Francisca Payne

Francisca Payne says, “Be A Winner”.

~ Be A Winner ~ There Are Two Sides of Life

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Be A Winner is an inspirational and a motivational book, written to help you to understand the power of faith. In this book Francisca Payne shares a part of her own journey with the readers to show that a negative, painful and difficult past can be changed into a positive, successful and blissful life. Francisca Payne inspires everyone to look at life from a different perspective and become successful. Every chapter ends with an exercise to help the reader experience “immediately” what it means to take action in faith. This book is a “must read” for every woman, especially for Christian women!

Francisca 225x300 Francisca Payne says, Be A Winner.FRANCISCA PAYNE is an inspiration for almost every person who meets her. Her encouraging words bring light and hope in the hearts of those who face challenges, even the challenges which can be life changing!

Like no other she knows how frightening it can be when your life changes from one day to another.

The sudden death of her younger brother was the first challenge she had to deal with at the age of 10. Her life changed from a peaceful and secure life to a life of frustration, loneliness, anger, pain and sorrow. In her childhood and young adult life she had to deal with many addictions, such as soft drugs, sleeping pills,  sexual addiction and sexually explicit literature (pornography). These were the ways she coped with her challenges…….

Find out more about Francisca on her website.

Las Morenas de España

Las Morenas de España is redefining the Black experience in Spain.

Las Morenas de España

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With stories, resources and insights and exclusive travel knowledge, Las Morenas de España is the ultimate destination for anyone with an interest in Spain.  With an intense love for the country as a whole, our founder was frustrated with the lack of representation and stories of Black individuals living in Spain despite the growing number residing in the country.

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This site is a space for diverse stories to be shared, community to be fostered and for people all over the world to have an inside guide to Spain, inspiring them to experience and enjoy the country in a way they never have before.

Visit Las Morenas de España today for trip planning advice, guides and more.

Candice McKenzie

DJ Candice McKenzie: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

DJ Candice McKenzie: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Candice to be a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero for many reasons but mainly for her positive energy that I find completely infectious! I first blogged about Candice in March 2009 when I learned about her Dolly Mixes. She is known for her signature blend of house and Gospel music that makes me want to sing and dance and laugh at the same time. I also chose Candice for her drive, diverse appeal and creativity. I am thrilled to announce DJ Candice McKenzie has created an exclusive 10th Anniversary mixtape for us:

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I hope you like our exclusive B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Mixtape as much as I do. Feel free to download it, be sure to share it via Twitter, Facebook and all the other usual suspects. Leave a comment for Candice, she’s a darling.

Thank you Candice for celebrating our 10th! Thanks for being our Shero.

Here’s more about Candice:

Of Ghanaian and Jamaican descent, Candice McKenzie was born and raised in London, UK.

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She has been DJing since 1999 and plays Soulful, Uplifting, Inspirational / Gospel House Music with a sprinkle of Deep Beats.

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She has won two BEFFTA (Black, Entertainment, Film, Fashion, TV & Arts) awards for Female DJ of the Year – 2009 & DJ of the Year 2010.  She DJ’s at various club nights in the UK and Europe, and in countries including Croatia, Georgia, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Slovenia, Ukraine and the USA.

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Candice also DJ’s for high profile corporate clients.  These have included T Mobile, Stella McCartney, Fashion TV, Havana Club, Smirnoff, Selfridges, Soho Gyms, Breakthrough for Breast Cancer and the BBC working as the Eurovision Song Contest UK Jury in May 2014.

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Candice presents “The Sanctified Selection” on Premier Gospel Radio every Monday 9pm – 11pm (GMT). http://www.premiergospel.org.uk/Presenters/Candice-McKenzie

Candice is a vibrant, engaging, professional DJ that is guaranteed to deliver the perfect playlist for your party or event.


Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Photographer Lola Akerstrom

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Poet Lesley-Anne Brown


BWIE 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Wow, I can’t believe we have our 10 year anniversary in 2016. Sounds cliche but I remember launching the blog as if it were yesterday. But 1,827 posts, 15 awards, and 3 international speaking engagements later it truly does add up to 10 years of passion.

 

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Logo created by Andy Collins

We have grown from blog to social network, to private groups, with Twitter list and You Tube channel, and as we’ve branched out to more platforms we continue to grow and learn new things always keeping in mind that the Black Women in Europe Blog was created to celebrate the lives of the ordinary and extraordinary black women  living in Europe.

We will celebrate all year with special contributions from sisters across Europe and a brother that supports us.

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

One such brother is Andy Collins who created the Black Women in EuropeBlog logo several years ago and graciously created our anniversary logos. I first met Andy when he called me to ask what I thought about a website he was launching: an urban website in Sweden. I was on Sweden’s west coast, he was on the east, easterly at least up in past Stockholm. We talked, we clicked, I encouraged, he laughed, I laughed, we talked some more and I remember thinking, wow: aren’t British dudes cool? But when I hung up the phone I marveled, with a grateful heart,  at the power of the Black Women in Europeblog to make connections. It was my vision come true. I not only wanted to “meet” black women in Europe who were doing amazing things, I wanted to meet other people in my community doing amazing things. And that’s what Andy is doing: amazing things! And he’s incredibly talented in graphic design and he’s a visionary too. He’s putting Soul Music on the map in Scandinavia. Or rather Scandinavian Soul Music on the world map.

Thanks for being a brother who supports black women in Europe, Andy! We love you back.

Here’s more about Andy:

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Logo by Andy Collins

I moved from London to Sweden in September 2005 with my native girlfriend hoping to lay some foundations for my children, to realise some hopes and dreams for a better life for ourselves too. After the initial disorientation that comes with emigrating I found myself a student again but this time learning about life. Not ordinary life but ‘urban life’, right in here in Sweden. I had to learn how to speak Swedish, read Swedish, shop in Swedish and convince other people that I could be ‘Swedish?’ (Being of Afro- Caribbean descent, that was no mean feat!).

It wasn’t long before I had yearnings for my previous life. There were things I missed from home, my heritage and I began to question ‘would I ever fit in here?’ I feared not least for myself but for children and the same unanswered questions they would face whilst growing up here. It was then that the concept and website ‘urbanlife.se – a website for the afro-swedish community’ was born. I turned to the best blog/website I could find for inspiration, which was Adrianne George’s Black Women In Europe (BWIE). It was literally the only website discussing and highlighting life for black people in Sweden!

Thanks to her advice and guidance the platform was born and I happily worked on creative projects with her. Times have changed for me since then. I now promote soul music in Scandinavia, www.scandinaviansoul.com, which also highlights the multi-cultural background that represent modern Scandinavia.

Meanwhile BWIE is still going strong and I’m simply delighted to help celebrate such a wonderful, positive blog driven by such a delightful and hard working woman.

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Meet our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz

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Poet Lesley-Anne Brown


 

Jourdan Dunn is Britain’s 2015 Model of the Year

Jourdan Dunn was named Model of the Year at the 2015 British Fashion Awards.

Jourdan Dunn was discovered in Hammersmith Primark in 2006 and signed to Storm Model Management in London shortly thereafter. She began appearing on international runways in early 2007. In February 2008, she was the first black model to walk a Prada runway in over a decade.

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Jourdan Dunn has attracted attention because of the paucity of black models in the fashion modelling industry. In April 2014, it was announced that Dunn was signed as the new face of Maybelline New York. As of July 2014, she was declared an icon by models.com In 2014, Forbes listed Dunn in their top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $4 million in one year. She was the first black British model to make the list.

Other awards include:

  • 2008 British Fashion Awards Model of the Year – Won
  • 2012 British Fashion Awards Model of the Year – Nominated
  • 2013 Harper’s Bazaar Women of The Year Model of the Year – Won
  • 2014 British Fashion Awards Model of the Year – Nominated
  • 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Inspiration Award – Won

W Magazine named her one of the “New Royals” on the October cover this year.

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Here is Jourdan Dunn in an editorial spread in the January 2016 Japan Vogue.

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In July 2008, Steven Meisel selected Dunn to appear on the cover of the Vogue Italia issue devoted entirely to black models. She has also been featured on the cover of American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Japan and Teen Vogue, as well as covering i-D- eight times, W Magazine, Elle, Pop, Russh, Muse, The Sunday Times Style, Ponystep, Antidote and Luella.

She has been in campaigns for Ann Taylor, Burberry, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, DKNY, John Galliano, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop, Jaeger, Rag & Bone, Gap, Aldo, Shiatzy Chen, Benetton, H&M, Banana Republic, Free People, Neiman Marcus, Pepe Jeans, Liu Jo and Saks Fifth Avenue, and was the face of Rihanna’s collections for River Island.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, Jourdan Dunn was one of the British models wearing bespoke fashions created by British designers specifically for the event. She also made her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debut for the 2012 show.

In March 2013, Dunn appeared as the cover story in Net-a-Porter’s “The Edit.” In it she spoke of encountering discrimination telling the magazine that casting agents would say clients

“didn’t want any more black girls”.

In July 2013, Jourdan Dunn received media attention for tweeting that she had been cancelled from a Dior haute couture show, “for her boobs”; rather than her skin colour – which she noted, “usually happens”.

European Dialogue Skills and Migration

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European Commission’s 1st Dialogue on Skills and Migration

In preparation of a possible reform of the EU Blue Card and a new Commission communication on legal migration and integration, the dialogue will help the Commission to better understand the challenges economic actors face with skills and labour shortages and the role played by skilled non-EU workers. These challenges will require new actions on labour migration and in facilitating labour market integration.

The public event will take place on 28 January 2016, with a session made of keynote-speeches, workshops and a conclusive session where outcomes of the discussions held on 27 and 28 January will be summarised. On 27 January, a dinner roundtable with selected representatives of public and private employers will take place on the basis of individual invitations sent by the Commission.

Registration for the 28 January session can be done here. Participation will be confirmed by the Commission as there are very limited places in the selected venue.

Organiser:
European Commission

Venue:
Cercle de Lorraine, Brussels

Start:
28/01/2016 at 08:30

End:
28/01/2016 at 12:45

Website: http://www.skillsandmigration.eu/

Rita Bosaho 1st black woman in Spanish Parliament

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Born in Equatorial Guinea, Bosaho moved to Spain more than 30 years ago, working as nurse before she became involved in politics. Photograph: Morell/EPA

Source: The Guardian

Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becomes Spain’s first female black MP

As Spanish politicians gear up for what could be weeks of political wrangling, the unprecedented election result has ushered in another first for the country, with Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becoming the first black person to win a seat in Spain’s parliament.

It’s about time, isn’t it?,”

Bosaho told El País. In Spain immigrants make up about 15% of the population but represent less than 1% of the country’s lawmakers.

Born in Equatorial Guinea, 50-year-old Bosaho moved to Spain more than three decades ago, working as a nurse before she made the jump to politics. Motivated by what she calls an

obsession

for human rights and worried about what kind of world she was leaving behind for her child, she decided to add her name to the list of Podemos candidates in the coastal city of Alicante.

It’s a window that’s open to the future,”

she said of her party.  The amount of attention she has received in recent weeks has surprised her, she told Spanish news agency Efe.

Why is it so striking that a black woman could end up in parliament? What does that say about us all being integrated?

The dearth of diversity in Spain’s institutions, she said, comes down to a lack of opportunities.

It’s a structural problem that needs to be put in context, looking at the social panorama of Spain.

Known in Alicante for her activism in gender issues, one of her goals is to push the central government to do more to address violence against women and raise the profile of women in government.

We talk about rights and equality and the constitution protects us,

said Bosaho.

But what happens with institutional representation or women in business? Why aren’t our voices being heard there?

Read the full story on guardian.com.