Immerse Yourself in Independent Black Film

Growing up in the suburbs of South Chicago in the 80s and 90s, I was always obsessed with films, especially those about black folks. From Julie Dash’s Daughter of the Dust to Robert Townsend’s I’m Gonna Git You Sucka to everything Spike Lee — you name it, I’d seen it.

But that art world always felt so far away from the streets of Chicago (despite Love Jones being made in the Chi), so I set out on a journey that took me to New York City. After ten glorious years working as a journalist, there was a little voice in my head that continued to get louder and louder — I wanted to make films. Ironically, a new journey to work on my MFA in film directing brought […]

By |August 26th, 2015|Blog

Tee Time

In honor of National Golf Month, we take a look at how African Americans redefined the sport.

From Dr. George F. Grant, a prominent dentist, who invented and patented the first golf tee in 1899, and James Black, who made history as one of the first African American golfers to join the PGA tour, to Tiger Woods’s historic Master’s win in 1997, black people have not only played a significant role in the evolution and growth of golf, they’ve also shattered color barriers, fighting for equality and inclusion along the way.

Still, the sport struggles to attract minority players.

According to the National Golf Association, there are over 25 million golfers in the U.S., but only 1.3 million of them are African American. “To a certain level, it’s still a good ol’ […]

By |August 10th, 2015|Blog

Toronto LGBT PRIDE

I vividly remember stumbling upon my first ever PRIDE parade. Years ago, my younger sister and I were rummaging around the streets of midtown Manhattan, and literally ran into a blockade on 5th Avenue. Navigating our way through the crowd, we got to the gate and were greeted by a mile long celebration of everything lesbian, gay, bi and transgender. Multi-colored flags flew everywhere, as I looked to my Southern, small town-raised sister and uttered, “Ah today is Gay Pride.”

It’s the first moments — the introductions — that stick with you for life. I doubt anyone will ever forget their first sighting of PRIDE festivities. The question is, do they understand the significance?

PRIDE, particularly for black travelers, is powerful because, more than anything, it’s a safe space among like-minded […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Blog

Spend Your Summer in the Hamptons

If you’re like me, you can’t wait for summer so you can start planning your summer getaways. If you live on the East Coast, you’re especially familiar with the magic of the Hamptons. During the scorching summer months, the lavish sophistication of Manhattan’s African American elite head along the Long Island Expressway, via the Hampton Jitney or by car, and take over the residential beach community.

For some, what better opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City than to experience a weekend (or week, if you’re lucky) of suburban Hamptons’ life? For others, it’s simply about being seen on the social circuit. But in most cases, many just want to enjoy the leisurely pleasures of the Hamptons: a day at the beach, brunch on the waterfront, […]

By |July 16th, 2015|Blog

West Coast Music Tour

In February, Condé Nast Traveler listed America’s “Top 15 Cities for Music Lovers.” The music scene among three West Coast cities on the list — Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle — intrigued me, so I reached out to locals to find out more.

Known for its film and television industries, Los Angeles hosts countless music venues. The Hollywood Bowl tops various lists of places for live music. The “bowl” refers to the shape of the hillside that features a priceless view of the infamous Hollywood sign, perfect for picnicking under the stars. Less than five miles away, the Troubadour, a nightclub in West Hollywood, has provided an intimate setting for listening to great music since 1958. If you’re looking for live jazz performances, head over to Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill […]

By |July 9th, 2015|Blog