I am a freelance writer, content creator, and journalist, who specializes in writing about culture, travel, history and the places where these issues intersect.
Celebrating Black Women Leaders Past and Present
Black women over the decades have led the way in fields from sports to politics to art, however, many of their accomplishments have remained unsung. Many Black women have not only become successful in their own right but are doing the work to help others come up behind them.
The 1950 U.S. Census and the Great Migration
In 1950, a major change was taking place across America as more Black families moved from rural areas in the South to larger cities in the North. The first wave (1910-1940) of what was known as “The Great Migration” had already seen over 1 million Black Americans relocate to Northern or Western cities from the South, and the second wave was in full swing.
I stayed in the most expensive room at a Vegas budget hotel — here's how it went
Las Vegas is full of luxurious, even extravagant, hotel rooms and suites. However, most of these accommodations come with hefty price tags that sometimes total tens of thousands of dollars.
What do you do when you want to live like a high roller but don’t have a stack of cash at your disposal?
Why you should check out a modern Indigenous art exhibition the next time you travel
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.
8 literary cities around the world made for book lovers
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.
How to choose an Indigenous-led travel experience
From Alaska to Australia, Indigenous communities around the world are creating travel experiences that allow visitors to learn more about their history, their culture and their future.
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 may soon be a thing of the past
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’m sick to death of Black pain as entertainment. That’s why I loved The Woman King
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.
Skip crowded Florida beaches and head to this Gulf Coast paradise instead
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.
Fill up on history, culture and tasty dishes along Mississippi’s Hot Tamale Trail
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.
This ‘Bridgerton’-themed ball is the perfect excuse to dress up this summer
Dearest Reader …
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.
You won’t want to miss New York City’s newest immersive art space, opening this fall
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 showcases the area’s Indigenous peoples for 150th anniversary
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.
Learn more about legendary pianist Professor Longhair at this new exhibition in Baton Rouge
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.