Dec 29, 2007

For the brothers who read this blog

Here's something from Francis in Brazil:


We Black people always want a hairstyle that is attractive, easily, economically and quickly maintained, that involves no chemical treatments or heating, and that allows us to participate in water sports without turning into a pumpkin. We discussed this earlier in an article entitled, "Free Your African Hair."

Now, a compliment from teenage Black blogger Phil Pierre-Paul on my new "braids" has prompted me to explain how you, too, can get these Brazilian cornrow braids in just thirty minutes, for as little as five dollars.

My hair is not really "braided." Until two weeks ago, I wore my head completely shaved clean. Then, after it had grown to the level you see here, instead of shaving it again I asked the barber to shave some cornrows into my head with a flat razor, to make it look like my hair is braided. (I took this idea from a Brazilian magazine called RacaBrasil.Com.BR, which offers many other haircare, style and cultural and political ideas from Brasil.)

Children and teens love this hairstyle.
They stop me on the street to compliment me.

The barber cut my hair with the "Number 1" (smallest) gate; used a straight-razor to design these rows, and voilá! I dabbed my head with the barber's alcohol to avoid irritation and my "braids" were ready for showing, in less than thirty minutes.

For me, the advantages over "braided braids" are tremendous. Although I've tried, I have never had the patience to wait for my hair to grow long enough to be braided. That much hair is hot in summer and hard to maintain, and I'm used to the free-headed feeling of shaving my head completely. And I don't like combing, cutting and shampooing an Afro all the time while waiting for my hair to become long enough for braids. I simply haven't the patience for that.

If you get this haircut here in Bahia, Brazil, you'll pay as little as five dollars USD (compared to fifty dollars for "braided braids". In the United States, you can get a haircut like this for probably twenty dollars, compared an estimated eighty dollars or more for "braided" cornrow braids.

If your head is sensitive at the lower back and subject to irritation, this is a style you can use without shaving that area entirely, resulting in far less risk of irritation and bumps.

The above hairstyle is one that I can obtain in two weeks, starting from being completely clean-shaven and going to the look you see above.


Since the hair on my head is less dense than if it were braided, I feel fresher and freer in the hot sun. I tried to let my hair grow long enough for braids, but

This new look allows me to get "braids" with only a two week wait for my hair to grow long enough, and I only have to sit in the barber's chair for twenty minutes instead of four hours.

But here are a couple of notes of caution: Go to a barber who has some experience cutting styles with a razor, e.g. a barber popular with the young set. When a barber uses a razor, always make sure that it is one with disposable Gillette blades, and that s/he has changed the blade in front of you. Always pass alcohol on your head afterward to avoid irritation.

If you're subject to dandruff and/or seborrhea, the cheapest and most effective solution is Therapeutic T + Plus Gel Shampoo with Solubilized Coal Tar Extract, available at Walgreens for 7.99 for 16ounce bottle, or at CVS, for $7.13 for a 16-ounce bottle. The key ingredient is the coal tar. Use it all the time instead of those expensive brand name shampoos, and your dandruff will be gone for good.

Here in Brazil, this shampoo is much more expensive, for some reason. A good alternative is coco soap, made from coconuts. It costs less than a dollar for a large bar. This and hot water washes away seborrhea, leaving behind a pleasant cocoa butter smell and sheen.

If you try these braidless braids above, I hope you'll be just as happy and free with them as I am!

Author's Note: Also read "Free Your African Hair!"

Dec 28, 2007

French charity workers leave Chad to serve sentences in France

Film Night in London - Sisters in Law

African Film and Meditation Evening

You are warmly invited to attend this free introductory meditation event for the African Caribbean community. This is an excellent opportunity to learn one of the meditation practices we offer, for calming and focusing your mind and opening your heart. Beginners are welcome, as are those with more experience who enjoy practising amongst others. Led by Zhana, who has many years of experience in Buddhist meditation.

Film Night: Sisters in Law

We will be screening the film Sisters in Law, a documentary about women judges in Cameroon who are ringing the changes in their own community.
on: Saturday 12th January 2008

time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.

at: London Buddhist Centre, 51 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0HU

Free of charge - donations welcome.

Light refreshments will be served.

Dec 20, 2007

Noah Sow in NYC - BAMcafe, January 18 and 19, 2008

Noah live on stage in afropunkrocking New York City: BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Jan 18 & 19

Loud and Proud: Children of the Revolution presentation, celebrating Martin Luther King's birthday Black Rock Coalition Style!

Dec 19, 2007

Black Europe: Exploring Dimensions of Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations. June 15th-26th 2008

Visit the website, <http://www.ishss.uva.nl/Summer/Black_Europe.htm>

This course is a collaboration between the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam and NiNsee, the National institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

Course Description

A multitude of discourses have emerged relative to the internationalism of Blacks worldwide and particularly in the Americas, but the prominence and impact of the Black presence in Europe has not been adequately explored. This seminar will examine the multiple constructions of the term Black Europe and the social, economic and political implications within. We will look specifically at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries; comparing the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification.

The seminar will begin with a historical overview of social and civil conflict in Europe leading to the formation of laws and antidiscrimination legislation within the EU. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath.

We will also explore the notions of blackness as; a categorization, employed in Britain to demark all non-natives; as a social construction, employed by natives to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation.

This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity.

Following the program, students are welcome to participate in a two-day conference in Paris on Global Anti-Black Racism as part of the annual conference series (2006-2009) at the Maison des Science de l'Homme (MSH) organized by Lewis Gordon, Ramon Grosfoguel and Eric Mielants on "New and Old Racial/Ethnic Configurations before and after 9/11"

Instructors for 2008

■ Dr. Dienke Hondius, VU University Amsterdam
■ Dr. Stephen Small, University of California, Berkeley
■ Dr. Kwame Nimako, Universiteit van Amsterdam
■ Dr. Philomena Essed, Antioch University
■ Dr. David T. Goldberg, Director, University of California Humanities Research Institute
■ Dr. Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley
■ Dr. Glenn Willemsen, National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy
■ Dr. Thomas Spijkerboer, VU University Amsterdam

The Summer School on Black Europe is open to advanced undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Preference will be given to students based on the following criteria:

■ Undergraduate and graduate students with a background in the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science, economics and/or the humanities;

■ Post-graduate students who have begun a research project in the field;
■ Professionals with an MA Degree and who are working or want to work in a field related to the topic of the Summer School.

Students are accepted on the basis of i) their previous qualifications, ii) the level of knowledge of English, and iii) an essay on their motivation. The Admissions Committee will take account of coherence, feasibility or relevance of the student’s career objectives and proposed program of study, as well as excellence in prior academic accomplishment, especially in coursework and experience related to the Summer School on Black Europe.


The regular tuition is € 1350. The tuition for students who wish to receive course credit is € 1550. Students may reserve accommodation through the Unverisiteit van Amsterdam for a cost of € 350. Student housing is available from June 14th -June 29th.

The Women of the African Diaspora website is All About You!

The Women of the African Diaspora website will launch new features early next year and is looking for submissions from sisters around the world for the following categories:

Are you a sister with a business? We want to highlight you. Send the following information to info(at)aesn.eu with Marketplace in the subject line:
1. name of buinsess/service and description
2. logo
3. link to your website
4. your headshot
5. your bio
6. indicate if you are willing to mentor an aspiring entrepreneur
7. details of your affiliate marketing program (if you have one)

Are you a sister running a non-profit or charitable organization? We want to help spread the word. Send the following information to info(at)aesn.eu with For The Greater Good in the subject line:
1. name of organization and description
2. logo
3. link to your website
4. your headshot
5. your bio
6. how we can help

Very, very soon you will be able to advertise on the Women of the African Diaspora Website and social network, for one price! Details will be published on the site soon, but it you have an offer that is too good to keep to yourself, send an email to info@aesn.ue with Advertising in the subject line and we'll get the details to you!

For two months we have been featuring sisters who are making music. If you would like to be included, please send us your details to info@aesn.eu with Musicians in the subject line:
1. your photo
2. your stage name or band name
3. link to your website
4. info on where your music can be purchased
5. bio

Dec 18, 2007

Black Women in Europe You Tube Video Channel

The Black Women in Europe You Tube Video Channel is up and invites you to submit positive and issue related videos about Black Women in Europe.

Send your favorite videos and orginal productions via email on You Tube by visiting the BWIE video channel.

Embed the player on your website to raise the profile of BWIE and their issues.

Pick up the code here.

Dec 15, 2007

Concert of Duke Ellington's Sacred Music in Brussels

Eric Jassin, Echevin et Président de l’asbl Atrium Saint-Josse,

le Conseil d’Administration de l’asbl Atrium et Bertrand van Hoorebeke, Manager Atrium Saint-josse ont le plaisir de vous convier au

Sacred Duke Ellington Concert

Chœur – Big Band – Soprano - Claquettes

Le dimanche 23 décembre 2007, à 19h00

Eglise de Saint-Josse / Place Saint-Josse

Info : www.meltingshopping.be


Eric Jassin, Schepen en Voorzitter van de vzw Atrium Sint-Joost,de Raad van Bestuur van de vzw Atrium en Bertrand van Hoorebeke, Bestuurder Atrium Sint-Joost

hebben het genoegen u uit te nodigen op het

Sacred Duke Ellington Concert

Zangkoor – Big Band – Soprano – Tapdansen

Zondag 23 december 2007 om 19 uur

Sint-Joost Kerk / Sint-Joostplein

Info: www.meltingshopping.be

Dec 14, 2007

Penda Kede's Dispair

You may have been one of the 150,000 + people who have watched the video on You Tube. Well you won't see it here. To embed that image in this blog would be gratuitous. I would rather try and find out why she was driven to burn herself in Rome last week.

I have held off on posting about this until I had more information. Today a sister in Italy told me this in the Black Women in Europe social network discussion on the topic:

I've been trying to see if I can get news on the condition of the Senegalese lady,but I can't.The reason she did that was because she,the grand daughter of the senegalese president,helped him so much during the electoral campaign in February.She expected some sort of consideration or sign of appreciation from him,seeing that she had helped him here in Italy,by letting the Senegalese community vote for him.But he didn't give a damn about her after the elections.She did all to contact him in-vain.When he came to Rome,she left Brescia for Rome to see him,but she was sent away by his guards.She first wanted to protest by throwing herselfdown some stairs,but was stopped by passerbys.She then had the idea of settingherself on fire,maybe after reading about the other lady in Belgium who did same.Since the 7th of December,nothing has been said about her. The news said she should be the grand daughter or niece to the president,but they doubt if it's true as they say the african family is sooooooo extended and people from thesame clan consider themselves cousins,nephews,nieces or grandchildren. I just reported what they said in the news.

By now you probably know that the sister in Belgium who died after setting herself alight in Luxembourg in 2001 was Maggy Delvaux-Mufu. I've been hard pressed to find out what her motivation was except. Reports have said racism. Did she leave a note, complain to friends or family that the racism she faced put her over the edge? The facts that have come to light is that she and her husband were financially strapped for cash, she worked three jobs, and he, a Belgian, was in the process of opening an auto garage, but faced many road blocks.

Rajul Paris is participating-A Parisien Multi-ethnic Expo Design Entrepreneuriat Fair

15 to 16th December 2007
From 11am to 7pm

Rencontres Ephémères:
A Parisien Multi-ethnic Expo Design Entrepreneuriat Fair

Rencontres Ephémères organize regularly friendly Design Entrepreneuriat Expo –vente privée with young creators, designers, artists or entrepreneurs in the influences of multi - éthniques.

Centre Momboye - 25 Rue Boyer - Paris 20ème

25 rue Boyer - paris 20ème
Métro Ménilmontant (ligne 2) - Bus Pyrénées- Ménilmontant (lignes 96 26)
Saturday : 11am – 7pm / Sunday : 11am – 7pm
Free Entre

To see a list of the designers and pass photos click here.

Dec 13, 2007

Laura Flessel, Olympian Fencer

Laura Flessel-Colovic (born November 6, 1971 in Pointe-à-Pitre) is a French épée fencer. She is currently number one on the all-time list of French female Winter or Summer Olympic medal winners with five medals, two more than those on joint second place: Micheline Ostermeyer, Marielle Goitschel, Pascale Trinquet-Hachin, Perrine Pelen, Anne Briand-Bouthiaux, Marie-José Pérec, Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, Félicia Ballanger and Laure Manaudou. She is married and has one daughter.

What brought the native of Guadeloupe to the summit of the fencing world was an unrelenting drive and competitive ferocity that early on earned her the sobriquet la Guêpe — the Wasp. Flessel-Colovic latched onto fencing at age seven after seeing French legend Jean-François Lamour on television. She abandoned dance lessons for the local fencing club — and soon began a victorious ascent through local and regional ranks. The promising southpaw didn't leave home for Paris, and intensive training, until 1990, when — at 19, far from family, friends and acquaintances — she fought off loneliness by pouring all her attention and time into fencing (click here for the source and more).

Visit her official website.

Dec 12, 2007

How Did I Miss This Story? - You're worth it - if white. L'Oréal guilty of racism

The French campaign group SOS Racisme brought the case against L'Oréal, the world's largest cosmetics firm, over the campaign in 2000. Garnier France sought saleswomen to demonstrate the shampoo line Fructis Style in supermarkets outside Paris. They sought young women to hand out samples and discuss hairstyling with shoppers.

In July 2000, a fax detailing the profile of hostesses sought by L'Oréal stipulated women should be 18 to 22, size 38-42 (UK size 10-14) and "BBR", the initials for bleu, blanc, rouge, the colours of the French flag. Prosecutors argued that BBR, a shorthand used by the far right, was also a well-known code among employers to mean "white" French people and not those of north African, African and Asian backgrounds.

One woman working in the recruitment firm involved said foreign-sounding names or photos showing a candidate was of Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian or other African origin would ensure candidates were eliminated. Another said: "I once had a good woman candidate but she was non-white. I had to ask someone to pretend that our list was full. It was hard."

SOS Racisme said hundreds of jobs had been subject to discrimination in the case. Garnier and the recruitment company were initially acquitted last year, but the appeal court yesterday overturned the ruling. A former Garnier head and a senior recruitment agency executive were acquitted.

Anti-racism campaigners in France hailed the ruling. Racial discrimination in employment is a huge problem in France with a recent survey finding three out of four firms preferred white workers.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's new justice minister, Rachida Dati, the first woman of north African origin to hold a ministerial post, has ruled that special departments in prosecutors' offices should be set up to deal with race discrimination.

Read the full story!

Dame Jocelyn Barrow

The Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. Dame Jocelyn was a founding member and General Secretary of CARD (Campaign Against Racial Discrimination), the organisation responsible for the Race Relations legislation of 1968. As a senior teacher, and later as a teacher-trainer, at Furzedown College and at the Institute of Education London University in the '60s, she pioneered the introduction of multi-cultural education, stressing the needs of the various ethnic groups in the UK.

She was the first black woman Governor of the BBC and Founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council. Her equal opportunities and educational expertise is reflected in her many Government appointments to a variety of organisations and statutory bodies. Governor of the Commonwealth Institute for eight years, Council Member of Goldsmith's College, University of London, Vice-president of the United Nations Association in the UK and Northern Ireland and Trustee to the Irene Taylor Trust providing Music in Prisons. She is National Vice-President of the Townswomen's Guild and was instrumental in the establishment of the North Atlantic Slavery Gallery and the Maritime Museum in Liverpool.

She was a Trustee of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and a Governor of the British Film Institute. In 1972 she was awarded the OBE for work in the field of education and community relations. In 1992 she received the DBE for her work in broadcasting and her contribution to the work of the European Union as the UK Member of the Social Economic Committee.


Dame Jocelyn Barrow chaired the Mayor's Commission on African & Asian Heritage. The MCAAH was established in August 2003 to take forward recommendations in the Mayor's culture strategy. The commission investigated the needs of Black and Asian community-based heritage organisations and assessed the priorities and working practices of key heritage institutions, such as museums and archives, to determine how they are serving the needs of African-Caribbean and Asian Londoners.

Sudanese lawyer Salih Mahoud is awarded the Sakharov Prize 2007 for Freedom of Thought

Dec 11, 2007

Rajul Paris - Rachel Hampton Is Doing Her Handbag Design Thing In Paris

My name is Rachael Hampton. I am a Artistic Directeur / Graphic Designer / Photographer / Designer , of American nationality. I move to france in 1999. Started my own Graphic Design Studio in 2003 www.ardephwerk.fr

I think outside the box and I don’t follow trends nor seasons. I’m more of a right here right now person, who creates on every medium wheather it's paper, website or fabric. People are my muse. I am inspired by people all around me. In the street & my friends by there Creative, Stylish & Sophisticated individuality.

Creating & designing is my passion plus I love handbag, so in 2006 I created and started Rajul Paris.

Each handbag that I make is a Namesake. Named after a real person who inspired me.

" For me, I consider my Brands Rajul Paris doesn’t follow trends we create them.” – Rachael Hampton

Rajul in Hindu - South India it means Full of love

Find out what the press is saying, and grab her bags here.

U.S. Democrats Reach Out for Minority Delegates Overseas

Under party rules of diversity, Democrats Abroad is working to ensure inclusion of African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian-Pacific Americans, as well as Gays and Lesbians, Youth and People with Disabilities.

“Democrats encourage the participation of all Americans at home and abroad,” says Christine Schon Marques, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “By offering an online global primary, we’ll reach the most voters in the most locations around the world. We hope that will also make our convention delegation the most diverse ever.”

Democrats Abroad will send 22 voting delegates to the Denver convention. Any American citizen over the age of 18 who lives temporarily or permanently outside the United States is eligible to vote in the Democratic global primary and run for election as a convention delegate.

To vote in the Democratic global primary and/or run for delegate to the Democratic National Convention, overseas Americans should contact Democrats Abroad online at DemocratsAbroad.org.

To vote in the U.S. Presidential Election in November, American voters abroad must request a ballot from the local voting authorities in the place where they last resided in the U.S. This process is explained and automated at Democrats Abroad’s voter registration website, VoteFromAbroad.org.

Get more information here.

Dec 8, 2007

Brief Look At Swedish Pop Group Afro-Dite

Färglada, meriterade och folkkära tog vi dem i våra hjärtan.

Colorful, well known and loved by their audience we took them to our hearts.

Iförda glittriga klänningar vann denna glamourösa grupp Melodifestivalen 2002 med "Never Let It Go", den första engelskspråkiga vinnaren i den svenska finalen. Kläderna kom att skapa ett nytt ord på de svenska löpsedlarna; "Nakenchock".

In glittering robes the glamourous group won the Swedish song contest 2002 with ”Never let it go”, the first English spoken song to win the Swedish song contest final. The clothes created the word nudity shock on the Swedish headlines.

Under våren samma år sålde singeln platina och var då även den bästa säljande singeln i Sverige. I Eurovision Song Contest i Tallinn var de storfavoriter, men kom bara på åttonde plats. Ett album har hittills släppts, "Never Let It Go", som nådde högt på försäljningslistan i Sverige. Från albumet har gruppen även släppt singlarna "Rivers Of Joy" och "Turn It Up".

That same spring the single sold to platinum status and was the best selling single in Sweden. In the Eurovision song contest in Tallin they were favorites, but only became number 8. So far one album has been released, “Never let it go” wich sold very well in Sweden. From that album they also released the singles “Rivers of Joy” and “turn it up”.

Afro-Dites medlemmar members är Kayo Shekoni, Blossom Tainton-Lindquist och Gladys
del Pilar. Alla tre hade framgångsrika solokarriärer innan de bildade gruppen.

All three of them had successful solo careers before they formed the group.

2003 var Afro-Dite återigen sugna på att representera Sverige i ESC och ställde upp i Melodifestivalen med låten "Aqua Playa". Gruppen gick till final i Globen, men slutade där på sjunde plats. Ganska snart efter detta nederlag valde gruppmedlemmarna att arbeta mer skilda. Blossom blev programledare på TV och Gladys gjorde ett soloförsök i 2004 års Melodifestival med "Baby, I Can't Stop".

2003 AfroDite again wanted to represent Sweden in the ESC and entered the song contest with the song ”Aqua Playa”. They made it to the Swedish final but ended as number 7. Soon thereafter this defeat they returned to their solocareers. Blossom became a TV hostess and Gladys made another attempt to win the Swedish song contest with ”Baby I cant stop”.

2005 var Kayo programledare för en av delfinalerna Melodifestivalen och i samma program stod hon tillsammans med Blossom och Gladys åter på scenen som pausunderhållning.

2005 Kayo hosted one of the Swedish semi-finals and during that show the group sang their songs during the breaks.


Dec 7, 2007

London Schools and the Black Child Education Conference

London Schools and the Black Child is the major education conference concerned with closing the achievement gap in London for African-Caribbean heritage children. The 2007 conference will reflect on the major achievements so far and identify strategies to address the challenges that remain.

Date: Saturday 8 December 2007
Time: 9am to 5.30pm
Location: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and Central Hall Westminster

How to get there:
Underground: Westminster (Jubilee) or St James’s Park (Circle and District lines).
National Rail: Victoria station is within 10 minutes’ walk.
Buses: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453

Get your free ticket:
Register: Download form from the website
Email: lsbc2007@hotmail.co.uk
Fax: 020 7219 4964
Tel: 020 7219 4426

Confirmed speakers include:

--Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
--Lord Andrew Adonis, Minister for Schools and Learners- Department for Children, Schools and Families
--Diane Abbott MP
--Kwame Kwei Armah, Actor and playwright
--Mica Paris, BBC TV presenter

The programme includes a number of workshops on a range of key issues and an opportunity for delegates to get specialist guidance at a conference advice surgery from educational experts.

Workshop themes are expected to include:

--National Strategies: Improving Outcomes for Black Children - sponsored by DCFS
Reach: Raising the aspirations and attainment of black boys and young black men
- sponsored by CLG

--Listening To Our Young People: Engaging, Supporting and Empowering
Born To Be Great: A Charter on Promoting the Achievements of Black Boys
- sponsored by NUT

--Pupil Exclusions
--Supporting Parents, Serving Young People
--The London Youth Offer
--Developing teachers' expertise in race equality
- sponsored by GTC

--Mentoring and Life Skills
--Informing parents - Assessing the Impact of the Race Relations Amendment Act on Schools
--Creative Writing for Young People
--Protecting our children - road safety of black children on London's roads
- sponsored by TfL

--Supporting Black Fathers, Creating Role Models
--Book launch: The Way We See It - A Formula for Reducing Exclusion and Raising Achievement

For general conference enquiries, please contact 020 7219 4426

Dec 6, 2007

LEAD Europe Programme in Leadership for Sustainable Development

LEAD Europe Programme in Leadership for Sustainable Development Training Announcement

Applications are now open for the LEAD Europe programme in Leadership for Sustainable Development 2008

Do you want to be a leader in a more sustainable world?

Our European training takes place in three countries and will inspire you with the latest thinking, sharpen your skills and put you in contact with a group of high-level peers from across Europe and the world. While gaining practical experience working with colleagues from diverse professional backgrounds, you will analyse contemporary sustainability challenges and search for joint solutions. You will also interact with some outstanding leaders and hear their own stories of challenge and opportunity working in this field.

The programme begins in April 2008 with the first of three 5-day residential events over six months. All events incorporate online learning, and development of a personal action-oriented project, and you have the chance to attend an optional International Training Session with over 100 LEAD graduates from around the world.

• Leadership and Climate Change: closing the leadership gap (London, April)

• International Issues, International Solutions: negotiation and collaboration through multilateral systems (Geneva, June)

• Sustainable Cities: European context (Berlin, September)

• Sustainable Cities: global context. Optional. (Mexico City, November)

Upon completion of the programme, you will join the unique LEAD network of 1800 Fellows worldwide dedicated to motivating change for a sustainable future.

I would recommend anyone who is serious about sustainable development to do this course. The training is dynamic and issues focused, and membership of the network provides access to some of the most active professionals in the world.”

--Daniele Cesano, LEAD Fellow, Italy

Visit our website http://www.lead.org/page/174 for full course details and application form.

For more information, contact Laura Hughes: europe2008 (at) lead.org, T + 44 (0) 207 938 8713.

Applications received before 31 January 2008 are eligible for an Earlybird discount. Final application deadline 28 February 2008.

*details may be subject to change

Laura Hughes

Programme Assistant

Training and Capacity Development

LEAD International

e: laura (a)lead.org

t: +44 (0) 207 938 8713

f: +44 (0) 207 938 8710

w: www.lead.org

a: Sundial House

114 Kensington High Street
London W8 4NP
United Kingdom

African Migration to Europe

Dec 5, 2007

She's the most powerful black woman in the world. Why can't I stand the sight of her? by Candance Allen - An African American Living in London

Candace Allen has spent her whole life cheering on fellow African-Americans who have battled their way to the top. Yet the extraordinary career of Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, fills her only with revulsion and anger. Here she explains why:

Wednesday December 5, 2007
The Guardian

I am African-American. We are a sentimental people in the main and we tend to track our own. We are aware of others of colour who cross our spaces. We look around asking: "How did she/he come to be here/there? Is his/her story extraordinary, coincidental or totally banal?"

At 80 years old, my dentist father has been a desegregator all of his adult life, both professionally and domestically. Although raised in Richmond, Virginia, he chose to rear his family up north, first in Boston, then in a Connecticut suburb of New York. When I call him to ask how things are going during the first week of the US Open, he tells me that the Williams sisters are doing fine, as is James Blake, and there are a young boy and girl playing in their first Open who won't get too far this time but are looking mighty good. Unsaid, I know the nature of the report he's going to give; unsaid, he knows what I want to hear: stories about black people coming on to traditional white fields of play and not just holding their own but kicking ass and taking names. Smiles, pride, a fist in the air.

Read the full article here.

BWIE's NOTE: Regardless of my politics, nothing gives me more pleasure than to walk in a US Embassy in a foreign country and see Condoleeza Rice's photo hanging near the entrance. I was happy to see Colin Powell's hung prominently as well during his tenrue.

Dec 4, 2007

Summer Diversity Internship Programme 2008

Graduating is much more than having a degree. Developing your talents and skills through a varied and challenging training programme will give you excellent future career prospects.

On the Summer Diversity Internship Programme, you will join a central government department for six to eight weeks; you’ll get a real insight into the wide ranging opportunities and a thorough understanding of the Civil Service, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet with Fast Streamers and Senior Civil Servants. We are keen to attract diverse talent with enormous potential to succeed.

To be eligible, you must be a UK national with a minimum of an expected or awarded 2:2 degree in any discipline.

Please visit our website http://diversity.faststream.gov.uk/ to complete an online application form.All information for the recruitment process is available on the website.

Closing date: 6 January 2008

If you have any further questions, please contact the Outreach team on 01276 400 333.