Thank you President and First Lady Obama

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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)

Black Women In Europe™Social Media Group {ideel förening} {nonprofit}

It was very uplifting to see my friends’ service posts from today in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well done!

Black Women In Europe™Social Media Group {ideel förening} {nonprofit}

I confess I did not leave the house today. But for my part I finished the website for my Black Women In Europe™Social Media Group ideel förening|nonprofit quietly formed last autumn. May we hold the spirit of service close to our hearts all year.


 

New Me in an Old World Yoga Retreat Discount

EXCLUSIVE discount for Black Women in Europe readers: 20% discount using the code “bwejan”

New Me in an Old World

Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga * Ayurveda * Kemetic Yoga * Massage Meditation * Reiki * Sisterhood * Vegan meals

 

Join the OYA team for a weekend mini-festival together at Oxon Hoath, a beautifully exclusive 73 acre estate
located just 45 minutes southeast of London. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, movement,
interactive talks on health & wellbeing, vegan meals, as well as free time to explore the area, rest, read, and
relax.

Holistic Journaling Workshop with Jackee Holder

Holistic Journaling is an invitation to bring your whole self to your journaling writing. Starting inwards,
using images, collaging and colours, writing prompts and writing extracts this is a dee dive into the sensual
and sacred self through a practice of conscious presence. Learn how to best use journaling and therapeutic
writing for illumination and divine introspection.

Workshop Who am I and where am I at? with Ratna Cordukes

Let us take a journey, simple in delivery yet profound in its content in discovering “Who am I” at a physical,
mental and spiritual level! Add time and goals to this mix and discover the world of wisdom in the sister
sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga. Understanding our time here and the objectives of our life together with the
knowledge of who we are makes for a life of purpose and service which is truly empowering!

Kemetic Yoga taught by Amani Eke

Egyptian yoga originates from Ancient Kemet, now known as Egypt. It is a restorative system which has
unique postures and principles. It combines physical movement, deep breathing and meditation to help
achieve balance, peace, order and discipline which is known as Maat.
Retreat package includes all movement & meditation sessions, accommodations, meals, and workshops.
Massage and Reiki treatments paid separately. Register using this link!


Premium room £500/person (double occupancy)
Single room £450/person (limited availability)
Double/twin shared room £400/person
Triple room £300/person (limited availability)

EXCLUSIVE discount for Black Women in Europe readers: 20% discount using the code “bwejan”


 

Grace Wales Bonner – Breakthrough Designer

Haper Bazaar’s Woman of the Year

This bright British talent creates clothes that redefine ideas of ethnicity and gender“.

Grace Wales Bonner - photo Harper's Bazaar
Grace Wales Bonner – photo Haper’s Bazaar

Informed by broad research that encompasses critical theory, composition, literature, and historical sources, WALES BONNER explores a distinctive notion of luxury via a hybrid of European and African approaches. Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St. Martins in 2014. The following year Wales Bonner was awarded ‘Emerging Menswear Designer’ at the British Fashion Awards, and shortly after that in 2016 she received the LVMH Young Designer Prize. Obtaining wide recognition, Wales Bonner has presented at the Serpentine Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, whilst also lecturing at Parsons in New York. Wales Bonner international stockists include Dover Street Market, Selfridges, 10 Corso Como, and Joyce.

Visit Grace’s website.


 

Malaika Firth, British Model and Woman of the Year 2016

Harper Bazaar’s Model of the Year

With her ethereal grace and striking features, the British-Kenyan model is at the vanguard of fashion’s new mood.”

Malaika Firth
Malaika Firth in Harper’s Bazaar

“The lack of racial diversity is a prevalent issue in modelling but I try to ignore it. If you talk about it and try to make it an issue, then it’s still going to be there,”

said Firth.

“I think a lot of people my age don’t see the racism, and if we can just carry on trying to do better for ourselves, then I think it will be fine.” — British Vogue 2015


 

‘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.