Category Archives: Afri-/Afrodiasporic communities in the Netherlands

Afro-Nederlandse Studies at Bijlmer Parktheater

(This text is about the upcoming Afro-Dutch Studies event at Bijlmer Parktheater. The event will be in Dutch but I’ll write an English piece about this marvelous initiative by Zawdie Sandvliet later this month.)

Afro-Nederlandse Studies bij het Bijlmer Parktheater (Amsterdam) – Call for pitches

Zat. 18 januari organiseert Zawdie Sandvliet i.s.m. het Bijlmer Parktheater van 18.00 uur – 19.30 uur het Afro-Nederlandse Studies evenement. Locatie: Bijlmer Parktheater. Kaarten zijn via deze link te koop.

Het programma geldt als afsluiting van de tweede reeks lessen van het door Sandvliet geïnitieerde vak dat zich richt op de geschiedenissen en hedendaagse realiteiten van de Afro-Nederlandse gemeenschappen. In 2018 vonden de lessen plaats op de Universiteit van Amsterdam, in 2019 was het vak onderdeel van het curriculum op de Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

Als onderdeel van het aankomende event denken Sandvliet en zijn gastdocenten na over de uitbreiding van het vak. Wilt u/ wil je meedenken? In het programma hebben we ruimte voor drie korte presentaties/pitches van ieder max. twee minuten waarbij drie personen op basis van hun geleefde ervaringen vertellen welk onderwerp echt niet mag ontbreken bij het vak Afro-Nederlandse Studies.

Het insturen van een idee kan door het sturen van een e-mail naar Vermeld in (jo)uw e-mail:
– Voor- en achternaam/namen
– Leeftijd
– Woonplaats
– De omschrijving van het onderwerp (minimaal 75, maximaal 125 woorden).
– Link naar (jo)uw persoonlijke Twitter, Instagram, Facebook of LinkedIn pagina zodat we een indruk hebben van wie we uitnodigen. Niemand heeft tijd voor trolls of problematische personen.

Ideeën kunnen tot maandag 13 januari 23:59 uur worden ingestuurd. Personen die een voorstel indienen, horen dinsdag in de ochtend van woensdag 15 januari of ze zijn geselecteerd om te presenteren. 

Friday Oct. 5 – Black Magic Woman event

From the best hashtags for the most needed social justice campaigns to looking like we invented every single colour, from writing books and articles about institutionalized anti-Blackness to bringing you the best Twitter threads with the deepest breakdowns and memes… we, as Black women, wrote our names all over your entire year. Life, even. Again. We are magic when taking over the theatres, universities, book charts, Youtube playlists and museums but best believe that we are equally magical when we rest, indulge in Self Care and/or say “No.” There’s magic in our work but, and this is perhaps more important, there’s work behind our magic. It’s more than ‘talent’ and ‘having a nose for it’… it’s expertise. It’s not a ‘head start in the race to be cool’, it’s a deep-rooted (self)love for that what makes us us and loving it before the mainstream catches on. We must praise each other more. Not just when they see us but long before that. Not just when what we do shows up on that generalized radar of acknowledgements. Waaay before that. At the root, from the moment we see ourselves and, but also in, each other.

With that in mind, my dear colleague Bahghi Yemane and I turned our “More celebrations!”-resolution into a program: the Black Magic Woman intro event. Black Magic Woman is an annual festival that started in 1995 and it was as great as the title predicts. The last few years it slimmed down significantly, some years not even taking place at all. It has been one of my long-time dreams to bring it back in a way that matches the memories that, with regards to events, hold a top position in the highlights of my late teens. I’m excited to report that I’ve been granted the honour of organizing the 2019-edition of the festival but that’s a lot of months from now and to hold back on celebrating Blackness… in this economy? I. Think. Not.


So, the festival-festival will take place in 2019 but on Friday October 5, we’re hosting a pre-event at Amsterdam’s Bijlmer Parktheater. There will be two panels:
Panel 1 (in Dutch) – Representation in film and fashion with panellists Grâce Ndjako, Janice Deul, Rowan Blijd and Tosca Vrede. Host: Bēylula Yosef. We’ll talk about:
– #BennieBeige, Rowan Blijd’s campaign that urged Dutch lingerie brands to rethink ‘nude’ as always being 11 shades of beige.
– #DiversityRules , Janice Deul’s platform that focuses on diversity with regards (but not limited) to magazine covers, fashion shows and advertisement.
– “Noire n’est pas mon métier” (Black is not my job), a movement where Black, French actresses protested against misogynoir and other forms of anti-Blackness in French cinema. Grâce Ndjako will give us a breakdown. The picture of above was taking during part of the protest.
– With Tosca Vrede, one of the Black Magic Girlz-coordinators we’ll talk about how all this impacts the lives and minds of Black, teenage girls.

Panel 2 (in English) – Representation in literature with panellists Sarah Ozo-Irabor (Books&Rhymes, (co-founder of Not Another Book podcast), Bēylula Yosef (co-initiator of Afrispectives) and Yomi Adegoke (co-author of Slay In Your Lane). Host: Marly Pierre-Louis.
During this panel we’ll discuss the recently released books and other bundles of stories that made us feel represented.

Wednesday, Bahghi and I will announce the third part of the program and we’ll do so on our Facebook event page. Please note that there’ll be a break between the 1st and the 2nd panel so people who don’t speak Dutch can also properly enter the room.

Basic event info
Friday October 5
Time: From 20.00h until 22.00h.
Location: Bijlmer Parktheater (address: Anton de Komplein 240, 1102 DR Amsterdam)
Tickets: €5 and you can buy them here.
Hashtag: #BlackMagicWomanFest