Slavery in the Dominican Republic

An email that I received and wanted to share it with you!


I'm a slavery abolitionist. Since 1984 I've taken people to black slaves in today's black slave labour camps. The next teip is June 28. I thought you might be interested in informing others about it. some might want to join it. Americans,Canadians and Europeans meet up at the Santo Domingo airport in the DR beside the guide holding my name.

Stella Petrone MA
905 338 8346

Titilayo Rachel Adedokun (Germany)

(Titilayo Rachel Adedokun, Germany)

Titilayo Rachel Adedokun was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA to parents of Nigerian origin. A former Miss Ohio and second Runner-up to Miss America, Ms. Adedokun's talent and experience span different musical genres including opera, Broadway musicals, spirituals, jazz and popular Italian music. She has been noted by critics everywhere for her versatility and her unparalleled ability to captivate an audience.

She was chosen by director Franco Zeffirelli to sing the title role in his production of "Aida"at Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Italy, on the centennial celebration of Verdi's death. She has also sung roles in "La Boheme", "Carmen", "The Tales of Hoffmann", "The Magic Flute", "Porgy and Bess", and "Boccaccio", among many others, as well as solo recitals and concerts with theatres and orchestras in the US, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia and Hungary.

An energetic performer who got her start singing in churches and dinner theatres across the US, she has performed in Musicals concerts and galas with the late Adolph Greene and Betty Comden, (50 Years of Comden and Greene), as well as with Lauren Bacall and Tommy Tune.

A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA, she also studied and lived in Italy where she collaborated in concerts with jazz composer and pianist, Giorgio Gaslini, and in the recording of two CDs: Duke Ellington Legend and Cole Porter Live: "Songs of Broadway"(Agora' Records).

She can often be seen as Kate in "Kiss Me Kate"in theaters throughout Germany, including the Rhein Opera in Dusseldorf, the Wuppertaler Buhnen in Wuppertal, and the Freilichtbuhnen in Meppen, as well as on tour throughout Europe. She has also toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland as guest soloist in "Night Fever: Die Gala Der FilmMusicals"(Schlote Konzertdirektion, Salzburg) and as Billie Holiday in the JazzMusical "Ella & Billie" (Theatergastspiel Kempf, Grunwald).

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Actress Tamala Jones and Miasha, the Writing Diva Celebrate "Sistah for Sale"

Actress Tamala Jones and Miasha, the Writing Diva, recently celebrated the release of the author's latest hot fiction release, "Sistah for Sale" at a book signing party in Atlantic City, NJ! The recent Spitzer sex scandal has propelled interest in Miasha's timely tome "Sistah for Sale" from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, Inc., as Miasha details the life of a young woman born into the sex trade industy.

"This is my fourth novel," cites Miasha, "but with this one, I did more research than writing. People don't realize that the sex trade industry, the trafficking of human beings, is a bigger illegal business than drugs even. It's a growing multi-billion dollar business. With "Sistah for Sale" it was my goal to personalize the drama of the women involved and give the reader a deeper insight into this underworld. I also wanted to provide a stream of hope to these women. They can change their lives."

Visit Miasha, the Writing Diva at her new interactive website,

Inspirerend Curacao Top 100

Beste Netwerkrelatie,

Wellicht heb je reeds kennis genomen van de lancering van het project “INSPIREREND CURAÇAO TOP 100”.

Wij willen met jou hulp alle inspirerende Curaçaoënaars zichtbaar maken. Ken je zo'n buitengewone persoon die jou en/of anderen inspireert?

Wij nodigen je dus uit om naar de website: te gaan en op één of meerdere inspirerende Curaçaoënaars te stemmen. Indien je favoriet er niet tussen staat kan je hem of haar zelf nomineren.

Wij hebben ook de video-opname en foto's van de lancering van het project “INSPIREREND CURAÇAO TOP 100” op de website gezet.

Graag willen wij je ook verzoeken om deze oproep te verspreiden binnen je netwerk en / of te plaatsen (bijv. op je website indien mogelijk).

Met hartelijke groet,

Mavis Albertina
Curaçao Top 100

Postbus 3156
3003 AD Rotterdam
Mob: 064 - 837 7609
Fax: 084 718 7592

"Woman of the Year" Synthia Saint James

"Woman of the Year"

(artist and designer Synthia Saint James)

California Senator Mark Ridley Thomas has chosen to honor Synthia SAINT JAMES with the 2008 "Woman of the Year" Award from his 26th Senatorial District. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 10, 2008 at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA.

Synthia SAINT JAMES, international award winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday, has to date written and or illustrated 13 children's picture books, 3 poetry and prose books, 4 children's activity books, a cookbook, and a postcard book. She has garnered numerous awards including a Parent's Choice Silver Honor for her book Sunday, a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustrating Neeny Coming Neeny Going, and an Oppenheim Gold Award for the book To Dinner For Dinner, which she illustrated.

Her architectural designs include a 150 foot ceramic tile mural for Ontario, California's international airport, 6 - 9x4 foot elevator doors for a building in California's State Capitol's East End Complex, Sacramento, California, stained glass windows for the West Tampa Library in Tampa, Florida, and a 4x7 foot ceramic tile mural (inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou's poem On the Pulse of Morning, commissioned by Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher LLP for Cowan Elementary School in Westchester, California. She was also commissioned to create the 3x6 foot painting that hangs in the Women's Center of Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California.

SAINT JAMES has completed numerous commissioned signature images for non-profit organizations including the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (which hangs at the Vulcan Station in Brooklyn, New York), Children's Institute International, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Harlem Book Fair, the United Way, and the National Education Association. She unveiled the poster that she created for the Center for Disease Control at the United Nations on World AIDS Day 2005, unveiled the original painting that she created for the Metropolitan AME Church (Harlem, NY) at the Schomburg in February 2006, and unveiled the 20th anniversary painting for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in June 2006.

Her paintings grace the covers of over 60 books, including Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale, Disappearing Acts, Mama, and the Japanese translation of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Iyanla Vanzant's Acts of Faith, Faith in the Valley and The Big Book of Faith.

In reviews her artwork has been described as bullient, bold, creates paintings that remind one of Matisse cutouts in their clear line and intense color and joyful. She was honored with the 2004 Woman of the Year Award in Education by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and she is a proud receipient of The HistoryMakers Award. Fall of 2006 she received both the MOSTE Inspirational Women Award and the Samella Award for her artistry, and designed the "We See You Award". SAINT JAMES is also one of the women included in Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter's National Geographic book, Africana Woman: Her Story Through Time.

She most recently completed signature paintings for the 10th anniversary of the African American Business Summit, the inaugural painting for the Leimert Park Village Book Festival, for Project Fatherhood for Children's Institute International. On June 21, 2007 she was honored by the Home Depot Charitable Foundation with a tribute held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

She travels nationally for speaking engagements, exhibitions and unveilings. SAINT JAMES, a self-taught artist, credits the creator and her ancestry (which includes African American, Native American, Haitian and German Jew) for her artistic gifts.

Woman of the Year:

The Woman of the Year event was started in 1987 by Assemblywoman Bev Hansen (R) and Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D), who noticed that the California Legislature had no events planned for the month of March, Women's History Month. In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California, Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments. The women were to be recognized as Woman of the Year in a formal ceremony on the floors of the Senate and Assembly. This yearly event, sponsored and organized by the Women's Caucus, is greatly anticipated by all Legislators today.


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Los Angeles, CA 90027/USA