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Escape Route | Lapham’s Quarterly

How cars changed the lives of black Americans. Between the 1920s and the 1960s, automobile ownership changed African American life. You could not be asked to move to the back of the bus—or, worse, to get off and reenter through the back door—if you drove your own car. The horsepower of an automobile also gave African American drivers the ability to escape. Cars enabled motorists to move rapidly without being stopped or harassed by white citizens anxious to take the law into their own hands. There are instances of African Americans being dragged from their cars and beaten by angry […]

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After 65 Years, the First African-American-owned Travel Agency Continues to Provide Travelers With Unique Experiences | Travel + Leisure

The agency planned Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s trip to Oslo when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Before the current boom of black travel nomads and influencers, there were African-American pioneers who charted a course that would revolutionize the way black travelers traversed the world. More than 80 years ago, postal service worker and travel writer Victor Hugo Green had the foresight to create The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide that was initially the go-to source for black American travelers. It featured a list of recommended hotels, restaurants, and gas stations that catered to black […]

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How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Paris | Travel Noire

If you are looking to spend a day exploring “Black-Owned” Paris here is a rundown of places to eat, visit, and shop. Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world where people often think of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysees to visit for their next trip. Don’t get me wrong, the classic sites are definitely worth checking out, but there are tons of interesting neighborhoods to explore that will give you a more well-rounded view of Paris. One of the great things about Paris is how it is a hub for so many […]

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Everyone And Their Mama Was In Ghana For The Holidays | Essence

The FOMO was real this holiday season as Black excellence hit the streets of Accra, Ghana. If you weren’t in Ghana for the holidays, you were probably the only one. Melanin of all shades descended on the streets of Accra to close out not only the decade but the country’s ridiculously successful Year of Return initiative. And for everyone who wasn’t there, trust that the FOMO was very real. From celebrities like Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, who hosted ESSENCE’s Full Circle Festival, to everyday travelers, Black travelers were excited to return “home” to Ghana and live their best […]

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The Ivy Hotel: Maryland’s Black-Owned Oasis in the Middle of Charm City | Ebony

The Black-owned boutique hotel has been open only five years, yet it already has a strong-hold on hospitality in the city. Despite countless contributions to American culture, Baltimore, Maryland, has been associated with nothing more strongly than HBO drama The Wire over the past two decades. The street life depicted on the Emmy-winning series is often the only reference out-of-towners have when it comes to the culture of the city, which is crying shame, to say the least. Locals and experienced travelers tell a different story, the story of a city that truly lives up to the “charm” of its […]

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This Black Woman Runs The Newest Luxury Yacht Charter Service | Travel Noire

As a young girl growing up on Virginia’s eastern shore, Sheila Ruffin came to love boats at an early age. Her grandfather was an avid boater so she spent a lot of her childhood around the water. Once she was older, Sheila would go on to attend law school. After learning that she didn’t pass the bar exam the first time, it sent her into one of the darkest times of her life. But, there was a bright spot. She ended up landing a job on the beautiful island of St. Thomas. Between the World and Me (2015) St. Thomas […]

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How To Spend 3 Days In Black-Owned New Orleans | Travel Noire

Stephanie Ogbogu, Travel Noire Women working at sewing machines in factory. Pic credit: Sleek Garments Export Ltd. Featured Image ou’re almost there! You’ve taken the first step—deciding to take a trip to New Orleans and experience its colorful cultural ambiance, excellent restaurants, and nowhere-else-but-here traditions that make New Orleans one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. Get ready to immerse in the sea of creativity, romance, drama, and fun! If you’re traveling to New Orleans, it’s probably to partake in the city’s rich, diverse culture. If you’re looking to support some black-owned businesses while you’re in town, […]

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Why more and more black Americans are moving to Ghana | The Week

Mark Beckford, Mark Beckford Natalija Gormalova/Narratively. Featured Image hen Lakeshia Ford decided she was going to pack up her life and her budding career and move from New Jersey to Ghana, her family could not understand why she wanted to make the trek to a country thousands of miles from home. Even more surprising, to some, was Ford’s reason: the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident, which set off protests across the United States, was a tipping point for the 30-year-old Ford and her relationship with the country of her birth. “Mike […]

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