Jun 26, 2007

Lewis Hamilton-First Black F1 Winner Wins Again in Indy

The 22-year-old Englishman fought off a couple of challenges from Mercedes McLaren teammate and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso on Sunday to win the U.S. Grand Prix, the second straight victory for the first black driver in F1's 61-year history. "Coming into the season, being realistic, I never expected anything like this, but I hoped to do well," Hamilton said. "I hoped maybe I'd get a podium at some point. This is just insane."

This latest win, coming on the heels of his inaugural F1 victory a week earlier in the Canadian Grand Prix, gave Hamilton his seventh top-three finish in as many starts - one of his numerous unprecedented feats for a rookie.

Read the full story.

Jun 20, 2007

Black Madonna

A Black Madonna or Black Virgin is a statue or painting of Mary in which she is depicted with dark or black skin. This name applies in particular to European statues or pictures of a Madonna which are of special interest because her dark face and hands seem to need explanation. In this specialised sense "Black Madonna" does not apply to images of the Virgin Mary portrayed as explicitly black African, which are popular in Africa and areas with large black populations, such as the United States. However, it has been argued that European Black Madonnas have their roots in African traditions. Read on here.


Jun 11, 2007

Black European Women’s Congress 2007

2007 has been declared by the European Union to be the European Year for Equal Opportunities for All. The International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives (AFRA) is taking this as a challenge to organise the 1. Black European Women’s Congress from September 27-29 2007 in Vienna Austria.

The 1st Black European Women’s Congress intends to bring together black women from different European countries to get to know each other, share information and Strategies from their own perspectives on themes such as identity and empowerment, challenges of black children and youths, qualifications and access to the labour market, political participation and finally to work out forward looking strategies to improve living conditions of black women and children in Europe with reference to equal opportunities for all.

Click here for more information on how to partcipate.

Jun 5, 2007

London-Vivid Occasions & Sisters in Spirit Women's Networking Event

Event start date 06/30/2007, 04:00 pm -- 09:00 pm (local time)
City/Location London (United Kingdom)
Caxton House
129 St. John's Way
Archway, Islington
N19 3RQ

Language(s) English
Description Vivid Occasions & Sisters in Spirit Women's Networking Event

An event set to inspire the woman that you wish to become.

Join us to connect and exchange ideas with other like minded women. You will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of products and services of other women in business where you can treat yourself by doing some shopping. During dinner while you enjoy a delicious hot buffet and drinks you will get invaluable information from inspirational women.

Speed networking and 1 minute Pitch Sessions: Come ready with your ELEVATOR PITCH; you should be able to summarise your business in the time it takes you to get on & off an ELEVATOR. Describe what you do, who for, what you want & need from your audience & WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER. The one minute pitch will be limited to the first 20 ladies that request a slot.

Visit our Exchange Mart were you can put up what you have in Exchange for what you want!
There will also be enlightening workshops to attend on the day.
Take part in a prize draw to win fantastic prizes.

That’s not all! You will also get to take home a gorgeous goody bag you will love.

Ladies if you wish to Exhibit on the day please do call to reserve a space.
Who Attends: Our events are attended by a mixed & diverse range of professional women. Some are owners of small independent businesses & others are senior employees in the corporate sector. There is usually a mix of individuals from different industries. We believe this makes for a successful networking event. Everyone is welcome. Please forward to friends, who like you, are sophisticated, ambitious, professional, confident, & fun-loving.
Read the review from the previous inspired women event @ www.vividoccasions.com

VENUE: Caxton House
ENTRANCE: £35.00 (incl dinner/drinks)
STAND: £45.00 limited
BOOKING: RSVP on here. Payment needed by 20th May. We accept Paypal and Bank Transfer
Info: 07851711524, 07956151416, and 07958300168.
Email: info@vividoccasions.com . makosewe@hotmail.com

Go to www.vividoccasions.com to book now!

Jun 4, 2007

Some 17 years after "My Beautiful Laundrette", director Stephen Frears gives us another stunning cinematic portrait of London.

Frears' 2002 film focuses on the usually unseen world of the capital's illegal immigrants, the invisible people who keep its economy running smoothly.

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Nigerian exile Okwe is one such person. By day he drives a minicab; at night he's a porter in a hotel that's home to some shady goings-on.

When Okwe stumbles upon the hotel's dirty secret, he is placed in an impossible dilemma. A decent man, how can he do the right thing - given his precarious status - and still protect the people he cares about?

Interview with Frears:
When you make films about Britain, they're always set among the working classes or, in this case, the under class. Why?

I just do scripts I like, it's as simple as that. Although, I suppose I don't find the idea of tea and cucumber sandwiches very interesting. That said, I was never asked to do "Four Weddings and a Funeral", which I think is extremely good. I've never had to think about whether a film about the upper classes could be interesting.

You've discovered a brilliant new British leading man in Chiwetel Ejiofor. Would you take credit for that?

I was lucky. You think you're going to get X and then you get 6X. But I wouldn't want to be falsely innocent about it because I've done it quite a lot of times before. You just need to give people an opportunity. Daniel Day-Lewis knew, when he did "My Beautiful Laundrette", that was what he'd been waiting for. That's why he was so anxious to get the part. It was the same with Jack Black and "High Fidelity".

You've said that the UK is being dragged, kicking and screaming, towards multiculturalism. Do you think we have become less accepting?

Parts of the UK are. I live in a multicultural part of London and it's very interesting and I'm very pleased. I was politicised by Hanif Kureishi. My eyes were sort of opened for me when he wrote "My Beautiful Laundrette". I was brought up in a completely white, middle class life. Since I opened up a little, it's got much more interesting.

So why do you think some filmmakers seem reluctant to include ethnic characters in their work?

I don't know, you'd have to ask them. I went to a lot of trouble to ethnically cleanse my film of all white people.


Jun 2, 2007

Serena wins, Venus out

Once again, Serena Williams is the last U.S. woman standing at a major. The eight-time Grand Slam champion briefly struggled late in the day against young Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek, but powered through 6-3, 6-4 to enter the fourth round on Friday.

Serena's older sister, Venus, was less fortunate, when fourth seed Jelena Jankovic knocked out the five-time Grand Slam winner 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to race the fourth round. Australian Samantha Stosur was also sent packing by No. 6 seed Nicole Vaidisova 6-4, 6-4.