Black Hampton Unbound

“Hampton? I always read it was Jamestown,” I said when told the city was the first on record in which a group of Africans disembarked in 1619. I was standing at the Old Point Comfort lighthouse near Fort Monroe National Monument on a trip to the Virginia port town with origins that reached back more than 400 years.

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    A First Timer’s Experience Exploring Voodoo Culture in New Orleans

A First Timer’s Experience Exploring Voodoo Culture in New Orleans

New Orleans is a cultural melting pot with a blend of lifestyles, cultures and religious groups that make the city so appealing to visit. One main attraction is its voodoo culture, which has a strong influence in New Orleans, and is a practice that 15 percent of the city’s residents observe in some way. For those who are unaware, Louisiana voodoo, also known as “New Orleans Voodoo,” describes a set of underground religious practices that originated in the traditions of the African diaspora. The core beliefs of Louisiana voodoo include the recognition of one God who does not interfere in people’s daily lives, and spirits that preside over daily life.

“Ghosts and ghouls” (so I call them) have never interested me, and I’ve never believed in voodoo or superstition. Growing […]

By |May 21st, 2015|Blog

The Race of a Lifetime to Outrun Obesity

So, you want to get fit? It’s time you turned a new leaf? Imagine this…

It’s 5:00 a.m. The alarm blares as your eyes open to darkness. Lethargic but determined, you peel yourself from bed to throw on comfortable clothes and tie up your tennis shoes. The sun rears its fiery head as the soles of your sneakers stamp the pavement rhythmically. Your morning run has commenced. The dewy air flushes your lungs and you feel amazing. But you’re not alone. You’re among a dozen or so women. Black women — walking, jogging, running at their own pace, in their own mental space, in solidarity for their health and yours.

“But . . . black women don’t run.”

On the contrary, more than 150,000 black women who are members of the national […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Blog
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    Women in Travel Summit: An Interview with Martice Sutton, Founder of Girls Going Global

Women in Travel Summit: An Interview with Martice Sutton, Founder of Girls Going Global

With the NY Times Travel Expo still reigning as the preemptive go-to in travel conferences, there’s a breath of fresh air as some new organizations step into the forefront. 2015 is bringing its own injection of new travel conferences, such as Nomadness Travel Tribe’s #NMDN, coming this September. The year also starts off with the second installment of the female-oriented Women in Travel Summit. Held in Boston the last weekend in March, WITS is quickly becoming one of the premiere voices for the female traveler.

This year, one of the African American voices represented comes by way of Martice Sutton. Martice is the founder of Girls Going Global, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls through travel and cultural exchange. Martice has been successful in furthering her initiative by taking […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Blog

AKAs in Atlantic City

Every spring, I join over 3,000 women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), as we take cars, busses and Amtrak trains heading out of cities from Massachusetts through Maryland, to envelop a host city in the official sorority colors of pink and green. In the destination city, nearby restaurants will be filled to capacity with graduate and undergraduate members of all ages, retailers will change their storefront windows to feature trinkets designed to entice AKAs to shop. Anyone within a few feet of the local convention center will see a constant stream of color-coordinated women flooding the area. This AKA takeover lasts about four days, and is commonly known as the North Atlantic Regional Conference (NARC). These energetic visitors generate at least one million dollars into the city’s […]

By |April 29th, 2015|Blog