“Blámenn!” Palli, our Iceland Review photographer, shouts. “You call them Blámenn!” Of course, Palli is a leg-puller from way back, so I take this with a grain of salt. Although it’s something I desperately want answered. What are black people called in Iceland? Palli’s answer of “blámenn” (blue men), however dubious, is historically how the ancient people of this isle referred to people from the African continent. Why blue and now black? Interestingly enough, in Old Norse the concept of “black” didn’t exist as it does today. Hence, seemingly black horses are most often called “brown”.
Some of us knew that Bob Dylan liked to swirl since it came out in 2001. Remember Mavis Staples turned down his marriage proposal. I don’t blame him for keeping his marriages secret and out of the spotlight This is definitely easier to do as his born name Robert Zimmerman. He took care of business and was obviously a good dad, as his ex-wife says. No hidden racism as some of the comments in the various articles suggest.
All American family describes Carol Dingess and her family, but they are so much more than that. I don’t know when I have met a more wholesome, loving and terrific young man as Dominic who introduced me to him mom. He is the kind of son who would make any parent proud. And I might had that Domnic will make some fortunate young lady a wonderful husband. Upon meeting his parents it becomes evident why he is such a gentleman. Someone is doing something right.
Carolyn Vines is an all American living in a place she could never have fathomed growing up in her native Indianapolis. Her opportunities pursuing her education led her around the country, world and back again. Somewhere in her sojourn, Carolyn met the love of her life and found herself in the Netherlands living, studying, working, and having a family. In her book, black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity (released August 2010) Carolyn Vines details her life as an American expatriate living in the Netherlands. She shares her inspirations, multicultural family and life. Passionate about language, Carolyn speaks Spanish and Dutch fluently. The book, Carolyn’s memoir, covers her twenty years’ living and traveling abroad and shares how she was inspired to transcend the limitations of her identity as a black woman.
As many of you embark on your sojourns overseas, no doubt that you have given thought to what languages you will have to learn. Many of you are already in classes or have taken classes in the language of the country you plan to visit or live in or the language of your sweetheart if English is not his mother tongue. There are ways to get started from books, to dvds, to online programs and many are free for basic or conversational instruction.
This is a listing of dating sites that barely scratch the surface of what is out there. If you are interested in meeting men overseas I recommend checking some of them out. Most are free and most will include people from the US as well. It seems that some of these sites will overlap or be applicable for more than one country on your preferences list. Some of the sites may be suspect or scam magnets. Unfortunately, this is part of what we have to deal with when deciding to look online for love. You will have to be shrewd in your dealings with anyone you choose to contract or respond. Forget about winks and those time wasters. I recommend joining 3 or 4 paid sites and 4 to 5 free sites. This is a small investment when you consider that you are looking for a husband.
I was just thinking of one of my Japanese girlfriends and this wedding announcement from the New York Times came to mind. The Japanese and Koreans have a long history of bad blood. This in part due to harsh rule during Japanese occupation of Korea, comfort women, racism, mistrust and hatred to name a few. This love story just goes to show that some can still find love and happiness in spite of the bitterness between the nationalities/races.
Although actor Tom Sizemore recently revealed that he is biracial as his mother is black. He chose not to disclose it earlier possibly helping his career as an actor…. He now praises his mom and grandfather for finally becoming sober. Maybe his secret internally contributed heavily to his continual drug and alcohol use, who knows? But I say he can be or say whatever he wants to be.
Cherilyn Weekes Smith is very special — as she has been a powerful voice in Black Women Empowerment. Cherilyn, as she is known to followers of Black Women Deserve Better™ her blog, she promotes healthy, well living lifestyles for Black women. As well, she encourages marriage for Black women to high quality men regardless of race. Because Cherilyn practices what she preaches, it is not at all surprising that she took her own advice, and that of similarly minded bloggers.