I encourage people of color to go out and see the world. That is the only way stereotypes can be broken. I’ve often found myself gaining access to places and situations that I know I wouldn’t necessarily have had access to if I were white. I take pride in this and happily eat up all of these moments. This all being said, here are 10 places I’ve traveled that I was particularly well received as an African American woman.
“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace — and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
The first thing that came to my head upon entering the boutique was Dynasty — in the best possible way. I could picture throwing myself down the stairs in a fit of rage, or maybe throwing a crystal decanter while weeping in a beautiful Andrés Pajón gown.
Anyone who has spoken to me about my travels recently knows that I have a new love affair with Colombia. There will definitely be more posts on the blog coming soon about my amazing adventures in South America this winter. But in the meantime, wet your palates with my guide to Medellín for Fathom! Colombia is having a moment. Between talk of Netflix’s Narcos and Steve Harvey’s unfortunate blunder at the Miss Universe pageant, hardly a day goes by without the Latin American country being referenced. Drug trafficking and beautiful women aside, there is so much more to naturally rich Colombia than pop culture may lead you to believe, including Medellín, a city positioning itself as the next art and design capital of South America.
In the past two weeks I’ve journeyed from NYC to Guatapé, Colombia, climbed a giant rock, took a helicopter to the city of Medellín, met amazing people, planned a future life, headed to Lima, met another German and here I am, in the beach / desert side town of Paracas, Peru. I can’t wait to share this all with you