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


César Awards

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.


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



Afropolitan FestivalFrom hybrid rumba to Afro-funk by way of the high life and slam, musical adventures are guaranteed!

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Afropolitan Festival Spotlight on new dramatic arts.

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Afropolitan FestivalThree 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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Afropolitan festival

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


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.


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.



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


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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Event planner Laura Bazile

Power List

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.

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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

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About the Center

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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]


Read a Field Update then Join our Kiva Team

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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