Apr 27, 2007

Leadership Lessons for Women of Color

The fabulous Trina Roach in Germany sent me this article:

Because there is no need to re-invent the wheel, and I certainly don't mind giving credit where credit is due, I would like to share this timely advice from Stephanie Chick and Marshall Goldsmith with all of you:

1. Pick a career path that stirs your soul. Trust what comes from inside. Don't let the opinions and actions of others hinder your success and happiness. After all, it does happen to be your life—not theirs!

2. Realize that any path you choose will involve trade-offs. Understand the trade-offs and accept the price that comes with any career decision.

3. Make peace with your own humanity. Do the best you can, but don't feel like you have to be a role model for all of the women and African Americans who have ever lived. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and ask for help when you need it. Give to yourself as much as you give to others. That's all anyone should be expected to do.

4. Recognize that you have your own unique genius. That is, your special blend of values, passions, and strengths that can significantly affect your company's success. Take risks and seek out opportunities to best utilize your skills and talents.

For coaching suggestions for managers of women of color read here.

Apr 26, 2007

A Black Female’s Tips For Safe Travel in Europe

By Brande Nicole Martin

When I decided to travel to Europe alone I was at first concerned about being a single black female going to predominantly white European countries. Then, I learned that there is nothing to fear if you use good judgment and do adequate research before and during your journey. Remember that in most larger European cities most people are accustomed to diversity. Therefore observe essentially the same safety precautions as in the U.S.

• Be aware of your surroundings. Get a good idea of where you want to go and what you want to do before starting your trip. In Europe, ask a local to identify the unsafe areas of the city.

• Ask the local tourist bureau if there are areas to be avoid. It is wise to register with the U.S. Embassy in your host country so you can be located if necessary.

• Never forget to have a map handy. If you have extra money, buy a handheld global positioning system. More important for safety when traveling alone is a cell phone. Companies such as Nextel and T-Mobile sell phones and calling plans with world access and no roaming charges.

• Do some research beforehand and learn about the local male-female customs, such as how men approach women and how to respond to advances, particularly aggressive advances from men. To learn about the customs, search for web sites about the country. Join a travel list serve and post a message asking about solo women travelers and safety. Your guidebook may also offer some information on the topic.

For resources follow this link.

Apr 25, 2007

Blog Talk Radio and The Afronerd

BlogTalkRadio is a platform that extends the blog, allowing any individual to host a live blogshow online. Our service is free to all users, whether you host a blogshow or listen in. Plus hosts earn half of all revenue generated by their blogshow and Host Channel page.

Why not host your own radio program? And be sure to check out the Afronerd on Blog Talk Radio.

Apr 21, 2007

Portugal's Nortorius Slave Trade

Portugal was the first European country to attempt to conquor and exploit Africa, establishing many forts along the coast and treaties with heads of state to help enable this trade in human beings. Initially the trade developed with Portugal as the hub of business, with goods and slaves traded through its capital Lisbon, with most slaves working in cities such as Lisbon, Évora and areas such as the Algarve. Read more about Portugal's slave trade.

Apr 18, 2007

Webcast of the Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Yesterday the Dr. Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture Series - Setting the Scene: The Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade was held in London from 6pm - 9.30pm
at the City Hall, Queen's Walk in London. This was the first lecture in the series introducing the Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and re-launching the book Capitalism and Slavery.View the webcast now!

Were You Raised in a Black Church?

Can you fill in the blanks? Don't cheat (the answers are below)!!!

"First giving ______ to God, who is the _______ of my life, I'd like to say I'm glad to be in the ________ of the Lord one mo' time. Cause he brought me from a ___long_____. I coulda been dead, sleeping in my________, but God is_______ all the ________, and all the_____, God is _______. He's a _______ over troubled waters. He's a mother to the ________, and a_________to the __________, a doctor in a ________ room, and a___________ in the courtroom! (smile) He's the_______ of the valley, a bright and ________star
He got up early one __________ mon'ing,with all __________ in his
Pray for me that I grow _________ in t he Lord."
Also, as you look in your church_______, under the special _________ please keep in your prayer _______ Sista Buela-Mae Jenkins who will be having her ________ surgery this week. And while you give your tithes and _______ we humbly ask that you contribute to the church_______ fund and we will be celebrating the pastor's fifteenth________ so anybody please who serves on the _______ board please meet in the ________ following_________. And the women's auxiliary will be selling ________ dinners for $7.00 a _____ along with the youth ______ who will be having their annual ______ sale to help fund their trip to the national youth ministry_______in Tennessee this s! ummer. Parents please be _______that vacation_______school begins June 19, please have your child________ by May 13.
You knew them all, if not most of them, didn't you?!!! You must go to a black church!


Taking Care of Business in Germany part 5

Sharon is helping people set up companies:

"We are a team of young professionals, here to help you to establish a British limited company - so that you can access the advantages of trading with limited liability." Find out how she and her team can help you.

Apr 17, 2007

The German Army vs. The Bronx

"Now you're in the (New York City borough) Bronx. A black truck stops in front of you. Three African-Americans get out and insult your mother grossly. Every time before you pull the trigger I want to hear you shout 'mother......' very loudly."
Read the full story.

Apr 14, 2007

Here are some brutal facts about the French slavers:
- Slaver voyages: France, 4,200; British North America/United States, 1,500.
- Slaves transported: France 1,250,000, British North America/United States,
- Slaves delivered to: French West Indies: 1,600,000, British North America/United
States, 500,000.

In the history of the Atlantic slave trade, the French turned four times as many Africans into slaves as the Americans did, they used them far more brutally, and French slavers not only got a head-start on Americans, they continued the slave trade -- legally -- until 1830, long after the rest of Europe had given it up. And they kept at it clandestinely until after the U.S. Civil War. France officially abolished slavery in its colonies only 14 years before Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, and then only under pressure from slave uprisings. Get the facts


L' AURORE was built in 1784 in France by the shipbuilder H. Penevert. The length amounted to 31 m, the width to 8.7 m, the displacement to 500 tons at 4 m draught. From France ships of this kind sailed to the coast of Angola, in order to take over 600 slaves for the journey to Haiti, at that time French colony Saint Domingue. From there colonial goods were bought, usually sugar, and transported to France.

Apr 13, 2007

How to Get from New York to Paris

Follow these steps

1.go to www.google.com

2.click on maps

3.click on get directions

4.go from "new york" to "paris, france"

5.scroll down in the directions to number 23

Apr 12, 2007

The Danish-Norwegian Slave Ship Fredensborg

In January 1792, the King issued a royal ordinance declaring the end of Danish slave exports as of 1 January 1803. Thus Denmark-Norway was the first European nation to abolish its export slave trade. However, that reputation was tainted by the export of some 30,000 Africans during the last decade of legal commerce in slaves. Moreover, illicit slave trading continued from Danish forts, particularly Fort Fredensborg, until the 1830s and - 1840s. Slavery in the Danish West Indian colonies was abolished after a rebellion on July 3, 1848. In 1917 the three West Indian islands were sold to USA and renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read the entire UNESCO project.

Apr 11, 2007

Are You Working on a Pro-social Project?


Do you, or someone you know have a project for the betterment of humankind? The Rolex Awards for Enterprise supports exceptional men and women who are breaking new ground in areas which advance human knowledge and well being. There are five categories that judges look for: Science and Medicine; Technology and Innovation; Exploration and Discovery; and the Environment. Five winning applicants will be selected and each awarded $100,000.00 to support the advancement of their project. They will also receive a solid gold Rolex watch. Five runners up will each receive a financial reward as well as a steel and gold Rolex watch. The deadline of entries is Midnight (GMT), May 31, 2007 for Asia; the Pacific; and North, Central and South America. For Europe, Africa and the Middle East the deadline is Midnight (GMT), September 30, 2007. Spread the word.

Go here for more information: www.rolexawards.com

Sweden's Slave Trade

This year it's two hundred years since Great Britain abolished the Slave trade. But there are countries which instead of following suit, took advantage and expanded their transatlantic slave-trading, and it might come as a surprise for many that among them was Sweden. It didn't abandon the practice until nearly 40 years later...but how much do Swedes today know about their country's shameful past? Tom McAlinden finds out...

And if you want to know what happened to the small number of African slaves brought to Sweden and how the British eventually scared the Swedish Parliament into abolishing slavery, read more about Sweden's slave colony and listen to the broadcast.

Pictured: King Gustav III of Sweden

Apr 10, 2007

April in London-Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Events

Tuesday 17 April
The Dr. Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture Series - Setting the Scene: The Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Time: 6pm - 9.30pm
Venue: City Hall, Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA
First lecture in the series introducing the Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and re-launching the book Capitalism and Slavery.
Webcast: This event will be webcast. Links to webcasts are added shortly before transmission.

Thursday 19 April
Caribbean Voices on the Transatlantic Slave Trade - Transatlantic Slavery Seminar and Caribbean Book Fair
Time: 4.30pm - 10pm
Venue: London Metropolitan University, 116-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
Admission: Free
This will be a rare opportunity to reflect on the intellectual and cultural legacies of the transatlantic slave trade from a Caribbean perspective. The seminar will feature the distinguished historian Dr. Hilary Beckles from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Barbados). For bookings, email: j.kingmalik@londonmet.ac.uk telephone: 020 7133 3035
Webcast: This event will be webcast. Links to webcasts are added shortly before transmission.

Apr 9, 2007

Mean and nasty bloggers

Isn't it nice that this blog is a positive place to chill? Well it's not like that everywhere. In fact, the mean and nasty police are out to reign in the mean and nasty bloggers.

Apr 8, 2007

Taking Care of Business in France part 2

Sandrine Joseph supports the arts in France:

En créant @rts & Talents en 2000, j’ai réalisé un rêve, celui de pouvoir réunir deux domaines contemporains : les technologies du web et les créations de mes amis artistes. Aujourd’hui la floraison de sites, de blogs, de portails artisitiques et culturels montre la force incroyable que peut dégager l’union des arts plastiques et numériques. Visit the Arts & Talents website today.

Apr 4, 2007

London and the slave trade

From the 1570s, African people were forcibly brought to London from the African continent. The London newspapers of the 17th and 18th centuries carried advertisements offering slaves for sale, whilst other newspaper advertisements attempted to find runaway slaves. There are also records of slaves being bought and sold on the London Stock Exchange. However, most British slaves were taken from Africa to the British colonies in the West Indies and at the start, slavery remained hidden from the general population. Read more about the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and London's role now.

Source: Mayor Of London's Office

Apr 1, 2007

Afrikafilmfestival 2007 - Belgium

20 avril - 5 mai 2007

Aarschot, Diest, Dilbeek, Haacht, Halle, Rotselaar, Tienen
Read the full schedule here.