Loreen wins Eurovision 2012 bringing the 2013 contest to Sweden

Loreen from Sweden stormed to victory with 372 points. Russia and Serbia earned 259 and 214 points respectively. Loreen also won the second Semi-Final with a total of 181 points compared to Serbia and Lithuania who came second and third respectively.

Loreen and her dance partner. Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Loreen and Sweden also won two of the three The 2012 Marcel Bezençon Awards. The Artistic Award – Presented to the best artist as voted on by the commentators, and Composer Award – The best and most original composition as voted on by the participating composers: Thomas G:son and Peter Boström for Euphoria.

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn. The awards are named after the creator of the Eurovision Song Contest, Marcel Bezençon.


Loreen’s performance in the Swedish selection to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was in several aspects dreamlike. Her vocals and stage performance had a celestial quality that made commentators use words like ”otherworldly” after her experiencing contribution ”Euphoria”.

It came as no big surprise when she won the competition and made so with some distance. Loreen first took the votes from the specially invited international expert jury. Before winning the votes from the television viewers with record figures. More than 670 000 of the four million viewers – close to half the population – called in to vote for Loreen, twice the support of last years winner.

Afterwards Loreen was simply overwhelmed. ”A fantastic feeling, I almost started sobbing” she admitted to the television cameras.

“Two months of preparation can do miracles!” Loreen will bring “Euphoria” to Baku, Azerbaijan, where the 2012 Swedish entry will participate in the second of two semi finals for the ESC on May 24.
This attitude tells a lot about Loreen. Raised on the countryside outside Stockholm, in a family of Moroccan-Berber origin, she has a very detailed attitude to her music. She’s for example frustrated of the fact that she’s often tagged as an R&B artist.

”The music I get inspiration from is music that gets you into kind of a trance. Both musically and vocal vice. Artists like Björk, some of Enya’s music, and especially Lisa Gerrard.”

It’s fitting that Loreen learned to play the piano by imitating the very minimalistic Michael Nyman score to the 90’s film ”The Piano”. Loreen continues: ”I want to make music that really connects to my soul. I think that’s when my music affects the most.”

She describes herself: ”Somewhat a loner, a seeker that steers away from the information overload of today. I have no tv set. I have a laptop but I only use it for e-mails and music programs.”
Her general aim? ”To unite people in the thought that there is much more to life than the materialistic aspects. I know that it may sound hippieish and overblown. But is that really a reason to give up on this ambition? I’m certain the answer to that is no!”

Loreen’s third single release “Euphoria” has already spent some two weeks topping the Swedish single and airplay charts with sales quickly surpassing Platinum status. Neighbouring Norway and Finland were quick to discover this uplifting future anthem and are currently also reporting no 1 positions. The highly anticipated debut album is scheduled for a September release. “Euphoria” is written by Peter Boström and Thomas G:son and produced by Peter Boström and SeventyEight. An amazing journey has just begun and t

Women and Twitter clout



Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
When: Wednesday 30 May 2012,  6.30pm
Adm: £2

Women and the Twittersphere are hitting the headlines – for all the wrong reasons. According to the Independent’s Twitter 100 list only 18 of the top Tweeters are women. Media campaigners are calling on broadcasters to sign a pledge to ensure that 30 per cent of guest pundits are female – and not just when they need case studies or ‘victim’ comments. Why are so few women considered authoritative or influential in social media beyond ‘niche’ topics? And why are so many women still being excluded from the media, despite making up around 50 per cent of its workforce?

Join Words of Colour Productions and an exciting panel of female social media experts to discuss the real stories behind the headlines at the Free Word Centre on Wednesday 30 May (booking details below).

Sanam Dolatshahi is a social media reporter and presenter on BBC Persian Television’s interactive show Nowbat-e Shoma (Your Turn) and the first Iranian woman to start blogging in Iran in 2001.

Lis Howell is director of broadcasting and head of the MA courses in Broadcast and Television Journalism at City University London and is  leading a new campaign with Broadcast magazine to encourage broadcast outlets to increase the number of female experts interviewed on TV and radio.

Hana Riaz is undertaking a Masters in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies at the London School of Economics. She is a black Muslim feminist, writer, blogger and columnist for Ceasefire Magazine.

Minna Salami is a blogger, writer and social commentator on African feminism and pop culture whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Huffington Post and ARISE magazine. She is founder/editor of the award-nominated blog MsAfropolitan.com and is doing an MA in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

The panel debate will be facilitated by Julie Tomlin, Words of Colour’s creative programmes manager, and chaired by Words of Colour’s executive director Joy Francis.

To book:  http://www.freewordonline.com/events/detail/have-women-got-twitter-clout
Tel: 020 7324 2535 Website:
To find out more about the event visithttp://wordsofcolour.co.uk/have-women-got-twitter-clout-a-words-of-colour-panel-debate/

Call for submissions from young artists of Nigerian descent for new awards

Theatre Royal Stratford East announces 30 Nigeria House 

Theatre Royal Stratford East in collaboration with New World Nigeria today announces 30 Nigeria House, a search for original work from young artists of Nigerian heritage.  30 of the artists will be awarded up to £3,000 to develop their work, providing significant investment in emerging talents.  This groundbreaking and exciting new project is one of the outcomes of Theatre Royal Stratford East hosting Nigeria’s Hospitality House (Nigeria House) during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
30 Nigeria House is also part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Theatre Royal Stratford East will be celebrating the diversity of Nigerian culture.
Now, Theatre Royal Stratford East announces an exciting opportunity for new, emerging and existing UK-based artists of Nigerian descent and artists residing in Nigeria aged 18 – 35. Theatre Royal Stratford East is seeking fresh, dynamic perspectives from the art forms of theatre, dance, film animation, poetry, spoken word, and music.

Visit http://www.30nigeriahouse.com for guidelines

Deadline for submissions: 18 June 2012 (5pm / 1700 hours BST)

Operation Sankofa: Celebrating Black Dolls


When: Saturday 26 May 2012, 2:30-6-30PM
Where: The Brix, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF
Adm: Adults £5 / 5-16 yrs £3 / Under 5’s Free


Light Refreshments / Stalls / Raffle / Displays



Presentations from our Special Guests:
Anum of LivityFoundation – Naming Ceremony
Margaret Oshindele-Smith – Doll Collector
Rosine Mondor – Les Poupees Des Tropiques (Paris)
Etuma Seba – Pempers (Childrens Play Project Dakar)

For information contact:
Ama – Tel: 070 170 38545
Email: info@operationsankofa.com
or visit www.operationsankofa.com

Yvette Jarvis can help you discover your dream Greece vacation

2010 Black Women in Europe Power Lister Yvette Jarvis is a game changer. Among her lengthy list of accomplishments she is the first black woman to hold political office in Greece. Now she is embarking on sharing the wonders of Greece with first time or repeat visitors.

With the economic crisis in Greece there may never have been a better time to visit to get the most value for money. Yvette is part of a travel venture that can show you your Greece your way.


Geo Routes & Aegean Routes are theme cultural expeditions, held under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.
Geo Routes & Aegean Routes are aimed at making the unexplored parts of Greece known, highlighting the country’s cultural heritage and contributing to the development of the local society, through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.
Geo RoutesAegean Routes

The planning of our journies to the “other side” of Greece, as far as the expeditions’ cultural, social, culunary and environmental character is concerned, resulted from the contribution of excellent professionals and scientists who have shared common thoughts and values.
Geo Routes & Aegean Routes expeditions are ideally fitting to experienced voyagers from all over the world, who they seek to the experiential part of a journey. Among others, our expeditions fostering to the hidden side of the country, socializing with the unique people living there, as well as Greece 5000 years of  contribution to the words’ Civilization, Sciences and Democracy.

Contact Yvette for more information and to book your tour today, on Yvette_Jarvis@geo-routes.com.

Black Women Blogger in Europe – France 10 – Urban Travel Girl

I’m Maureen Jenkins, and I’m madly in love with my passport! Over the years, this well-worn treasure has taken this former newspaper reporter and “citizen of the world” from Montreal to Monaco, from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, from Rome to Riyadh, and many, many points in-between. Thanks to a previous corporate communications job for a global company,  a freelance food and travel writing career – and a personal bank account that’s helped keep many an airline, hotel and bed-and-breakfast in business – I’ve traveled the globe and realize that it really is a small world, after all.

A native of Chicago, I’m now happily based outside Paris, France. My motto: ”You’re never more than one flight away from an amazing adventure!”

Visit Urban Travel Girl.

BlackWomen Bloggers in Europe Series – Germany 8- Tatiana in Flux

Hi! I’m Tatiana Richards Hanebutte. I live a flux life: I’m an Alabama native turned American expat in Germany. Last year, I left a full time job to become a (temporary) stay-at-home mom. And that job I left? I managed social media communications for a chamber of commerce and a city magazine. Journalism plus social media; that’s about as flux as it gets. I guess you could say I like disruption.

Here at TatianaInFlux, I’ll talk about life as an expat, my adventures in motherhood and Germany as I see it.  Knowing me, I’ll probably go off on the occasional tangent. My hopes for the blog is that it will keep my friends and family updated on my life and help me to connect with interesting new people.

So, check it out and enjoy! You should probably start here.