Etzia competing to represent Sweden at EuroVision 2017

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Etzia in Melodifestivalen 2017: Want to help other women

On Saturday it’s time for debutant Etzia to take the stage in Malmö Arena with the song “Up”. The song is an energetic and full motion and Etzia want with it spread joy and warmth in February cold. But her participation also means a lot to her in her efforts to help other women get around in the music industry.

Etzia has a cheerful number with lots of dancing. But her contribution also stands for something much bigger and more important. Etzia has for several years been working to help other girls in the music industry through the organization Femtastic. The organization is a music network that works to highlight the girls in hip hop and urban music culture and to try to even out the difference between men and women.

Male-dominated industry

– The goal is to promote the live scene to make it 50-50 between men and women and giving women the confidence to take on more in all artistic disciplines, says Etzia.

Etzia explains how the music industry and particularly in just hip hop and urban music is male dominated and it can be difficult for women to take place. Even in Melodifestivalen Etzia mean that there have not been many women who have come forward as a songwriter but more and more people take for themselves.

– It’s only a matter of time. It is time now, says Etzia about the change.

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From Negro History to Afrikan History 1926 – 2016′ – Honouring The Father’

From Negro History to Afrikan History 1926 – 2016′ – Honouring The Father’

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Date – 07/02/2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location – East Oxford Community Centre

Discussion by local Afrikanists and Pan-Afrikanists on:

How far ‘Negro History has achieved its original objectives?

Since the inception of ‘Negro History Week’ in 1926, it has undergone various name changes, ‘Black History Month’ being the longest serving and most popular. But we must ask ourselves, should we accept ‘Black’ to define what we are talking about is the history of a continent, as old as time itself? Yet we, in particular people of Afrikan heritage persist in defining our history simply by a colour. No other continent or people would endorse such a label if it was applied to them.

Presenters to be announced.

Entry: Free. Donations toward future Afrikan History Season programmes.


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Hiphop, Knowledge, and the Academy

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Friday, February 17, 2017 –
2:30pm to 5:00pm
St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory

Professor Marcyliena Morgan (Executive Director of The Hiphop Archive) will introduce students and researchers in Oxford to The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University: the motivation behind its creation, its institutional structure, areas of research, and emphasis on the three targets ‘Build, Respect, Represent’. The Hiphop Archive was established in 2002, and its mission is to facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture, and responsible leadership through hip hop:

Why do universities need to archive and research contemporary popular culture? How can the study of hip hop foster new understandings of cultural value and knowledge in academia? Finally, yet importantly, what kind of knowledge can be exchanged between researchers of hip hop in the US and institutions in the UK working with hip hop, British rap and grime? How can we think comparatively about similar projects and initiatives in the UK? These are some of the issues that will be addressed.

Professor Marcyliena Morgan is the archive’s founding director and a professor in the Department of African American Studies (Harvard). She is the author of many publications that focus on youth, gender, language, culture, identity, sociolinguistics, discourse and interaction, including Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2002), The Real Hiphop – Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the Underground (Duke University Press, 2008), and Speech Communities (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

The seminar will run from 2.30pm – 4.15pm, at which time a drinks reception will follow until 5.00pm.

Respondents: Lloyd Pratt (University of Oxford), Louisa Layne (University of Oxford), and Jason Stanyek (University of Oxford).

All welcome.

Registration is free but essential via eventbrite. Click here to register.

Humanities & Identities
Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century
Contact name: Tessa Roynon
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Audience: Open to all


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Mainstreaming Black Power

Mainstreaming Black Power

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Friday, February 3, 2017 –
12:30pm to 1:45pm
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
Seminar Room

The TORCH Race and Resistance programme are hosting a seminar on ‘Mainstreaming Black Power’ with Tom Davies (University of Sussex).

Chair: Imaobong Umoren.

All welcome.

Lunch will be provided.

* Please note the change of time *

Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century
Contact name: Tessa Roynon
Contact email:
Audience: Open to all


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France’s César Awards Nominations – 4 films from the Diaspora


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Divines” tells the story of Dounia, a tough but naive teenager living in the ‘hood, who sees getting rich or dying trying as her most viable option to get out, from French filmmaker of Moroccan descent Houda Benyamina.

Omar Sy stars in “Chocolat,” which is based on the life of Rafael Padilla – a former Cuban-born slave, who became a performer in France during the Belle Epoque era. He died in Bordeaux on November 4, 1917. French-Moroccan actor/director Roschdy Zem directed.

Directed by André Téchiné, “Being 17” is a tale of burgeoning gay romance that follows the pampered teenage son of a soldier and a doctor who lives with his mother in Army barracks in the south of France while his father is on a military mission in the Central African Republic.

Directed by Olivier Babinet, “Swagger,” is “a teen-movie documentary,” the docu-drama (part non-fiction/part fiction) takes audiences on a journey into the astonishing minds of eleven teenagers growing up in one of the most underprivileged neighborhoods in France.


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AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL 2017 Brussels 3-5 February

The Afropolitan Festival is three days of exceptional programming dedicated to Afropolitan art, creativity and state of mind, presented by BOZAR and its partners, with honorary guest artists Fredy Massamba, the great voice of Afro-soul, and Tatiana Silva, television presenter. Some thirty multidisciplinary events with over 70 artists and cultural players from Belgium, the two Congos, Ghana and Europe are articulated around three themes: the Belgian Congolese diaspora, Afropolitans of Europe, and bridges between Sub-Saharans and North Africans. The majority of the events are free.

Join us at the official opening of the Festival, Friday February 3 at 20:00 in the Horta Hall, in the company of the Festival’s honorary guests Fredy Massamba and Tatiana Silva, and with the performance of the dance duo, Les Mybalés.

Ongoing and forthcoming



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afro5 AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL 2017 Brussels 3 5 February Spotlight on new dramatic arts.

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afro7 AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL 2017 Brussels 3 5 FebruaryThree themed debates: How is the fight against afrophobia progressing in Europe*? From Black Pete to the “Noirauds”, what of these various “Black face” practices here in Belgium? What are the relation…

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An open space where people can meet, enjoy themselves, savour the moment, sit, chill, dream… Arts & Crafts Coproduced by Roots Events, the “Brussels African Market” brings together the best Afropoli…

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Just in Time for Thanksgiving – Kendra’s new cookbook

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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 (, 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.

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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.



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


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


Sweet Potato Pie
Pecan Pie

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