Posts Tagged ‘African France’

Blacks in the Olympics: Coverage

In People and Pop Culture, Sports on February 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm

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“First black Olympic figure skating pair electrify crowd” – [Reuters]
(See videos of past performances of Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur here.)
“American Speedskater Shani Davis Belongs to the World”- [New York Times]


Why Didn’t We Report This? Marie Ndaye- Génie littéraire… Femme Noire

In Global on December 10, 2009 at 12:00 am

In better late than never reporting for Le Monde Noir,  Marie Ndaye, a Senegalese-French woman, was the first black woman to win France’s Prix Goncourt, the country’s top literary prize in November.  She is also the first woman to win the prize since 1998.  She won for her novel Trois femmes puissantes (Three Powerful Women). Ms. Ndaye has also been a vocal critic of Sarkozy’s France as it has been reported that she moved to Berlin in 2007 because she found the city to be “freer” than France.

Interestingly, Ms. Ndaye distanced her win’s significance as a first for a person of black heritage.  She states, “I don’t represent anything or anyone. I have met many French people raised in Africa who are more African than I am.”

Black Woman Wins Prix Goncourt for the First Time – [Guardian]
New Literary Star Marie Ndiaye takes on France’s old guard- [CS Monitor]

Arthur Ashe School: The New Class

In Global, Sports on June 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm


French player Gael Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

French player Gaël Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

In between classes one day I turned on the French Open just in time to see French men’s tennis player Josselin Ouanna on the tube winning a match. In the stands watching was his friend Gaël Monfils who the sportscaster mentioned as being another French tennis player.  After mentioning my discovery on my Facebook page, my boyfriend asked why I wasn’t interested in researching Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga.  This was my introduction to the new class of black tennis players.   I’m ashamed to say that my knowledge of these young men is minimal.  The last young black male tennis player I was able to name was James Blake and I haven’t been following his career in a while. So for those of you who are in the same boat, I’ve put together a collection of articles for you.  An introduction to the new class of black tennis players.


Name: Josselin Ouanna

Age: 23

Born: Tours France / Current Residence: Suresnes, France


Wikipedia profile
Player Profile– ATP
French don’t fare well at French Open – LA Times
Josselin Ouanna strikes blow for French Evolution – Times Online

tsongaName: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Age: 24

Birthplace:  Le Mans, France  / Current Residence: La Rippe, Switzerland


Wikipedia page 
Player Profile– ATP
Tsonga, Monfils spark hopes– The Sydney Morning Herald
High-flying Frenchmen the toast of Roland Garros– USA Today 

 gmName: Gaël Monfils

Age: 22

Born: Paris, France  /  Current Residence: Nyon, Switzerland


Wikipedia page
Player Profile– ATP
Roddick loses to Monfils in 4th round of French – The Associated Press
Monfils Rolls Over Roddick– New York Times