Here's What Happened When I Let an Old White Man Style My Natural Hair

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By Kelly-X

While studying abroad, I quickly became friends with one of my neighbors on my floor, Thomas. Thomas is Dutch and spent most of his early adult life in St. Croix, an island in the Caribbean that has a lot of melanin — in other words, he grew up around black folks. Thomas also has a son who is close in age to me. We immediately clicked with one another, and I’m just a weirdo who always seem to gravitate to and get along well with older people.

Looking back, I see that Thomas and I were destined to grow close. During the first conversation I had with Thomas, not even 15 minutes of meeting him, he looked at me and said: “Thank you for being confident enough to wear your natural hair.”

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Reclaiming Your Wakanda: 5 Ways to Move to an African Country!


By Kaylan Reid Shipanga

Ready to make your Wakanda dreams come true? These days, it's more doable than you think. I know expats who've successfully moved to Africa through the following routes...

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From the Boogie Down Bronx to Senegal: Expat Waameeka is Living Her Best Life!

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By Kaylan Reid

Meet Waameeka AheVonderae, a New Yorker who moved to Dakar, Senegal. After realizing the Peace Corps application process wasn't for her, Waameeka took her living abroad plans into her own hands, found a job online and moved to Senegal. She is a testament to the power of pursuing your African continental interests and making them a reality.

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The Moving-to-Nigeria Survival Guide

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Zara and Nicola move to Nigeria and Nicola has the perfect survival guide! Watch her dish on everything from married men, to makeup, internet and celebs. Enjoy oooh!!!!!

Black Girl In The Rok Niesha Davis On Why She Moved To China & Other Things


Black Girl In The Rok Niesha Davis
Ever thought about living abroad, but for some reason you keep talking yourself out of it? I don't speak the language, I won't know anyone, I'm too old, too young, yada, yada, yada...well, while you're thinking about it there are Sisters moving abroad every single day. Former ESL teacher-turned-magazine-editor Niesha Davis is one such woman. Listening to why she moved abroad might inspire you to go ahead and take the leap; if not, just follow her youtube channel as she hips us to her many adventures from the Chinese dating scene to apartment hunting, getting her natural hair done and more!

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Travel Truths: The Realities of Living Abroad


Anquanette Gaspard in Plaza de Espana in Seville via onshegoes.com 

By Anquanette Gaspard 
 It was 8:30 a.m. and I was standing at a bus stop in Valencia, Spain, trying to figure out why Autob├║s 41 wasn’t running that day. With signage in a foreign language and Google Translate failing on me due to shoddy cellular service, it took every ounce of my being to fight the urge to go home to watch old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix rather than figure out how to get to my intended destination. The observance of a Spanish holiday changed the regular bus schedule, and my language school didn’t inform students of this holiday since it didn’t affect the school’s schedule. However, it did affect almost everything else, like operating hours at government offices, the post office, and shops around the city. Once I realized that the bus wasn’t coming, I was forced to decide if I should take the 30-minute walk to school to face four grueling hours of Spanish lessons or call it quits on a day that had barely started.

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