- 17 Jun 20
The online benefit will raise funds for the Irish Network Against Racism and the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce.
On July 2, comedians FABU-D and Emman Idama will host an online event in support of Black Lives Matter.
Called ‘A Night for Black Lives,’ the event will include comedy, music and an interactive quiz. Organisers plan to donate proceeds to the Irish Network Against Racism and the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce—two groups fighting against racism and for Black lives.
Both hosts are rising stars in the Irish comedy scene. FABU-D, whose given name is Fabio David, became a comedian after graduating from university and has since MCed at over 150 events.
Originally from Nigeria, he makes viral videos about the experience of African people in Ireland which have been featured by the Lad Bible, Worldstar Hip-Hop, and Unilad. In 2017, he was a contestant on the reality TV show ‘Blind Date Ireland.’
Also from Nigeria, Emman Idama performs stand up and has opened for top comedians including Seann Walsh, Tony Law, Tom Rhodes and Sean Patton.
Though he only got into comedy in 2014, Idama already has an impressive resume: He has written for Des Bishop’s ‘This is Ireland’ and RTE’s ‘The Year That’s In It,’ and he hosts a weekly radio show on Dublin’s ‘RTE Radio Pulse.’
Idama wrote on Twitter that the two hosts want to support “organisations dedicated to making a positive impact on the Black community in the US and Ireland” and more broadly “culture and society.”
The first of these organisations, the Irish Network Against Racism, is a membership-based group which advocates against discrimination in Ireland.
A member of the larger European Network Against Racism, INAR recently called on the Irish government to pass hate crime legislation in response to a sharp increase in hate speech incidents over the past two years.
The second group the event will fundraise for is the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, which helps Black-owned businesses survive the pandemic and widespread systemic racism.
‘A Night for Black Lives’ will take place on Zoom at 8 PM on July 2nd. You can purchase tickets for €5 on Eventbrite.