Swedish summer—–so far, so good. Nice things happen in Sweden.

It’s not a Swedish summer to me without Daphne’s annual 4th of July party in Halmstad. Tons of American flavor mixed in with international cuisine and people. Only Daphne could pull this all together. Next indication it is Swedish summer is after beach in the solgården at Hotel Tylösand. And a day on the water …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – The Valborg night bonfire that wasn’t

We had traditional Varlborg night food of salmon (surprise), potatoes (surprise) and asparagus (family tradition). This was to be my first Valborg night celebration. I can’t remember where I usually am on 30 April, but this 30 April I was on a west coast beach ready to experience another Swedish tradition. And I wasn’t alone. …

Camilla Henemark and Army of Lovers strike out at Melodifestivalen

This week we watched ‘Hotel Rawanda’ instead of Melodifestival this week. But we were able to catch the voting to see who made it to the final and second chance rounds. We forgot Army of Lovers was competing. My Swede said they were good, before. Hmmmm. Well Army of Lovers is a Swedish dance music …

Camilla Henemark is a Swedish singer, actress, political spokesperson and former fashion model.

Source: Ask.com Biography Henemark was born in Stockholm, to a Nigerian father and a Swedish mother. She started her modeling career in her teens and later had her own modeling agency. Henemark started her career in music in 1985 by joining Alexander Bard in his Barbie project as Katanga. That project morphed into the group Army of Lovers, and soon …

Irene Ekelund – Burning up the track for Sweden

Irene Ekelund is a Swedish track and field sprint athlete, who competes for Kils AIK. She currently holds the Swedish indoor record in 200 metres. At the Swedish National Indoor Championships in Norrköping 2013, Ekelund won gold medals in the distances 60 metres and 200 metres. Her international debut took place in the indoor-international between Sweden, Finland and Norway in Växjö, Sweden at January 20, 2013.

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Fiesta Friday

When a group of cool ladies get together we can’t help but have fun, right? Add a potluck with a Mexican theme and it was caliente. We even had a mascot (pictured above). Everything, with the exception of the La Neta tortillas, was home made and absolutely delicious. Don’t forget the sangria, margarita’s, Kaluha and …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – Melodifestivalen part 1 with friends

It’s that time of year when me and my Swede are hooked on SVT1 on Saturday evenings to watch Melodifestivalen see who will represent Sweden in Eurovision. For us it was funny right from the start: And we all thought Mary would at least go to the second chance round: But she didn’t. Even still …

Mary N’Diaye got robbed, or in other words, why didn’t she make it past round 1 in Melodifestivalen?

So siked I was to cheer Mary on in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish Song Contest in the lead up to Eurovision. Here’s her performance in round 1: She didn’t receive enough votes to go directly to the final or the second chance round. The name of the song translates into cuddle and is used by kids …

Cheering for Mary N’diaye in the 1st round of the Swedish Song Contest

I’ll admit that when I first moved to Europe I thought the EuroVision Song Contest was a bit strange. I didn’t understand the voting or why Israel was a competing country. While I still don’t understand the voting nor took the time to learn why Israel competes here (who cares, really) I look forward to …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – New Year Reception for expats

I love being an expat in Sweden. I’m in the American Club, the American Women’s Club, the International Women’s Club and Democrats Abroad. And then there is Internations and XING. So dare I join another expat group? Well I can at least attend one of their events and see what I’m missing. So I went …

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – ladies dinner at an extraordinary steak house

I’m looking forward to spending more time with friends this year and cultivating my relationships. I’ve been putting people together for the last year or two through dinners out and like anything else it takes some trial and error to find out what and who works best together. To start the year off the December …

Lola Akinmade Åkerström wins the IFWTWA 2012 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award

Source: IFWTWA International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association sponsors an annual writing contest for the best writer in the Professional Journalism category among the non-member community. The writing subjects must be travel, food or wine. Lola Akinmade Åkerström, of Stockholm, Sweden, won the IFWTWA 2012 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award for her story “Slow Food …

Mariam Osman Sherifay – Powerful Woman

Mariam Osman Sherifay Sherifay was a member of the Swedish parliament between 2002–2003, as a replacement for the Council of State, Björn von Sydow. She was a member of the Housing commitee (Bostadsutskottet) and Committee on Foreign Affairs and the European Union Committee among several other appointments. In 2009 she was awarded the Swedish Martin …

Loreen – Powerful Woman

Loreen Loreen’s performance in the Swedish selection to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was in several aspects dreamlike. Her vocals and stage performance had a celestial quality that made commentators use words like ”otherworldly” after her experiencing contribution ”Euphoria”. It came as no big surprise when she won the competition and made so with some …

Pickaninny character in children’s film and merchandise

HELP US STOP THE COMPANY “BROKIGA” SPREADING RACIST STEREOTYPES OF BLACK CHILDREN IN CHILDREN’RS BOOKS, ANIMATION AND MERCHANDISE WORLD WIDE! The pickanniny is a derogatory image. Should kids embrace it? PLEASE EMAIL THE LICENSE COMPANY AND THE RETAILERS AND ASK THEM TO PLEASE STOP SPREADING RACIST IMAGES BY SELLING “BROKIGA” . peder.tamm@pluslicens.se http://www.pluslicens.se/index.php/site/art_and_design_details/little_pink_brokiga/  

The Maisha Pioneer: Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Clementine Akuyo Brown

She has proudly represented the African culture in Sweden since 1977. Together with her fellow countryman the passionate Bedu Annan, she became one of the first teachers of African dance in Sweden. With this year’s [Maisha] theme in mind; a tribute to strong African mothers, and for a lifetime achievement with an inspiring approach, we …

The Maisha Award for Newcomer of The Year goes to actress, director and producer, Josette Bushell-Mingo

She is an Officer of the Order Of The British Empire (OBE) for her Contribution to the Arts. She is the artistic director of both the National Swedish Theatre for the Deaf and TRYKK,who work for the promotion and development of Black Theatre and black art events. She is a recipient of numerous awards and …

2012 Maisha Award for Artist of the Year goes to Mary N’diaye

The phrase “Lead by example” comes to mind when one thinks of this Sene-gambian woman. She is the founder of Rock Africk which is an initiative with the objective of spotlighting and celebrating noteworthy African achievement, as well as an outreach to African youth in Africa. She is a 2012 Semi-finalist in TV4’s The Voice, …

2012 Maisha Entrepreneur of the Year is Adrianne George Lind

She is the co- founder of the Women of the African Diaspora website and co-editor of BlackExpat.com She is also the founder of JobsInStockholm.com (and JobsinGothenburg.com), and has created a platform to celebrate women of the African diaspora living in Europe with her multiple award winning Black Women In Europe blog. She is enriching both ethnic and …

Maishagalen Woman of the Year – Margaret Gärding

This woman is recognized for her great commitment and active participation in working to combat racism in Sweden, through her involvement in several organisations. She has been involved in the African Diaspora movement during many years and participated in debates on integration and diversity issues in Sweden. She is conducting her PhD in Work and …