Miss Orleans Flora Coquerel is Miss France 2014

Miss Orleans Flora Coquerel is Miss France 2014

Source: Yahoo! News Before the competition, Coquerel, whose mother is from Benin in West Africa, told France 3 television that she believed her mixed heritage was an advantage. “It shows that today’s France is a mixed France, where there is every culture, and I think a lot of people will see themselves in me,” she …

7th Annual Summer School on BLACK EUROPE
Crystal Deroche is an Art Director/ Fashion Stylist/Fashion Curator who was born and raised in Paris, France.

Crystal Deroche is an Art Director/ Fashion Stylist/Fashion Curator who was born and raised in Paris, France.

Ready for all commissioned assignments around the world, she works on Editorial and Commercial photo shoots. Previous assignments include: – London Fashion Week – Paris Fashion Week – Lagos Fashion and Design Week – Fashion Exhibition at the V&A Crystal is also open to bookings for video and television advertisements. A blend of colour,texture and …

Ayo – simply fabulous

Ayo – simply fabulous

Biography source: Wikipedia Ayo (born as Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin on 14 September 1980 in Frechen near Cologne, Germany) is a Nigerian-German singer-songwriter. She uses the Yoruba translation Ayọ or Ayo. of her first name Joy. Her debut album Joyful, which was first released in 2006, reached Double-Platinum status in France, Platinum in Germany and Poland, …

3rd and final part of Al Jazeera’s Black France documentary

3rd and final part of Al Jazeera’s Black France documentary

The last episode of this series focuses on the extreme racism and discrimination black immigrants faced during times of economic hardship and through political shifts in post-World War II France. The 1973 oil crisis quadrupled the price of oil. The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) embargoed oil exports to countries that supported Israel …

Black France documentary episode two

Black France documentary episode two

Source: Al Jazeera The second episode of this series reveals the ongoing struggles of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean to achieve rights, form communities and have their contributions to French society recognised. During World War II, Africa once again answered France’s call to battle, but this time the motivation was different. Black soldiers were …

Black France: Part one of a three-part series looking at the history of France’s black community and their long struggle for recognition.

Black France: Part one of a three-part series looking at the history of France’s black community and their long struggle for recognition.

Source: Al Jazeera In May 2013, France’s National Assembly successfully voted on a bill to remove the words ‘race’ and ‘racial’ from the country’s penal code. French President Francois Hollande ran on a platform promising to eliminate the word ‘race’ from France’s constitution. But critics were quick to point out the disparity between constitutional reform …

Sisters Sharing Knowledge – 5-W-canvas to help you link profiles the smartest way…

Sisters Sharing Knowledge – 5-W-canvas to help you link profiles the smartest way…

Laura Bazile from England It is not ‘big news’ that we -as professionals, as entrepreneurs or on a personal level, manage a bunch of profiles online. What could be hard to monitor is linking profiles online in order to master this serendipity as a powerful tool. I realized that honest approach and organization are necessary. …

Marie N’Diaye is a 2013 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Marie N’Diaye is a 2013 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Hat tip: Euromight Source: Man Booker Prize Marie NDiaye, born on June 4th 1967, is a French novelist and playwright. Her father, who was Senegalese, returned to Africa when she was a baby, and she was raised by her French mother, a secondary-school science teacher, in a town called Pithiviers, south of Paris. She began …

Adama Amanda Ndiaye is the woman behind the Adama Paris fashion label

Adama Amanda Ndiaye is the woman behind the Adama Paris fashion label

Hat tip: Euromight Source: Adama Paris                                     Born in Kinshasa (ex Zaïre) in 1976 of Senegalese origin, Adama epitomizes the multicultural fashion designer of the new millenium. With parents belonging to the diplomatic corps, she grew up in …

Practice Dinner spécial “USA/Michelle Obama” avec Ellen Kountz

Practice Dinner spécial “USA/Michelle Obama” avec Ellen Kountz

Black Roses Network a le plaisir de vous annoncer que le premier practice dinner de la rentrée se fera le 2 novembre prochain à 19h à Paris. Le lieu exact vous sera communiqué très prochainement. Attention : la conférence démarrera à 19h30 précises Ce practice dinner est dans l’actualité car il sera pour nous, l’occasion de nous …

Aldridge Hansberry Jazz Trio ” Saturday night in the cosmos”

Aldridge Hansberry Jazz Trio ” Saturday night in the cosmos”

From Paris, the jazz trio is playing ” Saturday night in the cosmos ” (George Adams Don Pullen). Concert Exercpt august the 31th 2012 at the BAB -ILO (Paris). U. Aldridge Hansberry (drums & flûtes). Sebastien Buchholz (sax & contre alto clarinet). Jobic Le Masson (piano). Editor’s note: I met U. Aldridge Hansberry for lunch …

Meet Ellen Kountz – An American who grabbed Paris with both hands

Meet Ellen Kountz – An American who grabbed Paris with both hands

Source: Ellen Kountz Ellen was born at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California. In 1973 she moved with her parents and two older brothers to the North Shore of Long Island. Upon graduation from Great Neck North High School in 1988 she attended the undergraduate business program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,in Philadelphia. …

Screening: Black Mozart in Cuba – UK Premiere

Screening: Black Mozart in Cuba – UK Premiere

When: Monday 11th June 2012 Where: PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN Adm: £5 per person / Refreshments will be on sale. Black Mozart in Cuba is a documentary dedicated to the life and work of Chevalier de Saint George (Guadeloupe; 1745-1799), an accomplished composer, violonist and conductor, an “athletic, musical and military hero who …

Black Women Blogger in Europe – France 10 – Urban Travel Girl

Black Women Blogger in Europe – France 10 – Urban Travel Girl

I’m Maureen Jenkins, and I’m madly in love with my passport! Over the years, this well-worn treasure has taken this former newspaper reporter and “citizen of the world” from Montreal to Monaco, from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, from Rome to Riyadh, and many, many points in-between. Thanks to a previous corporate communications job for a global company,  a freelance food and …

Christiane Taubira – Garde des Sceaux, ministre de la Justice in France

Christiane Taubira – Garde des Sceaux, ministre de la Justice in France

Hat tip: Lisa Dixon France has her first black Justice Minister with the selection of the vulnerable Christiane Taubira. Ms Taubira was recognized on the inaugural Black Women in Europe Power List in 2010 for her outstanding political career. Justic Minister Taubira is a former Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Member of the European …

May 6th marked the anniversary of Saatije Baartman’s remains finally being returned to Africa from the French government after 200 years.

May 6th marked the anniversary of Saatije Baartman’s remains finally being returned to Africa from the French government after 200 years.

Hat tip: Lorraine Spencer May 6th marked the anniversary of Saatije Baartman’s remains finally being returned to Africa from the French government after 200 years. (May 6, 2002) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Baartman Sarah was a slave to Dutch owners taken to Europe and put on display like an animal. Lovely poem by Diana Ferrrus “I’ve come to take …