...and if you're a fan of Narcos you probably had the same expectations of Medellin- Pablo Escobar's playground- that I did.Read More
France Francois is a writer and an activist linking the black experience globally.
Passport privilege divides black travelers, tourists, and expats into those with the power and access of Western passports (US, Canada, EU) and those without it...Read More
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:Read More
The six things I wish I'd known before I became an expat in Panama...
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.Read More
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.Read More
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%.Read More
Each of us is more than the worst we’ve ever done-or the burrito we couldn't pay for...Read More