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Black women need to experience the world—and let it experience THEM right back

It amazes me that in 2010, there are folks out there asking whether black folks travel. There’s still a perception out there that we don’t—which is why I’m thrilled that earlier this month, Jay of JayTravels.net (http://www.jaytravels.net) wrote a blog post on “Do African Americans Travel?” (http://www.jaytravels.net/do-african-americans-travel) But rather than ranting against the naysayers and tossing out figures about how much we spend, Jay shares excellent and thoughtful reasons of why we SHOULD hit the road (“gaining a better understanding of the world and how it affects your life locally;” “the more you travel, the more you realize issues between nations are rarely the will of the ‘people’”).

The discussion always fascinates me. In fact, the reason I launched this blog in the middle of a winter night in December 2008—during my 40th birthday getaway to the south of France, in fact—was to encourage African-American women to get out there and experience the world. And in fact, to let the world experience THEM. We sisters have a LOT more to offer to global culture than the rump-shaking hip-hop video vixens would have people believe. We’re smart, strong, independent, confident—and fascinating creatures in the eyes of many of the world’s diverse peoples.

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