Full details available for Black Women in Europe “Shades of Vienna” Meet Up

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Our sisters in Vienna have planned a fabulous weekend in Vienna the Fall.

Join our private group on Facebook for Black Women in Europe and get the full information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackwomenineurope/

Vienna Meet Up

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Join the Vienna contingent of the Black Women in Europe™ group for a weekend of exploration, networking, friendship and great wine from October 3 – 5, 2014!

Hotel information and an agenda coming your way next week. For more information, leave a comment or ask your question on the invitation in our private Facebook groups and we’ll get back to you soonest!

Find our private group for black women living in Europe from this link, and for black women around the world from this link.

aMASE: advancing Migrant Access to health Services in Europe

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Research shows that migrants are often very healthy when they first move to a country, but then become more vulnerable to certain health conditions. For some it’s because certain illnesses are more common in their home country, for others it’s because illnesses are related to specific behaviours or attitudes, or change in environment. Another reason could be that some people find it hard to use healthcare services in their new home.

aMASE: advancing Migrant Access to health Services in Europe is a European Commission funded community study. It is being led by researchers from University College London, UK, and the Institute of Health Carlos III, Spain. In a nutshell, aMASE allows migrants to feedback about their experiences of healthcare systems across Europe so that healthcare providers can plan better, more appropriate services for ALL people living in Europe.  The survey is strictly anonymous and confidential, and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Participants have to be aged 18+ and living outside their country of birth.

The survey is available in 14 languages.

 

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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Marianne Ragipcien Jean-Baptiste is a British actress, singer-songwriter, composer and director, best known for her roles as Hortense Cumberbatch in Secrets & Lies (1996), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and as Vivian Johnson on the American television series Without a Trace.

Jean-Baptiste was born in London of Antiguan and St. Lucian ancestry. She was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and performed at the Royal National Theatre. She was nominated for a 1994 Ian Charleson Award for her performance in Measure For Measure with Cheek by Jowl.

She gained international success from the Mike Leigh-directed social drama Secrets & Lies (1996), receiving Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nominations for her performance, becoming the first black British actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.[citation needed] She collaborated with director Mike Leigh onstage in It’s a Great Big Shame (1993).

A writer and composer, Jean-Baptiste has recorded an album of blues songs and composed the musical score for Leigh’s 1997 film Career Girls. In 1999, she performed in Paris in a French language production by Peter Brook of The Suit (Le Costume), a one-act play by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatse, based on the short story by Can Themba.

Jean-Baptiste honed her American accent and starred in the American television series Without a Trace as FBI agent Vivian Johnson. More recently the actress has appeared in such films as Takers (2010), Secrets in the Walls (2010) and Harry’s Law (2012). She played Detroit Chief of Police, Karen Dean, in RoboCop (2014).

Awards:

Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
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Nominated – Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Female

Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)

Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2007, 2008)

Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003)

Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble

She is married to British ballet dancer Evan Williams, with whom she has two daughters.

I Was a Soldier: Survival Against the Odds

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Jamaican-born Necola Hall served in the British Army for more than nine years, and is a veteran of the Second Gulf War.

After being turned down by the Army on two occasions, her dogged tenacity and will to succeed eventually led to her acceptance into the Adjutant General Corps. The recollections of her experiences in the military and of her tour of duty in war-torn Iraq make for an inspiring read.

Originally from St Thomas in Jamaica, she emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2002, aged 25, in search of better opportunities and prospects. She tells of the sacrifice of leaving her new husband behind; the emotions of separation, and her joy of being reunited with him in the UK.

Necola reflects on the challenges she faced growing up in Jamaica. Her family’s impoverished circumstances meant school attendance was inconsistent, and this was to negatively impact her in adulthood. Despite her setbacks, she always possessed an unflinching determination to succeed in all her endeavours.

Her early experiences and the unrelenting challenges of military life would take their toll, however. A miscarriage, illness, depression and being diagnosed as severely dyslexic all led to her self-confidence in tatters and her career in the Army under threat.

I Was a Soldier is the story of one woman’s life-changing journey from poverty in Jamaica to triumph over illness, and to the service of Queen and country.

Necola Hall was medically discharged from the British Army in 2013, and is married with three children. She is also a born-again Christian.

Get more information about Necola’s book.

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