Tomorrow kicks off Black History Month in the United Kingdom


Black History Month has been celebrated across the UK every October for over 30 years, each year growing from strength to strength. Black History Month is a time when we highlight and celebrate the achievements of the black community and uncover hidden history about our communities.

The BHM site will provide you with a comprehensive guide to all the activities which are taking place throughout Black History Month and keep you updated throughout the year with information relating to Black History, Education, Arts and Culture.

You can visit them through this link:

Highlights of Black History Month 2009 for London, England:

•Black History: Green History Series, British Museum, 17 Oct (free)
Short films, documentaries and talks on climate change, poverty and sustainability in Africa and the Caribbean, plus sustainability awareness in the UK
•Family Day: Black History Month, Sutton House, 25 Oct (free)
Black music, art, food and dance for all the family
•Black History Month Trail, Sutton House, 1 Oct-31 Nov
Follow the trail to learn about the lives of influential black Londoners
•Black History Month – Struggles for Black Community, Rich Mix, 24 Oct
Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations, presents two seminal documentaries on contemporary Black history plus a Q&A session
•In Conversation with… Diane Abbott, Museum of London, 21 Oct (free)
MP Diane Abbott, the first black woman elected to Parliament, shares her defining memories of London
•The Price of Sweetness, Museum of London, 24 & 27 Oct (free)
Interactive workshop of poetry, rap and sugar bowl-making with rap artist BREIS
•Black History Month – Family Workshops, Imperial War Museum London, 26-30 Oct (free)
Hands-on, drop-in session where you can learn about African, Asian and Caribbean servicemen and women in the Second World War
•Writing Africa: Marking 10 Years of the Caine Prize, British Library, 10 Oct
Celebrate 10 years of Africa’s highest literary award with Booker Prize Winner Ben Okri Brian Chikwava, Chika Unigwe and Binyavanga Wainaina.
•”Here’s One”: Roland Hayes, British Library, 27 Oct
Remembering Roland Hayes: son of former slaves and the first African-American man to gain fame as a classical singer throughout the world, with Michael Harper
•Football Workshop, Westminster Academy, 7 Oct
Talk to professional players and try out your skills, with Paul Canoville, Chelsea Football Club’s first black player, and London Tigers
•Historical Boat Trips, departing from Tate Pier, 13 & 20 Oct
Learn about life in London during slavery on a guided Thames boat tour
•Mary Seacole Play, Beethoven Community Centre, 14 Oct
Cleo Sylvestre performs a play about the life of Mary Seacole, followed by a chance to meet Mary in full costume and ask questions

Get more information from the Visit London website:

Not to be outdone by London, Liverpool offers a full schedule of events. Here are just two:

Destination freedom

Based upon the true story of William and Ellen Craft, this performance follows their personal journey from enslavement to freedom.

Suitable for all visitors

Next date : 2pm and 3pm – Sunday 11 October 2009

International Slavery Museum
International Slavery Museum visitor information


Great African women
The second in a series of three informal Sunday School lectures by Dr Mark Ledwidge, dealing with different aspects of Black heritage, politics and culture.

You do not need to attend all three sessions but places are limited and open to 16s and over. Please email Sam Turner to book a place.

Suitable for adults / seniors

Next date : 1-3.30pm – Sunday 11 October 2009

International Slavery Museum
Lecture theatre, 4th floor
International Slavery Museum visitor information

View the full schedule for events in Liverpool:

Are you an African American expat missing your favorite American foods? I’ve got a deal for you.

My AMerican Food logo

I just found out about an online food store, My American Market for Americans craving a taste of home and anyone else across Europe that likes American food products.

Hopefully, If you’re an African American living in Europe, you are enjoying more slow food, less processed food and seasonal fruits and vegetables than you may have allowed yourself at home, and maybe don’t even miss what is so readily available in the States.

But a sister from the States in the Mediterranean mentioned to me the other day that she still has a hard time eating pancakes without maple syrup. Luckily I can find maple syrup in Stockholm. But if you need boxed cornbread mix…

Use coupon code “BEXPAT21” until the end of October to get 10% off your order shipped in France and EU+Switzerland.

Happy shopping, eating, baking, etc!

Beatrice Acheleke Honored with The 2009 World Diversity Leadership Summit “Freedom and Justice” Award

Beatrice headshot

Beatrice Acheleke, founder and leader of the Black European Women’s Council was honored at the 2009 World Diversity Leadership Summit this month in Washington, DC. Ms. Acheleke is a mother, executive director of AFRA, a non-profit, non governmental self-organisation and NGO of Black Women with headquarter in Vienna, Austria, and an inspiration to Black women everywhere.

Previous honorees include Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic and leader of the Czech Velvet Revolution against Communist Rule.

The World Diversity Leadership Summit conference is the world’s leading gathering of senior corporate executives, leading experts and policymakers focused on global and local diversity best practices. Conference partners included some of the largest and most respected companies and media outlets n the world.

The Black Women in Europe Blog and Social Network is proud to know Beatrice and have her as a member of our community! We salute you and congratulate you!

Join Democrats Abroad around the world — from Sao Paulo to Hong Kong — to celebrate 45 years of going the distance for our Democratic Party

For 45 years, Democrats Abroad has been a home-away-from-home for the voices and votes of the millions of U.S. citizens living overseas.

From humble beginnings in London and Paris, we’ve grown into a truly global organization — with members in more than 150 countries, voting in every state in the union.

Join Democrats Abroad around the world — from Sao Paulo to Hong Kong — to celebrate 45 years of going the distance for our Democratic Party.

DA 45

Democrats Abroad Sweden
cocktail mingle
Sunday, October 4, 2009 4-7 p.m.
Scandic Hotel Anglais
Humlegårdsgatan 23, Stockholm

Host Committee
The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Sweden
Robbin Battison
Bill Borden
Brad DeLange
Cyndee Peters

Come celebrate 45 years of Democrats Abroad with Democrats Abroad Sweden on Sunday, October 4, between 4 and 7 p.m., in the downstairs lounge of the Scandic Hotel Anglais. It is a chance to meet other members and guests, with live music, two complimentary drinks (wine/beer or soft drinks) or one cocktail, and light food.

Tickets cost SEK 500:- each and may be purchased by U.S. citizens at: (When making your donation, please select “Sweden 45th Celebration Event” from the drop down menu titled “Is this donation payment for a specific event?”)

*Americans may purchase tickets for non-American guests. Proceeds will go to Democrats Abroad and its global voter registration efforts and overall mission to advance the principles of the Party.*

Please purchase your tickets soon to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you and your guests there to celebrate this historic event.

Join for Putumayo Nights & Faunafest in Stockholm on 2 October


Come party with Putumayo, the record label that has given you great world music compilations for 15 years., the site for black culture in Sweden, will be your host.

Get more information about tickets!

Urbanlife presenterar:
Putumayo Nights & Faunafest


Urbanlife bjuder i samarbete med Putumayo in till en festkväll arrangerad av Faunafest, en kväll i överraskningarnas tecken.

Putumayo har i 15 år presenterat musik från världens alla kulturer till över 50 miljoner lyssnare runt om i världen. Putumayo har bland annat gett oss samlingen Brasiliero och den fängslande ”Cantos Das Tres Racas”.

En kväll arrangerad av Faunafest kan bäst beskrivas som en kväll “Där gränsen mellan scen och salong upplöses… Publiken integreras om än omedvetet, i en pågående föreställning. Scenformer sammanstrålar i slutliga fusioner. En oförglömlig fest.”

Urbanlife har nöjet att erbjuda ett begränsat antal biljetter till rabatterat pris, exklusivt för våra medlemmar. Så om du inte redan är medlem, registrera dig på hemsidan så missar du inte möjligheten att få uppleva en kväll där vi hyllar mötet mellan världens olika kulturer och musikstilar.

Vinn två biljetter!!

Om du är medlem på Urbanlifes hemsida så kan du vinna 2 biljetter till detta evenemang. Svara på den här enkla frågan:

Hur många år har Putumayo gjort musik?

E-posta ditt svar senast den 25:e september till och skriv ”Putumayo” som ämne/subject. Inkludera även ditt namn och mobilnummer.

Vi ses på Fasching!

Datum: fredag 2 okt
Tid: 20.00 – 04.00
Plats: Fasching, Kungsgatan 63

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CALL FOR FILMS: 2010 *France Noire – Black France* Film Festival

Hat tip: Angela Shaw

CALL FOR FILMS: 2010 *France Noire – Black France* Film Festival

June 3-5, 2010 – Paris, France
The *France Noire – Black France* (FN-BF) Film Festival, a showcase for films focusing on the historical and contemporary Black presence in France, invites independent film entries of any length devoted to our core theme, *The Black Presence in France/La Présence Noire en France.* Two shorts and one feature length film will be selected by a jury process for featured public screening and recognition during the festival, and the filmmakers will be invited to discuss the film in a public forum. Filmmakers do not have to be ‘Blac k,’ but films should include a significant amount of content involving people of sub-Saharan African descent in France. A $500 film award will be given to filmmakers whose work is accepted and screened. You will be notified by email if your film is accepted. All genres/subject areas are welcome. Please include a self-addressed postage paid envelope if you want your work returned. All preview copies must be marked with your name and contact information.

Deadline: December 15, 2009. All footage – including music and other referenced video pieces – must have all rights cleared and secured. If you have signed a contract with any other entity for this film that includes EXCLUSIVE rights to this film, please review prior to submitting to our festival. We do not ask for exclusive rights. Submissions must be sent to us on DVD and programmed to play as a DVD Region 0 (region free) or Region 1. Please note that the following formats will not be considered: VHS, CD-R (QuickTime MOV or MPG files) or mini-DV. We will not accept emailed submissions or links to watch online. We must have a physical copy of the film.
Contact Information:
In France:
Professor Trica KEATON
Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall
4, rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris

In the USA:
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Professor of French & Italian
Director of W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies
Director of Program in African American and Diaspora Studies
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Box 351516
Vanderbilt University
Appel à Contributions de Films: Festival du Film 2010 “France Noire-Black France” du 3 au 5 juin 2010 à Paris
Le Festival de film “France Noire-Black France” (FN-BF), qui se veut être un tremplin pour les films qui traitent de la présence historique et contemporaine des Noirs en France vous invite à soumettre des travaux, de toute longueur, consacrés à notre thème central : « La Présence Noire en France/The Black Presence in France ». Deux courts métrages et un long métrage seront sélectionnés par un jury et feront l’objet d’une projection publique et d’une reconnaissance dans le cadre du festival. Les lauréats seront invités à discuter de leur film dans le cadre d’un forum public. Les cinéastes ne doivent pas nécessairement être « noirs » mais les films doivent consacrer une part significative de la trame narrative à des descendants d’Afrique sub-saharienne en France. Une récompense de 500 dollars sera attribuée aux cinéastes dont le projet sera retenu et projeté. Si votre projet retient l’attention du jury, vous serez notifié par voie électronique. Nous vous prions de bien vouloir joindre une enveloppe affranchie à votre adresse si vous souhaitez que votre travail vous soit retourn=C 3. Toutes les copies doivent faire figurer votre nom et vos coordonnées.

Date butoir : 15 décembre 2009. Tout enregistrement, y compris la bande-son et autres éléments vidéo référenciés, doivent avoir obtenu tous les droits préalables. Dans l’éventualité où vous auriez signé un contrat pour ce film avec un tiers qui stipule des droits EXCLUSIFS au film, nous vous serions gré de vous assurer des termes du contrat avant de soumettre votre projet au festival. Nous ne demandons pas de droits exclusifs. Les projets doivent nous parvenir sur support DVD (DVD 9 ou zone 1). Veuillez noter que les formats suivants ne seront pas pris en compte : VHS, CD-R (QuickTime MOV ou MPG files) ou mini-DV. Nous n’accepterons ni les projets envoyés pas voie électronique ni les liens pour des visionnements en ligne. Il nous faut recevoir une copie matérielle du film.
Coordonnées :
En France :
Professeur Trica KEATON
Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall
4, rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris
Aux Etats-Unis
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Professor of French & Italian
Director of W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies
Director of Program in African American and Diaspora Studies
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Box 351516
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235-1516
Email: t.sharpley-whiting@Vanderbilt.Edu