Had I not suffered an injury to my back, I would have written this sooner but in hindsight it allowed me time for the emotions to settle and gave me time to reflect on Michael Jacksons passing.
When Angelina rang me early Friday morning and told me to turn on the TV I knew I was in a “Where were you when you heard”- moment. I remembered where I was when I first heard that Elvis had died, Bob Marley, John Lennon and even Olof Palme. My heart sank as the TV stirred into life as I feared I would be greeted with the face of Obama. I know I’m not alone when I think of him as a person of whom a minority may want to do harm. Instead the TV presented the image of Michael Jackson.
I was stunned. Not surprised or sad I guess, just stunned. As my children stared at the screen I began to explain who he was and why his death was a moment of note. As various pictures appeared of him throughout different periods in his life my daughter repeatedly asked ‘is that him, is that him?’
With his Jamaican roots and the experience of growing of up in a troubled neighborhood in Toronto, actor Michael Miller had no problem relating to the scenes in the film “A winter tale”. On his visit to this year’s CinemAfrica Film Festival he graced Urbanlife with an interview.
In the movie “A winter tale” the 29-year old actor plays the character DX, who is caught up in the dangers that life in the projects offer. A social worker called Gene, played by Peter Williams, tries to keep DX on the right path. But both Gene and DX are forced to deal with the problems of drugs and violence as the aftermath of an innocent boy being shot throws the community in to an explosive state.
If you ever wondered what White Supremacists thought about Obama before the election here’s your answer. Esquire Magazine had a fascinating report on the political views of white supremacists, racists, and other hate-mongers and found that many of them were supporting Obama for the presidency!
In the first of our series we'll be looking at young afro-swedes who are making huge strides into their professions and may become the well-known faces of tomorrow.
He is not a director. He’s filmmaker. That is one important thing that Binyam Berhane wants to stress when asked about his work title. The other important thing he wants to make clear is that he only represents himself and his art. So while the visitors of the CinemAfrica Filmfestival leaves the first screening of Berhane’s short documentary “Scissors in November” Urbanlife digs deeper into the mind of this young and talented observer of real life.
Compiled by Adrianne George - Black Women in Europe™, this list, presented in alphabetical order, is intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential.
The 2011 list names 35 women in 9 categories: Athletics, Business & Entrepreneurship, Law, Lifestyle, Literature, Media, Politics, Science and Social Activism.