Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Video: A tribute to Afro-German poet May Ayim

A great tribute by Ani Ekpenyoung to Afro-German poet May Ayim, one a year after her death in 1996. If you want to skip the intro, start at 1:45.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

BHM UK: Black people in classical music from past to present

Photo of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor - A centennial celebration
Classical music is the popular art music from the classical period, so of course also black people gave it a try. And with success. Because it's still BHM in the UK, a look at some of the European stars of past and present.

Video: UK's Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy (1991)

"Unfinished Sympathy" is a song by English electronica group Massive Attack from their debut album Blue Lines (1991), with Shara Nelson walking and singing and the band members walking and riding behind her.

Golden film Award for Dutch film Only Decent People + Debate

The Dutch controversial film Only Decent People by director Lodewijk Crijns has reached the status of Golden Film. Since its release on Thursday 11 October,  more than 100.000 visitors have seen the film, according Entertainment Business.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blackface and Whiteface in German theatre

White actors playing black illegal immigrants Elisio and Fadoul in play Unschuld
The protest against the use of Blackface in German theatre productions was a hot topic last year. But due to the protest of the German activist group Bühnewatch, the involvement of the Afro-german theatre group Label Noir and other activist groups, the use of Blackface in German theatres has perhaps come to an end. But it appears a creative approach to blackfacing has been found, "Whitefacing".

Friday, October 26, 2012

Les Afro'péros in Brussels. A Succesful Initiative by and for the Afro Diaspora

Les Afro'péros is a Non-Profit Organization based in Paris and Brussels. They've been succesfully active since last year in Brussels and gather people from the African and Afro-Caribbean diaspora to share their experiences.

Black man and woman in 16th century drawing come to life in film of John Akomfrah

British filmmaker John Akomfrah imagines the lives of a black man and woman who appear in a sixteenth-century drawing by German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer. In an exhibition which runs from 5 October - 8 November 2012 in London he makes them come to life.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scandinavian soul: David Jay & Awa Manneh & Aisha

Danish singer David Jay (born and raised in Copenhagen Denmark) released the first music video from the new EP “Evil Cirle” a week ago. The video “4 A Minute” is recorded in London by ANP Media.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Special report: An embarrassing Black Spanish Youth Day in Madrid

Our man in Madrid visited the highly anticipated event, The Black Spanish Youth Day in Madrid on 19 October. On the flyer it was billed as a hip-hop event where young cats could also express their daily struggles. But it turned out differently. The event was poorly organised and a one man show, youth were not found in the vicinity and our reporter was even ordered to sit down (which of course he refused).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Video: Germany in Black and White - An interracial couple and prejudice


Via: Black Germans
In the short film Germany in Black and White (2011) a mixed couple is discussing what actually is German. The German man, who is full of prejudice, talks with his wife about people he feels are different than Germans. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tintin racism row puts spotlight on Sweden's own racial history

A debate about historical racist stereotypes and colonial traces in children's literature was a hot topic in Sweden last month.  The removal of Tintin books from a children section because of colonial stereotypes caused a heated debate in the press and on the internet. The discussion about the Swedish children's film Little Pink and the Motley Crew also caused a stir.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dutch writer controversial book and film "Only decent people" receives death threats

Cast of "Only decent people" with Dutch author Robert Vuijsje right on the photo
The controversy surrounding the film adaptation of the controversial bestseller by Dutch writer Robert Vuijsje, entitled "Alleen Maar Nette Mensen" (“Only Decent People”) has lead to death threats to the writer.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Racism against immigrants has entered Sweden's leading newspaper

Racism against immigrants is on the rise in Sweden.  The mock slave auction, the Somali woman who was forced to pour milk over herself in order to symbolise that she should be white  and the racist children’s movie featuring a racist depiction of a black girl child, are but a few of similar incidents. But a month ago racism in the form of hate speech has found a new platform in Sweden's leading newspaper. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Danish video artist Jeannette Ehlers explores the Danish atlantic slave trade

@Jeannette Ehlers: Photo of Fort Frederick on St. Croix
Danish and Copenhagen based video artist Jeannette Ehlers explores a poorly illuminated and rarely visited topic in her country’s history, the Danish transatlantic slave trade.

Sweden: “Play” — a film that upends racist clichés

Is this a racist movie? Ruben Östlund’s latest film (2011) — a story of poor black and middle class white children which deliberate plays on the audience’s prejudices — has sparked controversy in Sweden.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Video: Madrid's Neo Soul band Cosmosoul album release party + MJ tribute

A compilation of Cosmosoul's release party of their debut album Sunrise in 2011.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Walters Art Museum Exhibition Reveals the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

Via The Brothers' Network Newsletter
The exhibition "Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe" will be held at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (USA), October 14, 2012–January 21, 2013

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Video: Chimamanda Adichie: The stories that Europe tells itself about its colonial history

Via T.O.A-A.G.I.L.- The Only.African American Guy In London
It is not that Europe has denied its colonial history. Instead, Europe has developed a way of telling the story of its colonial history that ultimately seeks to erase that history”

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Protest from Sweden: "You do not have the universal right to represent me"

The Afro-Swedes are tired of the racist depiction of blackness in the Swedish children's film Little Pink and the Motley Crew. So Oivvio Polite (photo above) and Staffan Carlsson launched a website to protest against these representations.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Paris hosted its first-ever Black Fashion Week


Paris hosted its first-ever Black Fashion Week this weekend (5-7 October). Organisers and featured designers say they are fighting to make a place for themselves in a rigid industry.

African-American blogger Shantology on race and racism in the Netherlands

“You don’t have to drink coffee because you are already Black enough,” said a Dutch maintenance man to visiting black New Orleans native Shantology.  And if that wasn't enough she also sat trough the press screening of the film "Alleen maar nette mensen". After the screening she wrote on Facebook: "I have NEVER, EVER, IN MY ENTIRE LIFE, sat through such a racially charged, full frontal visual assault against Black women."

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Film: "A Bend in the River" - A London story of Migration, Multiculturalism and the River Thames



British writer Caryl Phillips invited photographer Johny Pitts to create the film/geographical slideshow "A Bend in the River". It eventually concluded in Tilbury, the Thames dockside some 30 miles away, where, between 1948 and 1962, ships arrived carrying immigrants from Britain’s former colonial territories, hastening the country’s transformation into a multi-cultural, multi-racial society.

Watch the film at The Space .  And check out more or the project at A Bend in the River.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What is the Black German Experience? - Review of the Black German convention in New York

Photo: Authors Olumide Popoola and Philipp Kabo Köpsell
The question “What Is the Black German Experience?” was the theme of second annual convention of the Black German Cultural Society of New Jersey this year. The convention was held in New York City on August 10-11 2012. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

MAGAZINE: Transition 109 - Persona (Forthcoming, October 2012)


Many of the artists featured in Transition109 make their livings making themselves up—Renée Stout buying new potions for her “shop” as the root worker Madam Ching, or Rashaad Newsome drawing on “the equalizing force of sampling” to create his own language and title in the heraldic tradition.

But even for these performance artists, persona shades into personality, and their theatrics don’t seem so different from the daily wardrobe decisions of metalheads in Botswana, or, at the other end of the spectrum, the highly tuned persona, personality, and apotheosis of personhood that is Oprah herself. As Ms. Winfrey might say, you are your hardest role yet. The craft of the self is unmasked in this issue, revealing the sleight of hand at play in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s famous words: “We wear the mask.” There’s a special ring to it in the African diaspora.

Exhibition: "The history of Afro-Caribbeans in France" in Paris

The exhibition "L'histoire des Afro-Antillais en France" ("The history of Afro-Caribbeans in France") is an exhibition on 15 panels outside the gates of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement, a district of Caribbean Paris. The exposition is based on the book, documentary and exposition la France Noire. The Exhibition in Paris will last until 11 November 2012.

Book: Colour Me English by Caryl Phillips - Race, identity and Englishness

What do we mean by ‘English’? How does that image square with reality? How does our island look from abroad, and what aspects of our experience do we share with, for example, America – a nation built by outsiders and the huddled masses?  In his book Colour Me English British playwright and author Caryl Phillips reflects on these issues.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BHM: Britain's first black community in Elizabethan London


Black History Month UK - BBC- The reign of Elizabeth I saw the beginning of Britain's first black community. It's a fascinating story for modern Britons, writes historian Michael Wood.

Monday, October 1, 2012

French MP Harlem Désir set to become first black man to lead a major European political party

Photo: www.1001topwords.com
Via Euromight
The French Euro MP Harlem Désir appears certain next month to become the first black man to lead a major European political party.

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