AFRICA says NO to plastic bags

The Mother Continent is leading the global struggle to get rid of single-use plastic bags, but does this affect you, the visitor to Africa? Oh yes, it does. If you’re planning a visit to Africa anytime soon, it’s perfectly okay to pack your plastic. Just not your plastic bags. Tanzania just became the 34th African […]

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GHANA: The Year of Return

Any year is a great time to visit this warm and welcoming West African nation. But for African-Americans in particular, 2019 will be special. An easy non-stop flight from the eastern United States. A nation known for its food, its music and its friendly people. And a government that has made a point of saying […]

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AIRLINES: Who’s safe?

The crash of a brand-new Boeing 737 off an Indonesian island revives doubts about regional air safety in that part of the world. For the traveler, there’s a different question: How to tell which airlines are safer? When it comes to international travel, Indonesia is an uneasy contradiction. It’s one of the most beautiful and […]

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Egypt’s Black Pharaohs

The Nubians were the most ancient of African civilizations and among its most successful. They conquered Egypt, stymied Rome, and grew rich as merchants and mercenaries. Their men built cities. Their women led battles. And their descendants survive today. Remember when your  grade-school teachers taught you all about the Black Africans who ruled Egypt for […]

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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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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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