Ghana: Your introduction to Africa

For a first visit to The Mother Continent, this English-speaking nation of proud and friendly West Africans, with its link to America’s slavery past and its comfort level with Black American expats, makes a sensible choice. You’ve made up your mind: You’re finally going to Africa.  But where?   That’s no small question, because Africa is […]

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Poorism takes a life

[smartslider3 slider=7] A Spanish tourist in Rio de Janeiro is shot dead at a military police checkpoint while touring one of the city’s infamous hill slums called favelas. It calls into question the practice of using poverty as a tourist attraction. It happened this week. The victim was a 67-year-old woman whose car failed to […]

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Travel for the Senses: Taste

Second of an occasional series Long before there was ever such a thing as a “foodie,” people were traveling the world to escape from their culinary comfort zones and delight their tastebuds. When you come to see the world, come hungry. What are the memories we bring back from our travels? What we saw,  wwhat […]

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A grand tour of Africa? Yes

With a huge impetus from the African Union, an epic journey covering the length of the Mother Continent is going to become a practical reality in 2018. Back in the 1600s, when Europeans were busily “discovering” lands already populated by peoples of color, well-to-do families would send their kids on on a journey through Europe […]

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More African wings to the US

Rwanda’s national airline is due to begin flights to the United States by the end  of 2017. That’s good news for Americans wanting to visit East — and West Africa.  If it happens. At present, seven African nations have airlines making direct flights between the Mother Continent and the United States: Angola | SonAir/Houston Express […]

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ETHIOPIA: Africa’s Jerusalem

[smartslider3 slider=2] The rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia are solid proof that Black people have always been more than “hewers of wood and drawers of water.” Lalibela is a village of maybe 30,000 souls, wedged into the steep, rugged mountains of northern Ethiopia.   If it’s not at or near the top of your bucket list of […]

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The birth of a traveler

Do you remember the day you became a traveler? Every traveler has a story. Big deal, right?. Every traveler has thousands of stories, a verbal slideshow of every place they’ve ever been. And if you’re not careful, they’ll inflict every damned one of them on you in one sitting. Those aren’t the stories I’m talking […]

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Africa: The Brazilian Connection

The flow of culture between The Mother Continent and South America’s largest country runs both ways. Wherever you set foot there and for as long as you live, Africa will always find ways to amaze and surprise you. The latest surprise to me came as I was preparing information on a nine-day tour next year […]

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