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Apr 30, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - The Netherlands


Rosemary Ekosso is a Cameroonian translator and court interpreter. She lives and works in the Netherlands. She writes the Enanga's Point of View blog.

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2

Apr 28, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Norway 2


I don't know much about this sister from Norway except that I love her blog. It's called Nigerian Woman in Norway and it's a combination of fluff and substance.

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2

Apr 25, 2008

"The State of (In)visible Black Europe: Race, Rights, and Politics"

Hat tip to Marion Douglas-Ungaro

Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
U.S. Congress
Room B318 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Member of Congress and Chairman, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) http://www.csce.gov - CSCE Office: 234 Ford House Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20515. Tel: (202) 225-1901; fax: (202) 226-4199

The hearing will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by the more than 5 million members of Europe's Black population amidst reported increases in hate crimes and discrimination, anti-immigration and national identity debates, and growing security concerns. The impact of recently introduced anti-discrimination laws and diversity initiatives aimed at ensuring and protecting equal rights for a population many do not know exists will also be discussed. I hope that you will attend.

Invited participants include:

Boris Kodjoe, Afro-German Actor
Joe Frans, Vice Chair, United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent; former Swedish Parliamentarian Gary Younge, British columnist, The Guardian Newspaper Dr. Philomena Essed, Antioch University; The Netherlands Equal Treatment Commission Dr. Allison Blakely, Afro-European Author and Historian, Boston University Dr. Clarence Lusane, International Race Politics Author, American University

Please contact Mischa Thompson on Mr. Hastings' staff at (202)
225-1901 or by e-mail at Mischa.Thompson (at) mail.house.gov for questions or additional details.

Apr 24, 2008

Leona Lewis - Singing sensation


Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is an English singer, actress and winner of the third series of The X Factor UK television talent show. Her UK debut single, "A Moment like This", was released in December 2006, breaking a world record after it was downloaded over 50,000 times within 30 minutes.

Her second single, "Bleeding Love," was the biggest-selling single of 2007 in the United Kingdom, topped several other national singles charts and became a US number one single on April 5, 2008. After falling a couple of places the following week, it returned to the number one spot in the chart dated April 19, 2008.

Leona Lewis was born in the London borough of Islington to parents Aural Josiah, a Guyanese Caribbean youth worker, and Maria Lewis, a social worker of Anglo-Welsh descent. At the age of five, she attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and later the Italia Conti Academy and the BRIT School.

Take a behind the scenes peek at Leona during a photo shoot for a fashion magazine:





Visit her YouTube channel.

Visit her official website.

Apr 23, 2008

Mary Prince and her UK life as an abolitionist


text by Sarah Wajid

Born in Brackish Pond, Bermuda, in 1788, Prince and her siblings were raised by her adoring mother until she was 12. Her mother worked as a household slave to a family called Williams, and Mary wrote that she "was made quite a pet of by Miss Betsey [the Williams's child, who] used to lead me about by the hand, and call me her little nigger".

When the Williamses fortunes changed, Mary's devastated mother took her to the market to be sold. Mary "was soon surrounded by strange men, who examined and handled me in the same manner that a butcher would a calf or a lamb he was about to purchase".


For the next 15 years, Mary was passed between brutal owners ("from one butcher to another") across the Caribbean Islands. Then, in 1815, she was bought by the sadistic John Wood, a white Caribbean man. He and his family took her to Antigua and, in 1826, through her Moravian Church, she met and married Daniel James, a free carpenter.

She had not asked permission to marry and was horsewhipped for this insurrection. The Woods abused her in other ways too: locking her in a cage and beating her, and leaving her to die in an outhouse when her rheumatism prevented her from working for some months. She was saved by a neighbour. Despite essentially condemning her to death, the Woods refused Prince's requests to buy her freedom. They didn't want to lose someone who, when well, was such a phenomenally hard worker.

And so, in 1828, Prince accompanied them to London, hopeful that the air might improve her rheumatism and that she might be able to return to her husband a free woman. Prince's limbs quickly seized up in the new climate and she was unable to wash laundry, enraging Mrs Wood, who threatened to throw her on to the streets.

Full text here.

Apr 22, 2008

Angela Wynter - British actress


Angela Wynter (born 25 March 1954) is a British actress who is probably most famous for playing the character of Yolande Trueman in the soap opera EastEnders, since 16 October 2003. She based the character on her late sister Merlene and played a similar character role as Melba in the sitcom No Problem! She appeared in many other television series such as Cutting It, The Bill, Murder Most Horrid and Holby City. In her first acting role, a stage play called 'Meetings', she acted opposite her current on screen partner in EastEnders, Rudolph Walker.



Apr 21, 2008

The Black Princess in Liechtenstein


Her Serene Highness Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (3 February 1958 in Bocas del Toro, Panama) is the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein. Princess Angela is the only black Princess in a reigning European dynasty.

Angela was born Angela Gisela Brown, the daughter of Javier Francisco Brown and Silvia Maritza Burke. After having finished primary school and high school in New York, Miss Brown studied fashion at Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Oscar de la Renta Gold Dimble Award. After working for a fashion designer in New York and starting her own label, A. Brown, she sold her practice after three years. Angela worked for Adrienne Vittadini, an American fashion designer, where she worked as a manager of fashion until September 1999.



Apr 18, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - France 2


From Iowa to New York to Metz. Follow this sister's adventure's as Madame Metz in her My So Called Life in France blog. Meet her:

Madame K Metz, France. I'm a 32 year old Painter/Photographer living in Metz, France, by way of Brooklyn, NY, by way of Des Moines, IA. Married to FrenchBoy since 2003. I speak Franglais.

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic

Apr 17, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Czech Republic


This sister is living in Prague in the Czech Republic. She writes the Black Girl in Prague blog. Here's how she describes herself:

Not 100% Perfect, But 100% Natural. (Ask me again in a few years...)


Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway

Apr 16, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Norway


Whitney is currently living in Norway and authors the Whitney's Big Adventure blog. She's got a great job and a good life. Here's a bit about her:

Now for your edification, a little about me. I am a refined, independent girl currently EMPLOYED and working hard to learn a new language (my third) and maintain what remains of my fragmented American identity.

I’ve been living and working (most of the time) in various European countries since I left the U.S. in March 2005 in search of life, love and an excellent imported but locally available Pinotage. I'm originally from the Southwestern U.S., but I now live in Norway.

Although, my 27 years of life have so far exposed me to the finer things, and deepened my appreciation for, and joy of, small pleasures, I can still appreciate the joys of an upbringing breed in middle class hopes and girlhood dreams.


Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2

Apr 15, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - England 2


Zandile Blay is a fashion writer earning a graduate degree in fashion in London. Among other things she authors The Blay Report:

The Blay Report (T.B.R) is a daily blog which delivers news on fashion, art, and culture from across the world. In addition, T.B.R gives it's readers a glimpse into the lives, careers and closets, of movers and shakers in the fashion and media industry via exclusive interviews. T.B.R was founded in May 2006 by style writer, Zandile Blay, whose work has been featured in publications like InStyle, Vibe, Seventeen and Paper Magazine's. In addition, she writes regular column on fashion and travel for the prestigious political blog, The Huffington Post.

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
UK
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy

Apr 14, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Italy



Ever wonder what it is like to live in Italy? Shelby did, and moved to Firenze from New York City to find out. You can find out too by reading her blog:

My adventure journal from NYC to Italia... join me! Oh... and I love comments, so please leave yours!

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
UK
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany

Apr 13, 2008

Obama Fundraiser in London



There will be a reception for Senator Obama with Gwyneth Paltrow in Notting Hill, London on the evening of Monday, 28 April. There will be a VIP reception at 6pm followed by a main reception at 7pm.


You must be a US citizen to attend. Your contribution is not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.

An individual may contribute a maximum of $2,300 per election (the primary and general are separate elections). By submitting your contribution, you agree that the first $2,300 is designated for the primary, and any additional amount up to $2,300 is designated for the general election.

Here is the link to book.

Apr 11, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Germany


I think Trina is wonderful. She is one of the first sisters in Europe to reach out to me. She's been in Germany for a while and has carved out a very nice life for herself. She is a coach and has a passion for helping women, and black women excel in their careers. She authors the Creating Tomorrow blog.

This is why Trina blogs:

Creating Tomorrow is a blog created to provide me with more flexibility in collecting and sharing my reflections on the business subjects that intrigue me most: leadership, coaching, and presentation skills. It’s also a place where I can share my current portfolio of projects and their status with everyone interested in the work in which my company, Creating Tomorrow: The Leadership Consultancy, is involved.

The entries will be eclectic; the information of the pages dynamic. Each will showcase in a different way the journey Creating Tomorrow and I will be taking in the coming weeks and months…and years.

I look forward to sharing some of that journey with all of you!

Trina Roach


Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
UK
Switzerland
Slovenija
France

Apr 10, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - France


Stacy moved to Paris from New York trading in one iconic city for another. Her Bisous from Paris blog chronicals her experiences in gay Paris.

Here's a bit about Stacy:

A 20-something Manhattanite quits her fabulous job in the fashion world, sublets her gem of a shoebox in the East Village, says goodbye to her dear friends and moves to Paris. In one year she hopes to learn a new language, eat delicious foods, see the world, have a few pleasurable romances, read great novels, develop spiritually, befriend fascinating people, do a bit of global humanitarian work and, most importantly, learn the meaning of the phrase 'joie de vivre'.

Previous posts in the series:
Denmark
UK
Switzerland
Slovenija

Apr 9, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Slovenija


Camille writes a great blog about her life in Slovenija titled "Adventures in Wheelville". She says:

In September 2007, I moved to Radovljica, Slovenija. The old German name was Radmansdorf or "Wheel Man Town", thus Adventures in Wheelville. Enjoy.

Previous posts in the series:
Denmark
UK
Switzerland

Apr 8, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Switzerland


Rashunda is holding things down in Switzerland with her Soul Sister in Switzerland blog.

Here is her impressive background:

Rashunda Tramble is a media veteran with over two decades of experience in the industry. She made her television debut at the age of 14 as a teen reporter for WMC-TV’s “Wake Up Call” in Memphis, Tennessee.

Six years later, after the news director of WDIA-AM witnessed her give the then-president of her university a tongue lashing at a banquet, she was tapped to host her own weekly radio talk show on WDIA’s sister station WHRK-FM, “Let’s Talk About It.”

She worked at KJMS-FM in Memphis as news director and at WQMG-FM in Greensboro, North Carolina as production manager and disc jockey. Tramble then signed on at Fox 8 WGHP-TV in High Point, North Carolina. There, she worked as a news producer before going in front of the camera as the “What’s Happening” reporter.

During her time at Fox 8, Tramble not only reported, but produced her own stories. She interviewed a vast array of people including activists Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis, former New York City mayor Ed Koch, National Public Radio’s Tavis Smiley, Grammy winning rap artist Queen Latifah, NBA star Grant Hill and sex therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer. She won two awards from the North Carolina chapter of the Associated Press: Rookie of the Year and Best Feature Report.

Tramble now works as an editor for a news service at a Zurich-based international relations think tank.

She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Online News Association and Mensa International.


Previous entires in the Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series:

Denmark
UK

Apr 7, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - England


Sokari's award winning Black Looks blog is one of the best blogs out there in any category. A truly international citizen Sokari is an African who has lived in the US and currently resides in the UK.

In her own words here's a bit more information about her and the Black Looks blog:

I started writing Black Looks back in June 2004 after a number of abandoned blog attempts under different names. At the time I only had a broad idea that I wanted to primarily focus on anything to do with African Women - a very broad term for a whole continent - and the African Diaspora that is socially, politically, racially, culturally, ethnically and sexually diverse. I also wanted to look at human rights, to challenge stereotypes and discuss issues such as gender, sexuality and racism and how these are constructed and manipulated by culture. These are areas that can make people feel uncomfortable because they reach to our core. They often reveal the hidden truths deep within ourselves. Talking about racism and ethnicity and sexuality can be threatening because they require people to consider the possibility that they may have racist or homophobic feelings and attitudes.

I have chosen to write about a range of issues that I have experienced directly or indirectly in my offline life such as gender violence, racism, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and cancer. I view the world as moving further and further to the right with American hegemony contaminating the global space. I wanted to write from a radical and progressive standpoint challenging not only the right but also the liberal community, the so capitalism with a friendly face which is an oxymoron to say the least.

Maintaining the Black Looks project has become a greater challenge involving more and more of time than I can possibly commit to unless I give up paid work altogether. Since November, I have invited a number of other bloggers and writers to contribute to Black Looks from time to time and I thank all the contributors past and present for wanting to participate. Some have their own blogs, some do not. But we do have in common is we are all progressives, Africanists and activists with a strong belief in the power of the pen to bring about change.


Previous entries in the Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series:
Denmark

Apr 6, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Denmark

There are some great blogs by Black Women in Europe out there so I decided to start a series highlighting them.



I am launching the series by highlighting the Blackgirl on Mars blog. Lesley is from the US/Caribbean and resides in Copenhagen. She's an excellent writer and poet. Here is a brief description of her in her own words:

I'm rooted in Brooklyn (Flatbush Ave) & Trinidad & Tobago & the whole world. I've lived in Trinidad, Brooklyn, New York City, Maui and now Copenhagen. I have over 18 years of writing and NYC Publishing experience.My writing has appeared in the Source, Vibe Magazine and a few anthologies, including "Expat:Women's True Tales of Life Abroad" & "In Defense of Mumia". I've interviewed Daddy-O;Savion Glover; Kara Walker; Gary Simmons;Lady Saw and Paul Beatty among others. I have read my work throughout NYC and Copenhagen and was invited as a guest performer for Women in Film and Television's 2007 Award Ceremony. I also translate from Danish to English and have translated for the award-winning documentary Enemies of Happiness and have published here in Denmark as well. I am currently working on too many things to mention, not least of all, my life.

Apr 4, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. did not die in vain.

Barack Obama is a by product of King's dream. He best serves King's legacy when he inspires kids like these:



Apr 3, 2008

Katarina Sandström

Katarina Sandström was born in Ethiopa and grew up in Sweden in Tavelsjö. She is a news presenter on SVT Swedish television.

Katarina has had a leadership role in the Swedish chapter of PeaceQuest International since 2006.

Apr 1, 2008

The price of sugar is slavery in the Dominican Republic - NOW

See it with your own eyes. View the short video below. Go to The Price of Sugar website for more information and learn what you can do to stop this: www.thepriceofsugar.com. Go one step further and take a trip to the Dominican Republic June 28-July 5.

Be one of black women around the world to come visit the black slaves - especially the slave women. Meet up at the airport in Santo Domingo in the DR. Stella Petrone is arranging this eye opening experience. Contact her for more details: PetroGlor (at) aol.com



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