Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Black Dutch news anchorwoman Noraly Beyer quits

Noraly Beyer, now 62, has put an end to her career as news anchor of the Dutch public broadcasting network NOS. Beyer started in 1985 as anchorwoman on the eight o'clock news. She was the second black news anchor in the Netherlands. Beyer is born on the Dutch Antilles, but has Surinam roots. She also presented the news in Surinam from 1973 until 1982.
Read: Beyer's writes fairwell letter

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How did British Alexander Amosu became so rich?

It's possible that you have never heard of Alexander Amosu. But Omuso is a black Britton, now 33, who has made a fortune by making R&b ringtones in the UK. One day Amosu realised that he didn't want to be poor anymore, so he started several businesses. Finally he came up with the idea of making ringtones and made a fortune by doing it.

Read: Alexander Amosu: 'I made £6first day and grew from there'
Amosu's personal website

Sunday, December 21, 2008

There is Black British Music. But what about the rest of black Europe?

Music of the black community in the UK is called 'Black British Music'. But what about music of the other black communities in Europe?

According to UK African-American singer Carleen Anderson British black music has a distinct flavour. "The thing that I like about British music that is different from American music. You have this element of West African and Island (Caribbean) music, reggae music and so forth, that you wouldn’t have in American music. That is not part of their primary culture as such, and that extra bit in here is the thing that makes it British."

Anderson’s remarks about black British music can also be also be made about the music of other black communities in Europe. The music of the black community in France, the Netherlands and to some extend Germany is also influenced by West Africa and the Caribbean. But the big difference is that their music is not labelled as Black French, Black Dutch or Black German music.

The French are showing their colours. Music from the black French Community is mainly 'Zouk'. Zouk music began in the French Caribbean but it has unleashed itself to French speaking Africa, Brazil and Cape Verde. But maybe because France doesn't acknowledge the ethnic differences, French music can't be 'black'. But things are changing in France. With the annual award ceremony 'Les Trophées des Arts Afro-Caribéens' the French black community is pushing for change.

Dutch black music is isolated. Black music in the Netherlands is Surinam 'Kaseko' and Dutch Antillean music. But Kaseko and Dutch Antillean music are mainly confined to the Surinam and Dutch Antillean community. Kaseko has a West-African beat and Antillean music has a more Salsa rhythm. Although there was something as Neder-R&B, Dutch black music is cornered as 'World Music'. And it's bound to die there if no one screams.

Black German music hasn't made a footprint. Black German music has a no distinct music style. Although the black German community is rooted in Africa and Germany, the music connects more with Reggae, R&B and Hip Hop. Maybe it's because the black German community is relatively small and too divers, that it has not yet been able to elevate it's music to 'Black German Music'. The two million Turkish community haven't also been able to make a musical footprint in Germany. So who's to blame

But although black music will always rule the planet, black people in Europe aren’t getting any shine nowadays. Not only in music, but also in fashion and in politics. White artists are dominating the black soul charts, Eastern European models are pushing black models off the catwalks, and black European politicians have to compete with the more relevant muslin politicians.

Maybe the issue of black European music is not important at all. Black people in Europe are making Reggae, Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B and even Folk music. And that’s black enough.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Political party promotes 'White history month' in the UK

A far right party has had its plans to promote a ‘white history month’, in schools and colleges accross the UK, condemned.

Community organisations and a leading teachers union have voiced their opposition to the programme of racist views and negated facts.

A spokesperson for the youth branch of the far right party claimed that white history month was organised with a view to counter black history month, and further added “This is our month where we can be proud to be white and express it openly”

Read: Anger over BNP's 'white history month'
'White history month' rubbished by NUT

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sarkozy drops France’s only black minister Rama Yade

In May 2007, at the tender of age of thirty, Rama Yada was appointed Secretary of State for Human Rights. But now Yada has fallen from grace with French president Sarkozy. The now thirty-one year old human rights minister faces a humiliating exit in a reshuffle, with the president expressing "deep disappointment" with his former protégée.

But the appointed of Rama Yada was a strange move in the first place. Putting a inexperienced young black woman in a team of political veteran’s has nothing to do with change. It had to do with the French riots.

Last year Sarkozy dubbed Rama Yade "France's Condoleezza Rice". But he was obvious just looking at the color of her skin and not at the content of character, nor her competence.

But to call her “token” black person would be wrong. After the Obama victory she expressed her grief about the white political structure in France.

I hope to see more experienced black people like Condi Rice in the European governments. Or else it will be just a matter of time before the first twenty-six year old, self acclaimed “Afro”-Kazakhstanis will the be first black Secretary of Immigration of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Read: Nicolas Sarkozy's 'rainbow' government drained of colour

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Miss France wants to speak openly about race?

It's old news but Chloe Mortaud is the new Miss France 2009. Mortaud is not the first non-white winner of the miss event, but she want to join the French public figures who want to speak openly about race. Is this the 'Obama effect'?

Patrick Lozes, founder of the Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires (CRAN), sees Mourtad as a sign that French is changing. So who am I to believe that Mortaud's remarks are just another way to say 'world peace'. But it's clear that if you are black in France, staying race neutral in this periode is old fashion. So maybe this is the Obama effect.

Mortaud is the daughter of a Black American mother (who emigrated from Mississippi to France 25 years ago) and a White French father. Ms. Mortaud is a business student and the first Miss France to hold dual citizenship, American and French

New Miss France wants to advertise nation’s diversity
Blog of Patrick Lozes

Saturday, December 13, 2008

African-American student stabbed in Russia. A boycott?

An African-American exchange student has been stabbed by unknown assailants in a southern Russian city in an attack officials say may have been racially motivated. Time for a boycott?

The strange part is that the mother of the victim didn't knew anything about Russia's racial crimes. I wonder if the student exchange organisation, the American Field Service, alerted the student for Russia.

The American Field Service had to know that ex-Sovjet Union countries have huge problems with racial crimes . For East Germany a German official warned black Soccer World Cup visitors to avoid rural towns and villages outside Berlin, in the formerly communist eastern part of the country. And in Poland a Dutch rapper stabbed three Polish visitors in a disco because they made racist remarks.

Maybe it's about time black artists boycott those Neo-Nazi regions in Europe. It reminds of a Israeli politician who, during a visit in Germany, bluntly asked the German Jewish community: "What are you doing here?"

Read African-American student stabbed in Russia

Friday, December 12, 2008

British David Lammy MP talks about Obama

David Lammy MP interviewed by Viv Ahmun, one of the Directors of Equanomics UK. This interview took place at the recent Barack Obama Ripple Effect Conference in London. Lammy talks about Obama, black men in Britain and the new black agenda.
Read: Media organisation Globalfaction

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jesse Jackson talks about Obama in Black Britain

Black UK opened the Obama Age with a civil right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson toured the UK as key speaker for Equanomics UK. Equanomics UK is an organisation who want to achieve economic and racial equality by addressing and eradicating the structural inequalities and disproportionate socio-economic impacts of poverty experienced by BME communities across the country.
Read: Operation black vote

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What does Obama’s triumph mean for black Germans?

In Germany black people are also celebrating “their” president-elect. But what does Obama’s triumph mean for Black Germans? A report from an Afro-Obama party.
Read We are President!

Monday, December 8, 2008

What does Obama mean for Afro-Brazilians?

In Europe you don't here very much about Afro-Brazilians. So if you want to know how a Brazilian-American feels about Obama,
read: xica bahia

An interesting Brazilian Blog on Obama is Obama Brasileiro

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Afro-Brazilian Mayra Avellar wins Children's Peace Prize

Archbishop Desmond Tutu awared the 2008 Children's Peace Prize 2008 to 17-year-old Mayra Avellar Neves who grew up in a Rio de Janeiro slum where drug wars raged. Gunfire often prevented children from attending school, sometimes for months at a time. Mayra organised a protest march for school childrenRead: Student protest in the slums

Thursday, December 4, 2008

British fashion designer Ozwald Boateng: Black men need role models

Leading fashion designer Ozwald Boateng is a national role model for the UK REACH program. REACH is a programme for Black boys and young Black men

A British Government report has said that black boys in the country are desperately short of good and positive role models, and therefore, end up being on the fringes of society.

According to a report in The Times, black boys tend to emulate role models who glamorise violence such as P. Diddy, Megaman and other rap stars, rather than role models worth emulating like of Sir Trevor McDonald or Nelson Mandela.

The independent Reach report, written for ministers by 20 leading experts in education and youth justice, called for a new generation of role models of black lawyers, doctors, teachers, ...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Michelle Obama breaks black stereotypes

In the CCN interview Newsweek correspondent Allison Samuels explains what Michelle Obama means to black woman. She also wrote a story on the subject. 'What Michelle Means to Us'. A story on how Michelle Obama will change the world's image of African-American women—and the way they see themselves.
Read: What Michelle Means to Us
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