Happy Easter everyone! Hope you’ve all had a lovely day in the sunshine stuffing your faces full of chocolate eggs. 😁🐣 Just a quick one to let you know that my amazing little sister Rachel (aka Bald Font) did a Ted Talk during lockdown (hers is episode 2 – Somebody Must Go First)! She took to the stage at the Old Vic and bravely shared her personal experience of mental health in the black community – and I’ve never been prouder. 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
Obviously, these talks are usually done in front of a large group of spectators. But of course, these are not ‘usual’ times. When we pulled up outside the theatre that Saturday morning, the streets were completely deserted – and I was the only audience member in the 1,000-seat auditorium (everyone else was part of the Ted team). It was also the first time I took a Covid test (for a moment there, I thought it was going to tell me I was pregnant😅). Thankfully it was negative, and I was allowed in.
When we walked through the double doors, the scene was already set: a beautiful chandelier sparkled in the moody lighting, while the big red and white wooden letters stood starkly against the black background, and in front of them, my sibling’s marker – the famous red spot! Soon she was all mic’d up (one of those fancy Madonna ones), and once I’d straightened her dress, rearranged her golden hoops and told her to knock ‘em dead, it was showtime.
It was an incredibly moving experience to watch her up there telling her story (which is also my story, in part). She remembered every word of her speech (I was SO impressed – there was no autocue and it was almost 20 minutes long), and by the time she’d finished, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Obviously I’d LOVE to tell you all about it right now – but it would be much better if you tuned in on Tuesday April 6 at 7.30pm and saw it for yourself! Tickets are available here (they are free, but donations are welcome).
See you there! : )
Nadia your sister’s speech was fantastic and delivered so well. It will certainly make me think twice the next time I say or hear someone say “I’m fine”. You should be very proud (as I am sure you are). Well done Rachel! Sounds like you have both been through tough times so well done to both of you for getting through them.