Cotton Picking

It was hot. There was no end to the amount of work they did. The hours were from sunrise to sunset. They were in a foreign land far from their home. Escaping was not a realistic option. If they made an attempt to escape, they risked being severely punished. The work involved pain. Each time…

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…

6 Hours in London

Sadly, England is grappling with the aftermath of  this past week’s terrorist attack. It was no wonder security was so tight in and around the city. I departed from Manama, Bahrain six hours prior to arriving at London Heathrow Airport. With a six hour layover I decided to see the sights. After being grilled by the…

ToMoCa

If you visit Addis Ababa you must try ToMoCa coffee. We did and we were pleasantly surprised, deighted, and energized after sipping our Lattes, Caramel Macchiatos, and Blacks. Check out these photos of the first Tomoca coffeehouse in Addis. It opened in 1953.

Final Hours in Lalibela

En route to the Asheten Mariam Rock Hewn Monastery this morning, I was delightfully accosted by two sisters who demanded that I wait for them to make their way up the mountain to meet face-to-face, politely shake their hands, and take their photos because they’re just too cute. I obliged. Thereafter I made my way…

Ethiopian Beauties

On Tuesday I decided not to sleep in. This was not a problem because my night’s sleep at the Panoramic Hotel was quite invigorating. I awoke and went for a city stroll that unbeknownst to me lead to a six-hour round-trip  hike to the hilltop monastery. When my legs could take me no further I…

About My First Few Hours in Turkey

A rental car should be clean and fully functional especially if the car is described as “new.” It was 2016 and the car I rented was a 2016 model so I expected it to be in very good if not excellent condition with all modern accoutrements available for use. Although the 2016 model Fiat I rented looked…

Yams? No. Sweet Potatoes!

If you find this blog title offensive that is because it was meant to be. Just as Dave Chappelle used an audio byte of Donnell Rawlins screaming “I’m rich, bitch” I want to make a proclamation about a different subject — one that has perplexed me for some years now. If you are like me then…

Edo. Edo. Edo.

Over thirty years ago I remember playing with He-Man figurines and being one among my classmates who coveted the big red tricycle. Whose idea was it to purchase three small and slow tricycles, and one large ultra-fast tricycle? What a cruel joke to play on kindergartners. This was our first lesson in how unfair the…

International Afros

I take photographs of interesting people when I meet them. Even if I don’t meet them and I find them interesting I will still politely introduce myself and ask to take their photo. Sometimes I get rejected, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Luckily, these two gentlemen who sported some nice fluffy afros that…