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Mosaic’s Homecoming Celebration

April 14, 2014

Mosaic Homecoming

This Spectacular event will feature:
- Guided Tours of Mosaic’s new state of the art facilities
- Live Performances by Mosaic Young Artists
- A delicious strolling dinner, desserts and wine
- Silent auction
- Networking

Ticket Price: $100

Tickets can be purchased at

or by calling 313.872.6910 ext. 4024

Complimentary Valet Parking

100% of event proceeds directly benefit thousands of Mosaic young artists.

Try This! Beauty Standards & Black Girls

April 14, 2014


On a recent afternoon at Chicago’s Dewey Elementary Academy of Fine Arts, Ladon Brumfield asked a group of 9- and 10-year-old African American girls to define beauty.

The nearly 20 girls unanimously agreed that if a woman had short, kinky hair, she was not beautiful. But when Brumfield, the director of a project empowering young girls, passed around a photograph of Lupita Nyong’o, the dark brown-skinned Oscar-winning actress who sports an extra-short natural, the girls were silent for a moment.

Then, once again, their answer was unanimous: They agreed Nyong’o was beautiful.

“It’s like they had to make a mental readjustment,” said Brumfield, founder of the nonprofit Girls Rule! “This was in conflict with the overwhelming imagery they receive from the media about having to have long hair.”

For more than a decade, increasing numbers of Black women have been wearing their natural hair in Afros, braids, locks and twists. But now, thanks in part to Nyong’o, it’s the TWA, or teenie-weenie Afro, that’s getting a second look and expanding notions of beauty into territory where it really hasn’t taken root before – the larger culture.

Source:  Chicago Tribune



World YWCA Internship Program

April 14, 2014

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World YWCA Internship Programme 2015 is now open!

Applications for the World YWCA Internship Programme 2015 are now open! Calling all young women leaders of the YWCA movement! You now have an opportunity to participate in a programme that will place a strong emphasis on advocacy, programmes, communication and young women’s leadership.

The World YWCA Internship Programme was established in 1991, to enhance and further develop young women’s leadership. During the 2012-2015 quadrennium the World YWCA is committed to building a critical mass of young women champions engaged in strategic actions at all levels.

The Internship Programme is intended to increase the number of globally experienced and young women champions who will return to their associations to share their experiences and learning, and also to provide leadership for increased and improved understanding of what the world movement is all about. The one-year Internship Programme (February to December, 2015) will provide a special opportunity for two young women to work as part of the World YWCA staff and volunteer team in Geneva.

You can now apply directly online and find out more information.  Apply for the internship today! 

Youth Live! Gala

April 9, 2014

YouthLiveSaturday, April 12, 2014 | The Fairmont San Jose
~ Featuring Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU ~

Expert reports site grim statistics for US foster youth. On any given day, there are approximately 400,000 children in out-of-home care in the U.S.; the average age of the children in foster care is over nine years old; in California, 65% of youth leaving care do so without a place to live; over 70% of all California State Penitentiary inmates have spent time in the foster care system. For more than 20 years, Unity Care has been a community leader ins addressing the housing and social service needs of these children and youth.

Unity Care, a non-profit agency serving foster youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area, is thrilled to announce its third annual YouthLive! Gala at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Special guest, Daymond John, co-star of ABC’s hit reality television show, “Shark Tank,”, will join André Chapman, founder and CEO of Unity Care, to celebrate its life changing programs. “I’m honored to be a part of Unity Care’s third annual YouthLive! Gala fundraiser,” commented John about his participation in the benefit gala. “There are few causes as important as assisting children.”

A Call to Action

April 8, 2014

“Not many people know the horror of what happens to women and girls in history,” Carter told The Current guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.

Sexual assaults, honor killings, prostitution, physical abuse: no matter where you look in our world, you will find women and girls being abused. It’s why Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, calls it the biggest challenge of our times — and addresses it in a new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

Call to Action Jimmy CarterCarter says that there were 32 million people killed during World War Two — “the worst war in history” — but more than five times as many girls have been deliberately murdered by their parents in this generation alone. Carter also says that the “international trade in human beings exceeds what it was in the 19th century,” and is annual about $32 billion and “about 800,000 people are sold across international borders every year — 80 per cent of whom are girls are being sold into sexual slavery.”

Such violence and abuse is an international dilemma, Carter says. For example, “in the U.S. military alone, 26,000 sexual assaults took place and only about 300 actually resulted in anybody being punished.” Additionally, only four per cent of rapes on college campuses are being reported. “There’s an aversion to admit what goes on even in our most cherished institutions.” So why is this happening, and why is it not being discussed more? “The general community just won’t admit it,” Carter said.

This is why he wrote Call to Action — to start an international dialogue about what’s going on, why, and what we can do about it. He also incorporates it into his teachings as a preacher and Sunday School teacher, travels, gives speeches and writes editorials for newspapers. He also believes that in order for international change to occur, countries much first take a long, hard look at the injustices taking place at home.

“The power and influences in the United Nations really rest with Europe and the United States. And if we are acquiescent or look the other way on the abuses that exist in our own country…then it’s very difficult for us to correct the other problems.”


The Maya Way: Celebrating the Light Within

April 8, 2014

Maya Way


Call for Films

April 7, 2014

IBWFF Call for Films 2014

Call for Films

FREE Submission Application until August 2, 2014

The International Black Women’s Film Festival is looking for narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from any genre (except adult/”porn”, instructional or promotional films).  is prioritizing films completed within the past year, specifically, films completed after July 1, 2013. Films completed after July 1, 2013, have a higher possibility of being selected, though it is not a guarantee for selection.

Download & Share Flyer! (PDF)

Requirements // Lead character prominently features a woman of African descent/African Diaspora in a non-pornographic and/or non-stereotypical role. AND Film may feature the experiences, viewpoints, lifestyles, socio-economic position or stories of Black women, but it is not required for eligibility. OR Film was directed and/or produced by a Black woman/woman of the African diaspora (this includes women of the following groups/cultures: Adivasi, Aboriginal Australians, Dravidian, Pilipino Negrito / Ati, Seminole, Dalit, African Latino, Arawak, Carib, Garifuna, “Black Indian”, Black African groups/tribes, East Timorese, Solomon Islander/indigenous Pacific Islander, African/indigenous Caribbean, African Brazilian, indigenous Fijian, indigenous Maori, multi/bi-racial, et al.).

More About Requirements // Films should be timely, or directly features issues, activities, politics that influence the lives of Black women around the world. Digital shorts, animation and experimental films may present any issue, but filmmakers should be Black women or prominently feature a Black woman character or issue. Formatting // All films (digital, animation, etc.) must be transferred onto a DVD for screenings. The IBWFF no longer accepts VHS or BETA tapes! Online films must be encoded using either Quicktime, MPEG, Flash (*.swf) or Windows Media formats. You are welcome to forward a link to where your film can be viewed online. (Online, digital films must be transferred to DVD, if you’d like it reviewed offline. For theater projection, you must format your film for DVD and theater screen.)

About YouTube, Bebo and other online services // If you’d like your film to be considered as a “premiere,” then it cannot be available online via such services as YouTube, Bebo, Hulu, Brightcove, etc. If you are using one of these services, your film may be considered for IBWFF TV, but not the film festival. Click for More Info…


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