June Sarpong is one of ITV’s Loose Women

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June has enjoyed a 15-year career which has already seen her become one of the most recognizable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic young hosts! So much so that HM The Queen awarded her an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making June one of the youngest people to receive the award.

Over the years she’s taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences: from hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square to presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 she even hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations alongside Will Smith in front of 30,000 people at London’s Hyde Park!

As well as her broadcasting work June is also passionately involved with several charitable foundations having worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles for over a decade as an ambassador for his charity the Prince’s Trust, as well as campaigning for The One and Product (RED). And when she’s not busy doing any of that she’s working as Co-Founder of the WIE Network (Women:Inspiration & Enterprise).

After living in America for 8 years, June has recently moved back to her hometown of London and is thrilled to be joining the Loose team.

Find out more in her Q&A below:
I’m best known for: For presenting Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Party in Hyde Park

The proudest moment of my career is: Interviewing Tony Blair and helping to encourage a generation of young people to vote

The first thing I do in the morning is: Go to the loo! After that mediate and pray

My favourite lunch is: Fried chicken

The most famous person in my phonebook is: Will Smith

The actor who would play me in a film about my life is: Wow, not sure. Probably Lupita Nyongo

If I wasn’t presenting Loose Women, I’d be: In my kitchen cooking up a storm. Like Ruth, I LOVE cooking

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Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event – May 29 in Oxford

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Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

29th May, 5pm: (**please note change to time)

Chaired by Tiziana Morosetti (University of Oxford), the round table discusses contemporary attempts to re-enact ‘human zoos’ and their artistic politics after the much-criticised and eventually cancelled performance of Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B at the Barbican in 2014. Are re-enactments of ‘human zoos’ useful/desirable? Do they effectively tackle racial politics? Are we, as one petition stated, justified in censoring them when they risk being racially offensive?

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

 

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Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event-May 22 in Oxford

 Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century event May 22 in Oxford

Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

22nd May, 12.45 – 2pm:

Research presentations by members of the ‘Race and Resistance’ network

Zainab Alsayegh (English): ‘Opacity and Interstiality in the Autobiography’

Ed Dodson (English): ‘Postimperial British Fiction: The Legacy of Empire and the Racial Categorisation of Authors’

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Black Women Bloggers – England 17 – beautypulseLONDON

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Black. British. Beautiful. Proud.

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This appellation sums up the essence of Natalie’s outlook as a cosmopolitan, British born Woman of Colour. Frustrated with the lack of positive representations of Black, Asian and women of a mixed heritage in the British beauty market and mainstream media – she established this blog BeautypulseLONDON to fill this void. She is a champion and a voice for the Black woman and has leveraged the power of social media to spread her much needed message: Black women are beautiful and make an invaluable contribution to British society that needs to recognised and celebrated.

In the last three years, Natalie has carved out a pioneering niche in the digital space as a key influencer and spokesperson for Beauty and business news for the contemporary, cosmopolitan British Woman of Colour and her blog has garnered a worldwide following. She has collaborated with leading brands such as Mizani, Fashion Fair, Activilong Paris and Phytospecific and her blog has been featured in Black Beauty and Hair, Black Hair, Pure Beauty and Pride magazine. Natalie was named one of Stylist Magazine’s ‘New Faces for Your Twitter Feed’ and was also shortlisted as a finalist for the 2013 Precious Awards in the ‘Blogger of the Year’ category.

In July of 2012 Natalie launched Keziah CONNECTIONS – a networking and mentoring organisation that facilitating the ‘Progression and Encourages the Empowerment of Woman of Colour within the British Beauty Industry.

Thanks for reading!

Natalie xxx

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Black Women Bloggers – England 16 – Afroblush

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Hello!

My name is Louisa, I’m a Ugandan currently living in London and the creator and voice behind Afroblush, an online extension of my cultural experiences and interests.  Since 2010, I’ve been nurturing this blog as a platform to celebrate, share and explore African culture, innovation and its growing potential. 

Behind the blog, I work in brand and consumer research, consulting for businesses and brands expanding into Sub-Sahara Africa. I also contribute to Impact Magazine, Arise News, Dazed and Confused, BBC Radio 2, BBC Three and Cosmopolitan Magazine, among others. 

My tales as an Afropean

I often described myself as an Afropean, as I was born in Uganda, brought up in London and travel to countries in both Africa and Europe quite frequently.

I have a strong connection with my African heritage, and even through my accent, disposition and even banter is dominantly English by nature. I will always describe myself as Ugandan, even though a large part of me is British too.

Creativity and culture, in around Sub-Saharan Africa

African fashion and design is creating its own mainstream, setting its own standards, opening its own doors and is no longer being influenced, but is now the influence.

Afroblush continuously promotes Africa as having provided one of the richest sources of imagery for designers. Going as far back as the 19th century and remaining a source of traditional and new age style and inspiration, expressive in the vitality of modern life within both urban and rural environments.

It goes without saying that Africa is truly rising, and alongside rising incomes, confidence and pride is rising too.  It’s exciting to see both domestic businesses and global brands creating products for global Pan-African communities region-specific features, elements and quirks as possible.

A spotlight on women of colour

The range of cosmetics for women (and men) of colour has grown tremendously in the last decade but is still inadequate, by comparison to the offerings of other ethnicities. Therefore, the products, tools and education on maintaining skin and hair care are still respectively limited, and somehow, in the war against variety, women of colour are seemingly becoming a nation divided by our choices.

Black British women spend six times more than white women on hair products that cater to their needs, pointing to incredible profit potential. As brands marketing their products to women of colour grow, we encourage them to cater to our and concerns rather than capitalising on our differences.

It’s time to tell our own stories

I pride my blog in providing entertaining and insightful updates and interviews from leaders of FABA (For Us By Us), a concept that promotes innovation entrepreneurship and thought leadership in the form of fashion, music, design, technology, travel,business and community engagement.

If you have a story to tell or would like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate.

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Otherwise, for all editorial matters, submissions and contributions, or if you would just like to say hello, please drop me an email or tweet:

Louisa Kiwana

Creator

Email: louisa@afroblush.com , tweet me: @afroblush

 

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The Collegium for African American Research conference, Liverpool – Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities

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JUNE 24-28 2015, LIVERPOOL UNITED KINGDOM

Liverpool is home to one of the oldest and largest Black British communities. The city itself has a chequered history as Britain’s largest slave port with a legacy of conflicted race relations. As one of the most important port cities of the Atlantic world, Liverpool grew financially rich on the proceeds. The city has also been enriched culturally through the role it has played in forming and framing black communities throughout the diaspora. Liverpool has itself been shaped by the cultures of this diaspora. The city’s rich musical culture (formed in part from African American roots) and vernacular energy give a unique and dynamic quality to discussions about cultural creativity. Its rich heritage, together with the vibrancy and malleability of Liverpool, have led CAAR to hold its 11th biannual conference on “Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities” at Liverpool Hope University.

Our conference recognises the importance of memory and memorialisation. We want to encourage papers about memory that see it as an active, ideological and often political process which communities and individual black subjects have used as a mobilising tool to counter hegemonic ideas and societal hierarchies in all areas of the African Atlantic and beyond. Papers can be about the physical action of mobility, addressing the long history of travel narratives in African Atlantic culture—including those where the experience is that of being “always elsewhere” (D’Aguiar)—or it can take mobilising as being more politically attuned and related to the way memory is used as a tool for changing consciousness and for creating homespace in the diaspora. The memory of slavery in the host city of Liverpool is so all-pervasive that its very bricks and mortar were said to be steeped in the blood of the trade. Activists both in the city and beyond have counteracted amnesia by mobilising culturally and politically against such wilful forgetting. The conference comes on the 50th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s final visit to Britain; his intervention in domestic and international racial politics during that sojourn is an exemplar of the local and global implications of memories of black presence creating new transnational realities in the face of global oppression.

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CAAR Conference 2015
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Liverpool
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Registration and Accommodation

Registration is now open via the online store. Please ensure that you register under the correct category. Some categories are password protected; if you are a student and need a password and have not received one by 5pm today please email caar2015@hope.ac.uk with some proof that you are a student to request one.

In the registration process you will be able to reserve your on-campus accommodation, add on extras, and state any other additional requirements. If you wish to stay off-campus, please see the Visit Liverpool website for other accommodation. Two local off-campus hotels include the Childwall Abbey and the Penny Lane Hotel, both are walking distance to the conference.

General Registration: for all presenting and non-presenting delegates who are not students. Not password protected.

Student – not presenting: for all students who are not presenting a paper. Password protected, email us with some proof of you being a student to receive the password.

Student – presenting: for all students who are presenting a paper. Password protected, if you haven’t yet received a password please email us.

Hope post grads: for all Hope post grads. Password protected, email  us with proof you are a Hope student for a password.

Day rates: for all who are not attending the full conference. Not password protected.

About CAAR

The Collegium of African American Research (CAAR) was founded at the University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1992 and incorporated at the University of Rome later that year. From its inception it has worked to stimulate research in African American Studies in Europe and beyond. CAAR promotes intellectual collaboration through the creation of an international and interdisciplinary research and teaching network. CAAR organizes bi-annual conferences, sponsors local symposia, helps to create research networks, and supports publications, most prominently its FORECAAST Series (Forum for European Contributions in African American Studies).

The first volume of the FORECAAST series was issued by Lit Verlag in 1999, and for its twentieth volume, the series moved to the University of Liverpool Press. Begun as an occasional publication of monographs and themed, selected conference papers, the Series has always sought to highlight the best recent scholarship in the field. In 2013, FORECAAST became an annual publication of CAAR, reflecting the growth of the organisation and the richness of the scholarship produced by its members.

CAAR is a financially independent, international organization of African-American and Black Diaspora scholars from over 25 countries, including the US, Canada, Japan, China, several African countries and all European countries. Members come from a range of disciplines including literature, history, cultural studies, film studies, social sciences, as well as from queer studies and gender studies.

The membership is made up equally of professors, students, and individual researchers and activists outside the academy. Due to the location of the current presidency, CAAR activities are primarily run out of University of Bremen.

 

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Akila Richards and Ink On My Lips

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Akila Richards is a writer and spoken word artist of German and Liberian ancestry. Akila immigrated to the UK in 1984 and performed in theatre, collaboratively and solo in the UK.

Akila has been published in three anthologies with her short story ‘Eleven Years’ by Penguin in The Map Of Me in 2008, her poem ‘Red Saviour’ in RED by Peepal Tree in 2010 and in Ink On My Lips in 2013.

She works professionally in the creative and cultural sector.

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