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. …