February is Black History Month here in the U.S. A time when Black Americans recognize and celebrate their accomplishments in the never-ending plight for justice and equality in the United States. Join Griots Republic this month as we explore Black Excellence with a travel twist.

We first start out with our cover feature, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, as he gives us an exclusive interview about his new book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America and why it’s needed at this particular time in our country. From there we branch out and explore various historical elements of Black culture and their connection to the globe.

IMG: Michael Eric Dyson. Photographer: Nina Subin. Fair Use.

Then we welcomed the newest member to the staff, photographer Camara Clayton, by sending him to South Carolina to talk more about the annual Black Cowboy Festival. The founders of the festival were pleased to talk about Black cowboy history and its connection to Gambia’s Fulani Tribes and the photographs turned out amazing! We cannot wait to work with him more.

Photog: Camara Clayton. All right reserved.

Next up, we talked with the Chieftess and Head-Of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Queen Quet. Writer Ebony Booth interviewed Queen Quet and as soon as the interview was over she hit us up saying “She’s my new favorite human!” Definitely check out this article because Queen Quet schools us on Gullah culture and the spiritually charged Ring Shout ceremony, which is deeply rooted in the traditional religious practices of Black Americans and our African ancestors. These are just a few of the editorials we’ve collected this month surrounding Black excellence, Black Culture and Black Travel!

IMG: Large and Small Baskets. Don McCullough. Flickr. CCBY2.0

(infomercial voice) But there’s more…

For our global art & music lovers, we feature Afro-Bolivian music artist Matamba and Afro House choreographer and singer Blaya. Looking for a source for premium-quality crafted wines? You will enjoy reading about Heritage Link Brands and the Cuffe family. Thinking about moving overseas? Our Ex-Files series continues with a look into the Black ex-pat business community in Shanghai, China.

On top of all of this, we ventured out to Oakland and Miami this month for our Black Travel Profiles which include: cultural activist and entrepreneur Ashara Ekundayo, jewelry designer and philanthropist Maxim Thuriere, and cultural anthropologist Dr. Gail P. Myers. And that’s not even all of it. So grab a snack, sit back & get into this “All Black Everything” issue as we begin the month-long celebration of Black Excellence.

We hope you enjoy.

XOXO,

THE ARCHIVISTS

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