A Day in Brussels – Meeting Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italy

With roots stemming back to 2007 with The Vienna Declaration the Black European Women’s Council (BEWC) is set to revive itself. The first step was a face-to-face meeting with some of the board members representing Austria, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In addition to discussing the future of the BEWC we had the honor …

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Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s bird’s-eye view of Stockholm

An urbanist’s guide to Stockholm: ‘Find your own secret space and own it’ My name is Lola Akinmade Åkerström. I was born in Nigeria, studied and worked in the United States, and moved to Stockholm for love many moons ago after giving up my life as a system architect working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). …

Powerful Woman – Alice Bah Kuhnke

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2014 – A List of Our Own© Alice Bah Kuhnke Alice Bah Kuhnke is the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy since October 2014, a former television presenter, Board Professional and one of the founders of the think tank Sektor3. On October 3 she was elected to Minister of …

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2014 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2014 – 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. To commemorate our fifth list this year we name 5 women the following categories: Advocacy, Culture, Lifestyle, Politics, and Sports. This …

Alice Bah Kuhnkes is Sweden’s new Minister for Culture and Democracy

Many people were disappointed with the election results in Sweden. Seems there may not be many if any mandates over the next four years. However, in my opinion, one bit of good news is the appointment of Alice Bah Kuhnkes as Minister for Culture and Democracy. She became only the second black minister in the …

Lessons learned: From my mother and while living in Sweden

In the 9th article in our Inside View series Faith set out to travel the world while making a difference in people’s lives. While in Sweden she got a phone call that changed her life forever. At about 10:00pm on August 28, 2007, I arrived at Stockholm Arlanda airport. I remember the day so vividly …

Kendra Williams-Valentine – How I Learned to Enjoy Strawberries

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our fifth article, Kendra Williams-Valentine learned to love strawberries.  It was my first real summer in Sweden. I accompanied my boyfriend to a cookout (I refrain from using the word BBQ) hosted by a friend. After a …

CinemAfrica Stockholm Honors World AIDS Day

Each Worlds AIDS Day people will light candles all over the world in memory of all those we lost in HIV / AIDS and to honor their lives. CinemAfrica want to turn our attention to the memory of the 1.2 million Africans who died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2012. In 2012, 260 000 children were …

Who would have thought a die-hard NYC chick would fall hard for a Swede and the Country.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our third article, Lucie Buissereth shares how much the Swedish countryside means to her.  Yup, it happened to me and forever changed my life! After 8 grueling months of coaching, training and competing, I needed a “Time OUT”- …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Celebrating birthdays

I’m so glad my girlfriend invited me to celebrate her birthday with her in Halmstad. The two of us started with a little bubbly and appetizers at her place. We had a delicious dinner Fridolfs Krog I hadn’t been out dancing in ages and the Boom Boom Room was the perfect place to have fun. …

Two students from Lund University in southern Sweden have sparked accusations of racism after coming to a party with black-painted faces

Source: The Local.se Lund students in new ‘racist’ blackface outrage Two students from Lund University in southern Sweden have sparked accusations of racism after coming to a party with black-painted faces, reminding some of a mock slave auction from 2011 that drew international condemnation. The students were imitating Jamaican reggae singers at an initiation party for new …

A man and his 18-month-old son were badly beaten and nearly thrown off a bridge in Malmö in what police are describing as a race-related hate crime.

Source: The Local.se Man and toddler beaten up in Malmö hate crime   The assault happened on Sunday (September 8, 2013) night on a bridge when the father was out walking with his son. He was approached by a gang and the attack started when a man assaulted his son and later threatened to kill …

Isabellah Andersson wins the Tjejmilen 10k in Stockholm

This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen 10k, the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. It is a beautiful run/walk through the royal park ”Djurgården” in Stockholm. Isabellah Andersson’s average pace was 03.22 min/km. Six women were recognized for their achievement. This sister did her best and enjoyed it. But this race wasn’t just …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

On the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen, I decided to participate. It is the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. I signed up in the walking category so we were the last two groups to start the race. This was the category for women with baby strollers, walking sticks, and newbies like me. I …

Hanging on to summer. Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

Well, it is September and no doubt the last vestiges of summer are slipping away. “Don’t go”, I scream. “Seems like you only just arrived. Sigh”. But I have to admit it was a pretty awesome summer. The Culture Festival in Stockholm was packed with great acts including the legendary Hugh Masakela. My friend’s dog …

Sweden’s Aregawi wins women’s 1500m title

Source: Fox News MOSCOW (AFP) –  Sweden’s Ethiopian-born Abeba Aregawi won the women’s 1500m title at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday. Aregawi, who was only cleared to run for Sweden in December 2012, six months after receiving Swedish citizenship, clocked 4min 02.67sec. American Jennifer Simpson, the defending world champion, took silver in 4:02.99 with …

Taxi Sister among the 3 films showing at the next CineAfrica film breakfast in Stockholm

    Movie Breakfast in Stockholm on Aug. 25 in cooperation with the Polar Music Prize CinemAfrica and the Polar Music Prize celebrates this year’s Polar Prize winner Youssou N’Dour and serves up an inspiring morning with breakfast and three films with a focus on Senegal. Return to Gorée is the main feature, a musical …

Sweden is like living in Russia.

In a new series of articles, black women living in Europe share their views from the inside. In our first article, Cecilia Gärding explains why she is dedicated to fighting against racism in Sweden.  I come home from my vacation in the north of Sweden and go back to work as the project-director for ”The …

Another reason to be disappointed about Stockholm – Blackface strangeness in Pride Parade

What the hell is this?                             Cecilia Gärding, a dynamic young and beautiful Zulu, British and Swedish woman bought to light for me the above pic snapped during last weekend’s Stockholm Gay Pride Parade. What the hell? I do know that participants …