Requesting one last vote for the Black Women in Europe Blog

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Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

From BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour

Valaida Snow was a black jazz song and dance performer in the 1920s and 30s, who famously also played solo trumpet in a man’s world. She toured around the world until she fell foul of the German occupying force in Denmark.

candace allen Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

Now Candace Allen has painstakingly pieced together Valaida’s life and dramatised it into a novel, Valaida. Candace joins Jenni to tell her why Valaida’s story appealed to her and how the racism that she encountered in her life is still prevalent today.

2 years later but here it is. Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

From TEDGlobal 2011 in Scotland

Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves.

Visit Thandie’s new website.

Fighting for diversity in the modeling industry.

Hat tip: Adrienne Johnson

Ayo – simply fabulous

Biography source: Wikipedia

Ayo (born as Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin on 14 September 1980 in Frechen near Cologne, Germany) is a Nigerian-German singer-songwriter. She uses the Yoruba translation Ayọ or Ayo. of her first name Joy.
Her debut album Joyful, which was first released in 2006, reached Double-Platinum status in France, Platinum in Germany and Poland, Gold status in Switzerland and Italy and Greece. The album was released in the United States on 20 November 2007 by Interscope Records.

She has a son, Nile, who was born in late 2005 and a daughter, Billie-Eve, born July 2010, with her partner, the Afro-German reggae singer Patrice. At the end of 2007, she moved with her family to the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan in New York City.

The president of UNICEF France, Jacques Hintzy, announced on 4 February 2009 that the singer was named patron of UNICEF to promote the right to education for all children in the world.

The French production company MK2 produced 2009 the film Ayo Joy a 90 minute documentary about the singer and her life. The film was directed by Raphaël Duroy and had its cinematic release in early 2010.

Read her full Biography on Wikipedia.

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