Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Rita Ora joined Stephen Lawrence’s mother Doreen to lead a host of Britain’s best musical talent to the stage of the O2 Arena for a concert for a very special cause – the UNITY charity and the Stephen Lawrence Foundation. It was emotional at times as the acts paid tribute to Stephen, who was just 18 when he was stabbed at killed at a bus stop in London 20 years ago. The acts begged people to stop carrying knives and to remember that life is short… and the night ended up becoming a celebration of life.
Male acts Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran, Labrinth and Plan B provided a role model for the guys in the audience while the girls could look to inspiration from the strong solo female vocalists on stage. It was all quite empowering. Even the outfits the ladies wore were empowering. These are my personal highlights from the night:
Beverley Knight’s soulful voice sounded incredible – she has a voice that is made for big arenas. Her leggings sparkled under all the lights and she’s actually wearing a pair you can get at Very – the South sequin leggings!
Ellie Goulding showed off a really slender frame and told me it was because she had been attending gym sessions at Barry’s Bootcamp in North London, which burns 1000 calories a session. Check out her legs in her cute black shorts:
And finally, I loved Rita Ora’s mish-mash multi-colour outfit. Matching things are so boring! What I also liked about Rita being at the gig is she only arrived from Las Vegas that morning. She really works hard for causes she believes in. I think the colour may even be helping to wake her up – if I’m tired I need a bit of brightness in my life any way I can get it.
This is just one of many events taking place from now until December to mark the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s tragic death. Of course, I’ll bring you reports of any other celeb events that take place and the guests that attend. And in the meantime, I’ll be taking a lesson from the celebs and thinking that the future is bright and that life’s too short to carry knives.
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