In 2002, Brooklyn native Yvette Jarvis became the first Black American elected to public office in Greece. She was also the first immigrant elected to office in Greece, a country that has struggled to assimilate hundreds of thousands of foreigners who call Greece home. I recall that she was also amongst one of several dignitaries that greeted athletes from all around the world during the Olympics of 2004 in Athens, Greece.
Samata Angel, clothing designer, author and public speaker, her clothing label creates stunning, unique pieces of clothing for women and since its launch in 2005 has already been recognized for its work by awards and nominations such as the UK Urban Fashion Award “Best Couture Line 2006”, Aristoc Ultra Woman of 2007 and British Female Inventor and Innovator ‘Exceptionally Creative’ Award. In 2008, following participation in the Nolcha New York Fashion Week, Angel received a letter of recommendation from Prime Minister Gordon Brown to become an ambassador for the national campaign 'Girls! Make Your Mark'. She was also a finalist for the ‘Future Fashion Star of 2008 award’ with Cosmopolitan magazine.
Beatrice Achaleke In 2008 she was the first Black Woman to stand for parliamentary elections in Austria. She is formal President of ENARA - European Network Against Racism Austria. She was honored with the MIA Award 2008 for her Humanitarian and Social Engagements. In September 2008 she received the Official and Honorary Decoration of the Federal Republic of Austria for her interculture activities and in March 2009 the Miriam Makeba African Diva Award for her Engagement in the Empowerment of Black Women in Europe.
Beatrice is the initiator of several Award wining projects in Austria. She is author of several articles on the above-mentioned topics and frequent keynote speaker in Europe and on Austrian TV.
She is the publisher of the book “voices of Black European Women 1, challenges, reflections and strategies from the Vienna Congress”. Her next book, titled “100 Black European Women in Leadership” is due in October 2009.
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This is my ORIGINAL Story... (unfortunately) I found out on Sept. 4th that this was/is a BIG HOAX made up by a larger media source - who? I'm guessing the New York Daily News. The REAL story can be read here:
Oh, and did you hear the news about Roxanne Shante? Label this as 'Roxanne's Revenge'. Roxanne was stiffed on royalty checks over 25 years ago, but now Dr. Roxanne Shante boasts a Ph.D. - financed by a forgotten clause in her first record deal.
After two albums, Shante said, she was disillusioned by the sleazy music industry and swindled by her record company. The teen mother, living in the Queensbridge Houses, recalled how her life was shattered.
"Everybody was cheating with the contracts, stealing and telling lies," she said. "And to find out that I was just a commodity was heartbreaking."
But Shante, then 19, remembered a clause in her Warner Bros. recording contract: The company would fund her education for life.
As one of the pioneers of hip hop she is also one that truly gives back to the streets. She opened “Hip-Hop Ices,” an ice cream parlor in Jamaica, Queens back in 2005 and she also runs a psychology practice in New York.
Hip-Hop Ices is also lined up with support from corporate sponsors that help with giveaways and contests.
“We are located near the largest high schools in each city, so students who are in high school can receive Ice Cream sneakers, clothes and stuff through a raffle they get for getting good grades,” Shante revealed.
Cosmopolitan Swag... you gotta love it.