Free virtual screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” by award-winning photographer and director RaMell Ross

We’re pleased to announce this virtual event in collaboration with the US Embassy of Singapore.

U.S. Embassy Singapore invites you to register for the free virtual screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” by award-winning photographer and director RaMell Ross.

An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, the film looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son.

You are invited to experience their experiences, their everyday lives, their highs and lows, joys and sorrows. These moments combine to communicate the region’s deep culture and provide glimpses into the lives of this particular African American community.

This film will be available to watch for free in Singapore from March 19 to March 28, 2021. (Registration required).

Click below to find out more about how to register and secure your slot for the screening. (available in Singapore only)

Live Q&A Session with RaMell Ross on Hale County This Morning, This Afternoon

U.S. Embassy Singapore and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is organizing a live Q&A session with “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” director, RaMell Ross. The session will feature a panel discussion between RaMell Ross and SUSS faculty members.

Date: Friday, 26 March

Time: 8:00-9:00 (SGT)

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What does it mean to be Black and Singaporean?

As part of our mission to connect Black voices in Singapore, we are excited to invite you to a discussion on the Black Singaporean experience featuring a panel of guests with African roots who grew up in Singapore.

You may have seen the video on them below which went viral a few months ago.

Please join us in a virtual discussion with Wendy, Alvin and Nancy on December 28th as they share more details on their experience growing up as Black Singaporean.

Event details and Registration link below:

Date: December 28th, 2020

Time: 7pm

Venue: Online (Zoom)


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Ayer Hitam: A Black History of Singapore

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Wakanda Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Event!

You’ve heard about cryptocurrency and Blockchain, but how well do you understand it?

Did you know that this technology has the potential to disrupt the world financial system to the great benefit of people from Africa and the diaspora?

Come discuss these subjects and more in the newly opened, Kafe Utu, Singapore’s first African themed cafe serving amazing cocktails, coffee and a selection of the continent’s most famous dishes. You can also indicate your interest using this meetup link:

Kafe Utu
12 Jiak Chuan Road
Saturday, January 26

2 pm – Arrival and introductions
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Blockchain introduction discussion
4:30 pm – Drinks and Networking

Hope to see you there!

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You are kindly invited to:

Backbenchers on Sunday 29th November 2015 between 3.00pm – 7.00pm and delight in the spirit of Thanksgiving by sharing:

  • Laughter
  • Food
  • Stories
  • Sing-a-longs
  • Board games
  • Charades
  • Footed jammies
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Dominoes
  • Tunes
  • Thanks


Where? Backbenchers Cafe & Bar, #01-01, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road 
When? Sunday 29th November 2015
What time? 3.00pm – 7.00pm
Why? It’ll be fun
Bring my own game(s)? Definitely!

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We hope you can make it!

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2 Great Events for April!

We want to let you know about 2 great events you CAN’T MISS this April.

The first is our usual monthly Happy Hour Meetup, which will be on Thursday, April 2nd at the Post Bar. Great opportunity for networking, and catching up with the after work crew.

As a secondary event, we’d like to cordially invite you to the Brunch Bandits event on Saturday April 4th:

Brunch Bandits is organized by a group of local Singaporeans committed to sharing cultural experiences in the form of great food between Singaporeans and expats. Lawrence from the BlackNet team will be preparing a traditional Kenyan feast of Sukumawiki, Ugali, Kachumbari, and plenty of beer and Nyama Choma.
If you’ve never tasted wholesome Kenyan food, you’ll definitely want to give this a try and take the occasion to meet the local hipster crowd as well.

Tickets available via Peatix below or help prepare and eat free!



BlackNet Team
Amy, David, Derren, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Mayen, Widade

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Pictures from Friday and upcoming events

A big thanks to everyone that was able to make it out to our celebration of 2 years as a community in Singapore last Friday. Pictures of the event at the bottom of this post.

Special thanks go to Gary Dupree, our photographer, to Derren Joseph, Mayen Ekong and Amy Duffuor for their help in planning the event, for Ching and Ellie for their hospitality in checking everyone in, for the Sky on 57 staff for always making us feel at home and to the people of all heritages and cultures that chose to join us in our celebration.

Thanks also to Bill Gilbert and Lucas Murenzi from the US and Rwandan Embassies, respectively for opening the following events to our membership.

Yale-NUS College Dean of Students Office and Rector’s Office Present Lessons From The African American Experience

To mark African American History month in February, U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar will speak about the enormous impact of African Americans on U.S. history, culture and society. A firm belief in social justice fueled the U.S. civil rights movement and remade America but recent events show much progress needs to be made. Around the world and in Asia, ethnic divisions and cultural differences cause strife and violence. The Ambassador will discuss how lessons learned from African American history can help guide these difficult conversations and show societies a path forward.

17 February 2015 | 6.30pm – 7.30pm

College of Alice and Peter Tan Auditorium, University Town

Please register at

Rwanda Cultural Night
Tuesday, 24th February 2015
Crystal Suite, Holiday Inn Singapore
Orchard City Center
from 7- 9pm

RSVP with Yves Ndashimye
68844621 ext 104

U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar and Panel
Venue : The American Club, Colonial Room, 10 Claymore Hill
Date : February 27, 2015
Time : 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s celebration of African American History Month, four successful African American professionals working in Singapore will share their perspectives on the workforce diversity climate in the United States and applicable lessons for Singapore.  Each panel member will be asked to speak on a different aspect of the topic.  The Ambassador will kick off and frame the discussion with remarks, including an intro on African American History Month and comments on current events in the U.S.

Seats for this event are limited. Please reply to be placed on the waiting list and invitations will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

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BlackNet Singapore 3rd Anniversary Party – Make LAUGH, not war.

It’s here again!


We’re very excited to announce that our 3rd Year Anniversary Party will be hosted at the new chic and sassy Laugh Bar on Friday 26th February at edgy South Beach.


With its comfy furniture pieces, graffiti-plastered walls, and the vibe of an American diner, we couldn’t think of a cooler venue to mark this year’s celebration.


It is said that an anniversary is a time to look back at good times and also a time to look ahead at living dreams together. If you plan on attending just one single BlackNet community event this year – don’t miss out on this one!


We have space reserved, so feel free to invite friends from any background so they too can enjoy the warmth and cultural diversity of our amazing community.


Date: Friday, 26th February, 2016
Time: 7pm to late
Venue: LAUGH @ The South Beach Hotel
Address: 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763


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November 2014 BlackNet: Charity, Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

Date: Thursday, 13th November, 2014
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: TBC (probably Lime House)

Do you remember when your favorite sitcom would have “a very special episode?”

In the 80’s it would be very common for family oriented sitcoms to take a break from the usual lighthearted comedy to feature a more serious topic. These episodes would prompt families to discuss the dangers of drugs, gangs or other mature topics. These “very special episodes” eventually devolved into campy ratings plays, but the idea that you could discuss serious topics in a fun environment was proven.

On November 13th, we are taking a break from our usual schedule of fun and educational events to talk about something that has the potential to affect all of us, and the generations that come after. That is the importance of our community giving back to the local community here in Singapore and throughout the region.

We have organized an incredible panel of speakers for this event and hope you will join us as we discuss the importance of serving the local community and some ways that we can go about it.
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BlackNet: Charity, Philanthropy and Social Enterprise


Eli William Lenyoun

Eli William Lenyoun founded Family Wealth Solutions Pte Ltd in 2008. He is also co-founder of Sunshine Daughters Limited, a social enterprise dedicated to empowering deserving women in Sri Lanka to bring about transformative and sustainable social impact.

Eli provides consultation to social enterprises and business-focused families based in Asia. He leverages 38 years of financial and wealth planning experience to achieve end-to-end family wealth protection and preservation, having assisted in structuring assets with value in excess of US$ 10 billion. He has lived in USA, Cayman Islands, Latin America, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, and throughout Asia while working with global financial firms and wealthy families.

Eli received his law degree from Stanford Law School (1977), is a retired USA CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and advisor to The John Fawcett Foundation (Australia and Indonesia).

Crystal Hayling

Crystal Hayling, principal of C2 Projects, consults with businesses, nonprofits, social enterprises and foundations to make philanthropic investments that are strategic and impactful. Her expertise covers topics including women, youth development, elder care, health care, nonprofit management, social innovation and technology-for-good. She has worked with Temasek Trust and helped Fortune 500 companies develop their Asia philanthropy strategy.

Prior to moving to Singapore in 2010, Crystal was President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation where she oversaw the distribution of more than $100 million in grants. Crystal has held leadership positions at the California Wellness Foundation, a $1+B trust, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, a philanthropic arm of the family that founded Levi’s.

Here in Singapore, she is a trustee of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, and the Singapore American School. She is also a trustee of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (Boston), an organization that provides comparative performance data for large foundations. She has served as an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation and the Berkeley Laurence Hall of Science.

She is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

You can follow her on Twitter @chayling and read her blog at

Amy Duffuor

Amy Duffuor works at Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), which is the home of Asia’s first private and public platforms for Social Enterprises to raise capital efficiently. She supports the Business Development team at IIX and is responsible for program strategy, client engagement / partnerships and Impact Accelerator – a platform that connects early-stage Social Enterprises with mentorship and seed funding.

Prior to IIX, Amy worked at State of Flux, a London-based management consulting firm. At State of Flux, she was primarily responsible for FTSE 100 client engagements in the financial services, FMCG and healthcare sectors; and project managing the consultancy’s annual research report. From 2013-2014, Amy was contracted to Barclays Investment Bank in Singapore as an Assistant Vice President of Legal Services. At Barclays, Amy independently managed 11+ sourcing projects to drive operational efficiencies and cost reductions across the global business.

Amy holds a BA in Urban Studies (with a specialization in Political Science) from Columbia University and an MPhil in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research on West African migrants has been published in edited volumes and academic journals.

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