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Lessons learned: From my mother and while living in Sweden

In the 9th article in our Inside View series Faith set out to travel the world while making a difference in people’s lives. While in Sweden she got a phone call that changed her life forever. At about 10:00pm on August 28, 2007, I arrived at Stockholm Arlanda airport. I remember the day so vividly because it was the eve of my 24th birthday. I

Laura Bazile asks, “How is it to be the only Black Woman entrepreneur in the room?”

In the 8th article from our new series from women on the inside, Laura Bazile examines business networking as an entrepreneur in Europe. As an entrepreneur, I chose to start my business on my own, providing full services to my clients, with subcontractors joining from time to time -depending on the type of projects.   All in one, it means that most of the time,

Feeding the spirit in France – Erica found a way

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our seventh article, Erica Smith-Escassut found a way to feed her spirit in France. Over the past few years of living here I have made a few observations.  The most striking one for me was when I arrived in France,  December 1999 to live and establish a

Gloria Dixon-Svärd – An American in Norrland

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our sixth article, Gloria Dixon-Svärd traded her dreams of being a diplomat for a life way up north.  So what made a big city girl like me venture off to a small town way up in the north of Sweden and stay there for 19 years and

Kendra Williams-Valentine – How I Learned to Enjoy Strawberries

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our fifth article, Kendra Williams-Valentine learned to love strawberries.  It was my first real summer in Sweden. I accompanied my boyfriend to a cookout (I refrain from using the word BBQ) hosted by a friend. After a quick bite, it was time for dessert and I could

Twaambo Kapilikisha – In the middle.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our fourth article, Twaambo Kapilikisha addresses sisters in Europe with children “in the middle”.  Twitter is an interesting place,where mere mortals can connect with celebrities and get a message to them directly, a place where the masses gather for different causes,good and bad ones. I was a

Who would have thought a die-hard NYC chick would fall hard for a Swede and the Country.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our third article, Lucie Buissereth shares how much the Swedish countryside means to her.  Yup, it happened to me and forever changed my life! After 8 grueling months of coaching, training and competing, I needed a “Time OUT”- So it was off to Sweden to see my honey!

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Celebrating birthdays

I’m so glad my girlfriend invited me to celebrate her birthday with her in Halmstad. The two of us started with a little bubbly and appetizers at her place. We had a delicious dinner Fridolfs Krog I hadn’t been out dancing in ages and the Boom Boom Room was the perfect place to have fun. I had SO MUCH FUN! Nice things happen to me

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

On the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen, I decided to participate. It is the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. I signed up in the walking category so we were the last two groups to start the race. This was the category for women with baby strollers, walking sticks, and newbies like me. I walked up on Germaine, we hugged, took a photo and

A New Comer Beauty Adventure.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our second article, Thania Moore shares her hairy experience in Madrid, Spain.  One of the things you don’t imagine when you decide to move to a European country probably to settle and spend the rest of your life is living an authentic adventure when it comes to

Hanging on to summer. Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

Well, it is September and no doubt the last vestiges of summer are slipping away. “Don’t go”, I scream. “Seems like you only just arrived. Sigh”. But I have to admit it was a pretty awesome summer. The Culture Festival in Stockholm was packed with great acts including the legendary Hugh Masakela. My friend’s dog Max was break dancing. And a rainbow even came out

Sweden is like living in Russia.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our first article, Cecilia Gärding explains why she is dedicated to fighting against racism in Sweden.  I come home from my vacation in the north of Sweden and go back to work as the project-director for ”The Cultural Heritage Agents”. A project with the purpose to help

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – squeezing out every day of summer

It is not uncommon for Swedes to have summer houses and how great is it to have a friend with a summer house with this view? And this spread for dinner? Nice things happen to me in Sweden. Use Facebook to Comment on this Post

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Who says birthdays only come once a year?

Sommartiden hey hey! And the summer just keeps getting better and better. We hadn’t seen my Swede’s godmother and family since last July and they live just over the bridge from us in Lidingö. Don’t get me wrong. We tried but folks are busy. And would you believe they pulled out the champagne in July to toast my October birthday? Godmother even gave me a

Nice things happen in Sweden – more summer fun

Sweden, summer and water. 2 of the 3 Swedes pictured above had never sailed before. Sailing can be tiring. Then we went up to the cliffs where some of us jumped in the water. What a lovely day. Nice things happen to me in Sweden. Use Facebook to Comment on this Post

Swedish summer—–so far, so good. Nice things happen in Sweden.

It’s not a Swedish summer to me without Daphne’s annual 4th of July party in Halmstad. Tons of American flavor mixed in with international cuisine and people. Only Daphne could pull this all together. Next indication it is Swedish summer is after beach in the solgården at Hotel Tylösand. And a day on the water sums it all up: good fun with family. Nice things

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – The Valborg night bonfire that wasn’t

We had traditional Varlborg night food of salmon (surprise), potatoes (surprise) and asparagus (family tradition). This was to be my first Valborg night celebration. I can’t remember where I usually am on 30 April, but this 30 April I was on a west coast beach ready to experience another Swedish tradition. And I wasn’t alone. The year-round residents came, maybe some other people were from

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Fiesta Friday

When a group of cool ladies get together we can’t help but have fun, right? Add a potluck with a Mexican theme and it was caliente. We even had a mascot (pictured above). Everything, with the exception of the La Neta tortillas, was home made and absolutely delicious. Don’t forget the sangria, margarita’s, Kaluha and Coronas! The penata…. …and it all came together for a

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Melodifestivalen part 1 with friends

It’s that time of year when me and my Swede are hooked on SVT1 on Saturday evenings to watch Melodifestivalen see who will represent Sweden in Eurovision. For us it was funny right from the start: And we all thought Mary would at least go to the second chance round: But she didn’t. Even still among the 4 course meal, snacks, and entertainment a good

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – New Year Reception for expats

I love being an expat in Sweden. I’m in the American Club, the American Women’s Club, the International Women’s Club and Democrats Abroad. And then there is Internations and XING. So dare I join another expat group? Well I can at least attend one of their events and see what I’m missing. So I went the the Global Expat Partners New Year Reception at the

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – ladies dinner at an extraordinary steak house

I’m looking forward to spending more time with friends this year and cultivating my relationships. I’ve been putting people together for the last year or two through dinners out and like anything else it takes some trial and error to find out what and who works best together. To start the year off the December holidays group met this time at Griffins Steakhouse which, I

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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


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).


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.

London event – 2inspire Network Ladies Day

The 2inspire Network Ladies Day is back!

“Brick To Brick We Stand Firm Together Building Walls To Inspire Others” – Zara-Shola Odeniyi @cocoacabin

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This is a *free event where women run businesses, particularly creative businesses such as artists, fashion designers etc will exhibit their products and services.
It is the ultimate one-stop shop with a shopping arena,  a range of personal, business and lifestyle development workshops on offer , a business clinic, a pamper corner, Free NHS health checks, live entertainment and a Childrens fashion show hosted by Isossy Children

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The event titled “Strength of a woman” aims to highlight the remarkable achievements of women with the aim to empower and inspire attendees to dig deeper and aim to live their best life.

*Free entry covers entry into the shopping arena and the entertainment segment, it also allows access to the *free NHS health Checks. For access to all Workshops and the Business Clinic a one off payment of £8 is essential, please make payment via Workshop Admission or Business Clinic link and then tick the sessions you would like to attend.

Business Clinic with Lorna Stewart:

2 inspire Network brings to you an exclusive opportunity to have a 20 minute business clinic session with multi-award winning entrepreneur Lorna Stewart. Lorna is a Business and Leadership Development Consultant/Mentor/Trainer/ motivational speaker and human potential coach. She is the creator of 6 award winning projects designed to support the development of Professionals, Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Her clients include Mayors, High Commissioners, Local Authorities and Corporate Companies. The clinic session will provide aspiring, new and established business people the perfect opportunity to discuss their business idea, get clarity, explore possibilities and solutions. The potential for a follow up session is available as well as information about future events, training, mentoring and coaching opportunities.

Full listing of workshops.

Personal Development Workshops:

11.30 am – 12.30pm Colour Life Beautiful: 
tmlchair London event   2inspire Network Ladies DayFacilitator:  Life & Executive Coach Noreen Makosewe
A Modern Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity, Unleashing Personal Power and Colouring Life Beautiful. Life and Executive Coach and Strategist Noreen Makosewe, will share with you ways to unleash your personal power, overcome adversity and colour life beautiful so you can live the life of your dreams boldly and powerfully.   

1.00pm – 2.00pm Stepping Into The Circle of One

Facilitator: Leadership Coach KuumbaNia

What if you could stop hiding and playing small and start living from a space of honesty and authenticity? What if you could stand fully and unapologetically in your own power, in the knowledge that you truly are enough? In this lively, interactive workshop, KuumbaNia will show you how The Circle of One can help you to see how you’re showing up in the world, so you can finally speak the truth of who you really are.

2.30pm-3.30pm The Ten Secret Codes To Be Instantly Magnetic &Irresistible

Facilitator: Sensuality Discovery Specialist Lillian Ogbogoh

This workshop teaches attendees how to feel more confident when interacting with men they desire. Lillian Ogbogoh will focus on achieving dating confidence and improved levels of self – esteem so that individuals can feel attractive and irresistible.

4.00pm-4.30pm Belly Dancing Taster Workshop

Facilitator: Carmen Rose

The workshop tailor made for 2inspire; is all about unleashing your inner confidence and bringing it to the foreground through flamboyant and cardio intense movement. Carmen Rose will teach each candidate basic belly dance moves, stage presence, confidence tips and how to get a great workout through having fun.

4.45-5.15 pm SmaiTauiAfrikan Yoga Taster Workshop

Facilitator: LeneaHerew

This feminine energy focused session will introduce Hudu: rhythmic and dynamic movements combined with deep breathing that rejuvenate the body, tone the organs, clear the emotional and mental bodies and support all round well-being. The session will be concluded with a short meditation.


Business workshops:

12.30pm-1.30pm Mind Your Own Business Advice

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£6 Million pound mumpreneur, Gail Reynolds will be running a 1 hour workshop which will look at Identifying where you are in your business journey so far. Setting your sights high and reaching out for both small and BIG Goals. She will also teach the importance of Professionalism and 100% customer quality customer service at all times.

2.00pm – 3.00pm How To Build Your Business Brand Through Your Personal Profile in 7 Easy Steps.

Facilitator: Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

yvonnethompson London event   2inspire Network Ladies DayOne of the most important tools for advancing your business is defining and using your personal profile to build your business brand. Dr Yvonne Thompson will teach attendees about building your business brand, how your brand is your vision of who you are and what you want your target market to know about you, and what you can do for your target market. She will teach how it is a message that distinguishes you from your competition. It is what makes you unique, memorable, trustworthy, and builds loyalty and connects your audience with you. Defining your personal profile and building your brand is simple using her 7 -step process.
3.30pm-4.30pm Getting to Make Business Contacts in The Media & Social Networks.

Facilitator: BBC Reporter Valley Fontaine

BBC reporter Valley Fontaine will give attendees tips on how to communicate and forge meaningful relationships with national media and social media, which in turn is likely to lead to more coverage for their business. This will be an educational communication which will look at effective communication and raise awareness thus building confidence and Improve ones chances of getting noticed and understanding of how the media operates.


Free NHS Health Checks 


(On a first come first basis for over 35s, no booking system)


The Health check takes about 25-30 mins per person and involves:

  •  Height, weight and blood pressure measurements
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar tests
  • A lung function test for smokers.
  • Personal and family medical history
  • A personal assessment, setting out the individual’s level of risk 
  •  Free advice and support on how to reduce cardiovascular risk and improve on personal health (weight management, smoking cessation and physical activity programs)
  • Referrals to GPs and lifestyle services (where required)  

Get your free ticket.

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The Gospel Summit June 13-14 2014 @ The Drum, Birmingham B6 4UU

 The Gospel Summit June 13 14 2014 @ The Drum, Birmingham B6 4UU

The Gospel Summit is back!

Independents Breakthrough! Increasing your ability to succeed, this specialist music industry business event delivers a dynamic two day event for everyone – especially Gospel artists, label owners promoters producers.

Features include:
GMIA Executives’ Church & Gospel Leaders Luncheon
Fri 13 June, 12 – 4pm
Tickets: Free Admission
Historic first meeting of Church and Gospel Leaders to discuss the future of UK Gospel.
Sponsored by Bible Society

JUMP Music Video Awards
Fri 13 June, 7:30pm
Tickets: £8, £10 OTD
The first-ever JUMP Music Video Awards for artists and the creators working in video productions. Submissions open until Wed 14 May, nominations will be announced Sat 31 May. For more information and UK & International categories visit

The awards will be filmed for broadcast on OH TV (Sky Channel 199).

Gospel Summit Main Day
Sat 14 June, 9am – 4pm
Tickets: £25
A day filled with workshops, expert industry panels, showcase, networking, and decision-making on shaping a new landscape for our scene. Every delegate will receive expert knowledge and support.

Workshop and Industry Panels include:
- Music Video Workshop: How to make a quality video for less
- Choir & Vocal Workshop, with tips for Choir Directing
- Songwriters Workshop: Improving Your Craft
- How to set up and run your own artist-owned record label
- The Business of Gospel in Europe – ‘Our United States’
- How to get the best out of your online music distributor
- How can I make a quality music video for less?
- Q & A’s: What is the right price for my ministry or performance?
- How does copyright licensing work in Churches?
- The Gospel scene & music industry structure

Every delegate will receive expert advice and practical support to be Business Ready, Rights Ready, Marketing Ready and Charts Ready! Music experts include: Linton Beckles, Marcia Dixon, Vidal Juba, Ryan J Bruce, Charles Koranteng, Audrey Gray, Roger Moore and many others.

KnowShowcase Concert
Sat 14 June, 7pm
Tickets: £8, £10 OTD
(Included in Summit Main Day cost)
Reggae artist Watchman launches his new album. Special guests Jnr Robinson from Denmark, Ricardo Williams, Town Hall Choir, Millicent Stephenson, Natty Josiah, Isabella Melodies, Natalie Phillips and more!

New acts: sign up for your chance to make your Summit debut before an audience including booking agents, promoters, managers, media contacts. Space is limited so register now!

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