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Spring 2015

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On 1 November 2007 Sandra Rafaela of The Afro European Sisters Network (AESN) and Adrianne George of the Black Women in Europe™ (BWIE) Blog and Social Network teamed up to launch an Internet space for Women in the African Diaspora around the Globe.  Contact us.


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  1. globalgoddes

    I absolutely am in love with this site. I travel, and I write then in between I live. So please, let me know if I can help in any way.

    luv & respect
    Global Goddess http://traveldivasdestinations.blogspot.com

  2. Hi Russel, thanks for stopping by.



    Life can hit us hard. Sometimes you get knocked down when you don’t even see it coming. Some are cheap shots, some are glancing blows and some can bring you to your knees and when this happens, it’s not about how hard you get hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, but still find the strength and the motivation to keep moving forward. It’s about having the will to continue on in spite of the obstacles standing in your way.

    Your are not defined by what happens to you, but rather by how you react to what happens to you. When you get hit, do you stay down? Or do you reach down somewhere deep inside of yourself and pull up the courage that lifts you back on your feet to keep moving forward?

    Leave your mistakes and regrets in the past. They do not define your value, then or now. When you stay in the past of your life you become stuck and unable to move forward. In reality, we all have made mistakes with our jobs, our choices, our friends and our relationships. The consequences can hit us pretty hard. To begin learning how to put these experiences behind us, we must learn by letting them go, for you can begin to live in the here and now. Love yourself enough to give yourself the gift of forgiveness and keep moving forward by opening new doors, and doing new things.

    Many times your faith may be tested by things that occur in your life. Divorce, money troubles, illness, and a loved one’s death can make you question why God or any other entity would allow this to happen to you. Keep the faith to know that you are not alone in your struggles for we are all fighting some type of battle in our lives…simply because we are all human and no one is perfect…..some of us are just better at covering it up than others. In order to move forward in life, you need a firm foundation to step from. By understanding what and where you want to go in life will provide your vision and spirit, it will give you your foundation to keep moving forward. Open your heart and trust that everything in this life, no matter what it is happens for a reason. Faith is having the courage to deal with the problems you are facing in your life. Faith believes that there is a greater good and things will get better. Even though it may seem unlikely, or even impossible, faith is what can pull you through.

    Often times in our lives we come across people who are there to help us in our life journey. Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there they serve some sort of purpose to teach you a lesson or help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. Other times we come across those who want to destroy our path or detour us from it, but we have to know that these people come in all forms, you never know who these people are for they may be your family, close friend or associate, roommate, your neighbor, professor, long lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger who when you lock eyes with them you know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.

    The people you meet who affect your life and successes and downfalls you experience they are the ones who create who you are. Even the bad experience can be learned from…those lessons are the hardest and probably the most important ones but sometimes it is just God’s way of calling you back to him to make you grow as a person, or maybe you have to experience that to pave the way for something much better. We need to keep a positive, grace-awakened attitude and keep moving forward.

    Be willing to let down your guard, your ego and your pride and be willing to ask for help for there many people who would extend their hand and lift you up if you would just ask. Often times we find ourselves afraid to ask because we don’t believe we are worthy to receive the help. We are surrounded by millions and millions of people by design and for a purpose. A hand to grasp, a shoulder to cling and cry on, and a face to radiate hope, faith, trust and support can help you to keep moving on and forward.

    Whatever your goals, your dreams, or your desires, you are worthy of achieving it all because God is the dream maker revealed. Don’t get too focused on the person on your left, or to the person on your right, just keep moving forward at your own pace, for God is working it all out for your good as long as you trust Him and believe. The closer you get to your goals, dreams and desires, is when the enemy (The Devil) of your soul will begin putting doubt in your mind, heart and spirit, and the enemy begins by playing that self-limiting tape that say you are not worthy of achieving your goals, dreams and desires but if you would just stop, take a deep breath and replace those old tapes with a newer one that confirms the truth that you are worthy to have your heart’s true desire and to keep moving forward. Begin each new day by saying “Today will be my Happy Day…..for I believe I will and can handle any problems that may come my way successfully today. In fact! I believe something good will happen to me and I love me….because I deserve the best life has to offer everyday”. For you are responsible for the quality and condition of your life. Your career, your relationships and your happiness are all under your direct control. Learn to listen, trust and hear that inner voice speaking to you from inside yourself for it’s usually right, and it will guide you in the direction you are suppose to be going!

    Through it all at the end of the day you must maintain Faith…honor it…cherish it but must of all Believe in it for it is Faith that will deliver you to wherever you want to go in life. When we lose our ability to, we can easily be physically alive but spiritually dead. This could be why God wants us to keep moving forward to our gaols, dreams and desires and also become deeper in our spiritual life. He alone is our rock and our salvation, our fortress; and we shall not be shaken. Keep moving forward. No matter how many times you fail, keep trying because eventually you’ll succee, for it is YOU who has the ability to bring about the change your are searching for in your life. Keep moving forward and as you do be loving, caring and compassionate enough enough to Pass It Forward onto others.


    Heavenly Father, You have written Your truth in our minds, our hearts and our souls. Let us remember to use this truth to help others. I am praying for all your children – those you saved by your strength and mighty power. We bring to you our hurts, our fears, our disappointments, our worries about family, and our health and the safety of our loved ones. The struggles, the cruelties, and the tribulations of this life sometimes seem so unfair. Please not leave us to suffer alone, Lord; do not turn Your face away. Please answer my prayers and the prayer of your other children who gladly honour your name. It is my hope and prayer that this year will allow ALL the opportunity to grow and to have the will to Keep Moving Forward!! Thank you for Unity. Thank you for Blessings. As we change the way we do things so as to be more relevant to those around us, please help those who find this difficult, to be able to adjust, and give us All the strength and courage to keep moving forward as we keep our eyes fixed upon You. Amen.

    From My Heart 2 Yours

  4. Fantastic site and a great resource. I did a bit of work in the 1990s with the Wages for Housework Campaign – despite being a pink Caucasian man – and learned a great deal about myself and others.

    All the best to you (from the UK)

  5. Hi Cindy, please submit your information to be included i the Markeplace section here!

  6. Hi Sandra and Adrienne,

    I recently found out about your blog and I love the support and the opportunities it presents for women of the diaspora around the world. My partner and I recently started a lifestyle brand, Hemma, that combines contemporary chic styles with rich African royal tradition through the use of kente and other specialty African products. Each garment is made of traditionally woven kente and hand crafted in Ghana as well. I would love to do a blogroll trade with you guys!

    You can check out our blog at http://www.hemmafashions.blogspot.com



  7. Nice to here from you Lynn! Why don't you submit your information to be included in our marketplace section here? Take a look at it and see what you think. You should also contact Sandra directly who is managing our links section: sandra (at) womenoftheafricandiaspora.com.

  8. Hi Sandra and Adrianne,
    Your site is great! Would you consider a mutual link? I run Africare and have been selling Afro-Caribbean products and doing hairdressing in Reading since 1994. My website http://www.africare.co.uk specialises in being helpful and offering advice, all for free. I'm now about to launch an e-commerce side to reach out to people of colour in the more remote parts of the UK where they just can't get good products.

    Regards and keep up the good work

    Lynn Jackson