Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project

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Spanish-born Equatorial Guinean Bisila Bokoko is the founder and chairperson of The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), non-profit organization whose mission is to promote literacy among the African people. She has focused her efforts on organizing people and resources to build modern libraries in Africa.

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Visit her website: www.bbalp.org
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Interview on Africa Trending with Bisila Bokoko March 20 2015
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More about Bisil Bokoko’s Literacy Project:
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Website: www.bbalp.org

The Mistreatment of Zora Langston

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About the Author
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Lisa W. Tetting is the author of the novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston, and creator of Rebirthoflisa, her personal blog. She is a former call center supervisor, who, after much thought and angst, decided to change her life by living her dream. She grew up in a small town in North Carolina and loves that she is a Southern Girl. She has been happily married to her wonderful husband for a little over 14 years, and they currently reside in Tampa, Florida.

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About the Book
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Zora Langston is nine years old when her father dies, leaving her in the hands of a mother who is anything but loving and siblings who never considered her family. Without her father, she is truly alone. Before the dirt has even settled on his grave, thereâ??s a new man of the house, and he has no interest in being Zoraâ??s father.
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Despite her hardships, Zora remains true and allows faith to help free her from this new, horrible life sheâ??s found herself in. She finds solace in her aunt and uncle and, for the first time, starts to discover what itâ??s like to have a real family. However, just when she thinks she has escaped her tormentors, new abusers emerge, old ones return from hiding and she must find the strength to survive.

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More about Lisa W. Tetting
www.rebirthoflisa.wordpress.com

Buy book:
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Bound to Tradition Book 1:The Dream, 2:The Initiation and 3:The Separation by A P Von K’Ory


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About the Author
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A P Von K’Ory, the pen name of Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo, is the winner of six Awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for African Writer Of The Year 2013 in the Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, her short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010, and is published in an American collections of anthology Africa 2012. In 2012 she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to the Western society in various papers, theses and lectures. Again in 2012 her book was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
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She studied Economics, Literature and Journalism in London; Germanistics and German-specific Economics and Socio-Philosophy in Germany. Her most recent personal achievement is her Ph.D. in Sociology and Geo-Politics in Germany, making her total number of doctorates rise to five – she regards knowledge as a lifelong quest of learning something new.
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Apart from her numerous and published articles, theses and papers, her first novel in German: Khiras Traum was published in 2004. There followed eight romance novels: the award winning trilogy Bound to Tradition Book 1 The Dream; Bound to Tradition Book 2 The Initiation; and Bound to Tradition Book 3 The Separation. Secret Shades Book 1: Aroused; Secret Shades Book 2: Revealed; Dark Desires Obsession’s First Lap; Dark Desires Obsession’s Second Lap; Dark Desires 1: Obsession which is the first two Dark Desires books combined in a single book. Golden Shana Book 1: The The Chase is coming out in spring 2015. Her nonfiction book Darkest Europe and Africa’s Nightmare: A Critical Observation of Neighboring Continents was published in New York.
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She lives in Germany, France, Cyprus and Greece with her husband, son and two grandsons.
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About the Book
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Bound to Tradition Book 1: The Dream
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What do you do when the man you love with a searing passion is determined to be your father? You cling to The Dream.
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Khira is an enigma; born to African traditionalist and conservative family but schooled by Europeans she is prim and proper, proud, graceful, and dignified with a hint of wildness. She is also beautiful, mysterious, and has this paradoxical sexual appeal. But she is also young, and in need of guidance.Twenty-four years her senior, Erik is determined to be the one that mentors her. His first line of business is to continue her education abroad, but Khira has other plans.
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Erik awakens the woman in Khira and she clings to The Dream of making him hers. Consumed by desire and craving to be possessed by him, she embarks on a relentless quest to seduce him.
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Erik is intrigued by her, but will he succumb to the sizzling temptations of an ardent 16-year-old seductress in a land where she is of legal age? Or will Erik’s good intentions prevail?.

 

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Bound to Tradition Book 2: The Initiation
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Every human spirituality is composed of rituals, rites of passages, & sacred ceremonies. Having been born into a traditionalist and conservative family in Luoland Kenya, Khira is determined to share this with her daughter Loyana—even if it is against her husband’s expressed wishes. Loyana is of the age to go through the Initiation, one of Luoland’s more important Rites of Passage, and she is as eager as her mother to see it through. So they lie and have the Initiation performed in Luoland. A day later, during a weekend safari trip in the remote and breath-taking Tsavo National Park, the ladies of the Lindquist family are still determined to keep their secret although Loyana falls seriously sick as a result of the Initiation she underwent. Loyana unfortunately reacts badly to the traditional herbs used during the Initiation and becomes deathly ill, her mother Khira shouldering overwhelming guilt for inadvertently poisoning her beloved child. When her husband Erik learns of the betrayal he is overcome with grief and rage, and another unfortunate and tragic event leads to Khira lying next to her daughter in a coma. Desperate to save his wife and daughter Erik is willing to do whatever it takes to get them the medical help they need—but in the remote stretches of Tsavo, that means dangerous dealings and bribery. Will help arrive in time for mother and daughter? Or will the Initiation be the beginning of the end?
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“This is not only exotic, culturally stimulating and not run-of-the-mill Harlequin, it’s an intercultural study. The book is for the discerning and culturally savvy Africanists. Ever heard of A Many Splendoured Thing? Well this is the African version of that.” Karen Ammond, Elite Professionals Magazine
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Bound to Tradition Book 3: The Separation
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The coma patient screamed her inaudible words: Who am I? Who is this man crying over me in my bed? Answer me! Why can’t you hear me?
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So begins the final book in the Bound to Tradition trilogy, which continues the story of the Lindqvist family. Khira and Loyana have been brought to a private clinic in Glion-sur-Montreaux Switzerland to recover from vastly different ailments. Loyana was inadvertently poisoned during a Luoland female coming-of-age ceremony arranged for her by her mother Khira. Upon discovering his wife’s deceitful hand in his beloved daughter’s illness, Erik lashed out at Khira, leaving her in a coma. Although both are slowly recovering, it will be an exceptionally hard road back to her life and her beloved family for Khira.
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Erik has no idea how to cope with anything other than his business empire where he is supremely confident in his competence and controls everything with iron-clad leadership – the very qualities he sorely lacks when it comes to taking care of his children and their comatose mother. He handles this double tragedy in the only way he can, leaving Khira and his children in the capable hands of his parents and Khira’s girlhood friend Joyce, while he returns to Nairobi to bury himself back in his business dealings where he is most comfortable. But instead of business as usual, new trouble strikes, forcing him back to Europe to deal with them personally.

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More aboutA P Von K’Ory
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Visit her at http://akinyi-princess.de
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Kindel – Dream http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJKFYF6#reader_B00BJKFYF6
US Paperback – http://www.amazon.com/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507
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UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507
US Paperback – http://www.amazon.com/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507
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UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507
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Kindle – Initiation http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CS5AOOC
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E0INE5G
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E0INE5G Separation paperback
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E0INE5G Separation Kindle
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UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1481919636

Black children in care: Health, Hair and Skin

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About the authors
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Denise Lewis [Social Worker] and Flora Awolaja [Teacher], are two professional women,qualified in the field of Social Care and Education. As a qualified Social Worker and Teacher,we have 20 years of varied knowledge and experience between us, of working with Children and Families in Local Authorities in and around England. During our educational development,we have been able to develop a critical perspective on good Child-Care practice, and have become independent inquirers; our ethos has always been Child-Centred and Child Focused. We aim to Empower, Educate, and Inspire Black/Mixed Heritage children to create a positive environment in regards to their Health, Hair, and Skin Care.
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Our project is set up to work in a multi-agency framework, engaging with Local Authorities, and other agencies such as Action for Children, The Children Society, and Fostering and Adoption agencies.

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About the book
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Black Children in Care book’:
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We have designed and written a 70 page book titled ‘Black Children in Care: Health, Hair and Skin’ designed to address the lack of information that persists with the care of Black children in Cross Cultural Fostering and Adoption placements: The book as a resource is:

• Empowering, Innovative & Child Centred,
• User friendly, Colourful, Fun and Informative
• It has positive images of Black children.
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The book allows us to give Social Workers, and other social care agencies, such as Local Government, Action for Children, Barnados, NSPCC, and Foster Carers and Adopters of Black children, the information that they may need about, the care of Black Hair, Health and skin whilst the children
are in care.
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Our research has shown that there is limited information around the Health, Hair and Skin care of Black and Mixed Heritage children in care. The purpose of the book is to provide child focussed book on how to care for Black and Mixed Heritage children’s Health, hair and skin whilst in care. The number of black children/people who will benefit from this project will possibly number several hundred, their ages range from birth to 18 years.
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Foster carers and Adopters will also benefit from this book, and all carers who will care for Black and Mixed heritage. It would serve as a means of empowering foster carers/ adopters to be proactive in the welfare of the Hair and Skin of Black and Mixed heritage children.
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In terms of their needs ‘Hair is critical to a strong sense of racial identity for Black Children’ as well as understand the cultural aspects and gain knowledge of the importance of grooming, moisturising, and caring for black hair.

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Our book will be of use to schools, and voluntary organisations, in providing cultural information on the welfare of Black and Mixed Heritage children in relation to their, Health, Hair, and Skin care.

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The book of Ruth



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About the Author
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Ruth Dickson is an Author, Publisher and Singer.
Becoming a Christian is the best thing that ever happened to her. She did not grow up in a Christian household and can be described as one saved by complete Grace.
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She has authored several books on varied topics ranging from Deception to Humility. Her books are also published in many languages, making her books available to a wider audience.
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Ruth loves children and she also enjoys writing colourful illustrated children’s books. Ruth also owns her own publishing company and occasionally gives out books that can be downloaded directly from her company website.

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About the Book
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The Book Of Ruth is a book that hosts an incredible story. There are so many valuable lessons in it that every human being on earth can glean from. Life has its ups and downs and the way we respond to them can make or break us. The main character in the story had to make a choice. Only God could have given her the power to embark on an incredible journey.
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Pure grace enabled her to leave behind all she was accustomed to, her pagan beliefs and her family. She took a journey into the unknown and her story of unshakable faith is documented in this book. The Book of Ruth has been described as a ‘small gem’ and ‘masterpiece’.We have people to learn from who have visibly gone through every-day struggles and problems and have come through as pure gold. Her life has been beautifully recorded for the living today, we are to imitate her faith. ‘Where You Go, I shall Go” – Ruth Boaz

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Below are some links to the books she has on offer:
Ready downloadable book in English: http://www.gihonpublishing.com/in-english-2.html
Ready downloadable book in German: http://www.gihonpublishing.com/in-german.html
Ready downloadable book in Dutch http://www.gihonpublishing.com/in-dutch-1.html
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Other languages available on her website include: French, Russian, Mandarin, and Filipino: www.gihonpublishing.com

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Brought to you by The Brooklyn Links

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival Brought to you by The Brooklyn Links

The 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival brought to you by The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, now opens its Call for Entries

MISSION & OBJECTIVE To showcase films which are centered around the theme of Linkages: Women, Their Families, Neighborhoods, and the Global Community, and to support the artistic development of Women filmmakers of African Descent by providing a supportive exhibition platform, offering stipends to participants, and seeking industry opportunities that will help to expose the filmmakers’ works and further their careers.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF) is celebrating its 14th Anniversary in 2015. The media constantly bombards us with negative images of people of African descent. Our positive accomplishments, uplifting experiences, and gifts to humanity get little attention. The Brooklyn Chapter believes it is vitally important that our legacy be maintained, nurtured and preserved and it is our responsibility to shape the public’s perception of who we are as a people. Through the medium of film, filmmakers of African descent document and relay the stories of our past, present, and future. They have become the new historians –“preservers of our legacy.” The Brooklyn Chapter realizes that many societal misconceptions start with how we are portrayed in the media. To counteract the adverse portrayal of African Americans in the movies and media, the Brooklyn Chapter in 2002 initiated Linkages: Women of African Descent Film Festival. By choosing and screening films that depict the positive linkages women of African descent have to their families, neighborhoods and communities, the film festival is able to effectively influence peoples’ perceptions through the medium of film.

GENERAL RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All films must be produced, written or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent, and must have been completed on/or after June 1, 2010. Submission deadline is Friday March 13th. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to the particpating filmmakers.

Filmmakers are encouragesd to submit both a DVD screener as well as a digital screener.* Please note: there is no submission fee, and films will not be returned to you unless you include a self-addressed padded envelope. With your playable DVD submission, please include a synopsis, crew list, press kit and any stills you would like to appear in the program and/or advertisements.

Please send all films to:

The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links Inc.

P.O. Box 50013

Brooklyn, NY 11205-0013

Attn: WADFF

If you have an online version of your film on a site such as Vimeo or YouTube, please submit that link to wadffbklyn@gmail.com

THE EVENT The festival will take place Saturday May 2nd, 2015 at LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room, 10am-6pm.

THE LINKS Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five mission areas: The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 14 years.

Please contact wadffbklyn@gmail.com if you have any questions.