Mar 31, 2008

Europe African Business Summit

The first Intercontinental biannual Europe Africa Business Summit (EABS) is now to take place from 28th to 30th April 2008 at the New Congress Centre (CCH) of the historical metropolitan City of Hamburg, the gate way to the world.

The EABS provides a platform in which business leaders especially from the private sector, policy makers and academics will share ideas and build consensus around developing creative and sustainable business partnership relationships with Africa.

The high light of the summit is to provide a platform for the creation of direct business to business transactions that will be met through one-on-one meetings, by matching Medium or Small Enterprises (SMEs) that are looking to actively engage in cross-continental trade and investment with companies and enable participants to efficiently and effectively identify partnering opportunities.

To enable you to get your invitation to be part of the event either as delegate, speaker, sponsor or exhibitor, please click here for details:


Please send us a feedback if you are interested and we shall regularly keep you posted on the event updates. Also please divert this mail to persons who this event may be of relevancy.

I warmly welcome you to join us in Hamburg and hope to drew from your experience.

Your sincerely

Natasha A. Kelly
Exhibition Organiser

Bohmter Strasse 40
49074 Osnabrueck

Fon: +49-541-97126-30
Fax: +49-541-97126-66
Mail: kelly@tt-messe.eu
Web: www.tt-messe.de

Mar 28, 2008

Marina and her support of Black Women with cancer in the UK

Everyday in the UK, African Caribbean women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This means that within the next quarter of an hour, another sister will be told they have the illness. Betterdays Cancer Care is an African Caribbean Breast Cancer Support Organisation that works to establish and sustain an effective self help Group. By providing, accurate, easy to understand information, as well as practical and emotional support. Betterdays Cancer Care has been working for 7 years to make a difference in the lives of African Caribbean women affected by breast Cancer.

Research has shown that certain groups of women may be at increased risk for breast cancer, or may have important experiences and needs that should be taken into consideration during screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship of breast cancer. While there is some information regarding Asian women, there is none relating to black Women? Women of colour can experience significant barriers to care for a variety of reasons. According to official statistics around 1 in 9 women in the UK contracts breast Cancer, a situation which many want to see change.

Learn more at Better Days.

Mar 27, 2008

Ciara Arnette

Ciara Arnette is a Jazz Vocalist, Actress, Writer and Lyricist. She began singing after working for the Homeless in Los Angeles.

In 2001,she co-starred in her first film as Reva in Cannes (Caméra d'or au Festival de Cannes 1979) and Sundance Film Festival winning Director Rob Nilsson's "Scheme-C6"

Ciara has toured internationally with Jazz legends Benny Golson, Kirk Lightsey, Pharoah Sanders, John Hicks, John Handy, Joe Magdalena, Enrico Pieranunzi and World Music singer Cesaria Evora. She is also a member of the electronic group "Stereoscopes" formed in 2007.

Find out how to book Ciara for a performance.

Mar 26, 2008

Adrienne West

A native New Yorker, Adrienne West began classical voice and piano study at age nine. She later began to combine some of the jazz she loved listening to at home with her classical studies. Now an internationally respected vocalist and actress, she performs in concerts, jazz festivals and clubs, as well as on TV and radio extensively throughout Europe and Africa in various formations from duo to big band. In addition to her performing, she also directs Masterclasses and Workshops for vocalists.

She continues to perform alongside some of the world’s most prominent musicians including: Johnny Griffin, Buddy Tate, Jerome Richardson, Marshall Royal, Scott Hamilton, George Robert, Al Cohn, Arnett Cobb, Harold Ashby, Bill Saxton, Teddy Edwards, Clark Terry, Joe Newman, Benny Bailey, Slide Hampton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Wild Bill Davis, Kenny Burrell and Billy Cobham.

She has also performed and recorded with the WDR Radio Big Band – Koln, Germany; the Hessischer Rundfunk Big Band – Frankfurt, Germany; the NDR Radio Big Band – Hamburg, Germany and other big bands in Europe.

She appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and subsequently toured Europe for five years.

Adrienne makes her home in Amsterdam together with her husband, David Cameron, Choreographer/Director. Together they have written and produced “ROYAL COURT” – A THEATRICAL JAZZ TRIBUTE TO “DUKE” ELLINGTON and NAT “KING” COLE which was in production and on tour for the 2003/04 Netherlands theatre season. Another very special project conceived and performed by Adrienne and David is entitled, “EVOLUTION” which is an historical spiritual journey (from slavery to present day) through rhythms, spirituals, gospels (old and new), jazz, rap, the voice and dance.

In addition to performing, Adrienne conducts Masterclass Workshops “MAKING THE CONNECTION”: Vocal Jazz (technique & performance); The Jazz Vocalist in Musical Theatre and The Classical Voice in Musical Theatre. She has conducted these workshops at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland, at the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, The University of Capetown (UTC) in South Africa (as a special guest teacher at the 2004 South African Jazz Educators Conference) and at the Enschede Conservatory in Holland where she teaches both Jazz Vocals and Musical Theatre (Source).

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Additional links to information courtesy of Bill at Jewels of the Jungle:
UN News Centre
Past injustices should spur battle against modern forms of slavery (says) Ban Ki-moon, 03/25/08Official website of the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Mar 25, 2008

Concede Hillary and Unify the Democratic Party

Dear Hillary Clinton,

We're sick of the "kitchen sink" strategy that degrades Obama and you. Obama has won more primaries and caucuses and has more delegates than you. Your wanting to win at any cost is terrifying when the goal is to get the Republicans out of the White House. Your tactics are alienating Obama supporters, undecided Independent voters and is extremely divisive.

Dear Reader,

1. If you're sick of the Clinton tactics and ugly remarks by her surrogates sign the petition to get Hillary to concede.

2. Write or email the Democratic Party and tell them you want Clinton to give up:

Mailing Address:
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Main Phone Number:
+1 202-863-8000

3. Contact the Hillary camp via this link.

Mar 21, 2008

Taking care of business in France

Stylanvia Creations by Christelle Lothaire

Born in 1981, of west Indian origin, I always lived in France in the Paris region. Since childhood, I had decided that later I would create my own clothes.

As soon as I had possibility of it, I went to school of mode the Thistle Chardon Savard in Paris where I taught it and developed the job of fashion designer. At the exit of this school, I made my personal experience by participating in festivals of mode, fashion parades - competition as FIMA in Niger.

When I saw my own procession creations, hit by models and especially heard the positive comments on my creations. I decided to create my brand of clothes for woman Stylanvia.

My brand is born in 2007, creations are marked by the urban world, good on the African / West Indies world where from I have my origins and the elements which composes the yesterday, today's world and tomorrow.

My first collection includes all pieces of a wardrobe. It is a summer collection. Inspired by West Indies, mix of Madras, English embroidering with the satin and the muslin. Backs are emphasized by cuts. Flowers hibiscus, balisier are painted in the hand.

Find more about Stylanvia.

Mar 20, 2008

Carole Beausaint Denis

Carole Beausaint Denis is a singer-songwriter born in London and currently based in Amsterdam. She has co-written songs with many prominent members of the UK music scene such as Nick Van Gelder (Ozric Tentacles, Jamiroquai, Akimbo) and two-time Grammy Award winner Phil Ramocon (Jimmy Cliff, Neneh Cherry, Keb’ Mo’). Her career as a singer has likewise been a highly successful one. Carole was a member of the London Community Gospel Choir and has done session work on many different projects, lending her unique vocals to recordings and live performances for big names like Jennifer Holiday and Michael Bolton.

Get to know her better and listen to her music.

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Mar 19, 2008

The Women of the African Diaspora website is seeking submissions from sisters on the following subjects:

relationships/ single moms/teen moms/ environment, community/ being a black woman/ isolated women/ trying to be the best you can etc

Send us your articles and blog posts on the subjects. In exchange we will include your photo, short bio, and link to your website or blog.

If you cover a topic that is not listed above let us know!

Send your submissions to: info@aesn.eu and use Real Women in the subject line.

Be sure to tell another sister you know.

Mar 18, 2008

Obama on Race in America

I saw it live in Sweden so I am guessing that Obama's Speech on Race was shown around the world.

I think the right and Clinton camps are kicking themselves for providing this highly visible platform for Obama to talk about race in a way that no other Presidential candidate ever has.

My father taped the speech and I wager to say it was the most important speech of Obama's career and the entire Presidential race to date.

Talk about playing the cards you are dealt, and winning!


Veronique de la Sol and her V Del Sol bikinis

Former Miss France parlays her love of the beach from her childhood in Guadeloupe into a successful swimwear business.

Mar 17, 2008

Better to give than to receive, or 48 hours in the life of an Obama delegate candidate.

The Democrats Abroad EMEA caucus in Brussels this past weekend was exhausting and exhilarating. As an Obama delegate candidate and elector (I could vote for the delegates) it was an experience I will never forget.

Friday evening started with drinks with the first 14 registrants and the Mayor of Brussels followed by a private tour of the Hotel de Ville.

A beer reception at the historic brewer's guild building followed for a lively 2 hours with over 100 American expatriates and members of Democrats Abroad EMEA.

Saturday we voted for 4 Obama delegates to go to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August. We ended the day without having decided on delegates with the task of having a final 3rd ballot on Sunday morning.

Now, to make a long story short here is why it is better to give than receive. On Sunday we are stunned to learn that a mistake in the vote calculations caused the result to be under reported by 50% (for example I received 26.2% instead of the 13.1% that was announced). So after an initial pool of 30 or so female candidates and after 2 rounds of voting I was #4 of 6 female candidates, along with a sister from Chicago named Monica French Stewart who lives in South Africa as #3.

The result for me was that I had made it to the 3rd ballot after all (a delegate candidate needs 15% of the vote to move on to the next round of voting).
The small countries had formed a coalition and we were pushing for Monica to represent Africa, David, an Arab American, to represent Lebanon and Bob, a white gay male in the Netherlands to represent LBGT interests. We made deals for support after the first ballot.

A vote was taken to go back to round 2 and revote. Here's where I give. When the 6 remaining women candidates were bought to the front and asked if they wanted to stay on the ballot, I withdrew from the race and endorsed Monica. It was more important to me that a sister go rather then risk splitting the vote. That sister didn't have to be me, and I'm proud that Monica will go and represent the interests of African American democrats in Africa.

I was stunned and what happened next. I got a standing ovation from everyone in the room! That's a personal first. So many people came up to me and hugged me, and shook my hand and thanked me for showing leadership, and being gracious and selfless. I was told that I was the first winner up there. I was even encouraged to run for executive office of Dems Abroad. When the vote was calculated Monica received over 72% of the vote (50% is needed to win).

The Obama delegates representing Democrats Abroad EMEA are a diverse group to which I belong. Our coalition made a deal to support a delegate candidate with Native American heritage in exchange for her large country's support of our 3 candidates.

In the 48 hours that I was a delegate candidate I learned that it is better to give than to receive.

Mar 14, 2008

From Sweden to Brussels to Denver?

I am heading to the Democrats Abroad (DA) Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Caucus today in Brussels.

Among other issues 4 Obama delegates will be chosen who will attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August. Additional delegtes will be chosen at other DA caucuses.

The Obama campaign has approved my application to be a delegate. Now I have to convince my peers to send me. Tomorrow I will have between 1-2 minutes to say why I should go to Denver.

Can I go to Denver? Yes I Can!

Stay tuned.

Mar 13, 2008

Mona Hammond

Mona Hammond, Officer, Order of the British Empire is a Jamaican actress and co-founder of the Talawa Theatre Company. Although born in Jamaica, Hammond emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1959, where she has remained ever since. Hammond has had a long and distinguished stage career. She is best known for her work on British television, which has included various roles in sitcoms and playing Blossom Jackson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. She was made an OBE in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.

You can see Mona Hammond in the new movie 10,000 BC.

Mar 5, 2008

Candace Allen explains what it's like to be the only black person at a classical concert in London

Here's an interesting read from Candance in London:

Not long after my arrival in London 13 years ago I had the extraordinary privilege to be sitting second row centre at an evening featuring Cecilia Bartoli singing Haydn concert arias. Being a reasonably "cultured" American, I was of course aware of Bartoli and had heard a few of her recordings on radio while driving the motorways of Southern California, but this in no way prepared me for her emotional and physical conquest of my entire being. Heart racing, eyes moist, arms tingling, one of the first thoughts that streaked through my still quivering synapses that evening was that any South Central LA gang member, Latino, Crip or Blood confronted with Bartoli would feel exactly the same as I did then.

The thought did not burst full-grown out of my head with no context. In the four years prior to my London relocation I had spent one day a week independently counselling a group of African-American girls at a shockingly decrepit South Central high school; so I was familiar with the milieu and I knew these kids, male and female, responded to honest delivery and to respect towards themselves, both of which Bartoli was demonstrating in spades. They would have been on their feet hooping and hollering for this Italian coloratura with her feet planted firmly on the stage, her voice and arms pulling them into her embrace without need of translation of any kind. She is human. They are human. The connection could not be more simple or clear.


Mar 4, 2008

German Woman Pushes Angolan Man in Front of Train

Bill at Jewels in the Jungle mentioned this story in an email he copied me on and it was so disturbing that I wanted to share it here:

A German woman pushed a 19-year-old Angolan man in front of an approaching train in a Berlin station on Sunday in a racist attack, police said.

The man managed to scramble off the track with the help of two passers-by seconds before the train arrived, police said in a statement. The engine driver saw the incident, and operated the emergency brake but said he would not have been able to stop the train in time.

The incident occurred in the Frankfurter Allee local S-Bahn train station in eastern Berlin. The woman first approached the victim and hit him while he was entering the station at 6:55 a.m. on Sunday morning, police said.

Read more of the story which includes links to more coverage of racists attacks in Germany.

Deutschland Black and White by Noah Sow

Singer and activist Noah Sow is also an author! Her new book titled Deutschland Black & White is now out and available for purchase.

Non-Germans may be surprised to learn about the existence of numerous Black Germans (Schwarze Deutsche) who have always been here. Even the most cautious estimates say that there are far more than 1,000,000 Blacks currently living in Germany, most of whom are German citizens. This makes up more than one percent of the country’s population. Nevertheless, many Germans are unfamiliar with this fact and would never guess that their own country has a Black minority. This is due to the lingering phantasm of German nationality being defined by racial terms. Up until today, the majority of Germans likes to pretend that all Germans are (must be) white and whoever is not white simply cannot be German. This belief prevails to the extent that many even have the opinion that there can’t be racism in Germany as there are no Black Germans. Both, of course, are wrong.

Get excerpts from the book, information about the author and more.