Wednesday, December 26, 2012

S&A Presents A Video Compilation Of The Year 2012 In Black Cinema

A great compilation of cinema of the African Diaspora in 2012 from of our friends of Shadow and Act.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

VIDEO ART: Why did you made me black Lord?

The video entitled "The image of me", which is made by Danish video artist Jeannette Ehlers and Dutch visual artist Patricia Kaersenhout for the Black Magic Women Festival 2012 in Amsterdam Southeast,  portrays two women – one black and one white – who gradually change colour. The video is based on the poem "Lord Why Did You Make Me Black?" from African-American poet RuNett Nia Ebo.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Powerlist: Black Dutch diplomat Arthur Kibbelaar sees artists as barometers of society

Arthur Kibbelaar, Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, will become the new director of Foreign Relations of the island Curaçao at end of this year. 

Kibbelaar, who was born in Curaçao, worked at the European Union in Brussels, but  also in very different countries such as Serbia, Nicaragua and Burundi.  “The experiences there, in the midst of war and poverty, made me aware of the need to invest in frameworks that holds a society together, “ he explains in an interview with the newspaper Amigoe.

Arthur Kibbelaar is a product of the anti-colonial 1969 Curaçao uprising.  "The revolt of 1969 was not for nothing a turning point, " he says. "It was the start  for the children of 1969, the Afro-Curaçaoens, of a black middle class. 

Powerlist: Black Dutch cardiologist Harriette Verwey fights for the woman's heart

"Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women," said Black Dutch Cardiologist Dr. Harriette Verwey in her TEXx AmsterdamWomen talk in 2010 (see video below).

Verwey, who was born in Suriname,  is one of the first cardiologists in the Netherlands who specialised herself in women's cardiology and severe heart failure. She is connected to the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in The Netherlands.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Workshop "Understanding Marginalisation - Working for Inclusion" in Berlin - June 2013

From June 2 to June 10th, August Bebel Institute will be hosting the Grundtvig Workshop “Understanding Marginalization – Working for Inclusion. The Case of Berlin”. Closing date for applications: January 15th 2013

Our workshop invites people of all social backgrounds, abilities and economic status who are interested in the topic of marginalisation and social inclusion / empowerment. Individuals who personally experience(d) marginalisation and / or who benefited from empowerment policies and strategies are particularly welcome to join our workshop.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

UK: "I left the I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation ready to kick down doors and take on the world"

On Wednesday December 12th the last I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation of 2012 took place in London. The Conversation focusses on publicising the life journeys of women of colour in Britain.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West. January 17-20, 2013 - Paris, France


'The Merchant of Venice' by Kiluanji Kia Henda, 2010
Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West, is the fifth in a series of conferences organized by Harvard University and NYU since 2004. The theme of this year’s conference is on the black body in the west. NYU faculty, international scholars, students, and invited guests will together explore new ways to discuss images and experiences of how the black body is imagined in the West. The conference is free but registration is required.

Zenit Sint Petersburg Fanclub Against Black and Gay Players

Landskrona, the main fanclub of Zenit Sint Petersburg football club, published a manifest with racist remarks. They state in their manifest that they are against the participation of black players in their team. The club would lose its identity if they integrate players from foreign regions. The arrival of Belgian player Axel Witsel and Brazilian striker Hulk this year clearly angers some of the fans.

Monday, December 17, 2012

VIDEO: Brussels Singer Soul T presents 'Material Things'

Brussels based soul singer SOUL T presents this reggae flavoured song 'Material Things'. The video was entirely shot in Brussels. He's a talent to follow.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Singer Leona Philippo wins The Voice of Holland

Tonight Leona Philippo (33) has won The Voice of Holland, one of her winning songs was "Could you be loved". Philippo was born in Canada and was raised in The Netherlands.

Petition: Stop racial profiling in Germany

Racial/ ethnic profiling is a form of institutionalized racism and entails the discriminatory use of personal attributes (such as skin color, ethnic or religious affiliation, national origin or language) as a basis for identity checks and searches without a concrete warrant by the police.

While the judicial issue remains unsolved in the European context, the US have achieved the broad consensus that racial/ethnic profiling is inadmissible for the conduct of police measures.

Creative music: UK's Femi Temowo - The Storyteller's Psalm

It's the music of Nigerian born British guitarist Femi Temowo. He joined soul songstress Amy Winehouse on her live tour in 2003 as Music Director.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Video: Black in the Caribbean - Race and class in Haiti and Jamaica

In the wake of the recently aired documentary Black in America, it's interesting to see how Caribbean societies have dealt with skin colour issues, especially Haiti and Jamaica.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Marsha Ambrosius Live in London on Dec 20th

December 19th & 20th 2012 sees the long awaited return visit from the USA of UKSoul star Marsha Ambrosius. It’s been a while since her last UK show & this will be her first UK show since achieving her first USA No.1 with her album “Late Nights & Early Mornings”.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CNN: Black in America: It's not just about the color of your skin

H/T John
On December 9, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, CNN will air its fifth installment of the annual documentary series Black in America. This year’s special – “Who is Black in America?” – was inspired by the scope of the (1)ne Drop Project and will tackle issues of colorism and racial identity.'

Friday, December 7, 2012

Video: Brazilian Soul Reggae - Natiruts ft. Sonia Savinell - "Sorri, Sou Rei"

The Brazilian Soul Reggea band Natiruts ft. Argentine singer Sonia Savinell live from the hill Mirante Dona Marta in the city of Rio de Janeiro. This year the group released the DVD Acústico no Rio de Janeiro.

UK WOMEN: The I'mPOSSIBLE conversation, winter edition, 2012

The I'mPOSSIBLE conversation, winter edition, 2012. Wednesday, 12 December 2012 from 18:30 to 21:30 (GMT) London, United Kingdom

Video: Conversations on the presence of blackface in Swedish children's fiction

Photo: Ylva Habel, Shantrelle P. Lewis and  Barakat B. Ghebrehawariat
Conversations on the presence of blackface in Swedish children's fiction: "Little Pink & The Motley Crew"

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CONFERENCE: "What is Africa to me now?" in Liège, Belgium

Copyright Johny Pitts

A 3day conference on the African continent and its literary diasporas will be held at the University of Liège in March 2013. Part of the conference there will be a photo exhibition by Johny Pitts. Invited speakers are Chika Unigwe, Caryl Phillips and Jackie Kay.

VIDEO: See Africa Street Photography


See Africa Street Photography from See Africa Differently on Vimeo.
Johny Pitts roams East-London in search of Afro-European fashion.

UK: White man cleared of racial abuse after using N-word 'as term of endearment'

Via Madnews
A British court has cleared a white man who shouted the word "nigger" at a black man of racial abuse, after he claimed he was a rap music fan who used the term as an endearment.

Black artists in Germany share their stories in new book

The book is entitled "The Little Book of Big Visions: How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World" and it's edited by Sandrine Micossé-Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otoo.

Synopsis: Black artists in Germany find themselves – necessarily – in a position in which subversiveness and resistance – implicit and explicit – become essential strategies to be used in their work if they wish to survive in this predominantly white context. However, after resistance is no longer necessary, what could be the vision then? And what is the central role of the artist in shaping or creating these visions?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Will Black Pete ever be replaced by a White Pete?

Dutch Black Pete is outdated, wrote the influential  Dutch newspaper Het Parool. The paper quoted the elderman of Amsterdam Andree van Es. But will Black Pete ever become White Pete, or just Pete?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Video: Michael Olatuja - Le Jardin (feat. Onaje Jefferson)

Michael Olatuja: Photo: Carsten Fleck
Le Jardin feat. Onaje Jefferson from British/Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja's album "Speak". The song starts after the intro!

Video: CUT UP Collective. Afro Style in Urban Fashion in Brussels

CUT UP Collective is an awesome project from three Brussels-based creative minds: make-up artist Nadjma Ramahatali and fashion designers Sylvie Iweanya and Noémie Nuo.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brazil: A November to rescue Martin Luther King's dreams

Daniela Gomes and Dr. Bernice King during the Raça Negra Awards 2012
Afro-Brazilian journalist and blogger Daniela Gomes shares her thoughts on Dr. Bernice King, who was a special guest at the Raça Negra Awards in São Paulo Brazil. The Awards ceremony paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Gomes was the translator for Bernice King and for the American delegation at the Troféu Raça Negra.)

Brazil gets first Black Supreme Court president

BRAZIL’S Supreme Court is now headed by a black justice for the first time, reports ABC News.

Joaquim Barbosa was sworn in on Thursday 22nd. He became the only black ever to serve on the court when he joined it in 2003, even though more than half of the country’s 192 million people identify themselves as having African descent.

Video: les Afropéennes - Afro-French women on identity, race and togetherness

French women of African descend talk about the play les Afropéennes, a play which has been staged in October in Paris. They tackle issues such as race, gender, sexuality, injustice, stereotypes, cultural heritage and alienation.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TALK: Shantrelle P. Lewis on the Dutch Caribbean Diaspora in The Netherlands

Shantrelle P. Lewis, Brooklyn-based curator and a native of New Orleans, will give an overview about her research on the Dutch Caribbean Diaspora in The Netherlands. Place: Studio Charl Landvreugd. Date: 2 december 2012 | 14:30 – 15:30 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For more details see 3073 TALKS & LECTURES.

Danny Glover plays in film about a slave uprising on Curacao + criticism

American actor Danny Glover will star in the Dutch Caribbean film “Tula, The Revolt”, from Dutch director Jeroen Leinders.  But the Tula project remains controversial.

Monday, November 26, 2012

NEW IDEAS: Visualize your natural hair with the Big Chop App

Instant natural hair makeovers with The Big Chop iPhone App. The App will allow you to use your own photos in order to create a preview of what your hair will look like after "the big chop".

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Afro-Colombians - Films, protest and Hip Hop group ChocQuibTown

News from the diaspora - One of the most forgotten black communities in the African Diaspora is probably the Afro-Colombian community. But as always, things change. The present peace talks between the FARC rebels and the government  may help the many Afro-Colombians, who are disproportionately displaced because of the conflict. But there is more news.

The winners of the Black Race Awards of Brazil 2012

Jean Paulo Campos, Cacau Potassio, Renato Sorriso. Photo, Troféu Raça Negra
The 'Troféu Raça Negra', or in English 'The Black Race Awards', is the prestigious annual "Oscar" awards ceremony of the Afro-Brazilian community. This year it was the 10th edition and this year it paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..  His daughter Bernice A. King  accepted the award on behalf of her father. The event was held on 19 November in São Paulo Brazil.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Video: African culture in Paris

Street scene in the Chateau Rouge neighborhood of Paris. Photo: Wendy Worrall Redal
Via Euromight 
CNN explores how African immigrants are making their mark Parisian life, including music and food.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The British Blacklist - Database profiling black British entertainers

UK’s definitive database of arts and entertainment industry professionals from the black communities, The British Blacklist.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Africa For Norway - New charity single out now! Official christmas video

From SAIH, a solidarity organisation of students and academics in Norway.. SAIH focuses on education in development cooperation, as well as North/South information and political advocacy in Norway. See also: http://vimeo.com/user5290987.

November 20 - Brazil celebrates Black Awareness Day

The Day of Black Awareness ("Dia da Consciência Negra" in Portuguese) is celebrated annually on November 20 in Brazil as a day on which to reflect upon the injustices of slavery (from the first transport of African slaves to Brazil in 1594) and to celebrate the contributions to society and to the nation by Brazilian citizens of African descent. It takes place during the Week of Black Awareness.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Greenpeace: Dutch rappers against environmental pollution in Canada

Four famous Dutch rappers leave their comfort zone and explore the spectacular Canadian nature. From the giant tar sands in Alberta to the beautiful Great Bear Rainforest in Vancouver.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NEW Video: The new sound of Laura Mvula - "She" (UK)

UK's Laura Mvula is a singer who can make your heart skip with her sonic surprises, wrote the Guardian. And they are right. I hope we will hear much more of this talented singer-songwriter (signed to RCA), who was born in South Africa but grew up in the UK.

Exhibition: Homestory Deutschland brings black Germans' stories to light

Via: Black German Heritage & Research Association
An exhibit gives voice to the histories of Africans, African-Americans and Afro-Germans from the past 300 years of German history. It presents a differentiated perspective on the lives and histories of blacks in Germany.

Black Women In Europe™ Power List 2012

  Doreen D. Lawrence: Photograph Linda Nylind for the Guardian
The blog Black Woman in Europe has compiled it's annual list of outstanding Black woman for 2012. One of the persons on the list is Doreen D. Lawrence. She is an  OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and  British campaigner and writer who first came to public attention in 1993 as the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a black British teenager who was murdered in a racial attack in South East London.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Babette de Rozières chosen as one of France’s most favourite TV chefs

French Caribbean Chef Babette de Rozières is the fourth favourite TV chef in France, according to a survey of TV2.  French favourite is top chef Cyril Lignac.

Britain's most influential black people and black Europeans powerlist 2013

Photo: David Adjaye
The Powerlist 2013 featuring Britain’s most influential black people and a extra list of 30 most influential black people in Europe has been released. Architect David Adjaye is number one this year on the list of Britain's most influential black people.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Norway Utøya: “Wrong Time Wrong Place” documentary to open 25th IDFA

Photo: The Ugandan refugee Rita was pregnant, had actually  no money, but decided at the last moment to travel to Utøya
Director John Appel’s film about last year’s mass shooting and bomb attack in Norway will open the 25th annual International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, which takes place from November 14-25.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Video: Cuidar de Mim - Paula Lima & Seu Jorge (Brazil)

With Brazilian singer/songwriter Paula Lima and the famous Seu Jorge

Thursday, November 8, 2012

German court bans police racial profiling

A court in Germany has told the police they may not carry out identity checks on people on the basis of their skin color. There's disagreement among the police as to whether they welcome the ruling.

Video: London police racial profiling - "5 to 10 times a week"

Police stop & search hits UK minorities. If you are black in London you are 28 times more likely to be stopped than a white person. In the video trainee lawyer Mohamed Elmi says he is stopped 5 to 10 times a week.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

President Obama wins four more years!

Barack Obama promised the American people that the 'the best is yet to come" as he accepted a second term in the White House after easily beating off the challenge from his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Video: Sundance winning director Ava Duvernay is at the Amsterdam Film Week

Ava DuVernay is one of the voices of the new generation of black filmmakers. And this year she became the first African-American woman to win a best directing award at the Sundance Film Festival. She won for "Middle of Nowhere," a drama about a young black woman named Ruby who puts her life on hold while her husband is in prison.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Emeli Sandé wins three MOBO awards

Emeli Sandé, photo Mobo
It was a huge Saturday night for Britain's MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, with Emeli Sandé walking away with awards for Best Female, Best Album and Best R&B/Soul while Plan B took Best Male Act and Best Hip Hop/Grime.

Dietrick Haddon performs at Gospel Festival de Paris 2012


American Gospel singer and pastor Dietrick Haddon will perform at the Gospel Festival in the Pavillon Baltard in Paris on Saturday 10 November 2012.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Celia Cruz & The Fania All Stars - Quimbara - Zaire, Africa 1974

It was definitely a black history moment. Zaire ’74, a three-day music festival of American soul alongside African music, headlined by James Brown and filmed by the same crew that was in Zaire for the historical fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire (now Congo).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Portugal is race blind, but not for the right reasons

Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho accompanied by his wife, their daughter (in his arms) and his stepdaughter (right)
Some would like to think race is not an issue in Portugal, but by failing to collect data we are burying our heads in the sand, writes Joana Gorjão Henriques in The Guardian (2011). The recently appointed prime minister, the conservative Pedro Passos Coelho, is married to a black woman. Will that make him more sensitive to questions around race?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Video: A tribute to Afro-German poet May Ayim

A great tribute by Ani Ekpenyoung to Afro-German poet May Ayim, one a year after her death in 1996. If you want to skip the intro, start at 1:45.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

BHM UK: Black people in classical music from past to present

Photo of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor - A centennial celebration
Classical music is the popular art music from the classical period, so of course also black people gave it a try. And with success. Because it's still BHM in the UK, a look at some of the European stars of past and present.

Video: UK's Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy (1991)

"Unfinished Sympathy" is a song by English electronica group Massive Attack from their debut album Blue Lines (1991), with Shara Nelson walking and singing and the band members walking and riding behind her.

Golden film Award for Dutch film Only Decent People + Debate

The Dutch controversial film Only Decent People by director Lodewijk Crijns has reached the status of Golden Film. Since its release on Thursday 11 October,  more than 100.000 visitors have seen the film, according Entertainment Business.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blackface and Whiteface in German theatre

White actors playing black illegal immigrants Elisio and Fadoul in play Unschuld
The protest against the use of Blackface in German theatre productions was a hot topic last year. But due to the protest of the German activist group Bühnewatch, the involvement of the Afro-german theatre group Label Noir and other activist groups, the use of Blackface in German theatres has perhaps come to an end. But it appears a creative approach to blackfacing has been found, "Whitefacing".

Friday, October 26, 2012

Les Afro'péros in Brussels. A Succesful Initiative by and for the Afro Diaspora

Les Afro'péros is a Non-Profit Organization based in Paris and Brussels. They've been succesfully active since last year in Brussels and gather people from the African and Afro-Caribbean diaspora to share their experiences.

Black man and woman in 16th century drawing come to life in film of John Akomfrah

British filmmaker John Akomfrah imagines the lives of a black man and woman who appear in a sixteenth-century drawing by German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer. In an exhibition which runs from 5 October - 8 November 2012 in London he makes them come to life.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scandinavian soul: David Jay & Awa Manneh & Aisha

Danish singer David Jay (born and raised in Copenhagen Denmark) released the first music video from the new EP “Evil Cirle” a week ago. The video “4 A Minute” is recorded in London by ANP Media.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Special report: An embarrassing Black Spanish Youth Day in Madrid

Our man in Madrid visited the highly anticipated event, The Black Spanish Youth Day in Madrid on 19 October. On the flyer it was billed as a hip-hop event where young cats could also express their daily struggles. But it turned out differently. The event was poorly organised and a one man show, youth were not found in the vicinity and our reporter was even ordered to sit down (which of course he refused).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Video: Germany in Black and White - An interracial couple and prejudice


Via: Black Germans
In the short film Germany in Black and White (2011) a mixed couple is discussing what actually is German. The German man, who is full of prejudice, talks with his wife about people he feels are different than Germans. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tintin racism row puts spotlight on Sweden's own racial history

A debate about historical racist stereotypes and colonial traces in children's literature was a hot topic in Sweden last month.  The removal of Tintin books from a children section because of colonial stereotypes caused a heated debate in the press and on the internet. The discussion about the Swedish children's film Little Pink and the Motley Crew also caused a stir.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dutch writer controversial book and film "Only decent people" receives death threats

Cast of "Only decent people" with Dutch author Robert Vuijsje right on the photo
The controversy surrounding the film adaptation of the controversial bestseller by Dutch writer Robert Vuijsje, entitled "Alleen Maar Nette Mensen" (“Only Decent People”) has lead to death threats to the writer.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Racism against immigrants has entered Sweden's leading newspaper

Racism against immigrants is on the rise in Sweden.  The mock slave auction, the Somali woman who was forced to pour milk over herself in order to symbolise that she should be white  and the racist children’s movie featuring a racist depiction of a black girl child, are but a few of similar incidents. But a month ago racism in the form of hate speech has found a new platform in Sweden's leading newspaper. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Danish video artist Jeannette Ehlers explores the Danish atlantic slave trade

@Jeannette Ehlers: Photo of Fort Frederick on St. Croix
Danish and Copenhagen based video artist Jeannette Ehlers explores a poorly illuminated and rarely visited topic in her country’s history, the Danish transatlantic slave trade.

Sweden: “Play” — a film that upends racist clichés

Is this a racist movie? Ruben Östlund’s latest film (2011) — a story of poor black and middle class white children which deliberate plays on the audience’s prejudices — has sparked controversy in Sweden.

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