Claudia Unterweger – reporting the news in Austria


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The presenter and editor , born in 1971 , has worked for the ORF in both the television and the radio.

With the completion certificate of the Vienna International School in the bag , she moved to France originally . There, the native of Vienna, studied international politics. At the University of Vienna , she did research on the living situation of black people in Austria and completed her history studies. Human rights were at the heart of its multi-year public relations , among others for Amnesty International . 2012 was selected Claudia Unterweger by the U.S. State Department to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program .

Her journalistic career began at Radio Africa International, then she moved as a reporter for commercial radio . Since the summer of 2000, the Vienna-born regularly presents topics related to current affairs on radio FM4 .

2011 overtook the radio host and the call to the television. For two years, designed and presented it to the ” ZiB – flash” news. Then Claudia Unterweger worked , which is now twice Romy – nominated as a TV editor for the Message Formats ” ZiB 20″ and ” ZiB Magazine ” .

Claudia Unterweger since September 16, 2013 alternating with Bernhard Stöhr, Daniela Soykan and Michael Berger hostess of the current Sports at 19.55 clock in ORF 2.

Freema Agyeman – versatile English actress


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Freema Agyeman is an English television and film actress who is best known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and its spin-off series Torchwood.

Following her departure from Doctor Who and guest spots in BBC programmes Survivors and Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, she made her US television debut in The CW show The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine.

7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe: Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Editor’s note: I am dying to take this course one summer. If you can attend and get accepted, I would live to hear about your experience, feedback on the course, and how you feel post-course.

black europe copy 7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe: Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 23 – July 4, 2014

The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 7th annual Summer School on Black Europe will take place from June 23rd to July 4th, 2014 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in collaboration with The Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues (Barcelona, Spain).*

The Summer School on Black Europe will be held at:

International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)
Lombokstraat 40, 1094 AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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The overall goal of this course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora (and “other” immigrants of color) in Europe. We will focus on and discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies, social organizations and legislation today. This course will begin with a historical overview of the African Diaspora in Europe that traces the involvement of European nations in the colonization of the Americas. We will address the migration and settlement of Blacks in Europe, and examine immigration and citizenship laws that regulated their settlement. We will also look at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries. We compare the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces and social movements within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath. In addition, we will explore notions of Blackness as official categorization; as a social construction employed by the dominant groups to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. In this way, we examine the social mobilization of Blacks to resist domination.

The above issues will be considered in light of the immediacy of contemporary global and European forces, including competing issues and discourses on Islamophobia, increased non-Black migration into and across Europe, and the debt crisis in the European Union.

This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. To this effect guest speakers for the 2014 program will be drawn from Germany, Italy and Portugal for case studies in those countries.

Affiliated Faculty Members include:

  • Dr. Marta Araujo, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Dr. Philomena Essed, Antioch University
  • Dr. Jeanette Davidson, University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. David Theo Goldberg, University of California Humanities Research Institute
  • Dr. Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Dienke Hondius, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Dr. Kwame Nimako, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Dr. Stephen Small, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Melissa F. Weiner, College of the Holy Cross
  • Dr. Gloria Wekker, Universiteit van Utrecht
  • Dr. Donna Driver-Zwartkruis, Vrije Universiteit

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The tuition for this course is € 1600 (or € 1300 without housing) .

Tuition includes housing, the opening reception, lunches on all class days, weekly get-togethers with faculty, a course reader, a public transportation pass, and travel costs and entrance to museums and exhibitions during excursions.

The excursions are coordinated through Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours.

Tuition does not include travel to and from Amsterdam.

For more information over the Summer School, please email:
blackeurope [at]

K. Nimako, Director
Email: obee [at]

Mano Delea, Project Manager
Email: mano.delea [at]

Camilla Hawthorne, Coordinator North America
Email: camilla.hawthorne [at]

Giovanni Picker, Coordinator East/Central Europe & Russia
Email: giovanni.picker [at]


British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw


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Gugu Mbatha-Raw redefined what the concept of ingénue. A classically trained actress, Mbatha-Raw made her mark on British television with supporting roles in popular series like “Spooks” (BBC, 2002- ), a slick spy drama that followed members of the U.K.’s intelligence team, and on the sci-fi thriller “Doctor Who” (BBC, 2005-). She lit up the Broadway stage as Ophelia in the Donmar Warehouse production of “Hamlet” (2009) opposite Jude Law in the title role. The part was the actress’ ticket to fame across the pond, for shortly after the play’s runs in London and New York, acclaimed American filmmaker J.J. Abrams chose Mbatha-Raw to play the female lead in the thrilling spy drama series, “Undercovers” (NBC, 2010), opposite Boris Kodjoe. Mbatha-Raw skillfully eased into her new role as one-half of a married couple who lead exciting double lives as CIA agents. While the part called for Mbatha-Raw’s character to hide her true identity, it could not hide the fact that the actress was a true force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.

Gugulethu Mbatha-Raw (“our pride” in Zulu) was born in 1983 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England to Patrick Mbatha, a South African doctor, and Anne Raw, an English nurse. As a child, Mbatha-Raw led a busy after-school life of dancing, acting and playing the saxophone. In the town of Witney, Oxfordshire where she was raised, Mbatha-Raw joined a local acting group that had her performing every year at the Oxford Playhouse, starting at age 11. In her early teens, she joined the Oxford Youth Music Theatre before winning a scholarship in 2001 to attend London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where in her first year, she was selected as one of several students to play Isabella in Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” After graduation in 2004, the classically trained actress tried her luck on TV, landing minor roles on British medical dramas such as the long-running series “Holby City” (BBC, 1999- ) and “Vital Signs” (ITV, 2006). Mbatha-Raw also landed regular arcs on popular series such as “Spooks,” an award-winning British suspense series about the missions of MI-5, the U.K.’s intelligence organization, and on the long-running show “Doctor Who.” She delivered a memorable performance as a troubled teen in the crime drama, “Fallout” (Channel 4, 2008), and also starred in the short-lived drama series “Bonekickers” (BBC, 2008), which followed a team of archeologists from a fictional Wessex University.

In the late 2000s, Mbatha-Raw was becoming a familiar face on British TV, but she refused to leave her theater roots behind. In the fall of 2008, she lit up the stage in David Hare’s satire of “Gethsemane,” portraying a sharp-fanged political advisor. A year later, she landed the highly coveted role of Ophelia in the Donmar Warehouse production of “Hamlet” opposite Jude Law. Mbatha-Raw earned raves for her eye-catching portrayal as the unsuspecting pawn caught up in other people’s dramas, during the production’s successful runs in London’s West End and on Broadway. The play was exactly the star-making vehicle that Mbatha-Raw needed to catch the eye of J.J. Abrams, director and creator of award-wining drama series like “Felicity” (The WB, 1998-2002), “Alias,” (ABC, 2001-06), and “Lost” (ABC, 2004-2010). Abrams, who had a knack for breaking new female talent on his TV series – Keri Russell on “Felicity,” Jennifer Garner on “Alias” and Evangeline Lilly on “Lost” – handpicked Mbatha-Raw to play the female lead in “Undercovers” opposite the hunky Boris Kodjoe. On the hotly anticipated series, they essayed retired and married ex-CIA agents who get called back to duty.

She is currently starring in the movie Belle. She will play the lead role in Blackbird scheduled for release in November.

Belle – the movie

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

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