Race for Justice: Alienation or Social Inclusion – conference in London


3-4 December, London

The conference is being organised by Napo and Society of Black Lawyers and supported by the Attorney General Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal.

The theme of the conference is “Race for Justice: Alienation or Social Inclusion.” The concept behind the theme is to improve awareness of the causes of social exclusion and its manifestations; examine what can be done to address the problems and whether community cohesion as a government strategy is the way forward.

The Conference aims to bring together key stakeholders to explore issues such as hate crimes, extremism within the context of the Criminal Justice System, Guns, Gangs and Knife Crime and Young People and examine how it:

 Informs policy provisions and key decision-making.
 Affects strategies, action-planning and delivery by both statutory and non-statutory bodies.
 Contributes to resource provision and educational support for young people
 Provide communities, central and local government, police and other justice agencies with an insight of how to work together to put an end to gang and knife crime and effectively combat extremism.

Who Should Attend

The conference is open to individuals and organisations committed to best practice, equality and diversity; community cohesion; tackling extremism and access to education. They include policy makers, jurists, police officers, probation officers, fire officers, community health professional, politicians, educationalist, academics, trade unions, community activists and youth workers.

Get full Race for Justic event details and the registration form.

Gala Dinner and Dance

The Society of Black Lawyers invites you to the ‘Race For Justice’ Gala Dinner and dance on Friday 4 December at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London – Black Tie/Cultural Dress

7pm to 3am, Drinks reception: 7pm, Dinner: 8pm, After dinner speakers: 9.30pm, Gala dance: 11.30pm – 3am

Price per ticket: £75 which includes drinks reception and 3 course meal with wine

Dance only £25 (after 10.30pm, purchased at Marriott Hotel Reception)

Your Host: David Neita, Barrister and Poet

After dinner speakers: Kwame Kwei Armah, Henry Bonsu

Performances by Simone Thompson, Nycha Creations and solo rap artist Witness, Felix Dexter, The London Community Gospel Choir

For more information, to book tickets for the Conference or Gala Dinner and Dance visit http://www.napo.org.uk/raceforjustice or call 0207 223 4887

30 November deadline to complete the Black Women in Europe™ Anniversary Survey

Complete the Black Women in Europe™ short survey here:

to get a free greeting card account from Donna Elmore’s Send Out Cards and a free copy of the latest edition of Zhana’s Success Book and to qualify to win prizes from:


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Creating Tomorrow

Poems and personal essays wanted for a new book: The editor is seeking contributions from Black and Mixed-race women of African & African-Caribbean descent on the themes of hair and/or skin.

Shangwe Hair and Skin Anthology

Poems and personal essays wanted for a new book. The editor is seeking contributions from Black and Mixed-race women of African & African-Caribbean descent on the themes of hair and/or skin.

New & previously published poems & personal essays accepted. New unpublished writers, particularly welcome.

Closing Date 30 November!!!

Nicole Moore (Editor) is compiling a new anthology of poetry and autobiography contributions that portray the perspectives of black and mixed-race women of African & African-Caribbean descent. The book will be a powerful medium for black and mixed-race women to explore, celebrate and reflect upon and share their
experiences. The anthology will also provide a reflection of many aspects of Black cultural heritage. The autobiography genre is consistent throughout and will provide new and creative ways of thinking about black and mixed race women. The aim of the anthology is to facilitate and enrich a greater understanding and
insight into creative writing written by black and mixed race women. The published anthology will be promoted with a well marketed launch, book readings and spoken word events where contributors can share their writing experiences.


TWO THEMES: Natural Hair Perspectives & Skin Perspectives

1. Non-fiction: Poetry/Personal Essays
Subject: Natural Hair Perspectives

Have you tried numerous hairstyles over the years from perms, relaxing, extensions, etc, before deciding on a natural style? Or have you always had a natural style? Do you think natural hair choices evolve from having some knowledge of your African and/or Caribbean history and tradition and a desire to express your hair through Africentric cultural/ancestral connections, or is it only about fashion, i.e. self image and hair style? These are just some questions/ideas to help with the thinking/writing process. Most of all it is your hair story, your hair journey to or with natural hair that I am interested in, so please feel free to be as creative as you like!

2. Non-fiction: Poetry/Personal Essays
Subject: Skin Perspectives

Our skin is an amazing covering; it’s our waterproof barrier and protects us. However, does your skin expose you in anyway? What does your skin mean to you? Do you love the skin you’re living in? Then tell me why. Do you think your skin tone can and does influence the life you live? Do you wish your skin tone was
lighter/darker? Does society have an obsession with fair skin? Is lighter skin ‘better’? Does culture play a part in breeding this mentality? Do you use or have you used skin lightening creams? If yes, do you see this as no worse than liposuction, and plumping up lips? Or, does it make your blood boil when you see those
skin lightening adverts in Black women’s magazines? These are just some questions/ideas to help with the thinking/writing process. I am particularly interested in your thoughts and feelings creatively expressed on the subject of skin, and please feel free to be as creative as you like?

Personal Essay pieces length: 500 -1,500 words exploring Hair and/or Skin Themes written in the first person.
Poems: Maximum of 4 poems exploring hair and/or skin themes, with a limit of 40 lines each. Can be previously published.

A4 – printed one side only.
Double line spacing (except poetry).
Number each page and please include your name, address, title of entry on a separate cover sheet with each contribution.
Short Biography: 50 words max.
Colour Photo in JPEG format. (Hair Perspectives only)
Word count.
All work should be clearly typed.

Submissions must reflect the perspectives of black and mixed-race women of African or African-Caribbean descent. Writers, who are published in anthologies, journals and magazines for example, are still eligible – but new, unpublished writers are particularly encouraged to make a contribution. Please note that submission
of your poetry, essay, etc. does not guarantee inclusion. Copyright belongs to the author.

Payment – we cannot pay contributors on this occasion as funding for commissions is not available. However, contributors will be able to purchase one copy of the published anthology at a discount price.

The Editor reserves the right to make minor cuts, alterations and corrections without reference to the writer. In the case of major edits, every effort will be made to consult with the authors. If you have any questions or queries, please email Nicole Moore at nicole(at)shangwe.com.

NICOLE MOORE, Editor, Writer, Published Poet:
Nicole is a Black British woman born in London of Guyanese and English parentage. Nicole writes poetry and non-fiction and has performed her work at a range of venues in London. She is the founder of Shangwe www.shangwe.com – a website that promotes the development of new Black British creative writing and
literature. Nicole is editor of two collections of poetry and autobiographical writing: Brown Eyes (2005) and Sexual Attraction Revealed (2007).

Nicole’s work has been published in Poetry Today Anthologies, Writing in Education Magazine, Trespass Magazine and The Weekly Gleaner (UK). Nicole has fourteen years freelance writing experience and five years experience of working as an Arts Tutor and Workshop facilitator specialising in creative writing. For a full biography visit www.shangwe.com/biography.htm.

Definition of terms:
Nicole Moore recognises that the term ‘Black’ has both a racial and political level of meaning and individual Black people relate to the term in different ways. For clarity, ‘African’, ‘African-Caribbean’ and ‘Black’ are used interchangeably and are defined as women who descent from the African continent and include first generation African-Caribbean women and African-Caribbean women throughout the Diaspora.

‘Mixed-race’ is a chosen term and in this context is used to describe women whose origin is described as being from different ‘races’.

Anna Dell’Era Dance and Movement Classes at the Othella Dallas Dance School in Basel


Dance and Movement Classes @ the Othella Dallas Dance School

Every Friday 17:00 – 18:15, 18:30 – 19:45 Uhr

Debut Class November 27, 2009

Predigergässlein 18 (Totentanz), Basel

Saturday classes available for children (while parents are shopping), advance reservation necessary:

About Anna Dell’Era

Born in North Carolina, Anna attained a Bachelor of Arts-English from the (University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1979), and a Master of Arts/Performing Arts/Dance from the American Universty, Washingon, D.C. in 1981.

Anna has worked as a Movement Therapist for emotionally disturbed teens and adults in North Carolina, conducted numerous vocal and dance workshops in the the United States, Germany, Switzerland and France.
In 1998, Anna owned her own dance studio, AKUBA, where she taught modern dance to children in Kembs, France, while simultaneously starring in the role of Reachel in the Swiss musical production of Space Dream in Baden, Switzerland.

Anna has worked as Performance Artist for several MCG-Event Solution and Decatron Multimedia events, and has worked as Performance Artist/Narrator for Basilea Film, Basel, Switzerland.

Photo exhibition in Stockholm Ghetto Fresh Fashionistas från Soweto,South Africa

Stocktown and The Royal Dramatic Theater presents an exclusive photo exhibiton by Johannesburg based photographer Chris Saunders.

Smarteez is a unique, fresh and colorful style phenomenon born out of the streets of Soweto and often compared to Tokyo´s Harajuku Girls.

Free entrance: Dramaten Lejonkulan foajé
Time: Friday 20 Nov starts at 20.30
What more: film, music and bar
Photo exhibition until 19 of december

Additionally, the play Transit opens:

TRANSIT is about a flight from Cape Town to Stockholm via Frankfurt.

Detoured by a storm, it makes an unscheduled stop in North Africa and the passengers are forced to wait in a derelict transit area for their plane to be refueled. The longer they are stuck in the situation, the harder it is to avoid either the impulse to unite or the differences that separate them.

TRANSIT is a cross-continental drama of human need, resilience and possibility.