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 …