Before we dig into this issue, we want to send a resounding ‘thank you’ to all of the people who shared our inaugural issue on social media. Thank you to all the people who sent a word of encouragement and even to those who sent constructive criticism. We were overwhelmed by the responses, but want you to know that we heard you.

We’ve redesigned our website for those who wanted to experience everything Griots Republic, even through mobile. We’ve also created media kits and freelance kits for those who emailed us about writing for us or about us. Lastly, we put a “blog” space on our website for people who asked for more “behind the scenes” footage for our profiles.

We a love that people are buying into the vision of Griots Republic, especially because it isn’t about us, it’s about you and your stories and experiences. It’s also about creating a publication where we can share those stories with the community at large and encourage each other to keep moving.

Interestingly enough, you’ll find that many of the millennials we spoke to for this issue started their businesses with the same objective of “sharing with the community.” Like us and many of you, they started out by simply taking a trip and then something happened, something shifted, and it changed their mindset and created a hunger to see and experience more. Like many of you, they also felt a need to show other people and bring people along. For this reason, we’ve been calling millennial travelers the “no traveler left behind” generation. This is a generation that has turned the mantra “each one, teach one” into a movement and we are excited to talk to them.

Last issue, we unveiled our Voyager Series of traveler profiles. Voyager interviews are interviews where we travel to the interviewee’s city and capture them on their turf. This week you’ll see a few profiles from our Routes Series. routes interviews are studio interviews, where the travelers profiled discuss their roots and the roads they’ve taken throughout their life that have led them to where they are now.

For this series, we sat down with Evita Tuquoise Robinson (Nomadness Travel Tribe). Cherae Robinson (Tastemakers Africa) and Danielle Pointdujour (Hotel Whisperer) and we cried, we laughed and we danced. These ladies were honest, completely forthcoming and we hope that you enjoy their journeys. We also have a Voyager interview with Damon Lawrence of Homage Hotel Group. We traveled to Oakland, California to talk to him about opening the first black owned, boutique, hotel in Oakland. He is another millennial on fire and we hope that you enjoy his story as well.

With all of that said, check out our new site and make sure to share us with a friend Enjoy!

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