Happy holidays, everyone!

We’ve come to the end of another year, and like many of you, we’re looking back over our life as a magazine. This year we’ve been able to accomplish some fantastic things, and we wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to all 94 of the writers and contributors who made it happen. Thank you to all of the Patreon contributors and advertisers who make it possible for us to hire those 94 writers. Lastly, but definitely not least, a major thank you to those who send notes, tag and share us with your friends.

As a community, we’ve accomplished so much this year. Not only did we publish a book, but we managed to open a new sister site (BlackTravel.com), sell our merchandise and books at over 20 festivals along the coast, sit on panels, do television interviews, and talk to some amazing folks from Buika and Junot Diaz to Michael Eric Dyson and India Arie. Thank you! This is your doing! It doesn’t stop there, so let me tell you about this issue.

It’s Green!

As we roam this beautiful earth, we often get the chance to see the environmental impact of global warming, waste and numerous other detriments to global health. Reading about it is one thing; however, seeing it is another and travelers see it first hand. Personally, I’ve walked down dry riverbeds in Panama, seen homes abandoned due to the rising tide in Palau, and have experienced enough human waste in cities and waterways from Indonesia to the United States to make me nauseous. Of course, for every downside, there is an upside. In this case, the upside is all of the people across the globe pitching in to change things.

In this issue, we’ve brought together the problems and the problem solvers. Marcus Samuelsson and Derek Kayongo are just a couple of the problem solvers you’ll want to read about in this issue of Griots Republic. We’ve also covered a few of the eco locations where you can go and enjoy yourself. Ultimately, this issue is for the tree hugger in you, but it’s the holidays so of course, we’ve covered that too.

With that said, have a safe holiday and come back and play in 2018!


Davita McKelvey



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