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End of Week Wrap-Up

A (wo)man may plan, but God decides!

When I look back at the mind map and planning notes I developed for this year for this program in November 2011, I can’t help but grin. Yes, I was proud of myself for sitting down and being so early in getting my planning done. I was also excited about several of the ideas and programs I want to launch in the course of 2012 – and still am! But when I take a closer look at just how differently this year has actually started off – and how little time it’s left me to do even the most basic blog/program maintenance – all I can do is shake my head.

To avoid confusion or miscommunication, in lieu of this week’s “Word of the Week”* I want to provide you all with a quick update of what’s been going on behind the scenes, as well as what’s coming up. Soon.

Hamburg Meet-Up

I was very honored to be asked to moderate a panel discussion that was scheduled as part of  Black History Month commemorations in Hamburg last Tuesday evening. While there, however, I also jumped at the chance to meet up with some local ladies.

Thanks to La Toya and Naomi (and her sweet daughter, Janae), as well as Traute and Christin (from the FB group Parents of Black German Children) for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet up for some good conversation and sisterhood…In real life, this time!

Uncaged Birds™ Webinar

The first session of the program’s first webinar was actually scheduled for yesterday. I’m sure you all noticed that that simply didn’t happen… Seriously, the beginning of 2012  has been my busiest to date with only one week going by without some kind of client-related activity taking me on the road.

That’s why I’ve decided I had to move back the first session of this webinar. I want this to be a memorable series, and am committed to integrating the highest quality content possible!

Now both of the complimentary sessions will take place in March, so mark the following dates in your calendar:

  • Webinar Session 1: 15 March 2012 @7.30pm CET
  • Webinar Session 2: 29 March 2012 @7.30pm CET

Look for a more detailed outline of these first two sessions, plus registration forms for the dial-in information, at the beginning of March.

Based on your feedback, I’ll be scheduling the remaining four sessions one evening a month from April to July.

Cross-Over Interview

My planned interview with Beatrice Acheleke has had to be reschedule, but I do hope her calendar will allow us to speak before her upcoming European Diversity and Business Congress.

In addition to that interview, however, I’ll be cross-posting an upcoming interview scheduled with Gena Pearson for my International Black scheduled for 25th February 2012.

Gena is a Peace Corp volunteer currently assigned to Swaziland, and I’m very excited about having the chance to talk to her about her motivation to volunteer, as well as her experiences in Swaziland! If you are as interested in hearing Gena’s story as I am, be sure to either tune in live or listen to the podcast!

Cologne Meet-Up

If you are in/near Cologne this coming Wednesday and are free  @7pm CET, I’d love to meet-up with you! Also: If you have a recommendation regarding a place to meet up that is near the main station, please let me know!

Possible Berlin Meet-Up?

There is a good chance I will be in Berlin on 29 February. Although I haven’t set up an event for a meet-up on FB (I’m not quite sure of my schedule that day yet), if you would like to meet-up, please let me know via the comment section or FB!


* I have 2 personal “Words of the Week” this week – Busy…and BLESSED!


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Wednesday’s Wisdom: A Voice Ignored

One of the guest panelists on the upcoming TableTalk is Precious Williams.

Precious is a UK-based author and journalist who had this to say about the power in telling our own stories:

“…Nothing could be more undermining than being silenced, having your voice ignored. There is immense power in being heard…”

Eager to find out more about Precious and her work? The following interview  is a wonderful introduction!

If you haven’t already registered to be part of this year’s virtual round table, click to find out more about the event or go directly here to register!


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On the Radio: Across the Pond and Back Again

After a hiatus needed to concentrate on other projects, Uncaged Birds™ is back on the radio!

To kick off the return to our monthly schedule of interviews with women of color sharing insights into their professional and private lives in Europe, join me as I spend an hour in conversation with Celeste Blackwell.


German, US, Germany, UK and back – US born Celeste Blackwell spent over ten years working and living abroad, and is now back in the US.

To learn a little more about Celeste, you can watch this CNN :30 second Job pitch from Christmas Eve 2010.

Celeste is currently working as Project Consultant for Pima Community College in Tucson, and looking for her next job opportunity when the project ends.

Discover what brought Celeste to Europe, listen in as she shares how she experienced Afro-European life in both Germany and the UK, and find out what it’s like to be back in the States after more than a decade spent abroad.

  • Topic: Across the Pond and Back Again
  • Special Guest: Celeste Blackwell (ex-expat & IT expert)
  • Date: Friday, 14 October 2011
  • Time: 7.30 pm CET // 1.30 pm EST
  • Duration: Approx. 60 minutes
  • Dial-in*: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 95377
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Wednesday’s Wisdom: “A User’s Guide to Racism”

“Is there a better way to deal with life

than with love and humor?”

(C. Dickens)

I don’t know if 33 year old Rokhaya Diallo French activist, writer and television and radio commentator is familiar with this Dickens quote, but by founding the organization “Les Indivisibles” (The Indivisible) to fight racism with humor, she has certainly brought life to its intention!

The annal Y’a Bon Awards, established “Les Indivisibles”, hope to both expose and counteract the sting of what are arguably the most racist statement to have been made over the course of the preceding year.

Find our more about this organization and its mission, as well as about Diallo’s work and opinions on the current situation of immigrants and people of color in France.

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Sisters in Europe: Who We Are (Some Stats)

With the series, Sisters in Europe: Who We Are, my original goal was to spotlight a new Black woman living and working in Europe each week. What a lofty goal! Although it’s one I have since had to revise in the meantime (and not for lack of sisters with exciting stories), I am proud to say that I’ve done portraits of an eclectic group of three very interesting women to share with you to date.

Here is a brief overview of the statistics for each of those portraits:

If you haven’t had an opportunity to read (all of) the portraits, I’d like to urge you to take the time to do so! These ladies’ lives are a true inspiration on so many levels!

This series will continue in 2011 (and hopefully beyond), so check back in regularly for updates. If you know a Sister in Europe you would like to see portrayed in this series, please don’t hesitate to put us in touch with one another.

And don’t be shy about contacting me to add your story to the series!

Many thanks, too, to Adrianne George at Black Women in Europe for re-posting the portraits in this series, which has been crucial in exposing more women to these sisters and their truly inspiring stories!

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Black Women in Europe Power List 2010

Because I know many of my readers are also members of Black Women in Europe, and I am a huge fan of the work Adrianne George is doing, I want to also add this presentation to the site.



Be inspired.

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Sisters in Europe…Who We Are (3)

Marie Nejar aka Leila Negra

Child extra in Nazi propaganda films, Popular post-World War II singer, Nurse, Author

To find out more about Marie Nejar’s fascinating story of growing up in Nazi era Germany, watch the short presentation below! (Click “full screen” under the menu option  – bottom left – for better viewing quality).


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