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queen latifaQueen Latifah is giving fans a glimpse at how celebrities experience the world’s most beautiful destinations with her new Travel Channel mini-series, "The Best Place To Be.”

Executive produced by Latifah and business partner Shakim Compere’s production company Flavor Unit, each one-hour episode follows a noted personality sharing the hidden hot spots of their favorite international destinations, including Anthony Anderson (Barcelona), Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen (Hong Kong), Mary-Louise Parker (Kenya), and Latifah herself (Rio de Janeiro).

The multifaceted media maven told The Huffington Post that she wants viewers to experience travel through the lens of a celebrity.

“The premise of it was something that Shakim came up with based on my life,” she said. “When I go on vacations I travel to different places around the world and oftentimes I’m with friends of mine who hip me to the cool places to be and things to go to. And for a lot of celebrities, this is our only little break to escape and kind of be normal without the spotlight.”

“And so, we want to share that place with the world and tell them about their secret spots, because we want to see it through their lens,” she added. 

The show couldn’t have come at a better moment for the production duo.

In recent years, travel research group MMGY Global has found a surge in African Americans’ intent to travel internationally, which some have argued was previously overlooked and undocumented by mass media. Reports credit travel websites targeting people of color and social media influencers as contributing factors for the supposed increase. 

With reports of the black travel movement” being on the rise, Latifah wants the mini-series to inspire even more people to broaden their international horizons.

“Sometimes it takes the media a minute to catch up and actually care about what we’re doing,” she said. “But we know what we do, and we know we love to take a vacation and get away and just enjoy life. But I’m hoping the show will just give them more places to go and stretch their horizons even further. I love to be in a land where I don’t speak the native language, but people are people no matter where you go.”

As for the best way to maximize one’s travel experience, the award-winning actress-rapper recommends travelers venture off the “beaten path” of where tourists traditionally visit for a more cultured experience.

“You’ll have a much more richer experience when you travel like that,” she said. “If you really want an experience that’s gonna stay with you for your life and you can come home, tell people who maybe can’t get there at that time. It’s so much more rich and deep and fulfilling than what you would do if you hung around the pool all day.”

"The Best Place To Be” aired on April 11 at 12 p.m. / 11 a.m. Central on the Travel Channel.

Source: Huffington Post

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August 26-28, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Friday, August 26th

 9am - 5pm - Event Registration

12:30 - 4:00 Special meetings and Tour Atlanta (pre-registration required for tour, contact organizers)

 6:30 - Opening Meet and Greet (Advanced Registration)

  7pm - Parade of Flags 

730- 9pm - Pan African/Africa Travel Forum - Presented by socio-economic developer Rev. Dr. Eugene Franklin, architect of the Pan African Cultural Heritage Tourism Initiative: The formal launch of a global network that will allow all participants in the industry to work together in partnership with a non-profit organization to promote black cultural heritage tourism. The forum will include brief presentations from African and Pan African representatives.

9: PM - 10pm -Opening Reception

  Saturday, August 27th

 

 8am - 9am - Breakfast (no charge for hotel guest)

 9am - 11:45am - (down time, set-up for Travel Expo, briefings)

12 noon - 1:45 - Hall of Fame Luncheon ($50 pre-registration) Key Speaker is Dr. Walter Mzembi, African Union - endorsed United Nations World Tourism Organization Secretary General Candidate

(2pm - 2:30- Press conference with Dr. Walter Mzembi)

2pm - 4:30pm - Pan African and African Travel Expo (Free & open to public)

7pm - 10pm - African Diaspora World Tourism Awards Gala ($75 preregistration

 Sunday, August 28th

8:am - Breakfast (no charge for hotel guests)

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12:30 - 4pm - Tour Atlanta (optional, pre-registration required)

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fred dougBl0ckbuster book "Picturing Frederick Douglass" reveals that most noted abolitionist and orator was the most photographed American of his time. African Diaspora Tourism invites you to read article below by Robert Feldman in the Huffington Post:

Who was the most photographed American in the 19th century? Most would say either Abraham Lincoln, George Custer or perhaps Mark Twain. In fact, the seminal African American abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) takes first place with 160 known portraits.

This landmark coffee table tome---gorgeously produced in duotone---is a must have for any student of the abolition of slavery and of this remarkable man. We live in an age of ubiquitous "selfies" on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. Picturing Frederick Douglass proves that Douglass was over a century ahead of his time by permitting himself to be photographed, canonized and ultimately loved by photographers' lenses.

The first page of the book states: "Frederick Douglass was in love with photography." During the Civil War he wrote more on the subject than any other American. All of the discoverable photographs have been collected into this single volume providing us with a visual biography of this ex-slave turned leading abolitionist, eloquent orator and renowned writer. Each portrait exhibits his handsome visage in a serious, almost stern pose. He regularly visited photographers' studios throughout his life. He studiously avoided smiling in each of the portraits. He gave speeches promoting photography as the great "democratic art" that would finally comprehensively describe black humans instead of that slave "thing".

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Photographer: Edwin Burke Ives 1863

All of the gorgeous photographs in this book demonstrate that Douglass always countered the blackface minstrelsy caricatures that had unfortunately become public perception of the black man. Therefore his legacy is intertwined with the works of art in his portrait gallery contained in this important book.

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Photographer: Charles Bell 1882

The elephant in the room that is not mentioned in this book is that Frederick Douglass was an almost preternaturally handsome man. As the years went by his hair styles on both his head and his face hinted at his evolution as a man artist and leader. One can not help but feel that the man was conscious of his extraordinary physiognomy and generously featured it photographically to show the world---particularly the white world---that people of his race possess exactly the same measure of dignity and humanity as everyone else. This indispensable legacy continues but unfortunately in some quarters still has not been fully achieved.

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Photographer: Douglas Bourdon 1894

An essay by Henry Louis Gates Jr., and an afterword by Kenneth Morris, Jr.---a direct Douglass progeny---complete this incomparable biography of a man whose prophetic vision and creative genius knew no bounds.

bahBahamas Minister of Tourism Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe is the Caribbean’s leading Travel Personality of 2015, a special honor bestowed by World Travel Awards (WTA) to acknowledge monumental contributions to the travel and tourism industry. Minister Wilchcombe was presented with “the most prestigious award of the year” at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards Caribbean and North America Ceremony 2015 at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on October 17.

According to WTA President and Founder Graham Cooke, the Travel Awards Academy met to review suitable candidates and unanimously one name came to the fore. He noted that Minister Wilchcombe has made a positive, defining impact to the industry, not only over the last 12 months, but over the course of a lifetime.

“It is quite an honor to receive this prestigious award on behalf of The Bahamas because this award is not just for me; it is for the Bahamian people. This award is also for the taxi drivers, the straw vendors, the hotel employees, and all of the hard working Bahamians in the tourism industry,” Minister Wilchcombe said.

Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”, World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, and celebrates brands and destinations that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence. It was an exciting evening of glitz and glamour for The Islands of The Bahamas, snagging six awards in total in several prestigious categories before an audience of travel and tourism leaders from across the Caribbean and North American region.

Caribbean’s Travel Personality of the Year – Bahamas Tourism Minister, Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe

Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2015 – The Bahamas

Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel 2015 – Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Caribbean’s Leading Private Island Destination 2015 – Fowl Cay Resort, Bahamas

Best Bahamas Spa Resort 2015 – Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau, Bahamas

Best Bahamian Villa 2015 – Grand Isle Resort, Exuma, Bahamas

All award winners will attend the World Travel Awards Grand Final in Morocco this December.

Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu accepted the award for Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2015 on behalf of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “When you looked around the room and saw all of the prestigious winners, and to know that The Bahamas is ranking among them, you know we are doing something right,” said Mrs. Jibrilu. “We will not rest on our laurels however, and we have our eyes on several more categories. I hope that these awards encourage the Bahamian people, all of us, to perform even better, to make our country even greater so that next year we will claim even more prestigious World Travel Awards.”

The industry’s elite, including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board officials from throughout the region, attended the red carpet event. Guests were treated to performances by The Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, the sultry sounds of Alia Cole, and the sights and sounds of Crusaders Junkanoo Group.

NUCGroup1femiOn the heels of the first ever historic 50 Nigerian Vice Chancellors (Nigerian University Presidents) Conference hosted by the AD King Foundation in Atlanta, Dr. Babs Onabanjo, organizer of the conference and CEO of the AD King Foundation is ready to present the next conference to be held this August 30th through September 5, 2015. With the Gala taking place on September 4th, the next Nigerian Chancellor Entrepreneurial conference will host at least 29 other Vice-Chancellors to Atlanta with the same agenda and mission as the first one.  Upon the success of the past conference, Dr. Onabanjo is excited about the next upcoming Chancellor’s conference and he is looking forward to another effective event.

The Chancellor’s mission for the conferences is to observe strategies of colleges and businesses in Atlanta that are successfully using entrepreneurial models which directly affect young leaders and entrepreneurs and to replicate these models in Nigeria. Dr. Onabanjo answered the call that was initiated in collaboration with ARA-Rock Ltd. of Nigeria, the partner company that spearheaded this mission. The conference which was 8 years in the making accomplished its goals and the Chancellors were pleased with the results of their observations, networking, collaborations and partnerships that were formed during the conference. 

As Nigeria attempts to diversify away from dependence on oil, the Chancellors as well as other Nigerian leaders understand how important entrepreneurship is to the future of the Nigerian economy. They believe that the way to start preparing future business owners and developers is through equipping colleges and universities with entrepreneurship programs for training.  Because at least 60% of graduates from Nigerian universities are not able to get immediate employment, many of these graduates seek entrepreneurial ventures, but have not been adequately prepared to face the challenges of owning your own business. 

nigerianprez“Thus it has become necessary for the institutes of higher learning to put “entrepreneurial studies” into the curriculum to develop skills that will help these graduates set up and develop their own businesses,” according to Dr. Babs Onabanjo, who is not only the co-founder and CEO of the AD King Foundation, but also a college professor.  A community activist and organizer, Dr. Onabanjo has worked to enhance opportunities for youth and young adults since he came to Atlanta in 1980. He has been initiating youth empowerment activities ever since and in 2009 he presented the first parade; 1st A D King Youth Empowerment Parade.. Also a filmmaker, Dr. Onabanjo produced the civil rights documentary “Behold the Dream: Brother to the Dream, a compelling story on the life and legacy of Rev. A.D. King

Dr. Onabanjo, who has served as chair of his college curriculum department and vice-president of Henry County Southern Christian Leadership Conference, believes that colleges implementing entrepreneurial curriculums is a way to help turn the economy around and foster black employment. “We must learn to be job makers instead of just job takers,” explains Dr. Onabanjo, who as founding producer helped to launch the first-ever African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Expo that honored movers and shakers in black cultural heritage tourism.

 

African Diaspora (AD) Tourism caught up with Dr. Babs Onabanjo to speak with him about how he convened the Atlanta Nigerian Chancellors Entrepreneurial Conference and what this monumental conference means:

AD Tourism 1) How did the Atlanta-based AD King Foundation get involved with The Nigerian Chancellors Entrepreneurial Conference and its mission?

dr. babsDr. Onabanjo – “The AD King Foundation answered the call of the mission of the Nigerian Chancellors that was initiated in collaboration with Ara Rock LTD. Partners of Nigeria.  The mission of AD King Foundation and the recently formed AD King Institute is in line with the conference activities as it attempts to address the systemic problems of graduate youth unemployment, and a paradigm shift from dependency to self-sufficiency mind set and from seeking employment to creating wealth, employment, problem solving, opportunities and building enterprises of magnificent dimensions through practical entrepreneurship models.

The Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Conference addresses the problem of black dependency in an effort to promote black economic empowerment through business ownership. The AD King convened this conference to allow the Nigerian educators to observe and learn about strategies of colleges and businesses in Atlanta that are successfully using entrepreneurial models so that they can replicate such methods in Nigerian Universities. The role of the conference is to formulate partnerships with potential US based businesses and to identity potential opportunities.

The Nigerian Government established National University Commission as a regulatory body for the development of public tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The new government is fully committed to entrepreneurial training as part of college curriculums.  There are 79 universities sponsored by the Federal Government throughout the states in Nigeria that can serve as incubators for research and development in such areas as technology, agriculture, energy power, manufacturing and marketing.  The role of the conference is to also formulate partnerships with potential US based businesses and to identity potential opportunities. Fifty leaders of the 79 universities attended this conference and the other 29 will attend the upcoming conference in July.

 

AD Tourism - 2) You said that the vision of Nigeria is to become one of the world’s top 20 economies during the next two decades. How do you think colleges and schools can best play a part in helping Nigeria to reach this goals?

Dr. Onabanjo - It is important that universities, colleges and institutes of higher learning create centers for entrepreneurship on every campus, supporting creation of startup businesses through research and development. These educational institutes can set up incubators, accelerators, co-sharing spaces, provide mentoring, coaching, advisors and experts to support innovative entrepreneurship programs and activities. Colleges must commit to helping students and graduates who are risk takers, who want to create their own wealth through business ownership and development. Colleges must drastically change to develop the necessary entrepreneurial curriculums that will help to ensure success of these business minded young leaders.  

Much of what is learned in Nigerian universities follows a colonial curriculum that trains students to sustain a European economy and students graduate to seek jobs. Universities need to develop entrepreneurial curriculums to promote our own economic development so the students will become job makers instead of job takers. With the largest population of blacks in the world being in Nigeria, the country is the best place to start changing the colonial mentality to one of self-sufficiency.

AD Tourism - 3) According to what you know about Rev. AD King, what do you think his feelings would be about having such a conference with his name attached?  What were Ms. Naomi's King’s feelings and impressions? 

Dr. Onabanjo - Rev A D Williams King would be proud because he lived a dedicated and committed life to serving and building a beloved community of hope, love and humanity. Mrs. Naomi King was elated and delighted for the vision, mission strategies and profound activities and successful implementation of the foundation’s program.

AD Tourism - 4)   I know that the Vice Chancellors’ mission was to visit and observe strategies of colleges and businesses that are successfully using entrepreneurial models which directly affect young leaders and entrepreneurs. How did they go about doing this when they were in Atlanta? What are some of the colleges and businesses they collaborated with at the conference?

Dr. Onabanjo - The colleges were Kennesaw State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Clayton State University, Clark Atlanta University and University of Georgia. The companies include Cocoa Cola, Black On Purpose TV, Opportunity Hub Atlanta, Delta Airlines, Acqaponic Gardens, Atlanta Wealth Management, Georgia Work Ready, Chic Fil-A and Trumpet Awards Foundation. There were partnership agreements initiated with Georgia Tech, and University of Georgia. Other initiatives including Solar Power and Shea Butter are in progress. There were also film production collaborations, and collaborations regarding Distant Learning projects.  

AD Tourism:  5) How will the next conference in July follow-up or be different to this past conference? 

Dr. OnabanjoThe past event and Gala was attended by great minds and industry leaders. Among them were the Trumpet Awards Founder and Chief Executive Officer Xenona Clayton, the Nigerian Consul General Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe.  It was also attended by representatives from several colleges and businesses. In July we plan to involve even more interactions with CEO’s and presidents of large corporations, especially the fortune 500 companies. We plan to include a host of city and government officials in the conference. We will explore more potential opportunities, create more collaborations and work together as teams.  At least 30 other Vice-Chancellors will participate in the next conference in the same way that the 50 at the past event participated.  We anticipate another successful conference.

For more information about the AD King Foundation and the upcoming Nigerian Vice-Chancellors Entrepreneurial Conference, visit ADKIngfoundation.ning.com.

 

image056 mandelaThe passing of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, in December 2013 sparked a global outpouring of grief. The world paused as we collectively reflected on the life of this phenomenal man and celebrated what he had achieved, not only for South Africa, but for mankind. Most of the places associated with his life’s journey teemed with visitors who dedicated private notes and flowers as tokens of respect and remembrance as South Africans and, indeed, the world tried to come to terms with the loss of the founding father of the nation,” Minister Van Schalkwyk said as he spoke today at an event at Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in Cape Town – the last place where Nelson Mandela was held captive before he took his first steps to freedom on February 11, 1990.

South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, today launched “Madiba-inspired tourist attractions” – a travel map that encourages tourists from around the world to come to South Africa to walk in former president Nelson Mandela’s footsteps.

“To make it as easy as possible for people to personally experience Mandela’s story, we have developed the ‘Madiba-inspired tourist attractions’ map, which encapsulates the key points on his life’s journey,” Van Schalkwyk said.

Developed by South African Tourism in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the map highlights tourist sites as well as general places of interest in the four main provinces that defined Mandela’s life. These include the Eastern Cape, where he was born, grew up and attended Fort Hare University; Gauteng, where he worked as a human-rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle; KwaZulu-Natal, where he was captured, and the Western Cape, where he was imprisoned and ultimately freed.

Since Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990, a number of world-class museums, monuments and precincts have been developed to bring his story to life and to cater for the demand to better understand South Africa’s history.

The “Madiba-inspired tourist attractions” map includes well-known attractions such as the UNESCO world heritage site Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned, and Mandela’s house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, which is the only street in the world to have had two Nobel peace prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, as residents. It also features some of the lesser-known attractions, such as the Kliptown open-air museum, also in Soweto, which marks the spot where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People, as well as the Nelson Mandela youth and heritage center in Mandela’s childhood home, Qunu, where he was of course buried as well.

mandela“Mandela’s integrity and spirit of hope, reconciliation and love have touched the lives of millions of people. This year, we celebrate 20 years of democracy and freedom, and we look forward to welcoming many tourists from around the world to share the South African story and Mandela’s legacy with us. Not only was Nelson Mandela an incredible man and leader, but he remains a truly global icon. Since 1994, visitors from all corners of the globe have come to South Africa to seek out the places that shaped his remarkable life. His name alone put South Africa on the map; today, we are returning the favor in a literal sense.”

In 1993, the year before Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president, South Africa had 3.4 million international arrivals. In 2012, South Africa welcomed 13.5 million people to the country, of whom close to 9.2 million were tourists (people who spent one or more nights here).

“The numbers aside, though, what has perhaps been the greatest legacy for tourism is that Mandela has encouraged people from all corners of the globe to come and experience South Africa for themselves. It is thanks to his vision and principles that our tourism industry has grown as much as it has since our first democratic elections 20 years ago when he was elected president of South Africa,” Van Schalkwyk added.

“It is also thanks to him that the world now knows South Africa for more than just our incredible wildlife, amazing scenic beauty and excellent value for money. Since 1994, the world has come to realize that what really sets this country apart is Mandela’s people, whose warmth and hospitality leave all who visit us touched by the ‘Madiba magic,’” the Minister concluded.

The “Madiba-inspired tourist attractions” map has been made available to trade partners in South Africa and around the world to make it as easy as possible to package Madiba-inspired itineraries. The map is also available online at www.southafrica.net. 

Source: ATQ News

Mystery-RiverENUGU — A healing mystery stream has surprisingly appeared in Nachi community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, almost 42 years after it allegedly surfaced and disappeared in the same place.

The  miracle stream, as it is now fondly called by millions of Nigerians, both young and old, especially sick ones and their relations, surfaced and disappeared in 1972 and reappeared this time around in the area about two weeks ago.

The mystery stream

The stream is about 4km away from the old Oji River/Onitsha road. According to reports, the stream, which has continued to attract healing seekers, was first noticed by a Fulani herdsman who went to the area to feed his cattle, and suddenly saw water gushing out from a sandy farm land close to where he was standing.

According to a source, before the Fulani man could turn his back, the entire area had water about five feet deep.The Fulani herdsman was said to have alerted some farmers in the community about what he saw. They went to see things for themselves, after which they took the news to the traditional ruler of the community, His Royal Highness Igwe Onuigbo, Obi (11) of Nachi.

A visit to the wonder stream, Tuesday, showed that the community had turned it into a pilgrimage centre with the development, opening up  windows of business for the people, especially plastic container sellers, food vendors, commercial motorcyclists and vehicle operators as they now make brisk businesses.

Healing testimonies

Meanwhile, there had been scores of alleged healing testimonies from sick people who  either swam in or drank from the stream.  According to reports, dozens of people, young and old including security operatives were seen fetching the water just as many were taking their bath in the stagnated stream, believing it would cure ailments.

Some people  said to have been taken to the stream last Saturday with crutches and other supporting devices, were said to have gone home rejoicing after dipping themselves in the stream.

One Mr. Cyril  Eneh, a civil servant, shortly after coming out of the water was quoted as saying: “Indeed, this is a miraculous water, people with different sicknesses have been coming here to receive their healing. And I also have the faith and strong belief that God Almighty, who provided this water will use it to tackle every health challenge in my life.”

Also speaking, an octogenarian and community leader in Nachi, Mr. Festus Udeh, said the stream surfaces and disappears every 20 to 30 years, adding that it forbids evil things. He said any evil doer that goes to the stream might run into serious problem.

Source: African Travel Quarterly

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Slum-tourismDoes it mean that slum tourism tend to turn poverty into entertainment for tourists ? Its quite evident that the local mass are not impressed that tourist groups from America, Asia and Europe visit their small houses with a roof that is ripping apart and taking pictures of their dirty children playing near sewage water. There might be no difference in thinking that tourists come to invade on their privacy as they regard them as monkeys in a zoo!Tourists who visit slums do walking safaris, through the many footpaths, with the help of a tour guide who is mostly a person from the slum area. During these tours they like to take photographs of everything they see as they are amazed by this other kind of life that they have probably ‘never seen’. One would wonder whether they are enjoying taking pictures of poor people who are struggling in order to make ends meet!

 

Slum tourism is a special kind of tourism that for a long time has been looked at as an exploitative kind of tourism whereby tourists travel all the way from their home country to have fun taking pictures and looking at poor people struggling to make ends meet. Promotion of this kind of tourism tends to portray Africa as a pitiful continent whereby those that visit the continent are convicted to donate money to the people. Africans tend to be looked at as a helpless people who cannot develop themselves without receiving aid either from China, US, Russia or the UK….This is a perception that certainly has to stop!!! There is something that slum tourism does not show to the visitors….how hard many of the slum dwellers work to be able to make an honest living because some of those who live in the big houses and drive expensive cars are involved in illegal activities to be able to maintain their expensive lifestyles.

With time, the local people will start to see the benefits of having visitors coming to stay with them, learning things from one another hence be able to embrace them as friends and not people that come to take pictures of them like monkeys in a zoo.

 

Born in Africa, brought up in Europe and living in China, Rose Lin Zamoa, is the proprietor of the tiny Beijing restaurant Jamaica Me Crazy. The the 34-year-old Afro-haired young lady is quite the entrepreneur according to this article from China Daily: jamaica cuisine

The "110 percent African" from Ghana came to the capital from her adopted home in London about five years ago to further her Mandarin studies and is now cooking up a storm.

"I was very interested in languages and I heard at my college in England that there was an enrichment program to study Chinese here," says Rose. "Though I was above the age limit, I managed to get through eventually.

"I studied full time for two-and-a-half years and whilst studying I used to cook on weekends for my classmates (at Beijing International Studies University). Then some of them became so sick and tired of eating just Chinese food that they said they would like to eat my food for lunch and asked if I could make it and sell it to them. Soon people were eating my food in the classroom, which was kind of cool.

"Soon a few other foreign students at the Communication University of China, which was next to my university, also started ordering and that's how it (the catering business) started." Zamoa says that she had little trouble in adapting to life in Beijing, although her skin color and hairstyle did draw some curious looks and comments initially.

"When I first came here I couldn't get over the fact that people were staring at me and asking me strange questions about my skin and hair. "But I am used to it now," says the fluent Mandarin speaker.

The Andingmen take-out restaurant, which serves popular Jamaican dishes like jerk chicken, beef patties, ackee and salt fish, curry goat (mutton), yams and plantains as well as English-style pies, is Zamoa's third site in the capital; with the first two experiences leaving a somewhat bitter taste in her mouth.

In an article in The Network Journal, writer Ann Brown reports that the doors to several popular black historic sites in the United States may soon be shuttered. Read her story below:

auburnRecently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Historic District, the Ella Little Collins-Malcolm X House in Roxbusry, MA and Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia on its 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Each year, the National Trust uses the list to highlight important architectural, cultural and natural heritage sites in the U.S. that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. In all, the National Trust has placed more than 230 locations on the list during the past 25 years. The purpose of the list is to protect such sites, although about a handful of listed destinations have been lost since the list was started in 1988.



“As the last known surviving boyhood home of Malcolm Little the Ella Little Collins-Malcolm X House in Roxbury, MA, has stood vacant and underutilized for more than 30 years,” said Trevor Johnson, program assistant for the Boston field office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “As a result, the condition of the house has deteriorated and much of its historic fabric is at risk of being lost. In an effort to preserve this property and raise awareness about its historical significance, the National Trust decided to include it as one of this year’s America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places."



Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Historic District was once known as the “richest Negro street in the world.” The historic African-American neighborhood includes the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King, the King Memorial, and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King and his father preached.



“Sweet Auburn Historic District was selected because of its great historic and cultural value,” said Joe McGill, field officer for the Charleston field office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The district was a symbol of African-American prosperity in Atlanta during the Jim Crow Era and is the birthplace of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have the opportunity to help revitalize the commercial corridor, so that it is once again a thriving part of the Atlanta community.”



Joe Frazier

Although boxing great Joe Frazier—a gold-medal winner at the 1964 Olympics and later the Heavyweight Champion of the World—died last year, his legacy is living on in various ways, including a gym he founded and ran. The National Trust felt the gym of this legendary champ was worthy of being placed on the list. The modest three-story building on North Broad Street in Philadelphia was where Frazier lived and trained for his legendary fight against Muhammad Ali. “Today, the converted warehouse space where Frazier perfected his technique is home to a discount furniture store and two floors of vacant space. Despite increased interest in commemorating Frazier’s life following his death last year, the gym is currently unrecognized and unprotected; it enjoys no formal historic designation at the local or national level. The building is also for sale. Without designation, the building could be sold to new owners who may significantly alter or demolish it,” says National Trust spokesperson Jessica Pumphrey. “Joe Frazier was a sports legend, and he deserves a place that celebrates his legacy and his contributions to the sport of boxing. Placing Joe Frazier’s gym on the local or national Register is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest athletes of all time.”



The Nomination Process

With so many places in America that could be consisted historic and endangered, there is a process the National Trust follows to narrow down the sites each year. “The National Trust receives scores of nominations each year from people and preservation organizations who advocate saving places that matter to them. Field office and national staff members review the nominations and determine the final 11 listings. We do not reveal the total number of applications we receive, but it is a competitive process and applicants are in good company,” says Pumphrey.



Being on the list heightens a site’s visibility and hopefully helps protect it from destruction and ruin. “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list is a powerful tool for raising awareness about endangered sites and galvanizing local preservationists and organizations to help save sites around the country. Placing historic sites on the list often changes the dynamic of a threatened place. Sometimes, the listing of a site on the list has quickly helped communities to rescue a treasured landmark. In other cases, it has been lend momentum to preservationists engaged in a long battle to save a historic place. Of the 242 sites that have appeared on the list over the past 25 years, only a handful have been lost,” explains Pumphrey. “The National Trust works with local preservationists and community organizations to take on-the-ground action to preserve and enhance historic sites that appear on the list. The National Trust and its local partners develop and implement initiatives to save these endangered places based on the individual challenges and opportunities at each historic site.”


Original article - http://www.tnj.com/news/african-american/famous-african-american-sites-now-most-endangered-historic-places-list

1619_projectPresident Obama recently signed legislation to make Fort Monroe a National Park. This was indeed a very important and historic action concerning the legacy of enslavement in America. 

Old Port Comfort, Fort Monroe, is the location of the arrival of our first African ancestors in America, with the arrival of 20 Angolans in the slave ship the White Lion, on August 20, 1619!

Fort Monroe is  the location of the Third Annual National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, to take place on August 17-20, 2012, in Richmond and Hampton, VA.

This effort was made possible by the hard work and sacrificial grassroots advocacy and leadership of  Sheri Bailey, Virginia Juneteenth State Director and Calvin Pearson, the Founder of Project 1619 where he has been the heart and soul of efforts to place a monument honoring our ancestors, the 1st Africans in America, at the site of their arrival, in Fort Monroe.

Pearson along with Bailey are the grassroots advocates on what has become "ground zero" for the historic geographic area in America where it all began, Fort Monroe National Park. They are leading efforts to raise $1.5 million dollars to build a "1st African Monument" at the site of the arrival of our ancestors in Virginia.

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Myers, founder and chairman of the National Juneteenth Foundation was the historic first African American leader to address the Department of Interior (DOI) on the ocassion of Juneteenth during the 2011 Washington Juneteenth National Holiday Observance. Dr. Myers said that Secretary Ken Salazar did not participte in the program, and has also not responded to his letter concerning the importance of Fort Monroe and the preservation of the legacy of our 1st African ancestors.

 

Dr. Myers says taht the process for selecting the DOI Project Director for Fort Monroe National Park by Secretary Salazar did not allow any qualified African American from the DOI to be considered for the position. "So far, the way the DOI is handling the situation is unacceptable! We should not tolerate such blatant disrespect for our grassroots advocacy, which played a significant historic role for the establishment of Fort Monroe as a National Park," he says. 

 

"Unless we aggressively demand our collective grassroots advocacy voices be heard by the DOI Secretary Salazar and President Obama, the true story about our ancestors, the first Africans who arrived in America and the beginning of legacy of enslavement in America, will most likely not be correctly interpreted, documented and presented to the public. Just take a look at the lie that has been perpetrated about our ancestors first arriving in Jamestown. Despite our demands, public markers displaying this misrepresentation of our history have not been removed."

 Dr. Myers goes on to say that we must demand that any grants, jobs and other financial resources be awarded to African American educational, cultural and historic organizations, museums and other public and private institutions, especially for those the grassroots organizations that made the Fort Monroe National Park a reality. "Just like our efforts to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Holiday Observance like Flag Day or Patriot Day, our "Modern Juneteenth Movement" must continue our advocacy efforts in what has become "ground zero" for the historic preservation of the legacy of enslavement in America, the Fort Monroe National Park," he says.  

Dr. Myers is asking the national community to support their efforts rearding the First Africans project. You may contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Pearson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For more information, visit www.project1619.org and www.NationalJuneteenth.com.

 

 

 

 

juneteenth_thumb307_September 24, 2011

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

Thank you again for your 2011, 2010 & 2009 statements concerning Juneteenth in America. We are very proud of your accomplishments as the first African American president to occupy the White House in U.S. history.

Since becoming President, we have been rebuffed in our efforts to contact you. You have yet to personally respond to any of our invitations to participate in the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance or host any Juneteenth activities at the White House.

Juneteenth is now recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It has been acknowledged by the passage of seven U.S. Congressional Resolutions. We renew our invitation for you to participate in the annual WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance. We encourage you to personally acknowledge the significance of America's second Independence Day by hosting a celebration of freedom at the White House in June.

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