Global Presidential Primary

I voted! Global US Presidential Primary

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Global Presidential Primary Ballot

I just voted in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary

If you are an American living overseas or across borders and want to support the Democratic Party you can vote in the Global Presidential Primary.

Find out how here:
www.democratsabroad.org/global_presidential_primary

Blog to Prague

Black Women in Europe Bloggers – Czech Republic 2 – Blog to Prague

Blog to Prague

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A Journey Toward Self-Discovery

I’m Mid-Western Girl out for a twirl.

Writer. Producer.Actor.Brown Bettie

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I’m a writer and multi-hyphenate entertainer who has lived in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. My debut novella “Harlem’s Awakening” is available now on BlackHillPress and Amazon (especially for International shipping). It is the 1940s pre-story to “Harlem’s Night”, a dinner theater show performed by the Brown Betties and is about a young woman’s journey through hell on her way to finding peace. I love Zora Neale Hurston and Jackie Collins. If you do too, you just might like this poetic, visual piece of dramatic fiction. If you’re in Prague, you can get a copy at Shakespeare & Sons!

In 2005 I created the sultry, sassy, sophisticated “Harlem’s Night: A Cabaret Story” which is a cabaret/dinner theater experience that includes singing, dancing and acting and essentially is my autobiography of how I continually looked for love in all the wrong places until I learned to love myself first.

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As spin-offs from the cabaret, which also stems from my love of all things vintage, I created and am the editor of “The Brown Betties Gazette”, an online magazine; the award-winning webseries based on “The Brown Betties Guide: How To Look for Love In All The Wrong Places” (Amazon); and the “Be Your Own Bettie” Burlesque and empowerment workshops.

Check out my first go at being published in “Split: Stories From A Generation Raised on Divorce” edited by Ava Chin (Amazon), whom I met while living in New York.

I’ve also written, “15 Monologues to SLAM!” which is available electronically if you email me (my first name at hotmail dot com) and I’m in the midst of writing and re-writing “Making Lemonade: Bittersweet Tales From An Actress Being Squeezed In LA” which is my candid memoir.

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My play, Dick & Jayne Get A Life, a sorta romantic sorta comedy, debuted at Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2013 where it earned a “Best Of” Extension and has been accepted to the Prague Fringe Festival in May 2014. UPDATE: While accepted, Dick & Jayne was not able to attend. Instead, we presented my novella “Harlem’s Awakening” as a one-woman show about a book, with a book! This is/was first time doing a one-woman show and this blog will live to tell about some of it.

If you scour the internet, you can find pics of me as a former Chicago Bulls Luv-a-Bulls Dancer and Milwaukee Bucks Energee! dancer. I’m a graduate of Marquette University where I still hold my triple jump record (yippeee!) and I was the Senior Speaker, of which I am extremely proud.

Visit Blog to Prague today.

Lyota Swainson by Odou John Andrews

Lyota Swainson: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Lyota Swainson, Holistic Hair Care Expert: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Lyota to be a 10th Anniversary Shero because she epitomizes so many things for me: the selfless mother; the relentless entrepreneur; the driven advocate who really wants women to understand their outer beauty and teach them how to nurture it as well as honor their inner beauty; and the woman’s woman. You know strong, beautiful, confident, generous, kind, caring and wise. I first blogged about Lyota when she became a distributor for Sacha Cosmetics. I have had the pleasure of Lyota having her talented hands work their magic with make up and brushes on my face to transform lovely to wow! And I have been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of samples of her hair care line along it’s road from development to distribution and my hair is thankful. I’m thankful for how good Lyota makes me feel and how she empowers me and any other sister fortunate to be her client through her ethos of education, education, education. Lyota ensures you know what you need to know to make the right choices for caring for you. Lyota is sharing her advice for winter hair care for Afro textured hair.

Thank you Lyota! And our locks are thanking you in advance.

Winterize Your Hair – Stopping Hair Breakage, for Afro Hair

The most common problem I know concerning black hair is breakage.  Especially in the winter months where the harsh and dry conditions could reek havoc on your hair. We have all suffered from this one time or another in our lifetime.  If proper care is not given in the winter months, it could set your healthy hair journey back months or even years with the possible breakage that could ensue. So prevention is key here.

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Lyota Swainson’s Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care

The main cause is lack of moisture in the hair shaft. Following these tips is a sure fire way to alleviate breakage using Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Products. Wash regularly. Weekly washes and treatments is your best line of defense in imparting moisture into the hair and increasing elasticity.

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Core Radiance RRR Protein treatment every 6 to 8 weeks to help hair retain moisture and strengthen the hair using quinoa protein.

 

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Use Core Radiance Moisture Trap deep moisturizing treatment weekly, 20 minutes under heat is sufficient. Sodium Hyaluronate, imparts moisture into the shaft.  MSM, Biotin and Niacin nourishes the follicles to promote growth.

 

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Using Core Radiance Silky Smooth conditioner for Co-washing is great for naturals.  Just remember to use Core Radiance Detox shampoo to clarify once a month to remove build up of natural oils.

 

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To infuse moisture into the hair in between washes by adding Core Radiance Hydro-Lock leave-in when hair feels slightly dry to the touch. Follow by sealing with CR Flawless Finish cream or Forever Oil, to seal in the moisture and slow the rate of evaporation.

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Core Radiance brush

These simple daily to week habits below will make a world of deference to your hair. Try to use minimum to no heat.  This will retain the moisture levels in the hair shaft. Use a silk material when sleeping, other materials are inclined to absorb the moisture from the hair. Keep hair up in protective styles to brace against the weather. Wear warm hats lined with a silk material to retain moisture.

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Core radiance comb

Follow these simple steps and you should see your breakage subside. Lush, soft, shiny and healthy head of hair should emerge shortly.

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Lyota Swainson, is originally from New York City. Currently living in Stockholm, Sweden with her son. Distributor of Sacha Cosmetics in Sweden and Creator of Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Line. Supports  beauty from the inside out projects that help empower young girls and women to build one’s self esteem.


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Be sure to meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes, starting with DJ Candice McKenzie.

Zenzile

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

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Welcome to an evening of film, music and conversation about Mama Africa!

Zenzile or “Zenzi” as she was called at home in South Africa became a symbol of the struggle against apartheid and was an activist for human rights and equality of all people for most of her life.

The challenges Miriam Makeba fought against are relevant even today. What can we learn from her life and deeds?

The evening begins with a film and panel discussion, followed by artists expressing themselves and interpreting Miriam Makeba’s music.

participants:
Graham Tainton, choreographer and cousin of Miriam Makeba
Ake Holm, friend since the 60s and award-winner in technology for audio and video
Margaret Gärding, researcher and activist with experience of apartheid.

Participating artists:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Carter’s
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

More participants announced shortly. RSVP on the Facebook event invitation.

With support from the City of Stockholm.

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ZENZILE! Om Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

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Välkommen till en afton med film, musik och samtal om Mama Africa!

Zenzile eller ”Zenzi” som hon kallades hemma i Sydafrika blev en symbol för kampen mot apartheid och var aktivist för mänskliga rättigheter och alla människors lika värde under större delen av sitt liv.

Utmaningarna Miriam Makeba kämpade mot är relevanta även idag. Vad kan vi lära oss från hennes liv och gärningar?

Kvällen inleds med film och panelsamtal, därefter kommer artister att framföra och tolka Miriam Makebas musik.

Medverkande:
Graham Tainton, koreograf och kusin till Miriam Makeba
Åke Holm, vän sedan 60-talet samt prisbelönad inom teknik för ljud och film
Margaret Gärding, forskare och aktivist med erfarenheter av apartheid.

Medverkande artister:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Ahlm
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

Fler medverkande presenteras inom kort. OSA Facebook Tävlingsinbjudan.

Med stöd från Stockholms stad.
Kf Maisha är del av Kulturens Bildningsverksamhet.

DJ’s we’ve loved the last 10 years

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In addition to our 10th Anniversary Shero DJ Candice McKenzie* we’ve blogged about a two other DJ’s over the last 10 years:

Jade Avia – UK

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Jade Avia is a young, beautiful, natural TV and Radio presenter. She currently co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo and presents her own Sunday evening show 16.00-20.00. Jade also hosts The Chart Show for Emirates in flight entertainment. Jade is very hands on and has recently produced and presented an online TV Show called LipGloss and Candy Floss.

Diva Cruz – Sweden

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Since she is a professional percussionist, Diva Cruz uses percussion while playing record. She has been playing drums since she was little, first in children’s orchestras and later as a percussionist in various salsa bands in Colombia, where she grew up.


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*Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Candice to be a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero for many reasons but mainly for her positive energy that I find completely infectious! I first blogged about Candice in March 2009 when I learned about her Dolly Mixes. She is known for her signature blend of house and Gospel music that makes me want to sing and dance and laugh at the same time. I also chose Candice for her drive, diverse appeal and creativity.

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Picture courtesy Candice McKenzie

Read more about DJ Candice McKenzie and download your anniversary gift.

Francisca Payne

Francisca Payne says, “Be A Winner”.

~ Be A Winner ~ There Are Two Sides of Life

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Be A Winner is an inspirational and a motivational book, written to help you to understand the power of faith. In this book Francisca Payne shares a part of her own journey with the readers to show that a negative, painful and difficult past can be changed into a positive, successful and blissful life. Francisca Payne inspires everyone to look at life from a different perspective and become successful. Every chapter ends with an exercise to help the reader experience “immediately” what it means to take action in faith. This book is a “must read” for every woman, especially for Christian women!

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Like no other she knows how frightening it can be when your life changes from one day to another.

The sudden death of her younger brother was the first challenge she had to deal with at the age of 10. Her life changed from a peaceful and secure life to a life of frustration, loneliness, anger, pain and sorrow. In her childhood and young adult life she had to deal with many addictions, such as soft drugs, sleeping pills,  sexual addiction and sexually explicit literature (pornography). These were the ways she coped with her challenges…….

Find out more about Francisca on her website.

Las Morenas de España

Las Morenas de España is redefining the Black experience in Spain.

Las Morenas de España

 Las Morenas de España is redefining the Black experience in Spain.

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With stories, resources and insights and exclusive travel knowledge, Las Morenas de España is the ultimate destination for anyone with an interest in Spain.  With an intense love for the country as a whole, our founder was frustrated with the lack of representation and stories of Black individuals living in Spain despite the growing number residing in the country.

 Las Morenas de España is redefining the Black experience in Spain.

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This site is a space for diverse stories to be shared, community to be fostered and for people all over the world to have an inside guide to Spain, inspiring them to experience and enjoy the country in a way they never have before.

Visit Las Morenas de España today for trip planning advice, guides and more.