• Backpacking & Not Dying: How to B(L)ackpack

    Over the last couple of years, Black folks trekking the planet has become more and more common and it’s simply amazing! Especially knowing most of us came from households where “don’t do that or you’re gonna end up in a ditch” poured from mothers’ lips as often as Kool-aid...
  • P.S. I’m Not Dead

    “ Mind di people dem make you nyam cat and dog!” “ You know they shootin’ down them Asian planes over right?” “ Oooo, gurl, I hope we don’t find you dead in a ditch…” Although annoying, these statements from people who’d never been to China did not deter...
  • Nig…WHAT???

    After dragging an overstuffed suitcase down the subway station stairs and securing it in a storage unit, I ascended with curious eyes beaming at my face. A cigarette tumbled to the ground and a small yet handsome man approached. He had short burgundy brown hair with two diamond studs...
  • The Horrific Thing We Learned About The U.S. While in Colombia

    During the walking Graffiti Tour in Bogotá, Colombia, we were given a little information by our tour guide about a U.S. Military Operation, coordinated by the Clinton administration; Plan Colombia. Research, read, get more! Here’s what we were told....
  • The Bogotá 20: To Do & Remember

    1. Eat at La Casa de la Paella: Cra. 58 #58-128, Bogotá. The house paella was simply amazing and the customer service was great. 2. Visit B&L Piano Bar on Jazz Night & Blues Night and do a 10 Whiskey Tasting. The owner and bartender know the area fairly...
  • My Fear & The Hostel Girl

    I was standing in the hostel hallway in Elephant and Castle and a south Englander asked “Where are you from?” I told her New York, because Virginia isn’t as fancy or exciting, and eyes light up when they hear New York. She blurts out “All you fucking Americans in...
  • Paris: My Culture Shock

    Bad customer service, attitude, a potential hair perfectly perched on the top of a french fry, and waiting at the end of a line of folks who haven’t seen their feet while standing in years is what happens when I go to McDonalds at home. but in France, I’m...