Museo Nacional de Antropologica de Mexico

After the Frida Kahlo museum, I plotted my next move. It took about 45 minutes to get there due to traffic, but the museum offered so much that it was worth it. Anthropology is the science of the origins, physical, and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind. That’s a mouthful….

Mexico: Social Classes

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr has played a pivotal role in my travels and awareness recently. I have already traveled to the same locales he visited during the filming of his documentaries on Africa, in particular, Ethiopia. A little more than four years ago he also produced a PBS series entitled Black in Latin America…

Comfort Trumps Fashion (Thanks, Mom.)

A boy to his mother: “Thanks, mom.” I stood in the Foot Locker of the Westside Pavilion staring at a wall of shoes of which I wanted to buy a pair. With their designs and colors I was momentarily transfixed. It was only when a young boy uttered something that I was roused out of…

Auntie Dee-Dee

In 1988, she represented the United States at the Seoul Olympics. She was fast, stylish, and incomparable. She was also a creative fashion designer. The Indiana Pacers once sported uniforms that were designed by her. Her name was Florence Delores Griffith-Joyner. To the world she became known as FloJo. To me and my family, she was auntie Dee-Dee.

Los Angeles and San Francisco, 2012

  Update: It’s sad to learn that this place is no longer around. Timeout.com says: “It’s hard to believe that two Filipino sisters with no baking experience opened this lovely cafe in 2005. They set their sights high, remortgaging their properties in order to fly in kitchen equipment and a young chef from France. The…

Coming 2 America 2011

Yesterday, James and I went to an ice cream parlor that makes weird and unusual flavors. I remembered the building from an episode of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. I was thankful that I’d seen it. James was being a good tour guide. Across from this ice cream parlor was a vegan restaurant. I ordered a…