Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

In 2010 the Black Women in Europe™ Blog released its first Power List naming 58 women across Europe in 6 categories. For the past three years the list was called down to highlight 5 women. This year the awardees are in the following categories: Arts, Culture, Entrepreneurship and Politics.

This list, presented in alphabetical order, is intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential.

Power List 2016

What constitutes power?

Power is defined as the ability to act or produce an effect.

Methodology:

The Power List does not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases well known and in others, are women who should be known.

Amma Assante, The Arts: UK, Award Winning Filmmaker

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BAFTA award winning Writer/Director Amma Asante, a child actor,  made the move to screenwriting with development deals from Chrysalis, Channel 4 and the BBC. Two series of the urban drama Brothers and Sisters followed, which Amma wrote and produced for BBC2.  Amma’s 2004 feature film, A Way of Life, was her directorial debut (she also wrote the screenplay) and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film garnered Amma newcomer nominations from the London Film Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Film Awards, and won Amma 17 international awards for her writing and directing and Newcomer Awards for writing and directing from the BFI London Film Festival and the prestigious South Bank Show Awards, Times Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

At the 2005 BAFTA Film Awards Amma received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a writer/director in a debut film and on the same night, she scored a double triumph at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize for Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for Best Feature Film.  The release of Belle in 2014 marked Amma’s second feature film, and in 2016 she released A United Kingdom.

SOURCE: Amma Asante

Ellen Brudet, Entrepreneurship: The Netherlands, Creator of dolls of color

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In her own words:

My name is Ellen Brudet and I’m 49 years young … mother of two beautiful boys (28 and 14) and myself a child of a mixed marriage.

* My father Surinamese and my mother * Dutch . I am a proud Moksi Baby.

When I was a child, around 1966, it was hardly possible to get a puppet with brown-skin. The moment my mother finally found a doll of color I had no interest. Why? Because I was already accustomed to the white dolls, I think. For my mother, of course, this was very annoying and quickly became sad because all she ever wanted was that I could identify myself.

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Her own words were, “Every child should have a brown doll”.  And I am living her words!

Colored Goodies opened its doors on February 14, 2016.

It is the very first Black Doll Gift Shop in the Netherlands and I am more than proud. My oldest son said to me, “Mom … you will leave a nice legacy”. Yes … its true …. I made history with my shop 🙂

Editor’s note: Ellen has since discovered hers is the first black doll shop in ALL of Europe!

Sophia James, Politics: UK, 1st Black Female Reading Councillor

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A 26 year old enthusiastic young professional living in Reading, working for a deaf charity in London and lucky enough to be a Labour Councillor for the outstanding Katesgrove Ward.

Left wing, liberation activist and inter-sectional feminist. I’m originally from Birmingham. You will either catch me with a Labour rosette or megaphone.

Source: Sophia James

Jennifer Tosch, Culture: The Netherlands, Founder of Black Heritage Tours

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Jennifer Tosch launched Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam in 2013 after taking the Black Europe Summer School course at the University of Amsterdam.

The inspiration for the tours first came not only from the transformative experience I had as a student of the BESS, but also from a void that I encountered regarding positive narratives about the presence and contributions of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands. After sharing my experiences with family and friends, I firmly believed I could contribute my share to the process of unearthing the lives of our hidden histories in Europe and in 2013 Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam was born. The journey has been nothing short of amazing. We’ve built a sustainable business by collaborating with an awesome team of scholars, historians, public officials, businesses, and heritage tourism professional.

My vision is that through this tour and the tireless work being done by dedicated scholars and activists throughout the Netherlands we will move from silence, shame and blame to when we will speak about ‘Black history’ with pride, and to claim the heritage that is rightfully shared. I have already been confronted with some strong resistance to sharing a ‘different’ perspective about Dutch history, in one instance a ‘Dutch historian’ physically stood in front of me during a ‘pilot tour’ trying to deter me. However, it has been through that ‘rock of resistance’ that has motivated me to ‘sharpen my sword of knowledge’. Thanks to a powerhouse A-Team, my ‘narrative’ is based on sound research and scholarship. This is simply, a perspective whose time is long overdue.

Monique Wells, France: Culture, U.S. Ambassador for the Académie de l’Art Culinaire du Monde Créole, Founder of Entrée to Black Paris™ tours

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Monique Y. Wells is a 20-year resident of Paris, France. She is co-owner of Discover Paris! – Personalized Itineraries for Independent Travelers, and is also a freelance travel writer and editor.

Through Discover Paris!, Monique has provided services tailored for the African-American traveler to Paris since 1999. Over the years, she has created Afro-centric itineraries, self-guided African-American history walking tours, a comprehensive Black Paris bus tour, and African-American hosted culinary activities for those wanting an in-depth travel experience in the City of Light. Her book, Paris Reflections: Walks Through African-American Paris (McDonald & Woodward, 2002; co-authored with Christiann Anderson), contains abbreviated versions of the walks that she proposes to Discover Paris! clients. She has provided private, guided tours of African-American Paris for student groups from Syracuse University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and other schools.

Monique writes and edits articles on many aspects of life in Paris. Her articles have been published by the International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, France Today, This City Paris, and other American newspapers, magazines and web publications. One of these articles was published in the anthology France, A Love Story (Seal Press, 2004).

Barnard College, Rice University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Southern University, and numerous private groups have appreciated Monique’s lecture on “Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France.” In 2011, she was named Black Culture and Heritage VIP in Paris by the online magazine African Diaspora Tourism.

Monique is also the president of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, a French non-profit association whose goal is to honor painter Beauford Delaney and to educate the public about his life and art.

Source

View the Power List on YouTube.

Let’s use our collective power to make a difference. Join the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team.

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Since 2013 the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team has grown to 8 members and has provided $250 in loans. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Our collective efforts will make a difference to an individual, a group, and a community.

Let’s support women. You don’t have to wait to start giving as part of our team. Choose a project and click on the amount you would like to donate. Remember as little as $25 is all that is needed. You’ll be taken to your basket where you can select what lending team your loans should count towards. Beneath the “Count Towards Team” column, you’ll see a drop down box with Black Women in Europe™’s lending team listed. Click that box and select the Black Women in Europe™’s lending team and the loan to will count towards our team.

Thank you and Go Team!


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Just in Time for Thanksgiving – Kendra’s new cookbook

Thanksgiving
In the US? Buy your digital copy from this link. In the UK? Buy from this link.

Soul Food Thanksgiving is a digital cookbook of classic soul food (or Southern) holiday dishes made using whole food that delivers big flavor. Written by Saveur Blog Awards finalist and cooking video presenter, Kendra Valentine (www.Americulinariska.com), special care was taken to develop recipes that would produce the traditional holiday dishes, but with the love, flavor, and respect they deserve. Written to appeal to new and old cooks alike, this digital book contains genuine recipes not to be found anywhere online. I offer context on every technique, a little history, a full shopping list, and measurements in both U.S and metric, so those of you cooking outside the U.S can get down in the kitchen too! 10% of all profits will be donated to The Hunger Project.

Thanksgiving
Kendra Valentine

Despite the holiday’s troubling history, Thanksgiving is known today as an occasion to express gratitude and celebrate community. Each in-depth recipe personally guides you through the cooking process as if we are preparing the holiday meal together. No robotic instructions! Just comforting ingredients and well-executed cooking that suits every palate.

#SoulFoodThanksgiving

Included:

A full menu of recipes, a little history, tips & tricks, and a full shopping list!

Recipes:

Herb-Butter Roasted Turkey
Giblet Gravy (made with so much love it will steal the show!)
Baked Mac & Cheese (emphasis on the cheese!)
Cornbread Dressing
Collard Greens (with the best potlikker ever)
Potato Salad (Don’t worry, I got you!)
Candied Yams
Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Also…

Sweet Potato Pie
Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving

Aliesh Pierce, Makeup Artist: BWIE 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Aliesh Pierce to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she makes every women she touches feel and look beautiful. Whether that person is Queen Latifah or The Obamas, she has used her skills across Europe and the US.  I first blogged about Aliesh in 2009, and again in 2011 about her work with Italian Vogue. She is the founder of Ask Aliesh, a resource for answers to your make up questions where she and two other professionals can help you. She’s also a Shero because she is offering the first 100 Black Women in Europe readers an exclusive 79% discount on her brand, spanking new Udemy course, Everyday Makeup for Black Women.  Use code BWE-20.

Thank you for the gift of making us feel good in our own skin, Aliesh.

makeup course for black women
Aliesh Pierce

Aliesh Pierce is the author of Treating Diverse Pigmentation, A book for beauty industry professionals. She has over twenty seven years experience in the beauty industry. Aliesh began her noteworthy beauty career working as a makeup artist in Europe’s fashion industry traveling between Milan, Paris, London, and Zurich.

Upon moving to New York, Aliesh became the personal makeup artist to some of Hip-Hop and R & B’s most recognized musicians. After relocating to Los Angeles, Aliesh worked withan impressive list of clients which includes Queen Latifah, Ryan Gossling, IndiaArie, Eva Mendez and the Obamas. Aliesh’s favorite medium is print. Having started in fashion, her makeup artistry has appeared on the pages of Elle, Essence, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.

Aliesh added esthetics to her list of credentials to better address the root cause of the skin challenges her clients face. As a beauty expert, she writes for trade magazines and regularly speaks at spa industry conferences, sharing her makeup and skincare techniques. Aliesh is also a contributing author to the textbooks Milady’s Standard Makeup, Milady’s Standard Cosmetology and was the subject matter expert for Milady’s Standard Makeup DVD. Aliesh has become a sought after educator for both recognized and emerging cosmetic brands seeking to build a multi-cultural consumer base. Her personal mission is to help all women create their own unique definition of beauty.

Udemy Course preview

Don’t forget the first 100 Black Women in Europe readers an exclusive 79% discount on her brand, spanking new Udemy course, Everyday Makeup for Black Women.  Use code BWE-20.

Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

Lyota Swainson by Odou John Andrews 150x150 Ellen Kountz: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown

Claire Requa

Award-winning designer Claire Requa

Kendra in the kitchen

Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine

Andrea Adams

Traveler Andrea Adams

Laura BazileLaura Bazile

Event planner Laura Bazile

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Doll maker Ellen Brudet


Black Europe Summer School 2017 – 10th Anniversary Program

Black Europe Summer School 2017

10th Anniversary Program

June 26 – July 6, 2017

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Black Europe

 

Now in its 10th 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. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Summer School, the 2017 program will also feature special events including an alumni conference and cultural excursions.

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 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, 2017.

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

— BLACK EUROPE 2017 http://www.dialogoglobal.com/amsterdam/


 

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power:
Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

A summer school in Barcelona, Spain
July 17 – July 27, 2017

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons
Barcelona, Spain – July 17-27, 2017

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

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. 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,
Sandew Hira, Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, James Cohen,
Ella Shohat, Daphne V. Taylor-García, Lars Jensen and Alejandro Vallega

(More Faculty Info)

About the Center

summer school in Barcelona                                                  El Mirador de Colón on the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona

 

Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial 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 decolonialknowledge [at] dialogoglobal.com.


 

Black is the New Black

BBC’s Black is the New Black TV Series

Black is the New Black

Exceptional figures from politics, business, sport, science and more share their insights into being black and British today, how they got where they are, and thoughts on what the future holds.

Black is the New Black
Black is the New Black Trailer (short)
Exceptional figures from politics, business, sport, culture, religion and science share their insights into being black and British today, how they got where they are and their thoughts on what the future holds.
Release date: 9 November 2016.  15 days left to watch. Duration: 23 seconds

The first episode is about arriving and growing up in Britain. A cast of distinguished black Britons including Naomi Campbell, Sir Trevor McDonald, Thandie Newton, Baroness Scotland, musicians Jazzie B of Soul II Soul, Dizzie Rascal, Sir Lenny Henry, writer Gary Younge and many others talk about their parents as pioneers who came to the UK in search of a better life for them and their children.

Black is the New Black
The real heroes
Lenny Henry muses on what his family must have overcome when they arrived in Britain.
Release date: 9 November 2016, Duration: 26 seconds

What they encountered was a whole raft of new experiences from snow to smoking chimneys – as well as prejudice, verbal abuse and physical violence. Actor David Harewood recounts attending his first football match at Leeds United as an eight-year-old, which ended with him leaving before the match had even begun with monkey chants and jeers ringing in his ears.

Black is the New Black
“I had no freedoms”
Comedian Gina Yashere discusses how strict her mother was. So much so, she wasn’t even allowed to go on school trips.
Release date: 9 November 2016, Duration: 36 seconds

The programme is a tribute to the dedication of immigrant parents who, with firm discipline, imparted important lessons about being twice as good, working hard and rising above racism. Their struggle was supposed to make it easier for the next generation to come to terms with their dual identity of being both black and British.

Black is the New Black


 

Ellen Brudet, Gift Maker: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Ellen Brudet, Gift Maker: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Ellen Brudet to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she creates strong and playful images that reflect what I see in the mirror. She is an entrepreneur graphic designer who was creating cards and logos when I met her what must have been 8 or 9 years ago. She’s even hosted me in Amsterdam and anyone who lovingly gives me a place to rest my head and feed me is very special.  I first blogged about Ellen in 2007. She’s also a Shero because she now has an exclusive line of dolls that again, reflect what I see in the mirror.  Ellen is also a mother and friend and makes everyone in the black community she inhabits feel a little bit happier when they see her Coloured Goodies creations

Thank you for making lovely coloured goodies Ellen.

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Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

Lyota Swainson by Odou John Andrews 150x150 Ellen Kountz: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown

Claire Requa

Award-winning designer Claire Requa

Kendra in the kitchen

Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine

Andrea Adams

Traveler Andrea Adams

Laura BazileLaura Bazile

Event planner Laura Bazile