Jul 29, 2007

Taking Care of Business in Switzerland part 3

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Jul 28, 2007

All White Jury Convicts Black Youth in Racially Charged High School Criminal Case UPDATE

*Jena 6* National Protest & Rally || Jena Courthouse July
31st--PASS IT ON!

Justice for the Jena 6 in Louisiana

Write letters to support Mychal Bell to:

Attn: Judge J.P. Mauffray
P.O. Box 1890
Jena, Louisiana 71342
Fax: (318)992.8701

Support the Jena 6 Defense Fund

P.O. Box 2798
Jena, La 71342


National Protest on July 31st at the Jena Courthouse! Join A Caravan in your area:

Houston 832.258.2480

Baton Rouge: 225.806.3326

Monroe: 318.801.0513

New Orleans: 713.534.4021

Jena: 318.419.6441

Fort Worth: 817.386.0369

Mississippi: 601.442.4719

Jul 26, 2007

European Racism

bronxgrrrl asked me: a friend of mine told me some vague details about a racist cheer recited by german soccer fans towards black soccer players. does anyone know the details about this?

This video should answer that question.

Jul 25, 2007

Hillary looks pissed.

Kiri Davis is awesome!

Black Trinity turned me on to Kiri Davis, the teen sensation filmaker. She heard from Afrobella that Kiri won another award for her film above.

This girl gives me hope in the face of all the madness going on at BET.

BEST - Black European Studies in Germany

Ursula told me about this program today. It's located at Johannes Gutenberg Mainz University in Germany. I wonder if UNICEF Germany consulted with them before launching their blackface campaign for the recent G8 summit.

Anyway, check BEST out at this link. I do hope they will announce another conference soon.

Jul 24, 2007

Update - Black Business Community Magazine

Update from Diane in London:

This site is more like youtube where you open your account and include your content so an instant self publishing platform.

Of course I will be monitoring what goes up there but on the whole businesses have an opporunity to run their own TV or radio station.

Jul 23, 2007

Women make gains in French Parliament, but minorities still struggle

Black Business Community Magazine

Diane is doing something exciting in London:

On the 20th July my new online magazine went up. Its called the Black Business Community Magazine for businesses in London. I am currently giving away some free subscriptions for anyone who already has content they would like to include in the magazine.

I haven't created a press release about this yet but one will be going out this week. The free offer is limited so please visit the site www.blackbusinesscommunitymagazine.net and take a look.

Also if you know of a business in London that may benefit please forward this to all your friends so that they can include their business.

This is a magazine for black businesses based in London who want to start using audio and video to promote their business. There is also space for text articles too.

I will be doing all of the promoting so this is an opportunity for extra business. The next 3 months will be spent doing nothing but promotional activities so get yourself in there now and thank you for sharing this with other black businesses.

Jul 19, 2007

UNICEF Germany update

Dear Mr. Dalzine,

Thank you very much for your letter and your comments on the advertisment for our "Schools for Africa" initiative. Please let me try to explain context and message of the ad.

The German Committee for UNICEF has started a campaign to promotechild-friendly schools in six African countries in late 2004. This campaign aims to raise awareness on the fact that nearly half of all children in Africa lack even primary education.

With funds from private donors, since then 350 schools have been repaired or newly constructed. In addition, several thousand teachers were trained and school management improved. In total, some hundred thousand children and young people have benefitted from this campaign since 2004.

The right to education for all children is a prerequisite to develop their full potential and a basis for social and economic development. But still many governments - including the G8-countries - do not stick to their promise in the so-called "Millennium Declaration" to reach "education for all" until 2015.

We therefore tried to bring the issue up to the agenda of the G8 summit which took place in Germany in June this year. One element of our advocacy work was this ad which was developed pro bono by Jung von Matt.

The idea behind is that children from Germany demonstrate their solidarity with children in Africa by showing up with a coloured make up. Their message s: "Children may look different but are equal - we all want to go to school." Absolutely no connotation of black children as "dirty children" was intended.

Before publishing the ad, we had carefully discussed possible misinterpretations and the agency had also tested public reaction in a survey in Germany, without receiving negative comments. Neither did we receive any negative reaction from the German public after publication.

The ad was published in a few high-quality print media like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Spiegel, Die Zeit, Stern, free-of-charge. These media had never volunteered to publish the ad if they would have expected a negative connotation. Obviously, the perception of the ad varies by country.

There are no plans to promote the ad further as it was explicitly developed for the G8 summit. Your remarks have caused us to drop it from our website.

We apologize if you feel irritated by the make up of the children. Please rest assured that we take your remarks very seriously and will consider them in any further communication.

Thank you for sharing your comments with us.

With kind regards,

Rudi Tarneden

Press Officer

German Committee for UNICEF

Hoeninger Weg 104, 50969 Koeln

Phone: +49 (0) 221-93650-235
Fax: +49 (0) 221-93650-301

E-Mail: rudi.tarneden@unicef.de

Web: *www.unicef.de*


In case you want to know, my opinion on this is:

UNICEF Germany showed that they still don't really understand why their campaign is offensive:

„Before publishing the ad, we had carefully discussed possible misinterpretations and the agency had also tested public reaction in a survey in Germany, without receiving negative comments. Neither did we receive any negative reaction from the German public after publication."

1) what about the quotes that practically say all africans are un-educated?

2) Now, we find it important to explain just exactly why this campaign is wrong, because in Germany it is really not clear at all why the campaign is offensive. The UK and US experience can help get the point across, so that in the future this won't be just "one example of a bad campaign" and happen again. We would like to generalize why the means of "blackface" and "white kids speak for "african" kids" ( a.s.o.) and the „quotes" in the ad are not okay.

Besides, a similar campaign that had been tested early 2007 used white grown-ups with faces painted brown instead of children. We know of organisations that had been asked their opinion by UNICEf/JvM and who had strongly suggested to not publish such a campaign. Why UNICEF and JvM thought it would be less offensive if children do the blackface, stays their secret.

I'd be very happy if you'd like to help get the point across.

Check this out, if you'd like to forward, it's being frequently updated.



Noah Sow

der braune mob e.V.
media-watch - schwarze deutsche in medien und öffentlichkeit

Jul 18, 2007

Taking Care of Business in Germany part 6

This sister is holding it down musically in Germany while being a blacktivist at the same time. Never one to shy away from telling it like it is, Noah was recently interviewed by Ebony magazine. Visit her website here and read her Ebony interview here.

Jul 17, 2007

This is an actual ad-campaign by UNICEF Germany!

dear all,

This link was forwarded to our media-watch organisation by disturbed readers:


This is an actual ad-campaign by UNICEF Germany!

This campaign is „blackfacing“ white children with mud to pose as "uneducated africans“.

The headline translates "This Ad-campaign developped pro bono by the agency Jung von Matt/Alster shows four german kids who appeal for solidarity with their contemporaries in Afrika"

The first kid says:

"I'm waiting for my last day in school, the children in africa still for their first one."

second kid:

"in africa, many kids would be glad to worry about school"

third kid:

"in africa, kids don't come to school late, but not at all" (!)

fourth kid:

"some teachers suck. no teachers sucks even more."

Besides claiming that every single person in "Africa" isn't educated, and doing so in an extremely patronising way, it is also disturbing that this organisation thinks blackfacing kids with mud (!) equals "relating to african children". Also, the kids' statements ignore the existance of millions of african academics and regular people and one again reduces a whole continent to a village of muddy uneducated uncivilized people who need to be educated (probably by any random westerner). This a really sad regression.
Bottom lines of this campaign are: Black = mud = African = uneducated. White = educated. We feel this campaign might do just as much harm as it does any good. You don't collect money for helping people by humiliating and trivilaizing them first.

Unfortunatley, if it was clear to the average German that this is wrong, UNICEF and the advertising agency wouldn't come out with such a campaign.

Please write your opinion and help make clear and explain why it is wrong to use „blackface with mud“, and write to UNICEF at publicrelations@unicef.de as well as the advertising agency at info@jvm.de with a copy to Black German media-watch-orgaiztion info@derbraunemob.de what you feel about this campaign and why. Please include a line that you’re going to publish your mail and the response.

by the way, the slogan of the advertising agency who came up with this, reads
"we communicate on eye-level".


Noah Sow

NOTE: The pictures uploaded here are not in the same order in which they appear on the UNICEF site.

Jul 14, 2007

All White Jury Convicts Black Youth in Racially Charged High School Criminal Case

In a small still mostly segregated section of rural Louisiana, an all white jury heard a series of white witnesses called by a white prosecutor testify in a courtroom overseen by a white judge in a trial of a fight at the local high school where a white student who had been making racial taunts was hit by black students.

The fight was the culmination of a series of racial incidents starting when whites responded to black students sitting under the traditionally "white tree" at their school by hanging three nooses from the tree.

The jury quickly convicted Mychal Bell of two felonies - aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery ("with a deadly weapon": his sneakers. Bell, who was a 16 year old sophomore football star at the time he was arrested, faces up to 22 years in prison. Five other black youths await similar trials on attempted second degree murder and conspiracy charges.

Yes, you read that correctly.

It has been called a modern lynching, in part because, according to sources, there was not agreement among the witnesses even to whether Mychal Bell was the one to have hit the white victim, and the victim received no serious injury.

Whites in the community were adamant that there is no racism. "most blacks are happy with the way things are." One person even said "We don't have many problems with our blacks."


There is one black police officer in Jena and two black public school teachers.

After the initial noose-hanging incident, black students decided to protest its being given little attention by school authorities. After some unrest among the students…

The white District Attorney came to Jena High with law enforcement officers to address a school assembly; DA admitted threatening the black protesting students saying that if they didn't stop making a fuss about this "innocent prank... I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."

In an incident similar to the one on trial, a black student was beaten and hit in the head with a beer bottle at a party…

On Monday, December 4, at Jena High, a white student - who allegedly had been making racial taunts, including calling African American students "niggers" while supporting the students who hung the nooses and who beat up the black student at the off-campus party - was allegedly knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. The white victim was taken to the hospital treated and released. He attended a social
function that evening.

Six black Jena students were arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder. All six were expelled from school. Many stayed in jail for months, awaiting trail.

Mychal Bell remained in jail from December 2006 until his trial (May)because his family was unable to post the $90,000 bond sufficient money to put up bonds.

When it finally came, the trial of Mychal Bell was swift.

What happened to the white guys? The white victim of the beating was later arrested for bringing a hunting rifle loaded with 13 bullets onto the high school campus and released on $5000 bond. The white man who beat up the black youth at the off-campus party was arrested and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor.


Remember that if you forward this to 5 people, and get each of them to do the same, you reach 3,125 people in 5 steps.

1) FORWARD this to 5 people (or even 1 if 5 seems too much…)

2) SIGN the petition here:

3) Make a phone call, if you feel like it:
To the District Attorney's Office in Jena: (001) 318 - 992 - 8282.

- Remember, this has not been covered much in the U.S., so we can help get the word out….

- Mychal Bell, 17, will be sentenced July 31; he may be going to jail until age 40

- see section: You Want to Really Get Pissed?

- If anyone wants to show their outrage to LA Senators:

Senator Mary Landrieu Phone:(202) 224-5824
Senator David Vittner Phone:(202) 224-4623

- ACLU of Louisiana www.laaclu.org or 417.350.0536.

Jul 8, 2007

Q & A with 2007 Wimbledon Ladies Champ - Venus Williams

Venus Williams (USA)[23] def Marion Bartoli (FRA)[18] 6-4, 6-1

Q. Is this win, your number four, sweeter than the past three?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would not give up any of the other wins, of course. This win, it's so much different from the others because the other ones I felt like I was playing in championship form from minute one.

Here I really had to focus on my game, you know, overcome a lot of challenges, including obviously being seeded low, those kinds of things.

But all in all, it's wonderful. But, I mean, the last time I won, it was a really outrageous way to win. I keep that trophy by my bed. That's the only one I keep close to me. I don't know if it can replace that trophy, but it's so wonderful.

Q. How are you feeling now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm very tired. This is my fourth match in a row. You don't expect that at Wimbledon. With the weather going the way it was, I got myself ready for that.

I feel fantastic. Obviously, I feel on top of the world.

Q. She said you're unbeatable on grass. That seemed to be the case. How different is it for you vis a vis the other surfaces now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: This is quite obviously a great surface for me. I think I know how to play this surface also. I feel like I know when to play it high or when to play it low. I know pretty much how the ball's going to bounce.

So, obviously, if there's a surface to pick, grass at Wimbledon's not a bad choice.

Q. Does it seem to you almost like you played two distinctly different tournaments, up to that ninth game against Morigami, it was one tournament and then since then it's been another one?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I don't feel like that. Getting through those kinds of matches, for me I feel like, okay. I mean, she played great. In a way, maybe I was destined to play Morigami because by the time I played Bartoli I was ready for those flat, short, low balls. I'd already seen that shot. For me it was great to have played Morigami because it helped me out today.

Source and full Q&A

Jul 5, 2007

Venus moves on, a hurt Serena exits Wimbledon

Justine Henin took advantage of an injured Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over the two-time champion.

Although Williams managed to win the middle set, Henin's variety of shots kept the American moving. On Monday, Williams collapsed on the court with a strained left calf during her fourth-round win. She played against Henin on Wednesday with her leg, left wrist and thumb taped.
"I didn't see that she had a lot of trouble to move," Henin said. "Maybe a little at the beginning of the match."

Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals, dominating 2004 champion Maria Sharapova and winning 6-1, 6-3 in a two-day match that included a nearly two-hour rain delay. Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round in the men's draw in a rain-interrupted match that finished four days after he first stepped on court. Read on.

Jul 1, 2007

Venus Put Under Pressure

Venus Williams, chasing her fourth Wimbledon title, is facing a worrying time as she awaits a return to court after rain stopped play in her match against Akiko Morigami. She won the first set 6-2 but is 1-4 down in the second. Victory would set up a mouth-watering clash with Maria Sharapova.