The Best Cities for a Tailgate Party

Tailgate parties complete football season — what pairs better with intense games than delectable grub? What fan could deny fried dough, smoked pork, and mozzarella oozing off the sides of a hot pizza? When considering each city’s infamous eateries, accessibility, and hospitable fans, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and Chicago top my list of ideal places to throw a tailgate party. When you bleed the home team colors, you gain access to a hot ticket: food, drinks, and high fives, making the taste of victory that much sweeter.

New Orleans offers delicious food, 24/7 venues, and plenty of festivals. The milder temperatures attract tourists to town for nonstop partying in the French Quarter, especially where Bourbon Street establishments lull tourists into euphoria at all times of the night. Harrah’s Casino sits […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Blog

The Trail of Dred Scott

When my friends come to St. Louis, we always tour iconic sights like the Gateway Arch. But did you know St. Louis served as the backdrop to significant historical events that helped to shape our nation? One momentous event blazed the path to independence and citizenship for all African Americans. Recently, I brought this history to life as my sons and I took an adventure along the Trail of Dred Scott.

Dred Scott’s fascinating story, a pivotal moment in the history of the country, unfolded right in the Old Courthouse, in downtown St. Louis. This was the venue where Dred Scott sued for his freedom, the courthouse where he was initially deemed to be free. That decision was overturned in an appeal made by Scott’s owner, which was ultimately upheld […]

By |November 17th, 2014|Blog

Star-Spangled Baltimore

As Gabby Douglas stood on the Olympic podium in 2012 and listened to national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, how did she feel? What did she think of the U.S. flag she wore around her shoulders?

Baltimore’s free Star-Spangled Spectacular opened September 6–16, with an event where tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the high-flying Blue Angels came to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Many local parks and museums continue to present artwork by African Americans: renditions of the anthem from prominent black voices, and exhibits highlighting the African American contribution to the sewing of the flag.

“We anticipate the Star-Spangled Spectacular being the largest tourism event in the history of Baltimore,” says Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore.

Relevant African American attractions themed […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Blog

Exploring History and Culture in Memphis

I knew Memphis was special the moment I stepped off the train. As I drove through the city — the sights, smells and people began to become a part of me, and I wanted to absorb the entire experience as much as I could. Having read about Memphis for years, I knew that I was looking forward to the barbecue, soul food and a storied music scene that has flourished over the past several decades. Little did I know that my southern journey would leave a deeper, lasting impact.

Many people know Memphis as the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

On April 5, 2014, a day after the 46th anniversary of the death of Dr. King, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel reopened […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Blog

Communities Uprising from Traces of Broken Spirits

Beer, cheese and the Green Bay Packers are the first things that come to mind when Milwaukee is mentioned. As a native, I know that there is more to the city than that. I have sought and found many of the little known pockets of Milwaukee that are full of a fascinating history that goes beyond refreshing micro-brews, delectable dairy products and that once highly admired NFL hero who can’t seem to pick a team or retire soon enough. It’s always a good time to explore hidden cultural jewels. So, let’s take a virtual walk down Milwaukee’s cultural past.

Just a few blocks north of downtown Milwaukee is a neighborhood called Bronzeville: once forsaken, but never forgotten. This was where African Americans migrated from the South from the early 1900s […]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Blog