Lyota Swainson by Odou John Andrews

Lyota Swainson: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Lyota Swainson, Holistic Hair Care Expert: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Lyota to be a 10th Anniversary Shero because she epitomizes so many things for me: the selfless mother; the relentless entrepreneur; the driven advocate who really wants women to understand their outer beauty and teach them how to nurture it as well as honor their inner beauty; and the woman’s woman. You know strong, beautiful, confident, generous, kind, caring and wise. I first blogged about Lyota when she became a distributor for Sacha Cosmetics. I have had the pleasure of Lyota having her talented hands work their magic with make up and brushes on my face to transform lovely to wow! And I have been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of samples of her hair care line along it’s road from development to distribution and my hair is thankful. I’m thankful for how good Lyota makes me feel and how she empowers me and any other sister fortunate to be her client through her ethos of education, education, education. Lyota ensures you know what you need to know to make the right choices for caring for you. Lyota is sharing her advice for winter hair care for Afro textured hair.

Thank you Lyota! And our locks are thanking you in advance.

Winterize Your Hair – Stopping Hair Breakage, for Afro Hair

The most common problem I know concerning black hair is breakage.  Especially in the winter months where the harsh and dry conditions could reek havoc on your hair. We have all suffered from this one time or another in our lifetime.  If proper care is not given in the winter months, it could set your healthy hair journey back months or even years with the possible breakage that could ensue. So prevention is key here.

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Lyota Swainson’s Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care

The main cause is lack of moisture in the hair shaft. Following these tips is a sure fire way to alleviate breakage using Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Products. Wash regularly. Weekly washes and treatments is your best line of defense in imparting moisture into the hair and increasing elasticity.

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Core Radiance RRR Protein treatment every 6 to 8 weeks to help hair retain moisture and strengthen the hair using quinoa protein.

 

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Use Core Radiance Moisture Trap deep moisturizing treatment weekly, 20 minutes under heat is sufficient. Sodium Hyaluronate, imparts moisture into the shaft.  MSM, Biotin and Niacin nourishes the follicles to promote growth.

 

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Using Core Radiance Silky Smooth conditioner for Co-washing is great for naturals.  Just remember to use Core Radiance Detox shampoo to clarify once a month to remove build up of natural oils.

 

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To infuse moisture into the hair in between washes by adding Core Radiance Hydro-Lock leave-in when hair feels slightly dry to the touch. Follow by sealing with CR Flawless Finish cream or Forever Oil, to seal in the moisture and slow the rate of evaporation.

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Core Radiance brush

These simple daily to week habits below will make a world of deference to your hair. Try to use minimum to no heat.  This will retain the moisture levels in the hair shaft. Use a silk material when sleeping, other materials are inclined to absorb the moisture from the hair. Keep hair up in protective styles to brace against the weather. Wear warm hats lined with a silk material to retain moisture.

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Core radiance comb

Follow these simple steps and you should see your breakage subside. Lush, soft, shiny and healthy head of hair should emerge shortly.

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Lyota Swainson, is originally from New York City. Currently living in Stockholm, Sweden with her son. Distributor of Sacha Cosmetics in Sweden and Creator of Core Radiance Holistic Hair Care Line. Supports  beauty from the inside out projects that help empower young girls and women to build one’s self esteem.


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Picture courtesy Candice McKenzie

Be sure to meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes, starting with DJ Candice McKenzie.

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Zenzile

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

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Welcome to an evening of film, music and conversation about Mama Africa!

Zenzile or “Zenzi” as she was called at home in South Africa became a symbol of the struggle against apartheid and was an activist for human rights and equality of all people for most of her life.

The challenges Miriam Makeba fought against are relevant even today. What can we learn from her life and deeds?

The evening begins with a film and panel discussion, followed by artists expressing themselves and interpreting Miriam Makeba’s music.

participants:
Graham Tainton, choreographer and cousin of Miriam Makeba
Ake Holm, friend since the 60s and award-winner in technology for audio and video
Margaret Gärding, researcher and activist with experience of apartheid.

Participating artists:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Carter’s
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

More participants announced shortly. RSVP on the Facebook event invitation.

With support from the City of Stockholm.

Kf Maisha is part of the culture Bildningsverksamhet.

ZENZILE! Om Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

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Välkommen till en afton med film, musik och samtal om Mama Africa!

Zenzile eller ”Zenzi” som hon kallades hemma i Sydafrika blev en symbol för kampen mot apartheid och var aktivist för mänskliga rättigheter och alla människors lika värde under större delen av sitt liv.

Utmaningarna Miriam Makeba kämpade mot är relevanta även idag. Vad kan vi lära oss från hennes liv och gärningar?

Kvällen inleds med film och panelsamtal, därefter kommer artister att framföra och tolka Miriam Makebas musik.

Medverkande:
Graham Tainton, koreograf och kusin till Miriam Makeba
Åke Holm, vän sedan 60-talet samt prisbelönad inom teknik för ljud och film
Margaret Gärding, forskare och aktivist med erfarenheter av apartheid.

Medverkande artister:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Ahlm
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

Fler medverkande presenteras inom kort. OSA Facebook Tävlingsinbjudan.

Med stöd från Stockholms stad.
Kf Maisha är del av Kulturens Bildningsverksamhet.

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DJ’s we’ve loved the last 10 years

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In addition to our 10th Anniversary Shero DJ Candice McKenzie* we’ve blogged about a two other DJ’s over the last 10 years:

Jade Avia – UK

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Jade Avia is a young, beautiful, natural TV and Radio presenter. She currently co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo and presents her own Sunday evening show 16.00-20.00. Jade also hosts The Chart Show for Emirates in flight entertainment. Jade is very hands on and has recently produced and presented an online TV Show called LipGloss and Candy Floss.

Diva Cruz – Sweden

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Since she is a professional percussionist, Diva Cruz uses percussion while playing record. She has been playing drums since she was little, first in children’s orchestras and later as a percussionist in various salsa bands in Colombia, where she grew up.


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*Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Candice to be a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero for many reasons but mainly for her positive energy that I find completely infectious! I first blogged about Candice in March 2009 when I learned about her Dolly Mixes. She is known for her signature blend of house and Gospel music that makes me want to sing and dance and laugh at the same time. I also chose Candice for her drive, diverse appeal and creativity.

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Picture courtesy Candice McKenzie

Read more about DJ Candice McKenzie and download your anniversary gift.

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BWIE 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Wow, I can’t believe we have our 10 year anniversary in 2016. Sounds cliche but I remember launching the blog as if it were yesterday. But 1,827 posts, 15 awards, and 3 international speaking engagements later it truly does adds up to 10 years of passion.

 

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Logo created by Andy Collins

We have grown from blog to social network, to private groups, with Twitter list and You Tube channel, and as we’ve branched out to more platforms we continue to grow and learn new things always keeping in mind that the Black Women in Europe Blog was created to celebrate the lives of the ordinary and extraordinary black women  living in Europe.

We will celebrate all year with special contributions from sisters across Europe and the brothers that support us.

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

One such brother is Andy Collins who created the Black Women in EuropeBlog logo several years ago and graciously created our anniversary logos. I first met Andy when he called me to ask what I thought about a website about him launching an urban website in Sweden. I was on Sweden’s west coast, he was on the east, easterly at least up in past Stockholm. We talked, we clicked, I encouraged, he laughed, I laughed, we talked some more and I remember thinking, wow: aren’t British dudes cool? But when I hung up the phone I marveled, with a grateful heart,  at the power of the Black Women in Europeblog to make connections. It was my vision come true. I not only wanted to “meet” black women in Europe who were doing amazing things, I wanted to meet other people in my community doing amazing things. And that’s what Andy is doing: amazing things! And he’s incredibly talented in graphic design and he’s a visionary too. He’s putting Soul Music on the map in Scandinavia. Or rather Scandinavian Soul Music on the world map.

Thanks for being a brother who supports black women in Europe, Andy! We love you back.

Here’s more about Andy:

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I moved from London to Sweden in September 2005 with my native girlfriend hoping to lay some foundations for my children, to realise some hopes and dreams for a better life for ourselves too. After the initial disorientation that comes with emigrating I found myself a student again but this time learning about life. Not ordinary life but ‘urban life’, right in here in Sweden. I had to learn how to speak Swedish, read Swedish, shop in Swedish and convince other people that I could be ‘Swedish?’ (Being of Afro- Caribbean descent, that was no mean feat!).

It wasn’t long before I had yearnings for my previous life. There were things I missed from home, my heritage and I began to question ‘would I ever fit in here?’ I feared not least for myself but for children and the same unanswered questions they would face whilst growing up here. 

it was then that the concept and website ‘urbanlife.se – a website for the afro-swedish community’ was born. I turned to the best blog/website I could find for inspiration, which was Adrianne George’s Black Women In Europe (BWIE). It was literally the only website discussing and highlighting life for black people in Sweden!

Thanks to her advice and guidance the platform was born and I happily worked on creative projects with her. Times have changed for me since then. I now promote soul music in Scandinavia, www.scandinaviansoul.com, which also highlights the multi-cultural background that represent modern Scandinavia.

Meanwhile BWIE is still going strong and I’m simply delighted to help celebrate such a wonderful, positive blog driven by such a delightful and hard working woman.

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MS Warrior Lucie B Wins Big at the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship

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On Saturday, September 26, 2015, 48-year-old MS survivor and entrepreneur Lucie B won the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship in Madrid, Spain. Representing both the USA and Sweden, she was awarded 1 Silver and 4 Gold Medals.

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2015 World Jump Rope/ Arnolds Jump Rope Champion

Never Allow Perceived Limitations to Limit Your Potential for Greatness N’ Success. Believe in Yourself and Go For it!

 Stockholm, Sweden (PRWEB) October 09, 2015

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, 48-year-old MS survivor and entrepreneur Lucie B won the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger World Jump Rope Championship in Madrid, Spain. Representing both the USA and Sweden in the Speed and Power events, which consisted of 30-Second Single Rope Speed Sprints, One-Minute Double Unders and One-Minute Am Front Crosses, she was awarded 1 Silver and 4 Gold Medals.

“I remember looking at my competitors and saying to myself, ‘Why are you here? This is crazy!” says Lucie. “I thought, ‘you are three times older, five times slower, ten times heavier and have MS! What if your legs buckle? What if you fall? Just pull out of the competition now.” Lucie B was diagnosed with MS in 2007 and told she would probably be living the rest of her life from a wheelchair within a year of the diagnosis. However, after eight years, Lucie B is still going strong. “I’m still standing, still jumping, still competing and winning,” she says. “I put into action ‘mind-over-body’ to beat MS at its war with my well-being. Winning in Madrid is proof to all that the impossible is possible!”

In 2004, Lucie walked away from a career in medicine to become a professional jump roper and entrepreneur. “I wanted to create something new, fresh, and exciting that could positively affect the lives of children,” says Lucie. “Hence the creation of the Lucie B Jump ‘N’ Fun Jump Rope Gym for Kids. It is a place where kids are happy and encouraged to be creative and inventive while exercising and learning new jump rope skills; where kids’ self-confidence can blossom and where children are Number One!” Lucie pays special attention to girls in the program, because many have negative body images and would look to her for inspiration and motivation.

“I wanted to be a role model,” she says. “An example of strength, power, and fearlessness. My greatest mission is to help girls love themselves and their bodies. The media, unfortunately, portrays thin as ‘In’ and anything else as ‘Out.’ I wanted to be an example to my students that fitness and strength comes in many different shapes and sizes. I helped many girls embrace themselves as they were. Every girl went home with Lucie B Homework which was to look in the mirror and say, ‘I am beautiful, I am strong and I can do anything.’”

In 2013, the Lucie B Jump ‘N’ Fun Gym was part of the after-school programs in Swedish schools such as FuturaSkolan, Carlssons Skola and Campis Manilla. In November 2014, Jump Rope made front page news in Ostermalmsnytt and was featured on Lilla Sportspegeln | SVT. “Team Sweedee Pies is the name of my jump rope team in Stockholm,” says Lucie “and the goal is to transform these dynamite Swedes into jump rope champions like my team in New York City: The Rock-It-Ropers.”

Lucie B says that the ultimate goal is to have Lucie B Jump Rope programs in all public and private schools in New York, Stockholm, and the Caribbean Islands. “I am currently working on a new program to empower girls to be Fit, Fierce, Fabulous and Phenomenal,” states Lucie. “Winning the Championship in Madrid is a testament that being Fit, Fierce, Fabulous and Phenomenal can lead to great success!”

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Kim Golden is writing stories in all love’s colors

 Kim Golden is writing stories in all loves colors

Kim Golden

I write about relationships, about love. I often write about interracial relationships. I like reading stories about people who are different, who see past the differences and fall in love. And those are the stories I also enjoy writing. I write stories for people who know that love comes in many colors“.

Kim, a Philadelphia, PA native and Stockholm, Sweden resident, is the author of several books, novellas and short stories.

Three stories, three moments in Melanie Jamison’s life. In Edinburgh For as long as Melanie can remember, she’s been in love with John Cavannaugh, but their relationship’s crashed and burned again. Now she’s in Edinburgh with Damian but is she really over John? Until She Comes Melanie moved on with a Swedish actor but the relationship has fallen apart. She’s still in love with John and now they’re both wondering what it means. Do they both want another chance or are they on thin ice…? Lily Her precocious daughter is ready to start school, but is Melanie willing to send her to the school everyone else thinks will be best for Lily?

** 2014 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Bronze Medal Winner in Fiction-Drama Category **

Imagine finding out you could never have a baby with the man you love…

Expat American Laney Halliwell finds out the hard way when Niklas tells her he had a vasectomy before they met and isn’t interested in reversing it. Why should he? They’ve got his kids from his first marriage and an enviable life in Stockholm.

What if you fell in love in the most unexpected way…?

But Laney wants more. So when a friend suggests she look into an alternative sperm bank in Copenhagen to find a potential father for her baby, things don’t go exactly as planned. Especially when Laney meets Mads and finds herself falling in love.

Susannah is haunted–by the magnitude of her grief…by the silence…by her husband’s ghost.

A short story about a love that never dies.

Jessica and Chris had their first chance at love when they were studying in Edinburgh. Away from the US for the first time in their lives, neither expects to bump into someone from their hometown, much less fall in love. But fate has a way of playing tricks with people. And the question is whether their love is strong enough to last even when they return to America, especially when race comes into play.

Meet Mia Wilkinson.
Mia Wilkinson doesn’t feel very thankful right now, despite it being Thanksgiving. She’s just found out her married boyfriend has no intention of leaving his wife. She heads north to her deceased grandmother’s house in a small town in Vermont. But her plans for a solitary Christmas don’t go as planned—especially when a gorgeous South African photographer shows up on her doorstep.

And then there’s Jake Groenewald…
Jake’s come to Hunters Grove to get over losing his best friend and colleague to the atrocities of war. The last thing he expects is to have his life turned upside down by Mia and her Rules of Cohabitation. And falling in love is definitely not on his agenda.

Will a little snow help them along the way?

Mads Rasmussen has had enough: of being a sperm donor, of feeling disconnected, of being alone. Then someone walks into his life in a most unexpected way…

Maybe Tonight is a novella that gives a glimpse of Mads’s life just before and after he meets Laney in Maybe Baby. It’s a novella about love and what happens when it takes you by surprise.

Is the honeymoon over…?
Now married with two children, Laney and Mads are finding their life together isn’t as simple as it used to be. While Laney struggles with motherhood, Mads is so focused on chasing success that he loses sight of promises he’s made.

Better apart…?
When frustration gets the better of her, Laney takes the kids and goes to the US, hoping to find solace with her aunt Cecily, a former school teacher who now teaches yoga and meditation in Florida.

Can Laney and Mads find their way back to one another…or is it too late?

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Germaine Thomas competes in season 4 of Hela Sverige Bakar (All of Sweden Bakes)

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Over 10 weeks 12 contestants compete to win Sweden’s top baking prize. This season American expat Germaine Thomas competes.

 Germaine Thomas competes in season 4 of Hela Sverige Bakar (All of Sweden Bakes)

Photo: TV4 – Germaine Thomas polenta delight and wake up Suzy Q with espresso cream filling.

Good luck Germaine!

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