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 (www.Americulinariska.com), 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


Third Annual WZB Conference on Migration and Diversity

National Identity in Motion

The conference aims to discuss national identity at different levels, for example how individuals of immigrant and non-immigrant background negotiate and express national identity (e.g., in implicit and explicit attitudes or behaviors), how national identity is reproduced by public institutions such as schools, how states define national identity through their constitutions and laws or what measures and policies governments take to foster certain forms of national identity.

Through taking a closer look at these phenomena we want to understand if and how national identity content changes and is negotiated within and between individuals or institutions and if and why the concept still matters.

Conference Programme

Registration – Please register until 21.08.2015

: Ines Michalowski, Ruth Ditlmann
Monday, 31. August 2015Tuesday, 01. September 2015
Start: 8:45 am
: WZB, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, Raum A 300
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center conducts basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term and mostly based on international comparisons.

Dr. Maike M. Burda
mail: nationalidentity@wzb.eu
fon: +49 30 030-25491-450

Polyglot is a new scripted web series from Rwandan-German visual artist and self-taught filmmaker Amelia Umuhire

Hat tip: Babz Rawls

Source: okayafrica.com

Polyglot is a new scripted web series from Rwandan-German visual artist and self-taught filmmaker Amelia Umuhire that explores the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of color in Berlin. The show’s first episode, which premiered in April, introduced viewers to Babiche Papaya, a rapper and poet played by Umuhire’s sister, Amanda Mukasonga. Titled “The Bewerbungsgespräch” (“The Interview”), the five minute clip follows Papaya as she tries to find a home among other international Berliners.

With its intimate fly-on-the-wall cinematography, Umuhire plans for future episodes of the web series to focus on a rotating cast of young polyglots navigating daily life in the German capital. The show’s recently-uploaded second episode, “Les Mals du Pays,” returns to Babiche’s world as she deals with the malaise of homesickness and the frustrations of maintaining a natural hair care routine. “If I were in a TV show, normally as me a black woman, I wouldn’t get to be this real, as this 3D, as deep as a character, you know,” Mukasonga told NPR Berlin of her role in the series.

Read the full story on okayafricacom.

7th Annual Summer School on BLACK EUROPE

Thank you for the reminder Angela Shaw. Every year I say I am going to take this course one summer. I have to ensure that it comes to pass.

Black Europe

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

Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 23 – July 4, 2014

The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 7th annual Summer School on Black Europe will take place from June 23rd to July 4th, 2014 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in collaboration with The Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues (Barcelona, Spain).*

The Summer School on Black Europe will be held at:

International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)
Lombokstraat 40, 1094 AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The overall goal of this course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora (and “other” immigrants of color) in Europe. We will focus on and discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies, social organizations and legislation today. This course will begin with a historical overview of the African Diaspora in Europe that traces the involvement of European nations in the colonization of the Americas. We will address the migration and settlement of Blacks in Europe, and examine immigration and citizenship laws that regulated their settlement. We will also look at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries. We compare the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces and social movements within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath. In addition, we will explore notions of Blackness as official categorization; as a social construction employed by the dominant groups to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. In this way, we examine the social mobilization of Blacks to resist domination.

The above issues will be considered in light of the immediacy of contemporary global and European forces, including competing issues and discourses on Islamophobia, increased non-Black migration into and across Europe, and the debt crisis in the European Union.

This course will also seek to address 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 examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. To this effect guest speakers for the 2013 program will be drawn from Germany, Italy and Portugal for case studies in those countries.

Affiliated Faculty Members include:


(More Faculty Info)



The tuition for this course is € 1600 (or € 1300 without housing) .

Tuition includes housing, the opening reception, lunches on all class days, weekly get-togethers with faculty, a course reader, a public transportation pass, and travel costs and entrance to museums and exhibitions during excursions (excluding an optional excursion to Paris).

The Paris excursion includes participation in a workshop on Migration and Social Movements at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) in Paris.

Tuition does not include travel to and from Amsterdam.

For more information over the Summer School, please email:
blackeurope [at] dialogoglobal.com

K. Nimako, Director
Email: obee [at] telfort.nl

Mano Delea, Project Manager
Email: mano.delea [at] gmail.com

Camilla Hawthorne, Coordinator North America
Email: camilla.hawthorne [at] Berkeley.edu

Giovanni Picker, Coordinator East/Central Europe & Russia
Email: giovanni.picker [at] gmail.com


About the Center

Logo Dialogo Global


DIÀLEG GLOBAL (Center of Study and Investigation for Global 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 blackeurope [at] dialogoglobal.com.
Find us also on Facebook!

During the Summer School, we will also be hosting the International Symposium on Black Europe 2014. The 2013 Symposium on Black Europe was titled, Inside Black Europe: Racial Configurations in the Post 9/11 Era (in Europe). Click here for information on the 2012 Symposium.


* Previous sessions of the Summer School on Black Europe were organized in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and NiNsee, the National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

BlackWomen Bloggers in Europe Series – Germany 9 – Black girl in Berlin


Welcome to BlackgirlinBerlin by Kimberly Butler

Who is Kimberly Butler you may ask? Kimberly Butler is a talented author. This dynamic, driven & intelligent young African-American Business & Economics grad originally hailed from a middle class family in a small town in Southern California. Kimberly has overcome many tragedies & setbacks throughout her short life and now resides in Berlin, Germany as she plots to elevate her career to new heights.

In just over a quarter of century on this planet Kimberly Butler has lead a rather colourful life overcoming many struggles; trials & tribulations on her road to success. After surviving childhood trauma; suffered bullying & coupled with a strict religious upbringing as she was solely raised by her Mother who is a local Minister; a young Kim found solace in Music and was active in her local church choir. Kimberly excelled in High School and moved to Los Angeles for College & attended California State University in Long Beach where after her first year was honoured for her 3.8 GPA she maintained.

After graduating with a degree in Business Economics, Kimberly successfully gained work in the corporate America & began to study for an MBA in Business Management and retired from the world of adult entertainment. Via this new career path, the young exec swiftly developed an expertise in developing and implementing measurable and actionable business development, sales and marketing strategies that drove growth and profitability. Unfortunately this new career and happiness was short lived as following the financial crash and a failed engagement from a long term relationship to her then boyfriend, Kimberly found herself without a job. She travelled around for a while, to many countries including Germany where she met her boyfriend. Kimberly then moved to Berlin, Germany to be with her new boyfriend, where she works now in the field of online marketing for various corporate clients in Berlin.

Today Kimberly is pursuing many new career goals as a successful business woman including working on her autobiography as a published author. Staying true to her blogging past Kim also still keeps up her new blog “Black Girl in Berlin” where she discusses her difficulties fitting in to a new country; new relationship; race relations in Germany; popular culture as well as her new career & life. Not letting her past define her or overshadow her and with international publishing; TV and record deals in the pipeline Kimberly Butler has consistently and triumphantly overcome adversity throughout her life and is now on the verge of an exciting new career in Europe as she starts the next chapter of her life.

Visit Kimberly’s blog.

“FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND?” – Exhibition in Berlin


Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre


Photographic Exhibition – Visual Documentation
Fotoausstellung – Visuelle Dokumentation

July 1 – August 31, 2013
Vernissage, July 1st, 7 pm

Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) – Foyer
John-F.-Kennedy Platz
10825 Berlin-Schöneberg

Admission is without charge.

The exhibition documents the history of
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre

in association with

Karen D. Brame El-Amin – USA
Wolfgang Busch – USA
Martin Christoph – Berlin
Levi Frazier, Jr. – USA
Regina Gerschke – Berlin
Amir Kaufmann – Berlin/Israel
Judith Lenhardt – Berlin
Andrea Lippold – Berlin
Farid Mirkhani – Iran
Gabriela Rosa da Silva – Paris
Pia Sommer – Bayreuth
Thomas M. Wendt – Berlin
Ursula Wunder – Berlin

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was founded by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Lynnda Curry, Ricky Powell and Detlef Bäcker, four American artists and a German colleague, who met in Berlin during 1979 at Theater des Westens and decided to undertake intercultural, interdisciplinary and international productions in dance, theatre, television, workshops, film/video festivals and publications.
This exhibition paints a picture of the activities of various people during their historical contributions to Berlin, elsewhere and hence, the portrait seeks to prevent these undertakings from becoming “Footprints in the Sand?”.

Many Voices to Tell a Story: A Walking Tour of Berlin Jazz – Corina Kwami at TEDxGoodenoughCollege

Hat tip: 360 degrees of diversity

Ms Kwami is a jazz, soul and funk performer and aspiring social epidemiologist. After finishing her degree at Georgetown University, Corina worked and performed in Switzerland and Germany. She has also launched an initiative, “Jazz, Swing & Funk Walking Tours Berlin” which provides interactive, historic tours of jazz in Berlin in order to promote dialogue on culture and performance in an urban setting. The tour includes visits to sites in several of Berlin’s neighborhoods where jazz, swing and funk have developed alongside historical milestones with surprise performances at each site. She is currently a degree candidate at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.