Indigenous peoples have been creating a wide variety of breathtaking visual arts worldwide since time immemorial. However, too often, it's only these historical examples that non-Indigenous people get to see, perpetuating the idea that Indigenous art and Indigenous peoples are only in the past.
People travel for a wide variety of reasons. Some love to venture far from home to immerse themselves in foodie tours and cultural excursions. Others crave an adrenaline rush by way of an adventure-packed vacation. Then there are those who simply want to spend their days relaxing on a beach in the tropics.
One niche group of travelers that often gets overlooked is lovers of literature.
A conversation with Candacy Taylor, curator of the Smithsonian's new traveling 'Green Book' exhibition
In 1936, a mailman from New York, Victor Hugo Green, and his wife, Alma, tackled challenges around traveling while Black by creating the first edition of the "Green Book." The guide helped African American travelers and other people of color safely navigate the roadways by listing which hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses were open to Black travelers in a time when racial segregation and violence were prominent.
Hotel bathtubs are one of my favourite parts of travelling. For me, there are few things more enjoyable after a long day of flight delays and baggage problems than a soak. The bigger and more elaborate the tub, the better.
So, imagine my disappointment when I visit a new or recently renovated hotel only to find that my beloved bathtub has been replaced by a beautiful but underwhelming rainfall shower.
I was about ten minutes into The Woman King when I posted a note on social media that read: “Pretty sure I know where at least some of my Mom’s ancestors come from.” The depiction of a fierce community of warrior women in 1800s Africa was one that resonated with me in a way that few depictions of Black women in the past really have.
If you’re hoping for a vacation full of gorgeous pink and purple sunsets over sugary white sand beaches and brilliant blue water, you may be surprised to find that you can get all of this and more in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
If you’re not from the Mississippi Delta, you may find the presence of tamales on menus across the area a bit of a surprise.
Often served alongside more traditional soul and Southern foods, tamales are typically found in Latin America.
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If you’re familiar with Netflix’s hit show “Bridgerton,” you’re familiar with that greeting. It’s the voice of Lady Whistledown, the series’s mysterious resident gossip columnist, voiced by Julie Andrews. It’s also the opening line of the invitation you get when you sign up for “The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience,” the interactive theater show put on by the event company Fever that allows guests to live out their Regency-era fantasy for a night.
A new digital art space is opening in New York City this September and aims to be a permanent location where you can immerse yourself in iconic art.
Yellowstone National Park, the U.S.’s first national park, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with a variety of new programming and initiatives, including the creation of the new Tribal Heritage Center.
On April 19th the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge will open a new exhibition celebrating the life and musical legacy of one of Louisiana’s most influential musicians, legendary piano player Henry Roeland Byrd, popularly known as Professor Longhair.
Me Got Fiyo: The Professor Longhair Centennial shares with visitors is a tribute to a man who not only shaped the landscape not just of New Orleans music, but of the American music as a whole.
Every spring the Platte River in Nebraska is transformed by one of the world’s most amazing natural avian spectacles.
If the new season of Netflix’s 'Bridgerton' has you dreaming of traveling back in time to enjoy the lavish dinners, beautiful walks in the English countryside and life in a stately British manor home, don’t worry! You don’t actually need a time machine. Just spend a few days at one of these ten historic hotels in England to live out your Bridgerton fantasies.
One of Washington, DC's most popular spring festivals, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrates its 110th anniversary and a return to in-person festivities this year.