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November 8, 2016

Second in a series Twenty-four hours of planes, trains and automobiles en route to West Africa. 06 NOV — OGO By far, the highlight of my weekend in New York City was my reunion with my friend, Ogo, of Senegal. We met five years ago when he graciously included me in his group going to [….../ ➝

February 23, 2016

The long-awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture is finally ready to open its doors, an event that will be celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. Sept. 24, 2016 is a day that’s been in the works for 13 years. That’s the date set by the Smithsonian Institution f.../ ➝

February 8, 2015

Five East African nations are preparing to welcome more visitors than ever before — and they’ve got the attractions to make the journey worthwhile. Before it’s over, 2015 may be remembered as the Year of East Africa where travel and tourism are concerned. At least five East African.../ ➝

February 27, 2014

Second of two parts Nature and Black heritage are perhaps the two best-known reasons for visiting Africa, but there are many more reasons to go. In the first segment of this series, we looked at Africa in terms of safety and whether a traveler could feel reasonably secure visiting the Mother Contine.../ ➝

February 12, 2014

Take advantage of social media to interact with locals in far-off destinations, and give your travel that extra dimension — the human one. The new CONNECTIONS page on IBIT can help. After you’ve made your first few trips around the country or to foreign lands, you may notice an unsettling pa.../ ➝

November 11, 2013

First of two parts The many and varied cuisines of the Mother Continent make food as good a reason as any to visit Africa. If you don’t have your passport yet, start your journey at your local African restaurant. Slowly but surely, the word is getting out about African cuisine. New York City h.../ ➝

November 6, 2013

All images by ©IBIT/G. Gross unless otherwise identified. All rights reserved. Plans are underway to create a new version of the “Roots” TV mini-series. It’s a good excuse to visit West Africa and see for yourself where the whole story began. Are you ready for Roots 2.0? Numer.../ ➝

October 27, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel 747 — END OF AN ERA? After more than 40 years, her familiar humpback silhouette is still instantly recognized around the world and she’s still the largest airliner built in the United States. But there are signs that the famed Boei.../ ➝

October 23, 2013

First of an occasional series A new wave of black men and women is poised to make its mark in the travel world. Starting today, in a new IBIT series I call MOVERS, you’ll be meeting them here. The late comedic genius Richard Pryor once said, “Be happy for a Black man doing anything.̶.../ ➝

October 14, 2013

Don’t just be about Black history next year. Be where it all began. February is Black History Month. How do you deal with that? You could attend a museum exhibit here, a lecture there, maybe check out a documentary or two on public television or YouTube. But if you’re feeling maybe it.../ ➝