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Black and American During Apartheid

Apartheid was like an ominous, ever-present stranger that seemed to lurk behind me but seldom could be seen when I spun around to look for it. But it was all too visible and intimidating whenever I had to deal with South African government officials or police. I’ll never forget my first impression, standing in the passport control lines at Jan Smuts Airport. The room was ringed with a balcony along which two cops or soldiers paced with their fingers on the triggers of their semiautomatic rifles.

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Enjoying the Invisibility #TWB 2

Yesterday, I began writing about my experiences of traveling while black. After recounting my the ten or so issues I've had in twenty-five plus years of traveling alone or with friends I thought I would share why I love being melanated and on the road. It gives me a type of blendability in many locations, allowing me to observe my surroundings in peace. The way I see it, as a black traveler you can stick out like a stereotypical German tourist with socks and sandals, or you take advantage of your color and get a glimpse inside.

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Healing Sounds of the Diaspora

In the summer of 1999, while visiting Kenya, two of my closest friends/musical collaborators and I got the opportunity to travel to the town of Goma in the North Kivu province of eastern Congo during the Rwandese occupation of the region in the second Congo War. At the time, Goma was like a 'High Noon' border settlement on the final frontier of post-colonial Africa where the extremes of humanity were a daily occurrence. Travel is the most unique and powerful intellectual, emotional, and spiritual educator known to humanity. It is unmatched in its capacity to make us know each other, ourselves and to unlock our greatest potential.

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Jose Luis Cardona (Graphic Designer): Transits through the thoughts of communities, cultural manifestations and productive practices, incorporating graphic design as a participatory element and a tool for community strengthening.

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