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France Francois is a writer, activist, and changemaker  striving for a  better world.

Are black expats freer abroad than in the USA?

After watching I Am Not Your Negro, as a current expat, I was not surprised that James Baldwin left the USA of the 1960s and 70s and went into a self-imposed exile in France. I reached out to fellow black expats and asked them a simple question: Do you feel freer outside of the US?  I was taken aback by the overwhelming responses I received: 

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Trinidad Carnival: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful

Second only to Brazil-and the Trinis will contest that Brazil even deserves first place- Trinidad’s Carnival was the most blatant celebration of black joy I’ve ever participated in. It was an ebullient exaltation of the epicurean and ephemeral. 

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How to Dance the Congo Dance

We often dance without knowing the history behind the music, as if it was the music moving us from a time long ago rather than us moving to the music. However, if we lose our culture and history, we are enslaved once more.  Thus, I’ve tried to capture the spirit behind the Congo dance of Portobelo so that we know, in this instant, why we dance.

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U.S. Elections 2016: What the Hell Happened?!

There is plenty of blame to go around: The Democrats failed to speak to the fears of majority, dismissing them as inconsequential. The average white voter failed to realize that we minorities have been drowning in this Titanic of America with them, not on the lifeboats with the 1%. 

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