May 31, 2007

The Next Web

May 29, 2007

Serena strong at the start

In 30 appearances in Grand Slams, Serena Williams has never lost in the first round. "Touch wood that record continues," commented the American former champion after defeating Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova yesterday. “It might happen one day, but I’m really proud of that record." The number eight seed’s earliest defeat in a Grand Slam came in her very first event, the Australian Open back in 1998.

French Open - Venus through

Former world number one Venus Williams overcame a stuttering start to beat teenaged French wildcard Alize Cornet 6-4 6-3 and reach the second round of the French Open in Paris on Monday.

The match was delayed by almost three hours because of rain and Williams looked out of sorts early on. The pair were locked at 4-4 before the American, seeded 26, reeled off eight of the next 11 games for victory.

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May 28, 2007

African Day against G-8 in Germany 2007/Berlin

At the moment various forums in Berlin are discussing the future of the African continent. One thing is quite clear – although Africa needs the support of the industrialised nations, the continent offers fantastic economic opportunities. Policy on Africa will thus be high on the agenda of the G8 Summit soon to be held under the German Presidency.

For over 500 years the relationship between the western powers and Africa has been the continues plundering and denigration of the African continent and its people by the westerners. A crucial aspect of labour, made the Europeans to storm Africa in search for labour force for the production of products like tobacco, sugar, cotton, coffee and gold. This was realised through the inhuman enslavement of Africans, the very first and indelible inhuman crime committed against the African people by the Europeans and Americans.

During this era, Africans were brutally caught, abducted and transported by Europeans under critical conditions that let to the lost of lives of millions. Those who successfully arrived Europe and America were forced to work in plantations and other life destroying sectors of the economy for very long hours without rest. This unforgettable human brutality led to the production of the above mentioned goods that were sold in Europe and America and the profits enormously contributed to the riches of these continents.

Another crime against the African people and their continent took place in 1884, in this event, the Europeans made the second strong waves of movement into Africa. These strong waves was branded colonisation. Europeans like priests, traders, farmers and administrators saw Africa as a spring board of charge to escape from the abject poverty churning Europe at the time in search of a better life. The decision to make these moves was reached in Germany in a conference known as The Berlin conference 1884.

Read all about it.

May 27, 2007

Angriff auf die Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh

In der Nacht zum Montag, den 14. Mai, wurden mehrere Gebäude und Mahnmale in Dessau mit Hakenkreuzen und SS-Runen besprüht, unter anderem das Telecafé – Treffpunkt der Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh in Dessau – in der Friedrich-Naumann-Straße und eine Gedenkstelle, die an die Deportation der Dessauer Juden und die Zerstörung der Synagoge erinnert. Das Telecafé war bis Februar 2006 im Besitz von Herrn Mouctar Bah, Freund des in einer Dessauer Polizeizelle lebendig verbrannten Afrikaners und bundesweiter Sprecher der internationalen Kampagne “Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh”.


May 26, 2007

Corporate Counsel Women of Color

This group is having a networking event in Paris this July!

Corporate Counsel Women of Color (SM) is a 501 (c ) (3) not-for-profit organization of women attorneys of color who serve as general counsel, assistant general counsel, corporate counsel, in-house legal counsel, and in other capacities for Fortune 1000 companies, Forbes 2000 companies, not-for-profit corporations, and other entities in the United States of America and abroad. Read the founder Laurie's bio, and their event schedule.

May 22, 2007

Rachida Dati

For the first time in French history, the cabinet includes almost as many women as men. Seven of the 15 ministers are women, among them Rachida Dati, a young lawyer and the daughter of North African immigrants, who will head the Justice Ministry.

Commentators said that Sarkozy, the son of an Hungarian immigrant, had made an important move in appointing Dati to the Justice Ministry.

"This is not an Arab in charge of Arabs, it's a woman of North African descent running one of the most important ministries in the government," said Yves Michaud, a French philosopher.


May 12, 2007

My beloved Uncle - Bryant George, longtime civil rights champion, dies of heart failure

“Bryant had a foot in so many different worlds,” said the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, the stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly. “He was a leader in the civil rights movement. He was a leader in international affairs. He was a leader in the Ford Foundation, but was always first and foremost a pastor and a leader in the church. His passion in all of those was justice and human rights.”
Read more about why we mourn our loss.

May 8, 2007

Rama Yade, une jeune étoile montante dans l'équipe de Sarkozy

Femme, jeune et noire: à 30 ans, la secrétaire nationale de l'UMP chargée de la francophonie Rama Yade est l'une des figures montantes de l'équipe de campagne de Nicolas Sarkozy, chargée de porter haut les couleurs de la diversité.

Beau visage et grande allure, la jeune femme d'originie sénégalaise, diplômée de Sciences-Po et administratrice au Sénat, vice-présidente du club XXIe siècle qui milite en faveur de la diversité, fait partie des douze femmes promues dans les instances du parti le 6 mars 2006. Read more.

May 6, 2007


Here's an interesting blog authored by Victoria, a sister in Germany.

May 3, 2007

Time Out London's guide to Slave trade abolition commemoration events

London was the place where the movement to abolish slavery took root and this Sunday March 25 marks the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery Bill, passed on March 25 1807, forbidding the trade throughout the British Empire. While the country gears up to commemorate the bicentenary of this historic legislation, here's a lowdown on how Londoners can both commemorate this landmark anniversary, and raise money for those around the world who continue to be blighted by the evils of slavery in the 21st century.

Read the comprehensive listings plus more related information.

May 2, 2007

Black International Film Festival in Berlin Opens This Week

Thursday, May 3


Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre / Black International Cinema Berlin /
The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin / Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Harry Louiserre
Managing Director: Classic In Black

Del Fionn Sykes

Oumar Diallo
Director: Afrika-Haus Berlin

Michelle Owens

Prof. Dr. Akin Euba
Composer, Music Scholar

Khadija Tarjan McKinney Griffith
Student: John F. Kennedy Schule Berlin
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre / Black International Cinema Berlin /
The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin / Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Reading of Foreword

Director: Sadie Wilcox
Documentary, Color, 18 min.
U.S.A. 2007

Director: Joel Katz
Documentary, Color, 57 min.
U.S.A. 2002

Director: Clay Walker
Documentary, Color, 21 min.
U.S.A./Switzerland 2006


May 1, 2007

May Day - Black Women and Labor Unions

Pittsburgher Maida Springer-Kemp began her involvement in labor by working in a garment factory in 1932 during the Depression. Springer-Kemp joined the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in 1933 where she met A. Philip Randolph, an African-American labor and civil rights leader, who became her lifelong mentor and friend. Read more about Maida here.