Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, the Chineke!  Foundation and the power of classical music

Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, the Chineke! Foundation and the power of classical music

Mission Viva Chineke! Viva Musica! At the Chineke! Foundation, we think that all young people deserve the chance to grow and develop as musicians, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Chineke! therefore seeks to be a force for good in the classical music industry, levelling the playing field for young Black …

Black Women Bloggers – England 16 – Afroblush

Black Women Bloggers – England 16 – Afroblush

Hello! My name is Louisa, I’m a Ugandan currently living in London and the creator and voice behind Afroblush, an online extension of my cultural experiences and interests.  Since 2010, I’ve been nurturing this blog as a platform to celebrate, share and explore African culture, innovation and its growing potential.  Behind the blog, I work in brand and consumer research, …

Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe V Conference in Münster

Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe V Conference in Münster

The English Seminar and the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies are proud to host the fifth African European Studies conference, which is being held in Münster for the first time (16-19 September 2015).  An interdisciplinary conference with papers covering literature, history, music, theatre, art, translation, politics, immigration, youth culture and European policies, Afroeuropeans …

2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories -28 thru 31 May in Florence

2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories -28 thru 31 May in Florence

The conference and exhibition will offer comparative perspectives on the historical and contemporary role played by photography, art, film, literature, and music in referencing the image of the black body in the West. It will be held in Florence, Italy, in May 28-31, 2015—as a sequel to five conferences held over the past six years. …

Black Women Bloggers – Germany 11 – Frolicious

Black Women Bloggers – Germany 11 – Frolicious

Frolicious is a multicultural online blog and was founded in 2013 by Jen Martens. It is dedicated to promote a cross-section of various information involving the African urban lifestyle. The intention is to share inspirations, pictures about our incredible diversity and beauty throughout the African Diaspora. Furthermore, would like to create a versatile and positive …

Moira Stuart – the first African-Caribbean female newsreader on British television

Moira Stuart – the first African-Caribbean female newsreader on British television

Moira Clare Ruby Stuart OBE is a British presenter, who was the first African-Caribbean female newsreader on British television. She has presented many television news and radio programmes for the BBC and is currently the newsreader for The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. Source: BBC Moira Stuart’s career in radio and television …

Ingrid Pollard’s work on display at Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

Ingrid Pollard’s work on display at Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

Source: V&A Museum Ingrid Pollard Ingrid Pollard was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1953 and moved to England when she was four years old. Since then she has lived in London working as a photographer, printer, media artist and researcher. She is a graduate of the London College of Printing and Derby University. In the …

Photographer Jennie Baptiste on display  –  Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

Photographer Jennie Baptiste on display – Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

Source V&A Museum Jennie Baptiste Photographer Jennie Baptiste was born in Northwest London in 1971, after her parents moved to the city from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia in the 1960s. She graduated from the London College of Communication Bachelor of Arts Photography course in 1994. Her photographs explore fashion and style as expressions …

British Jamaican photographer Maxine Walker – on exhibit at the London’s V & A

British Jamaican photographer Maxine Walker – on exhibit at the London’s V & A

Source: V & A Maxine Walker Born in 1962, British Jamaican photographer Maxine Walker lives and works in Birmingham. Her photographs raise questions about the nature of identity, challenging racial stereotypes. She contests photography’s documentary ability by replicating specific photographic styles, such as in her early series Auntie Linda’s House (1987). Her Black Beauty series …

A Day in Brussels – Meeting Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italy

A Day in Brussels – Meeting Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italy

With roots stemming back to 2007 with The Vienna Declaration the Black European Women’s Council (BEWC) is set to revive itself. The first step was a face-to-face meeting with some of the board members representing Austria, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In addition to discussing the future of the BEWC we had the honor …

Casting Call- Miss Africa Netherlands 2015-2016

Casting Call- Miss Africa Netherlands 2015-2016

We are pleased to announce the start of the journey to the 3rd edition of Miss Africa Netherlands (Miss Africa Netherlands 2015-2016). Are you the Next Miss Africa Netherlands? Do you have the Poise, Eloquence, and Charisma? Are you determined to be a Role Model and Ambassador for Change in your Community? Do you have …

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

Invitation to Wezesha Seminar and Launch WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY To mark the International Women’s Day & European Year for Development, Wezesha will hold a seminar entitled “Women hold up half the sky”. Wezesha strategic plan 2015-2019 will be launched during this seminar.   Venue: European Parliament, 43 Molesworth, Street, Dublin 2 Date:  Tuesday …

Led by Brenda King, Chief Executive, African & Caribbean Diversity is improving the lives of our youth.

Led by Brenda King, Chief Executive, African & Caribbean Diversity is improving the lives of our youth.

Led by Brenda King, Chief Executive, African & Caribbean Diversity are improving the lives of our youth. In 2014 African & Caribbean Diversity has been recognised for its leadership in attracting, retaining and progressing the best Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent by being Highly Commended for the Developing Talent Award – Attraction at …

European Union (EU) and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions working together

European Union (EU) and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions working together

Here are three inspirational ladies who make me proud to be a black woman. The photo was taken at the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the meeting of parliamentarians between the European Union (EU) and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. These inspirational three attended the Women’s Forum held last Saturday morning to discuss “Giving …

8th Annual summer school on Black Europe

8th Annual summer school on Black Europe

Now accepting applications for Black Europe Summer School Program 2015 June 22 – July 3, 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Now in its 8th 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 …

Catch the last of UK Black History Month

Catch the last of UK Black History Month

Source: Official Black History Month 2014 website. LONDON  HIGHTLIGHTS HOW NIGERIA BECAME: A STORY, AND A SPEAR THAT DIDN’T WORK Opens at the Unicorn Theatre , London 9 October – 9 November 2015   Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn’t Work commemorates …

Claudia Unterweger – reporting the news in Austria

Claudia Unterweger – reporting the news in Austria

Source Translated from German: The presenter and editor , born in 1971 , has worked for the ORF in both the television and the radio. With the completion certificate of the Vienna International School in the bag , she moved to France originally . There, the native of Vienna, studied international politics. At the University …

Freema Agyeman – versatile English actress

Freema Agyeman – versatile English actress

Source Freema Agyeman is an English television and film actress who is best known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and its spin-off series Torchwood. Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in BBC programmes Survivors and Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips …

7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe: Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe: Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Editor’s note: I am dying to take this course one summer. If you can attend and get accepted, I would live to hear about your experience, feedback on the course, and how you feel post-course. Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 23 – July 4, 2014 The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week …

Belle – the movie

Belle – the movie

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble …

Report from the European Network Against Racism’s Hearing on Aphrophobia

Report from the European Network Against Racism’s Hearing on Aphrophobia

A hearing on Afrophobia took place on 20th February, in the European Parliament, Brussels. This event which gathered around 200 persons physically and hundreds virtually through the web streaming, was a fundamental step towards the recognition of Afrophobia as a specific form of racism that affects People of African Descent and Black Europeans (PAD/BE) in …

Afrophobia in the EU: A Greens/EFA hearing

Afrophobia in the EU: A Greens/EFA hearing

PRESENTATION MEPs Jean-Jacob Bicep, Jean Lambert and Philippe Lamberts (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance), in collaboration with the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), organise a European Hearing on Afrophobia on 20th February 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels. This event, which will gather MEPs, …