Taking Care of Business in The Netherlands-AESN-Coloured Goodies-Emancipation-Keep Track Concierge
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Taking Care of Business in The Netherlands-AESN-Coloured Goodies-Emancipation-Keep Track Concierge

These sisters are taking care of business in The Netherlands. They are building communities, serving our community, restoring calm to busy exeuctives and travelers, and using their artistic talent to express our community. Take a look: The Afro European Sisters Network (AESN) is a site that focuses on networking black women in and outside of …

Whitaker, Hudson Win Big On Oscar Night
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Whitaker, Hudson Win Big On Oscar Night

Two big dreams were fulfilled last night when Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson won Oscars at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Whitaker took home Best Actor for his exceptional work in The Last King of Scotland and Hudson was honored as Best Supporting Actress for her breakout performance in Dreamgirls. Both actors had swept up …

Taking Care of Business in the UK-Nakai-PerleNoire-Vivid Occasions-Who’s For Dinner
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Taking Care of Business in the UK-Nakai-PerleNoire-Vivid Occasions-Who’s For Dinner

These sisters are taking care of business in the United Kingdom. They are creating beautiful jewelry, selling wonderful products for the soul, providing dating services, planning fabulous events. Visit Nakai here. If you believe that precious time spent pampering yourself is time well spent, you have come to the right place. A place where just …

Hair Weaves Tangle Self-Image for Black Women by Malena Amusa
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Hair Weaves Tangle Self-Image for Black Women by Malena Amusa

This past winter, I noticed something very unsettling while I was visiting my family in St. Louis. Almost all the black women I encountered were sporting lavishly long hair weaves, fake locks that can add length and volume after being sewed or glued to the scalp. Weaves come in straight, curly and kinky textures. But …

Survey: Blacks in France Say They Face Racial Discrimination
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Survey: Blacks in France Say They Face Racial Discrimination

More than half of blacks living in France say they face racial discrimination, according to the first-ever survey on the country’s black population. The findings are troubling for a country that has long prided itself on its human rights record, and its ostensibly color-blind integration model. According to a survey conducted by the TNS-Sofres polling …

Black Africans in Renaissance Europe
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Black Africans in Renaissance Europe

Publisher Comments: This highly original book opens up the almost entirely neglected area of the black African presence in Western Europe during the Renaissance. Covering history, literature, art history and anthropology, it investigates a whole range of black African experience and representation across Renaissance Europe, from various types of slavery to black musicians and dancers, …

Guillaume Guillon Lethiere – Black French painter
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Guillaume Guillon Lethiere – Black French painter

In 1980, an unsigned painting acquired by the Rhode Island School of Design a few years earlier, was identified as the work of the once-popular French artist, Guillaume Guillon Lethiere who was born in 1760. Although such attributions are rarely newsworthy, what should have made this one more interesting to us as Americans than even …

Black Russian Nobility – Alexander Pushkin
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Black Russian Nobility – Alexander Pushkin

Although the vast majority of African Americans are unfamiliar with Pushkin’s monumental works, most students of literature are at least aware of his “Blackamoor of Peter the Great,” an unfinished romance which relates the biographical data of the poet’s great-grandfather, Ibrahim Petrovitch Gannibal his black great-grandfather. Some early critics wrongly suspected that Pushkin attempted to …

Alessandro de Medici – The African
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Alessandro de Medici – The African

Alessandro de Medici – The African Despite the many portraits of this 16th century Italian Renaissance figure, his African heritage is rarely, if ever, mentioned.[Editor’s Note: For more on this omission as it has occurred in the art world, read this January 2005 update.] Alessandro wielded great power as the first duke of Florence. He …