The Blackest Ghost Tour in America

“Black history is Black horror.”- Tananarive Due, Horror Noire Documentary, 2019 While people flock to New Orleans in droves to be titillated and terrified by the brutality experienced by those enslaved, the air changes when detail is offered with regard to the context of slavery itself in connection with the atrocities perfomed. The air in New Orleans is already excessively dense; the word “soupy” comes to mind. Some posit it’s the city’s proximity to sea level, but for those ofREAD MORE

America’s Forgotten Black Beaches

When I lived on the West Coast, I hopped on the 10 Freeway several times a week to hit the beach in Santa Monica, CA. The opportunity to listen to the sound of the waves or catch the last glimpse of the sun’s descent into the Pacific Ocean made my day. Since moving home to Maryland, I now hop into my car and take the well-worth-it, three-hour drive to the Eastern Shore at least five times a year to enjoyREAD MORE

The Best African Restaurants In D.C.

From its northern tip in Tunisia, rich in colorful grains and seeds, to the southern region of Zimbabwe with an exotic delicacy of crispy Mopane worms, African cuisine is as vast and diverse as the continent itself. The nation’s capital has drawn restaurateurs and chefs from all over the world for decades, including Africa. So whether you’re interested in sampling cuisine of countries like Ethiopia, rich with the sultry flavor of Berbere spices, or tasting West African dishes from GhanaREAD MORE

A Guide To Little Ethiopia 

Los Angeles, California is home to one of the largest Ethiopian and Eritrean communities in the United States. The epicenter of that community is a short corridor in the heart of LA called Little Ethiopia. Ethiopian immigrants began opening shops and restaurants in the early 1990s. For them, the strip of commercial properties running along Fairfax Blvd was a community and gathering place for fellowship. Locals originally referred to the area as Little Addis after Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. ButREAD MORE

Meet The Couple Introducing Tokyo To Southern Cooking

David and LaTonya Whitaker's decision to host an intimate Thanksgiving dinner in Japan had unforseen and life-altering consequences. What started out as an opportunity to cook a nostalgic meal for friends and family evolved after a few years into Soul Food House - a soul food restaurant in the Minato area of Tokyo. The Whitakers’ missionary travels first brought them to Japan over a decade ago. After several exhaustive flights back and forth from Japan to the southern United States,READ MORE

Don’t Sleep On These 8 African-American Music & Food Festivals

Festivals have finally re-emerged from their COVID-induced hiatus! And with Black pride at an all-time high, I think the melanated community is ready to bask in celebratory vibes, star-studded line-ups, diasporic cuisine, and the promotion of social change. With that stated, here are 8 African-American festivals that are sure to ignite Black joy! AFROPUNK Brooklyn l Miami l Atlanta l Minneapolis Let's kick this list off with Afropunk - A multi-city/multi-genre festival famously known for its highly expressive fashion sceneREAD MORE

Best Places In The United States to Go River Tubing

There’s no better way to spend a warm, summer day than floating down a river in good company. Across the United States, there are hundreds of river locations that are home to relaxing tubing excursions, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots. From the most interesting, to the most beautiful, here’s our list. Ausable Chasm – Adirondacks, New York Possibly one of the coolest spots to tube in the country can be found in upstate New YorkREAD MORE

A Guide To Black Johannesburg

Johannesburg is more than a gateway into other parts of Africa. Young and resourceful South Africans are transforming a city once labeled the "the most dangerous city on earth" into a bustling travel destination primed with varied tiers of lodging, a dinner club, cocktail lounges, rooftop nightclubs with picturesque city views, luxury shopping, studio visits with local artists and immersive cultural experiences. Travelers visiting the region and contemplating sticking around for a few days, should. JoBurg is certainly still roughREAD MORE

One Thing To Know Before Visiting South Africa

If there's one issue South Africans can find consensus on, it's frustration with the country's failing electrical grid. Electricity is severed as frequently as twice a day in certain regions, hampering productivity and costing businesses revenue. "Load shedding" is the painful phrase making South Africans grimace and shudder. For them, the words mean not having electricity for as long as five hours a day. With the country welcoming tourists again post COVID-19 shutdown - the electrical crisis will likely worsenREAD MORE

How To Book A Safari On A Budget

African safari remains one of the most coveted travel experiences in the world. Families and schoolteachers around the world try to, thoughtfully, replicate the experience by schlepping around zoos -- but there's really no replicating spotting wildlife in its natural habitat. One of the main concerns preventing most from venturing on an African safari is budget: and the other is probably safety. Surprisingly, safaris don’t have to break the bank and you're probably not going to die, but there areREAD MORE

Yeoville Dinner Club: South Africa’s Best Dining Experience

Jovial and nimble, Sanza Sandile navigates the narrow passages in his makeshift kitchen with precise movement. His cooking process is rustic, confident, seemingly effortless and vibrant. He admits that for an African male, he's spent a lot of time laboring in kitchens: first his grandmother's, then his own as a film student, and finally in perhaps the most transformational, the kitchens of Nigerian, Ghanaian, Ethiopian and Zimbabwean food stalls and restaurants in Yeoville. "Just being an African man wanting toREAD MORE

Seven Things To Do In Soweto, South Africa

A day trip to Soweto makes perfect sense for travelers visiting Johannesburg. The Jozi suburb, located twenty-minutes from the Central Business District, is varied enough in enriching experiences to make the trek rewarding. Soweto: A Condensed History Soweto, an abbreviation of South Western townships, was formed during South Africa's apartheid era in response to the Bubonic plague. British colonialists began segregating the country by forcing Blacks from cities into smaller, rural townships like Soweto. Their belief, referred to by academicsREAD MORE

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