Bringing the protest to London

We support our brothers in the NFL.

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Jacksonville Jaguars NFL players kneeling in protest as the US national anthem was played at Wembley stadium in London at the start of their match against the Baltimore Ravens yesterday. Each season, four NFL matches are held in London in front of 80,000 fans, many of whom travel from the US for the event. The display of defiance from members of both teams came after President Donald Trump encouraged American football fans to boycott matches over such protests, which were started by player Colin Kaepernick last year when he kneeled during the national anthem to highlight the treatment of black citizens in the US. (Source: ABC News)

Sharing: European map of Implicit Racial Bias

European map of Implicit Racial Bias

racism in Europoe
 Source: Mind Hacks

This map shows how easily White Europeans in Europe associate black faces with negative ideas. Each country’s colour reflects the average Implicit Association Test (IAT) score for that country using data from Harvard’s Project Implicit. Overall we have scores for 288,076 White Europeans, collected between 2002 and 2015, with sample sizes for each country shown inset. Blue shows low levels of racial bias, and red shows high levels – with Europe’s peaks in countries like the Czech Republic and other East European nations.

The IAT

The IAT is a measure of implicit racial attitudes. Because of the design of the test it is very difficult to deliberately control your score . Many people, including those who sincerely hold non-racist or even anti-racist beliefs, demonstrate positive implicit bias on the test. Scores on the test are not reliable, and so don’t allow predictions of individuals’ true implicit attitudes or behaviour. However, when many scores are collected together definite patterns emerge. The most striking of these is that the average score on the racial bias IAT is non-zero. Both in the US, where this measure was developed, across Europe (shown here for the first time), the test shows that people are slower to associate Blackness with positive words such as “Good” or “Nice” and faster to associate Blackness with negative concepts such as “Bad” or “Evil”.One idea is that implicit attitudes, such as measured by the IAT, reflect the automatic associations we hold in our minds, and that these develop over years of immersion in the social world. Although we, as individuals, may not hold racist beliefs, the ideas we associate with race may be constructed by a culture which describes people of different ethnicities in consistent ways, and ways which are consistently more or less positive. Looked at like this, the IAT – which is a weak measure of individual psychology – may be most useful if individuals’ scores are aggregated to provide a reflection on the collective social world we inhabit.

The results shown in this map give detail to what we already expected – that across Europe racial attitudes are not neutral. Blackness has negative associations for White Europeans, and there are some interesting patterns in how the strength of these negative associations vary across the continent.

*open data, open tools*

This new map is possible because Project Implicit release their data via the Open Science Framework (osf.io). This site allows scientists to share the raw materials and data from their experiments, allowing anyone to check their working, or re-analyse the data (as we have done here). The data analysis and map were done in R, an open source statistical programming language, and we collaborated using github.com, a platform for software projects. Now the data and code to produce the map are shared on Figshare.com, a site which allows data and graphics to be given stable digital object indentifiers (DOIs) and so integrated into the scholarly literature like other publications. We believe that open tools and publishing methods like these are necessary to make science better and more reliable.

*Sample limitations*

The data comes from Europeans who visited the US Project Implicit website, which is in English. Language specific IAT data may be available in the near future. For now we can be certain that the sample reflects a subset of the European population which are more internet-savvy than typical, probably younger, and probably more cosmopolitan (both because they are both comfortable using a website in English, and from the sheer fact that they were interested in taking a test of implicit racism). These factors are likely to underweight the extent of implicit racism in each country.

This data reflects scores on just one IAT (the classic White-Black/Positive-Negative IAT). Other dimensions of social attitudes can be assessed by different IATs. You can explore these at Project Implicit https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

*References*

The idea of implicit bias is introduced and explained in this video
Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism by Saleem Reshamwala in The New York Times

We were inspired to make this map of US IAT scores by Chris Mooney in the Washington Post “Across America, whites are biased and they don’t even know it

Useful recent summaries of some of the controversies around the IAT are
Can We Really Measure Implicit Bias? Maybe Not by Tom Bartlett January 05, 2017 for Chronicle of Higher Education.

and

Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to the Job by Jesse Singal for the New York Magazine / Science of Us, 11 January 2017.

The IAT was developed in the 1990s by Anthony Greenwald and colleagues:

Greenwald, A. G., McGhee, D. E., & Schwartz, J. L. (1998). Measuring individual differences in implicit cognition: the implicit association test. Journal of personality and social psychology, 74(6), 1464.

You can read scholarly reviews of the test here

Nosek, B. A., Greenwald, A. G., & Banaji, M. R. (2007). The Implicit Association Test at age 7: A methodological and conceptual review. Automatic processes in social thinking and behavior, 265-292.

Greenwald, A. G., Poehlman, T. A., Uhlmann, E. L., & Banaji, M. R. (2009). Understanding and using the Implicit Association Test: III. Meta-analysis of predictive validity. Journal of personality and social psychology, 97(1), 17-41.

Greenwald, A. G., Banaji, M. R., & Nosek, B. A. (2015). Statistically small effects of the Implicit Association Test can have societally large effects. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108(4), 553-561

The reference for the data we adapt is

Xu, K., Nosek, B. & Greenwald, A.G., (2014). Psychology data from the Race Implicit Association Test on the Project Implicit Demo website. Journal of Open Psychology Data. 2(1), p.e3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jopd.ac

Relevant papers by ourselves include

Holroyd, J., Scaife, R., Stafford, T. (in press). Responsibility for Implicit Bias. Philosophy Compass.

Stafford, T. (2014). The perspectival shift: how experiments on unconscious processing don’t justify the claims made for them. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1067. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01067

More about our work on bias mitigation here
http://www.tomstafford.staff.shef.ac.uk/?p=342

Code and raw data here github.com/georgeg0/WorldBias

*Acknowledgements*
George Gittu collated and cleaned the data, coded and refined the map. Tom Stafford helped with some analysis decisions and wrote this text. Tom Stafford was part funded by a Leverhulme Trust grant on implicit bias 2014-2017, and is grateful both to the Trust and his project partners, Jules Holroyd (PI) and Robin Scaife for introducing him to the literature on implicit bias. Thanks also to Frank Xu, Brian Nosek and Colin Smith at Project Implicit.

http://www.tomstafford.staff.shef.ac.uk

Fransesca Quartey – Actress and Director

Fransesca Quartey

 

Fransesca Quartey was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1964, the daughter of a Swedish mother and a Ghanian father. In 1986 she was accepted to The National College of Acting in Gothenburg in Sweden from which she graduated, with a B.F.A., in 1989.

Between 1990 – 1993 Fransesca was a member of the prestigious Unga Klara Company, under the internationally acclaimed theater director Suzanne Osten. She later went to work at The Royal Dramatic Theater where she stayed for two years. Performing first in Strindberg’s “The Ghost Sonata” with the renowned Polish film and theater director Andrej Wajda and later in another Strindberg play ” A Dream play, in the lead role as Indra’s daughter, with Canada’s most celebrated director, Robert Le Page.

In 1995 she initiated a musical show “Hot’n Tot”. Performances included special appearances before the Swedish Prime minister as well as His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia. During 1995 to 1997 she was in a film, numerous television shows and also had two shows of her own, had a successful one-woman show, before leaving for Los Angeles where she attended an extension program at UCLA.

She returned to Sweden to work at Helsingborg’s City Theater where she also made her directorial theater debut in 2001. Since then she has directed a number of plays in Sweden and abroad. Fransesca Quartey was also selected to take part in an exclusive leadership program for women that the organization for Swedish Performing Arts and the Swedish Union for Theater, Artists, and Media arranged together with the intention to increase the number of female head of theaters. In 2010 she directed a large Swedish-Ghanian production at Ghana National Theater in Accra, Ghana. The play, African Cinderella, by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, was a huge success. After touring Ghana the play later went on tour in Nigeria and Sweden.

Fransesca Quartey resides in Stockholm, Sweden where she continues to direct and act.

– IMDb Mini Biography By Ellen Andréasson

Sabina Ddumba – Swedish singer known for Gospel and Soul

Sabina Ddumba

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sabina Ddumba
Sabina Ddumba in 2015.jpg

Ddumba at Allsång på Skansen in 2015

Sabina Ddumba, (born 23 February 1994) is a Swedish singer. Ddumba grew up in Fisksätra, Nacka. Her music has soul, gospel, and R&B influences. Ddumba was a backing vocalist on Katy Perry’s song “Walking on Air” and has collaborated with artists such as the hip-hop band Looptroop Rockers, duo Lorentz & Sakarias and Adam Kanyama. She is signed to Warner Music. Ddumba released her first single, “Scarred for Life”, in 2014, and her second single, “Effortless” in 2015. Both were certified platinum. Ddumba appeared in Moraeus med mera in 2014 and performed at Grammisgalan in 2015. She performed at the 2015 Swedish Grammys, and recently won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the 2016 P3 Gold Awards.

Early life

Sabina Ddumba was born on 23 February 1994 in Fisksätra, Nacka. She is the sixth out of eight children. Her mother is Ugandan, and when she was eight years old, her mother moved back to Uganda. After listening to traditional Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs, she became interested in melody and phrasing. She has been writing songs on and off since the age of 10. At the age of fourteen, she joined the Tensta Gospel Choir and sang with the group for about six years. It was through this choir that she found singing was her vocation. Her father and relatives, however, wanted her to pursue a more scholarly profession, such as a doctor.

Musical Influences

Ddumba was inspired by the Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs she heard as a child. She also grew up listening to the hip-hop and R&B of the late 1990s. As her family was religious, the gospel music she heard in church on Sundays has also greatly influenced her musical style. Her time with the Tensta Gospel Choir strengthened the influence that gospel music has had on her work.

Career

Ddumba participated in The X Factor Sverige in 2012. Also in 2012, she sang on Adam Kanyama’s track, “The Golden Child” and collaborated with the duo Lorentz & Sakarias. In 2013 she sang background vocals for Katy Perry’s single “Walking On Air”, which was featured on Perry’s album, Prism. The same year she collaborated with hip-hop group Looptroop Rockers on their song “Sea of Death”. In 2014 she released her first single, “Scarred for Life”. After the release of this single, in 2015 she signed with Warner Music. In 2015, Ddumba released her second single, “Effortless”, which was certified platinum in Sweden. The song was co-written with Carmen Reece, and produced by Nick Ruth and T-Collar. Her latest single, “Not Too Young” was 30 October 2015. This single was certified double platinum. In February 2015, Ddumba performed at the Swedish Grammys. In 2016, she performed “Not Too Young” at the P3 Gold Awards, winning the award for Newcomer of the Year. Ddumba will be releasing a follow-up single to “Not Too Young” titled “Not Too Young Pt. II”, which will be produced by Wolf Cousins.

NANDI FLAME in Stockholm

Presented by Maisha Cultural Association

NANDI FLAME
NANDI FLAME

 

Welcome to an evening inspired by Wangari Maathai, environmental activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement, also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. If the trees – Nandi Flames could speak, then they would sing about Wangari Maathai and tell you this evening about the global climate and the situation in Africa. A performance of dance, music, and ghosts will be to and fro about the climate.

Extreme weather and natural disasters around the world make us unable to shut up for climate change. But much can be prevented and prevented.

Come and listen to Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador who tells you about their amazing work in East Africa. On stage, dancers meet and have a dance show! The Troubadour Tauna Niingungo plays on several instruments, including a rainstorm. Jessica Karlén about doing stand-up in South Africa and much more. From 15 years

 

participants:

Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador

Tauna Niingungo Trubadur

Jessica Karlén artist, writer, and comedian

Darun poet

Charlotte Rieback & Diasmany Dance (Afro-Cuban)

Matilda Peltonen solo no

Kulturama dance show

The program is supported by the City of Stockholm. Maisha Cultural Association is part of Kulturens Bildningsförbund.

Photo: Goldman Environment Prize
Length: 2 hours incl. Break
Price: 120 kr, 100 kr student / retired
Date: 23 Sep, 19:00, Teater Pero

Teaching Our Own The Black Homeschooling Fair

Teaching Our Own The Black Homeschooling Fair

homeschooling

We’re back for the 3rd annual Teaching Our Own Black Homeschooling Fair on Saturday 7th October from 12-6pm at The Unity Centre, 1-3 Church Road, London, NW10 9EG.

homeschooling

With talks, workshops, children’s activities, good food, a market zone of black owned businesses and more, all to help parents of African heritage children, take back control of their children’s lives and education, either by homeschooling full time or around their schooling.

Get your tickets today.

Tjejmilen 2017

TJEJMILEN

Tjejmilen 2017

The 34th edition of Tjejmilen took place on Gärdet and Djurgården in Stockholm on Saturday 2 September. 30,000 participants ran or walked Tjejmilen, Sweden’s largest sports event for women. 

Tjejmilen 2017

I participated in the Fun Run in 2013, 2015 and again this year.

Tjejmilen 2017

Two sisters came in from the US to participate. One is a former Stockholm resident.

Tjejmilen 2017

Source: Tjejmilen

An Ethiopian sister took 2nd place in the elite race category.

Tjejmilen also provides an opportunity for participants to support education for girls.

I’ve already signed up for next year.