The second season of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, in which Americans follow their international love stories across the globe and move to foreign countries, premieres on TLC at 8 p.m. EST on Jun. 8. The early premiere was released on TLC GO on May 31, and 90 Day Fiancé fans are already comparing new cast member Ariela—a 28-year-old freelance writer and mom-to-be from Princeton, NJ—and her Ethiopian fiancé, 29-year-old dancer-choreographer Biniyam, to Babygirl Lisa Hamme and Usman Umar from 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.
DAVE BROWN is the founder of the ‘INDIE NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL’. He is an entrepreneur, an actor, and also a radio show host. He recently visited Ghana for The Year of Return festivities and he talks about his experience.
Rashad McCrorey, founder of Africa Cross Culture, a travel company that reconnects African Americans with their roots in the diaspora, believes that Ghana’s Year of Return campaign has sparked curiosity among black travelers to visit black destinations.
With the rise in DNA testing, popularity of Afrobeats music, and interest in African culture with movies like Black Panther, there has been an influx of African Americans looking to African countries for tourism, business opportunities, and possibly to relocate. For those interested in doing business across Africa, you may want to consider learning some French.
A new travel movement is forging ancestral links in West Africa.
BY HEATHER GREENWOOD DAVIS AND STARLIGHT WILLIAMS
LAST SUMMER IN Ghana, Tiffany Heard followed her guide to his hometown of Kumasi. There, in a courtyard in the country’s second largest city, as locals chanted and sang, the 34-year-old travel planner from California waited for her new name.
Afrochella, now in its third year, is a one-day festival in Accra, Ghana celebrating Africa’s diverse culture, from cuisine to contemporary art, as well as the vibrant work of African creatives and entrepreneurs.
This year, it promises to be bigger than ever, with a jam-packed schedule of live music, exhibitions, and more. The programming aligns with the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019,” an initiative set forth by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to North America in 1619, and encourages those of African descent to make the journey back home
Tiffany Ferrette, a 26-year-old policy analyst who lives in Washington, DC, started piecing together bits of her family tree while she was in college.
This longing to know her heritage in part influenced her decision to travel to the West African countries of Togo, Benin, and Ghana last December with travel company Magic & Melanin. Ferrette has traveled extensively since she was a teenager, but mostly to Spanish-speaking countries. She says, however, that she was always seeking out black communities wherever she traveled as a way to see herself in the wider world around her.
By Alessandra Prentice and Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters
In a clearing at the turnoff to Assin Manso, a billboard depicts two African slaves in loincloths, their arms and legs in chains. Beside them are the words, “Never Again!” This is “slave river,” where captured Ghanaians submitted to a final bath before being shipped across the Atlantic into slavery centuries ago, never to return to the land of their birth. Today, it is a place of somber homecoming for the descendants of those who spent their lives as someone else’s property.
The popularity of the site has swelled this year, 400 years after the trade in Africans to the English colonies of America began. This month’s anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in Virginia has caused a rush of interest in ancestral tourism, with people from the United States, the Caribbean and Europe seeking out their roots in West Africa.
This week marks 400 years since the first African were forcefully brought to the United States. To memorialize this history, more than 200 African Americans made their way to Virginia, the first leg in a week-long journey retracing the steps of their ancestors dubbed Jamestown 2 Jamestown.