Justina Mutale launches Report on “PATHWAYS TO POWER: CREATING SUSTAINABLE CHANGE FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS” as part of the“BECAUSE I AM A GIRL: The State of the World’s Girls” series by Plan International Ireland in preparation of the United Nations INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL. The Report was launched in Dublin in the presence of the Irish Government Minister for Overseas Development and the CEO of Plan International Ireland.

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Reel Sisters Partners w/ Centric for 17th Annual Film Festival (And We're a Media Sponsor)! October 25 - 26, 2014

We're excited to share this wonderful news about the Reels Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series. Carolyn Butts and the team at African Voices have officially announced not only the 17th annual film festival but a new partnership as well. Read on and stay tuned! We have even more great news to share in the coming... days about this festival. And oh! We return as a proud media sponsor, too :-)

Very Honored,
April R. Silver

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series Welcomes Centric as Key Sponsor & Partner
September 30, 2014 (Brooklyn, NY) — Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is proud to announce a partnership with Centric, a BET Network, to support scholarships for our award-winning filmmakers and help the festival present 30 films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe. Reel Sisters will be held from October 25 to 26 at LIU Brooklyn with an awards ceremony on Sunday evening where cash awards will be given to six women for outstanding films that celebrate family bonds and challenge stereotypes. For information Reel Sisters visit
As a key sponsor for Reel Sisters’ 17th Annual Film Festival, Centric will offer exclusive coverage of the festival on its website,, including filmmaker interviews. Reel Sisters will screen such inspirational films as Hands to Sky, Catch Them & They’re Yours, a film about a man with autism fighting to raise his younger brother after his mom’s death to TheSummer of Gods, a short film on a young girl embracing her spiritual heritage when she is visited by the Orishas (African Gods) in a Brazilian village.
“We are honored to partner with Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series and provide scholarships for women of color in film,” said Depelsha McGruder, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Centric. “As the network for Black women, we look forward to building and growing relationships with organizations that cater to and reflect our audience.”
Founded in 1997 by African Voices magazine and LIU Brooklyn, Reel Sisters is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to women of color filmmakers. The festival has enriched the city with more than 500 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent and awarded over $7,000 in scholarships to women filmmakers.
Reel Sisters is honored to have Centric, The First Network Designed for Black Women, provide a platform for us to share and celebrate our stories,” said Carolyn A. Butts, founder of Reel Sisters. “We’re thrilled to live in a time where our daughters can turn on the TV each night and enjoy images that affirm their beauty and brilliance. Our goal is aligned with Centric’s trailblazing efforts to ensure that doors for Black women in film and television continue to open.”
Reel Sisters is supported, in part, by New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, 45 C.D.; New York City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, 35 C.D.; the National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works); the New York State Council on the Arts; Centric; Brooklyn Arts Council; LIU Brooklyn and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Media sponsors include AKILA WORKSONGS, Imagination Cinema Foundation, CINEMATIQ Magazine, SYM-Magazine and The Network Journal.
On Sunday, October 26 at 6 pm, Centric will join Reel Sisters in presenting awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography Best Short, Best Experimental and the Reel Sisters Spirit Award. The awards ceremony will be held at LIU’s Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY.
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»» SPECIAL PROMOTION: In honor of the new Centric partnership, Reel Sisters is offering a special promotion for the awards ceremony. Regularly, tickets are $35. With the promo code BETBREAK14, tickets are $25. This offer is good until 10/8/14. Click here for all details.

is a Proud Media Sponsor (again!) of the
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series.
Join Reel Sisters and Centric in Brooklyn, October 25 - 26, 2014.

The Summer of Gods


The moment you all have been waiting for is here. The Film is ready for purchase! We worked really hard to make a DVD featuring our gracious film, a special introduction by myself titled My Inspiration and an entertaining look at Making the Summer of Gods in three parts: Uniting the Forces, Capturing the Vision, and The Magic of Post. All these materials can also be found in digital download format. We created a page on the digital platform VHX with versions of the film for Portuguese, English, French and Spanish speakers. Now it is your turn to enjoy one of the first films celebrating our precious African Gods / Orishas. Go to:

Chegou o momento que todos você esperavam. O filme está pronto para compra. E temos um pacote de extras com clipes bem interessantes. Como estamos enviando o filme dos Estados Unidos, a melhor forma de adquirir o filme no Brasil é fazendo o download digital. Nós estamos usando a plataforma chamada VHX onde você pode assistir o filme instantaneamente em alta resolução bem como baixar todo pacote para assistir no momento que preferir.
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Affiong goes to Europe: Africa Web TV


Affiong goes to Europe shows the adventures of Aunt Affy (Anita Hogan), an extroverted Calabar woman who is on a visit to her younger cousin Udoh in Holland.

In Holland she is confronted with a totally different way of life than she is used to in her village in Akwa Ibom state of Nigeria.

How Affy confronts these culture clashes make for some hilarious and comedic highlights.

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'Zwarte piet is een racistische karikatuur van de zwarte mens'

(Danitzah Jacobs)

Mijn bijdrage aan het nationaal dialoog. De reacties hierop zijn al veelzeggend.

" Dat de meerderheid van Nederland voor het behoud van zwarte piet is, deert Jacobs niet. De angst om buitengesloten te worden heeft ze van zich afgeworpen. “Verandering begint altijd met één persoon die moed toont en tegen de status quo ingaat. Het zijn deze eenlingen die ervoor zorgen dat de mensheid zich blijft ontwikkelen. Nelson Mandela, Aletta Jacobs, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Harry Tomas, Tula, Quinsy Gario, Martin Luther King. Als zij hadden gewacht op de meerderheid dan waren we als mensheid niet waar we nu zijn. Er is nog veel te doen!”

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London’s Barbican gallery shuts down Exhibit B installation after protests, accusations of racism

Recently, the Barbican, an arts space in London, cancelled an art installation show called “Exhibit B” because they worried about the safety of the actors in it.

The night of the show’s opening, protesters blockaded the entrance to the Vaults, where the installation was being staged. The mostly black crowd accused the Barbican and “Exhibit B’s” creator, Brett Bailey, of racism. The protesters were loud, but peaceful. According to the Guardian, no arrests were made.

The protesters were bothered by the extreme realism of “Exhibit B,” which recreates the human zoos used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to parade enslaved Africans throughout Europe. Their concerns were reminiscent of objections to Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained.

Django was marked by depraved, blood-thirsty violence — obviously fake, and obviously done for titillation, but disturbing all the same.

When describing the opening scene of Django, author Roxane Gay wrote: “Braids of scar reach from their shoulders to their lower backs, revealing the director’s fetish for the broken bodies of slaves; as if only through such explicit visual evidence can a viewer understand the horrors of human bondage. Things only grow darker from there.”



The 11th edition of the Afrovibes festival will take place from 8 untill 11 October 2014 in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Eindhoven.

The 11th edition of the Afrovibes festival will take place from 8 untill 11 October 2014 in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Eindhoven.

This year, the festival has as its theme 'New Heroes and Icons'. Who are the heroes of yesteryear and who are our new heroes? Pioneers as well as established talent in theatre, dance, design and music from South Africa, Mozambique and the Netherlands show us a variety of contemporary urban dance, theatre and music productions during the festival.

Expect fresh and sizzling theatre from our favorite continent. As well as new artists too watch; DJ's and bands, nightlife, debate, after talks and exhibitions. Come and 'Experience young urban Africa'.

Highlights of the festival:

"Biko's Quest" - A dance performance by the dance company Jazzart from Cape Town. Inspired by the photo exhibition The Quest for a True Humanity of the Steve Biko Foundation. This production paints a portrait of the life and death of Steve Biko and takes the audience on a thought-provoking and emotional journey through dance, theater and storytelling.

"Uncles & Angels" - A breathtaking interaction between dance and live video images of a cultural ceremony around virginity in South Africa. "Nelisiwe Xaba grabs your first embarrassed laugh and freezes it on your face in this brilliant study on virginity"

"The Revivalists" - Eight young artists from the Netherlands, England and South Africa sample extracts from well-known classic theatre texts The Bacchae, Othello, Mary Stuart, The Cherry Orchard and An Enemy of the People to explore the right to claim one's own identity."Who am I?" "Who do you think I am?"

Rainbow Scars - A new play of South Africa's playwright Mike van Graan about the complexity of multicultural relations in contemporary South Africa. Told with humor and tension. "Mike van Graan remains one of the country's most brilliantly incisive playwrights with an ability to capture the essence of the South African psyche. ..." - Artlink South Africa

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ZAMI: Leadership, Gender & Diversity op 9 oktober 2014

Stichting ZAMI nodigt u van harte uit voor een netwerkevent op donderdag 9 oktober. Op deze boeiende middag kunt u inspirerende vrouwelijke leiders verwachten die hun visie geven op leiderschap en diversiteit.

Er is een fantastische talkshow o.l.v. mw. Guity Mohebbi met topvrouwen zoals Raja Felgata, Twie Tjoa, Nancy Jouwe, Nathalie Sichtman en Marian Spier.Kom speeddaten met vrouwelijke leiders en krijg tips & trucs hoe jouw leiderschap te ontwikkelen.Daarnaast kun je je ook nog laten inspireren en motiveren door Ruth Sinkeler, schrijfster van het nieuwe boek Sexy Leiderschap.

Er is een super optreden van de nieuwe sensatie, Astèr Fekre, die de sterren van de hemel zingt en nog veel meer.  


13.30 uur : Inloop & ontvangst

14.00 uur : Welkomstwoord door mw. Vanessa Limon, voorzitter ZAMI

: Officiële openingsspeech door mw. Astrid Elburg

14.25 uur : Talkshow over de Essentie van Gekleurd Vrouwelijk Leiderschap o.l.v. mw. Guity Mohebbi

15.45 uur : Pauze in het Atrium incl entertainment van superster Aster Fekre

16.15 uur : Start workshops in het VEC
Start speeddating & caleidoscoop netwerkspel in het CEC

16.45 uur : Plenair + terugkoppeling workshops

17.15 uur : Afsluitingsspeech door mw. Fatima Elatik

17.30 uur : Borrel

18.00 uur : Afsluiting

Datum: Donderdag 09 oktober 2014

Tijd: 14.00 uur (inloop 13.30 uur)

Toegang: €7,50 (via

Adres: SouthEast Amsterdam(voormalig CEC-gebouw)

bijlmerdreef 1289

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Afrobizgermany interviews Adetoun Kueppers Adebisi at AUADS conference Berlin

Founding Board Vice-President Adetoun Kueppers-Adebisi of African Union African Diaspora Germany (Gruendungs-Vorstand) - 

Is interviewed by Afrobiz Germany at African Union African Diaspora 6th Region Germany Meeting at the South African Embassy in Berlin 2014
Afrobizgermany interviews Adetoun Kueppers Adebisi at AUADS conference Berlin WATCH



Baroness Verma will be the Host and Chairperson of our Conference with United Nations Envoy and South African Superstar, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN”. The Conference will be held at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London. Thursday 2nd October 2014.
Baroness Verma is a member of the House of Lords and businesswoman. She is the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of S...tate for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). As Under Secretary of State, Baroness Verma is responsible for the business of the Department of Energy & Climate Change in the House of Lords. Other responsibilities include departmental performance and delivery; efficiency; lean regulation; managing liabilities, including coal health and the Concessionary Fuel Scheme; transparency; managing the nuclear legacy; Geological Disposal Facility; civil nuclear security; smart meters; nuclear safety and regulation and nuclear non-proliferation. Prior to becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC, Baroness Verma was Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business Innovation and Skills. In 2006 she was raised to the peerage as Baroness Verma of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire. 
Baroness Verma was Opposition Whip from 2006 to 2010 and then Government Whip following the 2010 general election. Baroness Verma started her first business at the age of 19 in high fashion, supplying high street multiples. In 2000 she changed her business to the service sector. Policies in Baroness Verma’s Department include managing the use and disposal of radioactive and nuclear substances and waste; helping households to cut their energy bills; Countering weapons proliferation; Using evidence and analysis t inform energy and climate change policies; Maintaining UK energy; and Providing regulation and licensing of energy industries and infrastructure.
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