Wednesday, December 26, 2012

S&A Presents A Video Compilation Of The Year 2012 In Black Cinema

A great compilation of cinema of the African Diaspora in 2012 from of our friends of Shadow and Act.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

VIDEO ART: Why did you made me black Lord?

The video entitled "The image of me", which is made by Danish video artist Jeannette Ehlers and Dutch visual artist Patricia Kaersenhout for the Black Magic Women Festival 2012 in Amsterdam Southeast,  portrays two women – one black and one white – who gradually change colour. The video is based on the poem "Lord Why Did You Make Me Black?" from African-American poet RuNett Nia Ebo.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Powerlist: Black Dutch diplomat Arthur Kibbelaar sees artists as barometers of society

Arthur Kibbelaar, Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, will become the new director of Foreign Relations of the island Curaçao at end of this year. 

Kibbelaar, who was born in Curaçao, worked at the European Union in Brussels, but  also in very different countries such as Serbia, Nicaragua and Burundi.  “The experiences there, in the midst of war and poverty, made me aware of the need to invest in frameworks that holds a society together, “ he explains in an interview with the newspaper Amigoe.

Arthur Kibbelaar is a product of the anti-colonial 1969 Curaçao uprising.  "The revolt of 1969 was not for nothing a turning point, " he says. "It was the start  for the children of 1969, the Afro-Curaçaoens, of a black middle class. 

Powerlist: Black Dutch cardiologist Harriette Verwey fights for the woman's heart

"Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women," said Black Dutch Cardiologist Dr. Harriette Verwey in her TEXx AmsterdamWomen talk in 2010 (see video below).

Verwey, who was born in Suriname,  is one of the first cardiologists in the Netherlands who specialised herself in women's cardiology and severe heart failure. She is connected to the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in The Netherlands.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Workshop "Understanding Marginalisation - Working for Inclusion" in Berlin - June 2013

From June 2 to June 10th, August Bebel Institute will be hosting the Grundtvig Workshop “Understanding Marginalization – Working for Inclusion. The Case of Berlin”. Closing date for applications: January 15th 2013

Our workshop invites people of all social backgrounds, abilities and economic status who are interested in the topic of marginalisation and social inclusion / empowerment. Individuals who personally experience(d) marginalisation and / or who benefited from empowerment policies and strategies are particularly welcome to join our workshop.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

UK: "I left the I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation ready to kick down doors and take on the world"

On Wednesday December 12th the last I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation of 2012 took place in London. The Conversation focusses on publicising the life journeys of women of colour in Britain.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West. January 17-20, 2013 - Paris, France


'The Merchant of Venice' by Kiluanji Kia Henda, 2010
Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West, is the fifth in a series of conferences organized by Harvard University and NYU since 2004. The theme of this year’s conference is on the black body in the west. NYU faculty, international scholars, students, and invited guests will together explore new ways to discuss images and experiences of how the black body is imagined in the West. The conference is free but registration is required.

Zenit Sint Petersburg Fanclub Against Black and Gay Players

Landskrona, the main fanclub of Zenit Sint Petersburg football club, published a manifest with racist remarks. They state in their manifest that they are against the participation of black players in their team. The club would lose its identity if they integrate players from foreign regions. The arrival of Belgian player Axel Witsel and Brazilian striker Hulk this year clearly angers some of the fans.

Monday, December 17, 2012

VIDEO: Brussels Singer Soul T presents 'Material Things'

Brussels based soul singer SOUL T presents this reggae flavoured song 'Material Things'. The video was entirely shot in Brussels. He's a talent to follow.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Singer Leona Philippo wins The Voice of Holland

Tonight Leona Philippo (33) has won The Voice of Holland, one of her winning songs was "Could you be loved". Philippo was born in Canada and was raised in The Netherlands.

Petition: Stop racial profiling in Germany

Racial/ ethnic profiling is a form of institutionalized racism and entails the discriminatory use of personal attributes (such as skin color, ethnic or religious affiliation, national origin or language) as a basis for identity checks and searches without a concrete warrant by the police.

While the judicial issue remains unsolved in the European context, the US have achieved the broad consensus that racial/ethnic profiling is inadmissible for the conduct of police measures.

Creative music: UK's Femi Temowo - The Storyteller's Psalm

It's the music of Nigerian born British guitarist Femi Temowo. He joined soul songstress Amy Winehouse on her live tour in 2003 as Music Director.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Video: Black in the Caribbean - Race and class in Haiti and Jamaica

In the wake of the recently aired documentary Black in America, it's interesting to see how Caribbean societies have dealt with skin colour issues, especially Haiti and Jamaica.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Marsha Ambrosius Live in London on Dec 20th

December 19th & 20th 2012 sees the long awaited return visit from the USA of UKSoul star Marsha Ambrosius. It’s been a while since her last UK show & this will be her first UK show since achieving her first USA No.1 with her album “Late Nights & Early Mornings”.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CNN: Black in America: It's not just about the color of your skin

H/T John
On December 9, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, CNN will air its fifth installment of the annual documentary series Black in America. This year’s special – “Who is Black in America?” – was inspired by the scope of the (1)ne Drop Project and will tackle issues of colorism and racial identity.'

Friday, December 7, 2012

Video: Brazilian Soul Reggae - Natiruts ft. Sonia Savinell - "Sorri, Sou Rei"

The Brazilian Soul Reggea band Natiruts ft. Argentine singer Sonia Savinell live from the hill Mirante Dona Marta in the city of Rio de Janeiro. This year the group released the DVD Acústico no Rio de Janeiro.

UK WOMEN: The I'mPOSSIBLE conversation, winter edition, 2012

The I'mPOSSIBLE conversation, winter edition, 2012. Wednesday, 12 December 2012 from 18:30 to 21:30 (GMT) London, United Kingdom

Video: Conversations on the presence of blackface in Swedish children's fiction

Photo: Ylva Habel, Shantrelle P. Lewis and  Barakat B. Ghebrehawariat
Conversations on the presence of blackface in Swedish children's fiction: "Little Pink & The Motley Crew"

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CONFERENCE: "What is Africa to me now?" in Liège, Belgium

Copyright Johny Pitts

A 3day conference on the African continent and its literary diasporas will be held at the University of Liège in March 2013. Part of the conference there will be a photo exhibition by Johny Pitts. Invited speakers are Chika Unigwe, Caryl Phillips and Jackie Kay.

VIDEO: See Africa Street Photography


See Africa Street Photography from See Africa Differently on Vimeo.
Johny Pitts roams East-London in search of Afro-European fashion.

UK: White man cleared of racial abuse after using N-word 'as term of endearment'

Via Madnews
A British court has cleared a white man who shouted the word "nigger" at a black man of racial abuse, after he claimed he was a rap music fan who used the term as an endearment.

Black artists in Germany share their stories in new book

The book is entitled "The Little Book of Big Visions: How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World" and it's edited by Sandrine Micossé-Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otoo.

Synopsis: Black artists in Germany find themselves – necessarily – in a position in which subversiveness and resistance – implicit and explicit – become essential strategies to be used in their work if they wish to survive in this predominantly white context. However, after resistance is no longer necessary, what could be the vision then? And what is the central role of the artist in shaping or creating these visions?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Will Black Pete ever be replaced by a White Pete?

Dutch Black Pete is outdated, wrote the influential  Dutch newspaper Het Parool. The paper quoted the elderman of Amsterdam Andree van Es. But will Black Pete ever become White Pete, or just Pete?

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