1st Black Model to Appear in a Fashion Magazine

Yo, Adrienne

It happens all the time. A beautiful young woman decides she wants to become a model and asks a photographer friend to take some head shots. Seventy years ago this ordinary series of events took an unlikely turn. That was because the beautiful woman was black; the photographer was her lover Man Ray; and one of the photographs landed in the September 1937 issue of Harper???s Bazaar, making her the first black model to appear in a major fashion magazine.

The story begins in Paris around 1936, when a young dancer from Guadeloupe named Adrienne Fidelin met Man Ray.

Taking Care of Business in The Netherlands-AESN-Coloured Goodies-Emancipation-Keep Track Concierge

These sisters are taking care of business in The Netherlands. They are building communities, serving our community, restoring calm to busy exeuctives and travelers, and using their artistic talent to express our community. Take a look:

The Afro European Sisters Network (AESN) is a site that focuses on networking black women in and outside of Europe. As women tell their stories it allows others to learn lessons from their lives. Sharing this knowledge will also empower women with the ability to become one.

Look at Sandra’s website here.

Coloured Goodies is een multicultureel relatiegeschenken webwinkel opgezet in Juli 2006.

Coloured Goodies betekent letterlijk vertaald Gekleurde Cadeautjes. De reden dat deze naam van toepassing is op de webwinkel, is omdat alle producten die Coloured Goodies biedt, het doel hebben mensen van een andere cultuur en van een ander ras zich ge??dentificeerd te laten voelen bij het kopen van een persoons gerichte give away (cadeautje).

Coloured Goodies heeft een assortiment van wenskaarten, schilderijen, baby/trouw/doop showerartikelen, etc, etc. Dit alles met een culturele insteek.

Of je nu Surinaams, Antilliaans, Marokkaans of Turks bent, Coloured Goodies kan je advies geven en je zelf laten zoeken naar het juiste cadeautje of wenskaart voor jouw geliefde. Ook maken wij ontwerpen geheel naar uw wens.

Coloured Goodies is vernieuwend door haar multiculturele aanpak en vernieuwend assortiment. Visit Coloured Goodies here.

EMANCIPATION is an exclusive lingerie line designed for the fuller black woman.

Conceived as a backlash to the trend of increasing emphasis on physical appearance, we at EMANCIPATION realized that the masses still do not have the right concept of beauty. Beauty lies within and as the saying goes, ???is in the eye of the beholder.???

Visit Emancipation here.

Keep Track Concierge is a European Lifestyle Management Company that was started in the North West of The Netherlands by Nicole Delamore. My career started in Investment Banking, but over the years moved towards International Communications. As a business professional I am well aware of the challenges a normal day can carry and the stress that goes with it. Visit Keep Track Concierge here.

Whitaker, Hudson Win Big On Oscar Night

Two big dreams were fulfilled last night when Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson won Oscars at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Whitaker took home Best Actor for his exceptional work in The Last King of Scotland and Hudson was honored as Best Supporting Actress for her breakout performance in Dreamgirls. Both actors had swept up numerous pre-Oscar awards???including top prizes from the Golden Globes and British Academy of Film and Television Arts???yet Whitaker and Hudson seemed genuinely shocked last night at their Oscar wins. ???I thought if it would happen that I would be a little overwhelmed, and I am,??? said Whitaker, as he fumbled for his acceptance speech. Hudson, who seemed overcome with emotion as she walked onstage, said, ???I didn’t think I was going to win but, wow, if my grandmother was here to see me now. She was my biggest inspiration for everything, because she was a singer and she had the passion for it, but she never had the chance. And that was the thing that pushed me forward to continue.??? She went on to sincerely thank God, family, cast members???and Jennifer Holliday, the original actress who portrayed Effie White.

There were some upsets: Eddie Murphy???s comeback joy ride came to a halt when he lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Little Miss Sunshine???s Alan Arkin. And in the Best Original Song category, three (!) Dreamgirls songs were overlooked for Melissa Etheridge???s winning ???I Need to Wake Up,??? from An Inconvenient Truth. Still, the night ended on a high note. With Whitaker’s and Hudson???s wins, children from East Texas to Chi Town now know that if you just believe, Oscar dreams really can come true.

Source: essence.com

Women of Color Day

The International Association for Women of Color Day was established to promote the commemoration of Women of Color Day March 1st, annually and world wide.

In 1981, the National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) was established to build a strong national network for women of African, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Latina and Pacific Island heritages and to advance the issues of Women of Color. These efforts resulted in National Strategies Conferences for Women of Color in 1982 and 1983 in Washington, DC, 1984 in Reno, Nevada and 1987 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. NIWC also published three Fact Sheets on Women of Color and as well as several NIWC Brown Papers???researched writings on issues of concern to Women of Color.