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If I Could Land Anywhere: Haiti

It's amazing when you google Haiti and click images there are only images of death and destruction.  However after watching the below video from No Reservations - Anthony Bourdain (RIP) I think it's best for me to go see for myself. I follow too many Haitian artists on instagram who travel between the U.S. and Haiti to believe there isn't an abundance of beauty and history to learn from.    

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The Land Was Ours: Highland Beach (Maryland)

This is the oldest of all the black resort towns in America. Founded by Charles and Laura Douglass in 1893, Charles was the son of the well renowned Frederick Douglass. This beach is located approximately 35 miles outside of Washington D.C. and was the very first black owned resort in the history of America. This destination was birthed from an act of racial discrimination when the Douglass’s were denied entry into a restaurant on Chesapeake Bay. Charles Douglass then decided to delve into the real estate industry and began purchasing beachfront property and selling lots to his friends and family. Some of its earliest purchasers were notable African American politicians in the DC/Baltimore area including Senators, Congressman and Judge Robert...

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Art Inspiration: Faith Ringgold

  Here at Root Compass Modern Nomad we are currently obsessing over all things Faith Ringgold.  Her story quilts continue a tradition passed down in the Black community for decades.  Per her artist bio found on her website below and a few videos where you can learn from the artist in her own words. Faith Ringgold, born 1930 in Harlem, New York, is a painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, writer, teacher and lecturer. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in visual art from the City College of New York in 1955 and 1959. Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of California in San Diego, Ringgold has received 23 Honorary Doctorates. During the early 1960’s Ringgold traveled in Europe....

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The Land Was Ours: Bruce Beach (Manhattan Beach) California

A young and ambitious married couple, Willa and Charles Bruce, purchased some of the land that makes up Bruce’s Beach in 1912. They added three lots to the original land and soon set to work, establishing a resort that was open to all African Americans. Given that segregation practices had restricted most beach access for blacks in the city, the new resort was welcomed by many who had until then hardly had the chance to experience the area’s coastal beauty. Land around the resort was bought by wealthy land developer George H. Peck, also in 1912. Being a bit of a maverick for the times, Peck did away with the common practice of racial segregation by offering up the plots...

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