“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.
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
MUSIC – AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL 2017
From hybrid rumba to Afro-funk by way of the high life and slam, musical adventures are guaranteed!
Three 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…
DJ Candice McKenzie: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero
Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:
I picked Candice to be a Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary Shero for many reasons but mainly for her positive energy that I find completely infectious! I first blogged about Candice in March 2009 when I learned about her Dolly Mixes. She is known for her signature blend of house and Gospel music that makes me want to sing and dance and laugh at the same time. I also chose Candice for her drive, diverse appeal and creativity. I am thrilled to announce DJ Candice McKenzie has created an exclusive 10th Anniversary mixtape for us:
I hope you like our exclusive B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Mixtape as much as I do. Feel free to download it, be sure to share it via Twitter, Facebook and all the other usual suspects. Leave a comment for Candice, she’s a darling.
Thank you Candice for celebrating our 10th! Thanks for being our Shero.
Here’s more about Candice:
Of Ghanaian and Jamaican descent, Candice McKenzie was born and raised in London, UK.
She has been DJing since 1999 and plays Soulful, Uplifting, Inspirational / Gospel House Music with a sprinkle of Deep Beats.
She has won two BEFFTA (Black, Entertainment, Film, Fashion, TV & Arts) awards for Female DJ of the Year – 2009 & DJ of the Year 2010. She DJ’s at various club nights in the UK and Europe, and in countries including Croatia, Georgia, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Slovenia, Ukraine and the USA.
Candice also DJ’s for high profile corporate clients. These have included T Mobile, Stella McCartney, Fashion TV, Havana Club, Smirnoff, Selfridges, Soho Gyms, Breakthrough for Breast Cancer and the BBC working as the Eurovision Song Contest UK Jury in May 2014.
Wow, I can’t believe we have our 10 year anniversary in 2016. Sounds cliche but I remember launching the blog as if it were yesterday. But 1,827 posts, 15 awards, and 3 international speaking engagements later it truly does add up to 10 years of passion.
Logo created by Andy Collins
We have grown from blog to social network, to private groups, with Twitter list and You Tube channel, and as we’ve branched out to more platforms we continue to grow and learn new things always keeping in mind that the Black Women in Europe Blog was created to celebrate the lives of the ordinary and extraordinary black women living in Europe.
We will celebrate all year with special contributions from sisters across Europe and a brother that supports us.
Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:
One such brother is Andy Collins who created the Black Women in Europe™ Blog logo several years ago and graciously created our anniversary logos. I first met Andy when he called me to ask what I thought about a website he was launching: an urban website in Sweden. I was on Sweden’s west coast, he was on the east, easterly at least up in past Stockholm. We talked, we clicked, I encouraged, he laughed, I laughed, we talked some more and I remember thinking, wow: aren’t British dudes cool? But when I hung up the phone I marveled, with a grateful heart, at the power of the Black Women in Europe™ blog to make connections. It was my vision come true. I not only wanted to “meet” black women in Europe who were doing amazing things, I wanted to meet other people in my community doing amazing things. And that’s what Andy is doing: amazing things! And he’s incredibly talented in graphic design and he’s a visionary too. He’s putting Soul Music on the map in Scandinavia. Or rather Scandinavian Soul Music on the world map.
Thanks for being a brother who supports black women in Europe, Andy! We love you back.
Here’s more about Andy:
I moved from London to Sweden in September 2005 with my native girlfriend hoping to lay some foundations for my children, to realise some hopes and dreams for a better life for ourselves too. After the initial disorientation that comes with emigrating I found myself a student again but this time learning about life. Not ordinary life but ‘urban life’, right in here in Sweden. I had to learn how to speak Swedish, read Swedish, shop in Swedish and convince other people that I could be ‘Swedish?’ (Being of Afro- Caribbean descent, that was no mean feat!).
It wasn’t long before I had yearnings for my previous life. There were things I missed from home, my heritage and I began to question ‘would I ever fit in here?’ I feared not least for myself but for children and the same unanswered questions they would face whilst growing up here. It was then that the concept and website ‘urbanlife.se – a website for the afro-swedish community’ was born. I turned to the best blog/website I could find for inspiration, which was Adrianne George’s Black Women In Europe (BWIE). It was literally the only website discussing and highlighting life for black people in Sweden!
Thanks to her advice and guidance the platform was born and I happily worked on creative projects with her. Times have changed for me since then. I now promote soul music in Scandinavia, www.scandinaviansoul.com, which also highlights the multi-cultural background that represent modern Scandinavia.
Meanwhile BWIE is still going strong and I’m simply delighted to help celebrate such a wonderful, positive blog driven by such a delightful and hard working woman.
Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becomes Spain’s first female black MP
As Spanish politicians gear up for what could be weeks of political wrangling, the unprecedented election result has ushered in another first for the country, with Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becoming the first black person to win a seat in Spain’s parliament.
“It’s about time, isn’t it?,”
Bosaho told El País. In Spain immigrants make up about 15% of the population but represent less than 1% of the country’s lawmakers.
Born in Equatorial Guinea, 50-year-old Bosaho moved to Spain more than three decades ago, working as a nurse before she made the jump to politics. Motivated by what she calls an
for human rights and worried about what kind of world she was leaving behind for her child, she decided to add her name to the list of Podemos candidates in the coastal city of Alicante.
“It’s a window that’s open to the future,”
she said of her party. The amount of attention she has received in recent weeks has surprised her, she told Spanish news agency Efe.
“Why is it so striking that a black woman could end up in parliament? What does that say about us all being integrated?”
The dearth of diversity in Spain’s institutions, she said, comes down to a lack of opportunities.
“It’s a structural problem that needs to be put in context, looking at the social panorama of Spain.”
Known in Alicante for her activism in gender issues, one of her goals is to push the central government to do more to address violence against women and raise the profile of women in government.
“We talk about rights and equality and the constitution protects us,”
“But what happens with institutional representation or women in business? Why aren’t our voices being heard there?”
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
The Blackness in Britain conference series is concerned with the past and future histories and narratives of Black populations in the UK and the wider African diaspora. In our second interdisciplinary conference we invite scholars, intellectuals and activists to examine how Black British intellectual life has been influenced by African American scholarship. Despite the absence of Black Studies programmes in British Universities, Black communities in the UK have a long history of community activism that has been deeply engaged with the scholarship of Black America. From as early as the Pan-African Congress 1945 to current day community and online activism, Black individuals and communities in Britain have created dynamic intellectual spaces outside of the academy to engage in debates and to organise political activity around the ideas of Black Feminism, Black Nationalism, Black theology, Black Psychology, Afrocentricity, Pan- Africanism and Garveyism in order to resist and strategize against, imperialism, colonialism and racialised forms of oppression.
The conference invites a broad range of papers on Black experienecs in Britain, with no limit on topics of the presentations.
Topics can include but are not limited to:
Conceptualising Black Studies in Britain
Black feminist activism and scholarship
Pan-Africanism in Britain
Community organising and activism
Blackness, sexualities and sexual politics
The legacy of ‘New Ethnicities’
Black music and popular culture
Scholarship and activism
Neoliberalism, colonialism, imperialism
Faith, theology, religion and blackness
Black space, black geographies
African diasporic borders