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Meet The Couple Introducing Tokyo To Southern Cooking

David and LaTonya Whitaker’s decision to host an intimate Thanksgiving dinner in Japan had unforseen and life-altering consequences. What started out as an opportunity to cook a nostalgic meal for friends and family evolved after a few years into Soul Food House – a soul food restaurant in the Minato area of Tokyo.
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From Alabama To Cape Town: Black Girls Travel Too

This series highlights African-American entrepreneurs impacting the hospitality and travel industries in both minor and significant ways. This week TravelCoterie is highlighting Dianelle Rivers-Mitchell, founder of Black Girls Travel Too, a travel company focused on creating once in a lifetime experiences for African-American female travelers and their allies. Dianelle Rivers-Mitchell’s...
ALABAMA STATE
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Festivals have finally re-emerged from their COVID-induced hiatus! And with Black pride at an all-time high, I think the melanated community is ready to bask in celebratory vibes, star-studded line-ups, diasporic cuisine, and the promotion of social change. With that stated, here are 8 African-American festivals that are sure to ignite Black joy!
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Best Places In The United States to Go River Tubing

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America’s Most Beautiful Yurt Campgrounds

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South Africa’s Omicron Travel Ban Is Racism On Display

“Typical white people sh*t” is how one Xhosa woman characterizes the international response to the COVID-19 Omicron variant being discovered in her native South Africa. That overwhelming international response – from more than 70 countries and counting – was to ban all incoming travel not only from South Africa, but the entire southern Africa region. That includes, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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A Guide To Black Johannesburg

Johannesburg is more than a gateway into other parts of Africa. Young and resourceful South Africans are transforming a city once labeled the “the most dangerous city on earth” into a bustling travel destination primed with varied tiers of lodging, a dinner club, cocktail lounges, rooftop nightclubs with picturesque city views, luxury shopping, studio visits with local artists and immersive cultural experiences.
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One Thing To Know Before Visiting South Africa

If there’s one issue South Africans can find consensus on, it’s frustration with the country’s failing electrical grid. Electricity is severed as frequently as twice a day in certain regions, hampering productivity and costing businesses revenue. “Load shedding” is the painful phrase making South Africans grimace and shudder. For them, the words mean not having electricity for as long as five hours a day. With the country welcoming tourists again post COVID-19 shutdown – the electrical crisis will likely worsen becoming an even greater nuisance for South Africans and travelers.
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Everything You Wanted To Know About African Safaris

African safari remains one of the most coveted travel experiences in the world. Families and schoolteachers around the world try to, thoughtfully, replicate the experience by schlepping around zoos — but there’s really no replicating spotting wildlife in its natural habitat. One of the main concerns preventing most from venturing on an African safari is budget: and the other is probably safety. Surprisingly, safaris don’t have to break the bank and you’re probably not going to die, but there are some potentials questions we’d like to help you answer before your ride out into the bush.
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Yeoville Dinner Club: South Africa’s Best Dining Experience

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Seven Things To Do In Soweto, South Africa

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Five Things To Know About Dubai’s “Deepest Pool In The World”

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Where To Honor Josephine Baker The Next Time You’re In France

Parisian affinity for Josephine Baker will culminate this fall in a tribute befitting royalty. French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that on November 30, 2021, Baker will be placed inside the tomb of heroes at The Pantheon in Paris. This makes the iconic singer, dancer, actress and activist the first Black woman to receive such an honor.
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How To Find An Authentic Bowl Of Gumbo In The South

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Plantations Tours: What It’s Really Like To Go There

Walking the grounds of a slave plantation can be surreal – particularly for African-Americans. The horrors, atrocities and dehumanizing conditions occurring in these now tranquil environments is unsettling and no amount of meticulous landscaping can change that. But does that emotional discomfort mean we should avoid going? Absolutely NOT. In fact, if you’re visiting New Orleans, a plantation tour should be on high on the list of things to do.
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Black Travel Destinations: Congo Square In New Orleans

One of New Orleans most important tours is self-guided and free. On the borders of the French Quarter and Treme sits Louis Armstrong Park, and within that: Congo Square. The Oak-shaded space has hosted visitors for over 300 years. First were regional Native Americans tribes, and then enslaved Africans and African-Americans. Today, it’s a gathering spot for the spiritual, curious and artistic. Still, the spirit of this particular location has remained relatively unchanged.
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9 Things To Do In Black Memphis

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