Mar 31, 2007

Why CEOs love Rwanda

"Here's an African nation that's reaching out, not to governments so much, but to corporate America. They want to work. They want U.S. business to bring innovation to their country." Read why now.

Source: CNN

Mar 30, 2007

Who is Wouter Van Bellingen?

Wouter Van Bellingen (Antwerpen,Belgium, 20 April 1972) is a Flemish politician for the political party Spirit. Before that, he was employed by the city of Sint-Niklaas as a civil servant working on youth and developing world issues.

Since January 2, 2007, Van Bellingen is an alderman in Sint-Niklaas, where he lives. As such, he became the first black alderman in Flanders. He is responsible for the city's activities related to youths, parties, international projects, civilian affairs and the civil registry and some administrative functions.

Van Bellingen drew media attention in February 2007 when it was reported that 3 couples cancelled their wedding ceremony because they didn't want to be wed by a black registrar. In response to the event, Van Bellingen decided to organise a multicultural wedding event on March 21, 2007, which is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 626 couples were symbolically married by Van Bellingen that day and this event was perceived as a strong anti-racism signal. Read all about the anti-racism event.

Van Bellingen was given up for adoption by his Rwandan mother. He grew up in Sint-Niklaas as the youngest son in a family with 4 adopted children. He is married and has 2 children. He was very active in the different sections of the youth councils in Flanders, and a scouting leader.

Source: Wikipedia

Mar 29, 2007

Black Love via Harlem, New York City

Mar 22, 2007

Fighting AIDS in Africa

She's in a glamorous swirl of red dress and blonde tresses. He flings an arm full of beaded bracelets over her shoulders, his smile as bright as hers.

Anyone seeing that shot of the supermodel and the Maasai herdsman, which has adorned billboards and the pages of Vogue as part of a campaign to fight AIDS in Africa, might well wonder: What was going through his mind?

"To be honest all I was thinking about when I was with this woman was my cattle and goats," Keseme Ole Parsapaet said, confessing to sleepless nights worrying about who was looking after his herd. Read about the campaign and the behind the scenes story now.

Source: AP

Mar 20, 2007

Black Cherokees No More

Native American Cherokees voted to expel descendants of black slaves from their tribe nation in a special election that has prompted charges of racism, according to returns made public early March 4.

But a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma adopted Saturday an amendment to their constitution that strips membership from so-called "Freedmen," those descended from slaves once owned by Cherokees, blacks who were married to Cherokees and children of mixed-race families.

"The Cherokee people exercised the most basic democratic right, the right to vote," Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, said in a statement. "Their voice is clear as to who should be citizens of the Cherokee Nation. No one else has the right to make that determination."

However, opponents of the amendment say it was a racist project designed to deny the distribution of US government funds and tribal revenue to those with African-American heritage, US media reported.

"This is a sad chapter in Cherokee history," Taylor Keen, a Cherokee tribal council member who opposes the amendment, told the New York Times. "But this is not my Cherokee Nation. My Cherokee Nation is one that honors all parts of her past."
Advocates of changing the 141-year-old treaty rules defining who is a Cherokee say the tribal nation has a sovereign right to decide citizenship and that other tribes base membership on blood lines.

The Cherokee Nation, which ranks as the second-largest tribe behind the Navajo, has some 250,000 to 270,000 members and is growing rapidly. Members are entitled to benefits from the US federal government and tribal services, including medical and housing aid and scholarships.

Cherokees, along with several other tribes, held black slaves and allied themselves with the Confederacy during the US civil war. After the war, the federal government in an 1866 treaty ordered the slaves freed.

In 1983, the Cherokee Nation expelled many descendants of slaves as members but a Cherokee tribunal ruled last year that the Freedmen were fully-fledged citizens with voting rights. That court decision prompted Saturday's special vote. Native American tribes recognized by the United States government have the right to self-determination and authority similar to US states.

Election results will remain unofficial until certified by the Cherokee Nation Election Commission, but officials said percentages were not expected to change significantly.

Source: AFP

Brief look at two Black Native American Women:

Edmonia Lewis was a prolific African and Native American sculptor who explored themes from history, mythology, and the Bible as well as from African-American and Native American subjects. Lewis moved to Rome and became a member of a group of expatriate British and American women artists in Italy. Read more about Edmonia Lewis' artwork here. With an angelic voice of bluebirds singing, Radmilla Cody, a Canyon Records recording artist, Indie Award Winner, Indian Summer Award Nominee, and three-time Native American Award Nominee continues to maintain Navajo culture by recording music that children sing with pride and lyrics the Diné elders can be proud of. Radmilla is a biracial woman who continues to touch the lives and heal the hearts of her supporters. Miss Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i’(Red-Orche-on-Cheek) clan and is born for the African-Americans. Radmilla is the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98. Read more about Radmilla Cody on her website.

Mar 19, 2007

Taking Care of Business in Switzerland Part 2

This sister is into fitness and wellness.

Die Schweizerische Krebsliga und das Bundesamt für Gesundheit empfehlen uns "5 mal am Tag" Obst und Gemüse zu essen. Diese Menge ist heute notwendig, um unseren minimalen Bedarf an Vitaminen zu decken, uns vor Krankheiten zu schützen und um unsere Vitalität und Leistungsfähigkeit zu erhalten. Haben Sie gelegentlich Stress oder sind Sie privat oder beruflich stark engagiert? Rauchen Sie? Treiben Sie Sport? Alle diese Faktoren führen zu einem erhöhten Bedarf an Vitalstoffen. Gemäss Fachleuten wie dem Medizinjournalisten und Buchautor Andreas Joop (Risikofaktor Vitaminmangel), decken 70% der Menschen nicht einmal ihren Minimalbedarf, um vorbeugend vor Krankheiten zu schützen. Über 40% der Schweizer und über 50% der Deutschen sterben heute verfrüht an einer Herz- Kreislauferkrankung. Unsere Kinder - wie auch wir selbst - leiden immer mehr an Übergewicht, Diabetes Darmerkrankungen, Allergien, Kopfschmerzen und Ermüdungserscheinungen. Read more on her website.

Mar 18, 2007

Black International Cinema Film/Video Festival

Black International Cinema Film/Video Festival
Berlin, Germany & U.S.A.

in association with Classic In Black

Guest Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Akin Euba

MAY 3-6 / 3.-6. MAI
Nickelodeon Cinema
Torstraße 216, Berlin/Mitte

Production & Direction: Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre/
The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin
in association with Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Click here for the program schedule.

Mar 17, 2007

Taking Care of Business in Germany part 4

This sister is will be publishing a Magazine for AfroCulture in Germany. The first special edition is planned for the 1st June. She's also working on her doctorial thesis and running a translation business. Visit her websites now.

Gisèle Mandaila - First Black Minister in Belgium

Portrait express

née le 4 septembre 1969 à Kinshasa (République Démocratique du Congo)
état civil : mariée
Graduée en marketing (Institut supérieur – Ville de Mons)
2ème année de licence en science du travail (ULB)
Carrière professionnelle
en 2000 :

collaboratrice parlementaire d’un député du Parlement de la Communauté française

de décembre 2000 à mai 2003 :

aide comptable

de 2001 à mai 2004 :

Membre de l’asbl « Dunia Action » (aide humanitaire)
Membre de l’Union des femmes africaines (UFA)

depuis octobre 2000 :

conseillère communale et pour la Zone de Police d’Etterbeek

depuis le 18 juillet 2004 :

Secrétaire d’Etat aux Familles et aux Personnes handicapées

Belgian Government

Mar 15, 2007

The Transatlantic Slave Trade stands apart from both past and present forms of slavery in terms of its scale and brutality; the legal framework that supported it; and the long term repercussions it would have on three continents.

The human cost of the trade is difficult to quantify, but it is estimated that out of approximately 24 million people who were enslaved in Africa only some 10 million managed to survive long enough to reach the Americas and the Caribbean. Those that did had to endure conditions so hard that, in the Caribbean, approximately one in every three Africans died within three years of arriving.

On 25 March 1807, the slave trade was abolished in the British colonies. This was not the end of slavery, people could still own other human beings, but it ended the trade from Africa to the British colonies and marked an important step on the path to the total abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the liberation of those who had been enslaved. Read about this historic anniversary, modern day slavery, and how you can do something to stop it now.

Lewis Hamilton drives fast

It is well documented that at the tender age of 8, little Lewis Hamilton approached McLaren boss Ron Dennis, to advise him of his talents. The Englishman responded by telling the youngster to win some races then come talk to him again.

By the age of 10, Lewis had won his first British Kart Championship, and in the years that followed he added a further four titles to his tally.

Consequently, Dennis stuck to his word, and at the age of 13 Lewis was signed to the prestigious McLaren Driver Development Support programme, the youngest driver ever to be signed up by a Formula One team. Read more about Lewis here.

Mar 14, 2007

Business and Social Networking: Afro-Community on XING

Victoria B. Robinson started a new group on XING. This is a meeting place for members of the African diaspora. It is supposed to provide a safe space to network, connect and support each other. If you're a member of XING, click here to join the group. To join XING, free of charge, click here.

Mar 13, 2007

Recent floods in Mozambique

The recent floods in Mozambique have caused havoc typical of any region in the world being flooded.

But added to the misery suffered by Mozambicans who survived the floods is a chilling thought "where are the landmines now"?
Your guess is as good as mine.

We want to find the landmines and clear them from currently unusable albeit fertile land. But without the technology available to The Mineseeker Foundation to find landmines, landmines typically buried underground which may or may not have been dislodged will probably be 'found' by an innocent victim.

They may or may not survive the blast.

Mozambicans will now have to play a deadly guessing game before stepping onto land after the floods subside.

A step in the wrong direction may be fatal. Click here to see how you can help.

Mar 12, 2007

Diane Abbott - The first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament

In 1987 Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator. Visit the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington's site.

Mar 11, 2007

Nyamko Ana Sabuni - First Black Minister in Sweden

Nyamko Ana Sabuni (born 31 March 1969) is the Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality. A member of the Liberal People's Party, Sabuni has been a member of the Riksdag (Parliament) since 2002 and a member of the party board since 2004.

As an opposition politician, Sabuni proposed banning the veil for girls under the age of 15. She proposed that schoolgirls undergo compulsory medical examinations to check for evidence of genital mutilation. She denounced what she called the "honor culture" of some immigrant groups, proposed outlawing arranged marriages and called for an end to state funding of religious schools.

Sources: IHT, Wikipedia

Mar 10, 2007

Survey - availability of foundation in dark shades for women in western Europe

You are invited to participate in my survey on the availability of foundation in dark shades for women in western Europe. It will take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Feel free to forward this link to a friend, family member or colleague. I created this survey in 2006 when I lived in Belgium. I really appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete it.

Taking Care of Business in Switzerland

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Taking Care of Business in Germany Part 3

This sister is turning heads in Germany:

Celeste Blackwell knows a strong black woman, originally from Nigeria, who has been running her own salon alone in Hamburg, going on three years now. She is very experienced and does everybodies hair - from children to seniors black and white. Celeste is working on an english version of her site very soon -

If you know of anyone coming to Hamburg on business or otherwise - Gladys Otovoh at Heads-united might be a good stop for getting hair done. Here is the link to her website.

Mar 8, 2007

So now, ladies and gentlemen, live from Somalia and the Netherlands! Give it up for new-to-Washington Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Muslim heretic, self-proclaimed "Infidel," whose memoir by that name is at No. 7 on the New York Times bestseller list! She was elected to the Dutch parliament, but resigned in a scandal that brought down the ruling party. Read more about Ayaan Hirsi Ali here.

Source: The Washington Post

Mar 7, 2007

Exclusive Daniels Counter contribution - 1st Black Female Performer of post war Germany to release autobiography

Leila Negra / Marie Nejar 1952: 1st Black German Female Performer
Marie Nejar who was known as "Leila Negra," was perhaps the first post war African-German to follow the footsteps of Josephine Baker, as a "media spectacle." She was born in 1930 in Germany and survived through luck and help by some well meaning persons the nationalsocialist genocidal German catastropy. Read Marie's story.

Films With Black Stars Seek to Break International Barriers

“The international marketplace is still fairly racist,” said James Ulmer, proprietor of the Ulmer Scale, which compiles input from about 100 international film professionals in a periodic rating of stars’ “bankability.” In Mr. Ulmer’s rating, Will Smith, the highest-ranked black star, placed No. 12 over all last year, behind Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey and others, notwithstanding industry chatter that has often tagged Mr. Smith as the biggest star today. This state of affairs may be changing.

Source: NY Times

Mar 6, 2007

Taking Care of Business In Germany Part 2

Discover two more sister in Germany who are taking care of business in the arts and modeling industries:

Redsands is the sole responsibility of Ebele Okoye. Professionally trained with more than 15 years of experience in the diverse field of Fine and Media Arts. I attach a lot of importance to the originality and individualization of what I do. Find out what Ebele does at Redsands here.

Die Agentur KS-MODELS wurde am 1. Januar 2003 von Kristina Saga gegründet. Kristina stammt aus Tansania und siedelt 1976 nach Deutschland über. Zunächst lebt sie in Freiburg im Breisgau (Baden-Württemberg). Noch vor ihrem Schulabschluss absolviert sie hier mit 18 Jahren ihre erste große Modenschau, organisiert von führenden Boutiquen in Freiburg. Danach geht es weiter aufwärts: Ein Modelvertrag bei der Agentur Modelteam in der Schweiz folgt; weitere Aufträge führen sie nach Österreich, Frankreich, Italien und in die USA. View the KS Models here.

Mar 5, 2007

Own The Internet?

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AGLOCO collects money from those companies on behalf of its members. (For example, Google currently pays AOL 10 cents for every Google search by an AOL user. And Google still has enough profit to pay $1.6 billion dollars for YouTube, an 18-month old site full of content that YouTube’s users did not get paid for!

AGLOCO will work to get its Members their share of this and more.

AGLOCO is building a new form of online community that they call an Economic Network. They are not only paying Members their fair share, but they’re building a community that will generate the kind of fortune that YouTube made. But instead of that wealth making only a few people rich, the entire community will get its share.

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Mar 4, 2007

Taking Care of Business in Germany

These sisters are taking care of business in Germany. Each entrepreneur is utilizing their skills and talents to provide highly sought after services to the German and international community. Take a look:

comunikey is a language service provider located in the picturesque little town of Edenkoben in the "Tuscany of Germany" directly on the German Wine Route.

Our company has dedicated itself to optimizing your international communication and conversation through a combination of unique services.

Although our services include all of the common languages, we have specialized in the language pairs German-English and English-German.

We cater to both private and corporate clients, who enjoy quality, professionalism and friendly service. Visit Comunikey here.

Creating Tomorrow is a specialized consultancy that facilitates leadership breakthroughs by supporting YOU - today's (and tomorrow's!) leaders, as you identify, nurture and hone your Authentic Leadership StyleTM(ALS). It is our mission to assist individuals, as well as organizations, in reaching their fullest potential by facilitating the emergence of goal-oriented, authentic and compassionate leadership. Visit Creating Tomorrow here.

Visit Hillary Coley fitness here.

Mar 3, 2007

1st Black Model to Appear in a Fashion Magazine

Yo, Adrienne

It happens all the time. A beautiful young woman decides she wants to become a model and asks a photographer friend to take some head shots. Seventy years ago this ordinary series of events took an unlikely turn. That was because the beautiful woman was black; the photographer was her lover Man Ray; and one of the photographs landed in the September 1937 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, making her the first black model to appear in a major fashion magazine.

The story begins in Paris around 1936, when a young dancer from Guadeloupe named Adrienne Fidelin met Man Ray.