Thursday, May 31, 2012

Support Kiratiana and Pledge to the Multicultural London KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Kiratiana Freelon, author of the book "Kiratiana's Travel Guide to Black Paris: Get Lost and Get Found" wants your help to publish her new book "Kiratiana's Travel Guide to Multicultural London".

Visit Brixton Splash 2012 - 5th August

Photo: Lucid
Brixton Town centre: Atlantic Road, Coldharbour Lane, Effra Road, Electric Avenue, Electric Lane, Rushcroft Road, Saltoun Road, St Matthew’s Peace Gardens, Windrush Square

As London becomes the destination for the summer of 2012 Brixton Splash returns bigger and better than ever.

Watch Now - French Slavery/Time Travel Comedy "Case Départ"


H/T Shadow and Act. The French time travel/slavery comedy titled Case Départ (Back To Square One) has been released on YouTube. The entire film.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Video: Will.i.am - This Is Love ft. Eva Simons

Will.i.am released a new music video off his upcoming solo album #willpower. It features Dutch Singer Eva Simons. The video was released a few days ago, so it's brand new.

Video: Afro-European music round-up - New releases


Because of new album releases and new artists, a small compilation of Black European Soul, R&B and Acid Jazz music. First, the British Acid Jazz band Incognito. They released a new studio album "SURREAL in March, one of the tracks is entitled “Goodbye To Yesterday”, see video above.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Magazine: "Caribbean Art: Time for Recognition" - Art Absolument

The French art magazine Art Absolument released a bilingual edition (In French and English) entitled "Art Caribéen, l’heure de la reconnaissance" ("Caribbean Art: Time for Recognition"). The edition, which was published in 2011, looks ahead to the forthcoming Caribbean art exhibition in New York.

This edition is not only about art, but also about the personal journeys of some of the featured artists. You can read the entire magazine online at http://media.artabsolument.com/flipbook

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Video: Afro-German singer Y'akoto - "Diamonds"


As the daughter of a Ghanaian father and a German mother, Jennifer Yaa Akoto (23) was raised a cosmopolite from her infancy. She was born in Hamburg and grew up in Ghana with sojourns in Cameroun,Togo and Chad

Friday, May 25, 2012

DOWNLOAD: Afro-German May Ayim’s writings and poetry on Black Atlantic

May Ayim 1990 (Blues in schwarz weiß). Orlanda Verlag
Afro-German May Ayim (educator, poet and activist) wrote the book Blues in schwarz-weiss (Blues in Black and White), A Collection of Essays, Poetry and Conversations. You can download (PDF) an excerpt of her book for free at Blackatlantic.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Black German Cultural Society of New Jersey 2012 Annual Convention

Katharina Oguntoye, Audre Lorde and May Ayim
Building on the success of the inaugural 2011 conference, the second annual convention of the Black German Cultural Society of New Jersey (BGCSNJ) will be held at Barnard College in New York City on August 10-11, 2012. This year’s convention will focus on the theme of “What Is the Black German Experience?”

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Video: Parents Trayvon Martin campaigning in London against racial profiling

Family Trayvon Martin and UK activist Zita Holbourne, photo Barac
The family of murdered US black teenager Trayvon Martin visited London a week ago to launch a campaign against racism and racial profiling on both sides of the Atlantic. Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton spoke, Friday 11th of May at a public meeting which was organised by Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK in conjunction with Million Hoodies Movement in the USA.

Friday, May 18, 2012

France appoints three blacks as cabinet Ministers! But it didn't come easy

From left to right: Christiane Taubira, George Pau-Langevin, Victorin Lurel
Three black cabinet members are appointed in the new French Government. With their appointment France is now the frontrunner of political diversity in Europe.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Video: Thalles Roberto - "Uma História Escrita Pelo Dedo De Deus"


Thanks to Les 100 mondes de Solange, a video of Thalles Roberto da Silva, the pop rock singer and evangelical pastor from Brazil. The video "Uma História Escrita Pelo Dedo De Deus" ("History Written by the Finger of God") was recorded at the Chevrolet Hall in Belo Horizonte in 2011. What an energy!

RIP: Donna Summer - Last Dance


Legendary singer Donna Summer died today. She was 63.

Monday, May 14, 2012

NY exhibit | Caribbean: Crossroads of the World

Arnaldo Rabell, We Have to Dream in Blue
El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem join forces for CARIBBEAN: CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD, a landmark exhibition exploring the history and art of the Caribbean

Multimedia exhibition to open in three venues the week of June 12, 2012, with subsequent Caribbean events and collaborations around NYC.

The exhibition will examine the visual arts and aesthetic development across the Caribbean, considering the histories of the Spanish, French, Dutch and English islands and their Diasporas. An it will highlight over two centuries of rarely-seen works from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) to the present.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Black French flight attendant forced to hide dreadlocks under a wig

A Black French flight attendant of Air France is not allowed to wear dreadlocks during his service. The Frenchman of Ivorian origin is now forced to wear his dreads under a wig. But the dress code only applies to men, black women are allowed to wear their hair in dreadslocks.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Something you should do… visit Paris (on the cheap)

Photo: The Cultural Expose
The holidays are coming up in Europe. If you have plans of visiting Paris and you want do it cheap, this story on The Cultural Exposé can be your guide. UK writer Ena Miller writes about  how she enjoyed a quick trip to Paris on a tight budget.

NEW: Caribbean Art Magazine - ARC Issue No 5

ARC Magazine announces the release of its 5th volume, which presents a collection of works by contemporary artists practicing in the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Featured artists and writers from Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Martinique, Cuba, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Canada, The Netherlands, The UK, The United States, and Venezuela represent and analyze a variety of media, including photography, illustration, film and video, drawing, sculpture, painting, poetry, performance, installation and mixed media.

The 5th issue of ARC brings together a range of artists and writers exploring and experimenting with concepts of Power, Identity, Blackness, Interpretations of Creolization and Belonging.

NEW: Transition Magazine 108

Boogie Man, forthcoming, June 2012

In Transition 108, our authors take "the long view from the levee" and survey the muddy flow of African/American history. From the banks of the Mississippi to the back roads of Ivory Coast, manmade dams and barricades block access to our homelands.

But the past has a way of leaking through: West African aesthetic forms in the work of an American sculptor, old soul food joints in the New Newark, the scars of racism in contemporary Cuban art, and the sweet sound of the Gospel Train replaced by Soul Train, a form of secular testifying that taught us to moonwalk down the line.

Check out the table of contents and the interesting links of featured artists at Transition Magazine

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

French city of Nantes opens Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery

The Slavery abolition Memorial in the French city of Nantes opened its doors in March.  Nantes was one of France's leading slave ports and it made the city rich. But the city covered up its dark history for decades.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Video: "Toast To Freedom" - Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary


Amnesty International released the video "Toast To Freedom", which is dedicated to human rights activism around the world. Nearly 50 artists contributed to celebrate Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

French comedy: “30 degrés couleur” - Rediscovering roots in Martinique

The film 30 degrés couleur of Lucien Jean-Baptiste and Philippe Larue’s is a new French comedy. Set in Martinique, the film follows Patrick (40), played by co-director Jean-Baptiste, as he returns to his birthplace after 30 years in France.
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