“Omowale- The Child Has Come Home” The Diary of Justin Sankara

Justin Sankara, left America on a journey of self-discovery. He traveled to 20+ countries where he gained firsthand knowledge of the Black experience abroad. In this video, Black Diaries met up with Justin during his stop in Zambia.

Reconnect

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Zanzibar Part 2

The night had started as simple as any other. To be honest, the only thing on my mind was sitting around, having a drink, and good conversation. [Read more…]

Omowale- from the Yoruba language of Nigeria, meaning, “the child has come home”

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Zanzibar Part 1 – Omowale

Omowale- from the Yoruba language of Nigeria, meaning, “the child has come home”; name given to Malcolm X during his 1964 travels in Africa
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Ethiopia- “Brother”

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I must admit that I had some worries about coming to Africa. I had heard stories from other Black people that traveled to the Motherland previously and had been expecting to be welcomed like a long lost relative home for the first time. They had told me how they were instead confused as white or deemed just another American. My sample size was small so, while I was sure there was a great chance my experience would be different, I knew it was entirely possible this could happen.
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In This Very Spot

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On a date that I can’t recall, at the top of a mountain with a name I can’t recall, I stood alone, looking out at the small town in Fukui, Japan. It was the first of many times that I have found myself frozen in contemplation of a series of thoughts that have become all too familiar in the time since. “Am I the first person like me- Black American, from a single parent household, that grew up in the “inner city” of Chicago, etc etc- to stand in this very spot.
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Tattoo from Whang Od, The Last Kalinga

Journeys in real life aren’t like in the movies. The long, hard parts aren’t reduced to a few seconds of B-roll. You can actually feel the discomfort, and sometimes it lasts for a long time.  But most importantly, you don’t actually know ahead of time that it’s all going to work out in the end.
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When it’s Complicated: Irresponsible Tourism and Neo-Colonialism in South East Asia

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Neocolonialismneocolonialism or neo-imperialism is the geopolitical practice of using capitalism, business globalization, and cultural imperialism to influence a country.

During my first day in Bali, no… within my first couple of minutes in Bali, I could feel a difference in the environment from when I was in Japan. When you Google image pictures of Bali you will likely see beautiful beaches and gorgeous temples, but when you get off the plane the reality is not completely glamorous.
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Three Times the Unicorn

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u·ni·corn
ˈyo͞onəˌkôrn
noun
1. A mythical animal typically represented as a horse with a single straight horn projecting from its forehead.
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Why am I Traveling?

I have always been considered to be stubborn and opinionated. I have some perspectives on things that I simply believe all the way to my core, and no matter what others say, I will probably never change my mind. More than anything, I have an unyielding confidence in my path in life. When I decide that a city, job, or goal is the one for me, nothing can make me change my mind, and nothing can convince me I cannot achieve it. [Read more…]