Oct 31, 2008

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Thrilled to say that the new and improved Black Women in Europe blog is back online!

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Thanks ever so much for your support.

Oct 23, 2008

Looking for Black American Expats going home for the Presidential election

A Black expat in Berlin is writing a story for theroot.com on Black expats returning to the US to vote in the election. If anyone is doing this or knows anyone who is, please contact Rose-Anne Clermont below. Her deadline in the 28th.



Oct 22, 2008

RSA Thursday - US Elections 2008: the post-match analysis in London


RSA Thursday - US Elections 2008: the post-match analysis

6th Nov 2008; 13:00

Event Venue: RSA 8 John Adam Street London WC2N 6EZ

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Join us for topical analysis of 2008’s historic US presidential election. An expert panel will gather to digest the election results, reflect upon the lessons of the campaign and look to the challenges ahead for the new American President.

Panel: Candace Allen, author, screenwriter and principal of Americans Abroad for Obama, London; Stryker McGuire, London Bureau Chief, Newsweek; Stefan Halper, former adviser to four US Presidents, director of the Donner Atlantic Studies programme, University of Cambridge and author of The Silence of the Rational Centre: Why American Foreign Policy is Failing.

Chair: Martin Kettle, columnist, The Guardian.


Stefan Halper

Martin Kettle

Candace Allen

Stryker McGuire

Oct 21, 2008

We are experiencing techinical difficulties

Something is not working with the new Black Women in Europe Blog and I am working to correct it now.

In the meantime you have been directed here.

Wish me luck getting the new site back online.

We won!

Thanks for your support!

Jul 4, 2008

New URL and look for the Black Women in Europe Blog!

I am very happy to announce that the Black Women in Europe Blog (B.W.I.E.) has a new home and a new look.

You can find it here:
http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com

I am also pleased to announce that Black Women in Europe will launch a new website very soon to compliment the http://blog.blckwomenineurope.com B.W.I.E. blog.

And even more plans are in the works. I will tell you more when I can.

I would love your feedback on the new look http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com blog.

I will keep the Blogger blog active to provide access to the archives and enable fuure comments on previous posts.

However starting on Monday 7 July 2008 I will place all new posts at our new home!

Condi Rice will visit the Czech Republic

Jul 3, 2008

Update lauching Black European Women's Council on Sept. 9th 2008

Dear everybody!

Greetings from Vienna
This Mail is to remind you of the upcoming launching of the Black European Women's Council on Sept. 9th 2008 in the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee Rue Van maelant 1040 Brussels.

*Our achievements so far:*

1. Thanks to Brenda's unending support it was possible for us to secure the cooperation of the European Economic and Social Committee for this important event. This cooperation represents a very important step towards implementing the preamble of the Vienna Declaration which states "Our gathering here is an indication of the necessity for the EU to dialog with Black Women's Organisations EU-wide. The European Year for Intercultural Dialog therefore presents an opportunity to initiate and strengthen partnerships and alliances. We welcome purposeful efforts to engage with the EU in the implementation and in consequence in the securing and exercising of our rights as full citizens of the EU and EEA".

2. I had a meeting with the new Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency -FRA in Vienna last Friday and am very happy to inform you that Mr Morten Kjaerum, the Agency's Director, is very happy about our activities and is very interested to work with us to advance the cause of Black Women and Black Communities in Europe. He would love to be at the launching; unfortunately FRA's staff is on retreat on this date. So we agree he sends a video message for the launching.

3. I am most happy to inform those of you interested to attend the official launching on Sept. 9th, that the proposal I submitted to the *EACEA- Europe for Citizens* has been approved. This means we shall be able to cover part of your expenditures in form of perdiem (according to the EU Flat rates 2008). Enclose is the agenda of the launching for your information. The registration form is under www.bewnet.eu/company/registration-form/. Please register not later than August 15th 2008 for organisational reasons. We can cover perdiems for up to 3 participants per country.

4- With the funding of the EACEA we shall be able to host the first general assembly of BEWC (a slight change of agenda) and a workshop on how to organise national coordinations of BEWC in April 2009, in The Netherlands. We shall be able to cover perdiem for up to 40 participants all together.

At the moment I am working hard to secure a funding for a reception to celebrate our launching in Brussels. Should anybody know where we can apply for the sum of €10.000 to cover launch and reception, I shall be most grateful for your support.

We are currently working on the list of speakers for both the High Level Roundtable Discussion on "The role of Black Women in an all inclusive Europe, challenges faced by Black Communities" and the official speeches at the launching. We shall publish the final list on our website (www.bewnet.eu) as soon it is complete.

Please check www.bewnet.eu regularly for updates on this event. Be so kind to forward this invitation to interested black women and men around you. Should you have any questions, do please not hesitate to get back to us at anytime.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you again in Brussels for this great event.

With best greetings from Vienna


Beatrice Chalice Executive Director
AFRA -- International Center for Black Women's Perspectives
Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767
office @ blackwomencenter.org

Jul 1, 2008

ISD Bundestreffen in Helmarshausen in August

Bundesweite ISD Treffen

Seite: 1/3

Das ISD-Bundestreffen

Vom 07. - 10.08.2008 in Helmarshausen

Beim ISD-Bundestreffen

trifft sich jedes Jahr die Schwarze Gemeinschaft in Deutschland.
Im November 1985 riefen zum ersten Mal Schwarze Frauen und Männer bundesweit zu einem Treffen in Wiesbaden auf, um aus der damals erlebten Isolation in einer weißen Gesellschaft herauszutreten. Viele folgten diesem Aufruf. Das war der Anstoß für eine bundesweite (damals vorerst noch die alte Bundesrepublik Deutschland) Bewegung Schwarzer Menschen in Deutschland. Ein Novum im Deutschland nach dem Nationalsozialismus. Vieles hat sich seit diesen Anfängen geändert. Aus einer überschaubaren Anzahl von Kontakten wurde eine vielschichtige Vernetzung. Schwarze Menschen bearbeiten Themen miteinander, schaffen Diskussionsforen, schaffen Wissen, gestalten ihren privaten wie öffentlichen Raum. Es wird Workshops, Vorträge, Gespräche, Austausch, Infostände, Kinderprogramm und viel Raum zum Selbstgestalten geben. Abends gibt´s Kultur pur, z.B. Filme, Performance/ Lesung, DJ- und Live-Musik. Und natürlich könnt ihr bei Ragga, Soul, Soukouss, Hip Hop und allem was sonst noch Spaß macht, abtanzen. Themen auf den Bundestreffen sind Schwarze Geschichte, Schwarze Menschen in Bildung und Beruf, Schwarze Netzwerke, Schwarze Identitäten in Deutschland, Stärkung der Kinder und Jugend, Selbstbehauptung im Alltag, und vieles mehr ...

Teilnahmegebühren 2008:
(vorbehaltlich Änderungen)
Preis enthält Unterbringung, Essen und alle Veranstaltungen

Erwachsene 18 - 99 J.: Eur 119,00
Vollmitglieder Erwachsene 18 - 99 J.: Eur 100,00
Jugendliche 12 - 17 J.: Eur 80,00
ersten 2 Kinder 3 - 11 J.: je Eur 25,00, weitere frei
Kinder 0 - 2 J.: frei
Tagespreis ohne Übernachtung: Eur 50,00
Zuschlag Barzahlung vor Ort: Eur 3,00 (Ausnahme Tagespreis)

Weitere Infos:
Bundestreffen FAQ´s, oder was ich schon immer mal fragen wollte.

Jun 30, 2008

Black Women in Denmark Picnic

Black Girl on Mars (BGOM) in organizing a picnic for Black Women in Denmark.

What: Black Women in Denmark Picnic!
Who: Black Women in Denmark & Kids
When: Saturday August 9th , 2008 (Noon)

rsvp by July 31st

We will need drinks, salads, breads, main dishes. Please let us know what you intend to bring.

Contact BGOM via her blog if you would like to attend. Remember, the picnic is for Black Women only and their kids.

Jun 27, 2008

Italian Vogue: Black issue - July 2008

The July issue of Italian Vogue will feature all Black models. How beautiful is that? I would love a copy.

Get a preview now, and be sure to pick up a copy. Rumour has it they don't expect this issue to sell that well.

Jun 26, 2008

Young Motswana Entrepreneur Shines in Sweden

Hat tip to Time Out

TIME OUT caught up with Ayesha Bontle Quraishi, a Botswana born entertainment entrepreneur who now resides in Sweden

Interview By: Thabiso Maretlwaneng on her recent visit to the country of her birth as part of a Swedish Embassy initiative.

Aisha is poster the poster child for ambition. Not content with just being an accomplished hip-hop artist with four albums under her belt, she also has her hand in fashion design, filmmaking, television presenting on Swedish TV1, motivational speaking, lecturing and she runs a fully fledged multimedia production company.

Gazette: Where and when were you born?
Ayesha: I was born in Ramotswa in 1981 and my mother comes from Manyana and my father is an Indian-Swede.

Gazette: How long have you lived in Sweden?
Ayesha: My father moved to Sweden when I was 6 years old, but he traveled a lot around the world. I lived in Tanzania for 4 years, Zimbabwe for 2 years and also in India. I came back to Botswana when I was 18 and worked for the Swedish Friendship Association in Gaborone for a year and went back to Sweden.

Gazette: How did you get into the music industry?
Ayesha: After I finished my Natural Science in A-levels, I decided not to go for university but instead get into the music industry. In 2003, I recorded a controversial demo tape and sold a copy to a well respected club and radio DJ. It got airplay on radio. I went to Universal Music and the CEO liked it but they wanted me do commercial music instead of political issues. I love politics.

Read the full interview.

Jun 25, 2008

I just found out the I will be a credentialed blogger at the Democratic National Convention in Denver!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My blogging colleague African American Political Pundit has invited me to join his team in Denver in August as a credentialed blogger at the Democratic National Convention!!!!!

I'm so excited. Now I have to raise the funds to attend and participate.

You can help:

Pass this on.

Jun 24, 2008

Paulette West

Paulette West has been recognised in The Queen's (Queen Elizabeth of England) Birthday Honours List for an MBE for services to Banking & Business for Black Minority Ethnic people.

Here is how Paulette describes herself:

I started out as a 16 year old typist for Barclays Bank and have worked there in Managerial Positions - last position was a High Performing Organisation Manager responsible for looking after 33 sites of Barclays Bank consisting of 1,500 Managers and staff in terms of cost challenge, improving customer service, performance improvement of staff, Management and procedures.

I am the CEO of g.a.p (growing aspiring people)

I am the Director of The Black Pound

I have organised numerous Employee Volunteering Schemes in the BME community - i.e. Schools - I set up a Reading Support Programme, Hospitals - Took kids who were HIV affected on outings, Organised Playground and Youth Centres Makovers amongst others

I am the Chair for the Social Welfare and Counselling at the African Caribbean Leadership Council
I have been the Regional London Leader for the Cultural Diversity Network in Barclays Bank

I am the Events Executive for the Black Fundraisers Network

I am the Chair for Ivy Entertainment - A Performing Arts Company

I am a Connector for Make Your Mark

I am an Ambassador for Spark/Make Your Mark - Womens Enterprise Network - Make Your Mark

I have raised over £250,000 for various different charities

I have written several articles for The Voice Newspaper and Engage Magazine

I act as a mentor to people starting up their own businesses, people within the community and young children

I am an Inspirational, Motivational Speaker

Jun 23, 2008

A Complexion Change Vision II - The Collegium Forum and TV Program, Berlin

***SPECIAL Edition - REPEAT***
JUNE 23, 2008
6.00-7.30 pm/18.00-19.30 Uhr

In addition
Internet Stream: www. okb.de

Vision II

THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin
in co-operation with
Offener Kanal Berlin

Production & Direction
Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, (co-founder/producer/director)
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
Black International Cinema Berlin
Cultural Zephyr e.V.

via Television, Internet, Radio in English, German, French, Spanish, Arabic


Intercultural Dialogue within a Migratory Society
The future is with us, how do we respond to the inevitabilities of population change,
clash or cooperation?
Partial Portrait / Past, Present, Future?
A relationship of Europe to the world and the human contributions to a developing Europe, at the dawn of the 21st century.

Interkultureller Dialog in einer Migrationsgesellschaft
Die Zukunft ist heute.
Wie reagieren wir auf die Unabwendbarkeit der Veränderung der Bevölkerung?
Konflikt oder Kooperation?
Teilporträt / Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft?
Eine Beziehung Europas zur Welt und der Beiträge der Menschen zu einem sich entwickelnden Europa, im Anbruch des 21. Jahrhunderts.

Moderator: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre / Black International Cinema Berlin /
THE COLLEGIUM - Forum & Television Program Berlin / Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Oral Presentation
"Our World Between Diversity and Coming Together" /
"Unsere Welt zwischen Nähe und Distanz und zwischen Dialog und Monolog"
Mahgoub Eltayeb, Sudan/Berlin
Director, Sudanese Association
Betriebsrat, Phoenix Pharmacutical


Visual Presentation
Sonjah Prinz, Germany und Esterina Petrauschke
"One World Children's Musical"
Kinderperformance / Part I

Oral Presentation
"Diverse & Together" / "Vielfältig & Gemeinsam"
Sonjah Prinz


Oral Presentation
"Reflections" / "Überlegungen"
Gary Wiggins, USA/Berlin
Program Director, Music as Cultural Diplomacy
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Oral Presentation
"Questions about Identity" / "Fragen zu Identität"
Mark C. Donfried, USA/Berlin
Director, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy


Oral Presentation
" Un Changement d'image à la française:
le multicultarisme français et le cas des banlieues" /
" A Complexion Change à la francaise:
French multiculturalism and the case of the suburbs"
Harry Louiserre, Gaudeloupe/France/Berlin
Managing Director, Classic In Black


Oral Presentation
"YES, WE CAN - The International Impact of Barack Obama" /
"JA, WIR KÖNNEN - Barack Obama Und Sein Internationaler Einfluss"
John Matip Eichler, Germany
Manager, Swiss Bank Berlin


Music and Spoken Word Presentation
A Complexion Change Orchestra

"A Complexion Change" (An Original Composition & Oral Presentation)
Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq, USA/Berlin
Saxophonist/Composer & Conductor

Guest Artist
Guitar Crusher, USA/Berlin
Guitar & Vocals

"As Long (there's a Soul there's Hope)"
Jumaa Alexander Prvulovic, Germany
Vocals/co-composer for "A Complexion Change"

"Gather Your Men And Prepare Your Women"
Yamil Borges, USA/Berlin
Spoken Word

Jeremy Green, UK/Berlin

Ramani Krishna, India/Berlin

Rico McClaren, USA/Berlin

Simon Jaikiriuma Paetau, Colombia/Berlin
Mahgoub Eltayeb, Sudan/Berlin
Lola Zuckermann, France/Berlin
Anke Broszio, Berlin

Rolf Gänsrich, Berlin

Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/The Collegium, U.S.A./Berlin
Angela Kramer/The Collegium, Berlin
Marion Kramer/The Collegium, Berlin

Cordula Alkert/The Collegium, Berlin
Thomas M. Wendt/The Collegium, Berlin
Martin Kersten/The Collegium, Berlin
Tom Penman/The Collegium, Scotland/Berlin

For further information & photographic impressions,
please visit THE COLLEGIUM website.

Jun 22, 2008

The Collegium TV Program Berlin 22 June 2008

produced & directed by/produziert und geleitet von
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre/Black International Cinema Berlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Offener Kanal Berlin (OKB), Open Channel Berlin
Voltastr. 5, 13355 Berlin-Wedding

***LIVE Edition***LIVE Edition***LIVE Edition***
JUNE 22, 2008
9.00-10.00 pm/21.00-22.00 Uhr

In addition
Internet Stream: www. okb.de

"Festival Impressions 2008"
XXIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2008
Direction/Narration: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre

"Quatro Movimientos por el Cuerpo"
Direction: Simon Jaikiriuma Paetau, Colombia/Berlin 2007

"Faith in Change, the Arrival of Barack Obama"
John-E. Matip Eichler

Choreography: Matthew Thomas
Dancer:Claire Carthew

"Time Flies"
A performance of photograph, dance and music
Akira Ando/Direction, Compositions
Susanne Wegener/Choreography, Compositions
Liebhard Zimmer/Photographs
Mayumi Fukuzaki/Dance
Shiu-Chin Yu/Dance
Orchestra Ignabru
Rainer Korf/Violin
Kai Naeve/Drums, Percussion
Nobuyasu Furuya/Bass cl, Flute
Susanne Wegener/Piano, Voice
Akira Ando/Kontrabass, Cello

Jun 21, 2008

Black International Cinema Film Awards - Winners List


Production & Direction:
Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre
The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin
Cultural Zephyr e.V.
in association with
Classic in Black
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
in co-operation with
Foundation Diversity Forum, Warsaw/Poland


Best film/video by a Black filmmaker

Director: Frances-Anne Solomon, Narrative, Canada 2007

Director: Moon Molson, Narrative, USA 2007

Best film/video on matters relating to the Black Experience/Marginalized People

Director: Wolfgang Busch, Documentary, USA 1995-2006

Director: Felicia D. Furman, Documentary, USA 2005

Best children's film/video

Director: Peter Henselder, Experimental, Germany 2006

Best film/video in the Fine Arts Discipline

Directors: Joan Frosch & Alla Kovgan, Documentary, USA 2007

Director: Claudine Pommier, Documentary, Canada 2007

Best film/video documentary production

Director: Johannes Bucher, Documentary, Belgium 2007

Director: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Documentary, Mali 2007

Director: Jay Prychidny, Documentary, Canada 2006

Director: Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, Documentary, USA 2007

Jun 20, 2008

La Condition noire

From the New York Times:

A new black consciousness is emerging in France, lately hastened by, of all things, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States. An article in Le Monde a few days ago described how Mr. Obama is “stirring up high hopes” among blacks here. Even seeing the word “noir” (“black”) in a French newspaper was an occasion for surprise until recently.

This black consciousness is reflected not just in daily conversation, but also in a dawning culture of books and music by young French blacks like Youssoupha, a cheerful, toothy 28-year-old, who was sent here from Congo by his parents to get an education at 10, raised by an aunt who worked in a school cafeteria in a poor suburb, and told by guidance counselors that he shouldn’t be too ambitious. Instead, he earned a master’s degree from the Sorbonne.

Then, like many well-educated blacks in this country, he hit a brick wall. “I found myself working in fast-food places with people who had the equivalent of a 15-year-old’s level of education,” he recalled.

Read the complete NY Times article.

Jun 19, 2008

BlogHer 2008 Conference in San Francisco July 18-20

I'm Speaking at BlogHer 08

I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in the 2008 BlogHer Conference in San Francisco next month. I'll be speaking on Friday the 18th:

Break-Out Session #3

Who We Are: Blogging with a Global Perspective

We all talk a good game about how blogging can help us communicate across time and space...and certainly across national borders. But do you know how big your audience outside your own country is? And do you bear your global audience in mind when blogging? What does it or would it change about your blogging to be a little more accessible and welcoming to a truly international community? Sometimes it's just little things...sometimes you can do more. If the blogosphere is a global village this panel will make sure you're putting out a welcome mat to the world. Join Nicole Simon (blogging from Germany), Holly Burns (a British ex-pat blogger), Claudia Mar Ruiz who blogs for the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo and Adrianne George, who runs Black Women in Europe.

You can register from this link. See you there!

Jun 18, 2008

The Role of the In-house Lawyer Event - 3 July in London

Debo Nwauzu is one of the lawyers I met in London at the International Career Symposium.

She is the founder and Managing Director of Totally Management Ltd, owners of BLD.

She is a solicitor (non-practising). From 2003 Debo became a consultant, managing and advising other firms about accreditation, systems and quality standards.

Until late 2006 when BLD became totally consuming, she created, developed, designed and delivered training courses for businesses, both one-to-one and to groups.

She is an elected school governor and a committed volunteer to a number of charities. Debo organized an upcoming event on 3 July for lawyers and those interested in becoming lawyers: The Role of the In-House Lawyer.

The role of the in-house lawyer is a free BLD event hosted by Slaughter & May, the Magic Circle law firm. The event will highlight the various roles of the in-house lawyer and in-house legal practice, opportunities in-house and comparison between an in-house role and that of private practice.

Our speakers include Sandie Okoro who is one of the country’s leading in-house lawyers who will share her experiences and tips for success. Gifty Edila will also be one of four presenters.

The event is suitable for those who already work in-house, those who want to find out more about what in-house lawyers do, those regularly instructed by in-house lawyers as well as trainees and students. It will also provide an excellent networking opportunity. Click here to download event flyer


Date: Thursday 3 July 2008 Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Slaughter & May, One Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YY

Jun 17, 2008

Julia Titus

Julia Titus is a UK based, multi talented actress, vocalist and poet.

With roots in Jamaica and England, Julia was born to perform. Her career started at the age of four singing perfectly pitched nursery rhymes to small audiences at family gatherings. She expanded her repertoire singing along with TV and radio advertisements and by the age of ten, with no formal training, she had auditioned and secured her first stage performance. Read her full biography at her website.

Julia has performed in a number of productions both locally and nationally. Her versatile character has seen her perform in both male and female parts.

Julia is now a professional tutor in drama and vocal singing. Her past experience has enabled her to approach each project with an open mind and tailor fit her students/participants needs to suit their capability and style.

Julia’s four octave range makes her an ideal lead vocalist for most styles and genres of music. Her formal operatic training has given Julia an edge when performing across these genres. Julia says “operatic training for a singer is similar to ballet for a dancer, in that it gives you the fundamental techniques to allow consistence singing performances. By this I mean that the control and strength required for opera makes other genres easier to achieve”.

Julia is a published poet, having written material for radio and poetry publications. Her subject matter has ranged from local community issues, feminism, motherhood and world disasters. Her style of narrative is easy on the ear but strives to deliver a serious message.

She is a member of the Black Arts Alliance.

Jun 16, 2008

In Good Company

I really enjoyed being a panelist at the Corporate Council Women of Color International Career Symposium in London organized by Laurie Robinson. It was powerful being in a room of 75 Black Women Lawyers and professional sisters.

I learned from my fellow panelists Debra Martin Chase and Sandrine Joseph.

It was wonderful to see my friend Angela Shaw who came in from France and to meet her beautiful and smart daughter.

I loved the networking before and after the event. The room was a buzz among the flurry of busienss card exchanging.

Jun 13, 2008

Pictures and details coming on Monday

Yesterday's International Career Symposium in London was so good I want to tell you all about it in detail and with photos.

So I will do just that on Monday when I am back in Sweden.

Have a great weekend!

Jun 12, 2008

18.30 GMT

I am really looking forward to the symposium tonight. Of course I am a bit nervous but I know my subject, social networks, so that makes my presentation somewhat easier to give. I am am very interested to learn from what the other speakers have to say.

I got to my hotel last night at 20.00 after arriving at Heathrow at 17.40. It took ages to get through immigration, the lines were so long. I recommend that anyone going to a London airport look into getting the IRIS clearance if your are eligible.

Wish me luck!

Jun 11, 2008

London bound: Heading out to the Corporate Council Women of Color Symposium in London today

I will be one of three presenters and will talk about social networks. I was invited to speak Laurie Robinson. Laurie Nicole Robinson was recently promoted to the newly created leadership role of Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation, where she reports directly to the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CBS Corporation.

Sandrine Joseph, a dynamic sister in Paris, put her in touch with me. Sandrine is an entrepreneur at Orange Labs’ incubator focusing on high potential and risky new businesses development for France Telecom Group. I met Sandrine through social networking and I look forward to meeting her in person for the first time.

I will also get to see another wonderful sister I met at the Black European Women's Congress in Vienna, Angela Shaw and her daughter, and I am hoping to meet other women in the Black Women in Europe Social Network.

Jun 10, 2008

Anjula Mutanda

Anjula Mutanda is a Consultant psychology and mental health expert and Life coach , with over 15 years experience in a diversity of settings - from Kent University working with students experiencing a wide range of psychological and emotional challenges, to the cut and thrust of the City as a Stress Management Consultant, Careers Counsellor and Outplacement specialist. Anjula is also trained in managing critical Incident and post-trauma cases , and has worked with a wide range of clients from victims of crime to victims of major accidents. Read her full bio, and check out her articles.

Anjula Trained at Durham University, and following a distinction on her dissertation, was offered a key role with British Airways` Employee Assistance Programme, as a clinical therapist. She received her accreditation in January 2000, becoming one of the youngest accredited practitioners in the UK. She has since been re-accredited (MBACP) and holds the status of senior practitioner with the BACP

Anjula is passionate about Counselling and applied psychology. She`s interested in Relationships of all types, Gender issues, Group Dynamics, Culture and Diversity,

She's also keen on exploring the effects of exercise on well-being and has undertaken many fitness challenges as a result. Anjula has walked the Inca Trail in South America. Cycled in Southern France, and Southern Ireland, and her biggest challenge to date was completing the New York City marathon.

She started her Ph.D. programme in 2005, and so far has found the process illuminating, as it is a programme that is more focused on the practitioner, rather than a purely intellectual pursuit.

Jun 9, 2008

Netherlands to host Africa business conference

The Netherlands is to host the first Africa-European Conference and Exhibition about doing business in Africa dubbed: “Let’s Meet Africa and Do Business.”

The conference fixed for November this year in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, seeks to empower Africans and European business communities with a new economic and cultural concept to enhance and facilitate trade through mutual strength.

It also seeks to feature Eindhoven as a World Trade Centre with a key role for African business professionals, Mr. Marc Habets, Managing Director of OAVM Organisation & Consultancy of the Netherlands, main organisers of the event, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Thursday.

He said the century of donations and other financial development aid seemed to be over as many African countries had a steady economic growth and captured the attention of the business world.

“Africa is proving to be a vibrant emerging market with a climate that fosters growth. Africa is thinking out of the box and is committed to be self-sufficient without the tag of a Third World continent.”

“Africa is officially open for business and ready for take off,” he said, stressing that OAVM Organisation & Consultancy would use the conference to create a platform for products and services to the African and European communities.

Mr Habets said the past decade had witnessed growing diversity in income levels and growth across Africa, as according to international trade statistics, 16 countries grew by more than 4.5 per cent a year over this period, and a number of them (including Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda) also diversified their economies and exports.

He said the fastest growing group of non-oil producing African countries, which together represents 36 per cent of the population in Africa, grew at an average rate of 5.5 per cent.

He said in contrast, the 13 slowest-growing countries, which represent 20 per cent of the region’s population, saw average growth of only 1.3 per cent, while growth for the region as a whole reached an estimated 5.3 per cent in 2006.

Solid growth has helped to improve human development outcomes, especially in primary education.

Mr Habets said despite these positive signs, Africa was not growing rapidly enough to substantially reduce income poverty and the conference therefore seeks to give a considerable impulse in fighting poverty in Africa by organising a structural platform where business people from Europe and Africa could meet and actually do business or talk about opportunities and collaboration.

It is expected that exhibitors, business entities, financial experts and a large spectrum of acclaimed professionals from all over the world would use the conference to share a common platform for foreign investors and to network with companies from Africa, the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.

Representatives from World Cup 2010, Emerging Markets, Sustainable Business, Building your network in Africa, African Market research and the Development of Leadership in Africa are expected to participate.

Mr Habets said the conference was ideal for African companies who were seeking new export possibilities for their services or products and for European companies who were looking for new opportunities for their companies in Africa or an African business partner.

In addition to the European Union, interested companies from the United States and Asia would also be present.

Source: Modern Ghana

Jun 6, 2008

Jun 5, 2008


LaGaylia is an American singer, who moved to and settled in Sweden. She was born in 1962 in Florida, United States. She is the daughter of musician Hal Frazier.

During her childhood years, she was an infant prodigy in the art of piano, and everything looked set for a lifetime career within the world of piano concertos, until her music teacher suggested she'd try vocal training. In fact, LaGaylia did not begin singing until she entered the University of Miami as an academic major student in voice and musical theatre. She studied classical voice, jazz music, music theory and composition. At the university she obtained roles in numerous productions such as Cabaret, The Wiz, Gypsy and The Mikado. She became member of the music group Bandera who got a Florida radio hit with the song Voodoo. The band toured around Europe. While still living in USA she played at clubs in Florida with her own R&B band. LaGaylia was a house artist at the renowned Coconut in Fort Lauderdale.

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Jun 3, 2008

Taste of Stockholm

A Taste of Stockholm:
4 - 8th of June 2008
Opening hours:
4 - 7th of June 11.00-23.30
8th of June 11.00-22.00

Where: Kungsträdgården (a park in the city of Stockholm)
A wide selection of Stockholm’s best restaurants will participate
serving more than 200 different dishes. Food from 25 SEK.

The stage: will present a wide variety of entertainment from
Big Band Music to Sixteenth Century Ballads to Rock´n Roll.
Price: No entrance fee.

More information

Jun 2, 2008

African Queen Germany in Berlin

The Miss African Queen Pageant was founded as a way for Africans and Europeans to unite and pay homage to the beauty and culture of Africa, and to inspire a renewed interest in Africa.

The next African Queen contest will be held in Berlin, on the 7th of June 2008 in "Der Werkstatt der Kulturen".

Buy your tickets.

May 24, 2008

Going on Vacation


I will be on a Greek island enjoying an early vacation.

Enjoy the week!

Black Women in Europe

May 23, 2008

Business Tables at the Women of the African Diaspora Conference - 27 July - Amsterdam

May 23, 2008

You are invited to purchase a table at our Business Bazaar as part of the 1st Women of the African Diaspora Conference, part of the Kwakoe Festival in Amsterdam on 27 July 2008 from 14h00 - 17h00.

1st Women of the African Diaspora Conference


Workshop/Panel Discussion/Audience Participation on

· Being a Black Woman in Europe

· Surviving and Thriving Corporate Europe

Musical performance by Carole Beausaint Denis

Networking Hour
Business Bazaar

Reserve your table now for only 30 euros:

Amsterdam, the Netherlands in Bijlmerpark. The conference will take place rain or shine as it will be located in the Kwakoe Media/VIP tent on the park grounds.

27 July, 14h00-17h00

Cost for attendees:
5 euros. Register here: http://womenoftheafricandiaspora.eventsbot.com/
Attendance is limited to 175 women.

WAD Conference Organizers:
Vanessa Limon, Kwakoe Amsterdam

Gift Sponsors:

Mariposa Imports

Contact Adrianne (adrianne.r.george (at) gmail.com) if you would like to become a gift or corporate sponsor!

*Subject to change

May 21, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Germany 2

Victoria Robinson writes the BLACKPrint blog in Germany. I met her in Vienna at the 1st Black European Women's Congress last year. She runs an Afro Community group on XING. I just love her spirit and energy. Check out her blog.

Previous entries in the series:
England 2
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2
The Netherlands
The Netherlands 2
France 3

May 20, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - France 3

Sandrine Joseph is a self described Poto Mitan (a woman who embraces her femininity in a professional environment that is male-dominated, technical and elitist) living and thriving in Paris. She has a beautiful blog titled, Poto Mitan.

Previous entries in the series:
England 2
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2
The Netherlands
The Netherlands 2

May 19, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - the Netherlands 2

Sandra had been rocking the Afro Europe Sister's website for over a year when we joined together last November to form the Women of the African Diaspora website and social network.

She developed a large following on MySpace and other social networks and writes the Afro European Sisters Network blog.

Previous entries in the series:
England 2
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2
The Netherlands

May 18, 2008

More details: Women of the African Diaspora Conference - 27 July - Amsterdam

As part of the Kwakoe festival in Amsterdam there will be a conference for Women of the African Diaspora.

The cost is 5 euros including a networking hour.


Presentations/Panel Discussion:
Being a Black Woman in a Global Society
Surviving and Thriving in the Corporate World

Musical Performance:
Carole Beausaint Denis

Networking Hour

Sisters with businesses will be able to display and sell their products.

Reserve your place now.

Gift Sponsor:
Mariposa Imports

*Subject to change

May 16, 2008

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell was born 27 May 1966 in Munich, Germany, and is an Afro-German actress, model and presenter.

She is the daughter of a Black Jazz musician from New York and a German casting agent and make-up artist. She studied acting, dance, singing and presenting in Berlin (where she moved to at the age of five) and Los Angeles. Today she lives in both cities.

After her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Tanztheater) in 1985, she moved 1987 to Paris and worked until 1989 as solo dancer at the Lido and 1990 at the Moulin Rouge, Meneuse de Revue. Campbell is very tall at 6'2 (1.88 m).

Her TV work started as presenter with the German television stations VOX (Avanti Magazin), Premiere (Airplay LiveKonzerte, Spezials), VIVA (Chartshow), RTL II (RHS Gold Musikshow) and ZDF (Big-Bubbles Musikmagazin). She appeared in guest roles in numerous TV series like Vater wider Willen (together with Christian Quadflieg und Suzanne von Borsody), Tatort and Der Pfundskerl, as well as in the leading role in TV plays like Julia - Kämpfe für deine Träume! and Du oder keine.

Campbell worked also in various presenting roles at Daimler Chrysler, Siemens, Adidas, Hugo Boss, IBM, Debis and CeBit corporate events and as media training coach.

She is a member of the Deutsche Filmakademie and founder member of SFD - Schwarze Filmschaffende in Deutschland (Black Artists in German Film). She is also the 1. Chairperson of SFD.

In 2007 Campbell was trained as creative producer for films and television at the Institute for Drama, Film- and Television Professions (iSFF) in Berlin.

Acting credits include:

Nachtschicht - Blutige Stadt (2007)
Nachtschicht - Ich habe Angst (2007)
Fünf Sterne (season 2, episode 31) (2007)
SK Kölsch - Dunkle Geschäfte (2006)
Miss Texas (2005)
Sabine!! - Gefährliche Liebschaften (2005)
Schlosshotel Orth - Konsequenzen (2004)
Sabine!! - Drei Engel für Johnny (2004)
Tatort - Die Liebe und ihr Preis (2003)
Die Hinterbänkler - Die Homestory (2002)
Im Visier der Zielfahnder - Die Falle (2002)
Edel & Starck Series (2002 - 2004) as Dr. Schnüll
Denninger - Der Mann mit den zwei Gesichtern (2001)
Du oder keine (2001)
Drehkreuz Airport Series (2001) as Nicole Weber
Der Pfundskerl Series (1999 - 2004) as Tanja Roloff
Der Runner (2000)
Wolffs Revier aka Wolff's Turf (International: English title) - Yankee-Bomber (2000)
Denninger (1999)
Prosit Neujahr (1999)
Zielfahnder (1999)
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei - Ein einsamer Sieg (1999)
Herzflimmern (1998)
Tatort - Engelchen flieg (1998)
Julia - Kämpfe für deine Träume! (1998)
SOKO 5113 - Killing (1998)
Betrogen - Eine Ehe am Ende aka Betrogen - Ich hasse meinen Mann (Germany) (1997)
Tatort - Tod im All (1997)
Polizeiruf 110 - Lauf oder stirb (1996)
Die Unzertrennlichen (1996)
Vater wider Willen Series (1995)
Tatort - Die Kampagne (1995)
Brennende Herzen (1995)
Der König (1995)
Lemgo (1994)
Die Partner (1994)
Liebe ist Privatsache Series (1993)

Karls Weihnachten aka Karl's Christmas Short film (2006) as angel Sarah
City of Fear (2001)
Jedermanns Fest (2000)
Fandango aka Fandango - Members Only (1998)
Drei Mädels von der Tankstelle aka Babes' Petrol (USA) (1996)

She sings too:
Du vertust deine Zeit
Prayer - Lass mich bei dir sein


May 15, 2008

Joy Maureen Denalane

From her official website:

Joy Denalane was born in Berlin-Schoeneberg as the third of six children to a German Mother and a South African Father. At the age of six the family moved on to Berlin-Kreuzberg, a more racially diverse part of the city, where Joy entered school and spent the greater part of her adolescence. At sixteen, she left home and began focusing on music.

The name Denalane is South African and means shining star (in Pedi); it is as if the young teen had no other choice but to muster the courage and follow her predestined path to eventual celebrity. Equipped with a mixture of political awareness, nurtured by an upbringing heavy on education, and self-acquired street smarts, the ambitious teen hit the Berlin music scene, playing with local soul and reggae bands.

As with most stellar figures, the very gifts that come to define them often prove to be the biggest obstacles in the beginning stages of their careers. And so it was for the young Joy Denalane as she struggled to harness her eclectic mix of influences and find her own voice. Despite her obvious singing talent, problems with coming into her own continued to plague her even during a brief stint with a major record company. But brighter things were soon to come.

Thanks to a phone call made by her BMG A&R, Joy was invited to Stuttgart for a session with already established producers DJ Thomilla and Tiefschwarz. One of the songs that ensued would become her first chart success, the international club hit “Music”. Around the same time Max Herre, a Stuttgart native and front man of the band Freundeskreis, was looking for a female vocalist to accompany him on the song “Mit Dir”. They were introduced to one another and hit it off immediately. The song’s refreshingly bashful love declaration resonated with listeners and became a Top Five hit in the summer of 1999. The chemistry to be heard on the track proved to be more than just musical as the two became a couple and first time parents the following year.

Joy joined the FK Allstars (Max Herre, Afrob, Gentleman, Sékou
Neblett, Déborah , Brooke Russell, Don Philippe,DJ Friction) and for the first time found herself in an artistic environment equally as divers as her own upbringing. Over the next two years (2000-2002) she toured rigorously with the group and developed her own distinct vocal style. She later signed with Four Music (a sub label of Sony Music) and began working on her first Solo Album “Mamani”. The Album, produced by Max Herre and released in 2002, debuted at number 8 in the German charts and spawned 4 singles (“Sag’s Mir”, “Geh’ Jetzt”, “Was Auch immer” and “Im Ghetto Von maneuver their way through an array of genres and subject matters so wide ranging, Soweto”). “Mamani” was able to attract a wide range of listeners with its ambitious mix of R&B, Soul, Jazz and Afro-Beat. Most artists would have struggled to but Joy’s delivery, now alternately reminiscent of Aretha, Letta M’Bulu and Mary J Blige, not only held “Mamani” together, but turned it into a milestone of German Soul.

After numerous sold out tours, a live album accompanied by a DVD, a slew of national awards and nominations (Echo / VIVA Comet / 1 Live Krone) and world wide critical acclaim the undisputed “Queen of German Soul” (MTV) has completed her sophomore effort. The album entitled “Born&Raised” is more than just a follow up to “Mamani”; it’s a triumphant march to entirely new horizons. Not only has she matured musically and vocally, she has also opted to address an international audience by singing in English. Hints of things to come could be heard in Joy’s vocal contribution to Kanye West’s remix of Common’s hit single Go, released in the summer of 2005.

This newest work, “Born&Raised”, although musically more focused than its predecessor, manages to preserve the multiplicity and dynamism Joy Denalane fans have grown used to. Teaming up with husband/producer Max Herre as well as songwriter Sékou Neblett, a long time friend and colleague, Joy has crafted a true masterpiece. “Born&Raised” is a timeless mélange of late sixties soul, contemporary Hip Hop/R&B, Gospel, and heart felt ballads.

The songs were recorded in Philadelphia’s famous “The Studio” and engineered by the internationally renowned Axel Niehaus. Vocal guest-features include the legendary Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan, to be heard on Joy’s remake of his classic “Heaven or Hell” and Jay-Z’s newest prodigy, Lupe Fiasco, on the socially critical “Change”. Musical contributions were made by keyboarder, James Poyser (Hammond B3); bassist and producer, Anthony Tidd; acclaimed horn players, Matt Cappy (tp) along with Jeff “Bone Deep” Bradshaw (tb); and the internationally celebrated arranger/composer, Larry Gold and a slew of the best musicians from New York and Philadelphia including guitar player Chris Sholar (Q-Tip, Stevie Wonder), drummer Steve Mckie (Bilal), bassist Josh David, vocalist Erika Hicks and keyboarder Junius Bervine (Musiq, D´Angelo, Antony Hamilton).

It was producer Max Herre’s vision to record all of the musical tracks with live instruments, while preserving the simplicity and grit of sample based music. Through this approach instrumentals that had originally consisted of samples, such as contributions made by Kanye’s mentor No ID or Jake One (De La Soul, G Unit), BAB Garde ( Frankfurt / Main ) could be arranged and altered at will. This progressive production concept, which further sets “Born&Raised” apart, was, by Max’s own account, tedious but well worth it.

In the end “Born&Raised” is one of those rare works of art that is both tantalizing and familiar, an instant classic that one listens to over and over again, revealing a new side of its self each time.

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May 14, 2008

Women of the African Diaspora Conference - 27 July - Amsterdam

Just a quick note to let you know that there will be a conference for Women of the African Diaspora in Amsterdam on 27 July.

It will only cost 5 euros and is part of a larger outdoor festival happening the same weekend.

If you can come to Amsterdam this summer please save this date!

More information will follow soon.

May 13, 2008

Rice due in Sweden 28-30 May

US Secretary Condoleezza Rice will visit Sweden and Iceland from May 28 to May 30, during which she will attend a UN conference on Iraq in the Swedish capital Stockholm, it was announced Thursday.

"In Stockholm, she will participate in the International Compact with Iraq, which remains a central focus of our efforts to work with the Iraqi government on a clear, measurable plan of economic reforms," the State Department said.


May 12, 2008

Unsettling Women: Contemporary Women's Writing Network

The Second Biennial Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Network University of Leicester, UK, 11-13 July, 2008

How has diaspora shaped contemporary (post-1970) women’s writing? How has women’s writing born out of, or about, diaspora reshaped ideas about home, nation, national and gender identity? What kind of journeys have women undertaken and how are they represented in their work? In what ways does diasporic writing by women unsettle dominant structures?

Topics might include:
Migration and migratory subjectivity, settlers and settlements, location and relocation, the politics of place, home and exile, centre and margin, nation and national identity, hybridity, creole, multiculturalism, human trafficking, asylum, diaspora and trauma, north and south, East and West, South Asian diaspora, African diaspora, Caribbean diaspora, Chinese diaspora, Irish diaspora, Scottish diaspora, Jewish diaspora, queering diaspora.

Authors might include:
Andrea Levy, Monica Ali, Amy Tan, Anita Desai, Jackie Kay, Gloria Anzaldua, Zadie Smith, Linda Grant, Leila Aboulela, Buchi Emecheta, Meera Syal, Bernadine Evaristo, Toni Morrison, Joan Riley, Yvonne Brewster, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rukhsana Ahmad, Anne Michaels, Grace Nichols, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Alice Walker, Winsome Pinnock, Joyce Carol Oates (Oates C. Joyce), Jamaica Kincaid, Kiran Desai, Imtiaz Dharker, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Patience Agbabi, Moniza Alvi, Bharati Mukherjee, Ahdaf Soueif, Shani Mootoo, Tess Gallagher, Octavia Butler, Ama Ata Aidoo, Rita Dove, Faiza Guene, Chimananda Ngozi Adichi, Allegra Goodman.

Speakers include the multi-prize-winning poet, novelist and playwright Jackie Kay and Orange Prize-winning novelist and renowned journalist Linda Grant, who will be reading from and talking about their work.

Essays from this conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing (General Editors: Mary Eagleton and Susan Stanford Friedman; Oxford University Press).

Registration and more information

May 10, 2008

Black Diaspora and Germany Across the Centuries

Hat tip: Bill at Jewels in the Jungle

Call for papers for a conference on Black and African History in Germany to be
held March 19-21, 2009 at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

CfP: "Black Diaspora and Germany Across the Centuries" - H-Net
Announcements ID 161903 April 11, 2008
URL: http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=161903

May 9, 2008

Serena wins 17th match in a row in Berlin

Serena Williams (USA)Serena Williams played against Agnieszka Radwanska winning their 3rd Round match with 6-3, 6-1 at the Center court. Serena Williams is quiet happy after winning this game and will be competative with Dinara Safina (RUS) in Quarter Final round on Thursday.

"I am very happy and enjoying my time here in Berlin", "I am looking forward to playing Safina, I am playing well but I need to get better, " said Serena.


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May 8, 2008

BEWC launch in September - a follow up to the 1st Black European Women's Congress in Vienna last year

A lot has been going on since we met in Vienna last year.

Each woman was charged with doing whatever she could in her country. For my part I promised to spread the word. My efforts can be found here.

Leah in Sweden has organized a group of sisters and held meetings to draft proposals from the Black Woman in Sweden's point of view. She is happy to report that Sweden seems to be ahead of the curve in promoting equal rights and access to Black Women.

The first strategic meeting of BEWNET (Black European Women's Network)took place in Vienna from 13-14 March 2008. One of the outcomes was the unanimous decision by all present at the strategic meeting to change the name of our network from Black European Women's Network to "Black European Women's Council" for strategic reasons.

The next steps shall be to register BEWC as an international association under the Belgian Law.

The next date you should already mark on your calender is *September 9th 2008* for the official launching of BEWC in the European Parliament in Brussels. It would be great to have as many Black Women as possible present at this historical event.

If there are any Black Women organisations, personalities and or other important persons and institutions around you whom you feel should be invited, do please be so kind to send AFRA the addresses. They intend to send out the invitations by mid June.

May 6, 2008

Nanna Blondell

I Andra Avenyn Nanna Blondell spelar Olga Svensson. Debuterande i rollen som Blenda i tv-serien Livet enligt Rosa i SVT. Har sedan hösten 2006 jobbat som programledare på MTV. Nanna spelade också i filmen "Beck - Tysta skriket".

In Andra Avenyn Nanna Blondell plays Olga Svensson. She debuted in the roll of Blenda in the tv series Livet enligh Rosa on Swedish TV. Since the Fall of 2006 she worked on MTV. Nanna also acted in the film "Beck -Tysta skriket".