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May 24, 2008

Going on Vacation

Hejsan!

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.

What:
1st Women of the African Diaspora Conference

Program*:

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:
http://wadconferencebusinesstables.eventsbot.com

Where:
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.

When:
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 22, 2008

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Scotland


Peggy lives in Scotland which is a long way from Haiti from whence she hails. She's a PhD candidate and mother and still finds time to write the Adventures in Negroshire blog.

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2
The Netherlands
Sweden
The Netherlands 2
France 3
Germany 2

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:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2
The Netherlands
Sweden
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:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2
The Netherlands
Sweden
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:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2
The Netherlands
Sweden

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.

Program*

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

Bazaar
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:

TV
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)

Movies
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


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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.

Visit her MySpace page.

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.

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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".



May 5, 2008

Dr. Philomena Essed


Dr. Philomena Essed joined the Antioch University (USA) PhD Program as Professor of Critical Race, Gender & Leadership Studies beginning Summer 2005. Philomena is an international and interdisciplinary scholar with a deep interest in the combination of theory-practice.

She is the author of Everyday Racism: Reports from Women of Two Cultures (Hunter House, 1990); Understanding Everyday Racism: An Interdisciplinary Theory (Sage, 1991) and Diversity: Gender, Color, and Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996). Other books include the co-edited volumes Race Critical Theories: Text and Context (Blackwell, 2002); Refugees & Transformation Of Societies: Agency, Policies, Ethics and Politics (Studies in Forced Migration) (Berghahn 2004) and A Companion to Gender Studies (Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies) (Blackwell 2005; CHOICE outstanding academic title, 2005).





In progress are, Cloning Cultures, which examines the privileging of certain homogeneities and cultures, and Humanizing Leadership, a long-term study based on life narratives of (women’s) alternative practices of power and social change. Philomena is affiliated researcher of Utrecht University's, Research Institute Culture and History, Graduate Gender Program. She has been involved in disability and diversity research and in gender policy development in the Netherlands.

She advises on the implementation of European nondiscrimination law as (deputy) member of the Dutch Equal Treatment Commission. Philomena participates in studies of identity and equity interventions in South Africa and she continues to support scholarship and policy efforts on behalf of women, immigrants and minorities in Europe and the United Sates.

Before coming to Antioch, she held a tenured position as Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She earned her PhD in Social Science from the University of Amsterdam (1990, cum laude).

May 2, 2008

National Institutions against Discrimination in Combating Racism and Xenophobia


National Institutions against Discrimination in Combating Racism and Xenophobia

Vienna, 29-30 May 2008

This Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting, entitled The Role of National Institutions against Discrimination in Combating Racism and Xenophobia with Special Focus on Persons belonging to National Minorities and Migrants, will look at ways to overcome challenges at the national and international level.

Get all of the information.

May 1, 2008

US Congressional Hearing on The State of (In)Visible Black Europe: follow up

Here is the link to the unofficial transcript to the hearing held in Washington, DC yesterday.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series - Sweden


Collette Logan-Andersen publishes the Scandinavian Insider magazine:

The Scandinavian Insider, formerly South of Sweden, is Sweden’s leading English language magazine on lifestyle & business for the growing international community. Published quarterly, the Insider elegantly mixes business with pleasure to give readers a complete package of real life in Sweden. From entertainment to news, business to travel, art to society, the Scandinavian Insider brings readers in-depth reportage, witty social commentary and advice on living in Sweden. This unique mix makes it the preferred magazine for anyone wanting to learn everything about life in and around Sweden.

She recently added a blog to her magazine's website.

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

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