Friday, October 31, 2008

Will a black president change America?

Down in Europe we love Obama and hope for change. But in the US black critics have a different opion. Despite Barack Obama's message of change and hope, fears persist in the black community about what his election as president could mean for the legacy of racism in America. Read In black America, few dare hope for racial change

Thursday, October 30, 2008

German Hip Hop - Brothers Keepers

Brothers Keepers is a German-based transnational anti-racism project, bringing together hip hop, reggae and soul musicians, headed primarily by Afro-Germans. The idea for the project took root in the 1990s, and when a German of Mozambiquan origin, named Alberto Adriano, was brutally killed by neo-Nazis in Dessau (East Germany) in 2000, a group of musicians decided to organize and fight back.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

British Urban Species with French Mc Solaar

Old Skool Hip Hop from the British group Urban Species, a trio that played a reggae/acid jazz/soul/hip-hop crossoverelectronic. They cooperated with artists including Terry Callier, Imogen Heap, MC Solaar and Guru (wikipedia). The song in video is Listen (1994). Very European Hip Hop.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dutch author and Make up Artist Clarck Accord

Dutch author and Make up Artist Clarck Accord (1961) made his debut with the novel 'De Koningin van Paramaribo', ‘The queen of Paramaribo’. A novel about the live of a well-known prostitute in the capital city of Surinam. Based on the novel a theatre play was written. Accord's latest novel 'Bingo' deals with the gambling habits of Surinam people in the Netherlands.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Remembering Afro-German poet May Ayim

May Ayim (3 May 1960 in Hamburg — 9 August 1996 in Berlin) original name Sylvia Opitz was an Afro-German poet, educator, and activist. She studied Psychology and Education and wrote the book Showing Our Colors, Afro-German Women Speak Out. At this time she also co-founded the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (Initiative of Black People in Germany). After spending sometime without sleep or proper meals preparing for Black History Month in 1996, she suffered a mental and physical collapse. She was 36 when she met her death after jumping from the thirteenth floor of a Berlin building.
The documentary Hope in My Heart: The May Ayim Story

Friday, October 24, 2008

British Author Alex Wheatle

British Author Alex Wheatle was born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in London. He spent most of his childhood in a children's home, which he left at 14 to live in a hostel in Brixton. At 18, he was involved in the Brixton uprising and went to prison for 3 months. His second novel, East of Acre Lane, won the London New Writers Award (2000). In his latest novel The Dirty South Wheatle brilliantly evokes the temptations ofthe thug life for young black men growing up in London's Dirty South.
Interview Alex Wheatle about the Brixton riots in 1981

The Screen Nation Film & TV Awards 2008

The Screen Nation Film & TV Awards 2008 is the U.K's annual international celebration of the black contribution to Film and T.V. This year Whoopi Goldberg and Don Warrington will receive highest honours at Screen Nation Awards. The event will be held on Sunday the 7th of December, and will be hosted by Josie D'Arby

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Afro-French Television

In France Aka-a TV makes Afro-French web television. With Le Tcip show, an Afro-French sitcom. K-Dam, a fashion and a beauty program, and much more.

Video - Le Tcip show (sitcom)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Les Trophées des Arts Afro-Caribéens 2008

Les Trophées des Arts Afro-Caribéens 2008 (The Trophies of Afro-Caribbean arts 2008) is an anual award ceremony for Afro-Caribbean artists in France. Awards can be won for music and other artistic expressions such as literature, film or television. The award 2008 in the category Revelation of the Year went to female Zouk singer Fanny J and in the category Best Artist the award went to singer Jean-Mari Ragald. The event was held in Paris on September the 23rd 2008.
The ceremony is closely tied to the legacy of Afro-Martinican francophone poet, author and politician Aimé Césaire. Césaire was a member of literary and political movement Négritude, a movement with a strong anti-colonial and anti-racist character. In this spirit, the winner of the price must refrain him- of herself from racist, homophobic, sexist or anti-Semitic expressions.
Les Trophées des Arts Afro-Caribéens official website
Short video Award Ceremony
The whole Ceremony

Friday, October 17, 2008

MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards

The MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards are held annually in the UK to recognise artists of any race or nationality performing music of black origin. This year, on the 15th of October, the show was hosted by Spice Girl Mel B and old skool Hip Hop icon, Rev Run of Run DMC. The award for Best UK Female went to British superstar Estelle.
The show has sparked criticism from fans. Some feel the event has left its British roots because American artists are also nominated.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The color of Obama

Starting a blog about black people in Europe with Barack Obama seems odd. But it’s the black connection that makes it less odd. As a black European I hope he will be first black president of the United States of America. No, I am not judging him by the content of his character, but just by the color of his skin. I’m sorry dr. King. Of course I am not the same as a white person who just wants a white person to be head of State just because he or she is white. No, as a black person I have a different angle. I need visual change, I would like to see, as Condi Rice puts its eloquently, "people who look like me" to shine at the highest level too.

But still the words of Martin Luther King haunt me. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
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