Customers derail Stockholm’s leading department store’s "golliwog" Christmas

Customers derail Stockholm’s leading department store’s "golliwog" Christmas

Unlike the vast majority of the Dutch and Belgian public who embrace racial sterotypes at Christmas, Swedes, at least Stockholmers put an end to a racist display in a store window this week. Reported by Charlotte West and Paul O’Mahony in The Local.se Stockholm’s most prestigious department store, Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), has had to remove …

Mattiwilda Dobbs: Legendary Opera Singer and my friend Florie’s aunt

Mattiwilda Dobbs: Legendary Opera Singer and my friend Florie’s aunt

My long lost friend Florie told me that her aunt is an opera singer, but I could never remember her name. Just a while ago my friend Angela shared an article with me about the first graduating class of 10 black women to from Harvard Law School, of which she was one. In that article …

Yearly Blackface: Being in Amsterdam two weekends ago reminded me that I find Zwart Piet very strange.

Yearly Blackface: Being in Amsterdam two weekends ago reminded me that I find Zwart Piet very strange.

Part of the Dutch and Belgium Chritsmas tradition is a fellow named Zwart Piet (Black Peter). Black Peter (Zwart Piet), while now a benevolent companion of Sinter Klaas, was at one time a more sinister character. During the Middle Ages, he threatened to punish the children if they were naughty by throwing them into his …

BWIE Social Network’s Black Holland Group Met in Amsterdam

BWIE Social Network’s Black Holland Group Met in Amsterdam

I was in Amsterdam on business and was able to meet up with 5 ladies in the Black Holland group in the Black Women in Europe Social Network. We hugged, talked, laughed, and laughed some more. Our conversation ranged from current events, personal projects, past experiences and future plans.

While the US celebrates Thanksgiving, I’m giving thanks for Josephine Baker as did the French government

While the US celebrates Thanksgiving, I’m giving thanks for Josephine Baker as did the French government

It’s no secret that I love Josephine Baker. I love her self love, courage, moxy, bravery, generosity and optimism. There are a lot of lessons for black women in Josephine’s life. On Thanksgiving Day 2007 I am thankful for my family and friends and for the life I have created in Sweden. I am also …

Gloria Ray Karlmark-Little Rock 9 trailblazer-Swedish resident-Meet her on the 13th in Stockholm

Gloria Ray Karlmark-Little Rock 9 trailblazer-Swedish resident-Meet her on the 13th in Stockholm

Lucia Day Luncheon – December 13, 2007 with Emily Samson Tepe 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Stockholm Grand Hotel, Hall of Mirrors Special Guest – Gloria Ray Karlmark Just before Christmas, Lucia comes to light up the long Swedish winter nights. Enjoy this bright and beautiful Lucia Day celebration in the elegant setting of the Grand Hotel???s …

Novlette Rennie-The UK’s first black female Chief Executive in the sports sector

Novlette Rennie-The UK’s first black female Chief Executive in the sports sector

Novlette Rennie was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. The UK’s first black female Chief Executive in the sports sector, this award recognises Novlette???s contribution both to the world of sport and to race equality in general. Involved with sport for over 30 years, both professionally and personally, in a variety …

Claudia Jones – Founder of the 1st Black Weekly Newspaper in Britain

Claudia Jones – Founder of the 1st Black Weekly Newspaper in Britain

Claudia Jones was born in Trinidad, a British colony. Her family moved to Harlem, New York, where, from age 9 she lived in conditions of extreme poverty. When Claudia was 12 her mother, a garment worker, died of exhaustion and poverty. ‘I couldn’t attend graduation classes because I didn’t have a dress. Our family was …

Black Students in the UK Excel From Corporate Mentoring

Black Students in the UK Excel From Corporate Mentoring

For Immediate Release BLACK STUDENTS EXCEL FROM CORPORATE MENTORING The ACDiversity mentoring programme has achieved an 87.50% GCSE pass rate for 2007; this is 27.50% above the Governments benchmark of 60%. In partnership with some of London???s leading institutions, the ???Mentoring and Enrichment Programme??? was created for the black youth to support their development and …

England’s 1st Black Queen – Queen Phillipa of Hainault 1314-1369

England’s 1st Black Queen – Queen Phillipa of Hainault 1314-1369

Michael Packe in his book King Edward III gives a delightful description of King Edward III and Queen Phillipa’s first meeting: “He spied on the unwitting sisters, and pounced on the youngest of them, Philippa by name’, at the time eight years old and nearest in age to Edward, who was nearly seven years. He …

4 Dates to Remember in the Quest to End Violence Against Women

4 Dates to Remember in the Quest to End Violence Against Women

Mark these 4 dates: November 25th: The International Day Against For the Elimination of Violence Against WomenNovember 29th: International Women Human Rights Defenders DayDecember 1st: World Aids DayDecember 10th: International Human Rights Day This year???s theme is Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles: End Violence Against Women Challenges and obstacles have been identified by activists in all …

Black European Women’s Network (BEWNET) Launches following the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna

Black European Women’s Network (BEWNET) Launches following the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna

*Follow-up activities*   1. To prepare for the launching of the network next year, a follow-up meeting to draft the constitution, the vision/mission, plan of action etc., and also to elect our board members will be held. A working/strategic-meeting sometimes in March 2008* (6 months after the congress and around the International Women’s Day, for …

Women in the African Diaspora Social Network and the AESN/BWIE Website

Women in the African Diaspora Social Network and the AESN/BWIE Website

For Immediate Release The Afro European Sisters Network and Black Women in Europe websites team up to empower Black Women around the world with a new website and social network. 1 November 2007 (Rotterdam, Netherlands, Halmstad, Sweden) The Afro European Sisters Network founded by Sandra Rafaela has joined forces with the Black Women in Europe …

Megan Williams – Victim of a Hate Crime; Dunbar Village – The scene of a vicious crime against a mother and son

Megan Williams – Victim of a Hate Crime; Dunbar Village – The scene of a vicious crime against a mother and son

If you live in the United States urge your legislators to push for hate crime charges against those who victimized Megan Williams. Williams says one of the suspects cut her ankle with a knife while saying, “That’s what we do to [racial slur] around here,” police records show. About the perpetrators, six West Virginian suspects, …