Destination Cuba: A tour of Old Havana

One of my favorite international trips was to Havana, Cuba, shortly after the U.S. lifted its travel ban to the country in January 2015. What I enjoyed most was taking in the city’s rich Afro-Cuban culture and history. A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama’s administration widely expanded the categories of authorized travel to […]

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Headed to Ski Week in Aspen, April 6-9

Contrary to popular belief, yes, there are black folks that ski. I’m pretty stoked about headed to Aspen deep in the Colorado Rockies on April 6-9 to catch the tail end of Aspen Ski Week, one of four week-long boutique ski festivals staged in mountain towns across the world. Aspen, one of the most scenic […]

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Super Bowl LI: A Big Win for Ben

Anyone who knows me knows how important family, friendship, and fellowship are to me. An opportunity to see people in my tribe happy and content, in turn, makes me happy. Fortunately, such an opportunity presented itself when I was able to enjoy Super Bowl LI with some of my closest friends and visit my godson. We […]

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Up Helly Aa: 12 Hours in Shetland

You’ve probably heard about some pretty epic festivals that attract hundreds of folks from around the world—Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico City, Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. But trust me, none of those festivals hold a candle to Up Helly AA in Shetland, Scotland. For the second year in […]

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