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

What, to You, is July Fourth?

“Agitate. Agitate. Agitate.” Those were the last words of Frederick Douglass, portrayed in a short film of his life story at his home, Cedar Hill, in Washington, DC. Douglass escaped slavery and became an abolitionist, human rights activist, published author, statesman — and one of America’s most courageous citizens and brilliant minds. So it doesn’t surprise me that he kept it real when he wrote the speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” in 1852.

When I toured his home in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood, where Douglass lived from 1878 until his death in 1895, there was no white picket fence — iconic symbol of the American dream. Instead, his house crowned a hill overlooking what seemed like all of Washington, DC. Before the tour, I sat […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Blog

4th of July Celebration in Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg’s guests discover the inspiring story of African Americans during the American Revolution, and the Fourth of July celebration is a prime time for this walk through history.

Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the world and gives families a chance to learn what life would have been like for them in the 18th century. Actors walk around in character; sewing, emptying pails of water and gardening on the plantations. Families can take horse and carriage rides, tour the historic courthouses, blacksmith shops, infirmaries, trade shops and taverns.

At night, ghost town tours are led by actors that perform stories inside haunted houses. This spring, a new attraction debuted: the text message-based interactive spy adventure, RevQuest: The King’s Advance. Families can crack codes, decipher clues and explore […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Blog