Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – The Netherlands – Enanga’s Point of View

Rosemary Ekosso is a Cameroonian translator and court interpreter. She lives and works in the Netherlands. She writes the Enanga’s Point of View blog.

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2
Norway 2

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Norway 2 – Nigerian Woman n Norway

I don’t know much about this sister from Norway except that I love her blog. It’s called Nigerian Woman in Norway and it’s a combination of fluff and substance.

Previous entries in the series:
Denmark
England
Switzerland
Slovenija
France
Germany
Italy
England 2
Norway
Czech Republic
France 2

"The State of (In)visible Black Europe: Race, Rights, and Politics"

Hat tip to Marion Douglas-Ungaro

Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 10:00 a.m.
U.S. Congress
Room B318 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Member of Congress and Chairman, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) http://www.csce.gov – CSCE Office: 234 Ford House Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20515. Tel: (202) 225-1901; fax: (202) 226-4199

The hearing will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by the more than 5 million members of Europe’s Black population amidst reported increases in hate crimes and discrimination, anti-immigration and national identity debates, and growing security concerns. The impact of recently introduced anti-discrimination laws and diversity initiatives aimed at ensuring and protecting equal rights for a population many do not know exists will also be discussed. I hope that you will attend.

Invited participants include:

Boris Kodjoe, Afro-German Actor
Joe Frans, Vice Chair, United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent; former Swedish Parliamentarian Gary Younge, British columnist, The Guardian Newspaper Dr. Philomena Essed, Antioch University; The Netherlands Equal Treatment Commission Dr. Allison Blakely, Afro-European Author and Historian, Boston University Dr. Clarence Lusane, International Race Politics Author, American University

Please contact Mischa Thompson on Mr. Hastings’ staff at (202)
225-1901 or by e-mail at Mischa.Thompson (at) mail.house.gov for questions or additional details.

Leona Lewis – Singing sensation

Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is an English singer, actress and winner of the third series of The X Factor UK television talent show. Her UK debut single, “A Moment like This”, was released in December 2006, breaking a world record after it was downloaded over 50,000 times within 30 minutes.

Her second single, “Bleeding Love,” was the biggest-selling single of 2007 in the United Kingdom, topped several other national singles charts and became a US number one single on April 5, 2008. After falling a couple of places the following week, it returned to the number one spot in the chart dated April 19, 2008.

Leona Lewis was born in the London borough of Islington to parents Aural Josiah, a Guyanese Caribbean youth worker, and Maria Lewis, a social worker of Anglo-Welsh descent. At the age of five, she attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and later the Italia Conti Academy and the BRIT School.

Take a behind the scenes peek at Leona during a photo shoot for a fashion magazine:



Visit her YouTube channel.

Visit her official website.

Mary Prince and her UK life as an abolitionist


text by Sarah Wajid

Born in Brackish Pond, Bermuda, in 1788, Prince and her siblings were raised by her adoring mother until she was 12. Her mother worked as a household slave to a family called Williams, and Mary wrote that she “was made quite a pet of by Miss Betsey [the Williams’s child, who] used to lead me about by the hand, and call me her little nigger”.

When the Williamses fortunes changed, Mary’s devastated mother took her to the market to be sold. Mary “was soon surrounded by strange men, who examined and handled me in the same manner that a butcher would a calf or a lamb he was about to purchase”.

For the next 15 years, Mary was passed between brutal owners (“from one butcher to another”) across the Caribbean Islands. Then, in 1815, she was bought by the sadistic John Wood, a white Caribbean man. He and his family took her to Antigua and, in 1826, through her Moravian Church, she met and married Daniel James, a free carpenter.

She had not asked permission to marry and was horsewhipped for this insurrection. The Woods abused her in other ways too: locking her in a cage and beating her, and leaving her to die in an outhouse when her rheumatism prevented her from working for some months. She was saved by a neighbour. Despite essentially condemning her to death, the Woods refused Prince’s requests to buy her freedom. They didn’t want to lose someone who, when well, was such a phenomenally hard worker.

And so, in 1828, Prince accompanied them to London, hopeful that the air might improve her rheumatism and that she might be able to return to her husband a free woman. Prince’s limbs quickly seized up in the new climate and she was unable to wash laundry, enraging Mrs Wood, who threatened to throw her on to the streets.

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Angela Wynter – British actress


Angela Wynter (born 25 March 1954) is a British actress who is probably most famous for playing the character of Yolande Trueman in the soap opera EastEnders, since 16 October 2003. She based the character on her late sister Merlene and played a similar character role as Melba in the sitcom No Problem! She appeared in many other television series such as Cutting It, The Bill, Murder Most Horrid and Holby City. In her first acting role, a stage play called ‘Meetings’, she acted opposite her current on screen partner in EastEnders, Rudolph Walker.



The Black Princess in Liechtenstein


Her Serene Highness Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (3 February 1958 in Bocas del Toro, Panama) is the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein. Princess Angela is the only black Princess in a reigning European dynasty.

Angela was born Angela Gisela Brown, the daughter of Javier Francisco Brown and Silvia Maritza Burke. After having finished primary school and high school in New York, Miss Brown studied fashion at Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Oscar de la Renta Gold Thimble Award. After working for a fashion designer in New York and starting her own label, A. Brown, she sold her practice after three years. Angela worked for Adrienne Vittadini, an American fashion designer, where she worked as a manager of fashion until September 1999.