Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2014 – A List of Our Own©

In 2010 the Black Women in Europe™ Blog released its first Power List naming 58 women across Europe in 6 categories. To commemorate our fifth list this year we name 5 women the following categories: Advocacy, Culture, Lifestyle, Politics, and Sports.

This list, presented in alphabetical order, is intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential.

What constitutes power?

Power is defined as the ability to act or produce an effect.

Methodology:

The list does not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases well known and in others, are up and coming stars.

Tina Turner Bach

Tina Turner Bach

Tina Turner was Born in Brownsville, Tennessee, and raised in Nutbush, just like the song says, and was in recording sessions as early as 1953 when she was barely a teenager.

In 1958 she married guitarist and bandleader, Ike Turner, and in the 1960’s they recorded a string of hits, including “A Fool In Love” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”.The recording of the ground breaking “River Deep, Mountain High” with producer Phil Spector was a monster hit in Europe and the start of Tina’s superstar status.

The 70’s brought hits such as “Proud Mary” and Tina’s self-penned “Nutbush City Limits”, but the marriage was disintegrating due to Ike’s abusive behaviour and after starring in The Who’s 1976 film of “Tommy”, Tina was ready to strike out on her own.

As the massively successful film “What’s Love Got To Do With It” would later depict, she had to haul her way up a mountain of debts and disinterest but in 1982 she landed a solo deal with Capitol Records and by the summer of ’84 the album “Private Dancer”, with its acclaimed singles “Let’s Stay Together” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, was on its way to world sales of 11 million and 4 Grammys.

Since that time the successes have just kept coming: a starring role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome; duets with Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Italian superstar, Eros Ramizotti amongst others; a best-selling autobiography, ‘I, Tina’; which was made into the critically acclaimed film “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, chronicling her life and receiving two Academy Award nominations; a string of hit albums and awards; and sell-out world tours; including:

the 1986 “Break Every Rule” album and world tour. Tina entered the record books when she performed in front of the largest paying audience ever to see a single performer -186,000 spectators at the Macarana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro;

the 1989 “Foreign Affair” album and tour, spawning hits such as “Steamy Windows” and “The Best”;

the 1995 “Wildest Dreams” album and extensive world tour, breaking box office records in 12 countries; and

in 2000 the phenomenally successful “Twenty Four Seven” millennium world tour, the highest grossing US tour of the year.

In 2004 Tina released her last album, a compilation of Greatest Hits with the newly recorded single “Open Arms”. It was a worldwide hit, debuting at #2 in the US charts.

In 2005 Tina was honoured as one of Oprah Winfrey’s legends, African-American women who broke barriers through their work, and ended the year as one of the recipients in Washington DC of the Kennedy Center Honors, the highest form of recognition of excellence in the arts in America.

In February this year, Tina performed with Beyonce at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. She electrified the audience and received a standing ovation for her performance and duet with Beyonce, and garnered highly positive reviews in the press. It was due to this overwhelming reaction, and requests from fans all over the world to perform live once again, that she has decided to do some select concerts in North America and Europe.

With sales of 170 million albums and a phenomenal number of hit records to her career;

River Deep, Mountain High, Proud Mary, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Better Be Good To Me, Typical Male, What You See is What You Get, Steamy Windows, We Don’t Need Another Hero, Goldeneye, The Best … Tina Turner is the most successful female rock artist of all time and the undisputed Queen of Rock N Roll.

Source: Tina Turner Live website
http://tinaturnerlive.com/bio/

Cecilia Gärding

Cecilia Garding

Cecilia Gärding is Swedish and South African and was born in Sweden. Her background is both in academia and the arts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in ethnology and a Master’s Degree in political science, where her main interest is integration and diversity issues. She is a film producer and director and a member of the band Khumalo.

Her essays have focused on youth and integration policy and education issues. She worked for the Ministry of Justice in 2006 for then Integration Minister Jens Orback as a political expert focusing on the labor market, education and youth.

She continues to developing cultural projects that strengthen vulnerable groups in society and also create international projects in countries with conflict zones to use culture as a means of conflict resolution. Cecilia created “Innovate4peace” as a forum for innovation in peace and reconciliation work where partners together with industry and other stakeholders are using innovation for a better society. Cecilia was name one “Women Inspiring Europe 2014 and is the ADYNE Ambassador for Sweden.

Sources: ceciliagarding.se and wearelikeoranges.org
http://www.ceciliagarding.se
http://www.wearelikeoranges.org

Alice Bah Kuhnke

Alice Bah

Alice Bah Kuhnke is the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy since October 2014, a former television presenter, Board Professional and one of the founders of the think tank Sektor3. On October 3 she was elected to Minister of culture in the Löfven Cabinet, just three days after becoming member of Miljöpartiet (the Green Party of Sweden).

BioBah grew up in Horda in Småland, Sweden with her father from Gambia and Swedish mother. She went to a track and field athletics oriented high school in Växjö, and was one of the country’s best female sprinter runners in the late 1980s, with 200 meters being her speciality. Her television career began in 1992 with SVT’s Disney Club. Between 1998-99, she had her own talk show at TV4 and many other television assignments including current events show Kalla fakta.

After she left television to study political science, and has, among other things, been Director of the Department Ideas for life at insurance giant Skandia. In 2004-2007 she worked as Secretary General of fair trade organization Rättvisemärkt.

She was a member of the Swedish Church synod 2006-2010, member of the Board of Dramaten Theatre, as well as Vice President of YMCA-YWCA Sweden.

In September 2009 she started as the Environmental and Corporate social responsibility manager at ÅF. Alongside her job at ÅF, she also serves as a board member for internet consultancy firm Doberman.

Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Bah_Kuhnke

Gloria Mika

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Gloria Mike is a model and human rights advocate living in Greece. She is the founder of “School Up”, a global initiative which aims to promote Global Education and give students the opportunity to have their say and advocate for educational programs leading to the development of a global consciousness and a more responsible global citizenship.

She is also the founder of “The Guardian Angels” (Les Anges Gardiens du Gabon) a citizen watch initiative which aimed to foster a culture of citizenship and empower civil society to be key actors promoting peace while monitoring elections. She fought for a free & fair transitional electoral process in Gabon in 2009 before the son of former President Omar Bongo Ondimba takes over through an electoral coup.

Gloria is an active member of ADYNE, a platform in the making, dedicated to the development of an official network that shall enable us to represent the interest of the African Diaspora Youth living in Europe and work on strategies to strengthen the development of a constructive dialogue between European and African societies.

Source: Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/GloriaMikaOfficialPage/info

Shanaze Reade

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Shanaze Danielle Reade is a professional British Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer and track cyclist whose prime competitive years began in 2002. She has won the UCI BMX World Championships three times.

Reade began racing in 1998 at the age of 10, at Tipkinder Park in Crewe. A local track operator named Bob Field, whose son also raced at the time, became her mentor. She was influenced by BMX professional racer, Jamie Staff, who was also from Crewe and raced at Reade’s home track before Reade’s career and during its early stages. She bought her first BMX bike for £1. She was previously a Track & Field enthusiast but apparently got bored with 100 metre sprint running and the Shot Put after five years in those sports before discovering BMX.

She won her first professional race in the Girls Pro at the American Bicycle Association (ABA) Winternationals in Phoenix, Arizona on 1 April 2006. She also won the following day. In 2006 she became British National No.1 in 19 & Over Elite Men after racing the National series with men all year, despite being only 17 at the time. She won the World Championships in Brazil in August 2006 despite an earlier injury to her foot.

Her BMX victories at junior level include three World, eight European and five British BMX championships. Reade is also a champion track racer, riding on Velodromes. In July 2007 she became the Women’s Senior UCI BMX World Champion and at the 2007 UCI Track World Championships, she won the gold in the women’s team sprint with Victoria Pendleton. It was only her second track race ever. Not only was she the first ever to win a track championship in her rookie year, she completed the feat after only six weeks of training. She had originally taken up the sport to keep her fit for BMX competition.

Reade went on to take first place in Team Sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Palma de Mallorca along with Victoria Pendleton. It was also the first ever Women’s Team Sprint Gold Medal title in that event. At the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, she again won the gold in the women’s team sprint with Pendleton. Reade was named one of the “Magnificent 7” by the Daily Mail in 2005, and on 20 November 2007 Reade was named The Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year.

Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanaze_Reade

Scotty Unfamous

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Born and raised in London, England, Shakira ‘Scotty Unfamous’ Scott burst onto the scene in 2009 with her candid, loud and proud YouTube show ‘SDTV’.
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In 2010, Scotty originally posted her first published book, ‘Unfamous’, on Facebook. Later on that year, Unfamous was adapted into a stage play by the Flourish Drama Company. The Unfamous play went on to become the first stage production in history to sell out London’s Lost Theatre.
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In 2012, Unfamous secured Scotty the BYA Literary Arts Award, and in 2013 it was turned into a web series. Scotty received multiple award nominations from the BEFFTA and Screen Nation awards including Best Author, Best Web Series, Favourite Web Series and Favourite Web Series Ensemble. The buzz around the Unfamous series made Scotty catch the attention of the Virgin/EMI group who hired her later on that year as the assistant producer for a short film for Rap/Vocal group, ‘The Rascals’, to promote the release of their ‘Class 90’ EP.

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Along with Unfamous and SDTV, Scotty also has also had her own radio show, hosted events, been featured in various blogs, magazines and much more.
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Scotty is currently signed to the Peppergrain Media Agency, and is managed by Deb McKoy.

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Rio Greene is starting her first year at Brompton University on a mission to reinvent herself and become a part of the most popular people of her generation –the Unfamous. Unfortunately, with a complicated past like hers, Rio’s fantasy turns out to be a lot harder to make reality than she had anticipated, when it follows her into her new life with some unfinished business.

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More about Shakira Scott:
www.theunfamousseries.com

Laila’s Life

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Darcel started Laila’s Life a couple of years ago after completing her bachelor’s degree in Education.? She has a master’s degree in Performance & Training Technology from the University of Northern Iowa. She recently has decided to get back into education and teach both elementary and college level courses. She plans to continue to write and be an inspiration. Her goal is to be the best example she can be for her daughter and hopefully motivate others while doing it. She has also just launched the Laila’s Life Annual Scholarship for a deserving graduating senior starting in 2015.

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Laila’s Life has taken on many forms from when it started until what you see now. One thing that hasn’t changed is the overall message of the book. That being, that our children need to learn what it means to develop a positive character. Teaching our children to make positive choices is vital. Lending a helping hand to someone in need and being a leader are just a few ways to help them get there. Laila’s Life does exactly that. Through the main character’s journeys, she urges children to communicate effectively, not bully, have confidence, be a good friend, and be a great leader.#TeamLaila

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More About Darcel Pledge:
www.lailaslife.com

God Can Deliver You : ‘The Gay Society’

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Kristie is married with two children, a graduate from EIWTC in Ministerial Training, author, business owner, and a woman living for Christ. She lives a life that is truly an inspiring testimony and encouragement for everyone that may be evilly influenced in all unnatural sex practices. Convinced that Christ died for her deliverance and yours, she is spreading love that causes deliverance for those who need a way out. She has had her own share of personal encounters with homosexuality and understands the totality of it by God’s grace and enlightenment. At the age of five Kristie experienced sexual abuse and that was only the beginning. Her life took many turns and she flowed as if she had no paddle or will to paddle.

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By the age of 23 she heard God speaking and that is when deliverance came. With Kristie all ears and willing God had no other choice but to make her aware of who she really was. She had always known that homosexuality was not of God but didn’t know how to get rid of the desires. No one had told her it was wrong but she felt deep within a lack of peace. Jesus was constantly tugging at her, He felt her yearning to be loved and have peace. Kristie is a firm believer that God will come if you desire Him. She says, if you want change, you can have it, by accepting the changer which is Christ. With her life as a testament she now stands in the gap for her family and all of those who suffer with identity crisis. Kristie has set out to allow God to use her to build a bridge for deliverance, by God’s grace and love. With the Word of God as her bag of tools, she knows and is willing to love others by sharing Jesus until their lives change. Kristie is confident in knowing that good and evil cannot be constructed together. Jesus is the foundation and there is no room for Satan! She says: Allow God to deliver you, use you, and task you with an onsite job. The Lord God loves to love you, so let Him.

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Feeling Trapped In Homosexuality? Looking For A Way Out? Or Know Who Is?
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Many people are barely keeping their heads above the water struggling to survive in a pool of mental torment and pain. The voice in the mind forming homosexual desires can be extremely loud. But listen for the whisper that is giving you instructions to break free, that’s God! He’s calling you to be delivered. God Can Deliver You: The Gay Society, is simply a tool of guidance for someone who is walking in the same shoes the author once walked in; searching for peace. This book is written by someone with first-hand experience looking to influence the world with love, give direction, and answer those quiet questions tucked away in a person’s heart. Why have I felt this way for so long? Is there a way out? Why are people gay? What does the statistics prove? To some, the pathway may seem impossible, but it’s not. The unsettling tracks built in someone over time can be reversed by deposits of God’s word. Yes, you can live free, happy, and peaceful. Jesus loves you and has paved a way for your deliverance.

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Note from Black Female Author:
The Black Female Author Group is a place for all Black Female Authors around the world. This is a safe space where we may not always agree but always agree to respect each other. One aim of this group is to share the works of black female authors even though we may not always agree with their points of view.

It Wasn’t Tradition

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A.Intisar Turner was born in New York and grew up in Boston where she went to Latin Academy. She graduated from Boston College, then went on to teach mathematics in both middle and high school. She is a poet, writer and entrepreneur. “It Wasn’t Tradition” is her first children’s book. She also published “Love Inspired,” a compilation of inspirational poetry for teens/adults.
 

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When a young butterfly decides to take flight, she is met with much opposition because she lives in a world where female butterflies are not allowed to fly. This story is full of inspiration and humor as it brings light to some of the challenges one may face when trying to break a long held, but not necessarily good tradition.

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More about A. Intisar Turner:
www.itwasnttradition.com

Rewriting the Script

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A life-changer, author, inspirational speaker, mentor, and entrepreneur, Arlether Wilson’s story resonates and touches any heart that listens. Growing up in the foster care system, and constantly moving from place to place, Arlether understands the guilt and uncertainty associated with parental abandonment. Approachable and compassionate, Arlether openly shares her story, encouraging others to find their own voices as well so they too can defeat the odds.
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Arlether obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. After completing her education, Arlether remained in the Texas area, working as a Texas peace officer and standing as a 2014 Doctoral Candidate. Quickly becoming a leader in her profession, Wilson earned her Master Peace Officer certification, the highest honor bestowed upon a Texas peace officer. During her tenure, she became the first female captain in her department and was subsequently honored as “Officer of the Year” in 1998. Certified as a Sexual Assault and Family Violence Investigator, Arlether earned several congressional and senate commendations for coordinating all victim service operations within her department.
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The award-winning author of Rewriting the Script, is here to tell her uplifting and motivational story to everyone willing to listen. In congruence with her successes as an author, Arlether has also launched three successful businesses– MARC Investigations, Jerant Publishing, and AWC Medical Supplies, LLC. Speaking at numerous women and youth organizations, local conferences, schools, and national conventions, she believes it is her duty to pay it forward, happily donating her time and resources to local organizations.
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As she continues her journey, she remains on a mission to empower others to rewrite their life’s script and live their lives without limits. She believes that it is easy for so many youth and women to believe that they have to settle for the script that they were born into. This is not true. Everyone is their own screenwriter of their life. As a therapist, life coach and motivational speaker, Arlether encourages others to reject the negative messages received during childhood and to choose a new path and direction for their lives. Firmly standing by the affirmation that we are all unique, she asserts that no one else can fulfill the unique purpose that God has for us and our lives. This is the foundation of the Living Your Life Without Limits Movement.
 
 

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Plagued by a life not meant to be lived by any child, Author Arlether Wilson shares her soul-stirring and motivational tale that will tug at your heartstrings and cause you to take stock of your own life.
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Having been forced to survive in the streets and placed into a failed system designed to protect her, Ms. Wilson’s formidable years were ravaged by the devastation around her. Choosing to not fall prey to the crime, drugs, and violence around her, Ms. Wilson chose a brighter path, despite her circumstances, to not only change her life but to change her family’s history. Her mission was not to simply survive, but to thrive.
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Rewriting The Script details the heart-wrenching life of a child determined to stop at nothing to make a life for herself. This poignant debut novel will walk you through the desperation, grief, and well-deserved triumphs of a courageous girl, confirming that it is possible for anyone to Rewrite Their Life Script.

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More about Arlether:
www.arletherwilson.com
www.rewritethescript.com

The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: HYDRA’S NEST

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Fumi Hancock :Filmmaker, screenwriter, bestselling author, TV/ Radio show host, public speaker philanthropist
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While living in New York she hosted, produced and directed a local Christian “Straight Talk”in conjuction with the Rhema Prayer Ministries, Inc. as well as a 30 minutes talk show called “Stepping Out with Dr Fumi.”In addition, she has coordinated several programs for women and children with many social service agencies in New York and New Jersey areas, ranging from foster care, adoption, second chance homes for battered women.
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As the President of Adassa Adumori Foundation, a US based 501(c )3 nonprofit organization in Tennessee, doing work in Africa and other 3rd World countries; she recently interviewed the African Union Ambassador to the US. She is a noted Mental Health columnist for the New American Times, an Immigrant Newspaper serving Middle Tennessee and has been invited to guest speak at several women’s conferences in the US as well as address governmental leaders such as governors and highly placed business executives in the international arena.
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Fumi has been featured in various newspapers and online magazines such as Princeton Packet, The Tennessean. She has been instrumental in assisting start-up organization with their business development and is often called on to help dysfunctional organizations get back to the successful road. She has also written several inspirational Books, Starting Right Now, Diary of an African Princess as well as eBooks: 2Respectmylife.com; Her Online Television Program: Princess in Suburbia was recently released in the year (2013). It is a place dedicated to love, life, relationships and everything in-between. With many women (men alike requesting to be coached by dynamic Innovation Gurus) alongside Yolanda Shields, they are preparing to launch their very first Business Coaching Enterprise Let’s Go Innovate™ with a city tour across the United States of America.
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Fumi “Stephanie” Hancock is a walking example of how an ordinary person from a shackled life of broken promises and shattered dreams can live a fulfilled destiny. After twenty years of dropping her pen, she picks it right back up again by releasing November 2012 Teens Amazon Bestseller -The Grimmlyn Series: The Adventures of Jewell Cardwell, Hydra’s Nest. Though graduated with a postgraduate degree in communication arts, and undergraduate degrees in English studies and nursing, she ascribes her writing to her life experiences. She aspires to one day write a mystery/detective novel for the adult audience. But for now, she is content with her young adult audience. With her background in nursing, she gently nurses her unusual characters to life for her readers to enjoy. Her second book in the Grimmlyn series, The Sorcerer’s Purgatory is scheduled for release soon.

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When free-spirited and more than a little rebellious, seventeen-year-old Jewel Cardwell gained admission to Grayton Preparatory School, a prestigious, girls-only, top-notch private institution nestled in the South African farmlands of Limpopo, little did she know it would begin a trail of mysterious and unfamiliar events, changing her life forever! At Grayton prep, a battle line is drawn between ‘good and evil’ especially when there’s a full moon and dark forces swirl and turn up in the form of hideous monsters and frightening demons. With her school fre-nemies, rivalry and treachery become the order of the day and Jewel is forced to question everything she thought she knew as she struggles to stay alive in a dubious place riddled with demonic activity! Armed with a magical secret from her dying grandmother, a golden locket, she sets a new course in motion. In the middle of this whirlwind of events, she is caught between two boys: Darwin Morton, a lad she’s known growing up, and Eric Broder, a soccer team leader with a silver spoon in his mouth. Why her love life has to get interesting now is a question she can’t answer!…

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More about Fumi Hancock:
www.worldoffumihancock.com

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