The Fat Black Women Sing

Written by Ndaba Dlamini
Tuesday, 17 February 2009

In The Fat Black Women Sing, the vexing issue of female beauty is laid bare by five fabulously figured women.

THEY are big, hilarious and have a thing or two to say to all those people who have misconceptions about “fat” women.

The five fabulously figured women perform in The Fat Black Women Sing, a hard-hitting play on at the Market Theatre’s Laager Theatre from 18 February.

Written and directed by Napo Masheane, The Fat Black Women Sing promises great entertainment and a peek into female perceptions of self-worth and body image. It is also expected to get tongues wagging because of its no-holds-barred approach to female sexuality.

At a rehearsal on Friday, 6 February, Masheane said the aim of the play was to dissipate assumptions about the large female body.

“I took a leap of faith in writing this play. Grace Nichols’ poems inspired me because she addresses questions I as a young, black woman writer in a new contemporary South African theatre continue to have about beauty, image, sexuality, food, weight, sisterhood and the female struggle to fit into a box of beauty which is not self-designed.”

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New Black Comedy Show on Tour in Germany

“Edutainment Attacke”! New Black Comedy Show on tour in Germany, spread the word!

1) english version
2) german version (klick here)

Hey there,

I’m excited! Hereby wanna let you know about Noah Sow’s very first and brand new Black comedy show “Edutainment Attacke!” with Mutlu Ergün is going on tour in February!!

It involves a Quiz, Standup, Videos, Rap, reading and even some well-hidden education.

We’re looking foward to welcome all PoC and their/our semi-melaninated friends! If you know someone in Germany, spread the word! Thanks!

February 16 Hamburg
Black History Month
Werkstatt 3
February 18 Marburg, KFZ
February 19 Döbeln, Café Courage (Treibhaus e.V.)
February 20 Berlin, Amerika Haus

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Mein erstes live Comedy Programm geht im Februar auf Tour,
gar pünktlich zum Black History Month!!

präsentiert vom

Ministerium für Integrationswahn und niedrigschwellige Unterhaltung,

absolviert von mir (“Deutschland Schwarz weiß”) und Mutlu Ergün aka Sesperado (“Re/Visionen”).

Bei einem bunten Abend mit Quiz, Standup Comedy, Clips, Rap, Satire,
Lesung, uva.
erfährt man unter anderem:

– was man auf die Frage „wo kommst du heeeer?“ alles antworten kann
– ob Europäer über mehr genetische Vielfalt als Fruchtfliegen verfügen
– was die zivilisierte Welt vom Stamm der Bayern lernen kann
– welche Parallelgesellschaften die größten Intergrationsprobleme haben
– wie „mein bester Freund Cihad“ seine Kommilitonen durcheinanderbringt

Wir freuen uns auf zahlreiches Erscheinen von PoC sowie
ihren/Ihren/unseren unterpigmentierten FreundInnen.

16.2. Hamburg, Black History
, Werkstatt 3
18.2. Marburg, KFZ
19.2. Döbeln, Café Courage (Treibhaus e.V.)
20.2. Berlin, Amerika Haus

weitersagen, hingehen und mitfeiern!!


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Call for Nominations Black European Women in Leadership and the Black European Leadership Award 2009

Dear All!

The need to highlight, raise awareness on and to celebrate achievements and successes of Black European Women from a self-empowerment perspective has been repaeted on several occasions. It is fact that there are many Black European Women in decisionmaking and leadership positions in different Member States of the European Union.

However their contributions and achievements still remain largely invisible. Therefore AFRA and its partners think that it is high time to pick up this challenge from a self empowerment perspective and adress it within the framework of the European Year on Innovation and Creativity 2009.

For this reason we are currently working on our next book with the title: “100 Black European Women in Leadership”. This project aims at gathering data on 100 Black European Women in leadership and decision-making positions in Europe under categories like Politics, Entrepreneurship, Academics and Research, Arts and Culture, Sports, Media, etc. and publishing a book on these black European role models in all their rich diversity.

With this we would very much need your support and would appreciate it if you could recommend us any women you know operating in the above mentioned categories. May be you yourself are one of them.
The deadline for recommendations will be the 20th of 27th if Febraury 2009. Later on a jury is going to decide upon the 100 Black European Women to be considered in the book.

In October 2009 AFRA and its partners intend to organise the “European Diversity, Innovation and Creativity Week 2009” in Brussels within the framework of the European Year 2009 on Innovation and Creativity. In the context of this event the book will be presented and combined with the “Black European Leadership Award (BELA)”- and the “Global Diversity Award Europe 2009 (GDA-EU)” – Gala Evening during which selected personalities and institutions will be honoured for their contributions.

For further information we gladly will be at your service and are looking forward to getting in personal contact with you.

Let´s make a change.

With best greetings from Vienna,

Beatrice Achaleke – Executive Director
– AFRA — International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
– Initiator Black European Women’s Council-BEWC
– Trägerin des österreichischen Bundesehrenzeichen 2008

Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the
ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
(Barack Obama)

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Summer School on Black Europe


(last year’s participants)
Summer School on Black Europe
Exploring Dimensions of Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

June 14th-25th, 2009

Nederlandse versie, klik hier

For additional information over this course, please contact Amy Abdou

Download the Application Form Deadline for Applications is April 1st, 2009.
Course Description

The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The course is a collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and NiNsee, the National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

This course will begin with a historical overview of social and civil conflict in Europe leading to the formation of laws and antidiscrimination legislation within the EU. We will look specifically at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries; comparing the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath.

In the second week, we will explore the notions of blackness as; an official categorization; as a social construction, employed by natives to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation.

This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity.

Instructors 2009
? Dr. Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley
? Dr. Stephen Small, University of California, Berkeley
? Dr. Kwame Nimako, University of Amsterdam
? Dr. Philomena Essed, Antioch University
? Dr. David Theo Goldberg, University of California Humanities Research Institute
? Dr. Dienke Hondius, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Programme Manager

? Amy Abdou

Certificate and Credits
This course is accredited through the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Students wishing to receive university credit (3 US credits of 5 ECTS credits) for the course must submit a paper (15-20 pages) before September 1st, 2009. The paper topic must first be submitted to the directors of the programme for approval. Proposals are due at the end of the first week of the programme. Please do not submit a paper proposal in advance of the programme. Once a paper topic has been approved, the students may begin with their research. University libraries will be made available to the students during the course. The paper will be graded on its relevance to Black European Studies and its ability to process the course material. The paper must be relevant to the subject and incorporate some of the readings from the Summer School.
All students who attend and successfully complete the Summer School on Black Europe will receive a certificate of attendance.

? Non-credit tuition € 1600
? Credit tuition € 1850

Tuition does not include housing during the programme or travel to and from Amsterdam. Tuition covers all course materials, lunch during the days when the course is held and travel and entry fees on excursion days.

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For more information over the Summer School, please visit the website

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Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009


*Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009.
*President elect BARACK OBAMA’S INAUGURATION act On the 20th of January 2009.

Following the Historical victory of President elect Barack Obama Various
NGOs and Black communities based in Austria are coming together to
celebrate change in the spirit of Obama.We are seizing this moment to
question, encourage and promote political participation of migrants in

This event will be held at the Amerika *Haus, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
1010 Vienna* and is supported by the US Embassy in Austria.
*The event starts at 4:OO pm*.

This event offers the floor and a unique opportunity for Leading opinion
leaders, politicians, diplomats and representatives from different
Austrian communities to make a commitment for change in the European
Year of innovation and creativity 2009.

We hereby kindly invite you to join us on this day to stand up and
celebrate the spirit of change we strongly believe in.

Participation is free of charge upon registration under

For further information and program contact:

On behalf of the team of change.
*Beatrice Achaleke, Simon Inou, Alexis Neuberg*

ps: please feel free to pass on this invitation to your friends and
whoever may interested!

*AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
Radio Afrika TV

*Project partners:
-Tres Monos
-Ossiri’s Lernakademie
-Schwarze Frauen Community
-Afrikanische Frauenorganisation
-Association for Democracy in Africa
-Chiala Afriquas Graz
-Black Community Linz
-Prinz Zeka

Beatrice Achaleke
– Executive Director
– AFRA — International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
– Initiator Black European Women’s Council-BEWC
– Trägerin des österreichischen Bundesehrenzeichen 2008

Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767

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