Monthly Archives: July 2010

Fighting Ignorance with Film

As an educator, fighting ignorance is my job. As black man who is also an expatriate educator, fighting ignorance can be an all-consuming yoke around my neck. Even some of the most highly-educated people, with many years of traveling to … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Madalena Murals

In São Paulo’s boho-chic neighborhood of Vila Madalena, graffiti artists have claimed a couple of streets as an impactful open-air gallery of revolving exhibitions. Depicting city life, Brazilian slang, “Blackee Power” (the Brazilian term for a stay-sof-Fro!), and national pride, … Continue reading

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Airline Geekery: My In-Flight Magazine Collection

It is impossible for me to step off an airplane without purloining that glossy gem filled with perky destination guides, colorful route maps, and ads for the best cosmetic orthodontist in North Atlanta.  I’m a fiend when it comes to … Continue reading

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From the AV Room: Brazilian Air

Currently, I’m running around São Paulo collecting data and testing out adjectives for use in the reviews I’m writing for the Total São Paulo guide.  Meanwhile, I’ll leave you armchair travelers with a little retro footage from SP’s nemesis, Rio de … Continue reading

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Global Juke Joint: Colombian Gold

A powerful triumvirate of lyricists, CHOC QUIB TOWN hails from Quibdó, the impoverished capital of the mostly-black, oft-maligned, and federally-neglected department of Chocó, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. In what is virtually the Mississippi of Colombia, the African heritage of the … Continue reading

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Getting Your Walking Papers: Price-Increase Edition

If you’ve slept on getting that little blue book, the price tag’s gone up quite a bit as of today. But you still can’t put a price tag on the personal development and enjoyment that comes from international travel, and … Continue reading

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Shouts to My Cape Verdean Play Brother

Ages ago, when a young, collegiate Fly Brother was interning on Capitol Hill in DC (we’re talking at the turn of the century), I was asked by one of the other interns if I was Cape Verdean. Cape Who? She … Continue reading

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