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([personal profile] acari Feb. 17th, 2012 05:20 pm)
Sara Nuru is a German model of Ethiopian descent. She won season four of Germany's Next Topmodel. (Click on the images to see larger versions.)

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nanila: pretending to be french (vintage me: camhoor)
([personal profile] nanila Feb. 12th, 2012 04:15 pm)

I heard "Four Women" on 6Music the other day, and it reminded me how much I love this lady's music.

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Lyrics to Four Women: My name is Peaches. )

Nina Simone sings "Four Women" live at the Harlem Cultural Festival 1969. YouTube video, 04:40.
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([personal profile] nanila Feb. 1st, 2012 03:45 pm)

A couple of weeks ago, a glorious soulful voice was silenced after a long battle with illness. Rest in peace, Etta James.

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Etta James sings "I'd Rather Go Blind", YouTube video, 02:34
Etta James sings "Something's Got A Hold On Me" live, YouTube video, 05:21 (Watch it for the full minute she spends going WHOA YEAH unaccompanied. It's awesome.)
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([personal profile] acari Dec. 30th, 2011 02:23 pm)
Once more, the different faces of Germany. This time it's German-Turkish actress Aylin Tezel.

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OK, my love for Donnie Yen is eternal and boundless, but I just watched Ip Man and, and, and, HIROYUKI IKEUCHI.


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([personal profile] acari Dec. 5th, 2011 11:11 am)
Sibel Kekilli is a German actress of Turkish descent. You may know her as Shae from Game of Thrones.

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nanila: pretending to be french (vintage me: camhoor)
([personal profile] nanila Oct. 31st, 2011 10:26 pm)
The early termination of last week’s theme was caused by the torpedoing of my intentions by an avalanche of work and illness. I’m taking this week off, as I didn’t have the energy to prepare at the weekend (see: work and illness). My apologies.

I hope, however, that this entry might keep some of you amused for a little while. Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned the three-part BBC television series called Mixed Race Britannia? It traced the evolution of the profile of mixed race people in modern Britain. I watched all of them and wrote them up. The series put a rather rosy spin on the acceptance of mixed race couples and mixed race people in the UK today that I didn’t think was entirely justified, but it did provide rich historical coverage from the early 1900s to the present, focusing primarily on London and Liverpool.

Mixed Race Britannia: 1 of 3
Mixed Race Britannia: 2 of 3
Mixed Race Britannia: 3 of 3

Paul Robeson was an American singer, actor and early civil rights activist. In 1930, he played Othello opposite actress Peggy Ashcroft (Desdemona), a role which required him to kiss her on stage. It was not a performance he could have made at home. Robeson and Ashcroft took their liaisons off-stage as well - a romance that would flame periodically for decades.

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 26th, 2011 03:29 pm)
Latina Roxann Dawson had a memorable role as the half-Klingon, half-human chief engineer B’Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager. She has not stopped making her mark on media, however, since she turned her hand to directing during ST:V and discovered she had talent behind the lens as well as in front of it. She’s also co-authored several science fiction novels.

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 25th, 2011 05:30 pm)
Reprising the role of fictional astronaut Uhura in the new Star Trek films is just one of Dominican-Puerto Rican Zoe Saldana’s thespian accomplishments. But I think it’s my favourite.

‘When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, "¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?" (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don't understand it, and it's the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, "Yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.") [They go,] "Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita." ("Oh no, you are 'dark skinned'") I'm like, "No! Let's get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.")’

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Summarized from

Vienna Teng is the stage name of Taiwanese-American pianist and singer-songwriter Cynthia Yih Shih.

Although Ms. Shih began her career as a software engineer, she decided to pursue her music career full time after she was signed by Virt Records in 2002. From 2002 to 2010, Vienna Teng released 4 studio albums.

Among her fans is late-night television host David Letterman, who immediately booked her to perform on his show. He praised her debut album:

"I've heard the entire CD, and there's not a dud on this."

In 2010, Vienna Teng was named a Next Century Citizen by Future-ish.

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From actual astronauts last week, we go to Fictional Astronauts this week. Leading the way with her seminal role as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the original TV series Star Trek is actress and singer Nichelle Nichols. After the Star Trek series was cancelled, Nichols volunteered at NASA to help recruit minority and female personnel. One of her recruits was Charles Bolden, who was an astronaut...and is now Administrator of NASA.

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nanila: (old-skool: science!)
([personal profile] nanila Oct. 21st, 2011 01:51 pm)
Dr Chiaki Mukai is a cardiovascular surgeon and JAXA astronaut who has flown two shuttle missions. She became the first Japanese woman in space on board the Space Shuttle Columbia’s flight STS-65 in 1994, and is still active in manned spaceflight programmes.

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Indian-Slovenian-American Sunita Williams is a naval officer, helicopter pilot and astronaut. She holds the record for the longest spaceflight of any woman - 195 days, spent about the International Space Station. She has also performed four spacewalks.

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 19th, 2011 11:47 am)
Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-born woman in space in 1997 on her first mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. She was an aerospace engineer, pilot, flight instructor and general technical wizard.

Kalpana Chawla died on 1 February 2003 along with her six crewmates when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry.

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nanila: fulla starz (lolcat: science)
([personal profile] nanila Oct. 18th, 2011 11:19 am)
Astronaut and physician Mae Jemison became the first black woman in space aboard the Endeavour space shuttle in 1992. She cites Commander Uhura from the television series Star Trek as one of her inspirations when she was growing up. Little did she know that later in life she would appear on Star Trek herself (in The Next Generation episode “Second Chances”). She continues to reach out to minority students to get them interested in science.

"In kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I told her a scientist. She said, 'Don't you mean a nurse?' Now, there's nothing wrong with being a nurse, but that's not what I wanted to be."

“The best way to make a dream come true is to wake up.”

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 17th, 2011 10:27 am)
This week’s theme was inspired by my attendance at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Women in Aviation & Aerospace conference last Friday. Inaugurating Female Astronauts week is Ellen Lauri Ochoa, an engineer and inventor who is now Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Centre. She became the first Hispanic woman in space on a Discovery shuttle mission in 1993 and she holds multiple patents for novel optical inspection systems.

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 14th, 2011 09:57 pm)
Shazia Mirza is a Pakistani-British Muslim stand-up comic from Birmingham known for her straight-faced one-liners. She also writes a regular column for the Guardian.

“My name is Shazia Mirza. At least, that’s what it says on my pilot’s licence.”

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On the Muslim sense of humour. (YouTube, 01:50)
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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 13th, 2011 10:10 pm)
Russell Peters is an Indo-Canadian comic who specializes in observational comedy about race and culture. He’s an extremely good mimic and has an elastic face that adds to the hilarity of his impressions.

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Russell Peters on cultural misconceptions (YouTube, 02:36)
How to become a Canadian citizen (YouTube, 06:12)
Andi Osho is a London-born Nigerian-British actor-turned-stand-up-comic. Her warm, engaging style and zeitgeist-tapping jokes have won her plaudits and a semi-regular guest spot on the popular BBC show Mock the Week.

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On Nigerian names (YouTube, 02:10)
At the Edinburgh Comedy Fest 2011 (YouTube, 05:49)


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