogi of Estée Lauder, Charlotte Williams of SevenSix, Charmaine Hayden of Good Soil VC, Yvonne Bajela of Impact X, Kamiqua Pearce of UK Black Comms Network & Coldr, Bianca Miller-Cole of The Be Group and Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Bilal Khan.
Sign up for Pinterest’s Black Gold event here.
As an extension of the Black Gold exhibition, Pinterest is collaborating with Somerset House to ignite young creatives, which will serve as another building block in our commitment to inclusive representation across the platform. Six young creatives from underrepresented groups have been selected from over 250 applicants to be nurtured in their creative journeys. With the support of seasoned producers from Comuzi, the participants will explore Black Heritage and Somerset House’s history to produce the ‘We Are All Ancestors’ digital experience, leveraging Pinterest to inspire their creative journey. The collaboration brings Pinterest and Somerset House together to work with design studio and Somerset House Studios resident, Comuzi to co-produce the project inspired by Black heritage, to be revealed in December 2020.
We’re continuously focused on building an inclusive place on Pinterest with diverse inspiration that is relevant to each person who searches for ideas. Celebrating Black History Month is part of our sustained effort to express not only our solidarity but also our commitment to making a difference for Black Pinners, creators and businesses to thrive.