Gina Yashere wants to make you laugh


Gina Yashere is a comedian of Nigerian descent living in the United Kingdom. She was born in Finsbury Park, London, England. Yashere was a finalist in the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition in 1996. She continues to actively perform live stand-up comedy to the present, appearing on such shows as Mock The Week. She has released two live stand-up DVDs: one in 2006, and one in 2008.

She has appeared in many television programmes, but is probably best known for appearing in the comedy series Lenny Henry in Pieces as well as voicing Keisha on Bromwell High.

In 2005, she appeared in the reality television series, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, in aid of Comic Relief, and she co-hosted the 2006 MOBO Awards alongside Coolio. She has also appeared on Mock the Week and a show on CBBC called Gina’s Laughing Gear.

In 2007, she tried out for Last Comic Standing during the Sydney, Australia auditions. She qualified for the semi-finals and was then chosen as one of the ten finalists to compete in the final rounds of Last Comic Standing. On August 1, 2007, in the first elimination round, she was eliminated along with Dante.

In 2008, she was the first-ever British person to be on Def Comedy Jam.

Read her official bio and check out her adorable childhood photos.

Social Media Bio – Why Every Professional Black Woman in Europe Needs One


If you haven’t already, you should “Google” yourself to see what comes up. What ever is out there in cyberspace may preceed your next job interview or client meeting.

It is your personal responsibility to manage your online reputation. See what’s out there. Don’t like what you see? Create a Social Media Bio. You can use a free blogging service like Blogger or WordPress to get the hang of what is possible. That is a great first step in managing your online reputation.

Once you have your social media bio up I would love to take a look at it. I can always use more inspiration!

Here is Sandrine’s:

Sandrine Joseph in Paris continues to inspire me.

One more thing. A social media bio can enhance your already stellar online reputation. With you may end up in search results that lead to a new job or client meeting.

Summer School on Black Europe


(last year’s participants)
Summer School on Black Europe
Exploring Dimensions of Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

June 14th-25th, 2009

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For additional information over this course, please contact Amy Abdou

Download the Application Form Deadline for Applications is April 1st, 2009.
Course Description

The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The course is a collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and NiNsee, the National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

This course will begin with a historical overview of social and civil conflict in Europe leading to the formation of laws and antidiscrimination legislation within the EU. We will look specifically at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries; comparing the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath.

In the second week, we will explore the notions of blackness as; an official categorization; as a social construction, employed by natives to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation.

This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity.

Instructors 2009
 Dr. Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley
 Dr. Stephen Small, University of California, Berkeley
 Dr. Kwame Nimako, University of Amsterdam
 Dr. Philomena Essed, Antioch University
 Dr. David Theo Goldberg, University of California Humanities Research Institute
 Dr. Dienke Hondius, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Programme Manager

 Amy Abdou

Certificate and Credits
This course is accredited through the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Students wishing to receive university credit (3 US credits of 5 ECTS credits) for the course must submit a paper (15-20 pages) before September 1st, 2009. The paper topic must first be submitted to the directors of the programme for approval. Proposals are due at the end of the first week of the programme. Please do not submit a paper proposal in advance of the programme. Once a paper topic has been approved, the students may begin with their research. University libraries will be made available to the students during the course. The paper will be graded on its relevance to Black European Studies and its ability to process the course material. The paper must be relevant to the subject and incorporate some of the readings from the Summer School.
All students who attend and successfully complete the Summer School on Black Europe will receive a certificate of attendance.

 Non-credit tuition € 1600
 Credit tuition € 1850

Tuition does not include housing during the programme or travel to and from Amsterdam. Tuition covers all course materials, lunch during the days when the course is held and travel and entry fees on excursion days.

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Taking Care of Business in Switzerland 4– Kunbi Korostensky – Embracing Changes


Knubi, a sister in Switzerland, provides professional coaching services:

Face any life changes courageously and learn to ease into allowing things to unfold with joy!

We offer you the opportunity to master your change by working with our Spiritual Life Change Coaching to smoothly transition your changes and transform your life with clarity and sense of deeper awareness.


Embracing Changes

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In der Halde 13
CH- 8967 Widen

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North Carolina State Society Inagural Ball

In addition to having a ticket to the Mid Atlantic Regional Inagural Ball, one of the 10 official Inauguration Balls, I went to an unofficial ball.

The State Societies have balls that, in my opinion, rival the official balls. Excpet the official balls have the President and First Lady drop by for a dance.

And unlike the official balls the North Carolina State Society Ball had two open bars and four food stations including grits, bbq, shrimp, crab cakes, and more. They also rolled out dessert.

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