Margaret V. Aberdeen has written The Book Every Mother Needs!

Priceless Roles of a Mother

Priceless Roles of a Mother


This influential memoir and handbook includes ‘My Journey as a Mother’ which tells the tale of how I conquered an abusive relationship, the tragic loss of my second son, homelessness, and cancer. But it’s not just about me, this book is spoken by mothers from all walks of life. It reveals how complex being a mother is, and how we intuitively take on many unpaid roles in today’s chaotic world.

For each copy sold £1 will be donated to Women’s Federation of World Peace (WFWP)

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Black Girls In Rome- Indiegogo Campaign

Black Girls in Rome

Hello everyone! I’m reaching out because I wanted to personally ask if you’d consider supporting the campaign I’ve launched to fund post-production for my web series called In Nero: Black Girls in Rome. We’re in the homestretch of the fundraiser for this project that I believe is timely and relevant. To reach the goal, I’m trying to get 400 people to donate $25, 100 to donate $50 or 100 to donate $100, though any amount would be incredibly appreciated. It’d also be a huge help if you’d share the campaign. I invite you all to check out the trailer after you click the link, where you can find out more about the project. ☺️ Thanks for taking the time to read this message! Check out the perks–there might be some things you like. Even a little goes a long way! ❤–Tamara Pizzoli

Black Girls in Rome
In Nero: Black Girls in Rome follows the story of Tamara, a young woman who’s been living in New York but decides to quit the states after realising that her longtime boyfriend has been cheating on her. What happens when a girl with an afro who’s clearly diverted from the life plan she’d thought up for herself unexpectedly lands in the eternal city–Rome? Turns out, the best treasures can be found in hell…and our best selves are oftentimes found when we’re the most uncomfortable.

Here’s a trailer…

Support the campaign today.

Why Traveling is the most important degree in life?

A new book by Marie-Noelle Anaella


Traveling broadens the mind!
You’ll have heard that said before and it’s true. There can be no education that a person can have, regardless of age, that can open the mind like travel does.
Of course, going to school is important, but in Why Traveling is the Most Important Degree in Life you are about to be given a crash course in what traveling can do for you, away from mainstream education, showing you that traveling is:

– A fun thing to do
– Highly educational
– A great source of knowledge
– Provides you with opportunities you would otherwise have missed
– Life skills enhancing
– A good way to meet new people

This short e-book is a ‘must read’ for anyone who is thinking about traveling for an extended period of time. It is packed with useful tips and great advice to make sure that you get the most from your experiences.

Prioritizing, decision making, money management and self-management may sound like boring subjects and a drain on your will to see your dreams through, but these are vital skills and are covered in depth.

So, before you start thinking about packing your rucksack, get a copy of Why Traveling is the Most Important Degree in Life and learn the important basics before you take that first step.

Marie-Noelle Anaella
Author Marie-Noelle Anaella

Blacks are systematically controlled – Anna’s experience at border control in Basel

Anna Dell’Era photo: lha

From Anna’s blog:

Results of racial profiling and police harassment may cause symptoms of anxiety, sleeplessness, paranoia, depreciated self-esteem, insecurity, mistrust of police, anger, and illness. Often, people of color are not aware of their rights in certain situations. You have the right to ask why you are being stopped. You have the right to document the harassment, by asking for the officer’s name, badge number, noting the time, date, etc. You have the right to remain silent.

As a result of this altercation on March 7, 2017, and the press exposure of the incident on March 28, 2017, the very next day, March 29, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. I was detained at a different Swiss border and asked to open my car trunk. I refused to speak to the officer and wrote a note that he should phone his superior. I was detained for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Women of color who experience racial profiling and police harassment can reach out to organisations Allianz Against Racial Profiling, an organisation which documents and assists people who fall prey to this abuse. The founder’s name is Mohamed Wa Baile. In Switzerland, the organisation STOPRASSISMUS may offer assistance. Others include and Amnesty Interational.

Important*Visit your medical doctor and/or mental specialist to document the mental duress/physical manifestations of stress due to the harassment
File a complaint with respective police departments, remain persistent if you do not receive a response
Keep a log of all harassment altercations
Talk to a lawyer
Know your rights by reading Constitution or Criminal Law Code for Country, Research what an Officer can and Can not do
Remain Calm

The Border Control Corps of Basel, Switzerland, threw my passport on the ground!

(Article written by Lukas Hausendorf of 20 Minutes Basel)

Der Zwischenfall ereignete sich am Nachmittag des 7. März am Grenzübergang Basel-Huningue neben dem Novartis Campus. Meistens ist die Zollstation unbesetzt, nicht aber an diesem Tag. Anna Dell’Era, Afroamerikanerin und italienisch-amerikanische Doppelbürgerin, war auf dem Heimweg nach Kembs (F). Noch bevor sie die Grenze passierte sah sie den Wagen ihrer Tochter und hielt an. Die junge Frau war mit zwei dunkelhäutigen Kollegen unterwegs nach Basel. Zwei Grenzwächter unterzogen sie einer Kontrolle.
«Ich stieg aus und zückte mein Handy, um meinen Mann anzurufen», erzählt Dell’Era. Dann sei sie angeschnauzt worden: «Sie dürfen keine Fotos machen.» Tatsächlich verbietet Artikel 236 der Zollverordnung das Fotografieren oder Filmen des Personals der Zollverwaltung während der Ausübung seiner Tätigkeit. Dell’Era machte allerdings Foto- und Videoaufnahmen, um das Verhalten der Beamten zu dokumentieren. «Solche Situationen, in denen Respektlosigkeit und Rassismus offensichtlich sind, sind der Grund, weshalb Bürger das Handy zücken und dieses Verhalten dokumentierten», sagt die Sängerin und Tänzerin.

Wiederholt sei sie aufgefordert worden, ihr Handy auszuhändigen. Sie weigerte sich: «Ich kenne meine Rechte, ich gebe Ihnen mein Telefon nicht», erwiderte sie. Sie blieb auch bei dieser Haltung, als man ihr drohte, Pass und Führerschein nicht mehr zurückzugeben. Die Ausweise warf der Grenzwächter in der Folge auf den Boden. «Als ich ihn bat, die Dokumente aufzuheben, murmelte er nur etwas Unverständliches und tat dies nicht», so Dell’Era.

Zollverwaltung weist Vorwürfe zurück

«Dieses Verhalten war unkorrekt, respektlos und rassistisch», sagt Dell’Era. Sie beschwerte sich tags darauf schriftlich beim Basler Zollkreisdirektor und verlangte eine Entschuldigung. Unter anderem wirft sie der Behörde Racial Profiling vor. Abklärungen in der Sache seien eingeleitet worden, teilte ihr die Dienstchefin Aufgabenvollzug danach mit. Auf die Entschuldigung wartet sie aber auch zwei Wochen nach dem Vorfall noch immer. «Ich behalte mir zivilrechtliche Schritte vor», meint die Sängerin, die mittlerweile einen Anwalt eingeschaltet hat.

Die Zollverwaltung weist die Vorwürfe auf Anfrage von 20 Minuten zurück: Das Grenzwachtkorps mache kein Racial Profiling. Vielmehr würden Kontrollen «aufgrund von konkreten Fahndungen und Hinweisen, Risikoanalysen und der Erfahrung der Mitarbeitenden» gemacht, heisst es in einer Stellungnahme des EZV-Mediensprechers Walter Pavel. «Alles andere wäre nicht zielführend.»

«Schwarze werden systematisch kontrolliert»

Nachfragen bei Anlaufstellen und NGOs zeichnen ein anderes Bild. «Solche Fälle werden immer wieder an uns herangetragen», sagt Beat Gerber, Mediensprecher von Amnesty Schweiz. «Ethnic Profiling ist ein akutes Thema.» An den Schweizer Grenzen würden seit Monaten praktisch alle Personen schwarzer Hautfarbe oder mit einem nordafrikanischen Erscheinungsbild systematisch nach ihren Ausweisen gefragt, berichtet er.

Racial oder Ethnic Profiling ist eine völkerrechtlich verbotene Diskriminierung, weil Verdachtsmomente allein auf dem Erscheinungsbild einer Person, also ihrer Hautfarbe oder Herkunft beruhen.

Jewell Parker Rhodes talks at the Oxford Literary Festival

Jewell Parker Rhodes talks to Catherine Johnson

Towers Falling: 15 Years After 9/11

Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Award-winning American author Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about her new novel that helps children who were not alive at the time to understand the horrific impact of the events of 9/11.

Rhodes’s newest book Towers Falling follows 15-year-old Brooklyn resident Dèja as she discovers the story of 9/11 and grows to understand the monumental impact it bears on her life. The New York Times calls Towers Falling “Powerful, clear-eyed . . . Rhodes doesn’t assume her readers know the magnitude of 9/11; she walks them tenderly through it”. Rhodes will read from the book and discuss its delicate subject matter.

Rhodes’s books for children and adults have won awards such as the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, and the American Book Award. She is Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Here she talks to fellow children’s writer Catherine Johnson, author of Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo and Blade and Bone.

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson

Sunday 26 March 2017  10:00am

Duration 1 Hour

Venue Corpus Christi: Rainolds Room

Ticket price £7

Age 8-12

Programme of American literature and culture


Patrice Lawrence talks at Oxford Literary Festival

Patrice Lawrence, Clare Furniss and Juno Dawson talk to Anna James

Young Adult Special Event: Welcome to the Real World

Patrice Lawrence

Some of the best, most exciting and most challenging young adult novels of today are set in the real world. Hear three top authors Patrice Lawrence, Clare Furniss and Juno Dawson discuss with writer and journalist Anna James their new books and how they reflect the world we live in.

Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. Her first novel, Orangeboy, has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Award, nominated for the Carnegie Award and shortlisted for the Leeds and North East Book Awards.

Dawson is the multi-award-winning author of dark teen thrillers Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer, Say Her Name and Under My Skin, written under the name James Dawson. In 2015, she released her first contemporary romance, All Of The Above. Her first non-fiction book, Being A Boy, tackled puberty, sex and relationships in a frank and funny fashion, and a follow-up for young LGBT people, This Book Is Gay, came out in 2014.

Furniss worked for several years in political media relations. She recently completed an MA in writing for young people at Bath Spa University. Her funny, sharply observed novels How Not to Disappear and The Year of the Rat have won many fans.

Saturday 25 March 2017 6:00pm

Duration 1 Hour

Venue Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

Ticket price £8

Age 13-adult