Mahogany Market Arrives at Trinity Leeds This Weekend

19th October 2023

Shoppers can support local black-owned businesses at the Mahogany Market taking place in Leeds this weekend.


The Mahogany Market will be held at Trinity Leeds on Sunday October 22ndand will include sweet treats from Rae of Sunshine Events, fashion boutique Ebony Milestone, braid specialist Hair by Rhonda, Ghanaian family-run brand Buy Makola, and festival glitter from Boomchikkaboom.

Mahogany Market founder Rachael Mills said: “The Mahogany Market is all about supporting black-led local businesses and giving them a platform. We’d encourage everyone to get involved and show their support for these fantastic local businesses – not only for Black History Month but all-year-round.”


In addition to the market, Trinity Leeds and White Rose Centre are hosting an exhibition celebrating black culture and excellence in Leeds.

The portrait gallery has been curated by Leeds-based events company Boomchikkaboom and Sable, a black-led creative studios and production company, and features 10 inspirational figures from the black community.

One of those featured is Norman ‘Too Tall’ Francis – a Leeds basketball coach who was back on the court just weeks after having his leg amputated.

The former basketball player is head coach at Leeds City College and Leeds Let’s Do More (LDM) Basketball and has encouraged generations of young people get into the sport over the decades.

11-year-old Leeds gymnast Neo Fowler is also featured, after making waves in the sports community and being selected as part of the Yorkshire and National  Squad, as well as the GB Foundation Squad last year.

The gallery is on display at White Rose and Trinity Leeds until the end of October.

More portraits showcased in the gallery include:

  • Dr Xina Gooding Broderick – Executive Leadership Coach and Funeral Parlour Owner, who shares her skills as a mother and successful businesswoman to inspire and support others to fulfilling their potential
  • Stephanie Amor – Co-founder of Afro Leads, an online platform that celebrates and promote Black British business and culture.
  • Khadijah Ibrahiim – Literary activist, theatre maker, writer, and founder of Leeds Young Authors
  • Fluid Irie – Host, DJ and activist, and youth worker and carer
  • Sheila Howarth – Pastoral manager at Leeds City Academy, Manager at Leeds Playhouse, and board member for Leeds West Indian Carnival, who was named Leeds’ Most Inspiring Teacher
  • MC Daddy Speedo – Musician, hip hop artist and performer
  • Marvina Eseoghene Newton – Founder of Black Boy Joy (Speak Up Leeds), and Advancing Health Equality Specialist (Culturally Diverse Children, Young People, Families & communities)
  • Marcia Brown – Interdisciplinary artist and teacher


Faye Kenny, founder of Boomchikkaboom, said: “This is a Leeds-centric celebration of black culture and excellence, and a chance to promote education and awareness during Black History Month.

“Whilst we celebrate the amazing and important achievements that have been made throughout the city’s history, we are also showcasing today’s movers and shakers of Leeds who are a treasured part of the community and continue to do incredible work and inspire others.”

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