Read a Field Update then Join our Kiva Team

Join the Black Women in Europe Kiva Team today!

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Thank you for supporting an entrepreneur in Senegal.

Dear Kiva Lender, Hello from Senegal!


Thank you so much for making a loan to a borrower in Senegal. As a Kiva Fellow who has spent the past four months meeting with borrowers and helping to advance Kiva‘s mission here in Senegal, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the recipients of your loans, who are some of the most hard-working, welcoming people I’ve ever met.


Through my visits, I’ve heard about many difficulties that borrowers in this country face, and I’ve also heard many success stories.


I met with Anna, the representative for a group of borrowers who raise livestock in a small village. She said that her Kiva loan offers her and her fellow borrowers a longer loan term than most other loans she could get, which makes a huge difference when your business takes some time to mature – literally!


I met with Mbeye, a fisherman who usually starts his day at 5 or 6 in the morning, and finishes as late as 8 or 9 in the evening. He’s using his Kiva loan to build a second fishing boat in his spare time, and he will use it to expand his fishing business.


Many borrowers I met with, including Aissatou, Bineta and Maimouna work in “petit commerce,” for which there’s not a great English equivalent, but retail comes close. They sell various goods in their neighborhood markets, but they frequently change what they’re selling to adapt to changes in demand. So, someone might sell carbon for cook stoves one week and then vegetables the next, but also sell breakfasts outside her home on weekday mornings. Many of these women work at the local market all morning, return home around midday to make lunch for their families, and go right back to the market afterward. I can’t possibly imagine cooking a meal for a family of 8 on my lunch break, so I was in awe.


I met with a group of women, including Awa and Fatou (featured above), who live in a seaside village and make their livelihood from smoking and drying fish. As a lover of smoked fish, I asked to see their work and they took me on a tour of the town’s fish smoking operations. From the area where they buy fresh fish to the grills where they cook it to racks where they leave it to dry for several days in the sun to the smokers, it was so interesting to learn about all the different steps in the process. Afterward, they invited me to join them for a lunch that included fish they had smoked – it was delicious!


I hope this update gives you a taste of the stories and successes of the borrowers you’ve lent to. It was a pleasure to meet all of them, and I thank you, on their behalf, for the loans that have helped to make their successes possible.


If you wish to keep contributing to the growth of Senegalese borrowers, join the Black Women in Europe Kiva Team today!


Best, Anneka Nelson Kiva Fellow Class 29

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Images of Black Women: Out of My Hand

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Please be aware that there are no trailers before the performance.

  • Sun 12 Jun
  • 135 minutes
  • Director: Takeshi Fukunaga
  • Cast: Bishop Blay, Shelley Molad, Duke Murphy Dennis, Charles Justo
  • USA-Liberia (2015)


In the Liberian countryside, Cisco’s quiet life as a rubber plantation worker is disrupted by a workers’ strike. Risking everything to embark on a new life, he accepts a chance invitation to New York, where he immerses himself in its small Liberian community. But when Cisco meets Jacob, a former Liberian child soldier, he is forced to confront his difficult past. The film is a modern twist on a classic immigrant story, shot on locations in Liberia and New York.

Out of My Hand is only the second foreign-production narrative feature film ever shot in Liberia and the first to be made in association with Liberia Movie Union, an affiliate of Liberian government. The film was premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale and won Grand Jury Prize at LA Film Festival in 2015.

IBW highlights the work of women behind the camera with this film distributed by the ladies of ARRAY

Founded in 2004, Images of Black Women Film Festival returns to promote race and gender equality both in front and behind the camera, highlighting the work of Black women and the diversity of Africa and its Diaspora.

This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks


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Ellen Kountz: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Ellen Kountz, Finance Guru: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Ellen to be a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero because she’s gutsy, a trailblazer and extremely cool. I first blogged about Ellen in August 2012. Born in California and raised in New York State she’s teaching finance on the University level in France in French. Non? Oui! She ran a great video series on the Obama campaigns and has developed a reputation as a sought after speaker on African American culture and politics. I witnessed Ellen complete her absentee ballot one election year. She’s shown me what an expat life can look like when one is fluent in the local language, excellent at what they do, passionate about their family and willing to savor everything along the way. Ellen shares her knowledge of finance with us as a 10th Anniversary gift for which I am grateful.

Thank you Ellen for sharing to empower us.

Sisters of the diaspora in the new financial landscape. Text by Ellen Kountz.

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Financial empowerment and economic equality were two subjects that Martin Luther King, Jr. was just getting around to addressing when he was tragically shot down in the prime of his career. There had been rumblings that he would “go there”, which is to say address poverty as an economic rather than purely a social issue, and by doing so, in the eyes of many of his day he was ‘getting out of his lane’. Since then, unfortunately, we have not had broad social debates about economic justice, beyond the narrow and short-sighted stigmatization of the ‘welfare queen’.

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Welfare queen, perhaps, but which one are we speaking of? The under-resourced unwed mother, or the corporate CEO with his endless tax loopholes? I’m more preoccupied with the latter. Over the course of the past half century, our Western economies have become less and less industrialized’, and more and more ‘financiarized’. What does this latter term mean? Basically, it is the fallout of increased regulation, scrutiny, and competition. As financial markets, and stock exchanges particularly, drove a spotlight to companies financial performance, rather than their underlying industrial performance, “finance-speak” became more popular in the media. For example, the stock exchange is a competitive place where companies are vying for investors’ attention and funds, and as this competition intensifies, companies will be forced to make managerial and industrial decisions that are for the sole purpose of satisfying financial needs. When large firms have mass layoffs, their goal is to keep their stock price competitive and maintain dividends for their investors. Slowly but surely, finance is no longer being used to fuel businesses. Instead, business is driving the financial model.

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Now that profit maximization is the imposed norm in most of the world, and getting only very little pushback from alternative models, such as the collaborative economy, or decreased-consumption objectives, we are faced with another fallout of this sinister system. This fallout is the need to multiply our own individual income models. Once upon a time, a nuclear family could realistically live on the parents’ annual income This model has been phased out, by a complex list of savings, investment, income, and retirement needs that require expertise and attention.

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I encourage sisters of the diaspora to do two things: embrace finance and make it your own, it’s a starting point to feeling empowered and entitled. Also, in the name of sustainability objectives, more responsible corporate governance and a re-set of North / South balance of power, consider that the next decades will give rise to what are currently seen as marginal, alternative concepts. Indeed, we can go from exclusion to inclusion in no time in this fast-changing world of finance.

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Ellen Kountz is a finance lecturer in business schools throughout France, including Grenobe Ecole de Management and Paris School of Business. Ellen was born at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California. In 1973 she moved with her parents and two older brothers to the North Shore of Long Island. Upon graduation from Great Neck North High School in 1988 she attended the undergraduate business program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,in Philadelphia. At the end of her junior year, the Dean warned her that she needed at least one liberal arts class to graduate. She went to Paris on a study abroad program to perfect her French while fulfilling the requirement and has lived there ever since.

When people ask Ellen why she stayed in Paris, she reminds them that she was hired as a capital markets intern in the trading room at JP Morgan bank’s Paris office, located at place Vendôme. As a finance major, was there a better first job in the world? Over the years, she went on to positions of increasing responsibility in other financial services institutions in Paris. She most recently worked at the Bourse de Paris, rebranded NYSE Euronext. Currently, she is a candidate for certification as an independent corporate director at the Institut Français des Administrateurs, on the campus of Sciences Po.

Ellen lives in the Left Bank with her husband and daughter.

Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

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Poet Lesley-Anne Brown


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Rhoda Wilson’s Housewives & Girlfriends TV series

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Rhoda Wilson‘s Housewives & Girlfriends TV series are all Nollywood UK cast and we are very proud to be on Africa Magic Urban Channel 153 every Friday at 10pm

Watch the Housewives & Girlfriends TV Series.

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Fountainhead Tanz Theatre November 2015 e-Letter

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November 2015 . Berlin.Germany

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Anniversary 2015

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, 35 years
Black International Cinema Berlin, 30th edition
Black International Cinema Berlin Film Awards, 25 years
THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin, 20 years
“Footprints in the Sand?” Exhibition, 15 years
Cultural Zephyr e.V., 25 years

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Film Evening & Discussion | November 25 | 2015 | 6-10 pm
Familienplanungszentrum BALANCE | Mauritius-Kirch-Str. 3 | 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg

THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin:
@ Alex – Offener Kanal Berlin

XXXI. 2016 Black International Cinema Berlin

Prof. Dr. Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels commends the work of
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre…

Europe’s finest festivals honored with EFFE Label 2015-2016

Alternativer Medienpreis 2015 / Alternative Media Award 2015

THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin
THE COLLEGIUM Archive on YouTube please click >here<

Fountainhead Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin/
THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin/
“Footprints in the Sand?” Exhibition/Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre Mission Statement

What is the formula to partial and/or eventual success?
Or, is success in this matter even achievable?

Was ist die Formel, die zu Teil- und/oder Langzeiterfolg führt?
Oder, ist Erfolg in dieser Angelegenheit überhaupt erreichbar?

Film Evening & Discussion | Filmabend & Diskussion

November 25, 2015
6-10 pm | 18-22 Uhr
Familienplanungszentrum BALANCE
Mauritius-Kirch-Straße 3
10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg

Admission is free of charge. | Der Eintritt ist frei.
Program in English and German | Programm auf Englisch und Deutsch

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“A Language to Dwell In”: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions

Hat tip: Angela Shaw

AUP is proud to announce its upcoming conference “A Language to Dwell In”: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions from 26-28 May 2016.

The conference will represent a broad international and interdisciplinary explorations of Baldwin’s life and writing, with a special emphasis on the Paris he inhabited, both what it was and what it is today as a result of the marks he left behind, and on his experiences in Europe, Africa, and Turkey. Stressing the importance of James Baldwin, the conference hopes to be an international point of intersection for all those interested in Baldwin’s writing from literary and cultural critics, to political activists, poets, musicians, publishers and historians.  We seek the widest range of academic and public intellectual discussion around Baldwin’s work which has influenced so many and so much.

Opening Round Table Discussants:

  • D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University, Boston
  • Doug Field, Manchester University
  • Claudine Reynaud, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier
  • Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary University, London
  • Cora Kaplan, Queen Mary University, London

Plenary Speakers:

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  • Bill Mullen, Purdue University
  • Robert Reid-Pharr, CUNY Graduate Center
  • James Campbell, Baldwin Biographer

Call for Papers

The American University of Paris announces a call for papers for the International James Baldwin Conference to be held 26-28 May 2016 at the American University of Paris. Other Paris venues crucial to Baldwin’s experience of the city will be used as additional settings, thus taking conference participants into “Baldwin’s Paris.”

The Conference encourages broad international and interdisciplinary exploration of Baldwin’s life and writing, with emphasis on the Paris he inhabited (intermittently from 1948 onwards), both for what it was and for what it is today as a result of the marks he left behind. An emphasis on his versatility in terms of style, genre and socio-political concerns is also of primary concern. Stressing the importance of Baldwin’s life, work and literary relations, the conference will be an intersection for all those interested in Baldwin’s work: from literary and cultural critics, to scholars of gender and queer theory, to political activists, poets, filmmakers, historians and musicians as well. We seek a wide range of academic and public discussions which can engage with Baldwin’s work.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Baldwin and Expatriate Paris: Friends and Enemies
  • Baldwin as a Global Explorer: The Fire Yet Again?
  • Global Influence: Baldwin’s Work in Non-U.S. Settings
  • Baldwin in a Post-Racial Imaginary
  • Baldwin and Genre
  • Baldwin and Literary Journalism
  • Baldwin and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Teaching Baldwin Today
  • Baldwin and the Other Arts

Proposal for papers should include:

  1. A brief (250-300 word) abstract
  2.  A one to two page vita.

Submissions to Alice Craven at and William Dow at

Deadline for Submissions: December 1, 2015.

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Race and Resistance and Rhodes Must Fall petition and protest tomorrow

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Hey folks,

For those who don’t know me, I’m the founder and organizer of the Oxford Pan-African Forum (OXPAF). I’ve been active in the movement for Black Lives in the UK and an active participant in the Race and Resistance seminar for the past 2 years. I am also a founding member of Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford, and it is in this latter capacity that I’m appealing to you now. On this Friday, 6th November at 12pm, we will demonstrate outside Oriel College, Oxford and present a petition demanding the statue of Cecil Rhodes – a brutal, racist colonial oppressor – be taken down.

Our appeal will be strengthened to the extent that we have more signatures on the petition we deliver, so I humbly request that you take a moment and add your signature:…

Thanks for all your hard work for the cause of race (consciousness) and resistance!


Brian Kwoba

Rhodes Must Fall Needs Your Support!

1. Petition

Time for action!
Oriel College, Oxford University: Remove the Racist Cecil Rhodes Statue!
Sign the petition, share the link!



2. Action

6th November 2015, we will demonstrate outside Oriel College, Oxford to demand the glorifying statue of Cecil Rhodes – a brutal, racist colonial oppressor – be taken down.We will assemble in Oriel Square at 12pm. We want to make sure that those at Oriel College can’t ignore us, so make sure you arrive prepared to BRING THE NOISE: come armed with whistles, drums, pots, pans, wooden spoons and your loudest chanting voice. We will give the Oriel College Provost until to come out and publicly accept our petition (which can be found and signed here:

The veneration of a racist murderer on our campus violates the university’s own commitment to “fostering an inclusive culture” for its black and minority ethnic students. It is also an overbearing, visual reminder of the colonial apologism rife in one of the world’s most esteemed educational institutions. So long as these statues are allowed to stand, we as a society can never begin the process of recognising the violence of our past.Cecil Rhodes: your time has come. You must fall. You will fall.



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