Black Wombman Empowered Health Event in Amsterdam

Black Wombman

Workshop Information

Black Wombman Empowered Health workshop is a well needed space created for like minded sisters to gather together for honest, open dialogue about challenges to health, spirituality, diet and healing that black wombmen face. The space created is for us to share our stories, energies and heal together.

Within this space we will impart knowledge about diet, nutrition, health, spirituality & emotional healing. We will support you to uncover your innate power tools and gifts to suceed in life. To help and improve your relationship with food, family, friends and most importantly with self.

Spirituality is defined as one’s personal relationship with divinity and focuses primarily on ones individual experiences of the transcendent. Health is defined as healing the body, mind and soul from inside out. Spirituality and health are vitally important to the psychological well-being of black wombmen. The two fit like a hand to a glove. In order for the black wombman to rise and reclaim back her leadership role in her community, spirituality and health must be reconnected and become harmonious and balanced within.

Our approach to facilitating the Black Wombman Empowered Health workshop is unique, empathic, holistic, creative and empowering. So book your ticket and be a part of an authentic experience. Come and enjoy soulful connections with like minded sisters as you reclaim your health, spirituality and life. Embrace a new way of being, perceiving and experience greater freedom, joy and well being. Bring along a journal and wear comfortable clothing. We look forward to seeing you there!!

More information about the workshop and tickets on Eventbrite.


Tolstraat 182
1074 VM Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Polyglot is a new scripted web series from Rwandan-German visual artist and self-taught filmmaker Amelia Umuhire

Hat tip: Babz Rawls


Polyglot is a new scripted web series from Rwandan-German visual artist and self-taught filmmaker Amelia Umuhire that explores the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of color in Berlin. The show’s first episode, which premiered in April, introduced viewers to Babiche Papaya, a rapper and poet played by Umuhire’s sister, Amanda Mukasonga. Titled “The Bewerbungsgespräch” (“The Interview”), the five minute clip follows Papaya as she tries to find a home among other international Berliners.

With its intimate fly-on-the-wall cinematography, Umuhire plans for future episodes of the web series to focus on a rotating cast of young polyglots navigating daily life in the German capital. The show’s recently-uploaded second episode, “Les Mals du Pays,” returns to Babiche’s world as she deals with the malaise of homesickness and the frustrations of maintaining a natural hair care routine. “If I were in a TV show, normally as me a black woman, I wouldn’t get to be this real, as this 3D, as deep as a character, you know,” Mukasonga told NPR Berlin of her role in the series.

Read the full story on okayafricacom.

Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, the Chineke! Foundation and the power of classical music

Chineke! Foundation


Viva Chineke! Viva Musica!

At the Chineke! Foundation, we think that all young people deserve the chance to grow and develop as musicians, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Chineke! therefore seeks to be a force for good in the classical music industry, levelling the playing field for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) music students, and helping to create a vibrant new generation of professional musicians of all colours.


At the Chineke! Foundation, our goal is to make music, so at the heart of our project are our two orchestras.

The Chineke! Orchestra is Europe’s first, professional all-BME orchestra. Drawn from orchestras across the continent, our players represent some of the best musicians of any colour working in Europe today.

Chosen through a rigourous audition process, the Chineke! Junior Orchestra represents the very best young BME talent between the ages of 11-18. Mentored and tutored by our senior musicians, the Junior Orchestra is truly where the future of classical music lies!

Board members

Meet the two sisters that make up half the Board of Directors


Candace Allen

Candace Allen is a novelist and essayist, with a particular affinity towards music. In her book Soul Music The Pulse of Race and Music she investigated the inspirational personal, social and political power of music, visiting the Sistema programme in Caracas and its off-shoots in the UK and US as well as similar projects in Palestine and Kinsasha. Her novel Valaida, was based on the life of trumpet-player Valaida Snow. She was a political activist in her time at Harvard University in the late 60s/early 70s – instrumental in the establishment of its African and African-American Studies Department, now headed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. — and again during the 2008 Obama campaign. She is frequently asked for broadcast and newspaper comment on culture, race and politics.

In a previous life she was the first African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America, spending some twenty years in Hollywood film production. She lived in Berlin for several years in the 1980s and has lived in London since 1994.


JOYLady Joy Amazu

Joy qualified as a chartered accountant with Horwath Clark Whitehill and became a member of both the ICAEW & ICAN, in doing so, setting a Guinness world record for the most chartered accountants in one family along with her father Chief David Dafinone and her 3 brothers and sister.

After qualifying as an accountant Joy worked for KPMG in their UK Financial Services tax division before joining General Electric (GE).

In 2003, she became a partner at Horwath Dafinone, the largest indigenous firm of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria. Joy used her expertise in UK tax to customise Sage’s payroll software in the Nigerian market and in 2005 the firm were in the top 10 resellers of SAGE worldwide.

Following the birth of her first daughter in 2006, Joy joined Amazoil, where she is now a director.

Founder – Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE

Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE
Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE

Chi-chi is Principal Double Bassist and co-founder of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and was made a Fellow there 1998.

Her range of musical interests has resulted in a broad career performing and recording in a diversity of styles from authentic baroque through to 21st century and new commissions, with many of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and ensembles. Some of her notable chamber recordings include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet (recorded three times), and Octet, Beethoven Septet, Hummel Piano quintet and Boccherini Sonatas. Her solo recording of Dittersdorf and Vanhal Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Hyperion CD 67179 received critical acclaim.

In 2012 Barrie Gavin directed a documentary film about Chi-chi’s career, called ‘Tales from the Bass Line’.

As a broadcaster, Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, she guests for the TV Proms and was Jury member of BBC 2 TV Classical Star. She will be presenting a new two part series for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 which brings to life the stories and music of black composers and musicians from the eighteenth century, whose vivid presence on the classical music scene have slipped through the net!

She sits on the Board of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, is a Patron of the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians, Music Preserved, and the Cherubim Trust. Chi-chi is a past board member of the Association of British Orchestras.

The Salomon Prize was launched in 2011 by the ABO/RPS and celebrates the ‘unsung heroes’ of orchestral life; the orchestral players that make our orchestras great. It is Chi-chi’s brainchild.

Chi-chi was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday honours. She was voted one of the ‘100 – Happy List’ in the Independent on Sunday 2011. And she still loves the blues!

Read more on her website including tour dates.

Cecilia Gärding wins silver at the Eurovision Connect Awards 2015.

Cecilia Gärding
Cecilia Gärding

Black Women in Europe Power Lister Cecilia Gärding‘s first trailer Tolvkommfyra, that she directed, as part of the 12,4 Campaign, to address the issue of Swedish youth not finishing secondary high school, initiated by The Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, won silver at the Eurovision Connect Awards 2015. The Sochi Winter Olympics campaign won gold.  The film explores the reality of youth not staying in school; a hiphop group taking on this by making a song of the youngsters lyrics; and later the music video about this issue.

Gift Card Giveaway for Expats and Travelers in Europe

Expatriates and travelers in Europe will have a chance to win an e-gift card for the online retailer of their choice. Anyone may increase their chances of winning something by applying using the different methods. Check out our current giveaway to learn more information, including how to enter.

About  the website


So… who’s in charge around here?

That would be me. Here’s a little about yours truly:

My name is Lauren, and I’m a teacher. I’ve lived, traveled and dated in different countries around the world, including Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, and South Korea to name a few. I’m in my late twenties and I grew up in the United States.

I’m living in South Korea now, but I want this website to be more exhaustive with activity from many different countries.

My hobbies include writing, cooking, and learning about foreign cultures and languages.

Generally speaking, I really enjoy my lifestyle and the way things are going. You can read more about me on my personal blog, titled With the Blood of a Wanderer.

Hope you enjoy!


Jade Avia, DJ & Radio personality in London

Jade Avia

Jade Avia Biography

Jade Avia is a young, beautiful, natural TV and Radio presenter. She currently co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo and presents her own Sunday evening show 16.00-20.00. Jade also hosts The Chart Show for Emirates in flight entertainment. Jade is very hands on and has recently produced and presented an online TV Show called LipGloss and Candy Floss.

Jade grew up in rural Gloucestershire where she attended an all-girls grammar school, but, always one to prove her independence, at the tender age of sixteen she made the decision to move out of her family home and begin her career in the media.

Jade regularly attended studio sessions and began recording songs which would eventually end up being played on local radio shows. After achieving her A-levels, she went to Birmingham City University where she graduated with a first class honours degree in Media and Communications, with a specialism in radio. Radio quickly began to take precedence in Jade’s life; as a student, she worked at multiple local stations and eventually ended up working for Word on Road TV.

Attracted by the bigger and better media opportunities in the capital, Jade moved to London and started gaining huge popularity on her youtube debates, but continued to present the radio show she started as a student in Birmingham. Eventually Jade was head hunted by Capital Xtra bosses and now Jade is an exciting, ambitious new broadcaster who’s got a huge career in media ahead of her. She loves to travel, is passionate about music, culture and keeping fit!

Visit Jade’s website to learn more.

A multimedia feature film about Gentrification in Brixton and South London

Hat tip: Babz Rawls

A Moving Image : A Film about Gentrification

Tanya Fear
Tanya Fear


A Moving Image is a multimedia feature film about Gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art.

We follow Nina, a young stifled artist as she returns to her community after a long absence – she is soon painted as a symbol of gentrification and struggles with her complicity.

She forms a three-way relationship with an actor called Mickey and a Nigerian performance artist called Ayo, who both have very different views on the changes taking place in their environment.

During an unnaturally hot summer in London, Nina sets out to create the ultimate piece of art to explore her complex relationship with her community.

In doing so, she poses a tricky question – is she truly part of the problem or can she use her work to be part of the solution?

On her journey, she interviews real members of the community who have been affected by Gentrification, blurring the line between reality and fiction.



Rienkje Attoh
Rienkje Attoh

Rienkje Attoh is a National Film and Television School (NFTS) graduate. While at the school she produced a mix of fiction (The Agreement, The Earth Belongs To No One), animation (Banaroo) and documentary (The Pink House) shorts. She has also co-produced (Hen Pecked), and is currently developing a slate of her productions.
She is one of the three inaugural Prince William scholars supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros. She is mentored by Christine Langan, the head of BBC Films and Chris Law at Warner Bros.

Rienkje has over seven years broadcast experience. She started her career as a journalist at BBC South West in 2006, moving on to produce news and current affairs programmes for TV. In 2009 she moved to BBC London where she produced numerous radio programmes, including The Late Show with Nikki Bedi. She has also worked as a production journalist for ITN and voice artist for Euronews.


Tanya Fear
Tanya Fear

Tanya Fear is a London based actress. She is currently shooting a 10 episode Canal+ crime drama called “Spotless”. She has starred in TV shows such as “Some Girls” The Midnight Beast and upcoming BBC1 comedy Boomers. She is passionate about film and theatre and starred in hit African comedy “The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his Sexy Wife Chipo” at the Tricycle Theatre. She also starred in US summer blockbuster “Kick Ass 2”.

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