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30th September – 25th October 2014

Rachel – Finborough Theatre

Rediscovered by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, Rachel is a genuinely lost landmark of American theatre – the first play by an African American woman ever produced professionally. Directed by exciting young director Ola Ince, as part of Black History Month, the European premiere of Rachel opens at the multi award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season.

 

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Call for nominations and sponsorship for the 5th Black Women in Europe™: Power List – A List of Our Own©

2014 Black Women in Europe™: Power List – A List of Our Own©

To mark the list’s 5th year we will celebrate 5 women who have inspired us to be more than we thought possible.

Call for Nominations

Who do you think should be on the 2014 Black Women in Europe™: Power List – A List of Our Own©? Is she a politicians? Performer? Educator? Engineer? Judge? Advocate? Community leader? Designer? Author?

View our previous lists for inspiration and send your nomination to contact@blackwomenineurope before 31 October 2014.

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The Black Women in Europe™: Power List – A List of Our Own© are among the top 4% viewed on Slideshare
. Why? Because it is the only one of its kind celebrating the best and brightest, and thus we have dubbed, the most powerful black women across Europe.

Would you like to sponsor the 5th anniversary of the list by associating your brand with our success? Email contact@blackwomenineurope.com for more information.

Alice Bah Kuhnkes is Sweden’s new Minister for Culture and Democracy

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Sweden’s new Minister for Culture

Many people were disappointed with the election results in Sweden. Seems there may not be many if any mandates over the next four years. However, in my opinion, one bit of good news is the appointment of Alice Bah Kuhnkes as Minister for Culture and Democracy. She became only the second black minister in the Swedish government following Nyamko Sabuni.

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Click on the photo above to view her career in pictures on the Svenska Dagblaet website. Sure, it is in Swedish but a picutre paints a thousand words, right?

 Alice Bah Kuhnkes is Swedens new Minister for Culture and Democracy

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The new Culture MInister was born and raised in southern Sweden, had a successful career in media, founded a think tank for civil society, Sektor3, worked as a sustainability manager at a technology consultancy company and was General Director of The Youth Board.

You can find out much, much more at her website:
http://www.mp.se/om/alice-bah-kuhnke

Editor’s note: The former culture minister disappointed a lot of people when she was photographed laughing while cutting a screaming, human black face cake.

An Unexpected Road to Life in Europe

In the 10th article in the “Inside View” series, Terra Robinson shares how education lead to her life in Europe.

During my undergraduate days, I decided to do a semester abroad programme in England. Little did I know this experience would be the spark that led to me living, studying and working in Europe for most of my adult life (thus far).

After graduating with my BA and spending a few years of working – mainly bouncing between Atlanta, New York and London – I decided to get my Master’s degree. My undergraduate experience studying abroad really left a mark on me. I was intrigued by the English teaching approach I experienced while studying abroad, so in 2007 I applied for graduate schools in the United States and the United Kingdom, ultimately ending up at King’s College London in the Fall of 2008.

After assuring my mother that I would be back in the United States by the end of Summer 2009, I spent a year in London exploring the city and studying international relations. While still a student, I applied for a six month competitive internship in Brussels. My work background was mainly communications (my undergraduate degree was in journalism) not international relations (the main focus of the organisation), so I figured my chances of getting the internship were slim to none.

But lo and behold, I was chosen for the internship, which didn’t start until a year after I finished my studies. So I had a choice to make: wait for a year and do the internship or try my luck at getting a paying job now and forgo the internship. I picked the first option. While filling the year-long gap between finishing my MA and starting my internship, I took a temporary job in London then relocated to France for six months to take intensive French courses (something I’d wanted to do for a while) and teach English part-time (something I’d done in the past), and spent some time with my family in Atlanta. At the end of my self-imposed gap year, I headed off to Brussels for what I thought would be a six month internship. It turned into a nearly 2.5 year stint (six months as an intern and nearly two more years as a consultant with the same organisation) in the city that bills itself as the capital of the European Union.

Funnily enough, my time in Brussels is what led me to my current job working as a corporate journalist for a Danish firm just outside of Copenhagen. Working in Brussels showed that I was comfortable working for an international organisation in a city far away from my family for an extended period of time – something I think came in handy when my boss was shortlisting and interviewing candidates for the position. A year and a half after moving to Denmark, I just passed the six year mark of living in Europe. What was meant to be a one year stint in London ended up being much more – and ended up taking me to countries I never even considered living in.

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Terra Robinson is an American Black Chick in Europe. She chronicles her time living, working and travelling in Europe through the filters of being an American, a woman and black. One part travel, one part expat and one part personal blog, American Black Chick in Europe serves up tidbits and information about life in Europe straight up with no chasers. Having lived in Europe since 2008, with stints in England, France, Belgium, and currently Denmark, this American Black Chick in Europe seeks to demystify what she affectionately refers to as these crazy Europeans.

Our DC brunch – thank you so much for coming

Yesterday sisters in DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York city and Philadelphia gathered in the Nation’s Capitol for brunch with Black Women in Europe founder and DC native.

Good food, laughs, smiles, and hugs were plentiful as we soaked up the sun, personal and professional stories and made promises to get together again this year.

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