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Black People Travel spent a day at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture with Comedian Larry Lancaster. Check out the highlights!

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The Reloaded Travels travel group has issued a challenged to its members and to other travel groups:

"As we mentioned before we can travel, party and turn up together. It’s now time to make a difference together. We’ve decided to combat social injustice with financial independence. We’re incorporating a series of 30- day monthly challenges that we’re calling the ‘Financial Independence 30 Day Challenge’. Please view the video in its entirety for the instructions and details for this month’s challenge. Feel free to share and challenge others. #BlackLivesMatter

Financial Independence 30 Day Challenge Schedule:

  • July – Black Bank Challenge August – Support Black Businesses Challenge
  • September – Visit a Black Museum Challenge
  • October – Donate to a Black Organization Challenge
  • November – Passing Down Wealth Challenge (Life Insurance, Will and Estate Planning)
  • December – Black Non-Fiction Book Challenge"

 

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Black People Travel had the pleasure of hanging out with the Reloaded Travels travel group as they embarked on Montego Bay for their Jamaica Reloaded event. Check out the video highlights!

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Black People Travel had the pleasure of attending the 40th Anniversary of Baltimore's African American Festival. With over 200,000 in attendance artists included Ro James, Angie Stone, Mary Mary, Freeway, Goapele, Estelle, Common and many others. Check out the sights and sounds!

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frustrated black woman

Let’s face it, in the good ol’ USA, most institutions are not designed to accommodate people with melanin and travel is no exception. I don’t profess to be a professional traveler. I never understood what the standard was supposed to be when people ask, “Do you travel a lot?” I never know how to answer that question. I get around … I’m on my second passport … my kids both have passports … but I don’t know that I travel “a lot.” What’s “a lot?!”

These are a few of the challenges I have met as I’ve ventured around the world while being Black:

Packing full-sized toiletry bottles. I get it, there are a plethora of products available in travel sized packaging. I have yet to see them in the hair or lotion products I use. I have tried to put the hair products in travel sized bottles at which time I arrived at my location and didn’t know what was in which bottle. Labels wore off and I ended up putting body lotion in my hair. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t my intention. Through the years I have preferred taking the full-sized bottles that the product originated in. They don’t fit in toiletry bags and if the luggage is tossed a certain way, they leak or the lids come completely off. (Still don’t know how that’s scientifically possible.) AND, those travel sized bottles are not enough to carry a week’s worth of product for my natural hair. If you’re like me and prefer using full-sized bottles when you travel, try putting a little bit of plastic on the bottle and then screw the top on. If the top pops, the contents won’t leak all over your clothes.

“Yes, I know this is the line for first class …” I don’t know if folks think I’m trying to get on the plane sooner or if they think I can’t read but every time I’ve flown first class, I’ve been approached and asked if I knew what I was doing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t ALWAYS fly first class, but when I do, I know exactly what I’m doing.

A TSA agent put her hands in my hair. That was a very dark day for me and I tend to get violent when I discuss it so I’m going to leave it alone and let you use your imagination as to how I felt that day.

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Being confused as a member of a group. While I subscribe to what Sister Sledge put down several years ago, I am not related to or traveling with all of the other Black people on the plane. I don’t know them. We’re not together. We just happen to be Black on our way to the same location.

These are just a few of the issues I’ve experienced traveling while Black. I’m eager to hear about some of your experiences. What challenges have you faced when traveling? Share them in the comment section below!

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