NCP Seeks Migrant Family Support Service National Co-ordinator


New Communities Partnership Migrant Family Support Service is a new service for migrant families,  co-ordinated by New Communities Partnership and supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland.

The Service will deliver culturally sensitive support and advocacy services to migrant families who are experiencing child protection interventions.

The National Co-ordinator will be responsible for leading and driving the new service at operational level, ensure practice is evidence-based and build relationships with key agencies who legislate on child protection interventions.  Above all, they must deliver positive outcomes for migrant children and families who are experiencing child protection interventions.

Please click on the following link to see the Job Description

All applications should be submitted to by 5pm, Friday 25th October.
New Communities Partnership

53 Upper Dorset St

Dublin 1


Tel  01-8727842

7th Annual Summer School on BLACK EUROPE

Thank you for the reminder Angela Shaw. Every year I say I am going to take this course one summer. I have to ensure that it comes to pass.

Black Europe

7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe
Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 23 – July 4, 2014

The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 7th annual Summer School on Black Europe will take place from June 23rd to July 4th, 2014 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in collaboration with The Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues (Barcelona, Spain).*

The Summer School on Black Europe will be held at:

International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)
Lombokstraat 40, 1094 AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The overall goal of this course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora (and “other” immigrants of color) in Europe. We will focus on and discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies, social organizations and legislation today. This course will begin with a historical overview of the African Diaspora in Europe that traces the involvement of European nations in the colonization of the Americas. We will address the migration and settlement of Blacks in Europe, and examine immigration and citizenship laws that regulated their settlement. We will also look at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries. We compare the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces and social movements within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath. In addition, we will explore notions of Blackness as official categorization; as a social construction employed by the dominant groups to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. In this way, we examine the social mobilization of Blacks to resist domination.

The above issues will be considered in light of the immediacy of contemporary global and European forces, including competing issues and discourses on Islamophobia, increased non-Black migration into and across Europe, and the debt crisis in the European Union.

This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. To this effect guest speakers for the 2013 program will be drawn from Germany, Italy and Portugal for case studies in those countries.

Affiliated Faculty Members include:


(More Faculty Info)



The tuition for this course is € 1600 (or € 1300 without housing) .

Tuition includes housing, the opening reception, lunches on all class days, weekly get-togethers with faculty, a course reader, a public transportation pass, and travel costs and entrance to museums and exhibitions during excursions (excluding an optional excursion to Paris).

The Paris excursion includes participation in a workshop on Migration and Social Movements at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) in Paris.

Tuition does not include travel to and from Amsterdam.

For more information over the Summer School, please email:
blackeurope [at]

K. Nimako, Director
Email: obee [at]

Mano Delea, Project Manager
Email: mano.delea [at]

Camilla Hawthorne, Coordinator North America
Email: camilla.hawthorne [at]

Giovanni Picker, Coordinator East/Central Europe & Russia
Email: giovanni.picker [at]


About the Center

Logo Dialogo Global


DIÀLEG GLOBAL (Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization promoting research, knowledge-making, education (through seminars, workshops, exhibits, round-tables discussions, publications and video-making) and public policy to invent and work towards non-competitive horizons of life, of socio-economic organization and international relations. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations emerge from within civil and political society to address issues that are not supported or attended to by government and corporations. Their function is crucial in building futures that are beyond the regulations of States or the needs of the Corporations. In order for civil and political society to become relevant actors in social transformation and pointing out the limits of corporate values and state regulation, it is necessary to create institutions of knowledge-making not at the service of the state or corporations, but to the benefit of the civil society.

For further inquiries and information, please send e-mail to blackeurope [at]
Find us also on Facebook!

During the Summer School, we will also be hosting the International Symposium on Black Europe 2014. The 2013 Symposium on Black Europe was titled, Inside Black Europe: Racial Configurations in the Post 9/11 Era (in Europe). Click here for information on the 2012 Symposium.


* Previous sessions of the Summer School on Black Europe were organized in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and NiNsee, the National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

Listen to Angela Shaw and 27 others on The Lost in Transition Global Telesummit

This event is today. Register now:

Global Panel Of Experts
Global Panel Of Experts

Hear live from 28 experts who will share their secrets for living a successful life in transition!

Join us for this inspiring, life-changing virtual event over the next three months where expats, military and thought leaders from across the globe share their stories, triumphs, challenges and invaluable strategies for creating an amazing global life.

Dr. Paulette M. Bethel brings together 28 world class authors, entrepreneurs, mentors, visionaries, and global life experts from around the globe share their insights and offer solutions for the Lost in Transition Telesummit – the first ever FREE live virtual event of this kind!


  • Feel lost and unrooted as you attempt to define the meaning of “Home”
  • Struggle with dealing with your family’s feelings of uncertainty before, during and following relocation to another country, culture or location
  • Want to discover and use your gifts and “hidden diversity” from living a globally mobile life
  • Are ready to understand and resolve identity, belonging and connection impacts due to transition
  • Desire living a meaningful, successful and fulfilled life abroad
  • Are ready to enthusiastically embrace all parts of the globally mobile experience – enthusiastically
  • Feel at home and like a stranger at the same time anywhere and everywhere you go
  • Yearn to overcome the challenges associated with relocation and transition
  • Are an entrepreneur who wants to create portable career opportunities as an accompanying spouse
  • Have a longing for belonging and a desire to feel more connection in your relationships
  • Are an educator or counselor working with Third Culture Kids and want to better support their needs
  • Want to thrive personally, emotionally and socially in your amazing global life

This event is today. Register now:

International Africa festival 2014


Tübingen  will once again host the International Africa festival 2014. The 5th Edition will bring you the best in African diversity, culture, music from the continent and beyond. Save this date now, and join us in Tübingen for world-class performances, unbeatable atmosphere, meet and make new friends.  We welcome you to the African Village in Tübingen – 4days non-stop, spice up your life and be amongst the thousands of people that will celebrate the 5th anniversay of Tübingen Africa Festival.  Stay online for more details



Call for Artist 2014

Are you interested in performing next year at the 5th International African Festival in Tübingen – Stuttgart – South of Germany?

Are you a band on tour, looking for festivals to promote and sell your CDS?

Are you interested in supporting the aims and objectives of our festival with a free concerts?

Are you musicians or a band that support the spirit of freedom, love and non descrimination?

Our festival is open to all nationalities, denominations,  age groups, poor and rich, simple and uncomplicated! We believe that no amount of money can compensate freedom, love and peace.

Applications are now open to all bands, artist, traders, interested to perform at the 5th Edition of International Africa Festival Tübingen- Stuttgart, south of Germany. Our festival features live as well as soundsystem music, traditional dance and music groups, acrobatic shows, theater, comedy and more.

Note that we receive lots of applications every year and not all applications shall be considered. All artists have to complete  and send recordings to reach us before 15 May 2014. Selected acts will be informed per mail.


Call for Sponsors & Donors

Daily solidarity entry fee for the 5th International African festival is 2Euros. To help keep it this way we rely on support from donors and sponsors. We have ingenious ways your organisation can be seen as part of the Festival’s success. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival Email:


Call for festival / Eventsmanagement Internship

The International African Festival Tübingen is founded and developed on the principles of being a family oriented event where the surrounding communities could gather for socializing, entertainment, education and friendly competitions. These principles have continued to play an integral role in the festival’s purpose throughout the past three years. Without the dedication of the founders, board members, staff, exhibitors, sympathizers, activist and patrons, it won’t be where it is now.


A Festival with exciting opportunities for experiences, network and fun

If you´re seeking for an outstanding internship within diversed departments, so as to broaden your know-how and build experience in the domain of Festival / Eventmanagement with a focus on sub -Saharan Africa in the following areas…

• Social Media Marketing

• Sponsorships

• Commercial Vendor Accounting

• Entertainment Attraction Marketing

• Client Services

• Advertising

then contact us.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working on a variety of tasks and should bring along an exhibit of work ethics, be detail-oriented, display a professional demeanor, and have the ability to multi-task when needed. The Festival/Event Management interns will have a measurable impact on the success of the 5th International African Festival Tübingen 2014.

Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume and availability to, we’ll keep you informed about the procedure.


Call for Volunteers 2014

The International African festival depends on a large team of talented and dedicated volunteers who take part in all aspects of the Festival. Volunteer opportunities range from working with the Festival’s operations team to ushering, administration, and special events. We invite you to lend your time and talents and be a part of the incredible experience of the Festival.



Sincerely yours

Susan Tatah
Susan Tatah



Susan Tatah – Founder & CEO

Tel: +49 152-106-10374

Black Women Bloggers – Germany 9 – thebookwormgiraffe & Mukaintu

Two blogs, one brianchild: Twaambo Kapilikisha

Twaambo Kapilikisha
Twaambo Kapilikisha


This is a blog I use to showcase my non filtered thoughts.

I found that I wanted something more from my interaction with the world when it seemed that everyone had a wrinkle free life and would not open up about any issues they did not know how to handle.
I offer this blog to let people know that everyone asks these questions, that it is okay to ask these questions and to strive for a better understanding of what is going on around and most of all in you.
Mukaintu is a blog that uses simple questions to probe the minds of witty, interesting women.
Admirable women who stand for something, motherhood, education, self care, ambition etc.
At Mukaintu we believe that women are beautiful, unimaginably inspiring and exciting!
We believe in taking the time to find out about the perception of women from different walks of life and celebrating that they simply are.

Dido Elizabeth Belle, daughter of John Lindsay, nephew of the Earl of Mansfield

Hat tip: Angela Shaw

Source: Wikipedia

Dido Elizabeth Belle
Dido Elizabeth Belle with her cousin Elizabeth, detail of a painting formerly thought to be by Johann Zoffany


Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) was an illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an enslaved African woman known as Belle. Her daughter Dido was sent to live in the household of William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, who was Lindsay’s uncle and thus Dido’s great-uncle.

Dido Elizabeth Belle was born around 1761. She was baptised in 1766 at St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury. Her father, John Lindsay, nephew of the Earl of Mansfield, was at the time a Royal Navy captain on HMS Trent, a warship based in the West Indies that took part in the capture of Havana from the Spanish in 1762. It has previously been suggested that her mother was an enslaved African on board one of the Spanish ships captured during this battle, but the dates are inconsistent and there is no reason why any of the Spanish ships (which were immobilised in the inner habour) would have had women on board when they were delivered up on the formal surrender of the fortress. Dido’s baptism record, however, shows that she was born while Lindsay was in the West Indies and that her mother’s name was Maria Belle.

Lindsay sent the child to his uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, who lived with his family at Kenwood House in Hampstead, which was then just outside LondonEngland. Mansfield and his wife, who were childless, were already raising her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray after her mother’s death; Dido was about the same age as Elizabeth. It is possible that Mansfield took Dido in to be Elizabeth’s playmate and, later in life, her personal attendant (her role within the family as outlined below suggests that her standing was more that of a lady’s companion than a lady’s maid).

Dido spent some 30 years at Kenwood House. Her position was unusual because she was formally the daughter of a slave, and as such would have been considered a slave outside of Britain. But she was to some extent treated as a member of the family. Lord Mansfield himself resolved this paradox in his capacity as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. When called on to judge the case of an escaped slave, Somersett’s Case, he decreed: “The state of slavery is of such a nature, that it is incapable of being introduced on any reasons, moral or political; but only positive law, which preserves its force long after the reasons, occasion, and time itself from whence it was created, is erased from memory: it’s so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it but positive law. Whatever inconveniences, therefore, may follow from a decision, I cannot say this case is allowed or approved by the law of England.” Mansfield’s decision was taken by abolitionists to mean that slavery was abolished in England, although his wording reserves judgment on this point, and he later said it was only to apply to the slave at issue in the case. Historians have since suggested that his personal experience influenced his decision.

Despite his revulsion for slavery, the social conventions of Mansfield’s household were discriminatory. Dido would not dine with the rest of the family, especially if they had guests, but joined the ladies for coffee afterwards in the drawing-room. As she grew older, she took responsibility for the dairy and poultry yards at Kenwood, and she also helped Mansfield with his correspondence – an indication that she was fairly well educated. The running of the dairy and poultry yard would have been a typical occupation for ladies of the gentry, but helping her uncle with his correspondence was less usual, since this was normally done by a secretary or a male clerk. Dido also received an annual allowance of £30 10s, several times the wages of a domestic servant; by contrast, Elizabeth received around £100, but she was after all an heiress in her own right, and Dido, quite apart from her race, was illegitimate in a time and place when great social stigma usually accompanied such status.

A 1779 painting by an unknown painter (though previously attributed to Johann Zoffany)[1] depicts her alongside Elizabeth, carrying exotic fruit and wearing a turban with a large feather.[2] Dido is portrayed with extraordinary vivacity, leaving little doubt as to which of his sitters the painter had the greater rapport with. The painting, which hangs at Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland, is owned by the present Earl Mansfield and in 2007 was exhibited in Kenwood during an exhibition to run alongside events marking the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

When Dido’s father died without legitimate heirs in 1788 he left £1000 to a son, and £1000 to his other illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth Lindsay or Palmer (born c. 1765) who lived in Scotland, asking his wife Mary to take care of her. Mary Lindsay’s will does not mention Dido or Elizabeth Lindsay. Lord Mansfield left Dido £500 as an outright sum and a £100annuity in his will, and officially confirmed her freedom.[3]

After her uncle’s death in March 1793 Dido married John Davinier on 5 December 1793 at St. George’s, Hanover Square; both she and he were then residents of the parish.[4] The Daviniers had three sons at least: twins Charles and John, also baptized at St George’s on 8 May 1795, and William Thomas, baptized there on the 26 January 1802.[4][5]

Dido Belle Davinier died in 1804 and was buried in July that year at St George’s Fields, a burial-ground close to what is now Bayswater Road; in the 1970s, however, the site was redeveloped and her grave was moved.[4] She was survived by her husband, who later remarried and had two more children.[4]


  1. David Dabydeen, “The Black Figure in 18th-century Art”, BBC History.
  2. “The Girl in the Picture”, Inside Out: Abolition of the British Slave Trade special, BBC One, 2 March 2007.
  3. “Dido Elizabeth Belle and The First Earl of Mansfield”, Slavery and Justice Exhibition at Kenwood House, English Heritage.
  4. Reyahn King, “Belle , Dido Elizabeth (1761?–1804)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, October 2007.
  5. Sarah Minney, “The Search for Dido”, History Today 55, October 2005.
  6. Mixed Blessings Theatre Group.
  7. “African Cargo, An” Black Plays Archive, National Theatre.
  8. An African Cargo by Margaret Busby, Nitro.
  9. Dido Belle (2006) at IMDb.
  10. Belle (I) (2013) at IMDb.

External links

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – England 14 – CarolineHBxx

Caroline H B xxCarolineHBxx Aka a woman, a daughter, a sister, selfless, selfish, religious, jealous, fearful, secular, a lover, loved, heart broken, a fighter, a mother to be, a wife to be, an aunty, a friend, an enemy, happiness, thought/anger provoking, all and more, but all you need to know is I’m a creative person with an opinion, and I finally have the confidence to say I can write and I invite you to journey inmyshoes.


As a member of the performing collective LovePoetsxx and the writing Collective Malika’s Kitchen I’m attempting to develop both my craft as a performer and as a writer. The tag I give myself is Culturally Aware, Political, Female writer which takes the form of poetry, essays, and visuals all of which I share with you on a Friday via