MS Warrior Lucie B Wins Big at the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015, 48-year-old MS survivor and entrepreneur Lucie B won the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship in Madrid, Spain. Representing both the USA and Sweden, she was awarded 1 Silver and 4 Gold Medals.

Proving that nothing is impossible, no matter the age, weight, size or shape

2015 World Jump Rope/ Arnolds Jump Rope Champion

Never Allow Perceived Limitations to Limit Your Potential for Greatness N’ Success. Believe in Yourself and Go For it!

 Stockholm, Sweden (PRWEB) October 09, 2015

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, 48-year-old MS survivor and entrepreneur Lucie B won the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship in Madrid, Spain. Representing both the USA and Sweden in the Speed and Power events, which consisted of 30-Second Single Rope Speed Sprints, One-Minute Double Unders and One-Minute Am Front Crosses, she was awarded 1 Silver and 4 Gold Medals.

“I remember looking at my competitors and saying to myself, ‘Why are you here? This is crazy!” says Lucie. “I thought, ‘you are three times older, five times slower, ten times heavier and have MS! What if your legs buckle? What if you fall? Just pull out of the competition now.” Lucie B was diagnosed with MS in 2007 and told she would probably be living the rest of her life from a wheelchair within a year of the diagnosis. However, after eight years, Lucie B is still going strong. “I’m still standing, still jumping, still competing and winning,” she says. “I put into action ‘mind-over-body’ to beat MS at its war with my well-being. Winning in Madrid is proof to all that the impossible is possible!”

In 2004, Lucie walked away from a career in medicine to become a professional jump roper and entrepreneur. “I wanted to create something new, fresh, and exciting that could positively affect the lives of children,” says Lucie. “Hence the creation of the Lucie B Jump ‘N’ Fun Jump Rope Gym for Kids. It is a place where kids are happy and encouraged to be creative and inventive while exercising and learning new jump rope skills; where kids’ self-confidence can blossom and where children are Number One!” Lucie pays special attention to girls in the program, because many have negative body images and would look to her for inspiration and motivation.

“I wanted to be a role model,” she says. “An example of strength, power, and fearlessness. My greatest mission is to help girls love themselves and their bodies. The media, unfortunately, portrays thin as ‘In’ and anything else as ‘Out.’ I wanted to be an example to my students that fitness and strength comes in many different shapes and sizes. I helped many girls embrace themselves as they were. Every girl went home with Lucie B Homework which was to look in the mirror and say, ‘I am beautiful, I am strong and I can do anything.’”

In 2013, the Lucie B Jump ‘N’ Fun Gym was part of the after-school programs in Swedish schools such as FuturaSkolan, Carlssons Skola and Campis Manilla. In November 2014, Jump Rope made front page news in Ostermalmsnytt and was featured on Lilla Sportspegeln | SVT. “Team Sweedee Pies is the name of my jump rope team in Stockholm,” says Lucie “and the goal is to transform these dynamite Swedes into jump rope champions like my team in New York City: The Rock-It-Ropers.”

Lucie B says that the ultimate goal is to have Lucie B Jump Rope programs in all public and private schools in New York, Stockholm, and the Caribbean Islands. “I am currently working on a new program to empower girls to be Fit, Fierce, Fabulous and Phenomenal,” states Lucie. “Winning the Championship in Madrid is a testament that being Fit, Fierce, Fabulous and Phenomenal can lead to great success!”

The Black Special Relationship’: African American scholarship and its impact on Black intellectual life in Britain’

Blackness in Britain Conference

The Black Special Relationship’: African American scholarship and its impact on Black intellectual life in Britain’

30-31st October Birmingham City University

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The Blackness in Britain conference series is concerned with the past and future histories and narratives of Black populations in the UK and the wider African diaspora. In our second interdisciplinary conference we invite scholars, intellectuals and activists to examine how Black British intellectual life has been influenced by African American scholarship. Despite the absence of Black Studies programmes in British Universities, Black communities in the UK have a long history of community activism that has been deeply engaged with the scholarship of Black America. From as early as the Pan-African Congress 1945 to current day community and online activism, Black individuals and communities in Britain have created dynamic intellectual spaces outside of the academy to engage in debates and to organise political activity around the ideas of Black Feminism, Black Nationalism, Black theology, Black Psychology, Afrocentricity, Pan- Africanism and Garveyism in order to resist and strategize against, imperialism, colonialism and racialised forms of oppression.

The conference invites a broad range of papers on Black experienecs in Britain, with no limit on topics of the presentations.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

Conceptualising Black Studies in Britain

Black feminist activism and scholarship

Pan-Africanism in Britain
Community organising and activism
Blackness, sexualities and sexual politics

Gender politics

The legacy of ‘New Ethnicities’
Black music and popular culture
Scholarship and activism

Racisms

Neoliberalism, colonialism, imperialism

Black Nationalism

Faith, theology, religion and blackness

Black philosophies

Black space, black geographies
African diasporic borders

Blackness and education studies

Blackness and health studies

Blackness, socialism and social class

Black activism online

African centred thought

Decolonial politics

Programme At a Glance

Thursday 29th October
19.00 – 22.00 Black Doctoral Network Event

Film Showing:

Agents of Change

Friday 30th October
9 – 10 Registration
 10 – 11 Welcome

Keynote

Professor Gus John

11.10 – 12.40 Parrallel Sessions
12.40 – 13.50 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Parrallel Sessions
15.10 – 16.40 Parrallel Sessions
16.40 – 17.10 Tea and Coffee
17.10 – 18.00 Keynote

Dr Barnor Hesse

19.00 Conference Dinner
Saturday 31st October
10 – 10.30 Registration
10.30 – 11.20 Welcome

Keynote

Professor Denise Ferriera De Silva

11.30 – 13.00 Parrallel Sessions
13.00 – 13.50 Lunch
13.50 – 15.20 Parrallel Sessions
15.30 – 17.00 Parrallel Sessions
17.00 – 17.30 Tea and Coffee
17.30 – 18.30 Keynote

Professor Patricia Hill Collins

Closing

What’s Happening in Black British History III

29 October 2015, 10:30 – 18:00

Event Type: Workshop
Venue: The Chancellor’s Hall (Senate House, first floor)
Venue Details:
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Convenors: Miranda Kaufmann and Michael Ohajuru

Programme

10.30-10.45 Registration: tea & coffee

10.45-11.30 Keynote address: Eric Huntley

11.30-1.00 Session One: Challenging the Conventional Narratives

Chair: Rovianne Matovu (Freelance Museum Educator)

Catherine Johnson (Author and Educationalist), ‘Looking at Our Past Through Fiction: Engaging Young Readers With Black British History’

Ryan Hanley (New College, Oxford), ‘A More Interesting Narrative: Moving beyond Equiano and Slavery in the study of Eighteenth-Century Black British Writing’

David Killingray (ICwS), ‘Black British history is happening – but to what end?’

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30 Session Two: Teaching Black British History

Chair: Kwaku (Black British Music)

Martin Spafford (Retired history teacher), ‘The new GCSE course on migration to Britain: Black British history on the official exam curriculum’

Dema Wonga (Narrative Eye), ‘Inclusive Curriculum: Learning to see the diversity of Britain’

Robin Whitburn (Institute of Education) and Abdul Mohamud (Institute of Education), Black British History: Justice and Political Action in the Classroom.

3.30-4.00 Tea/coffee

4.00-6.00 Session Three: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Chair: Miranda Kaufmann (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Ian Duffield (University of Edinburgh) ‘“Through a Glass Darkly?” Black Women in London, 1760-1860, as seen via the Old Bailey Sessions Papers trial reports online and related online newspaper reports.’

Jeffrey Green (Independent Historian), ‘The murderer, the servant, and Lady Mary Grey:
Victorian Africans and the historical record’

Jan Marsh (National Portrait Gallery), ‘Re-framing the Nation’

Advolly Richmond (Independent Researcher), ‘God and Coffee: The Forgotten Story of the Reverend Thomas Birch Freeman, Botanist’

6.00-6.30 Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Chair: Michael Ohajuru

Panel: Sean Creighton, Miranda Kaufmann, Abdul Mohamud, Paul Reid, Martin Spafford

6.30-7.30 Reception

There will be a registration fee of £20 (£5 for students/unwaged) to cover the costs of lunch and refreshments.

Registration is now open. To book a place please go to: http://goo.gl/UgGlZp

Black Europe Summer School Program 2016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Summer School on Black Europe

Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Black Europe Summer School Program 2016

June 20 – July 1, 2016

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Now in its 9th year, the overall goal of this intensive two-week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation today.

This course addresses 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. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality are central analytics, and scholars from the social sciences and humanities and NGOs working against racism and xenophobia in Europe are encouraged to apply.

Applications due February 1, 2016.

Visit our website for more information.
http://www.dialogoglobal.com/amsterdam/

Visit us on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Europe-Summer-School/162238897215547

Email anytime with further inquiries:
blackeurope@dialogoglobal.com

The Barcelona 2016 Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School

Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

A summer school in Barcelona, Spain
July 11- July 21, 2016

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

The international Summer School, “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power,” is an undertaking that aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of the hidden agenda of modernity (that is, coloniality) in the sphere of knowledge and higher education. This course is offered through the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues, in Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. The seminar will be held at the UAB-Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Casa de la Convalescencia (Hospital de Sant Pau) .

Affiliated Faculty Members include:

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Linda Martín Alcoff, Nelson Maldonado-Torres,
Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Emma Pérez, Salman Sayyid, Chela Sandoval,
Ramón Grosfoguel, Houria Bouteldja, Kwame Nimako, Stephen Small,
Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, James Cohen,
Ella Shohat, Daphne V. Taylor-García, Lars Jensen and Alejandro Vallega

Artwell’s Contribution to Oxford’s African History Month 2015

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015

Time: 17.00 – 21.00

Place: United Reform Church Hall, Oxford Road, Cowley 0X4 2ES (near Temple Cowley Library)

Email EOCC@redjel.co.uk for more information or text 0775 78 12 449

Ancient Africa’s Gift to: Law, Architecture, Mathematics, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

  • This is a 45 minute slide introduction to Africa’s Gifts

Books that have shaped the perception of people of African Peoples: Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, The Bible, Black Athena.

  • This 30 minute presentation is based on slides and will be a brief introduction.

Magna Carta, is Ancient Africa’s Gift to the English.

  • A brief introduction to Africa’s contribution to Magna Carta and looking at the legal protection granted to the English by Magna Carta. We will ask the question. In this New World Ordered planet, should we be concerned at the loss of Magna Carta protection today? We will ask for a response to this question from the Labour Party, Conservative Party, Green Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Communist Party and UKIP Party.

Oxford African History Remembers, Honours and Salutes:

  • Ms Sandra Blank – the voice of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the United States
  • Mr Jimmy Mubenga – devoted father of 5 killed by G4S
  • Mr Mark Duggan – killed while being unarmed in Tottenham

2015 Oxford African History Campaign: Don’t Bite the Apple

  • As of this year, Apple is not the richest corporation on planet Earth. We love it’s Apple I phone and so on. But, Apple’s profits would not be possible without the labour of children in the Congo who damage their lungs mining the precious metal without which our phones and computers would not work. Join in writing to Apple asking them to stop using children as miners; use some of Apple’s vast profits to create infrastructure in the Congo and ensure that the miners of the Congo receive market values for the precious metals which Apple needs.

On sale: Delightful Caribbean food and drinks

Entry free: 5 pounds donation suggested to contribute toward future Afrikan (Black) History Season events.

Telling it like it was – Dr. Hakim Adi

Pembroke College

Yesterday’s Black History Month Lecture organized at Pembroke College by Black Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Oxford University was inspiring as well as interesting.

Pembroke College

The Pichette Auditorium was filled with a healthy mix of students, staff and community to listen to Dr. Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at Chichester University, talk about The 70th Anniversary of the Manchester Pan-African Congress and its significance today.

Pembroke College

My biggest take away is the Manchester Pan-African Congress was a congress for working people and not intended to be a gathering of academics, intellectuals and doctors and lawyers.