Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

From BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Valaida Snow was a black jazz song and dance performer in the 1920s and 30s, who famously also played solo trumpet in a man’s world. She toured around the world until she fell foul of the German occupying force in Denmark. Now Candace Allen has painstakingly pieced together Valaida’s …

2 years later but here it is. Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

2 years later but here it is. Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

From TEDGlobal 2011 in Scotland Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. Visit Thandie’s new website.

Ayo – simply fabulous

Ayo – simply fabulous

Biography source: Wikipedia Ayo (born as Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin on 14 September 1980 in Frechen near Cologne, Germany) is a Nigerian-German singer-songwriter. She uses the Yoruba translation Ayọ or Ayo. of her first name Joy. Her debut album Joyful, which was first released in 2006, reached Double-Platinum status in France, Platinum in Germany and Poland, …

Is there any reason why you won’t vote for us in the International category of the 2013 Black Weblog Awards?

Is there any reason why you won’t vote for us in the International category of the 2013 Black Weblog Awards?

The annual Black Weblog Awards voting has opened. We were honored in 2007 during our very first blogging year to win both the judges and popular vote in the International category. Six years later and we’re still here and a lot has happened. We launched a social network, two Facebook groups and a professional women’s …

3rd and final part of Al Jazeera’s Black France documentary

3rd and final part of Al Jazeera’s Black France documentary

The last episode of this series focuses on the extreme racism and discrimination black immigrants faced during times of economic hardship and through political shifts in post-World War II France. The 1973 oil crisis quadrupled the price of oil. The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) embargoed oil exports to countries that supported Israel …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Celebrating birthdays

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Celebrating birthdays

I’m so glad my girlfriend invited me to celebrate her birthday with her in Halmstad. The two of us started with a little bubbly and appetizers at her place. We had a delicious dinner Fridolfs Krog I hadn’t been out dancing in ages and the Boom Boom Room was the perfect place to have fun. …

Two students from Lund University in southern Sweden have sparked accusations of racism after coming to a party with black-painted faces

Two students from Lund University in southern Sweden have sparked accusations of racism after coming to a party with black-painted faces

Source: The Local.se Lund students in new ‘racist’ blackface outrage Two students from Lund University in southern Sweden have sparked accusations of racism after coming to a party with black-painted faces, reminding some of a mock slave auction from 2011 that drew international condemnation. The students were imitating Jamaican reggae singers at an initiation party for new …

A man and his 18-month-old son were badly beaten and nearly thrown off a bridge in Malmö in what police are describing as a race-related hate crime.

A man and his 18-month-old son were badly beaten and nearly thrown off a bridge in Malmö in what police are describing as a race-related hate crime.

Source: The Local.se Man and toddler beaten up in Malmö hate crime   The assault happened on Sunday (September 8, 2013) night on a bridge when the father was out walking with his son. He was approached by a gang and the attack started when a man assaulted his son and later threatened to kill …

Isabellah Andersson wins the Tjejmilen 10k in Stockholm

Isabellah Andersson wins the Tjejmilen 10k in Stockholm

This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen 10k, the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. It is a beautiful run/walk through the royal park ”Djurgården” in Stockholm. Isabellah Andersson’s average pace was 03.22 min/km. Six women were recognized for their achievement. This sister did her best and enjoyed it. But this race wasn’t just …

“Together We Can” Ladies Day October 2013 in Stratford

“Together We Can” Ladies Day October 2013 in Stratford

You are invited to attend: “Together We Can” Ladies Day October 2013 Register here: http://2inspireladiesdayoctober2013.eventbrite.co.uk/ 2inspire ladies day is back!!! October 19th will see the 3rd edition of the 2inspire ladies day. A free entry event that showcases businesses and services that meet the needs of women. It will be taking place at the beautiful Old Stratford …

Cécile Kyenge Kashetu continues to be harrassed in Italy

Cécile Kyenge Kashetu continues to be harrassed in Italy

Source: nbcnews.com From a report by By Steve Scherer, Reuters. Italy’s far-right Forza Nuova party left three mannequins covered in fake blood at the front door of an administrative office in Rome on Wednesday in the latest attack on Italy’s first black minister. Forza Nuova posted pictures of the mannequins on its Facebook page, along with …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

On the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen, I decided to participate. It is the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. I signed up in the walking category so we were the last two groups to start the race. This was the category for women with baby strollers, walking sticks, and newbies like me. I …

Nicole Trots the Globe, next stop Germany!

Nicole Trots the Globe, next stop Germany!

In a new series of articles, black women living outside of Europe share their views from the other side. In our second article, Nicole Brewer recounts her time teaching abroad.  I have been very fortunate to live out one of my favorite passions over the past several years, which is travel.  I’ve lived in South …

Black France documentary episode two

Black France documentary episode two

Source: Al Jazeera The second episode of this series reveals the ongoing struggles of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean to achieve rights, form communities and have their contributions to French society recognised. During World War II, Africa once again answered France’s call to battle, but this time the motivation was different. Black soldiers were …

Hanging on to summer. Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

Hanging on to summer. Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

Well, it is September and no doubt the last vestiges of summer are slipping away. “Don’t go”, I scream. “Seems like you only just arrived. Sigh”. But I have to admit it was a pretty awesome summer. The Culture Festival in Stockholm was packed with great acts including the legendary Hugh Masakela. My friend’s dog …

Black France: Part one of a three-part series looking at the history of France’s black community and their long struggle for recognition.

Black France: Part one of a three-part series looking at the history of France’s black community and their long struggle for recognition.

Source: Al Jazeera In May 2013, France’s National Assembly successfully voted on a bill to remove the words ‘race’ and ‘racial’ from the country’s penal code. French President Francois Hollande ran on a platform promising to eliminate the word ‘race’ from France’s constitution. But critics were quick to point out the disparity between constitutional reform …