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Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2017 – A List of Our Own©

Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2017 – A List of Our Own©

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President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) pose for a family portrait in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday in 2015. (Handout/Getty Images)

‘If time was measured in heartbeats’ | Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

Note: Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE is one of our Power Listers.

Yvonne has spent over 30 years working in the communications industry. During this time she campaigned for minorities, small business owners and closest to her heart, race and women’s equality in the workplace, especially the boardroom; work for which she received a CBE and two honorary degrees.

Having spent 15 years being the only woman on a board with nine men, at Choice FM (the UK’s first legal black music radio station, now Capital Xtra), and other boards, she experienced at first-hand how lonely being at the top can be for a woman.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


 

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Monique Wells – Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

Monique Wells – Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

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Monique Y. Wells is a 20-year resident of Paris, France. She is co-owner of Discover Paris! – Personalized Itineraries for Independent Travelers, and is also a freelance travel writer and editor.

Through Discover Paris!, Monique has provided services tailored for the African-American traveler to Paris since 1999. Over the years, she has created Afro-centric itineraries, self-guided African-American history walking tours, a comprehensive Black Paris bus tour, and African-American hosted culinary activities for those wanting an in-depth travel experience in the City of Light. Her book, Paris Reflections: Walks Through African-American Paris (McDonald & Woodward, 2002; co-authored with Christiann Anderson), contains abbreviated versions of the walks that she proposes to Discover Paris! clients. She has provided private, guided tours of African-American Paris for student groups from Syracuse University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and other schools.

Monique writes and edits articles on many aspects of life in Paris. Her articles have been published by the International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, France Today, This City Paris, and other American newspapers, magazines and web publications. One of these articles was published in the anthology France, A Love Story (Seal Press, 2004).

Barnard College, Rice University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Southern University, and numerous private groups have appreciated Monique’s lecture on “Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France.” In 2011, she was named Black Culture and Heritage VIP in Paris by the online magazine African Diaspora Tourism.

Monique is also the president of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, a French non-profit association whose goal is to honor painter Beauford Delaney and to educate the public about his life and art.

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Sophia James – Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

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Sophia James, Politics: UK, 1st Black Female Reading Councillor

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A 26 year old enthusiastic young professional living in Reading, working for a deaf charity in London and lucky enough to be a Labour Councillor for the outstanding Katesgrove Ward.

Left wing, liberation activist and inter-sectional feminist. I’m originally from Birmingham. You will either catch me with a Labour rosette or megaphone.

Source: Sophia James


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Ellen Brudet – Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©

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Ellen Brudet, Entrepreneurship: The Netherlands, Creator of dolls of color

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In her own words:

My name is Ellen Brudet and I’m 49 years young … mother of two beautiful boys (28 and 14) and myself a child of a mixed marriage.

* My father Surinamese and my mother * Dutch . I am a proud Moksi Baby.

When I was a child, around 1966, it was hardly possible to get a puppet with brown-skin. The moment my mother finally found a doll of color I had no interest. Why? Because I was already accustomed to the white dolls, I think. For my mother, of course, this was very annoying and quickly became sad because all she ever wanted was that I could identify myself.

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Her own words were, “Every child should have a brown doll”. And I am living her words!

Colored Goodies opened its doors on February 14, 2016.

It is the very first Black Doll Gift Shop in the Netherlands and I am more than proud. My oldest son said to me, “Mom … you will leave a nice legacy”. Yes … its true …. I made history with my shop 🙂

Editor’s note: Ellen has since discovered hers is the first black doll shop in ALL of Europe!