Saturday, March 31, 2012

Reviews documentary "Marley" & New clips

The documentary "Marley" will be released in Europe in May (in the US in April), but the film has already been screened at Berlin's International Film Festival and two weeks ago in the US.

According to the Telegraph the film traces Marley's well-documented journey from a boy born in a small village in Jamaica to a music superstar who brought reggae and the Rastafari movement to a global audience.

Video: Joy Denalane – “No More” – Album release April 2nd

German singer Joy Denalane premiered the English music video for the album track "NO MORE". This track is part of the English version of her upcoming album "Maureen", which will be available worldwide on iTunes from April 2nd.

The album title is taken from Joy’s middle name, but Maureen goes a little deeper than that, as she explains on Okayplayer:

Friday, March 30, 2012

Racism on the rise in Europe - News roundup

It’s evident that racism is on the rise in Europe. A German court allowed racial profiling by the police. The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) reports about the increase of racism in Europe due to the economic downturn. And last but not least, as a response to the UK riot report 2012 UK activist Lee Jasper just published his response "The fire next time". Check the stories.

Video: Queendom’s new album “Still Rising” – Afropean music from Oslo

The Norwegian group Queendom released their new album "Still Rising" on 20 March. The album is a reflection of their Afropean heritage, featuring personal and political lyrics in an urban musical universe. The songs are influenced by Afrobeat, reggae, popular African musical styles and also by Soul and Blues. Check out the video “GONE” from the album.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Trayvon Martin Tribute by Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan gathered a group of R&B and Black Hollywood's finest to re-record her song "Super Life" in tribute to Trayvon Martin. Eric Benét, Kelly Price, Kenny Latimore, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Terry Crews, Stacy Francis, Luke James, V. Bozeman, and Boris Kodjoe gathered in the studio to lend their voices to the cause.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Cosmosoul - The Neo Soul band from Madrid Spain

Cosmosoul is a Madrid based music group and one of the best Neo Soul bands in Spain. Last year they released their debut album entitled Sunrise, self-produced and recorded in the United States.

The band is named Cosmosoul because it merges talents from different countries and continents. Vocals Alana Sinkëy (Portugal), on guitar Abel Calzetta (Argentina), on drums Onasanya Akin (Nigeria), on bass Manuel Pablo Sanz (Spain) and on keyboards Sergio Salvi (Italy). Check out the videos.

Video: Dutch singer Nicole Bus “One Love”

Dutch singer-song writer Nicole Bus (Dutch/Dutch Caribbean) released her video 'One Love' last year. In 2010 she won the Grand Prix of The Netherlands and she was signed to EMI Music afterwards.

One important element of Nicole's music is her love for God, but her music is also influenced by artists as Lauryn Hill, Corinne Bailey Rae and Tye Tribbet. Check out her video.

Photo Book: Growing Up Black by Dennis Morris, Black Britain in the 60s and 70

New book, photography by Dennis Morris - Growing Up Black, documents life in 1960s and 70s Hackney, East London.

In this selection from his archive, Dennis Morris gives us a beautifully well-judged and eloquent portrait of the black diaspora, frozen at a particular moment in time. It is pregnant with anticipations of what is still to come, infused with future possibilities. We are invited to read these images backwards and forwards. Growing up black in the 1970s, they suggest, was not so much a state of being as a state of becoming. Stuart Hall

Growing Up Black charts not just the history of Black Britain but Britain itself. Published by Autograph ABP, the renowned photographer Dennis Morris captures intimate moments within the black community, his images recording the frequently contested history of the first generation to call themselves black.

Filmmaker John Akomfrah received Princess Margriet Award

Filmmaker John Akomfrah (right) and curator Charles Esche (left)
We must be radical and innovative if we are to build Europe anew. That was the clear message emanating from the fourth Princess Margriet Award (PMA) dedicated to artists and thinkers who make change possible. The new PMA laureates, filmmaker John Akomfrah and curator Charles Esche, received their awards in the Brussels cultural venue, The Egg, on March 19th, 2012.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March

Poster of Let’s Fight Racism Campaign of the UN
Today on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination my thoughts go out to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American who was killed by the neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Trayvon Martin was a boy with no criminal record, who was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. But Zimmerman told the  police the boy looked “suspicious” and “on drugs.” Zimmerman has admitted the killing and is claiming self-defence. He has not been arrested.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FRANCE: Killer Driven by Hatred of Ethnic Minorities At Large

Yesterday 3 children and one teacher were killed in a Jewish school in southern France. A 17 year old was severely injured during the attack. The gunman could get away but has been linked to the shooting dead of 3 French soldiers, last week. The same gun and stolen motorcycle were used by the murderer.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Video: Slavery in Brazil, an inconvenient Portuguese history

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Brazil's history of slavery has always been overshadowed by the American and the Caribbean history of slavery. This documentary of BBC's Time Watch series won't change it, but it will show you how slavery shaped the lives of black people in Brazil. And how it shaped the country's social structure and ethnic landscape. And yes, it’s also the history of Portugal.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FUNK: Bassist Yolanda Charles performs at Ronnie Scotts in London, April 29th

Bassist Yolanda Charles will perform in Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in london on April 29th, the performance will be filmed by SKY TV.

JAZZ: Kaidi Tatham performs at Ronnie Scotts in London, April 29th

One of UK’s finest Jazz artist Kaidi Tatham will perform in Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in london on April 29th, the performance will be filmed by SKY TV.

The Soul & Food Afterwork, every Wednesday at Sanz Sans in Paris

If you are in Paris and you love good Soul Music, then SANZ SANS is the place to be. An After Work Soirée where you can listen to music, have a drink with colleagues and friends, or dance on the best of Soul, Nu Soul, R&B and New Jack with Dj JIM. Every Wednesday from 18h to 2h.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rama Yade, most influential French woman on the internet

Rama Yade is the Grand Prize winner 2012 E-Reputation, which distinguishes the most influential French women on the Internet. The French former Secretary of State beat runner up extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen, fifth ended black news anchor woman Audry Pulvar.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote island of St Helena

5000 Africans died in custody of the British Royal Navy in 1800s, after being seized from ships of slave traders, and were buried on St Helena

The tiny island of St Helena, 1,000 miles off the coast of south-west Africa, acted as the landing place for many of the slaves, captured by the Royal Navy during the suppression of the slave trade between 1840 and 1872.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

“Negro Day” in The Netherlands. But is it funny?

Text on T-shirt:  Love your Negro
Black Dutch comedian Howard Komproe thought it was a good idea to have a Negro Day on March 9th. In Dutch the number 9 is pronounced as ‘negen’, so it rhymes with the Dutch word Neger, or in English Negro.

So he thought if you have a Warm Sweater day, a Redhead Day, or a woman’s day, why not have a Negro day. So Happy Negro day! But is it funny?

Friday, March 9, 2012

"A Man's Story" - The documentary of fashion designer Ozwald Boateng

A Man's Story, the Ozwald Boateng documentary, will open in UK theaters today (March 9th), see Shadow and Act for more details. Needless to say Boateng is the famous British fashion designer of Ghanaian descent from London. See the trailer. Interesting to see even if you're not into fashion!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Accusations of racism over European Union 'propaganda' film showing white woman facing ethnic minority 'attackers'

According to the Daily Mail it was a campaign video of the EU designed to promote Europe in positive light and as a force for world peace. But it seems the makers of this advert, which is entitled 'Growing Together', may have misunderstood the instructions.

They are facing accusations from viewers that the clip is racist, sexist and imperialistic - and all in under two minutes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Black woman opens first and only all female hostel in The Netherlands

On 8 March 2012 the all female hostel 'Hostelle' will open in Amsterdam. It's the first and only all female hostel in The Netherlands and it's founded by Bianca Brasdorp (40).

Brasdorp, who is of Surinamese origin, has worked as a Marketer for most of her life, but she he wanted a change. The main reason was that she wanted to do something creative and have a job that involved lots of interaction with people. Brasdorp worked as a Marketing Executive for American Express and for several other big companies in the Netherlands.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

UK singer Emeli Sande scores 'fastest selling' Album of the Year

Glaswegian singer-songwriter Emeli Sande has made a chart-topping debut on the UK albums chart in February with her debut album "Next To Me".

Led by "Next To Me" and "Heaven", "Our Version of Events" is now the year's fastest selling album in the UK. It also the first album of the year to surpass 100k in sales first week.

Whitney Houston Live In Concert in 1991

It's Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston. It was her first ever solo televised concert which she performed live at Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia on March 31, 1991. Thanks M.R.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Television: The Africa Channel - Available in the UK and Ireland

Photo of the film Daratt
Inspired by Africa, The Africa Channel shows bold, high quality programming from a range of genres, including award-winning documentaries, live news, films, music, high-profile sporting events and drama. It is available in the Uk and Ireland on Sky Channel 268.

This spring, the Africa Channel’s highlights include the final of Face of Africa in a Next Top Model style competition where models compete to become the next catwalk sensation. All the weeks of pouting and posing come to a climatic end on the 13th of March at 8pm.

Omar Sy - 1st Black actor to win César Award (French equivalent of Oscars)

On 24 February French actor Omar Sy won France's highest acting honor, the César Award for Best Actor (the French equivalent of the Academy Award).

After winning the Lumière award (French equivalent of the Golden Globes) for Best Actor, Omar Sy picked up France's highest acting honor in that same category, the César Award for Best Actor (the French equivalent of the Academy Award). He won the award for the film 'Intouchables'

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Threads TV from the UK - News for fashion lovers, trend spotters and style icons

Threads TV is a bold new show aimed at fashion lovers, trend spotters and style icons alike. We’re not your standard, typical fashion show.

Threads TV covers both the commercial and independent worlds of fashion, from the UK to overseas, and strives to bring recognition to all who seek it!

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