Appeal to find a sister missing in Germany

*****Dear Ladies, friends and sisters who live in Germany and/or have German connections, we need your help!

This young lady here has been missing since March 6th, 2012. Her name is VANILLIE CARMEN KAMENI, she’s 20 and has been living in Dortmund for 10 months. It is believed that she’s been kidnapped.
This is not a hoax, this appeal has been published by a friend of a reliable source, who is her cousin, to help find her. Please share! Dortmund police phone number: 0049 2311320


Sie ist die 20 jährige Vanillie Carmen KAMENI und in Deutschland (Dortmund) seit 10 Monaten kaum lebend. Sie war für das letzte Mal am 06. März gesehen. Die deutsche Polizei erklärt nicht imstande sein zu können, die Suchen zu beginnen, weil sie keinen Ausgangspunkt hat.
Wir bitte sie um ihre Hilfe. Jede Person, sie etwas bemerkte oder Informationen hat, ist gebeten, es die Polizei kennen zu lassen.
PS: Das ist kein Scherz.


Elle s’appelle VANILLIE CARMEN KAMENI, elle a 20 ans et vit en Allemagne (Dortmund) depuis 10 mois à peine. Elle a disparu depuis 3 semaines et a été vue pour la dernière fois le 06 Mars 2012. D’après nos premiers indices, nous pensons qu’elle est victime d’un enlèvement.
La police allemande déclare ne pas pouvoir être en mesure de commencer les recherches parce qu’elle n’a pas de point de départ….ALORS AIDEZ-NOUS !!!
Toute personne l’ayant aperçue quelque part ces derniers jours est priée de me contacter. Votre aide nous est très précieuse.
Merci par avance ! 

Loreen won Melodifestivalen 2012 with the song “Euphoria” – will represent Sweden at Eurovision

Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui, better known by his stage name Loreen (previously Lorén), born October 16, 1983 in Stockholm, is a Swedish Idol Participant, singer and producer of Moroccan-berbiskt descent. In 2004 she participated in Idol 2004, where she finished fourth. In 2011 she participated in Melodifestivalen 2011 with the song “My Heart is Refusing Me” but went no further than second chance.

Loreen won Melodifestivalen 2012 with the song “Euphoria”. She moved on from the first race in Växjö and went straight to the Final on 10 March 2012. There, she finished in first place and therefore will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Black Women in Europe in association with Diverse Dolls 4 All have 3 beautiful dolls to give away.

For a chance to win one of these great prizes go to the Diverse Dolls 4 All Facebook page, hit the Like button, and tell them the name of your favourite doll by writing on their wall. It is as simple as that.

More information on the dolls can be found at

The competition closes at 5pm UK time on Friday 6th April 2012 after which 3 winners will be picked at random. Entries are limited to one per person and the competition is restricted to those that reside within the EU. Entrants must also be followers of the Black Women in Europe Facebook page or of the Black Women in Europe blog. Prizes will be distributed randomly and there is no choice of doll. Good Luck .

Sandrine Joseph among the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders for 2012

My friend, mentor, 2010 Black Women in Europe™ Power Lister and super cool French chick Sandrine Joseph has another honor to add to her impressive list. This month she was named one of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders for 2012. To put this in perspective she is joined by the likes of David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Larry Page, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Google, USA, both previous winners.

This is one side of Sandrine and how I imagine she looked when she received the good news. At least it is how I looked!


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  • The Forum has honoured 192 young leaders from 59 countries for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society
  • Of the selected young leaders, 46 are from Europe
  • Young Global Leaders are selected from a variety of sectors such as business, government, academia, media, non-profit organizations and arts and culture, and from all regions of the world
  • Young Global Leaders engage in initiatives that address specific challenges of public interest with the objective of shaping a better future

Geneva, Switzerland, March 2012 – The World Economic Forum has announced its Young Global Leaders (YGLs) for 2012.

The honour, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognizes up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. Past YGLs include Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, Closing Bell, and Anchor and Managing Editor, Wall Street Journal Report, CNBC, USA; David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Esther Duflo, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Larry Page, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Google, USA; Zhang Xin, Chief Executive Officer, SOHO China, People’s Republic of China.

For 2012, the Forum has selected 192 YGLs from 59 countries and all sectors of society (including business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media). The new class originates from East Asia (38), South Asia (19), Europe (46), Middle East and North Africa (15), sub-Saharan Africa (18), North America (37) and Latin America (19).

“In the last few years, the world has seen the biggest recession in almost a century and we now face daunting global challenges,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “Recovery and innovation will require new, unique ideas and an environment where the best minds, ideas and leadership can thrive. The most important determinant of this will be how we use human talent. Within the World Economic Forum community, the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation. I am particularly proud of this year’s honourees, who I believe will address the challenges we face in a meaningful way through fresh thinking and true multistakeholder engagement.”

Drawn from a pool of several thousand candidates, the 2012 YGLs were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and they comprise respected international leaders from business, government and media.

The 2012 YGLs reflect different types of leadership in different parts of the world and society. Those from Europe include: Brendan Cox, Director of Advocacy and Policy, Save the Children International, United Kingdom; Franz Koch, Chief Executive Officer, PUMA, Germany; Maggie Berry, Founder and Director, Women in Technology, United Kingdom, Birgitta Ohlsson, Minister for European Union Affairs of Sweden;, Alvaro Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, SharpBrains, Spain; Michal Krupinski, Head of Global Banking and Markets Unit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Poland; Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, United Kingdom.

“The next era of human evolution will be defined by the problem solving power of networks. All around us we see people getting organized and committing themselves with heart, body and mind to work at the scale of the problems we all face,” said Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT, United Kingdom. “The YGL community is one such network. Becoming part of it is humbling yet thrilling as it is networks like this and our innate ability to get organised and innovate that will create the systemic change necessary to sustain and empower every man woman and child on the planet.”

Another recently selected YGL from Italy, Angela Morelli, Graphic and Information Designer, commented: “Change does not happen in one day. It is a slow process made of thousand of individual actions, energies, minds, souls. Sometimes, if we are to turn potential into reality, our task is to connect them. My hope is that being part of the Young Global Leaders community will bring me the precious opportunity to do just that.”

The 2012 honourees will become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community that currently comprises 713 outstanding individuals. The YGLs convene at an Annual Summit, which will be held this year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on 14-18 April. YGLs are actively engaged in the community, are integrated into events organized by the World Economic Forum, and organize events of their own, as well as launch and lead their own innovative initiatives and task forces. These activities enable YGLs to learn from and with each other; build knowledge and engender a better understanding of global challenges and trends, risks and opportunities; and further enhance their unique role as leaders within their own organizations, the World Economic Forum and the broader global community.

“The Young Global Leaders are a truly global network. They are passionate, open-minded and hands-on. Being part of this unique community is a great privilege, but also an obligation to make a positive impact on the world,” said Gregor Hackmack (2010 YGL), Co-Founder, ParliamentWatch, Germany.

“One of the unique aspects of the YGL Community is that it is the first generation of leaders who are truly global citizens: they have all lived, studied and worked in different countries throughout their careers,” said David Aikman, Head of The Forum of Young Global Leaders. “They see themselves as being fundamentally interconnected and have the cross-cultural leadership skills to be successful in a globalized world. Thanks to the incredible diversity of the group, they are able to collaborate across complex systems and build informal coalitions to facilitate action on the biggest challenges facing the world today. This entrepreneurial approach to public good is the best way to move the world forward. We look forward to integrating the 2012 YGLs into our discussions and initiatives.”

Read more about Sandrine Joseph on her website.

“Watch” modernafricanart @ Biograf Spegeln, Malmö – Thursday 29/3 17:00-19:30

You are warmly invited to the vernissage of VISIONS by modernafricanart; done in collaboration with the International Female Film Festival.

More details on

Biograf Spegeln
Stortorget 29, Malmö
Thursday 29th of March 2012
17:00 – 19:30 hrs
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Have you had some Time with Natalie?

Natalie Louise Brown is a woman on a mission – to motivate, inspire and uplift other women.

Natalie is the creator of the Inspired Dreams (ID – What’s Your ID?) brand which incorporates ID Media, ID Publishing, ID Education, ID Property and ID Fashion. She is currently working on the production of her new Oprah-style TV chat show ‘Time With Natalie’ aimed at educating and inspiring women to succeed in life. She is also stepping into the fashion world by creating her own unique and inspirational T-shirt range.

Natalie was raised by a single mother with four children and very little money. She moved to London aged 18 and worked in finance for 10 years. Being a creative woman with an interest in media/music/fashion she always knew her destiny and path in life would be found in these areas.

It was about seven years ago that her life started to take shape and she moved into her destiny. Using her entrepreneurial skills, she began a career in property and ended up starting her own business (ID Property), which owns a number of houses in the UK and abroad.

Her passion for media began when she started working on a number of well-known British TV shows, ie. Dr Who, Casualty, Doctors, Lewis. This experience landed her the role of presenter for UKCMC (UK Christian Music Charts) – a TV music show aimed at inspiring people through positive music. The third series is currently aired on Sky.

Natalie feels a strong desire to encourage women to find their purpose in life and make a difference in their community. Her new chat show, ‘Time With Natalie’, will focus on topical issues and encourage women to start a business and do more to help others. The show is aimed at women predominantly aged between 25-45 years old and the goal is to have it aired on prime time TV for maximum impact.

Natalie is also associated with Par Excellence magazine, which is aimed at women striving to make something of their lives.

Her dream is to see women achieve their goals and be a positive role model.

Life is not about how you started, it’s how you finish that matters!

For further information please visit

Private Bus Trip to Josephine Baker’s Chateau, Dordogne, Bordeaux

If you’ve always wanted to visit Josephine Baker’s former chateau in Dordogne, here’s your chance.

We will escort a private, luxury bus from Paris for:

– Private tour of Chateau des Milandes permanent exhibition of Josephine Baker’s former home where she lived with her Rainbow Tribe family. Revel in the beautifully exhibited mementos, her recreated living spaces, and the extraordinary display of her private and public life.

Explore Josephine Baker’s Dordogne :  Sarlat, outstanding medieval town renown for its sprawling Saturday market of world famous local products. Visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of prehistoric cave drawings at Lascaux.

Discover Bordeauxs famous vineyards, the city’s rich architectural setting, fine gastronomy, and learn about its slave-ship history.

Departure from Paris: Thursday May 3

Return to Paris: Tuesday May 8

Your package includes:

– private bus to Dordogne and Bordeaux region

– 3 nights in Sarlat, 3-star hotel

– 2 nights in Bordeaux, 3-star hotel

– full day Bordeaux wine tour including tastings

– private tour of Josephine Baker’s chateau

– breakfast daily

– all transfers, taxes, fees and service charge

Price: $1500 per person

Please contact Julia Browne for Further Details and Registration.