When is the last time you played Bingo?

I’ve been to two casinos in my life, one in Las Vegas and one in Stockholm. Oh, and the ones on cruise ships and at my favorite resort in the Caribbean. In Vegas I tried my hand at Black Jack and the slots. I remember gambling a whopping $60 and being very proud of myself for breaking even. It was something about the thrill of not loosing that I will always remember. Believe it or not I never played Black Jack in a Casino again and only dropped a few coins in a few slot machines. And I’ve actually walked away with a few coins.


But what about Bingo? When is the last time you played Bingo? I used to think of Bingo as a kids game or a game for the elderly or a way for Churches to raise money. I thought of it as a social exercise. But my mother-in-love bought Bingo back to me last Christmas when she gave me and my Swede Bingo cards and we played along with the TV program. I won’ another card for New Year’s Eve but that was the end of my winning streak. But it was fun to play and fun to fantasize about potentially winning a new car, an exotic trip, or cold, hard cash.


Now it’s so easy to pick up a fun game of Bingo whenever you want as long as you have your computer, tablet or mobile phone charged up. partybingo.com has a lot of options for fun Bingo games including Monopoly and Wheel of Fortune (the original versions are two of my personal favorite games). And you can still have the feeling of being social. Chat with other players or join the team tournaments. Can you say Bingo?

Sisters Sharing Knowledge – 5-W-canvas to help you link profiles the smartest way…

Laura Bazile from England

It is not ‘big news’ that we -as professionals, as entrepreneurs or on a personal level, manage a bunch of profiles online. What could be hard to monitor is linking profiles online in order to master this serendipity as a powerful tool. I realized that honest approach and organization are necessary.

Who … are you TALKING to?
Question is “who” you would connect to online. I am a strong believer that “socializing” online is roughly speaking a carbon copy of socializing in real life. The online thing allows to instantly contact a potential customer located in Brazil while keeping in touch with relatives living in Australia. My point here is that you connect online with people who would interact with.

What … is HAPPENING online?
Connecting, sharing, learning … everything we obviously already know about and/or search for in an increasingly more precise and demanding way. The impact of your content will not be the same depending on where you will post it. If you choose to link profiles together, chances are that you will multiply the impact of your message.

When … should I LINK profiles?
As far as you know what you are doing here. “My Facebook page is for friends and relatives only (as this is what I had in mind when I created it), could I get it professional?” It is a no-no. Build a new, professional page/profile because you want to interact professionally there. Period. This is where linking profiles makes sense. You will link profiles which have something is common e.g. its content AND your targeted audience.

Where … should I POST and LINK?
There are no rules, except yours. I created my e_mapping canvas eg. list my online profiles and checked which one is connected to which. This might be used in your professional routine as a dashboard to manage profiles, to delete what became useless, to focus on what you need to develop, identify where you feel comfortable (probably because you reach there people you share value with)…

Why can this be HELPFUL?
Your professional path evolves which means that your message changes as well. All in one, you would choose to use profitably profiles that bring value to your professional scheme. There is not one tool, but there is one choice to be made when interacting online. Value the time you will spend there. It is the best way to move forward.

Have you found the best way to manage profiles or you chose to deal with yours on-the-fly?


Laura Bazile
Events professional, addicted to travelling, meeting & helping people
consultant @blufreelance_ (events marketing boutique agency)


Black Women Blogger in Europe – Turkey

Siyah in Turkey

Siyah in Turkey

Siyah in Turkey

A new blog for a 6 month adventure in Turkey:

I guess I’ll be blogging. Not really sure how I feel about it but I suppose since communication will be limited, this is a nice way for you guys to keep up with my life — For those of you who even care that is. Anywaydoe, I’ve survived the packing process. I was limited to only TWO bags for these next 6 months  unless I wanted to pay an utterly ridiculous $200 a pop for each extra bag…
But middle finger to Swiss Air, I successfully packed everything I needed in two suitcases and one carry on. Figuring out how to fit it all was definitely a test of mental fortitude but your girl was victorious and now you can consider me an expert on strategic packing — Come see about me.
I will admit I’m starting to get nervous and sad that I’m leaving behind everything and everybody I know for a bit but that’s normal. I have no idea what to expect — I’ve never been to Turkey, I don’t speak the language, and  I don’t know the culture. However, I have eaten Şiş Kebabs before… So basically I’m ignorant as Hell when it comes to all things Turkish.  And therein lies the rub, my good friends. But this is a learning experience and I’ll be a better person when its all said and done. And lest we not forget that  I can write “Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldy.” in all my social networking bios and really mean the “Worldy” part. These are the things that really matter, people.
Some of you know that I gave up the “N Word” for Lent but in trying to find a name for this blog, I simply could not resist the temptation — It was overwhelming.
Sorry Lord.

Visit the blog today:

Success in High Heels: 30 Day Feast to Success

From: Lillian Ogbogoh

To: Awesome One

Re: Just wanted to share my excitement.

Today (8 April 2013) sees the launch of an amazing collaboration between myself and 29 other fabulously talented women in the form of the internationally published book, ‘Success in (High) Heels: 30 Day Feast to Success’.

This book offers great ideas and sound advice from some of today’s most accomplished business owners, combining traditional advice and transformational ideas that will help all women reach that place they call success. My chapter, ‘ Impact Your Business by Discovering the Wisdom of Your Sensual Goddess’ shows you will the gifts of discovering the wisdom of your sensual goddess and the impact that it will have on your business and life.

Success in (High) Heels is a true testimony to what women can achieve when they understand that being a woman is her greatest asset in life and business, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

Go check it out and see why.

In the UK (ships to Europe)

In the US

In Germany

In France

International African Festival Tübingen, Germany 2013

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Africans, be proud of your culture

Dear Africans, friends and well-wishers of Africa,
Summer is around the corner! It’s time to relax and spend quality time with friends, family and well-wisher at the largest extravaganza African Diaspora festival taking place for the 4th time in Down-town Tübingen from the 8th to the 11th of August 2013 at the African Village (Festplatz).
This event is a show case of African lifestyle and at the same time bringing the African-German community together with lot of fun full activities for family, Business & social forum, huge souvenir market, bands, live music, Djs and party. More than 20.000 visitors attended the 2012 event and more than 100.000 visitors will attend this year’s event.
We’ve put immense effort in making the International African Festival Tübingen the simplest, easy going and the most fun full festival in Germany, at the same time keeping it ENTRY FREE! The international African Festival Tübingen is dedicated to African Diaspora world-wide

Visit our new homepage www.afrikafestival.net. Like us on Facebook
Visit & Enjoy!

Kind regards

Draußen und Eintritt frei

Das internationale Afrika Festival Tübingen, ist das größtes Familie-Kulturfestival, das jeden Sommer in Tübingen stattfindet. Es präsentiert zum 4. Mal unseren Kontinent Afrika und seine weltweite Diaspora mit all seinen faszinierenden Facetten. Dieses Festival bietet jedes Jahr genug Attraktionen, um Tausende von Besuchern auf den Tübinger Festplatz zu locken.

Dieses Jahr findet es vom 8. Bis 11. August 2013 statt. „Nicht schwarz. Nicht weiß. Sondern bunt“ ist das Festival Motto. Genau so farbenfroh und weltoffen ist auch das Publikum, das sich über den vier Tagen in Tübingen trifft.
Das Festival ist mit Kostenlosen Eintritt, damit bieten wir jedem Besucher die Chance diesen wunderbaren Kontinent und seine Menschen kennen zu lernen. Erleben Sie Tolles Bands & Party, Markt, Business, Workshops, Kids & Family und vieles mehr…

Mehr als 20.000 Besucher 2012 und 100.000 Besucher sind erwartet

Wir sind online auf www.afrikafestival.netFacebook

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Fier d`être Africain -Un Evènement à ne pas manquer – ENTREE GRATUITE.

Le festival international africain de Tübingen en Allemagne est un festival culturel qui a lieu chaque été à Tübingen, près de Stuttgart. C’est une vitrine de mode de vie africain qui réunit la communauté afro-allemande.

La célébration de cette année aura lieu pendant les vacances d’été, du 8 au 11 Août 2013 au centre-ville de Tübingen, avec beaucoup d’activités tels que le Business & socialforum, le marché de souvenirs, des Artistes et la musique live, les DJ pour faire la fête, les enfants et leurs familles. L´événement de l’année dernière a attiré plus de 20.000 visiteurs et cette année plus de 100.000 sont attendus.

Ne manquez pas ce grand évènement!


Visitez nous sur www.afrikafestival.netFacebook


Barking and Dagenham councillor set to become first Black woman to be elected to European parliament from the UK

Barking and Dagenham councillor set to become first Black woman to be elected to European parliament from the UK

Sanchia Alasia, a Labour party councillor in Barking and Dagenham is set to become the first Black woman from the UK to be elected to the European parliament in the elections set to be held on the 22nd May 2014.


Sanchia worked alongside the party members and activists in Barking and Dagenham to smash the BNP in Barking and defeat the sitting BNP councillor in her ward, Robert Bailey to become the youngest woman on the council.  She currently chairs the council’s Health and Adult Services Scrutiny Committee.


Sanchia is a specialist in French politics and she has done a number of key things in Europe with the European Diversity and Inclusion Congress, German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network and as an expert at the Council of Europe conference in Poverty and Inequality.


There are six new candidates that were chosen by a tough selection process by the London Labour party to fight the elections next year; they will be announced on the party’s website on Monday 8th April.


The final stage of the selection process is a one member one vote ballot which will be sent to all Labour party members in June.  The outcome of this ballot will determine the ranking of the candidates.  The higher the ranking the more likely it will be that the candidate will be elected.


This news comes on the back of another success for Sanchia; she has been selected to take part in the 50/50 European Campaign Political Mentoring Network, which will be launched this Tuesday in the European Parliament in Brussels.  This network will bring together current sitting MEPs from all political parties, with future candidates for the 2014 European Parliament elections. The European Women’s lobby, European Political Mentoring Network aims to empower ethnic minority women and women of foreign origin ahead of the June 2014 European elections and, ideally, to increase their representation in the European Parliament (EP), in order to address the lack of gender parity and ethnic diversity in political decision-making at European level.


More details about the political mentoring network can be found here:




Sanchia Alasia said:

‘It is a great honour and privilege to have been chosen as a candidate by the Labour party for the European elections in the London region for 2014.  I look forward to being able to use my direct experience to help Labour and sister parties across Europe tackle the rising threat of the far right.  This seat is not my seat but for every one of the nine million residents of London.

Sanchia was born in Jamaica and grew up in Newham, east London.  Both her parents worked in the public sector, her mum is a teacher and her dad was a train driver.  Sanchia has a BSc in politics and sociology and an MSc in politics, policy and government.

Sanchia is an award winning diversity and human resource specialist and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).   Sanchia has worked on equality and diversity issues in a number of public sector organisations.  She led the mature students section within the National Union of students, Black students campaign.  She sat on the women’s staff network committee and co-chaired the Black staff network group at Transport for London.  Whilst studying for her master’s degree she was elected as the race equality officer at the University of London Union.  Professionally her roles include diversity officer at Queen Mary University and Equality and Diversity lead within the NHS.  She currently provides expert diversity advice to Brunel University as their equality and diversity manager.  Working in all these roles has given Sanchia a strong understanding of equality and employment law as well as developing initiatives to improve workforce representation.

Due to her expertise, Sanchia was asked to write a chapter for the book ‘equality, inequalities and diversity ‘published by Palgrave Macmillan and co-wrote a chapter about the resources and constraints of diversity and equality officers.  Sanchia is a well sought after speaker and has spoken at the World Diversity leadership summit and the European Diversity Business Congress over the last couple of years.  Sanchia was selected as one of the 35 delegates to the Women in Public Service project out of the initial 170 applicants, which took place in Paris in October 2012. The theme of the project was global health, particularly relevant as she chairs the health scrutiny committee at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.  In this role she has led a review of the quality and safety of maternity services at Queens’s hospital in Romford and is currently leading on an in-depth scrutiny review of services and support for diabetics in Barking and Dagenham.

Sanchia has always been an active individual, having been a student governor at her last university and was elected to become the first Black vice president in her students union.   As well as being an active member of the Labour party, Sanchia is also an active member of the Fabian Society, Co-op Party, Christian Socialist Movement, BAME Labour and her trade union, UNISON.  Sanchia has completed internships with Sadiq Khan and Diane Abbott and now brings that experience to help and to work closely with local residents in Alibon ward, resolving their issues with long lasting solutions.  Sanchia was elected as a Labour party councillor in Barking for Alibon ward in May 2010, where she defeated the London regional coordinator of the BNP, Robert Bailey, who was the sitting councillor at the time to become the youngest woman on the council.  Sanchia achieved over a 7% swing to Labour as the council candidate in the 2010 local elections by reaching out to the wider community.  Sanchia currently serves the borough as a school governor in a local primary school within her ward and as chair of the health and adult services scrutiny committee.

She is a specialist in French political analysis and broader European debate and writes about the French presidency and tackling the far right in the UK and across Europe on a regular basis, on her own blog sanchiaalasia.blogspot.com and on www.leftfootforward.org

Sanchia was shortlisted to the final three for International politician of the year for the inaugural Google European Diversity Awards in 2011. She was long listed to the final ten for the Women in the city awards this year and was runner up for the women in public service category in the Precious awards that took place in late November 2012. www.preciousawards.com

She was given a community leadership award for the work she tirelessly does in her local community, at the good neighbourhood awards ceremony which took place in Barking in December 2012.  She was shortlisted for young councillor of the year in the Local Government Information Unit, annual councillor 2013 achievement awards.

She also been shortlisted in the category of Local Government Personality of the year in the women in public life awards.  The ceremony is due to take place in March 2013.  http://www.womeninpubliclifeawards.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=7:local-government-personality-of-the-year&Itemid=14&layout=default

Sanchia was elected onto the executive committee of the Labour Movement for Europe (LME) in February 2013.  LME is an affiliated socialist society in the Labour Party.  LME also works with Unions, the Co-operative Movement and other progressive groups – and puts them in a European context. They believe in progressive change and society’s capability to reflect social responsibility and solidarity – in workplaces and communities up and down this country, but also across Europe and across the globe.

Sanchia loves cooking and singing.


The woman who will be Britain’s first black marchioness

Source: Jadili Africa

Britain’s first black marchioness, as she prepares to marry into one of Britain’s most eccentric aristocratic families. A marchioness is above the ranking of countess, but below duchess, Emma McQuiston, 26, is the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon. She is to wed Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount of Weymouth, 38. His father, the Marquess of Bath, is notorious for his harem of ‘wifelets’. The Viscount is heir to Longleat House and its 100,000 acre estate. Her half-brother Ian is married to Ceawlin’s aunt, Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne. But the daughter of a Nigerian oil baron says she faces racism and snobbery from the upper classes unwilling to accept her.

‘There has been some snobbishness, particularly among the much older generation,

she told society magazine Tatler.

‘There’s class and then there’s the racial thing. It’s a jungle and I’m going through it and discovering things as I grow up.

‘I’m not super-easily offended but it’s a problem when someone’s making you feel different or separate because of your race. I have never had anything horrible said or happen, but it is something you sense. You can just tell with some people.’

The 26-year-old aspiring television chef will marry Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, in June at his family seat Longleat after an 18-month courtship.

The arts graduate and former head girl will initially be a viscountess, becoming Marchioness of Bath when her husband inherits the title.
She’s a former actress, artist, chef, and avid blogger
See her blog here: http://emmamcquiston.com/