International Natural Hair Day – Amsterdam

International Natural Hair Day

Wearing curls and afrohair in its natural state is booming. More and more people are turning their backs on relaxers and proudly wear their hair natural. In 2012 the American vlogger Adeaa Rogers founded International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD). A day when wearing natural hair is celebrated worldwide. This year, International Natural Hair Meetup Day is on Saturday May 30th. Amsterdam is particpating for the third time. Gisèle Cooper, owner of the shop is is hosting the event with the theme “Healthy Hair & Skin from within.” The event takes place from 12:30 to 18 pm at the Paasheuvelweg in Amsterdam Southeast.

The program will include a Q&A session with natural hair bloggers, the workshops ‘Beauty from within’, ‘Colour Styling’, ‘African head massage’ , ‘Basic Haircare’and ‘Healthy Kids Hair’ interviews, an inspirational speech, hairstyle and headwrap demonstrations, an award for the visitor with the best hairstyle, photo shoots, goodie bags, a mini fair with haircare products, hair analysis, cosmetics, clothing, jewelry and much more. Tickets are available online via

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Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century – May 1 event in Oxford


Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

Week 1:    1st May  (12.45  – 2pm):

A discussion, led by members of CRAE (Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality), exploring the lessons in curriculum reform that can be learnt from other institutions.

iCan2 – ‘Women Only Total Wellbeing Weekender’

Total Wellbeing Women’s Day

In Association with ANKH RAH – High Quality Moringa Products

Event will be held at: Gilwell Park | White House Mansions | Chingford | London  E4 7QW.



Event details

This special ticket only event has got to be a date for your diary, as it offers Women a complete day of organic nutrition and body – care information & products to sample and purchase, along with a scheduled professional workout, followed by a total head – to – toe pamper, along with meals, networking and music entertainment**. So Make it a date!

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  • Entertainment**
  • Exclusive goody bag.**

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52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH


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Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy (TSFA)

TSFA create sports programmes working with very experienced coaches in the UK particularly in London, Essex, and the Home Counties.

Helping disabled and able bodied youngsters to enjoy all sports with the opportunity to participate at a higher level, acting as a resource and providing mentoring to help improve their life skills.

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Organiser & Promoter

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Angellica Bell

The One Show’s generalist reporter Angellica Bell

Source: BBC

Angellica Bell

Angellica Bell

The One Show’s generalist reporter Angellica Bell has fronted a wide variety of topics for the programme.

Fact title Fact data
What would be the ONE meal you could not live without?
To start – Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli (homemade pasta is the best). For main – Sea Bass on celeriac puree and for dessert, a mean Eton Mess. Yum!
What would be the ONE thing you could not live without?
I couldn’t live without my family. My husband and my children mean the world to me.
What would be the ONE thing you would take to a desert island?
Sun cream first and foremost! I think I’d bring a book, something I could read so I wouldn’t go stir crazy
What ONE surprising fact do you have that our audience should know about you?
I used to be able to crochet. My grandmother taught me when I was little

Angellica grew up in West London and went on to study Politics at university. It was there she had her first taste of broadcasting getting involved with radio and presented a daily student breakfast show. Her career at the BBC started in 2000 as a presenter for Children’s and during her 6 and a half years there, was BAFTA nominated twice for Best Presenter.

I’m an inquisitive, fun loving, goal driven girl, who always tries to do the best she can in whatever situation she finds herself in.”
Angellica Bell

Having served 14 years at the BBC, Angellica has fronted a number of BBC1 primetime shows including Departure Lounge, Holiday Hit Squad and The Great British Village Show. She is one of the longest serving reporters on The One Show, having been chosen to be part of the team from the outset. Her intelligent, warm and engaging presenting style has meant she has reported up and down the country on subjects ranging from The Puffin Quiz Book, the 50th Anniversary of Bond where she was put through her paces performing her own stunts, The Bristol Bus Boycott which overturned a ban on ethnic minorities working on Bristol’s buses and visited Denny, the Scottish town that is the home of the red pillar box.

As well as continuing her work on The One Show, Angellica is also filming a new BBC primetime show which will be on your screens later in 2014.

Black Women Bloggers – Germany 11 – Frolicious


Frolicious is a multicultural online blog and was founded in 2013 by Jen Martens. It is dedicated to promote a cross-section of various information involving the African urban lifestyle. The intention is to share inspirations, pictures about our incredible diversity and beauty throughout the African Diaspora. Furthermore, would like to create a versatile and positive image by showcasing the fashion and entertainment industry with African influences and Frolicious beauties from all over the world.

We would like to spread the self-love with our blog and to empower other Frolicious sisters and brothers to feel the same. Frolicious Beauty comes in all shades.

Our philosophy is: “Be Frolicious – Be You”.

Frolicious was birthed in 2013 with the focus on bringing fashion professionals, students, blogger, vloggers, magazines, retailers and all those who are interested in African Urban Lifestyle together.

Meet Jen Martens (Founder)

 I am a state certified business economist and founder of Frolicious. I am blogging since July 2013 and I have not been offline since then 🙂

I am of Ghanaian descent and based in Hamburg (Germany). Besides my blog I also work as a social media consultant for companies who are creating products or fashion for people of colour. Furthermore, I host a TV show called Africa Outlook which features news, entertainment, and fashion topics focused on the African Diaspora residing in Germany.

My favourite things to do are cooking, chilling with friends, reading and doing yoga.

My aim is to focus on creating an awareness that promotes the full supply chain of the African versatility whether it is about fashion, music or beauty. According to the African Heritage Magazin May/2014 I belong to the 100 most influential Africans in Germany 2014.


Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Source: The Guardian

After graduating with a BSc in physics, and later a PhD in mechanical engineering, from Imperial College London, she worked for the Ministry of Defence on projects ranging from missile warning systems to landmine detectors, before returning to her first love: building instruments to explore the wonders of space.

The telescope is just mind boggling,

she says of the Gemini instruments, her voice abuzz with her trademark fervour.

I like to call it a cathedral to science because sometimes I go out to Guildford Cathedral and [it has] this big vaulted ceiling. It is large and echoey, and the telescope is just the same.

Read the full interview on The Guardian.

Source: BBC

Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who is a research fellow in the department of science and technology at University College London.

As a dyslexic child, Maggie found reading and writing in school difficult. Nonetheless, it was a book that changed her life. On its cover was an astronaut. As soon as Maggie saw that picture of a man floating without gravity in his amazing suit, she craved more information about space. Driven by a desire to understand how the universe worked, she studied science and went on to make new discoveries about space on her own. Maggie worked hard to overcome stereotypes by staying true to her goal. Despite not fitting the common image of a ‘serious, white male scientist’, she made it. Her message to others is simple:

Believe in yourself, and you can achieve so much.

Black Mental Health UK at 16th session of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent Geneva

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Human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMHUK) attended 16th session of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD in Geneva last week as the work of implementing the International Decade of People of African Descent gets underway.

This annual week-long session held at the Palais De Nations in Geneva, Switzerland is convened for the Working Group of Experts to agree on the implementation on the Decade of People of African Descent and hear from  nation states, invited speakers  and civil society organisations that advocate for  or serve people of African Descent across the Diaspora.

Now that the UN Decade of People of African Descent has been announced BMH UK’s attendance at this year’s session is part of the campaigns groups work to ensure that this issue as it relates to the Diaspora in the UK is put on the programme of action  for this UN Decade so that some of the most disturbing human rights abuses faced by black people in need of mental health care living in the UK are addressed.

BMH UK presented a 10 page briefing to this working group on the human rights concerns that they have over the way black people living in the UK are treated by mental health services and the police when they are in need of mental health care.

During the week long session BMH UK’s director Matilda MacAttram raised the issue of the mass incarceration of people in the Diaspora in the criminal justice system, and also the issue of policing and it relates to black Britons from the floor of this form.

Connections were also made with many other civil society leaders and agengies around the world also fighting for justice for people of African Descent around the world.
Matilda MacAttram, director of BMH UK and Fellow of the UNWGPAD said: ‘There are very few arenas whether domestically or internationally where the issues that BMH UK have been campaigning on for a number of years now are prioritised. We have found the international human rights community at the United Nations here in Geneva very supportive of our work and now we want to turn this into more tangible action that will make a real difference  for the people that BMH UK have been set up to serve back home in the UK.

One of the reasons for attending this year’s session is that BMH UK are of the view that we cannot continue to see people from this community treated so badly by services that are supposed to help them  just because of the colour of their skin. It is not right that people from our community on psychiatric wards fear being restrained just because they are in distressed or over- medicated rather than offered talking therapies or counselling services that they need.

It is shocking to know that black people are locked up on overcrowded dirty wards fearful that staff will call the police in riot gear in a  hospital with taser, batons and CS spray if they decide a patient in distress is proving to be too much of a handful.

People are truly fearful of what might happen to them and this should not be so. BMH UK are here in at the United Nations so that the protections afforded to this group only on paper right now becomes a reality as is their human right.’

Delegates at this year’s session included Malaak Shabazz, daughter of civil rights leader Malcom X, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Pastor Elias Murillo Marinez, member of the UN committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), UN working group expert Professor Verene Shepherd and current chair of the working group, Mirelle Fanon Mendes France.

Recommendations from this 16th session included establishing a Forum for people of African descent as a platform where individual nation states, civil society and the UN will strategise and plan concrete actions for the Decade.