Black International Film Festival in Berlin Opens This Week

Thursday, May 3


Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith
Fountainhead?? Tanz Theatre / Black International Cinema Berlin /
The Collegium – Forum & Television Program Berlin / Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Harry Louiserre
Managing Director: Classic In Black

Del Fionn Sykes

Oumar Diallo
Director: Afrika-Haus Berlin

Michelle Owens

Prof. Dr. Akin Euba
Composer, Music Scholar

Khadija Tarjan McKinney Griffith
Student: John F. Kennedy Schule Berlin
Fountainhead?? Tanz Theatre / Black International Cinema Berlin /
The Collegium – Forum & Television Program Berlin / Cultural Zephyr e.V.

Reading of Foreword

Director: Sadie Wilcox
Documentary, Color, 18 min.
U.S.A. 2007

Director: Joel Katz
Documentary, Color, 57 min.
U.S.A. 2002

Director: Clay Walker
Documentary, Color, 21 min.
U.S.A./Switzerland 2006


May Day – Black Women and Labor Unions

Pittsburgher Maida Springer-Kemp began her involvement in labor by working in a garment factory in 1932 during the Depression. Springer-Kemp joined the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in 1933 where she met A. Philip Randolph, an African-American labor and civil rights leader, who became her lifelong mentor and friend. Read more about Maida here.

Leadership Lessons for Women of Color

The fabulous Trina Roach in Germany sent me this article:

Because there is no need to re-invent the wheel, and I certainly don’t mind giving credit where credit is due, I would like to share this timely advice from Stephanie Chick and Marshall Goldsmith with all of you:

1. Pick a career path that stirs your soul. Trust what comes from inside. Don’t let the opinions and actions of others hinder your success and happiness. After all, it does happen to be your life???not theirs!

2. Realize that any path you choose will involve trade-offs. Understand the trade-offs and accept the price that comes with any career decision.

3. Make peace with your own humanity. Do the best you can, but don’t feel like you have to be a role model for all of the women and African Americans who have ever lived. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and ask for help when you need it. Give to yourself as much as you give to others. That’s all anyone should be expected to do.

4. Recognize that you have your own unique genius. That is, your special blend of values, passions, and strengths that can significantly affect your company’s success. Take risks and seek out opportunities to best utilize your skills and talents.

For coaching suggestions for managers of women of color read here.

A Black Female’s Tips For Safe Travel in Europe

By Brande Nicole Martin

When I decided to travel to Europe alone I was at first concerned about being a single black female going to predominantly white European countries. Then, I learned that there is nothing to fear if you use good judgment and do adequate research before and during your journey. Remember that in most larger European cities most people are accustomed to diversity. Therefore observe essentially the same safety precautions as in the U.S.

1. Be aware of your surroundings. Get a good idea of where you want to go and what you want to do before starting your trip. In Europe, ask a local to identify the unsafe areas of the city.

2. Ask the local tourist bureau if there are areas to be avoided. It is wise to register with the U.S. Embassy in your host country so you can be located if necessary.

3. Never forget to have a map handy. If you have extra money, buy a handheld global positioning system. More important for safety when traveling alone is a cell phone. Companies such as Nextel and T-Mobile sell phones and calling plans with world access and no roaming charges.

4. Do some research beforehand and learn about the local male-female customs, such as how men approach women and how to respond to advances, particularly aggressive advances from men. To learn about the customs, search for web sites about the country. Join a travel list serve and post a message asking about solo women travelers and safety. Your guidebook may also offer some information on the topic.

For resources follow this link.

Portugal’s Nortorius Slave Trade

Portugal was the first European country to attempt to conquor and exploit Africa, establishing many forts along the coast and treaties with heads of state to help enable this trade in human beings. Initially the trade developed with Portugal as the hub of business, with goods and slaves traded through its capital Lisbon, with most slaves working in cities such as Lisbon, ??vora and areas such as the Algarve. Read more about Portugal’s slave trade.

Webcast of the Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Yesterday the Dr. Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture Series – Setting the Scene: The Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade was held in London from 6pm – 9.30pm
at the City Hall, Queen’s Walk in London. This was the first lecture in the series introducing the Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and re-launching the book Capitalism and Slavery.View the webcast now!