Naked Truth Talent

Widening the spectrum of rich, cultural, diverse talent is at the heart of our work.

We are a culturally diverse team, focused on change. Diversifying the narrative surrounding the lack of opportunity for marginalised groups means Naked Truth stand in the gap and act as a bridge to underrepresented talent by creating access to visible platforms.

Recently ITV admitted that one of the U. K’s biggest TV programmes, This Morning, has never had a main black presenter since it launched 32 years ago. Hollywood has made “no progress” in on-screen representation over the past decade and we are seeking to change the racial lines and imbalances at play.

Our team is committed to increasing inclusivity, visibility, and works with underrepresented groups in activism, fashion, sports, entertainment, and the creative sector.

Our Team

Award-Winning Fitness Specialist.

Nazia Khatun

Nazia Khatun is an award-winning fitness specialist.
Her resilience and determination to empower other females comes from her own experience struggling with an eating disorder which robbed her of happiness, self-worth and self-confidence. Having turned to fitness with, Nazia incurred injuries that had a damaging psychological impact on her mental well being.

As a former boxer, it equipped her to build an unshakeable mindset as she slowly recovered from her eating disorder. Defying stereotypes from an early age Nazia also battled with fitting into a role as an athlete and what was accepted from her as a Bangladeshi female.

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Social Entrepreneur, Activist

Kenny Imafidon

Award-winning Social Entrepreneur, Political Commentator and Activist Kenny Imafidon is the co-founder and Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a leading-edge research company, which specialises in research focussing on young people and social impact evaluation.

Described by Huffington Post UK as a "young rising star making waves in UK politics," Kenny has written influential & award-winning publications and has led on innovative partnerships with global brands such as Uber, Tinder and Deliveroo, on campaigns to get young people registered to vote and turnout in UK elections and the EU referendum.

His work in both the worlds of research and politics has taken him around the world to countries such as the United States, Brazil, Austria, Tunisia, Israel, and Hong Kong. Recently, he was named by Impact Squared as one of 100 young leaders (under 25) across the globe making a social impact to transform our world and he sits on the advisory board of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.

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Thought Leader, Author

Marcia Brock

Marcia Brock became the UK’s youngest Microsoft female engineer and followed up with being the first Black woman to complete the Cisco Wireless Networking qualifications.
Having founded "Founding Smart” a Project Management company, in early 2000, Marcia has been a part of numerous projects helping to bring the brand “Smart” and more to the world. Marcia is now classed as a Thought Leader after founding Trinity Collective, Smart World, SmartKid, Rock Brand, Brown Talent, London Bridge Ladies Who Latte, co-founded WeRockTeam with movements called AllGirlsRock and AllBoysRock, Unity in the Community, Black Love, Wealth Makers, Forex Education plus more.

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Furniture Designer, Speaker

Carol Wilson-Frith

Carol Wilson-Frith is a British Furniture Designer, Speaker, Mentor and Owner of luxury furniture brand Carmen Constantine with an Honours Degree in Furniture Design & Craftsmanship from renowned Buckinghamshire New University.

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Social Entrepreneur, Youth Coach, Change-Maker

Amani Simpson

AMANI SIMPSON is an award-winning social entrepreneur and youth coach. His social enterprise is called Aviard Inspires CIC. It exists to empower young people through personal development, digital media and enrichment opportunities.

He is also the producer and protagonist of the ‘AMANI’ Short Film starring Joivan Wade (The First Purge, Shiro’s Story and Doom Patrol) which amassed 1 million views in 4 days and has been widely acclaimed by both youth and adults. It has now be viewed over 2.8 Million views! Amani is using his lived experience and expertise in youth engagement to transform lives across the country.

Recently, he was named as an Ambassador for the Mayor’s ‘London Needs You Alive’ campaign.

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Campaigner, Former Footballer, Youth Change Agent

Eartha Pond

Eartha is a successful athlete, having played Premier League football for both Arsenal and Chelsea Ladies, before training to become a PE teacher. Her skills were quickly recognised and within one year of qualifying as a teacher, she progressed into leadership. Her first role was as a year coordinator at Westminster Academy where she was responsible for the academic attainment and pastoral provision of a cohort of nearly 200 students. She now combines her teaching role with that of Vice-Principal at Crest Academy. Eartha has been recognised at the national level, winning Teacher of the Year from School Sports Matters and was highly commended by The Daily Telegraph.

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‘Super Manny’, Speaker

Joss Simmons

Described as the UK’s leading ‘super manny’, Hackney’s Joss Cambridge-Simmons is taking modern childcare to the next level.

Multi-talented Joss Simmons is the founder of Jossy Care, a childcare service that has set tongues wagging. Now frequently invited to deliver motivational talks on topics such as depression, domestic violence, children and the future, Joss is defying the odds to give back to the next generation.

Witnessing his mother suffer domestic violence had a profound effect on Joss. However, his positive approach is what is gaining him the attention of parents, practitioners and the media. His finger firmly on the pulse, Joss knows only too well where many children who have the odds stacked against them end up. “I know people who have experienced similar situations to me or even worse. They are functioning but have turned to the roads, or use drugs, alcohol and even sex as a vice.” Dealing with domestic violence was an introspective process. In the early part of 2017, Joss gave his first public talk about his experiences and hasn’t looked back.

Keen to address the stereotypes in the childcare industry, Joss has spoken out on the topic of male nannies being refused jobs on the basis of their gender and the difficulties they face.
‘Over time I’ve realised being a male in the industry I am in isn’t the norm. This is why I have set about breaking stereotypes and changing culture.’

Recently Joss was featured in Time Out, Hackney Gazette, East London Radio and has been nominated for a National Diversity Award.

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Educational Strategist

Elaine Cunningham-Walker

Elaine Cunningham-Walker is a Forbes featured, award-winning Educational Strategist and CEO of a global consultancy Everything’s Education.

Elaine is the mother of two award-winning children who were endorsed by MENSA when they appeared on Channel 4 series Child genius in 2015. Elaine's experience in raising genius children and securing them at top boarding schools with music and drama scholarships has led to parents reaching out to her asking how they can get the best out of their children at home and in the field of education.

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Photographer

Ernest Simons

Ernest Simons is a creative whose main discipline is photography. Having a degree in visual communication and photographing premiership football, professional athletics and boxing for some years he has worked with a number of top companies. His passion has always been in the sport, popular culture and fashion which shows in his approach when engaging clients. A high point of his career came in 2010, he followed the Ghana National Football Team known as The Black Stars, to the first world cup in Africa, held in South Africa. Since then he has showcased his body of work in exhibitions and was also awarded best photographer at the GUBA Awards

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Author, Activist, Commentator

Daniella Maison BA (Hons)

Daniella Maison BA (Hons) MA is the punch-packing writer best known for her article series ‘Black women and Hip Hop’ which went viral in 2009 and gained her critical acclaim.

Daniella Maison has most notably spoken on issues of feminism, FGM and honour killings, appearing in Emel Magazine, Hard knocks radio, Peace TV, New Nation, Black Thought Radio and the BBC. A Masters graduate of Royal Holloway University, Maison wrote The Exposé after high demand from her global supporters. The N-Word is her latest contribution, featuring a foreword by Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Activist, Commentator, Change Ambassador

Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCAe

Having travelled the world in her mission to empower women all over the globe, studied extensively, and consistently implemented her method for female empowerment; Dr Rhiney developed You-Ology as an accessible and applicable method for change.

The Natwest Every Woman Award winner has recently been awarded a British Citizen Award for her positive contribution to educating and empowering young people. Former LUR Live presenter, Dr Rhiney is the host of ‘Tea and A Chat’ and has appeared on the BBC, London Live, ITV and several global platforms.

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Memory and Speed Reading Coach

Jordan Harry

At just aged 10, Jordan had a speech impediment that made speaking in public and reading a source of anxiety. Today, aged just 22, Jordan has taught over 15,000 people from 147 countries speed reading, memory, and public speaking. His mission? To make speed reading and memory training accessible to all. That is exactly what Jordan has achieved; he now reads seven times faster than the average reader (1,500 words per minute), is the CEO at StudyFast and an international public speaker. Jordan has been invited to Hong Kong to deliver a memory workshop on how to remember more names to some of the leaders in the hotel industry and he has also delivered TEDX talk ‘How To Read A Book A Day.’

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Actor, Model

Alex Jay

Presenter and actor Alex jay, a graduate of the BRIT school of performing arts, is presently the host of TSB talks podcast and recently hosted popular talent show ‘Da Come Up’. Having recently collaborated on a fashion video with Wrangler, Jay is also currently in filming for online series ‘Chain Reaction’.

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Author, Director, Motivational Speaker

King Cas

King Caspian Ajani is an artist, producer, author, mentor and advocate for young Men's
emotional wellbeing. He was raised in South London and the Zimbabwean born creative has
been keeping busy over the past couple of years! After keeping his head down during what
he dubbed his "cocoon years", he is now gearing up for the release of a number of exciting
projects, one of which is an excitingly thought provoking new book about the experience of
black boys growing up and going through various common but least spoken about
phenomena.
As part of his digital media firm Symphony Park, King started a unique and immersive
internship program, aimed at helping aspiring actors, directors, writers and producers
realise their potential. Ajani is also the founder of an emotional aptitude program for boys
and men aged 15 - 30 called Brunch Brothers. The initiative was set up as a way to promote
positive emotional health, to empower them to embrace and channel their emotions
positively.
There is always something creative going on for the CEO of The Symphony Park Group,
from new digital content, to new music we can expect the future to be a fruitful and fulfilling
one.

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Political Activist, Talk Show Host, Change Agent

Jacqueline Gomes-Neves

Determined to create new opportunities for other young people, Jacqueline was elected to represent over 50,000 young people as the 1st ever female Youth Mayor for the London Borough of Lambeth with an unprecedented 1,756 votes directly from young people. This was the beginning of her political activism and the beginning of her advocacy for women and underrepresented voices in politics and decision making.

Balancing student duties, Jacqueline speaks on panels and shares her experiences and thoughts on changing leadership with leading publications GQ Magazine, Forbes, Metro and Virgin. She recently hosted her first Talk show on Women and Leadership on YouTube.

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Creatives, Animators

FITS

Theo ‘Fee Dublin’ Duberry

Theo Duberry, better known by his alias Fee Dublin is the Co-Founder and a Director of FITS Animation, alongside Richard Ivens. Before the duo joined forces Theo also founded the on-line platform Fire In The Spoof where he showcased his skills, varying from music production to animation. Theo has never been afraid to push the boundaries of his creativity.

He is a self-taught animator and video editor with a BA Hons in Graphic Design. He has a passion for cartoons and superheroes, and sometimes wishes he was one himself.
Theo is a hardworking family man who prides himself in being a man of integrity.

Richard ivens

Richard Ivens is the Co-Founder and a Director of FITS Animation, alongside Theo Duberry.

He is a creative digital illustrator with first-class honours. Having a strong interest in many unique illustration and animation styles, he creates visually engaging designs and brings characters to life. Richard Specializes in concept art, character design and animation.

Richard is a family man and loves spending time with his 3 boys and his partner. At the end of a hard day, Richard enjoys relaxing on the sofa, watching films and animation from around the world with a cold beer in hand.

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Fashion designer, Stylist, Activist

Taslima Khan

Taslima Khan, 31 year old fashion designer, stylist, activist and Prince’s Trust Ambassador earlier this year won a place, alongside 19 others, as a guest designer with NIKE to co-create a limited edition pair of trainers as part of their NIKE BY YOU initiative.
Taslima chose the Air max 95 and started creating mood boards and artwork inspired by the rich
diversity of living in London, a truly multicultural city. Taslima’s philosophy of never giving up, selfbelieve, ambition, determination and creativity to impact positive change all went into this project and she set out to design a pair of trainers that embodied the empowering message that there is unity in diversity.
She named her AIR MAX 95 “CHANGE MAKEAIR” as she has herself and many of her friends have been involved in social action campaigns, working with charities, NGO’s and corporations, using their art as a voice to impact positive change.
Taslima says “being a changemaker myself and knowing so many friends of mine are too, I wanted to create a beautiful and meaningful design that would look good on everyone

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Award-winning journalist

Melissa Noel

Melissa Noel is an award-winning journalist and digital content creator with proven impact at the intersections of media entrepreneurship, sustainable travel and cultural advocacy. She is known for her dynamic content that consistently highlights underreported stories for media outlets including Huffpost.com, One Caribbean TV, Essence.com, NBC News and Caribbean Beat Magazine. Melissa’s enterprising work on culture, race, travel, immigration, climate change and mental health, actively informs and expands the ways stories of the Caribbean and wider African Diaspora are seen, discussed and covered.
Music Producer

Rumski

Caskel Robinson aka Rumski is a Music Producer from North London.

Rumski has always had a passion for music from a young age. His music journey started as an MC where he wrote his own lyrics and made a few records. He then found a passion for music production when he went to study Sound Engineering at Chocolate Factory at the Shelby Centre.

Rumski's passion for producing music started in 2007. His genres are electronic, dance, drum base, dupstep, and grime.

Rumski has worked with DJ J406 and has made music appearances at Plastic People in Shoreditch, he has also produced music for FITS (Fire In The Spoof) and has created a mixtape.

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Drama Facilitator

Amari Harris

“Take control of your own story” is the motto of Drama Facilitator and passionate storyteller Amari Harris. Amari trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance which gave him the chance to train abroad at Estonia Academy of Music and Theatre.
As a Drama Facilitator Amari has worked in the community, health, and education sector and with some of the biggest theatres in the UK such as the Old Vic.
Using Creativity as a tool to step into the shoes of others to help understand each other better. He likes to inspire and cultivate the best versions of ourselves. Amari has had the chance to collaborate with some top drama schools such as Mountview and Central School of Speech and Drama.
A lover of books and stories Amari keeps the art of oral storytelling alive. You can find him spinning tales in front of hundreds at festivals, performing full length shows in theatres or in a quiet library corner. Amari has led storytelling projects with the NHS and patients living with a long-term illness teaching participants to share their experiences and stories with the world.

“Stories are how we understand the world and the right story can change the world”

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Bone Cancer Advocate, Community Entrepreneur

Charlene Young

Charlene Young is a mother, a bone cancer advocate, and a community entrepreneur.

At the age of 19, she started her first business and became the youngest retail manager at one of the biggest and busiest high streets in the world.

After a few years, Charlene decided to change her career from retail to education and attended University. But during her studies, Charlene was sadly diagnosed with a rare form of Bone Cancer.

Charlene underwent emergency limb-sparing surgery; a full knee replacement followed by a heavy and lethal cocktail of medication, and intensive rehabilitation to be able to independently walk again.

During rehabilitation Charlene founded and launched a charity, 2Gether Konnected, helping cancer patients and their families within the local community, who were also affected by cancer.

Despite her mobility and multiple chronic conditions Charlene returned to work and used her passion for business experience and expertise to set up multiple businesses' in childcare, administration, networking events, and the charity sectors.

Charlene continues to use her platform to inspire, raise awareness and create an impact within her community

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Transition and Transformation Change Specialists

Grant Searchlight

At Grant Searchlight, we work across the music, entertainment, sports and modelling industries to shine a light on talent, helping individuals master the art of transition and transformative change.

The Searchlight approach is this – smart ideas + proven scientific methods from psychology and coaching = The IRT Methodology which effectively Grants you your own Searchlight that will transform what you see. Of course, it goes without saying, we’ll be your biggest cheerleader! We switch the light on!

Co-founders
Gary and Claudia Grant are Transition and Transformation Change Specialists and the co-founders of Grant Searchlight. Married for 26 years and loving it with 4 children and now married in business, this unique combination makes them the ultimate partnership. Both have over 20 years working in the corporate arena working for Fortune 100 companies developing leaders and high performing teams.

Gary’s is an accredited executive coach and his career also includes 30 years in music and entertainment as a producer and singer/songwriter, this is his real passion and where he feels ‘at home’.

Claudia is a Business Psychologist who understands the scientific and proven methods that can help individuals succeed. She is at her creative best getting people to experience that a-ha moment and that’s what gets her excited!

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