Laura Flessel is Sports Minister in the French government

Hat tip: Monique Wells

Source: The African Courier

Laura Flessel is France’s sports minister.

Laura Flessel
Laura Flessel, during the first Council of Ministers, Thursday 18 May.
REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

Aged 45, she is a double Olympic fencing champion widely known in French sport.

Flessel, who was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, is currently number one on the all-time list of French female Olympic winners, with five medals to her credit.

Flessel, who is married and has a daughter, was France’s flag-bearer at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London. It was her fifth and last Olympics.

Donc on va travailler sur le sport et les femmes, le sport et la santé, la lutte contre le cancer, l’inclusion par le sport, l’expertise et la diplomatie.

— Laura Flessel in an interview with Paris Match

Cultural events in England from today through August 2017

Source: Ligali.org

Here is where to be.


Nne Agwu Afrakan Storytelling Festival
When: 28 July – 31 July 2017
Where: Chiltern Retreats Parmoor Farm RG9 6PS

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Greetings highly favoured Nne Agwu family. Shanti-Chi presents the 6th Afrakan Storytelling Festival 4 day camp. We honour the Godfather of storytelling literature Chinua Achebe. In this time we will choose self first as African African/Caribbean people and we will share love, celebrate culture, reclaim identity and reconnect with Mother earth.

We have early morning yoga, healthy sumptuous food prepared specially to feed the soul, night walks for adventure, well being practitioners for consultation and, the Afrakan arts and crafts market to find those unique treasures.

Under a star filled sky, as the crackling fire tingles, we sit listening to a feast of words from the best storytellers and workshop facilitators. We have a fun programme timetabled for your delight.

And when we fall into a slumber and give way to dream land, there we lay until the dawn chorus sings our great uprising. Come and join us as we inspire visions with the ancient oral tradition of storytelling.
https://www.shanti-chi.com/festival-ticket-deals


Eat To Live Not to Die Workshop
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When: July 28 20176 – 9PM
Where: Myatt’s Field Community Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, Brixton, London SW9 6FZ
Adm: £15

We will be showing you how to prepare mouthwatering alkaline food to share with friends & family. We will also be revealing why the root cause of all disease is mucus based on the teachings of the messenger, Dr. Sebi. Towards the end of the evening, we make time for questions for those seeking answers. Expect enlightenment, good vibes, and delicious everything.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eat-to-live-workshop-tickets-35168884079?aff=erelexpmlt


Brent Black Music History Quiz
When: Fri, July 28, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30
Where: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ

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Brent is not only the reggae capital of Britain, it’s also the capital of the British black music universe! And we have the documents to prove it – BTWSC’s Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Brent Black Music History Project’ (BBMHP) book and DVD, which are available in Brent libraries, and selected public libraries.

Come and find out some of north-west London borough of Brent’s claim to musical fame!

Join us for a fun, family-friendly, multi-media event to improve your knowledge of Brent’s and indeed Britain’s black music history. Audience participation is a must, and there will be prizes for those with the right answers!!

Also, you are welcome to challenge or add to the knowledge base of BBMHP consultant, BBM/BMC founder, and quiz master Kwaku! So if you’ve got some info on Brent’s black music history that you think Kwaku doesn’t know or should know, you need to be there! Expect some Brent VIPs and people who’ve been around the local music scene,? etc.

Join the quizmaster and host, Cllr James Allie, in celebrating British Black Music Month (BBMM) 2017 with the Brent Black Music History Quiz @ the new Brent Civic Centre (Wembley Park) on Friday July 21 2017, 6.30-8.30pm for a free, fun, family-friendly session that aims to raise awareness of Brent’s contribution to British music history – the artists, producers, the studios, labels, shops, radio stations, and the hits!


The Black Market & Film Festival

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When: Saturday 29th July 2017, 12pm – 9pm
Where: West Green Learning Centre @ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR


Interrogating London’s Nighttime Economy & Highlighting Conscious Hip-Hop Acts

When: Sat 29 July 2017, 13:00 – 21:00
Where: Flash Musicals Theatre, Methuen Road, Edgware, HA8 6EZ

A half-day session, with the first half in Interrogating London’s nighttime economy, with promoters and artists, and other stakeholders discussing the challenges of presenting black music within London, such as Form 696, etc and solutions towards making headway within the capital’s live music sector. Facilitated by RE:IMI – expect to see a number of RE:IMI-supporting acts in the house!

With rap often getting a bad rep, BTWSC/Akoben Awards and its Music4Causes strand, will use the second half to highlight conscious hip-hop acts on, or bubbling above, the underground scene through talks, presentations, videos, performances, wrapped up with a pre-clubbing disco session highlighting tough, head-nodding hip-hop tracks saying sometime positive and empowering!

Family-friendly, no swearing, racist, or misogynistic Parental Advisory material! Check out the Music4Causes playlist of socio-conscious tracks.

Stall of independently released CDs, vinyl, and related merchandise on sale. Support your favourite conscious independent artist by buying their merchandise!

Food on sale. Pre-booking advised. Early bird price is £5, standard price is £8. £10 any time at the door, provided space is available.

You can ask to be kept informed, as full programme and booking opens erarly June 2017.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interrogating-londons-nighttime-economy-highlighting-conscious-hip-hop-acts-tickets-34870883752


Afrikan & Vintage Market Fayre **GBANJO GBANJO**
When: Sun 30 July 2017, 13:00 – 22:00
Where: Hackney Showroom, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
Adm: Free

O.N.E Movement Events presents our Afrikan & Vintage Market Fayre
**GBANJO GBANJO** meaning DISCOUNTS in Yoruba
O.N.E Movement has created a market fayre to showcase brands & businesses, entrepreneurs, performing artists and amazing causes as well as circulating funds and goods within the community.
GbANJO GBANJO is where both first and second hand goods are traded, bought and sold; including Afrikan and vintage inspired products, goods, clothing, jewellery, beauty brands, health and holistic brands, beverages, foods, juices, natural products and services, hair care and more.
All this, plus live performances and food in a great atmosphere, from Brixton, we have now decided to bring it to HACKNEY!!
STALLS AND PERFORMANCE SLOT BOOKINGS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!! For booking information just reply us and ask

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afrikan-vintage-market-fayre-gbanjo-gbanjo-tickets-34926556270?aff=es2


Love In Motion: Second Coming & Shorts
When: 30 July 2017, 5:30 – 8:30
Where: The institute of Light, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
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Be Manzini of Caramel Film Club presents: ‘Love In Motion’ – an evening of films and discussion on the theme of love.

‘Second Coming’ is a family psychodrama directed and written by the much-lauded playwright debbie tucker green to critical acclaim and nominated for a BAFTA award. Starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall.

Also showcasing a number of short films including ‘This Is Not A Thank You’ & ‘LOVE!’

This screening is followed by a discussion of the films and Q&A with directors Be Manzini, Ndumiso Sibanda and actor Leemore Jarret Jnr.

Programme
Doors 5.30pm
Films 5.45pm to 7.45pm
Discussion plus Q&A 7.45pm till 8.30pm


Annual Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March 2017
When: 1 August 2017
Where: Start at Windrush Square, SW2 1JQ

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Let me begin by noting that reparations is not just about money: it is not even mostly about money;
In fact, money is not even one percent of what reparation is about. Reparations is mostly about making repairs. self-made repairs, on ourselves: mental repairs, psychological repairs, cultural repairs, organizational repairs, social repairs, institutional repairs, technological repairs, economic repairs, political repairs, educational repairs, repairs of every type that we need in order to recreate and sustainable black societies.


23rd African Remembrance Day Event
When: 1 August 20171 – 5pm
Where: Museum of Docklands, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
Adm: Free
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African Remembrance Day (ARD) 2017 celebrates 60 years of Ghana’s Independence.Sixty years ago, Ghana became the first African country, south of the Sahara, to recover its independence after years at the centre of the trade in enslaved Africans, and under the British colonial yoke.

ARD was established to commemorate and remember the millions of African men, women and children who perished in the Middle Passage and plantations of the America’s; those on the African continent; and those in the Middle and Far East.


African Diaspora Day
When: 5 August 2017
Where: Milton Keynes, Campbell Park

African Diaspora Day (ADD) will be launched from Campbell Park- Milton Keynes in celebration of MK 50TH. ADD was formed to build stronger African and wider community cohesion through ‘UBUNTU’ concept, focusing on Identity, Critical Thinking, Heritage, Culture and Social integration.

A central part of the event will be speeches from different African elders, celebrities and sharing of African cultural richness through music, storytelling and visual arts, fashion shows, food and live bands etc. The intention is also to commission African Diaspora Day and activities that engage Africans through existing African community organisations with outcomes that can be showcased over the time.


Screening: Black Goddess
When: Saturday 05 August 2017 16:20
Where: NFT3, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
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Balogun assembled a fine array of Brazilian actors and crew members to create probably his most elaborate film – the story of a young Nigerian‘s journey to Brazil in search of his ancestral roots. Balogun’s recurring thematic interest, the ‘cracks between the two worlds’, the intertwining of reality and the world of myth and ritual, is represented here by the arcane Candomblé cult.
Tickets £6.50


Screening: Cry Freedom!
When: Saturday 05 August 2017 14:00
Where: NFT3 GA, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

A rebel leader and a British army captain continue their long-running feud on the battlefield.

Balogun’s vision of a truly revolutionary ‘pan-African‘ film adapts Kenian author Meja Mwangi’s novel Carcase for Hounds, to which, however, the final screenplay bears only a small resemblance. Kingsley, a captain of the British army, and the rebel leader Haraka, who have known each other a long time, continue their relentless confrontation during the uprising of Haraka’s Guerrilla army.
+ Pana – A Voice for Africa…
Pana – Une voix pour l’Afrique…
1989. Dir Ola Balogun. 9min. EST
A tribute to the Pan-African News Agency, founded to consolidate African Unity and accelerate the liberation of Africa.
Tickets £6.50


Ola Balogun Documentary Programme
When: Sunday 06 August 2017 13:00
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
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Discover the non-fiction work of Ola Balogun, from one of the earliest surviving B&W documentaries of this Jean Rouch-trained director to later and more personal work employing a meandering, poetic narration and slow-paced editing.

Eastern Nigeria Revisited
Nigeria 1973. Dir Ola Balogun. 23min
One of the earliest surviving docs of Balogun’s investigates Eastern Nigeria‘s condition shortly after the Biafran War.
+ River Niger, Black Mother
Nigeria-France 1989. Dir Ola Balogun. 45min
Balogun celebrates the cultures that blossomed along the River Niger.
+ The Magic of Nigeria
Nigeria-France 1993. Dir Ola Balogun. 29min
In his last work shot on 16mm, Balogun presents the heights of Nigerian art and culture.
Tickets £6.50


Screening: Alpha
When: Sunday 06 August 2017 15:30
Where: NFT2, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
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Balogun’s first feature is one of the most insightful films about the spiritual condition of the African diaspora in Europe, almost entirely made up of speeches and strolling. The mysterious central character Alpha, a kind of wise man, carries his dissatisfaction through the streets of Paris and encourages his black brothers to return to Africa.
+ In the Beginning…
1972. Dir Ola Balogun. 11min
Balogun’s only fictional short is inspired by the mythological Yoruba theatre plays, as poularised by Duro Ladipo.
Tickets £6.50


Reasoning with Reason
When: 13 August 2017, 19:00 -22:00
Where: Project B, 1 Bell Hill, Croydon CR0 1FB

Nishati (meaning energy) Nights presents to you REASONING WITH REASON. This is a monthly event which will be full of vibes from start to finish. The evening will start with talented performances followed by a reasoning session of a different powerful yet thought provoking topic every month. Our aim is to tap into your consciousness leaving a feeling of empowerment, enlightenment, an awakening or simply just a platfrm of self expression.

Food and drink available.

MUSIC – SPOKEN WORD – COMEDY – POETRY – SPECIAL GUESTS

REASONING SESSION

+ OPEN MIC SEGMENT

Come and enjoy a night of niceness and entertainment!

Performances start @ 7pm sharp.

Tickets £5

MOTD


Slavery Remembrance National Memorial 2017
When: 20 August 2017
Where: Trafalgar Square
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On Sunday 21/0816 we made history by holding the first ever memorial for the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust in Trafalgar Square.

With the rise in racist attacks in the UK and globally, it is time to recognise the root cause of that racism and start to tackle it appropriately once and for all.

For too long the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust have been overlooked and their story buried. It is a painful history with a painful story for all of us, but it is a story which must be told and a history that must be acknowledged nevertheless.

So let’s start by acknowledging and commemorating the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/African Holocaust.

Did you know that August 23rd is International Slavery Remembrance Day? No, well don’t worry you are not alone. We think that everyone should know and commemorate this day and we hope, with your help, to make this happen.

The effects of slavery are arguably the single largest incident in reshaping and defining the world we see today and can no longer be overlooked.

www.slaveryremembrance.org
International Slavery Remembrance Day – 23/08

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#TimeToRemember


A Celebration Of Fela Kuti
When: 21 August 2017
Where: Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG

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It is very difficult to put into words the significance and stature of an individual like Fela Kuti, and his contribution to music, politics and culture across the twentieth century.

A pioneer of Afrobeat – a genre of which he was at the forefront – Fela gifted the world with songs such as Beasts of No Nation and Water Get No Enemy – a “celebration” is perhaps fitting of a man who has given so much to us.

We’re very lucky to have his former bandmate Bukky Leo and his Black Egypt collective retell many of the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist’s hits at the Jazz Café.
020 7485 6834
info@thejazzcafelondon.com


Ligali: African Remembrance Day 
When: 23 August 20177-10pm
Where: Hollow Ponds Lake, Epping Forest, E11 1NP
Adm: Positive vibe

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This year’s African Remembrance Day event will be an intimate gathering taking place outside and under the stars near Hollow Ponds Lake in Epping Forest. We’ll meet at the Igi (tree), and for one evening, sit in a circle and just talk, sing, dance, laugh, cry and recite words of freedom in honour of those that we lost to Maafa by remembering their struggles and exploring our shared purpose.

If you want to participate in creating a space of remembrance and healing then come along, bring a positive vibe and something to share. This can be food, fruit or drink, as well as a short story, a poem, a song, a drum, a drawing, an idea, a vision or an offering to our Ancestors.

Suggested dress code: Traditional, white, or in the colours of your Orisha.


African Remembrance Day
When: 23 August 2017
Where: International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Our annual celebrations include the walk of remembrance, a libation on the waterfront and the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture.
http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/srd/


IWA Chess Tournament
When: 23 August 20171 – 5pm
Where: Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7DB

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Our Reading List

The Black Women in Europe™ Reading List is a work in progress.

If you are a sister in Europe and have published a book that has not been included please let me know by sending the information to contact@blackwomenineurope.com or by leaving that information in the comments below.

Some of the titles on our list have been written by men, but they speak to our collective experience. Happy reading.

Ireland has a 100m European champion with Gina Akpe-Moses

The Louth teenager clinched first place with a strong finish, clocking a time of 11.71 seconds to finish ahead of Germany’s Keshia Kwadwo.

“It feels amazing, I am so, so, so happy! I’m really thankful for everyone who helped me get this far and I’m just absolutely ecstatic. I can’t believe it”!

To Exist is to Resist – Call for Submissions

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe

black feminism

This edited collection will explore how women of colour:

  • Theorize Black feminism and womanism from European perspectives
  • Build and sustain activist spaces for survival and resistance
  • Challenge, subvert and transform socialist, feminist, populist and/or anarchist politics
  • Develop transnational alliances and intersectional and intergenerational coalitions for equality and social justice
  • Engage with creative practice as a means of activism and self-preservation

We have an agreement in principle from Pluto Press to publish this edited collection.

Deadlines

We seek 3,000-5,000 word chapters (including bibliography) in English from activists, practitioners, artists, students, and scholars by Monday, 18th September 2017.

If you’re interested in contributing a chapter, please contact Akwugo Emejulu.


 

Black Youth Achievements Publication – Out In October 2017

The Black Youth Achievements (BYA) is the initiative of our 2010 Power Lister Kay Oldroyd.

Young People Insight

Black Youth Achievements

We’re working with ‘Young People Insight’ who are currently conducting interviews with various young achievers from around the UK and these will be published as ‘Stories of Success’.

The A4 magazine will also contain a directory of much-needed products and services that will enable and empower young people, parents, schools, and communities.

Black Youth Achievements

We’ll be having a launch event with UCL and Leading Routes who are our partners on this initiative. The magazine is due out in October and 5000 free copies will be distributed in the following areas to start with:-

Black Youth Achievements

London / Luton / Milton Keynes / Birmingham / Manchester / Leeds / Sheffield / Ipswich / Nottingham / Surrey / Sussex.

There will also be an online version.

Black Youth Achievements

**Do you have a product or service that you would like to advertise? Check out the rates and then get in touch**

#WeCelebrateSuccess
www.bya-awards.com

** – restrictions apply e.g – we will not advertise tobacco, alcohol, chemically enhanced food products, sexually explicit material etc