Sunday, 14 July 2013

The boy with the hood a poem tribute to Trayvon martins.

He’s just a boy
Full of life
He loved his life
He’s just a teen
Full of  love and joy
His eyes bright with stars
Looking ahead with hope for the miles
He’s just a boy with the hood not a gun.
In cold blood he lost it all
For a sin he knew nothing about
Just like everyone else he walked the street
Only with skittles in his pocket not a gun.
Just like any other kid, full of life.
He had his hood on, bought from the shops
Designed by a big name somewhere famous and rich
But He’s just a boy who had to die.
In cold blood he lost his life
For looking who he is and not who he ought to be
In cold blood he lost his life
To a nation where he had every dream to live for
In cold blood he lost his life
The dreams dashed and gone with it
In cold blood he lost his life
To a law without regard to his life.
In cold blood he lost his life
And the law has a short hand to hold him up
In cold blood he lost his life
Like any other day, the world moves on
In cold blood he lost his life
Forever leaving his family empty and broken
In cold blood he lost his life
Because he’s Black.
But Trayvon was just a boy with a hood over his head not a gun.
© Faustina Anyanwu  14th July 2013.    - Pls share and stand for justice and equality.
Author’s note.
Sometimes we question what the law is for.
So many times we don’t get the answers. Just like today, we didn’t get it. But a boy is gone in a senseless way and no one is brought to book.
We must keep calm but yet speak out against the injustice.
I have used both present and past tenses together in some way to show that Trayvon lives on will continue to live.
I don’t know him in person but I can feel the pain of his mother. If he was my son what would I do. It doesn’t matter what colour he is. What’s important is justice for those who are victims.
Can there ever be true peace, love and justice in this world?
One love with much pain in my Black heart in the 21st Century.
Faustina Anyanwu

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Movie Premier: The stars who wore what and how they came.

In the star studded premier night at Odeon cinema in London for the movie Shameful Deceit by Theodora Ibekwe, it was glamour, laugh and excitement. It has been described as the London stand still nollywood premier of the year. Theodora Ibekwe the Director and producer of the movie- Shameful Deceit was beaming with smiles and dazzles in the Desiri Couture designed red and black dress obviously proud of how well this went. Flaunted by friends, fans and colleagues, she again has proven that whatever a woman does, she does it very well.
In the first images that have reached us, we bring you our most outstanding dressed ladies and gentlemen.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

This year's McDonald's 365 Blacks award to be hosted by award winning Taraji Henson.

This year's McDonald's 365 Blacks award will take place during Essence Festival weekend at  the New Orleans Theatre.
The star studded golden carpet event hosted by the award winning Taraji invites consumers to join in the salute to outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthens the African-American community.
In the honour list are :
Legendary recording artist and 'Empress soul' Gladys Knight.
Supermodel Beverly Johnson
Education leader Dr Steve Perry
Executive Vice President of the Chicago white sox - Kenny Williams
McDonald's Owner/operator- Roland Parrish
Teen entrepreneur -Leanna Archer
and Youth environmentalist - Charles Orgbon.

Tickets and registration is now on at : 

Pregnant Kate Middleton sparks a fashion trend in maternity wears.

maternity collar tunis dress £28 
As she continues to paint a picture of elegance throughout her pregnancy, opting for ditsy printed tea dresses, embroidery, and lace, the Duchess of Cambridge's choice of maternity wear has sparked a nationwide trend with more and more expecting mums are going for more pretty feminine maternity wears according to sales information reaching us from the department store Debenhams today. With the store seeing sales of floating dresses and pretty styles of maternity wears increase by more than 500% compared to this time last year. 
Debenhams spokesperson Michelle Dowdall says, "sales suggest that mums-to-be are waving goodbye to leggings and dungarees, instead opting for timeless stylish maternity wears". 

maternity black textured ponte £35

According to the figures, the top 5 maternity salers are :
Red Herring maternity fan collar dress £28
Red Herring maternity textured ponte dress £35
Red Herring maternity daisy sundress £42
Red Herring maternity lace insert chiffon dress £35
Red Herring maternity dragonfly chiffon blouse £28.

All available now in all debenhams stores, online and via mobile app

'A Shawl for all women' by Zambia's first Lady - Dr Christine Kaseba.

'A shawl is a powerful and universal symbol that unifies all women and represents the interrelated themes of art, culture, health and motherhood', says Her Excellency Dr Christine Kaseba, First Lady of Zambia, at this year's Cannes international festival of creativity.  The launch of Shawl for all women came about as a result of MARITAGE (multicultural Art and Heritage) international's partnership with McCann Health to create this first ever global campaign.
MARITAGE international as a global initiative led by first ladies, women leaders, and influential artistic societies, governments, policy makers, and development actors, seeks to economically empower female artisan groups in developing countries through collaboration with the public and private sectors.
Speaking of the his delight with the partnership, Mr John Cahill of McCanne health says, " its a privilege to embark on this journey of hope with MARITAGE and to have the opportunity to connect partners brands with a global initiative that supports women's health and empowerment. A shawl for all women will bring together partners from health, beauty, and fashion to generate economic development opportunities for women through the design and sales of Shawls, often leveraging partnerships with high fashion partners. Also will raise funds for maternal and child health initiatives, such as every mother counts".
The initiative - 'A shawl for all women' will be launched at a gathering of first ladies and influencial women of the world on 24th - 25th September coinciding with the United Nations General assembly conference and New York fashion week.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Black women authors - Chika Unigwe - The new distinct voice of African Literature.

In our time, Chika Unigwe has become one of the distinct voices of African literature. With several of her works - fiction, Poetry, articles and educational materials published both in journals, and as stand alone.
In 2003, Chika won the BBC short story competition for her story 'Borrowed Smiles', she also won the commonwealth short story award for her story 'Weathered Smile' and a flemish literary prize for 'De Smaak Van Sneeuw'.  She also won several other prizes including a nomination of her first short story written in Dutch 'The Secret  and another being nominated for the 2004 Caine prize. In 2007, she received the UNESCO - Aschberg fellowship for a creative writing and of a 2009 Rockerfeller foundation fellowship for creative writing too.
She became the first African Flemish author with her first novel 'De Freniks published in Dutch in 2005. Recently, she published her second novel 'On Black Sisters' Street'  which was first released in Dutch under the title, 'Fata Morgana. Today, 'On Black Sisters' Street ' have won also the NLNG prize for literature.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Registration begins for MBW premier free media and business networking conference 24th August at UCL

You are cordially invited to our premier conference at UCL on the 24th August 2013. This conference will not only introduce you to over 250 serious minded men and women in business, it will also help you understand the different strategies in using the media and PR to build your business into a global brand.
This event has been designed to be fun, engaging, interactive,entertaining and educating. 
There only two available sponsorship options for those who are willing to align their brand, business, product and or services with this one of its kind event.
MBW in collaboration with C.Hub magazine bring you one of a kind media and business networking conference. This conference is aimed at enlightening entrepreneurs on the value adding power of the media in building your business into a brand. You may have put in much effort and it has not yielded  with this conference you will learn how to approach the media, how to choose the type of media to align your business too. Understand how and when to approach media to get the best for your business.
This event is free and open to all however pre registration is required to control number as there are limited spaces available. 
Registration starts at 11.30 prompt to allow time to cover all aspects of the lecture.
                                                Event Highlights.
                                                 The Lecture.
Keynote lecture -Morton Patterson:  CEO- Morton Patterson consulting.
                            -Beverly Andrews  - Films director, Artist and Producer.
Speakers:            Emeka Anyanwu - Founder and Publisher C.Hub magazine.
                             Tola Onigbanjo  --- CEO Women4Africa .
Guests:               Obi Emelonye     --- Nollywood hit maker, director and Producer.
                      Q and A: A time to share opinions and ask questions.
                          Networking Break  and Refreshment.
                      Surprise surprise - remains a surprise to be discovered 
                                                   MBW bingo 
This event has been designed to be fun relaxed and educating. Come and discover the magic of projecting your value using the media.

*Note to attend this event, you must register first or you may be asked to page £10.00 before entry can be granted*.

For enquiries and sponsorship or exhibition contact: 

My Black woman speaks to the first and only Black woman presenter on BBC radio Gloucestershire at the time - Evadney Campbel.

Evadney speaks to My Black woman of her journey through journalism and being the first and only black woman presenter on BBC radio Gloucestershire. This will by no means be a small shoe to fit. In our chat, she tells of it and why she had to leave after over 20 years to start her own business with her daughter. Read on to hear what she says...

You were once the only Black woman he BBC radio . How did that make you feel at the time?

I was not actually the only Black woman working at BBC Radio Gloucestershire, the team I worked with included other women of colour both from an African Caribbean and Asian background.  I was the first and only Black woman presenter on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

What of now looking back and seeing where you are today?

It feels like a lifetime ago – and it is, it is over 25 years ago now and I would never have believed it would lead to where I am today.  I started presenting as a hobby with no real desire for it to become my career.  That journey has lead me into a job I have enjoyed immensely and now a future that I’m looking forward very much to, running my own Company.

How would you describe your time during those years?

I presented the magazine programme for BBC in Gloucestershire then, Bristol and Wiltshire were added for a total of 17 years from 1987.  I totally enjoyed that experience.

In 1999 after completing a PostGraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism, I joined the BBC as a full-time Broadcast Journalist.  Throughout my time with the BBC, which ended December 2012, I have been fortunate to have, had a wonderful experience.  The majority of my time with the BBC has involved me working with the community in particular those described as ‘hard to reach’ and as it was that interest in the community which lead me into the media in the first place, it felt that, my true calling was being met.  

The decision, which leads me to leave the BBC in the end, was the fact that I was no longer doing this, and did not believe the opportunity to work so closely with the community as a reporter would again become a reality.

Evidently, Black women are most likely not willing to tell their stories especially positive ones. Did this give you any compulsion to search out these stories?

I’m not aware of this fact; I spent a majority of my time as a journalist searching out stories, which had strong human interest.  I did not actively seek out stories, which were particularly about Black women.  Most of my time, particularly my years in news, were spent trying to unearth good news stories which I believed had strong news values and, which were therefore of interests to a wide cross-section of the community.  Sometimes those were stories, which may have particular impact on women but whilst I made specific efforts to dig out stories from the Black community, those were not gender specific.  I also worked hard at ensuring a balance reflection of our community on news stories I worked on.

You worked with BBC for over 17 years, why did you leave?

In total I actually worked for over 25 yrs. with the BBC.  Initially as a freelance presenter/producer and for almost 13 yrs. I worked as a Broadcast Journalist.  I left in the end because of a number of reasons, some mentioned earlier, but I also really wanted to work for myself and felt the time was right.  

During my years working in the community, I was also conscious of a need for small businesses, local charities and some voluntary groups particularly those from the BME communities to be trained on how to work with the media. I have always had an interest in giving those less able, the opportunity to be able to tell their stories through the media and I believe I will be able to do this through my Company.

Tell me about your PR venture, how is it getting on?

My daughter and I have formed a Public Relations and Media Training Company, Shiloh PR.  Shiloh PR specialises in public relations, media training and event publicity.
We aim to work with Companies, organisations and individuals that recognise the value of the multicultural market but do not know how to reach this target group, or have a niche brand they would like to reach the mainstream market, we have, we believe, a thorough, unique and up to date understanding of how to achieve this.
We have strong enviable contacts within mainstream, ethnic and grassroots media, especially those aimed at the African and Caribbean communities so understand the best way of ensuring that target demographic discover our clients’ event, product or service.
We also provide clients with a range of complimentary services including media training, photography, feature writing and social media advice.

You have an MBE to your name. How amazing?

It was amazing and a shock.  Something I would never in my wildest dreams imagine would happen to me.  I was awarded the MBE in January 1994 for ‘Services to the African and Caribbean Community in Gloucestershire’.  You can imagine, at that time, I had never met anyone who had been given such an award and did not even know how one got such accolades.  I had been doing voluntary work since I was in my teens.  It was something I was passionate about and, as explained above was the reason I was asked to present the specialist programme on BBC Radio Gloucestershire in the first place.

Although I am immensely proud of this, until recently, I did not really appreciate how significant this is.  I know it is contentious for some people to accept these honours but, for me my Community wanted me to accept it, they were very proud of my achievement and I now embrace it for them.

Are women embracing social media effectively to boost their businesses and self?

I think this depends on the age of the woman.  Young women totally embrace the use of Social Media to boost themselves as well as their businesses.  They really understand the importance of social media and are totally confident in using it to their advantage.

Part of the training Shiloh PR does with businesses and in particular women in business is to explain how effective social media can be but we also try to point out the dangers if you do not know how to use it properly.

Many people are using lots of different social media tools without really understanding how to use it effectively or even whether the ones they are using are the most appropriate for what they want to achieve.
How would you compare your days working with BBC and working for yourself as a PR guru now?

It is still very early days for the PR Company and I really wouldn't describe myself as a PR guru; the one important difference for me however is the freedom I now have to do the type of work I want to do.

I also love the joy of not having that dreaded ‘Sunday evening sick feeling’ that feeling you get when you think of having to go to work on a Monday morning.  I try to arrange my working hours to work from home on Monday mornings so I don't have that feeling.  

I love being able to decide my own working hours.  At the moment, even though I work until really late in the evenings, it never feels like work so I am loving working for myself.
What keeps you grounded given the challenges of running one's own business?

This is a tough one; at the moment, I am focused on the end result.  I have strong faith and therefore believe that everything will work out for the best. I pray on my decisions and believe in positive thinking. I am generally one of those people who always believe the glass is half full and if I do get down, which I do, I allow myself some time to feel that way but not to allow it to take over.

I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy nothing better than entertaining them at home.  Cooking is my hobby.

You do have periodic media training and workshops, what do you tell women ?

I tell women to make the media work for them.  Don't be afraid to use it.  It is a great medium for exposing their services to potentially millions of new customers/clients.  Learn how to access it and identify the ways of maximizing their media opportunities.
What is your greatest fear?

That I am unable to achieve my ultimate dream of being able to work from anywhere in the world, so I can spend six months of every year in the UK and six months somewhere hot, preferably Jamaica.

I don't really have anything I can say I fear at the moment. I am just excited about the future and confident we will make Shiloh PR the ‘Go to’ PR specialist Company in the UK within five years.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Corinne when faced with going jobless and caring for her ill Son, she created a thriving business for herself.- She's Royal Head Wraps.

She has to stand up to her son's illness due to Sickle cell, she had to choose between keeping her work and becoming a stay at home mum. But then Corinne in the midst of it all tapped back into her natural gift to give it her all. Started her own business and now living a life that is balanced and today she can care for her son, and yet earn enough to keep the family healthy. Corinne shares her journey with all of this with my black woman.

Corinne Roberts.  Mother to young teenager, who has Sickle Cell Disease. The nature of his illness is that you never know when he'll have a painful crisis, resulting in him being admitted to hospital. Hence the reason She decided to become self employed.
A former secondary school Art and Design Teacher and had always relished the thought of working for herself.  She became more and more convinced, when my son has his first crisis and had to be hospitalised.  There she was doing her job, which she loved, working with children and having to be there for them, and felt she couldn't be with her son who needed her then, as teaching is not a profession where, you can be absent for too long as children need the consistency of a regular teacher.

"I continued teaching, but the more times he was admitted to hospital, the more I realised I need to have a job that would allow for me to look after my son when he was in a crisis." 
She then began working as a freelance  Jeweler tutor and Black History Month Presenter. Allowing her to fit in her working days around her son's sudden hospital admissions.  She also started doing Youth Work at another company, as well as co-ordinating all the Art and Design Summer programmes. 
"It was a fantastic company to work for as I was able to be truly creative as I am an artist first, educator second. The company Elevating Success procured a contract for me to facilitate my Head wrapping Workshop at a college as part of their Black History Activities, it was a hit!"

Finally  Corinne could set up She’s Royal Wraps in February 2012.  As the name suggests, it promotes the regality of head wrapping.  Through informative workshops, it dispels all the negativity that is sometimes associated with head wrapping. 
It serves in part as a retail outlet, where you can purchase African Print headwrapers.
What is different about She’s Royal Wrap head wraps, is that Corinne has created written literature that teaches one how to wrap in five easy steps, this is exclusive to my company. 

"I created it because, we all learn differently, and for some being there and seeing how I wrap will be enough for them to wrap themselves, but there are others for whom having the step by step, to hand, will find it particularly useful.  It also lends itself to be given as a complete present".

She's Royal Wraps also provides a range of Jewellery Making  Programs, Creative workshops and Head wrapping, at a variety of skill levels :

 team building workshops for employees :  which provides a chance for colleagues to unwind as they explore their creativity in a harmonious working group.

Intergenerational training: where parents, grandparents and carers can work alongside family members to create a display of jewellery items.

Themed workshops such as African Jewellery making as part of Black History Month.

Classes for 6-11 year olds during the school day or holiday time.
 Also available is a one - off taster days at school fairs.

For interest in any of these, contact My Black Woman - 

Monday, 29 April 2013

Samona Naomi Williams is bound for the skies not the Wheelchair.

When Samona was struck by a rare illness that kept her bound to wheelchair and bed, it seemed like the world had came crashing on her. However, she was determined to be who she is created to be. Discovering the strength in her, her power, her rare gift of strength, she found her way around to cheat this life destroying illness. It is said this rare condition is incurable, can only be managed with combination of cocktail of medications. With such condition so threatening, humiliating and above all disarming, with unpredictable situations that comes like a wave of storm. Samona struggles to live and cope with daily normal life challenges like bathing etc. She was bound to be a burden and no longer the beautiful young rising film director who was a real asset.
Holding on to that special thing within, Samona collaborates with her photographer friend to create stunning images that are never been seen before. These images have not only been a source of strength and security for Samona but has become a source of inspiration, motivation and hope for many. It has become a campaign creating awareness on this illness.

How does Samona feel about her condition and where does she find strength to keep going ?
"Realising I wasn't going to recover easily, or quickly or worst still ever, I didn't know what to do. I had nightmares and I thought I could end it - MY LIFE!
There wasn't anyway I would live a life of being a burden to anyone. I felt worthless.
But then somehow, my strength soared thinking of diamonds, golds and all the beautiful and valuable things of life all went through immense pressure to become what they are. Then I began to see my illness from a different perspective, I began to see my value, my worth. I slowly began to see my illness as less torment more of growing into something greater than I have been. Today I could still contribute to my family and society by merely allowing myself to be me."

In trying to cope with this rare condition, Samona and her friend created an art project with their stunning images to tell the story of a woman BOUND to for the wheelchair but finds a way to cheat an illness that is not just debilitating my has no place in the life of anyone.

"This project BOUND meant I didn't have to be afraid any more. It gave me purpose, it soothed my pain and calmed my dark thoughts. It gave me my life back".

Samona's images will be exhibited at the Images of Black Women films festival kicking off May 4th and runs everyday till 11th of May.

*This will be another chance to get an exclusive sneak preview of what to expect from the main event as we will be planning a full "Bound" exhibition with all the images later in the year.

Main Bound Art Exhibition September 2013  - Will keep you updated on the launch party,

"Bound" is a collection of photographs depicting my journey through illness, and is a raw, unrestricted look at the moods and feelings I have experienced since being diagnosed. The photographer is Anthony David King*.
Samona's full story features on C.Hub magazine issue 3 out now. 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Get back to shape after the bump the easy way.

Style available
at Mothercare online and in shop
Getting back to shape and staying fit is one of the many problems that women face after birth. The thought of losing that super figure can be depressing for some.
 It's not all that bad news, there is always a way out in everything and this is not an exception.
We shall be discussing the simple ways you can help yourself back to shape in this text. Oh yes, you can without breaking the bank, still within your own schedule in the comfort of your own home. Well let's see.

Before we go on there are some don'ts you must put to your head first.

Don't starve to get back to shape, you could be harming your baby if you are breast feeding. If not breast feeding, you still need nutients to stay nourished.
Don't aim to lose more than 1 stone in a week. Easy does it.
Don't start strainous execises without hearing from your health care provider.

The Simple Dos to keep you fit.
1. Exercise: Regular exercise is a must do routine for you and your baby. The first 6weeks are the most trying time. But simple exercise are essential to keep the blood flow and circulation at it's best.
Simple exercises include:
a). Swinging your legs back and front while sitting at the edge of the bed.
b). Cycling in the air: while lying on the bed, raise your two legs in the air and pretend to br cycling. Stop as soon as you feel any discomfort.
c) Strolling: endavour to have a gentle walk down the street to gulp as much fresh air as possible.
d) simple strtching of arms and legs.

As soon as your health care provider has given you the go ahead, you can increase the intensity and add more routine to your exercises.
Walking out/jogging: As much as possible, it's better to walkout outdoors, but if this is not possible, you can enjoy as much in your home. How? Start with  your favourite dance tune,pretend to run to the beat without moving out of the spot. Do this as long as you can contain.
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And don't forget to hold that 'flappy' up with some help from the glamour waist sculpt WYOB body from M&S. £29.50 available in store and online.