Adm. Michelle Howard 1st African-American woman takes command of joint unit in Naples

Source: Stipes.com

Adm. Michelle Howard
Adm. Michelle Howard speaks to reporters from NATO Joint Allied Force Command headquarters in Lago Patria, Italy, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, after assuming its command and the command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Steven Beardsley/Stars and Stripes STEVEN BEARDSLEY/STARS AND STRIPES

Adm. Michelle Howard took the reins of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and NATO Allied Force Joint Command here on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and African-American to assume command of the joint billet.

The four-star Navy command covers maritime operations in Europe and most of Africa. The NATO command, one of two operational headquarters in the alliance, with the Netherlands’ JFC Brunssum, is responsible for planning and executing NATO missions. It has operational command of the NATO mission in Kosovo, known as KFOR.

Read the full story on the Stars and Stripes website.


 

Black Girls In Rome- Indiegogo Campaign

Black Girls in Rome

Hello everyone! I’m reaching out because I wanted to personally ask if you’d consider supporting the campaign I’ve launched to fund post-production for my web series called In Nero: Black Girls in Rome. We’re in the homestretch of the fundraiser for this project that I believe is timely and relevant. To reach the goal, I’m trying to get 400 people to donate $25, 100 to donate $50 or 100 to donate $100, though any amount would be incredibly appreciated. It’d also be a huge help if you’d share the campaign. I invite you all to check out the trailer after you click the link, where you can find out more about the project. ☺️ Thanks for taking the time to read this message! Check out the perks–there might be some things you like. Even a little goes a long way! ❤–Tamara Pizzoli

Black Girls in Rome
In Nero: Black Girls in Rome follows the story of Tamara, a young woman who’s been living in New York but decides to quit the states after realising that her longtime boyfriend has been cheating on her. What happens when a girl with an afro who’s clearly diverted from the life plan she’d thought up for herself unexpectedly lands in the eternal city–Rome? Turns out, the best treasures can be found in hell…and our best selves are oftentimes found when we’re the most uncomfortable.

Here’s a trailer…

Support the campaign today.

Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Andrea Adams, Traveller: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Andrea Adams to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she makes traveling look good. She exemplifies one of the best reasons there is to travel: to immerse ones self in the local culture and let the locals get to know you in the process.  I first blogged about Andrea in April 2011 and she made our Power List that same year.  With her Travelista TV Show she and her colleague are defacto African American Ambassadors with (figuratively) more passport stamps than many people will even dream about collecting. To help us celebrate Andrea shares her Top 5 European Destinations as a gift to those of us who live here as well as those planning to visit.

Thank you Andrea and Bon Voyage.

Andrea Adams
Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams is the Cultural Enthusiast and co-founder of Travelista TV, an online travel channel. With her travel partner, she executive produces travel segments in exotic locales and hosts entertainment/red carpet interviews for AOL, BET.com and TVOne online. She is the creator of The Velvet Circle, a lifestyle media and event company focused on art, style, and hotspots in Italy.


Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

Ellen Kountz

Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

Lesley-Ann Brown

Poet Lesley-Anne Brown


 

Memories from 2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories in Florence

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With the exhibit curator. (photo credit: J. Lind)
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With a Senegalese photographer, one of his works; the curator with fans, additional photography.
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Installations on display. (Photos credit J. Lind)
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Taking it all in, an artist with her work, me taking it all in. (Photo credit: J. Lind)
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Three s of dozens of panels, chatting in between sessions. (Photo credit J. Lind)

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

Black Portraitures

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. The most recent conference in the series was held in Paris, France in January 2013, where it attracted over 400 attendees. As on those occasions, the sixth conference will bring together artists and scholars from an assortment of disciplines and practices, including art history, fashion, dance, theater, and studio art, in wide-ranging conversations about imaging the black body. In this context, “Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories,” explores the impulses, ideas, and techniques undergirding the production of self-representation and desire, and the exchange of the gaze from the 19th century to the present day in fashion, film, art, and the archives.

In conjunction with the conference, the exhibition, ReSignifications, curated by New York University Professor Awam Amkpa, will be open May 29th to August 29th 2015. The exhibition is an inter-artistic re-staging of European 17-19th century objects of decorative arts loosely termed ‘Blackamoors’, through works that foreground African and African Diasporic bodies as heterogeneous subjects of history and culture. It includes the blackamoors alongside contemporary re-stagings of black African bodies as subjects of varieties of contemporary art by artists working in Europe, Africa and the Americas. ‘ReSignifications’ brings together these artists in a critical dialogue with artifacts that objectify black bodies, as well as those that portray black subjectivity. The exhibition will intersect with the conference papers in order to enhance the discussion among scholars, visual and performing artists, writers, historians, arts administrators, curators, legal scholars, students and the general public.

Registration is open on Eventbrite.