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“Traveling While Black” Round Table Discussion

Join us as we celebrate World Tourism Day on Monday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Former CNN travel reporter, Kalin Thomas will moderate “Traveling While Black: Tales & Tips from Black Women Travel Writers. Join the discussion by registering here: https://bit.ly/3taPDNa

Excerpt from Interview with Elaine in Essence’s July Edition

A few of my travel tips are being featured in this month’s Essence Magazine. One of their staffers conducted an extensive interview with me a few weeks ago on the subject of road travel but they only showcased a small segment of the discussion and no picture. Darn it. Nonetheless, I am glad they sought me out, asked for input, gave me a shout out and an opportunity to encourage people to hit the road. No such thing as a small victory.

“Walking Each Other Home: The Ministry of Presence and Song for the Dying”

“Walking Each Other Home: The Ministry of Presence and Song for the Dying” is the name of the story I wrote about the Threshold Choir for Alta Magazine. I am thrilled that they included it in their premier 2021 “year in review print edition.” The online version will be coming out soon.Its not a travel …

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Meet Africa’s New Chocolatocracy. Check out Elaine’s story in Bon Appetit

Halloween week 2020 was the ideal time to share the candy story that I recently wrote for Bon Appetit Magazine! It was a labor of love to write about five of my fav subjects: Africa, Paris, chocolate, women’s entrepreneurship and prying off the shackles of colonialism. Excerpt:When we think of chocolate, brands like Hershey’s, Cadbury, …

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Elaine Lee and Faith Adiele gave an online workshop on the history of black travel and black travel writing.

On August 11, 2020, the Bay Area Travel Writers Association hosted an online presentation featuring Elaine Lee and Faith Adiele. Elaine spoke on the history of black travel and her speech was entitled “From the Slaveship to the Spaceship” followed by Faith who shared her efforts to decolonize travel writing, update the canon, expand the …

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“Go Girl” selected as one of top 15 travel books by Travel Noire.

TravelNoire recently published a list of their top 15 travel books and “Go Girl” made the cut. Travel Noire is a digital platform that helps African American travelers, discover, plan and experience new destinations. They are dedicated to facilitating conversation and providing resources to black travelers around the globe. They are one of the leaders …

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“Go Girl” is featured in Oprah Magazine Guide to Best Travel Books

Oprah Magazine’s “26 Best Travel Books That Will Take You All Around the World With No Plane Ticket Required” showcased “Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure” as number “24”!!!! July 2020 https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/g32908707/best-travel-books/?fbclid=IwAR3hfzGwfXNhhN0XEEVv4EoEUu_3SWJZMkQak6L7A8pQhPlo36jHrtGKzfI

Couples’ eatery featured in article written by Lee for Cuisinoir.

Cuisine Noir the leading food, wine and travel lifestyle magazine for the African Diaspora, recetnly published a story I wrote entitled: “From California to The Gambia: Couple Opens the Country’s First Vegan Eatery.” I had the pleasure of dining at their eatery when I was in Gambia in May 2019. “Eat to live, don’t live to eat” …

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New travel writing course Fall 2019 at WICE in Paris

Elaine Lee was invited to teach the first ever travel writing workshop at WICE, an English speaking educational center in Paris. Shortly after announcing the workshop in August enrollment reached capacity and there was a lengthy waiting list. On October 19th and 20th, Elaine’s “Travel Writing 101” class was enthusiastically received by the attendees. She …

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Year Of Return

Elaine’s 5th trip to Africa and The ‘Year Of Return’

Elaine’s 5th trip to Africa coincides with The ‘Year Of Return’ for people in the African Diaspora. In the year 1619, the first ship carrying captured Africans reached Point Comfort, Virginia. That marked the beginning of the horrendous Middle Passage TransAtlantic Slave Trade. 2019 is the 400th anniversary of that chapter of our history has been designated …

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Globetrotting Workshop

Globetrotting Workshop given by Elaine Lee at Berkeley Women’s Conference On March 16th, 2019, I presented a workshop entitled “Globetrotting 101: Smart ways to navigate mother earth,” at the 33rd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference at the University of California in Berkeley . The theme of the conference this year was “FREE SPACE, OUR …

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