Ronnie Doforo

As a kid I went to the Blackie and made inflatables, face painting and how to make clothes. I also learned how to DJ with Radio Doom. The place was pure multi racial and the atmosphere was amazing. These were life skills I would not have got anywhere else.
We started to learn the use of video, via the Blackie Video Workshop. We videoed the Temptations and Junior Walker at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and met them backstage after the show. You could never believe how exciting this was for a 14 year old kid from Liverpool.
A group of us went from the Blackie to see The Jackson 5, also at the Liverpool Empire. It was their first tour of Britain. To see The Jackson 5, with the original Michael Jackson, could only happen with the Blackie. They provided such a positive environment for us.
Watching my son, Miguel, develop into a Dance Teacher/Choreographer. In 2007 he performed on the Britain’s Got Talent show. He now runs a company called MD Productions. To me this is a major achievement which I am so proud of.
I am proud that I went on to Further Education in my adult years and got my City & Guilds and NVQ’s as a motor vehicle diagnostic technician. In layman’s terms I was a motor mechanic. Getting a trade was a big step in my life.
I have worked and travelled across Europe in my construction work. Again my experiences of the Blackie enabled me to communicate with people from around the world. I also helped in the building of an Adventure playground in Sefton with the Employment Action Group.