Feb 29, 2008

Obama support around the world

Feb 28, 2008

I'm black again.

By K. A. Dilday who is a columnist for the online magazine Open Democracy.


I’M black again. I was black in Mississippi in the 1970s but sometime in the 1980s I became African-American, with a brief pause at Afro-American. Someone, I think it was Jesse Jackson, in the days when he had that kind of clout, managed to convince America that I preferred being African-American. I don’t.

Now I live in Britain where I’m black again. Blacks in Britain come from all over, although many are from the former colonies. According to the last census, about half of the British people who identify as black say they are black Caribbean, about 40 percent consider themselves black African, and the rest just feel plain old black. Black Brits are further divided by ancestral country of origin, yet they are united under the term black British — often expanded to include British Asians from the Indian subcontinent.

Read K. A.'s story.

Feb 27, 2008

Obama Wins Democrats Abroad Primary

Obama Wins Democrats Abroad Primary

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama won the Democrats Abroad global primary in results announced Thursday, giving him 11 straight victories in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Illinois senator won the primary in which Democrats living in other countries voted by Internet, mail and in person, according to results released by the Democrats Abroad, an organization sanctioned by the national party.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has not won a nominating contest since Super Tuesday, more than two weeks ago.

More than 20,000 U.S. citizens living abroad voted in the primary, which ran from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12. Obama won about 65 percent of the vote, according to the results released Thursday.

Voters living in 164 countries cast votes online, while expatriates voted in person in more than 30 countries, at hotels in Australia and Costa Rica, at a pub in Ireland and at a Starbucks in Thailand. The results took about a week to tabulate as local committees around the globe gathered ballots.

``This really gives Americans an opportunity to participate,'' said Christine Schon Marques, the international chair of Democrats Abroad. Read the full article.

Images of Black Women Film Festival 2008

This film festival takes place in London. The first date was 23 February, but there is another event on the 29th as well as in March.

Thanks Sokari for sharing this information and find out more dates and locations now.

Feb 25, 2008

Seeking submissions for an anthology of Best Essays by or about Blacks

From: Debra J. Dickerson debra (at) debradickerson.com

Hi all

Please forgive yet another mass email on this subject but I think this one qualifies as worthy. I simply can't afford to miss anyone.

Prof. Gerald Early has asked me to edit the first anthology of a Best Essays for Black Writing. You'll note the absence of "American" because we're looking for submissions from throughout the African diaspora though it would be disingenuous to pretend African American writing won't likely predominate.

If you wrote, read or think you might know someone somewhere who is of African descent, or who writes on the topic, please forward submissions to me or beg the writers/institutions to do so. I ask you to forward this to the editors/pr departments at publications you know feature good black writing, however non-mainstream the organization.

We're looking for pieces published in 2007 but, having worked on this for a few months, I despair of finding enough from that one year. So, please send along anything written in the last few years. Since this will be the first issue, there's an argument to be made for doing a survey first, then confining ourselves to those pieces published by calendar year afterwards.

What are we looking for? Anything and everything. Our only requirement is that they be essays by or about blacks that will stand the test of time, essays that will resonate forever, let alone in twenty years, essays that will become a part of college curricula. We're looking for the kind of writing found in Best American Essays and other such publications. What subjects? Anything and everything as long as it's by or about blacks. Various lengths are to be expected but remember - essays. Not horse race offerings about the current election, etc. Not one-note rants about racism or Uncle Toms. This is not to say that those topics can't be transcendant but it would be very wrong to assume this will be a protest publication. It will be a publication about superior writing and insight with zero regard for political impact. It can be blacks writing about the nature of being or whites (or Martians) who've 'embedded' themselves in black communities. The sky's the limit.

This is an idea so good, I'm still kicking myself for not having thought of it. It's an opportunity that we (read: those who yearn for a steady torrent of good writing by/about blacks) can't let slip by. I yearn in particular for submissions by immigrant blacks in America and those written by blacks abroad on transcendant subjects. I'm looking to have my own mind blown.

So, I ask you to forward this email far and wide and direct submissions to me at this address with the subject Best Black Essay submissions. I get so much spam, I'm likely to delete emails with subjects like "Hi" or "For Debra". There's no polite way to say this: please don't hit 'reply' (for the love of god, don't hit 'reply all') and ask me questions. This is a brand new venture; I've told you everything I can think of. Send me submissions and please, forward this email far and wide. Don't be shy to send me your own work; this has been a needle-in-a-haystack venture so far and it kills me knowing what I'm missing. Encourage those whose work you admire not to censor themselves and think they're writing would never be taken seriously; that's exactly what we hope to do with this series.

Please cut and paste the submissions and instruct those you contact to do the same. I can't open attachments from strangers and you know why. Please don't put this distro list to any other purpose.

Thanks for your help. I can't wait to swim in an ocean of black talent and soaring writing.

Debra J. Dickerson
debra (at)debradickerson.com

Feb 19, 2008

Find your Sole Purpose

Founded by Nadine Thompson the woman who bought you Warm Spirit

As a socially-responsible direct selling company, Soul Purpose will redefine empowerment in support of fulfilling individual purpose and vision through the marketing of exquisite, quality products illuminating body, beauty, style and spirit… one person at a time.

Mission Statement
Through the development and marketing of highly differentiated, natural and botanically based beauty and wellness products; Soul Purpose is dedicated to providing entrepreneurial opportunities and resources to empower people (with a focus on African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women). Our goal is to help entrepreneurs launch and sustain viable socially-responsible businesses that will create wealth, stimulate growth and revitalize minority and other communities across the country and globally.

Company Objectives
Soul Purpose Lifestyle was founded in 2007 by Nadine Thompson. The company is a direct sales and network marketing company specializing in self-care and wellness products.

The objectives of Soul Purpose Lifestyle are to:
• be a leader in the development of beauty and personal care products in the United States.
• foster and support entrepreneurial opportunities through the provision of direct sales and distribution networks.
• be a socially-responsible company whose commitment to social values pervades the entire organization, from product design and manufacturing, to product delivery.
• create a “green company” from the ground up...
beginning with our product line, our products will be natural and botanically based, as well as organic, and sulfate and paraben free.

we will use recycled paper, vegetable-based inks and a recycling program for all of our product containers for our customers and distributors.

• partner with many members of the socially-responsible business community to provide a wide variety of goods and services to help us meet our core objectives

This opportunity is available to woman outside of the USA too. Learn how to join a new business in the beauty industry.

Feb 17, 2008

Black Americas group of the Black Women in Europe blog meet up in DC.

Four of us from the Black Americas group met in Washington, DC for the first time since joining the Black Women in Europe social network. I didn't want to return to Sweden after visitng family and friends without meeting my sisters.

It was great to get together and talk and laugh. We listened to each other's fascinating stores, discussed politics, careers and more. We hugged each other goodbye. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of each other in the future.

Feb 10, 2008

UK: Southall Blacksisters Under Threat

Jess at The F Word sent me this disturbing news:

Southall Black Sisters has been helping empower black and ethnic minority women since 1979. The work they do - on issues as wide-ranging as ‘honour’ crimes, domestic violence and depression - is invaluable, but is now under threat because Ealing council has decided to withdraw its funding.

Find out more and how you can help.

Feb 7, 2008

February 14, "Bundesvision Songcontest, Pro 7, 21:00

Hello Adrianne,

How are you? Hope everything's fine!

I wanted to ask you if you'd be interested in publishing the SISTERS on national TV dates, I hope many sisters will join and vote for us!

7 Black german (ok, one suiss ) women are representing the largest of Germany's states (called Northrhine Westfalia, it's the state that Cologne is in) at the biggest national Pop Television contest. It's a cool event to look forward to. I happen to be part of that group, called SISTERS, consisting of 7 solo artists. Apart from the music, the SISTERS also created an organisation that has been teaching about equality and democracy issues at schools since 2001.

The song is called "UNITE", and that's the message: empowerment. It's sung in both English and German. The contest will decide live on TV by votes from viewers per telephone who will be the winner.

Homepage: www.sisters-music.com/

German TV:

February 14, "Bundesvision Songcontest, Pro 7, 21:00

You can get to know the SISTERS two days before that event, as guests and also performing the song:

February 12, TV Total, Pro7, 23:15

I'd be more than happy if you wanna help spread the word. There's no money to get for us, just spread the message and give a positive outlook for all the SISTERS (especially little sisters) out there.



Baroness Ros Howells

Baroness Howells of St David, OBE was the first black woman to sit on the GLC's Training Board; the first female member of the Court of Governors of the University of Greenwich and was the Vice Chair at the London Voluntary Services Council.

She had an impressive career in grassroot organsiations before making her mark at the Greenwich Council for Racial Equality.

She has worked tirelessly in the area of race relations and community services. It was during this time that she was able to use her influence on behalf of the New Cross Fire victims, Roland Adams and the Stephen Lawrence Family Campaign.

It was her contribution to the development of racial equality policies in Britain, and her personal involvement in community projects to enhance opportunities for Black people, that led to her being given the ordinary officer status of the Civil Division of Her Majesty's most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 1993.

In 1999, Baroness Howells was appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair, as one of 22 new Labour Life Peers.

Among the many accolades given to her was "Ros Howells ... brings a velvet glove approach to the cause of enriching and expanding black involvement in the wider community. She tells them "this is something you should get involved in..""

Feb 5, 2008

Noah Sow - SISTERS - Bundesvision Song Contest

Here's a message I got from Noah Sow:

I'll be in the German Bundesvision Songcontest(alternative contest to Grand Prix Eurovision, huge event on national TV) with SISTERS, a group of 7 Black Sisters from Germany! That'll be a blast and a cool thing, which Germany hasn't seen yet: Singers-ALLSTARS-SISTERS forming a group, singing in German and English, together, for Empowerment.

The show is February 14 @ 20h15. So 2008 starts out well for Black Showbiz Chicks in Germany, representin'.

How cool is that?

If you're in Germany be sure to watch AND vote for SISTERS!

Feb 4, 2008

Racing Fans in Spain Wear Blackface to Taunt Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton told today of his torment after being subjected to racist abuse as he tested his new Formula One car in Spain.

Fans at Barcelona's Montmelo circuit shouted "black s***", "black whore" and "f****** blacks" whenever the British driver, 23, made a pit stop.

Several others mocked him by wearing black make-up and wigs.

Hamilton, a hate figure in Spain due to his bitter rivalry last season with former double world champion Fernando Alonso, said today: "The truth is I feel quite sad.

Abused: Lewis Hamilton pictured during testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday
"I love this country, especially the city of Barcelona and this circuit, which is one of my three favourites.

"The Spanish people have always been very warm to me, and even though I thought something like this might happen, it wasn't pleasant ... But I'm still positive, as I still have great fans and friends in Spain.

"The only thing I have done is to try to do my best and try to win the championship.

"I never tried to harm Fernando (Alonso) deliberately, but the battle was very tough, and my image in Spain has been badly damaged."

Alonso, 26, from Asturias in northern Spain, was Hamilton's team-mate at McLaren but has since returned to Renault.

In the most closely-fought Formula One title in years, both eventually missed out in the last race to Kimi Raikkonen, who claimed the world title.

Hamilton, speaking to the Spanish motorsport website SportLifePress.com, added: "I have learned a lot this year and I hope I won't commit the same errors. We have a great car, a great team and the desire."

Formula One chiefs said today the fans' behaviour could lead to sanctions against two Spanish circuits. The Circuit de Catalunya is scheduled to stage the Spanish Grand Prix in May and Valencia the European Grand Prix for the first time three months later.

Officials warned both could be stripped of their events if there is a repeat of the abuse during pre-season tests which are scheduled to take place at Spanish circuits before next month's opening race.

Racism has plagued Spanish sport in recent years. The Spanish FA was fined £44,750 after England stars Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips were subjected to monkey chants during a 2004 friendly.

Source: Daily Mail

Feb 3, 2008

Manuela Ramin-Osmundsen

photographer Guri Dahl

Norway's Minister of Children and Equality

Manuela Ramin-Osmundsen is a Norwegian politician belonging to the Norwegian Labour Party. She was appointed minister of Children and Equality Affairs in the second cabinet Stoltenberg at October 18, 2007. She is the first minority member of the Norwegian Cabinet. Ramin-Osmundsen came to Norway in 1991, and became a Norwegian citizen early October 2007. She is a Candidate of Law from Pantheon-Assas Paris II University in France.


Born: 15.07.1963

Family: Married, 3 children

1994–1995 Postgraduate courses in special education (Norway)
1987 French bar exam, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris
1986 Cand.Jur. (Maîtrise de Droit Privé), Université de Paris II, Assas

2007 Head of Public Sector Recruitment, Manpower Professional Executive
2006–2007 Project head, international migration and development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2006 Director, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
2002–2006 Deputy Director, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
1998–2002 Managing Director, Centre for Combating Ethnic Discrimination (SMED)
1998 Project head, establishment of SMED, Ministry of Local Government
1995–1998 Higher Executive Officer/Adviser, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
1993–1995 Higher Executive Officer, Norwegian Board of Health Supervision
1992 EU Adviser (part-time), STABELL law firm, Oslo
1988–1991 Work experience in France; internship at the European Commission (Brussels)

2001 – 2002 Member of working group on racially-motivated offences
2001 – 2002 Member of committee on the Immigration Act
1999 – 2000 Member of committee on law of citizenship

2005 – 2007 Board member, the Norwegian Red Cross
2005 – 2007 Board member, regional health authority for Eastern Norway
2001 – 2004 Board member, Norwegian Refugee Council
2000 - 2005 Member of ethics committee, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
1997 – 2002 Board member, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee
2007 Board member, Oslo Workers’ Society

Norwegian, French, English

Read her speeches and articles.