BEING BLACK AND GERMAN
Panel discussion at the Havana Club on 03 June 2018, at 11 a.m.
Host: Sarah Bergh
Today, there are almost one million black people living in Germany – in a society dominated by white people. The panel discussion takes up the topic and we have invited four impressive people who will not only talk about their personal experiences with racism, but also about how they use their work and commitment to reveal and overcome discriminating and racist structures in Germany. As an introduction to the topic the documentary Afro.Germany will be shown at the ARTE cinema tent on Saturday evening, 2 June 2018 at 08.30 pm. The following people will take part in the panel discussion at the Havana Club on Sunday, 3 June 2018 at 11 am.
Raphael Dernbach (member of ISD, Munich)
Raphael Dernbach studied economics in Munich, co-authored two books (Spiegelblicke), is living in Munich with his two children and has been dedicatedly working for the “Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V.” (Initiative of Black People in Germany) for 30 years. The aim of the initiative is to represent the interests of black people in Germany.
© Raphael Dernbach
Jermain Raffington (host and basketball player, Berlin)
After a two-year study stay in the USA, in 2007, Raffington, the son of a German mother and a Jamaican father, became a professional basketball player in Germany. Ever since he has ended his professional sports career, he has been working as a producer and host of VICE Media in Berlin. In his autonomously produced web series schwarzrotgold.tv Jermain focuses on the life and experiencesof black Germans.
© Jermain Raffington
Jana Pareigis (host at ZDF, Berlin)
Jana Pareigis is a TV host of the ZDF morning magazine and she is also working as a freelance journalist. She is the author and director of the TV documentary “Afro.Germany” in which she talks about her experiences as a black person in Germany. Jana Pareigis studied political sciences and Africana Studies in Hamburg, New York and Berlin and subsequently completed a journalistic traineeship at Deutschen Welle.
© Maurice Weiss
Tiranke Diallo (Mama Afrika e.V., Berlin)
Guinea-native Tiranke Diallo is the chairwoman of the initiative Mama Afrika e. V. and consultant for FGM. Her mother who founded the initiative was afflicted by female genital mutilation. Tiranke Diallo was born in France and grew up in Germany. She is a trained office clerk and has worked in human resource management for years. She considers herself a black German.