Friday, January 29, 2010

Exhibition: Afro Modern - Journeys through the Black Atlantic (Liverpool)

Renee Cox: River Queen, from Queen Nanny of the Maroons 2004
Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic: Friday, 29th January 2010 - Sunday, 25th April 2010 in Liverpool UK.

This major exhibition, inspired by Paul Gilroy's seminal book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), identifies a hybrid culture that spans the Atlantic, connecting Africa, North and South America, The Caribbean and Europe. The exhibition is the first to trace in depth the impact of Black Atlantic culture on Modernism and will reveal how black artists and intellectuals have played a central role in the formation of Modernism from the early twentieth century to today.

From the influences of African art on the Modernist forms of artists like Picasso, to the work of contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher and Chris Ofili, the exhibition will map out visual and cultural hybridity in modern and contemporary art that has arisen from the journeys made by people of Black African descent.

Divided into seven chronological chapters, from early twentieth century avant-garde movements such as the Harlem Renaissance to current debates around 'Post-Black' art, this exhibition opens up an alternative transatlantic reading of Modernism and its impact on contemporary culture for a new generation.

One of the most controversial artist at the exibition is photographer mixed-media artist Renee Cox. She is known for her remake of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper with a nude Cox sitting in for Jesus Christ, surrounded by all black disciples, except for Judas who was white. See, Yo Mama's Last Supper. In 2001 some Roman Catholics and former mayor Rudy Giuliani were not amused.

Africans, Violence and Exploitation in Southern Italy

Before the end of this month we need to report the issue of African immigrant workers in Southern Italy. Early this month riots occured in Rosarno, Calabria sparked by shootings against Africans. These kind of shootings are not uncommon.

According to Saviano, author of Gomorrah, there are several hundreds of thousand African immigrant workers caught up in a brutal cheap-labor system ran by the Maffia. The Maffia organizes the immigration of Africans to the extensive vegetable and fruit farms of Southern Italy. These immigrants have to live in terrible conditions earning less than 3 euros per day for 10 to 14 hour working days. Thanks to them we can by cheap tomatoes, egg plants, zucchinis, olives, lemons .etc.. in our North European supermarkets.

These Africans live in tents, shacks and abandoned buildings on the margin of society. Repeated assault by locals against African immigrants have been reported in the last years. Unfortunately the local police is not sympathetic to the living conditions of the African workers. Disappearences are frequent and immigrants who object to low wages and poor working conditions are simply eliminated.

The Rosarno riots were reportedly sparked by local youth who fired air rifles at African immigrants. Unfortunately these kinds of shooting are not uncommon. In December 2008 a man shot without apparent reason two Africans who were sleeping in their shack, one got severely injured. Following this event the workers took to the street peacefully asking for protection. Approx. 2500 to 5000 Aficans live in the Rosarno valley. This is a huge number compared to a total of 15000 inhabitants.

After the second attack early this January several hundreds of workers went into the town of Rosarno and burned cars and smashed shop windows. Several locals replied with a severe attack on the African settlements.

It was the fourth outbreak of intercommunal violence in recent years resulting in the resettlement of about 1000 Africans in detention centers. Two years ago six Africans died in such a fighting in the coastal town of Castel Volturno, although these killings should be seen in relation to the drug activities of a local Maffia clan and Nigerian immigrants. Generally the European media is not too much vocal about these violent events.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

MARILYN MONROE - Zeita frumusetii


Marilyn Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world. Although she was an alluring beauty with voluptuous curves and a generous pout, Marilyn was more than a '50s sex goddess. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence, in combination with an innate sensuality, has endeared her to the global consciousness. She dominated the age of movie stars to become, without question, the most famous woman of the 20th Century.

She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Baker. As the identity of her father is undetermined, she was later baptized Norma Jeane Baker. Gladys had been a film cutter at RKO studios, but psychological problems prevented her from keeping the job and she was eventually committed to a mental institution.

Norma Jeane spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages until 1937, when she moved in with family friend Grace McKee Goddard. Unfortunately, when Grace's husband was transferred to the East Coast in 1942, the couple couldn't afford to take 16-year-old Norma Jeane with them. Norma Jeane had two options: return to the orphanage or get married.
   On June 19, 1942 she wed her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Dougherty, whom she had been dating for six months. "She was a sweet, generous and religious girl," Jimmy said. "She liked to be cuddled." By all accounts Norma Jeane loved Jimmy, and they were happy together until he joined the Merchant Marines and was sent to the South Pacific in 1944.
After Jimmy left, Norma Jeane took a job on the assembly line at the Radio Plane Munitions factory in Burbank, California. Several months later, photographer David Conover saw her while taking pictures of women contributing to the war effort for Yank magazine. He couldn't believe his luck. She was a "photographer's dream." Conover used her for the shoot and then began sending modeling jobs her way. The camera loved Norma Jeane, and within two years she was a reputable model with many popular magazine covers to her credit. She began studying the work of legendary actresses Jean Harlow and Lana Turner, and enrolled in drama classes with dreams of stardom. However, Jimmy's return in 1946 meant Norma Jeane had to make another choice- this time between her marriage and her career.
Norma Jeane divorced Jimmy in June of 1946, and signed her first studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox on August 26, 1946. She earned $125 a week. Soon after, Norma Jeane dyed her hair blonde and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe (borrowing her grandmother's last name). The rest, as the saying goes, is history.
Marilyn's first movie role was a bit part in 1947's The Shocking Miss Pilgrim. She played a series of inconsequential characters until 1950, when John Huston's thriller The Asphalt Jungle provided her with a small but influential role. Later that year, Marilyn's performance as Claudia Caswell in All About Eve (starring Bette Davis) earned her further praise. From then on Marilyn worked steadily in movies such as: Let's Make It Legal, As Young As You Feel, Monkey Business and Don't Bother to Knock. It was her performance in 1953's Niagara, however, that delivered her to stardom. Marilyn played Rose Loomis, a beautiful young wife who plots to kill her older, jealous husband (Joseph Cotten).
Marilyn's success in Niagara was followed with lead roles in the wildly popular Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (co-starring Jane Russell) and How to Marry a Millionaire (co-starring Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable). Photoplay magazine voted Marilyn the Best New Actress of 1953, and at 27 years old she was undeniably the best-loved blonde bombshell in Hollywood.
On January 14, 1954, Marilyn married baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco's City Hall. They had been a couple for two years, after Joe asked his agent to arrange a dinner date. "I don't know if I'm in love with him yet," Marilyn said when the press got word of their relationship, "but I know I like him more than any man I've ever met." During their Tokyo honeymoon, Marilyn took time to perform for the service men stationed in Korea. Her presence caused a near-riot among the troops, and Joe was clearly uncomfortable with thousands of men ogling his new bride.

Unfortunately, Marilyn's fame and sexual image became a theme that haunted their marriage. Nine months later on October 27, 1954, Marilyn and Joe divorced. They attributed the split to a "conflict of careers," and remained close friends.
Marilyn was ready to shed her "shallow blonde" image by 1955. It had gotten her into the spotlight, but now that she had the opportunity and experience, Marilyn wanted to pursue serious acting. She took a hiatus from Hollywood and moved to New York City to study under Lee Strasberg at his Actors' Studio. In 1956, Marilyn started her own motion picture company, Marilyn Monroe Productions. The company produced Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl (co-starring Sir Laurence Olivier). These two films allowed her to demonstrate her talent and versatility as an actress. Marilyn received further recognition for 1959's Some Like It Hot, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy.
    On June 29, 1956, Marilyn wed playwright Arthur Miller. The couple met through Lee Strasberg, and friends reported she made him "giddy." While they were married, Arthur wrote the part of Roslyn Taber in 1961's The Misfits especially for Marilyn. The movie co-starred Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. Sadly, the marriage between Marilyn and Arthur ended on January 20, 1961, and The Misfits was to be Marilyn's (and Gable's) last completed film.
   At the 1962 Golden Globes, Marilyn was named female World Film Favorite, once again demonstrating her widespread appeal.
  Sadly, in a shocking turn of events on the early morning of August 5, 1962, 36-year-old Marilyn died in her sleep at her Brentwood, California home. The world was stunned. Marilyn's vibrant spirit and beauty made it impossible to believe she was gone. On August 8, 1962, Marilyn's body was laid to rest in the Corridor of Memories, #24, at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
During her career, Marilyn made 30 films and left one, Something's Got to Give, unfinished. She was more than just a movie star or glamour queen. A global sensation in her lifetime, Marilyn's popularity has extended beyond star status to icon. Today, the name "Marilyn Monroe" is synonymous with beauty, sensuality and effervescence. She remains an inspiration to all who strive to overcome personal obstacles for the goal of achieving greatness.

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 F  E  M  E  I  L  E
Femeile au puteri care îi uimesc pe bărbaţi.....
Îndură greutăţi şi cară poveri,
Dar îşi păstrează fericirea, dragostea şi bucuria.
Zâmbesc atunci când ar vrea să ţipe.
Cântă atunci când ar vrea să plângă.
Plâng atunci când sunt fericite
şi râd când sunt nervoase.
Se luptă pentru lucrurile în care cred.
Se ridică împotriva nedreptăţii.
Nu acceptă "nu" drept răspuns
atunci când cred că există o soluţie mai bună.
Suportă lipsuri pentru ca familia lor să aibă de toate.
Merg la doctor cu un prieten speriat.
Iubesc necondiţionat.
Plâng atunci când copiii lor au succes
şi se bucură atunci când prietenii primesc premii.
Sunt fericite când aud despre o naştere sau o nuntă.
Li se frânge inima când le moare un prieten.
Jelesc la pierderea unui membru al familiei,
totuşi sunt puternice atunci când cred că nu le-a mai rămas deloc putere.
Ele ştiu că o îmbrăţişare şi un sărut
pot vindeca o inimă rănită.

Femeile sunt de toate mărimile, formele şi culorile.
Conduc, zboară, merg pe jos, aleargă sau îţi trimit e-mailuri
ca să-ţi arate cât de mult le pasă de tine.
Inima unei femei este ceea ce ţine lumea în mişcare.
Ele aduc bucurie, speranţă şi dragoste.
Ele au milă şi idei.
Ele oferă sprijin moral familiei şi prietenilor.
Femeile au lucruri vitale de spus
şi TOTUL  de oferit.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Black History Month 2010 in Hamburg (Germany)

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2010 in Hamburg is about to start this Saturday 30.01. - 22.00 h with a grand OPENING PARTY !

We have a big program of more than 25 single events during the next weeks.
Live music, lectures, poetry, films, youth program and more.

Check out the details at

We hope you will find it interesting and look forward to seeing you all again. Of course we would like to see new face aswell. ;-)

But while we are celebrating Black culture, looking at history and empowering the community, we will also think of our brothers and sisters suffering in Haiti right now. Throughout BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2010 we will be asking for donations towards the cause and contributions will also be made from the entree fees. That's why we need you to help us get as many people as possible to come to the events.

Here are 3 things that would have a great effect on the turnout :

- Call up a couple of people who probably don't know about BLACK HISTORY MONTH
- Remind or tell your friends about the OPENING PARTY this Saturday and bring them along with you
- Forward the mail to people who could be interested

Check out the program immediately here

Check out the party scene in this video

Black History Month 2010 Opening party in Hamburg (Germany)

Football: African Cup Supporter Wear (France)

Although the African Cup is almost over you can still get some stylish T-shirts of the French label Support Wear. The T-shirts were created by Stéphane Ndjigui, who also created the famous French Hip-Hop label “Première Classe” .

Stéphane Ndjigui is no stranger to football. He picked up his love for football from his father, who is a retired player from the famous football club Caiman De Douala of Cameroon.

For Support Wear Ndjigui asked several personalities from the world of music, football and theatre to support his project. Celebrities like stand-up comedian Thomas Njigol, football player Souleymane Diawara from Olympique Lyonnais (photo), rapper Mac Tyer and Zouk singer Ben J from the group “les Nèg' Marrons” have lent their image to the brand.

Site Support Wear
Official site African Cup of Nations 2010

The African Cup of Nations is from 10th to 31st of January and his held in Angola.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Legile lui Murphy

L e g i l e   l u i    M u r p h y       sunt cunoscute in toata lumea, sunt afisate in birourile politicienilor si ale cercetatorilor, in atelierele de proiectare si in cabinetele consultantilor financiari, ale universitarilor si ale studentilor.
       Murphy a existat, el este un personaj real. Identitatea lui, ca si originea aparitiei primei legi - singura originala - au fost dezvaluite intr-un articol in anul 1977 in ziarul american "Los Angeles Times". Totul s-a intamplat in anul 1949, la baza Fortelor Aeriene Edwards din Murdoc, California, in timp ce se lucra la proiectul MX981. Capitanul Ed Murphy era un inginer, angajat a lui Wright Field. Enervat de proasta functionare a unei curele de transmisie, datorita defectuasei imbinari la capetele curelei el a exclamat "Daca e vreo posibilitate sa o faca prost, o va face!" - referindu-se la tehnicianul care a imbinat gresit capetele benzii.


E usor sa vezi partea pozitiva a problemelor celorlalti.
Nici o problema nu este atat de mare incat sa nu poata fi incadrata undeva.
Prima regula a excavarii: Daca te afli intr-o groapa, opreste-te din sapat.
Omul este intotdeauna gata sa moara pentru o idee, cu conditia ca acea idee sa nu-i fie prea clara.
Daca te opresti sa gandesti, nu uita sa incepi din nou.
Sfatul este ceea ce cerem atunci cand stim deja raspunsul dar ne-am fi dorit sa nu-l fi stiut.
Furia generata de scrierea gresita a unui nume intr-o coloana este direct proportionala cu mediocritatea celui mentionat.
Cand incerci sa dovedesti cuiva ca o masina nu functioneaza, ea va functiona.
Daca te simti bine, nu fi ingrijorat, va trece.
Omul se impiedica uneori de adevar, dar cel mai adesea el se ridica si isi continua drumul.
Frumusetea are grosimea pielii, dar uratenia ajunge pana la os.
Suma inteligentei pe planeta este constanta, insa populatia se afla intr-o continua crestere.
Oportunitatea va bate la usa in cel mai putin oportun moment.
Pentru ca ceva sa devina curat, altceva trebuie sa devina murdar, dar poti murdari totul, fara sa cureti nimic.
Lucrurile care nu sunt egale cu nimic altceva, sunt egale intre ele.
Atata timp cat nu-ti pasa unde esti, nu te poti rataci.
Incercarea de a-ti spala masina provocand ploaie, nu va da rezultate.
Este imposibil ca un optimist sa fie placut surprins.

Legile adevarului in reportaje:

Cu cat esti mai aproape de fapte, cu atat mai evidente sunt erorile din stirile riguroase care se refera la acea situatie.
Cu cat esti mai departe de fapte, cu atat mai mult tinzi sa crezi stirile care se refera la acea situatie.

Cel mai bun mod de a-ti (re)aminti ceea ce ai fi vrut sa scrii este sa lipesti plicul in care ai pus scrisoarea.
Daca tot ceea ce ai este un ciocan, toate obiectele din jur iti par cuie.

Legea entropiei:

Daca pui o lingura de vin intr-un butoi cu apa de canal, obtii un butoi cu apa de canal.
Daca pui o lingura de apa de canal intr-un butoi de vin, vei obtine apa de canal.

Cand o problema dispare, oamenii care lucreaza la rezolvarea ei nu dispar.
Secretul de a fi plicticos consta in a spune absolut totul.
Daca un obiect se poate imprumuta si sparge, atunci il vei imprumuta si il vei sparge.

Nu o sa-ti dai seama niciodata in ce parte s-a dus trenul doar uitandu-te la sine.
Originalitatea este arta de a nu-ti dezvalui sursa.
Atentia acordata unui profesor este constanta, indiferent de numarul de elevi dintr-o clasa.
Niciodata sa nu spui tot ceea ce stii.
Cand prostia constituie o explicatie suficienta, nu e nevoie sa recurgi la alta.
Expertul este o persoana care a facut toate greselile posibile intr-un domeniu foarte restrans de activitate.

Cercetare si proiectare

Daca nu reusesti de prima oara, distruge orice dovezi ca ai incercat.

Adeseori, doua luni pentrecute in laborator pot economisi doua ore petrecuta in biblioteca.
Teoria este sprijinita atata timp cat sunt asigurate fondurile.
Stiinta este credinta in ignoranta expertilor.
Daca creierul omenesc ar fi indeajuns de simplu ca sa-l intelegem, am fi prea simpli ca sa-l intelegem.
Doua lucruri sunt infinite: universul si prostia oamenilor; dar nu sunt sigur in privinta universului.
Singura metoda de a scapa cu adevarat de rezidurile toxice este sa reincadrezi reziduul ca netoxic.
Pentru fiecare doctorand exista inca unul egal si de sens opus. Asa se explica de ce este atat de usor sa gasesti experti care sa se contrazica total unii pe altii.
Un istoric competent poate demonstra ca orice eveniment, odata ce s-a produs, era inevitabil.
Daca probabilitatea succesului nu este aproape unu, atunci este al naibii de aproape zero.
Un experiment trebuie considerat ca reusit daca nu mai mult de 1/2 din date trebuie inlaturate pentru a corespunde teoriei.
Oamenii vor accepta ideea ta cu mai multa usurinta daca le spui ca primul care a avut-o a fost Benjamin Franklin.
A gresi este uman, dar pentru a incurca lucrurile complet iti trebuie un computer.

Fazele unui proiect:
4.Cautarea vinovatului
5.Pedepsirea nevinovatului
6.Recompensa pentru neimplicat. 

A fura idei de la cineva, este plagiat. A le fura de la mai multi, este cercetare.
Munca in echipa este esentiala. Iti da posibilitatea de a arunca vina pe altii.
Cu cat este mai scurta viata unei particule, cu atat este mai scumpa producerea ei.
Pentru cele mai multe operatii sunt necesare trei maini.
Daca rezultatele nu se cunosc dinainte, fondurile iti vor fi refuzate.

Regulile pentru cercetarea stiintifica

1. Nu crede in minuni - bazeaza-te pe ele.
2. Experimentele trebuie sa fie reproductibile; ele trebuie sa esueze la fel.
3. Un teanc de date este folositor; indica faptul ca ai lucrat.
4. Importanta experientei este direct proportionala cu echipamentul pe care l-ai ruinat.


Lenea este mama a noua inventii din zece.
Iadul este locul unde toate testele ies perfect si nimic nu functioneaza.
Este o greseala sa ingadui unui obiect mecanic sa-si dea seama ca te grabesti.
Nici o masina reasamblata in ordinea inversa dezasamblarii nu va functiona.
Civilizatia progreseaza prin marirea numarului de operatiuni importante pe care le putem executa fara sa ne gandim la ele.
Omul rational se adapteaza la lumea inconjuratoare; omul irational persista in incercarea de a adapta lumea din jur la el. Prin urmare, progresul depinde de omul irational.


Daca nu ai nevoie de ceva si nici nu-ti doresti acel ceva, intotdeauna se gaseste din belsug.
Cheltuielile pentru inramare depasesc costul produsului artistic.
Consecinta: Oamenii care se targuiesc pentru un produs artistic nu se vor targui pentru pretul inramarii.

Sculptura este ceva de care te lovesti cand te dai inapoi ca sa te uiti la o pictura.
Daca vrei doar sa te uiti la vitrine, vei fi asaltat de vanzatori; daca vrei sa cumperi, nici un vanzator nu se afla prin preajma.
Pierderile maxime posibile intr-o zi sunt mult mai mari decat castigurile maxime posibile intr-o zi.
Existenta unei piete nu asigura existenta unui cumparator.
Daca clientul plateste consumatia la restaurant, ai pierdut comanda.
Nu crede tot ce auzi si tot ce spui.
Legea vanzarii agresive : Cand pui branza in cursa de soareci, lasa loc si pentru soarece.
Cealalta coada se misca mai repede.
Daca coada se misca repede, nu te-ai asezat la coada care trebuie.

Viata de zi cu zi

Exista doua categorii de oameni: cei care impart oamenii in categorii si cei care nu impart oamenii in categorii.
Plicurile si timbrele care nu se lipesc cand le umezesti tu, se vor lipi de alte lucruri, cand nu vrei tu.
Un elefant este un soarece construit conform indicatiilor guvernului.
Nu esti beat atata timp cat poti sa zaci intins pe parchet, fara sa te sprijini.

Legea modei

Aceiasi rochie este:

Indecenta cu 10 ani inaintea lansarii ei.
Indrazneata cu un an inaintea lansarii ei.
Sic la momentul ei, propriu-zis.
Demodata la 3 ani dupa.
Hidoasa la 20 de ani dupa momentul lansarii.
Amuzanta la 30 de ani dupa acelasi moment.
Romantica la 100 de ani dupa ...
Frumoasa cu adevarat la 150 de ani dupa aparitia ei, epocala...

Prima carte care trebuie interzisa este catalogul cartilor interzise.
Binecuvantat este cel care nu asteapta recunostinta, caci acela nu va fi dezamagit.
Cele mai multe afirmatii generale sunt false, inclusiv aceasta.
Ideea este sa mori tanar, dar cat mai tarziu posibil.
Pana cand nu-ti pui banii sa lucreze pentru tine, vei lucra tu pentru bani.
Profetia este in cele mai multe cazuri cauza principala a evenimentelor prezise.
Daca autorul "Iliadei" nu este Homer; atunci el este unul cu acelasi nume.
O intreprindere care are mai mult de 1000 de angajati devine un imperiu care se autoperpetueaza, creand atat de multa munca interna, pana cand nu mai are nevoie de vreun contact cu lumea exterioara.
Construieste un sistem pe care sa-l poata folosi si un prost, si numai un prost va dori sa-l foloseasca.
Nu exista un adevar absolut - asta este absolut adevarat.
Tot ce e bun: ori e imoral, ori este ilegal, ori ingrasa.
In orice prezentare de diapozitive, cel putin unul va fi pus invers.
Celibatul nu este ereditar.
Acei care nu studiaza istoria ii vor repeta greselile. Acei care o studiaza vor gasi alte cai de a gresi.
Daca primul lucru pe care-l faci dimineata va fi sa mananci o broasca raioasa cruda, in tot restul zilei nimic mai rau n-o sa ti se intample.
Cei care sunt cei mai morali sunt cel mai departe de problema.
Secretul succesului este sinceritatea. O data ce poti sa te prefaci ai reusit.
Ceea ce numim pacat la altii, pentru noi este experiment.
E ceva in neregula daca ai intotdeauna dreptate.
Nimic nu reuseste atat de plenar ca esecul.
Nu insulta niciodata un crocodil pana n-ai traversat raul.
Indiferent ce se intampla, intotdeauna se gaseste cineva care stia ca asa se va intampla.
Adevarul intotdeauna invinge... in 3 cazuri din 7.
Batranete inseamna intotdeauna a avea cu 15 ani mai mult decat am eu.
Nu cumpara niciodata de la un negustor bogat.
Sunt trei feluri de a face ceva: o faci tu, angajezi pe altcineva, sau le interzici copiilor tai sa o faca.
Intr-o tara subdezvoltata, nu bea apa. Intr-o tara dezvoltata, nu respira aerul.
Vrajitorul din Oz catre sperietoarea de ciori: Nu pot sa-ti dau creier, dar pot sa-ti dau o diploma.
Chiar si paranoicii au dusmani.
Daca ceva functioneaza, nu-i bine sa-l repari.
Daca vezi apropiindu-se un om cu intentia evidenta de a-ti face bine, fugi cat te tin picioarele.
Oamenii vor crede orice daca le-o soptesti la ureche.
Regula de aur este inexistenta regulilor de aur.
Cand iti faci bagajele pentru vacanta, ia-ti jumatate din haine si dublu bani.
Optzeci la suta dintre oameni se considera soferi peste medie.
Daca pleci din statie, autobuzul va sosi exact in momentul in care te afli la jumatatea distantei intre statii.
Cine rade la urma, gandeste mai incet.
Probabilitatea de a catiga la loterie este un pic mai mare daca cumperi un bilet.
Imediad dupa ce ai reusit sa pui lucrurile cap la cap, cineva indeparteaza capetele.
Pe un inel cu multe chei, intodeauna se va gasi o cheie care nu deschide nimic.
Toti copiii sunt viitori fosti idealisti.
Un adult este un copil deteriorat.
Sunt milioane de insi care tanjesc dupa nemurire, dar care nu stiu ce sa faca intr-o dupa-amaiaza de duminica ploioasa.
Nu fi preocupat de evitarea tentatiilor, caci pe masura ce imbatranesti incep ele sa te evite pe tine.
Traditiile sunt niste solutii pentru care am uitat problemele.
Nimic nu este mai definitiv decat lucrurile pe care le facem provizoriu.

Murphologie transcedentala

Nu strica sa-ti amintesti ca universul, cu o exceptie nesemnificativa, este alcatuit din altii.
De obicei un drum fara obstacole nu duce nicaieri.
Realitatea este alcatuita din orice poti sa furi fara a fi prins.
Doar pentru ca esti paranoic nu inseamna ca ceilalti nu sunt hotarati sa-ti faca felul.
Cand ai ajuns la capatul franghiei, fa un nod si agata-te de ea.
Atunci cand l-a creat pe om, Dumnezeu si-a supraestimat intr-o oarecare masura capacitatile.


Nu intreba frizerul daca trebuie sa te tunzi.
Fa trei preziceri corecte, consecutiv, si vei fi considerat un expert.
Valoarea expertizei variaza invers proportional cu numarul afirmatiilor intelese de publicul larg.
Cand cineva, pe care il admiri si il respecti foarte mult, pare sa gandeasca profund, probabil se gandeste la masa de pranz.
Concluzia este momentul in care te-ai plictisit sa mai gandesti.
Istoria nu se repeta, istoricii da.
Daca ai o problema grea, da-o unui lenes; el va gasi cea mai simpla cale sa o rezolve.
Un expert este cineva venit din alt oras.
Orice este posibil daca nu sti despre ce vorbesti.
Indiferent cu ce se ocupa oamenii de stiinta ei obtin intotdeauna o arma.
Seriozitatea este singurul refugiu al celui cu o inteligenta mediocra.

Anton de Kom: Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2010

Tomorrow it's the Holocaust Memorial Day. And tomorrow I will also light a candle for Surinamese/Dutch freedom fighter and human rights activist Anton de Kom, who died in the Neuengamme concentration camp in Germany.

Anton de Kom was born on February 22, 1898 in Paramaribo, Surinam. His grandparents had personally experienced slavery and his father was born a slave. The many stories he heard at home about the atrocities, fed his aversion against racism and colonialism. The Kom is the author of the book "Wij Slaven van Suriname" (We Slaves of Surinam).

Anton de Kom joined the Dutch resistance after the German invasion in Netherlands in 1940. On 7 August 1944 he was arrested by the Germans. De Kom died on 24 April 1945 of tuberculosis in Camp Sandbostel near Bremervörde (between Bremen and Hamburg), which was a satellite camp of concentration camp Neuengamme. He was buried in a mass grave. In 1960, his remains were found and brought to the Netherlands, were they buried in the Cemetery of Honour in Loenen. He became 47 years old.

A short documentary about De Kom's life.

The University of Suriname was renamed The Anton de Kom University of Suriname in honour of De Kom. Anton de Kom was listed in De Grootste Nederlander (The Greatest Dutchman/Dutchwoman) as #102 out of 202 people. And in Amsterdam Zuidoost a square is named after him, the Anton de Kom plein. It features a sculpture of Anton de Kom as a monument to his life and works.

In his book "We slaves of Surinam" he wrote:
"Though unrecorded in the history books of the whites, the ill-treatment of our fathers is engraved in our harts. Never has the misery of slavery been brought home to me more insistently then through the eyes of my grandmother when she told us children stories of the old days in front of the hut in Paramaribo."

De Kom was traumatised by being son of a slave. I can't even image how hard it must have been for the Kom to be in a concentration camp where he had to experience the opposite of everything he fought for.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) commemorates the tragic loss of life in the genocides of World War II, in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. HMD is held on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

On the website of the Holocaust Memorial Day you can light a virtual candle, you can light it here.

I was 18587th person to light a candle.

Monday, January 25, 2010

10 Craziest New Types of Tattoos

1.Palate tattoo

2.Tongue Tattoo

3.Teeth tattoo

4.Tattoos on cat

5.Inside Lip Tattoo

6.Accessories Tattoos

7.Hair Tattoos

8.Tattoo on Pig

9.Eyeball Tattoo

10.Fluoroscent Tattoo

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Corinne Bailey Rae's "I'd Do It All Again"

I must admit I have never been a fan of Corinne Bailey Rae, but I am starting to become one after seeing the live performance of I'd Do It All Again on "Later with Jools Holland".

"Rae has undergone a tidal shift towards a raw, less manicured sound," said The Times of one of her recent London performances." And it shows.

The song "I'd Do It All Again" is from her new album "The Sea". The album is set in the UK for february 1st release on EMI's Capitol Records. In the US it will be available on January 26th.

Live performance of "I'd Do It All Again" on "Later with Jools Holland":

The official video of "I'd Do It All Again"

Offical website Corinne Bailey Rae

Video: The live of a black street musician in Paris

Always wanted to know what it’s like being a street musician in Paris, but were afraid to ask? You'll get the answer from guitar player Nikerson from Haiti. In the video he talks about his live in Paris, about his frustration, and about his dreams. An interesting video with scenes from the streets of Paris. See part two here

The video is from a very interesting blog called Beta Bahil. Beta Bahil wants to develop, market and distribute African cultural media and products worldwide. African, in this case, means anyone of African descent in or out of the continent.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Manuela Ritz author of The Color of my Skin (“Die Farbe meiner Haut”) on tour

"Neger, Feger" (“Negro”, “chimney sweeper”), were the names other children called her numerous times during her childhood. Usually, Manuela Ritz would not see her perpetrators. She held her head down. At one point she lifted it and hollered back at them „weißer Scheißer (“whitey”, “shit“)! Maybe this was the first step towards her present profession as and to her inner belief: Fighting back sets one free.

It’s the story of German anti-racist trainer ManuEla Ritz (40), and author of her powerfull biograpy “Die Farbe meiner Haut” , or in English “The Color of my Skin”. Her book was published in 2009.

ManuEla Ritz grew up in the small town Mügeln in East Germany, a town coined by the media as extreme right wing. In her book she writes about her experience of growing up in Mügeln, and about growing up as a black German in Germany.

Book tour
In March 2010 ManuEla Ritz will be on a book tour in Germany.
10.3. - Landshut (Bavaria)
11.3. - Oberschleißheim (near Munich)
17.3. - Hannover
18.3. - Leipzig
19.3. - Cologne - not confirmed
22.3. - Bielefeld

In an interesting interview (German) Ritz talks about her workshops, and how racism works. A short translation from 2: 43 till 5:22).

Interviewer: when I think of racism I think of Neo-nazis and violance, but there is also everyday racism. Where does racism actually begin?

Ritz: When I give empowerment workshops, I say to people that racism is what you experience. Racism is a form of discrimination. Discrimination just means treating a person differently. And the "different" means who is outside the norm and who is not. And when you're outside the norm I can ask you different questions, I can look at you differently, and I can touch you, which is not "normal" in our society.

Interviewer: could you give an example?

Ritz: A friend of mine told me, a grown up woman, that in bus her hair was touched to see how it felt. She thought "hello" are we in the year hundred.

Book Review

Because the story of ManuEla Ritz is very powerfull I have added the complete English book review.


ManuEla Ritz is working as trainer for Anti-Racism and Empowerment Workshops. In her biography “The Color of my Skin“, which was published in April 2009 by Herder Verlag, she describes her job and the reasons that made her chose this profession. She does this by describing scenes she has experienced in her life as Black German woman, reflections which include joyful as well as painful memories. The author calls her book rightfully „not a biography in the traditional sense“. The reality of her life - once in East Germany and now in a unified German republic - is inevitably connected with the central theme of her work,
life and pain: Racism and how one can fight it.

The fact that this is a book which gives encouragement and which has been written by an author who has still „hope in her heart“ becomes clear in her introductory words. Here ManuEla Ritz describes the effects which Barack Obama’s election as president of the United States has had on her in December 2008. He fought a seemingly hopeless battle and won it. This is an experience she has made as well and continues to do so until today: „Racism in Germany is still existing,“ she says, and the experiences she presents in her book leave no room for doubts about this statement.

ManuEla Ritz grew up in a small town in Saxony, Mügeln. The reader finds out at the very beginning of the book that already her journey into life and her arrival in the same were accompagnied by complications and separations. It were those very circumstances of her birth that caused that ManuEla Ritz experienced few days after the first change of environment which was her transport into a foster house for babies in Mügeln, which was 15 kilometers away.

Mügeln, where ManuEla spent her childhood and youth, was the place where she made her first experiences with racism. „There was a time during childhood, in which I felt the pressure from the outside world to define myself through an ethnic heritage which was unknown to me. I was given the impression that I was not a real German.” She describes the feeling of being excluded from the rest of the group and her participation in the game “Who is afraid of the Black Man” in the chapter about her childhood. Until today the game represents to her an intrinsic example of how children are taught to think in racist categories at a very early age. This is another reason why ManuEla Ritz believes in fighting racism in a very early stage. The fact that she offered an Anti-Racism workshop against racism at the school of her
childhood in Mügeln is therefore no coincidence at all. The media treated the town as synonym for the existence of right wing violence when in 2007 eight men of Indian heritage were beaten up and hunted through the streets of the city by a mob.

Mügeln is also the place where ManuEla Ritz learned for the first time how liberating it feels to defend oneself successfully against racism. „Neger, Feger“, were the names other children called her numerous times during her childhood. Usually, ManuEla Ritz would not see her perpetrators. She held her head down. At one point she lifted it and hollered back at them „weißer Scheißer!“ Maybe this was the first step towards her present profession and to her inner belief: Fighting back sets one free.

And there where many things she had to fight against, e.g., the obstacles she had to overcome when starting the search for her biological parents. With different experiences and realizations at the end of these roads which brought her first to Meißen, the city of her birth, and much later in 2007 to Nairobi in Kenya, the country of her father.

Years before these travels, ManuEla Ritz had experienced that in a unified Germany there is not automatically a place for Black people. Again, she had to learn how it feels to be excluded, an experience which she turned into a movie script after she had completed a further education study program in script writing. In this work, she describes how the unification brought freedom for many and fears for others. For ManuEla Ritz these experiences are part of her path of life: „Fear can paralyze“, she writes. „Fear can also
motivate. Fear, and even more so the desire not to allow that my life is dominated by it, were important aspects for my decision, to become an Anti-Racism-Trainer.“ She talks about this in the second half of the book, in which she also shares experiences and insights that she made during her work as Anti-Racism-Trainer. Beside that she also points to scenes of daily life racism, e.g., arbitrary controls of Black peoples’ passports as well as the common usage of established racist terminologies in the German language.

When ManuEla Ritz claims that working constructively with the topic racial discrimination is a necessity, she does this also from the perspective of a mother of two children. Her goal is to assist them, so that they are able to find and create their own strategies at hand and to strengthen them in the way they deal with racism. The topic „How do I tell my children“...what racism is about and how you fight it, is a central matter to her.

Participants of her workshops learn, that racism has many faces and that the need to fight against it, is central for a society in general, not only for those who are its target. ManuEla Ritz is aware of the fact that most white Germans have to get used to the thought that racism exists in Germany. „They don’t experience it“. Others do and not all of them survive it. The reader gets aware of this in the chapter that deals with racially motivated assassinations in Germany and that makes clear that racism concerns everybody. ManuEla Ritz knows: compassion does not help those who are the target of racism. Compassion is not visible and it does not offer any protection against attackers. The conditions that allow racism to take place at all are explained in her Anti-Discrimination-Workshops: „Discrimination is only possible if there is a majority who does not interfere” ManuEla Ritz stated once in an interview. “Those who keep silent, seem to agree.“

ManuEla Ritz is also describing strategies for those who have to deal with racist attacks. She explains to them the importance of understanding how internalized racism works. As she makes clear, it is important to replace it with the knowledge that racism is a powerful social and oppressive structure.

Structures of power and oppression are also dealt with in the subsequent chapter in which ManuEla Ritz provides an introduction to the topic Adultism. Adultism refers to the discrimination of children and youths through adults. Based on this phenomenon, the author shows that all types of discrimination are based on similar structures. To provide evidence for her findings, she presents a theoretical model as well as empirical findings from Adultism workshops that she has conducted during the course of the last four years.

Beside this biography there is more material the reader can turn to after completing the book. ‚Homestory Deutschland’, a multi-media theatre piece about Black German lives and experiences is a well received project, that provides an inter-generational and deep view onto topics that the reader will be acquainted with from ManuElas Ritz’ biography

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sade Nominated For Brit Award

Sade Nominated For Brit Award. To Celebrate its 30th Anniversary, The BRIT Awards 2010 will include a new retrospective award - The ‘British Album of 30 Years’. The category includes the top 10 best selling albums that have also won British Album categories over the past three decades, and we are very happy to announce that Sade’s debut album ‘Diamond Life’(1984)has been nominated. The award will be voted for by Radio 2 and 6 Music listeners.

In the meantime, here’s the full list of nominations for BRITs Album of 30 years.

BRITs Album of 30 Years
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Dido - No Angel
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Duffy - Rockferry
Keane - Hopes & Fears
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Phil Collins - No Jacket Required
Sade - Diamond Life
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Travis - The Man Who

Monday, January 18, 2010

Football: Mario Balotelli and the Race issue in Italy

African-Italian stiker Mario Balotelli (19) has a lot to endure in Italy. Read the very interesting post on the blog Myafroitalianlife (M.A.I.L)

Football player Mario Balotelli (19) aka Super Mario for the great Inter fans, was born on 12 August 1990 to Ghanaian immigrants Thomas and Rose Barwuah in the Italian city of Palermo. Up to here the story is boring without much adventure. However years passed, Mario has become a young man gifted with the ball on his foot. Great, he is a Ghanaian football hero now. Wrong, because he is the controversy of the Italian soccer game these days.
Let's go back few years.

In 1993 at the age of three Mario's parents entrusted the child to a white Italian family, the Balotelli. Mario remained with them and still sees them as his parents. For Italian bureaucracy he was not allowed an Italian citizenship until the age of eighteen, just less than two years ago.

Now he is an African-Italian, who has the desire to play for his beloved country Italy. However since last month (December 2009) he is in the Italian national news due to the racial abuse he receives whilst on the field.

Many spectators will agree that he is a good, excellent young footballer, but others blame the abuses on his arrogance and completely uncontrollable behaviour. For another party he is abused due to his colour. Read the full story here

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Video: Wyclef Jean - Yéle

Spotted on the blog AfroSpear

Yele is a song from the hip hop Album (1997) entitled "Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring Refugee All Stars", or more simply The Carnival. It was Wyclef Jean's first solo album

The album features guest artists such as including Celia Cruz, The Neville Brothers and Jean's bandmates from The Fugees, Lauryn Hill and Pras.

The album features skits between many of its songs, most of them set in a fictional trial for Wyclef Jean, in which he is accused of being "a player and a bad influence".

The final three songs are sung in Haitian Creole.

The album sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and was RIAA certified 2x Platinum (source wikipedia)

It's sad to see that Wyclef now has to defend himself against allegations of misappropriated funds from his Yéle Haiti Foundation. The charity foundation is used to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. See the full story on all Hip hop.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Exhibition: The Meaning of Style (UK)

Meaning of Style Exhibition. Black British Style, and the underlying political and social environment. An exhibition created by New Art Exchange.
Dates: Saturday 16 January - Saturday 10 April 2010 in Nottingham (UK)

New Art Exchange presents an exhibition exploring the presence of young African Caribbean men in Britain over the last 40 years, and how Black music, fashion and culture have influenced mainstream society.

Young African Caribbean men have often been portrayed as low achievers and perpetrators of crime in British society. But now, with Barack Obama winning the presidency of the biggest superpower in the world, will we see these same young men portrayed in a different light; as a source of huge potential for the future? Will the achievement of black youth in Britain over the last 40 years be recognised and honoured?

The presence of young 'Black' men in the UK started to be felt in the mainstream media in the 1970’s. Often portrayed negatively, this was a period of hope for the ‘African Caribbean’ community, a period of ‘Pan African’ and ‘Back to Africa’ ideology. This was also a period of oppression for many young Black men, due in part to the political climate of Thatcherism, Police harassment and institutionalised racism.

The African Caribbean youth of the late 1970’s/early 1980’s were the first generation in the UK to confront society and demand change on mass. This ‘rebel’ generation in the UK were reflected in the visibility of sub-cultures like the ‘Natty Dreads / Rastas’ and the rise of reggae music with politically aware artists like Bob Marley and, in the UK, Steel Pulse. Young men developed a ‘Rebel’ style that influenced young people from all backgrounds, around the world.

Style, fashion, ideology and the ‘Black’ Diaspora may have changed over the years, but young ‘Black’ men in the UK have made their presence felt ever since. In modern society many of the legacy of this 'rebel' style is seen in the fashion of young people from all backgrounds, ethnicity and geographical locations around the world. Ultimately, this exhibition will ask questions of all of us.

‘The Meaning of Style’ will bring together artists that have created portraits of young people using different mediums and create a dialogue and polemic which cross reference the work in the exhibition .

Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive - New Art Exchange said:
“New Art Exchange is extremely proud to be hosting this extremely important exhibition, which explores some of our seminal artists documenting ‘British Black culture’ from past decades, and highlighting how this has helped influence fashion, music and mainstream culture. It was a time of change, awareness and finally empowerment for many migrant communities in the UK, and the exhibition explores this through various artforms.”

The exhibition and accompanying events and educational programme will explore young African Caribbean men’s style and fashion over the last 40 years, and the underlying political, social environment.

New Art Exchange
Gerard Hanson

Friday, January 15, 2010

HOPE – Obama musical story – celebrates its world premiere in Frankfurt/Main on 17 January 2010!

Photo: Michelle and Barack Obama
The venue Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt (Germany) will experience a sound it has never heard before: formed to a huge percussion ensemble, the audience accompanies US president Barack Obama on his successful way into the White House. The event organizer MOVE GmbH promises a double world premiere: at the premiere of "HOPE – the Obama Musical Story" on Sunday, 17 January at 8:00 pm, the audience will rhythmically participate on specially developed percussion chairs - for the first time ever worldwide. "Hope is the first interactive musical of a new generation", says musical producer Roberto Emmanuele, CEO and creative director of Move GmbH based in Bad Soden. "This is an enormous sound and a great musical experience for the audience."

Offical site musical Hope

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti earthquake footage on The Haitian Blogger

Translation: The woman is speaking French, saying: There was an earthquake, she's not injured, but a few things in her house have been broken... she's pointing to a fire (we can only see the smoke) and she repeats she is OK and the other girl is too... in English she says, "The world is coming to an end."

The Haitian Blogger

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pan-Africanism Congress 2009 in Munich

Photo Andrea Naica-loebel: Speakers, and members of the organisation
The 2nd Pan-Africanism congress was held on October 24th 2009 at the Goethe-Forum in Munich Germany. Approximately 500 persons attended the Congress.

Why a congress?
Many African countries will soon be celebrating the 50th anniversary of independence and freedom from Colonialism. However the hopes of true independence and freedom have remained mostly unrealised. Expectations of Economic, Social and Political growth are still mostly unfulfilled.Therefore the 2nd Pan-Africanism Congress intends to strengthen and to connect the African Diaspora. Ideas and visions for the sustainable shaping of Africa’s future will be discussed and further developed.

What is Pan-Africanism?
Pan-Africanism is a sociopolitical world view, philosophy, and movement which seeks to unify native Africans and those of African heritage into a "global African community". Pan-Africanism calls for a politically united Africa, according to wikipedia.

One of the important figures of the Pan-African movement was the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. In the video he speaks about his vision for Africa at the All African peoples congress, held in Ghana in 1958

Who were the speakers at congress?
Guest of honour was former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings. Rawlings confirmed that Africa is still under the burden of politicians and other individuals who are pursuing personal goals with international assistance. "The key principles of good governance," said Rawlings, "is that the will of the people in all government decisions is paramount, and not the rules of a political party."

Bob Brown, Pan-Africanist and Nkrumahist-Toureist, pointed out that the black Howard University is the only university in the United States that uses the book by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: "Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonization" as teaching material. "The tragedy is," said Brown, "that Nkrumah’s work is not used in Ghana nor other countries in Africa."

Dr. Grada Kilomba, psychologist, writer and author of the book "Plantation Memories" named her speech, "The Mask – Remembering Colonialism, Understanding Trauma". She explained that the politics of the colonial powers was full of sadism and brutality, and that it was used in order to the silence the black subjects.

See the complete list of speakers here

In 1918 the former German Empire lost World War I and also its colonies in Africa (Cameroon, Togo, German East Africa, now Tanzania, and German Southwest Africa, now Namibia). In 1932 as a form of political protest close to 30 street names in Munich were named after events in the colonial history. But some streets were also named after notorious killers, like Lothar von Trotha. Now, thanks to the Munich City Counsel, four streets are renamed.

Website Pan-Africanism forum (German)
Photos of the event
African Students Association in Heidelberg Germany

Special thanks to Tina Bach

Permanent Eyeglasses Tattoo