Start Writing Your Life Story in Just 15 Minutes a Day: LET’S DO US! Workshop Series June 2, 2020

You are invited to join a two-hour writing workshop with author Carolyn van Es-Vines during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Join author Carolyn van Es-Vines for an exclusive 2-hour online writing workshop on June 2, 2020 at 9 am Amsterdam time.

Carolyn van Es-Vines is the author of black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity, her life story that was published in 2010.

She holds a Master’s degree in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland in the US. She left her career in academia to focus on her young family and to develop her writing skills. She ran an award-winning blog called Black and Abroad, wrote for The Local Expat, a newspaper in The Hague, and regularly contributes articles for the well-being section of ACCESS, a Dutch-based magazine for expats.


Carolyn has qualified as a Certified Professional Life Coach. As part of her coaching model she has developed a life-story writing program to help her clients reflect on where they come from and most importantly how that impacts where they are right now. She has led many workshops on life-story writing in companies like ACCESS The Hague and Shell Outpost.


Carolyn was raised in the US and has lived in the Netherlands for over twenty years with her Dutch husband. Together they have two daughters, one son, two cats, and five chickens. In her spare time she likes working out, playing the piano, and is wild about her Happy Planner!

Registration for her two hour workshop is required and is limited to 100 participants.

Puccini and the Beauty Within Two Imperfectly Perfect Heroines: LET’S DO US! Presentation and Concert June 1, 2020

You are invited to join a very special evening with Opera Soprano Kristin Lewis during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks and months.

Join us on June 1, 2020 at 7 pm Austria time.

One of our Power Listers!

Kristin is creating a special evening just for us. Here is why I’m so excited:

Kristin Lewis, a lyrico-spinto soprano, has graced the stages of many of the world’s leading opera houses. Noted for her well-focused, majestic sound, rich in overtones and rare blend of piano culture, she has been directed by and among the most illustrious conductors.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas/USA, Ms. Lewis grew up in a musical family, and began singing and performing at an early age. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas under the guidance of Dr. Martha Antolik and a Masters of Music degree while studying with Kay Paschal and Andrew Wentzel from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Post graduate study was endeavored under the tutelage of Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff, and currently with Carol Byers.

Read her full bio, philanthropy, and long list of achievements and awards on her website.

How to use communication in these times of crisis: LET’S DO US! Workshop May 26

You are invited to join the fifth workshop in the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks and months.

Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua is a storytelling coach on a  mission to help ambitious entrepreneurs leverage the power of storytelling to be more visible, give back to the community and make dreams come true. 

Registration is required to secure your place for the 45 minutes workshop and is limited to 100 people.

Canceled: Black Women Meditate: LET’S DO US! Workshop May 19

We hope to reschedule and will have additional meditation workshops in June.

We hope to reschedule and will have additional meditation workshops in June.

You are invited to join the third workshop in the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.
Black Women Meditate

Marilyn Grando was born in ’77 in the post-colonial Netherlands to two loving parents from Surinam. After having completed college and worked in predominantly white corporate spaces, she realized there is not only a glass ceiling for women but an even lower one specifically for black people. One that no one speaks about. After a traumatic personal experience, she turned to meditation and followed several intense retreats. To better herself, she realized she had to turn inward, not look for external factors to reach certain goals. She soon realized there were little to no people who looked like her in the retreats she visited. In the following 9 years, she met 2 other black people during those retreats. This seemed strange to her. As all meditative and spiritual knowledge as the Western world now consumes it, originated from Africa. Meditation had a profound effect on her and her way of thinking. And this knowledge can best be passed on to others who look exactly like her with the same experiences and subjected to the same social stress (and pleasure) factors. Hence Black Women Meditate was born.
 
Within Black Women Meditate women learn to meditate with like-minded ladies in a safe environment for them and thus support their mental and physical health. Black Women Meditate strengthens the black community from within. After all, there are clear mental health benefits for black people in a mostly white environment, who spend time with people who look just like them. And that is why we need Black Women Meditate. 

Description of the meditation Q&A:

During this Q&A, all attendees can ask me all sorts of questions concerning their meditation practice. If you are an experienced Meditator and if you are starting to meditate. I am in no way “enlightened”, but I hope to be able to answer your questions on how to meditate or how to integrate meditation more into your daily life. 

Description of the workshop:

During the workshop, we will focus on breath and awareness. With these two anchors, we will train our brain to focus on ourselves and be aware of our physical presence during the meditation. We’ll start at 8.00 o’clock CET and meditate together for approximately 35 minutes, and then be on our way to start our day in a positive, easy and confident manner. 

Registration is required to ensure your place for the 45 minutes workshop. Limited to 100 participants.

Kids Acting: LET’S DO US! Workshop May 16

You are invited to join the second workshop in the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Rhoda Wilson

Rhoda Wilson is a creator, producer, and director well respected in Nollywood UK. In 2019, Rhoda produced her third Christmas movie; Christmas In London which was successfully premiered in November 2019, London. In 2018, Rhoda produced and directed her second Christmas movie for children; The Christmas Gift and was a hit with the Children when it premiered in November 2018 followed by theatrical releases in London and Birmingham. She was the director and one of the executive producers of Miracles of the Christmas Angels which had a successful and well-attended premiere in November 2017 at the Vue Cinema in Westfield Stratford. Both productions, from pre-production to delivery took an average of 13 months.
Rhoda also created and was the executive producer of the successful TV series Housewives & Girlfriends which debuted on Africa Magic urban channel 153 in 2015 and in 2018 went global on Amazon Prime. Housewives & Girlfriends is a 30-minute drama series with comical undertones set in London, UK.  Season 1 took 18 months to complete whilst a shorter period was achieved for Season 2. In 2019, she embarked on her second Tv Series, which was created by her, House Share about a group of tenants and is under production. Read Rhoda’s full bio and list of accomplishments.

Happy kids from a previous workshop.

Registration is required to ensure your place for the 1 hour workshop. Limited to 25 participants. Presents will be awarded!

Parents pleased with Rhoda’s kids acting workshop.

The Power of a Morning Routine: LET’S DO US! Workshop May 14

Rosemary Dede

You are invited to join the first workshop in the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Rosemary Dede was born in Germany and grew up in Belgium. In 2013, moved to Ghana to work and discover her roots. She eventually returned to Belgium and lives with her husband and two kids. She has always been passionate about helping women live their lives to the fullest and is an avid believer in living holistically. Living in Europe and Africa fuelled her passion to connect with and support women of colour through a multifaceted social community. She is the founder of Shetribe, a paid on and offline community. The Shetribe platform is a place where women can be together, be themselves, live optimally, and inspire and uplift one another.

Registration is required to ensure your place for the 1 hour workshop. Limited to 100 participants.

Work-/Life-Balance when (suddenly) Working from Home: LET’S DO US! Workshop May 21

You are invited to join the fifth workshop in the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks and months.

Trina Roach is an executive coach, leadership workshop facilitator, and Human Resources Development consultant. In her role as Managing Consultant at beopledd in Schilde/Belgium, she supports organizations and business professionals throughout Europe on their quest to understand how we lead others more effectively by better managing ourselves.  

Work/Life Balance – When Suddenly Working from Home

For some, working from home was always a secret desire. For others, it was their worst nightmare.

With the event of Covid-19, it became an equally unexpected challenge for both groups.

Beyond any optimistic dramatization of relaxed mornings spent sipping fragrant coffee whilst leisurely scrolling through your emails and nibbling on a warm, buttered croissant, Covid-19 thrust many of us into the harsh reality of having to proactively design our own daily schedules to remain productive. This all in the face of real-time anxiety, as well as familial challenges, added to the abruptly shifting framework of “doing business as usual”.  

  • How do I smoothly change gears to work remotely with my manager, my team, my peers, and my clients while maintaining my professional image?
  • How can I possibly supervise my children’s home-schooling/care for fragile family members or friends while staying productive on the job?
  • Can I ever find time for my own physical/mental/spiritual well-being amidst all the other demands being placed on my time and bandwidth?

In this online workshop, I’m going to share 8 vital tips on how to deliver as much of what’s expected of you both professionally and privately as possible, while also making (not “finding”!) enough time in your schedule for personal care.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” where this issue is concerned, so please be open to discussing challenges and victories, as well as sharing and receiving tips and techniques from other attendees for the benefit of us all.

Registration is required to secure your place for the 1.5 hours workshop and is limited to 100 participants.

Producer’s Talk for Adults: LET’S DO US! May 20

You are invited to join the fourth workshop in the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks and months.

Rhoda Wilson

Rhoda Wilson is a creator, producer, and director well respected in Nollywood UK. In 2019, Rhoda produced her third Christmas movie; Christmas In London which was successfully premiered in November 2019, London. In 2018, Rhoda produced and directed her second Christmas movie for children; The Christmas Gift and was a hit with the Children when it premiered in November 2018 followed by theatrical releases in London and Birmingham. She was the director and one of the executive producers of Miracles of the Christmas Angels which had a successful and well-attended premiere in November 2017 at the Vue Cinema in Westfield Stratford. Both productions, from pre-production to delivery took an average of 13 months.

Rhoda also created and was the executive producer of the successful TV series Housewives & Girlfriends which debuted on Africa Magic urban channel 153 in 2015 and in 2018 went global on Amazon Prime. Housewives & Girlfriends is a 30-minute drama series with comical undertones set in London, UK.  Season 1 took 18 months to complete whilst a shorter period was achieved for Season 2. In 2019, she embarked on her second Tv Series, which was created by her, House Share about a group of tenants and is under production. Read Rhoda’s full bio and list of accomplishments.

Registration is required to ensure your place for this one hour talk. Limited to 100 participants.

Let’s do us! Together we can survive and thrive during this virus crisis.

Let's do us!

We can help each other if we pool our resources, offer moral support and share our expertise.

Take this unprecedented opportunity life has given us to make a difference in our local and global communities by sharing, learning, and giving.

1. Gift your services or products and be included in a curated list of resources for women and families to keep it together during self or government-imposed lockdown.

2. Share your expertise as a panelist in a series of workshops that will cover topics from prioritizing work and life balance to homeschooling.

3. List your online business in our directory exclusively for black women in Europe to be discovered by black women and others everywhere.

The link to the participation form can be found on Facebook in our group for women in Europe and in our group for women around the world.

If you have other ideas we can implement just email me on contact (at) blackwomenineurope.com

I so appreciate your support and what you give me by reading this post. LET’S DO US!

xx Adrianne

“Five Clicks Up From Trailer Trash” is what she called Meghan Markle

Source: Buzzfeed

A clip of an MSNBC guest referring to Meghan Markle as “five clicks up from trailer trash” on air Saturday has gone viral and is being cited as an example of why she and husband Prince Harry have chosen to step back as working members of the royal family for a one-year review period.

During the MSNBC Live segment, British reporter Victoria Mather, who was incorrectly identified on the show as a “Vanity Fair Royals Watcher,” said that the Duchess of Sussex has been “disrespectful” to the royal family and its protocol.

“I think what is real has really, really upset the British public is that Meghan Markle, who many people consider as only, you know, five clicks up from trailer trash, has actually tried to disrespect the queen,” she said. “And the queen is the most respected person, most respected woman, in the world.”

Read the full story, and send in the names and website links of organizations in Europe that support black women to contact@bwiesmg.org.