Power List

Amma Asante – Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

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Amma Assante, The Arts: UK, Award Winning Filmmaker

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BAFTA award winning Writer/Director Amma Asante, a child actor, made the move to screenwriting with development deals from Chrysalis, Channel 4 and the BBC. Two series of the urban drama Brothers and Sisters followed, which Amma wrote and produced for BBC2. Amma’s 2004 feature film, A Way of Life, was her directorial debut (she also wrote the screenplay) and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film garnered Amma newcomer nominations from the London Film Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Film Awards, and won Amma 17 international awards for her writing and directing and Newcomer Awards for writing and directing from the BFI London Film Festival and the prestigious South Bank Show Awards, Times Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

At the 2005 BAFTA Film Awards Amma received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a writer/director in a debut film and on the same night, she scored a double triumph at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize for Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for Best Feature Film. The release of Belle in 2014 marked Amma’s second feature film, and in 2016 she released A United Kingdom.

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Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

In 2010 the Black Women in Europe™ Blog released its first Power List naming 58 women across Europe in 6 categories. For the past three years the list was called down to highlight 5 women. This year the awardees are in the following categories: Arts, Culture, Entrepreneurship and Politics.

This list, presented in alphabetical order, is intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential.

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What constitutes power?

Power is defined as the ability to act or produce an effect.

Methodology:

The Power List does not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases well known and in others, are women who should be known.

Amma Assante, The Arts: UK, Award Winning Filmmaker

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BAFTA award winning Writer/Director Amma Asante, a child actor,  made the move to screenwriting with development deals from Chrysalis, Channel 4 and the BBC. Two series of the urban drama Brothers and Sisters followed, which Amma wrote and produced for BBC2.  Amma’s 2004 feature film, A Way of Life, was her directorial debut (she also wrote the screenplay) and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film garnered Amma newcomer nominations from the London Film Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Film Awards, and won Amma 17 international awards for her writing and directing and Newcomer Awards for writing and directing from the BFI London Film Festival and the prestigious South Bank Show Awards, Times Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

At the 2005 BAFTA Film Awards Amma received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a writer/director in a debut film and on the same night, she scored a double triumph at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize for Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for Best Feature Film.  The release of Belle in 2014 marked Amma’s second feature film, and in 2016 she released A United Kingdom.

SOURCE: Amma Asante

Ellen Brudet, Entrepreneurship: The Netherlands, Creator of dolls of color

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In her own words:

My name is Ellen Brudet and I’m 49 years young … mother of two beautiful boys (28 and 14) and myself a child of a mixed marriage.

* My father Surinamese and my mother * Dutch . I am a proud Moksi Baby.

When I was a child, around 1966, it was hardly possible to get a puppet with brown-skin. The moment my mother finally found a doll of color I had no interest. Why? Because I was already accustomed to the white dolls, I think. For my mother, of course, this was very annoying and quickly became sad because all she ever wanted was that I could identify myself.

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Her own words were, “Every child should have a brown doll”.  And I am living her words!

Colored Goodies opened its doors on February 14, 2016.

It is the very first Black Doll Gift Shop in the Netherlands and I am more than proud. My oldest son said to me, “Mom … you will leave a nice legacy”. Yes … its true …. I made history with my shop 🙂

Editor’s note: Ellen has since discovered hers is the first black doll shop in ALL of Europe!

Sophia James, Politics: UK, 1st Black Female Reading Councillor

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A 26 year old enthusiastic young professional living in Reading, working for a deaf charity in London and lucky enough to be a Labour Councillor for the outstanding Katesgrove Ward.

Left wing, liberation activist and inter-sectional feminist. I’m originally from Birmingham. You will either catch me with a Labour rosette or megaphone.

Source: Sophia James

Jennifer Tosch, Culture: The Netherlands, Founder of Black Heritage Tours

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Jennifer Tosch launched Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam in 2013 after taking the Black Europe Summer School course at the University of Amsterdam.

The inspiration for the tours first came not only from the transformative experience I had as a student of the BESS, but also from a void that I encountered regarding positive narratives about the presence and contributions of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands. After sharing my experiences with family and friends, I firmly believed I could contribute my share to the process of unearthing the lives of our hidden histories in Europe and in 2013 Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam was born. The journey has been nothing short of amazing. We’ve built a sustainable business by collaborating with an awesome team of scholars, historians, public officials, businesses, and heritage tourism professional.

My vision is that through this tour and the tireless work being done by dedicated scholars and activists throughout the Netherlands we will move from silence, shame and blame to when we will speak about ‘Black history’ with pride, and to claim the heritage that is rightfully shared. I have already been confronted with some strong resistance to sharing a ‘different’ perspective about Dutch history, in one instance a ‘Dutch historian’ physically stood in front of me during a ‘pilot tour’ trying to deter me. However, it has been through that ‘rock of resistance’ that has motivated me to ‘sharpen my sword of knowledge’. Thanks to a powerhouse A-Team, my ‘narrative’ is based on sound research and scholarship. This is simply, a perspective whose time is long overdue.

Monique Wells, France: Culture, U.S. Ambassador for the Académie de l’Art Culinaire du Monde Créole, Founder of Entrée to Black Paris™ tours

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Monique Y. Wells is a 20-year resident of Paris, France. She is co-owner of Discover Paris! – Personalized Itineraries for Independent Travelers, and is also a freelance travel writer and editor.

Through Discover Paris!, Monique has provided services tailored for the African-American traveler to Paris since 1999. Over the years, she has created Afro-centric itineraries, self-guided African-American history walking tours, a comprehensive Black Paris bus tour, and African-American hosted culinary activities for those wanting an in-depth travel experience in the City of Light. Her book, Paris Reflections: Walks Through African-American Paris (McDonald & Woodward, 2002; co-authored with Christiann Anderson), contains abbreviated versions of the walks that she proposes to Discover Paris! clients. She has provided private, guided tours of African-American Paris for student groups from Syracuse University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and other schools.

Monique writes and edits articles on many aspects of life in Paris. Her articles have been published by the International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, France Today, This City Paris, and other American newspapers, magazines and web publications. One of these articles was published in the anthology France, A Love Story (Seal Press, 2004).

Barnard College, Rice University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Southern University, and numerous private groups have appreciated Monique’s lecture on “Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France.” In 2011, she was named Black Culture and Heritage VIP in Paris by the online magazine African Diaspora Tourism.

Monique is also the president of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, a French non-profit association whose goal is to honor painter Beauford Delaney and to educate the public about his life and art.

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Let’s use our collective power to make a difference. Join the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team.

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Since 2013 the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team has grown to 8 members and has provided $250 in loans. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Our collective efforts will make a difference to an individual, a group, and a community.

Let’s support women. You don’t have to wait to start giving as part of our team. Choose a project and click on the amount you would like to donate. Remember as little as $25 is all that is needed. You’ll be taken to your basket where you can select what lending team your loans should count towards. Beneath the “Count Towards Team” column, you’ll see a drop down box with Black Women in Europe™’s lending team listed. Click that box and select the Black Women in Europe™’s lending team and the loan to will count towards our team.

Thank you and Go Team!


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Black is the New Black

BBC’s Black is the New Black TV Series

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Exceptional figures from politics, business, sport, science and more share their insights into being black and British today, how they got where they are, and thoughts on what the future holds.

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Exceptional figures from politics, business, sport, culture, religion and science share their insights into being black and British today, how they got where they are and their thoughts on what the future holds.
Release date: 9 November 2016.  15 days left to watch. Duration: 23 seconds

The first episode is about arriving and growing up in Britain. A cast of distinguished black Britons including Naomi Campbell, Sir Trevor McDonald, Thandie Newton, Baroness Scotland, musicians Jazzie B of Soul II Soul, Dizzie Rascal, Sir Lenny Henry, writer Gary Younge and many others talk about their parents as pioneers who came to the UK in search of a better life for them and their children.

Lenny BBCs Black is the New Black TV Series

The real heroes
Lenny Henry muses on what his family must have overcome when they arrived in Britain.
Release date: 9 November 2016, Duration: 26 seconds

What they encountered was a whole raft of new experiences from snow to smoking chimneys – as well as prejudice, verbal abuse and physical violence. Actor David Harewood recounts attending his first football match at Leeds United as an eight-year-old, which ended with him leaving before the match had even begun with monkey chants and jeers ringing in his ears.

Gina BBCs Black is the New Black TV Series

“I had no freedoms”
Comedian Gina Yashere discusses how strict her mother was. So much so, she wasn’t even allowed to go on school trips.
Release date: 9 November 2016, Duration: 36 seconds

The programme is a tribute to the dedication of immigrant parents who, with firm discipline, imparted important lessons about being twice as good, working hard and rising above racism. Their struggle was supposed to make it easier for the next generation to come to terms with their dual identity of being both black and British.

Naomi BBCs Black is the New Black TV Series


 

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Ronke Lawal

Ronke Lawal: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Ronke Lawal, PR Guru: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Ronke Lawal to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she is a dynamo. She’s had her own business for 12 years and that is a huge accomplishment in the crowded and competitive PR industry in London. I first blogged about Ronke in October 2011 when she led the Islington Chamber of Commerce. In additional to running her firm she serves on several boards making it a priority to help others. When she learned of our 10th Anniversary she wanted to join the celebration by giving us 5 PR Tips for Small Business Owners. These nuggets are worth their weight in gold.

Thank you Ronke.

Ariatu PR founder Ronke Lawal was born in Hackney, East London of Nigerian parentage. Having graduated with honours from Lancaster University and the University of Richmond Virginia (USA) with a degree in International Business (Economics), she started her own business in 2004. In 2011 Ronke Lawal was honoured to receive a Precious Award for Inspirational Leadership.

In January 2010, Ronke became the Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce where she remained until the end of 2012 and became a non-executive director of The Hoxton Apprentice in 2011. She joined the board of Trustees of Voluntary Action Islington in 2012 where she is also a Director of The Voluntary Action Academy and is currently on The Employers Panel for the National Employment Savings Trust. She is a Mentor for The Cherie Blair Foundation and for The Elevation Networks Start Ups Initiative.

Apart from her active and involved business interests, her varied passions outside the business world include food (Founder of Food Blog www.whosfordinner.co.uk), travel, music, literature and most importantly living a life she loves.

Ariatu PR represents a variety of clients in various industries including the entertainment, fashion, lifestyle & beauty, food and luxury goods sectors.


Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

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Poet Lesley-Anne Brown

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Award-winning designer Claire Requa

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Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine

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Traveler Andrea Adams

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Event planner Laura Bazile


 

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Exclusive discount on Yoga retreat for Women of Colour in the UK

Special offer:  The inaugural retreat for women of color is just under a week away. Join the OYA team for yoga, grounded movement and meditation. Vegan cuisine with Ghanaian flair, pool, sisterhood and more await you. If you use the promo code “blackwomeneurope” you’ll receive a 10% discount on the July retreat if you book by Thursday July 7th.

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OYA Retreats are dedicated to delivering an holistic movement and mindfulness practice to Black women and women of colour. On exclusive retreats in the United Kingdom and abroad, guests are offered room to explore, reflect, release, and renew.

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Recalling the Elements: Fire & Wind

Join Nikita, Shiggi and Stacie for their first weekend yoga and mindfulness retreat together at Poundon House, a beautifully exclusive house and grounds located just 60 miles northwest of London. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, movement, vegetarian meals, as well as free time to explore the area, swim, rest, read, and relax.

Theme

The elements are expressive and reflected in our own moods. We move between emotions of hot and cold, happy and angry, sometimes without even recognising or understanding why. At this weekend retreat we will explore the seemingly opposite poles that both fire and wind represent and how, in conversation with one another, transformation becomes possible.

On the one hand, fire is irreplaceable in its warming capabilities, for example of food or the body, and it can even illuminate one’s path. If untamed, however, it can burn and scorch everything in its way. Similarly, wind offers us a cooling system and can provide the energy we need to power up. At high speeds, however, wind becomes an indestructible force bringing chaos to anything it touches. This retreat will benefit anyone looking to find balance in the midst of the world’s extremes.

The body is the only true home that we will ever have, so it’s important that it be nourished and cherished. Over the course of the weekend, guests will be led in movement and mindfulness practice to do exactly that. Grounded movement and powerful Hatha flow sessions that invigorate will be balanced with soothing mindfulness exercises to leave guests feeling rejuvenated.

The retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date. Please have a look at our example schedule here.

Meals

The retreat is fully catered with dairy- and wheat-free vegetarian cuisine. On Friday evening a light dinner will be served. Saturday and Sunday morning, a warm broth will be offered before the movement session, and breakfast after the movement session. On Saturday, a filling and warm lunch will be served and a light and healthy dinner. On Sunday, guests will receive a boxed lunch, if they desire to take something with them on their journey home.

Instructors

Learn about the three instructors, including Founder Stacie CC Graham on the OYA Retreats website.
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The Brown Girls Green Beauty

The Brown Girls Green Beauty!

We are excited to bring you our truly beautiful organic and natural afro hair and skin care range.  We wanted to create something really special that fits seamlessly into our lives enhancing it and simplifying it, while at the same time reflecting a growing desire for the products that we use to be beautiful, ethical, sustainable and healthy to use.

It’s been a long road a lot of experimentation and a huge learning curve but we are proud of the results and are happy to present to you genuinely effective products that directly seek to address the needs of women and men of colour. Products that keeps your needs in mind at every stage of development, so that you don’t have to “make-do”.

We appreciate the slow beauty approach which values simplicity, purity, sensuality and quality over fast disposable products, that do nothing for our health. We believe that beauty shouldn’t have to cost us our health so we select our ingredients with a view to minimising harmful effects on the earth and ourselves.

Our products are packed with potent plant goodness that work hard to nourish, protect and soothe leaving you visibly radiant, while restoring hair and skin to better health. We’ve refined, researched and tweaked and tested our recipes on willing volunteers over  a long 5 years to create a truly green beauty option that effectively meets our specific hair and skin needs.

We are a proud Afro-British brand that sources many of our natural ingredients from these very shores, bringing you better nutrition for your hair and skin completely naturally. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Best wishes

Ibi

Founder

About Us


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The Afro Hair & Skin Co. is a small independent afro beauty business located along the beautiful English coast. We are dedicated to creating truly organic and natural products carefully crafted by hand, using fresh natural ingredients that will feed your skin and hair with all the goodness necessary to blossom and be truly healthy.

Our Beauty Philosophy

Real beauty is an energy that you put out into the world, the way that you treat yourself can have a direct impact on how you view and interact with the world. Therefore it’s important to repeat messages of love to yourself. When you take time for yourself, you are feeding your consciousness telling yourself that you are worth effort, energy and love. You are taking time to replenish reserves that can easily be depleted through everyday challenges. Simple realisations like this can be profoundly energising bringing a sense of wellness and balance. It’s ok to take down time, be creative and indulge ourselves in the things that we love.  You are your most beautiful self when you are happy and comfortable with who you are.

Our Ingredients

As lovers of all things natural and organic. We like our beauty to be clean and green. So we make the extra effort to ensure that the ingredients we use are the purest and most natural we can find. We source the finest quality sustainable ingredients that are grown, harvested and cold-pressed right here in the U.K, as well as certified organic and Fairtrade natural ingredients.

Who’s it for?

We specialise in providing high quality green beauty options to meet the unique needs of afro textured hair in all its forms as well as skincare that addresses some of the concerns of WoC. This way we are able to offer a more tailored beauty experience, working to create highly effective products that deal more directly with common issues that are often unique to our skin and hair. That being said, our products are all natural and full of wonderful healthy ingredients that anyone is welcome to try.


 

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Images of Black Women: Out of My Hand

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INFO

Please be aware that there are no trailers before the performance.

  • Sun 12 Jun
  • 135 minutes
  • Director: Takeshi Fukunaga
  • Cast: Bishop Blay, Shelley Molad, Duke Murphy Dennis, Charles Justo
  • USA-Liberia (2015)

SYNOPSIS

In the Liberian countryside, Cisco’s quiet life as a rubber plantation worker is disrupted by a workers’ strike. Risking everything to embark on a new life, he accepts a chance invitation to New York, where he immerses himself in its small Liberian community. But when Cisco meets Jacob, a former Liberian child soldier, he is forced to confront his difficult past. The film is a modern twist on a classic immigrant story, shot on locations in Liberia and New York.

Out of My Hand is only the second foreign-production narrative feature film ever shot in Liberia and the first to be made in association with Liberia Movie Union, an affiliate of Liberian government. The film was premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale and won Grand Jury Prize at LA Film Festival in 2015.

IBW highlights the work of women behind the camera with this film distributed by the ladies of ARRAY

Founded in 2004, Images of Black Women Film Festival returns to promote race and gender equality both in front and behind the camera, highlighting the work of Black women and the diversity of Africa and its Diaspora.

This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk


 

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