Koniginnen Afrikas dishonors Reines d’Afrique et heroines de la diaspora noire by Sylvia Serbin

We, Black women from 16 -EU member states, attending the first Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna from 27-29 of September 2007, vehemently refuse the distorted translation and edition of Sylvia SERBIN’s book “K??niginnen Afrikas” published by Peter Hammer Verlag (original title: “Reines d’Afrique” et h??roines de la diaspora noire). The translation of the original text has used racist terminology as well as manipulated information, which changed the content of the book without the consent of the author. This consequently presents a false colonial picture of the history of Black people, especially that of Black Women.
The credibility of the author’s work and that of black history have been negated and misrepresented in a form that we, as Black European Women and our organisations, find unacceptable.

We insist that the German edition is immediately retracted from the market!

Wir Schwarze Frauen aus 16 EU Mitgliedsstaaten, ais Teilnehmerinnen des ersten Europaischen Schwarzen Frauenkongresses in Wien vom 27.- 29. September 2007 lehnen die verzerrte ??bersetzung und Herausgabe von Sylvia SERBINs Buch “K??niginnen Afrikas” (Originaltitel: “Reines d’Afrique” et h??roines de la diaspora noire) – y_- erschienen im Peter Hammer_Verlag vehement ab. “ln der ??bersetzung des Originaltextes werden rassistische Termini verwendet und ohne Zustimmung der Autorin inhaltliche Manipulationen vorgenommen. ln der deutschen Version wird daher ein kolonial gepragtes Bild der Geschichte Schwarzer Menschen insbesondere Schwarzer Frauen prasentiert. Die Authentizitat und die Glaubw??rdigkeit der Autorin und die der Schwarzer Geschichte werden negiert und in einer Art und Weise falsch wiedergegeben, die wir ais Schwarze Europaische Frauen und Organisationen nicht akzeptieren.

Wir bestehen darauf, dass die deutsche Ausgabe sofort vom Markt genommen werden.

Freedom Technology Christmas

AfroSpear bloggers are encouraging Blacks to give “the gift of technology” to their children, parents and others, to empower them to communicate in the Internet Age, with recommended gifts of computers, digicams, broadband and open source software.

This Christmas, the same AfroSpear Black bloggers who organized the March on Jena are spear-heading the “AfroSpear Freedom Technology Christmas” (FTC) campaign.

One hundred AfroSpear bloggers in forty US states and five countries are mobilizing their readers to give Christmas presents that increase citizen journalism within the Black community.

“When you have a blog, what happens to you in a small town can become international news, said Field Negro, who won a Black Weblog Award this year. He cited the case of Shaquanda Cotton, a 14 year-old who was unfairly sentenced to 7 years in prison for pushing a high school hall monitor, but who was released when her Freedom Blog caught national attention.

“We’re going to teach our children to communicate with the world and give them the tools to do it,” said Eddie G. Griffin (BASG), an ex-Black Panther who helps lead the group’s outreach to Blacks in the criminal justice system.

Shawn Williams, of the AfroSpear’s Dallas South blog, featured on MSNBC and in the Chicago Tribune for his Jena Six advocacy, says the success of the March on Jena has convinced Black bloggers that “Freedom Technology” is essential to their movement. He said, “This Christmas, our children and families need modern communication tools, like 24-hour broadband connections and digital cameras. These tools can be used to document injustices like the Jena nooses, while at the same time help to narrow the technology divide that continues to widen.”

“The gift of communication technology like computers and webcams is the best gift that you can give your children and family, because it empowers them to educate and advocate for the Black community and for themselves,” said the African American Political Pundit. “Black blogging encourages writing skills and critical thinking, which are precisely the skills our children need,” said the African American Political Pundit.

???Black children are going to jail at a rate 6 times higher than that of white children in America???, said Eddie G. Griffin (BASG), a leader of the AfroSpear’s Black Accused Support Groups movement.

“We are expanding the national Black media that focuses on the needs of black people in the context of America and the world. And AfroSpear bloggers will announce the ways in which Freedom Technology Christmas presents have dramatically improved communication among AfroSpear bloggers in five countries and four continents,” said Atty. Holland.

Freedom Technology Christmas recommended gifts are laptop or home computers, headphones with microphones and webcams (for computer- to-computer conversations), digital cameras and camera “memory sticks,” “pen drives” for saving documents, photographs and music, foreign language software, music production software and writing skills software.

Many excellent Christmas computer software presents are available for free. Open Source alternatives are abundant. For example, the cost of Microsoft Vista Home Premium at Amazon: $219.99, Cost of Ubuntu Linux: $0; Cost of Adobe Photoshop CS3 at Amazon: $619.99, Cost of Gimp: $0; Cost of Microsoft Office Standard 2007 at Amazon: $324.99, Cost of Open Office: $0, and Cost of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 at Amazon: 398.99, Cost of Nvu: $0.

Many communication programs are available for free download and include Skype (free computer telephone), ooVoo (free televideo communication) Yahoo and MSN (e-mail and instant messages), all available at Download.Com.

???I wholeheartedly support the Freedom Technology Christmas as a way not only to give a gift with meaning, but also to encourage black youth to hone their computer, writing, analysis, critical thinking, photography and other skills. New talents will be unearthed and encouraged to grow???, says Adrianne from the Black Women in Europe blog.
Contact: Francis L. Holland francisholland@yahoo.com
AfroSpear Freedom Technology Blog http://afrospear-ftc.blogspot.com
AfroSpear Bloggers in the News http://afrospear-news.blogspot.com
AfroSpear Think Tank Blog http://afrospear.wordpress.com

A Look At Claudia Unterweger A Workshop Moderator At The 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna

Claudia Unterweger
Claudia Unterweger

Claudia Unterweger moderated the “Combined workshops disucssion on overlapping methods and strategies” workshop at the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna. She is a member of Pamoja, the Movement of the Young African Diaspora in Austria. She hosts the Connected radio show on FM4 Austria and is also a member of the Black Austrian History research group.

A Look At Daphne Sandberg – A Workshop Facilitator at the 1st Black European Women’s Congress

Daphne Sandberg facilitated the “Preparing for the Way Forward-The Importance of Networking” workshop, and moderated the question and answer session following the “European Black Womens’ Perspectives: Claiming a space for Gender and Identity through Empowerment” panel presentation at the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna. Daphne sits on the Executive Board of the Swedish Women’s Lobby and is a representative of Roks.

Daphne is very active in promoting women’s rights and has spoken on numerous occasions on different topics including “The Influence of Women and Girls’ Exploitation on the Internet” at the 2006 UNESCO Chair International Symposium – World Wide Women “The Currents and Prospects of Women’s Movement in the Cyber World”.

Listen to an interview with Daphne and other black women in Europe on FM4 Austria radio Being a Black Woman in Europe 4 part series.

A Look At Veye Tatah – A Plenary Moderator At The 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna

Veye Tatah
Veye Tatah


Veye Tatah was a plenary moderator at the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna. She is a computer scientist, journalist and a co editor and chief of the Africa Positive magazine printed in Germany.

Africa Positive is a German language magazine with a positive angle on the African continent. The project was founded by Veye Tatah when she became tired of people only relating to war and famine when talking about Africa. The magazine has existed since 1999 and covers politics, culture, sport, tourism, fashion and music.