Black Britain

LOOKING B(L)ACK SYMPOSIUM

19 OCTOBER ’18 & 20 OCTOBER ’18 LOOKING B(L)ACK SYMPOSIUM TRAVELS AS GAZE REVERSAL Bernardine Evaristo © Marlon James of Trinidad BERNARDINE EVARISTO Bernardine Evaristo is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University and the multiple award-winning author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction that explore the African diaspora, as well as writing short …

Amandine Gay and others Speak Up about La Vérité

Amandine Gay’s documentary “Ouvrir la Voix” confronts a political and historical paradox: the illusion of color blindness that’s central to the French national self-image. OUVRIR LA VOIX/Speak Up is a feature-length documentary on black female Afro-descendants in French-speaking Europe (France and Belgium). This film project was born from my desire to occupy the public space …

An analysis of the current decadence of the West and of the redeeming role that Africa could play alongside the Old Continent

An analysis of the current decadence of the West and of the redeeming role that Africa could play alongside the Old Continent

L’OCCIDENT AMBIGU WITH HAMIDOU SALL, JEAN BOFANE, ELIZABETH TCHOUNGUI, LILIAN THURAM An analysis of the current decadence of the West and of the redeeming role that Africa could play alongside the Old Continent. Monday 13 November ’17 « Which lesson can we draw from the ambiguous adventure of the encounter of our people with those …

AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL 2017 Brussels 3-5 February

AFROPOLITAN FESTIVAL 2017 Brussels 3-5 February

Omar Victor Diop, Pedro Camejo, 2015, Série Diaspora © Omar Victor Diop, Courtesy Galerie MAGNINA, Paris 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 …

La Noire de… d’Ousmane Sembène

La Noire de… d’Ousmane Sembène

La Noire de… d’Ousmane Sembène Le 1er octobre, BOZAR CINEMA présente La Noire de…  d’Ousmane Sembène. Dans ce film datant de 1966, le réalisateur sénégalais explore la dynamique complexe de la période post-coloniale au travers de l’histoire de Diouana, jeune sénégalaise engagée comme servante dans une famille française.En présence des comédiens Mbissine Thérèse Diop et Philippe …

7th Annual Summer School on BLACK EUROPE
Black Pete, Zwarte Piet: The Documentary

Black Pete, Zwarte Piet: The Documentary

According to folklore, Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands via steamship every November, rides into town on his horse, and is assisted by his helper Zwarte Piet, which literally translates to “Black Peter.” Black Pete, Zwarte Piet: The Documentary is a film about the blackface tradition of Zwarte Piet, a Dutch folklore character associated with the celebration …

Chika Unigwe: Bridging Europe and Nigeria, Tradition and Modernity

Chika Unigwe: Bridging Europe and Nigeria, Tradition and Modernity

Writers are often a mixture of their past and their present. They write about interests and experiences, which are not always the same thing. Or perhaps take ideas from the world around them and stories they have been told. Chika Unigwe has followed a similar trajectory with her first three novels, the third of which …

2nd Annual Transatlantic Minority Political Leadership Conference

2nd Annual Transatlantic Minority Political Leadership Conference

European Parliament – Brussels, Belgium Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe SECOND ANNUAL TRANSATLANTIC MINORITY POLITICAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE not supported The Transatlantic Minority Political Leadership Conference has taken place annually at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels since the seminal Black European Summit (BES): Transatlantic Dialogue on Political Inclusion, held in 2009. …

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Belgium – American Black Chick in Europe

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Belgium – American Black Chick in Europe

Well, I’m American. And a black chick. In Europe. I’m 28 and earned my MA in International Relations in London a few months ago. Now I’m temporarily back in the US spending time with my family before heading to Belgium for an internship. After that? I haven’t a clue. I think that’s part of the …

Taking Care of Business in Belgium – Khosi Mnyakeni’s Anise Lifestyle

Taking Care of Business in Belgium – Khosi Mnyakeni’s Anise Lifestyle

Anise Lifestyle is a complementary therapy practice which offers aromatherapy massage and treatments. Serenity, space and undivided attention are essential to us. That is why we have one client booked at a time. Our full therapeutic commitment is given to our clients in a relaxing and peaceful environment. All aromatherapy treatments at Anise Lifestyle start …

Call for Black Women in Europe to submit your story for publication

Call for Black Women in Europe to submit your story for publication

Beatrice, the dynamic sister in Vienna who organized the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna last year that lead to the launch of the Black European Women’s Council that will launch in the European Parliament next month is requesting written submissions from sisters in Europe. Here are the details: Dear All! Thanks so much …

Better to give than to receive, or 48 hours in the life of an Obama delegate candidate.

Better to give than to receive, or 48 hours in the life of an Obama delegate candidate.

The Democrats Abroad EMEA caucus in Brussels this past weekend was exhausting and exhilarating. As an Obama delegate candidate and elector (I could vote for the delegates) it was an experience I will never forget. Friday evening started with drinks with the first 14 registrants and the Mayor of Brussels followed by a private tour …

From Sweden to Brussels to Denver?

From Sweden to Brussels to Denver?

I am heading to the Democrats Abroad (DA) Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Caucus today in Brussels. Among other issues 4 Obama delegates will be chosen who will attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August. Additional delegtes will be chosen at other DA caucuses. The Obama campaign has approved my application to …

Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music in Brussels

Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music in Brussels

Eric Jassin, Echevin et Pr??sident de l???asbl Atrium Saint-Josse, le Conseil d???Administration de l???asbl Atrium et Bertrand van Hoorebeke, Manager Atrium Saint-josse ont le plaisir de vous convier au Sacred Duke Ellington Concert Ch??ur ??? Big Band ??? Soprano – Claquettes Le dimanche 23 d??cembre 2007, ?? 19h00 Eglise de Saint-Josse / Place Saint-Josse Info …

Yearly Blackface: Being in Amsterdam two weekends ago reminded me that I find Zwart Piet very strange.

Yearly Blackface: Being in Amsterdam two weekends ago reminded me that I find Zwart Piet very strange.

Part of the Dutch and Belgium Chritsmas tradition is a fellow named Zwart Piet (Black Peter). Black Peter (Zwart Piet), while now a benevolent companion of Sinter Klaas, was at one time a more sinister character. During the Middle Ages, he threatened to punish the children if they were naughty by throwing them into his …