Sunday, September 30, 2012

Video: Julian Williams - "Anders Sein" ("Being different")

Via Black German Heritage & Research Association
The new track "Anders Sein" ("Being different") from German hip hop singer Julian Williams

African homecoming: A way of healing or just diasporic dreaming?

Can Black people of the 'old' diaspora still make the connection with Africa, or is it just unrealistic day dreaming? In August producer and activist Bamba Nazar organised the event “African Homecoming” in Amsterdam, dedicated to the bridging between Africa and the diaspora. He was triggered by his journey to the slave island of Gorée in Senegal.  But Dutch cultural critic and blogger Plug is skeptic about this new Pan-Africanisme.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Esperanza Spalding - "Sunlight" (Live)

Esperanza Spalding performs "Sunlight" on Austin City Limits

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Black Spanish Youth Day in Madrid

From Folklore to political speech. Building a black grassroot responsability leadership in crisis time for the hip-hop generation. Black Spanish Youth Day in Madrid (Spain) on 19 October 2012

Photo exposition: "AfricaMi" – Faces of the city in Milan Italy

"Look at the faces and stories from the city to the Expo: AfricaMi", is a photo exhibit which will be organised by the Italian Institute of Photography, in collaboration with the Association Assaman (2 - 7 October 2012 ).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Video: Black people don't travel?

This is very subjective. I was in Paris this summer and at some places in the city you hardly see black tourists and at some places you see many black tourists. So..

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pauline Black: The Selector ‘Live in Britain tour 2012 and book ‘Black by Design’

The Ska band The Selecter (from the 70s) with lead singer Pauline Black have released their new Album 'Made in Britain' and will be touring Britain in October. Pauline Black has published a book last year entitled ‘Black by Design’, a book about being mixed-race, being adopted by a white couple, and tracing her biological roots.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Afro-Argentines - Still the people in the land of the vanishing Blacks?

Photo: Ebony
Have Afro-Argentines stopped being vanishing blacks, as Ebony Magazine called them back in 1973? Ebony editor Era Bell Thompson wrote, “What I found was not a viable, but a vanishing black people: relatively few in numbers, relatively free of racial discrimination and relatively content. Summarized by one gentleman, if there were more of us, perhaps it would be different."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Video: film “Revolución” highlights erased history of black Argentine soldiers

In the collective memory of Argentina the history of Argentine black people is erased completely. "Black people do not exist in Argentina," said former Argentine President Carlos Menem. But huge numbers of black soldiers fought in every independence war of the country. In the Argentine film “Revolución - El cruce de Los Andes” (2010), which follows the life of Argentine hero General José de San Martín, their contribution is highlighted. The film premiered during the bicentennial of Argentina.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Video: Zadie Smith reads from her new London city novel "NW"

"Writer Zadie Smith burst onto the literary scene with her first novel White Teeth more than a decade ago. Set in the Northwest London neighborhood where she grew up, White Teeth captured the diverse, vibrant rhythms of a city in transition. Smith returns to the neighborhood in her new novel, NW, but this is a sobering homecoming." - NPR

Zadie Smith interviews Jay-Z - The House That Hova Built

Photograph by Cass Bird. Fashion editor: Sara Moonves
For the New York Times Magazine British writer Zadie Smith sits down with rapper Jay-Z and describes and interviews him. 
It’s difficult to know what to ask a rapper. It’s not unlike the difficulty (I imagine) of being a rapper.

He’s not late. He’s dressed like a kid, in cap and jeans, if he said he was 30 you wouldn’t doubt him. (He’s 42.) He’s overwhelmingly familiar, which is of course a function of his fame ­ — rap superstar, husband of Beyoncé, minority owner of the Nets, whose new home, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will open this month — but also of the fact he’s been speaking into our ears for so long.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Film: Story of Dido Belle - A mixed-race aristocrat in 18th-century Britain

Late 18th–early 19th century painting by unknown artist of Dido Elizabeth Belle, left, and her cousin. Courtesy Wikipedia
Via Madnews
The second feature to be written and directed by the British filmmaker Amma Asante, “Belle” will tell the story of a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay of the British navy and an enslaved woman, herself known as Belle.

Bijlmer Talk - Dutch urban talk show

The first edition of Bijlmer Talk 2012, the urban talk show in the Netherlands: BT (Bijlmer Talk). It's the pilot with the theme "BIJLMER 2.0, the new improved version of the Bijlmer '.

Montreal International Black Film Festival 2012

Canada's Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is back with a diverse and exciting line-up featuring 115 films from nearly 40 countries. The Festival is presented by Global Montreal, in collaboration with the Fabienne Colas Foundation, and will run from September 19 to 30, 2012.

NEW: NNEKA - My Home (Alternative Official Video Clip)

The latest clip from Nigerian-German singer Nneka. Originally shot at the same time then the other "My Home" clip, this is a whole diffrent take of the song and it's lyrics by director Antonio Navarro, who also directed the "Soul Is Heavy" Video clip.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Helen Grant first black female Conservative Minister in the UK

Helen Grant MP has been made a Minister in David Cameron’s Ministerial reshuffle this September. She is now the first Conservative woman of African descent to become a Minister.

Grant, 50, was born in London to an English mother and Nigerian father, but grew up in a single parent family after her parents separated and her father emigrated to the United States.

According to OBV, The Maidstone and Weald MP has been appointed joint Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and for women’s and equality issues.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trailer: Dutch film "Alleen maar nette mensen" - Ghetto versus civilised

A Jewish boy from a middle class family goes to the black neighboorhood Amsterdam Bijlmer to find a black ghetto girl with a big behind. The story is the film adaptation of the controversial bestseller by Dutch writer Robert Vuijsje, entitled "Alleen Maar Nette Mensen" (or "Only Decent People").

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Crossing the Atlantic: An African woman searching for black heritage on Curaçao

Westpunt beach (photo Sanza)
It's usually the other way around. African-Americans and Caribbeans going on a pilgrimage to Africa. But this time it's an African woman from Belgium crossing the Atlantic. This August Congolese-Belgian guest blogger Sanza traveled to Curaçao to find the African heritage. She tasted the food, met interesting people, but also felt the colonialism.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Exhibition: Africa in photos and posters in Essen Germany + Janet Jackson

Amis des espagnole, 1968 (photo: Malick Sidibé)
The German Museum Folkwang in Essen presents two exhibitions about Africa. The photo exhibition "Africa, There and Back" and the poster exhibition "Africa - Reflections in Posters". Both exhibitions will run until Oktober 21, 2012

Expo: Kuona Afrika 2012 in Antwerp - Belgium

The tourism, trade and investment conference "Kuona Afrika 2012" will take place at the Kinepolis Event Center, Antwerp, Belgium from 19 - 21 October 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fate of the Afro-Turks: Nothing left but colour

Afro-Turks during the Sixth festival of the Calf (photo: Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere)
The Afro-Turks, whose ancestors came to the Ottoman Empire as slaves in the nineteenth century, are still struggling for recognition. Now, though, their desire to assimilate into the wider society has become greater than their desire to maintain their own identity. By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere.

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