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An increasing amount of Black people are forgoing their lives in the United States to seek solace in other countries. The incessant displays of blatant racism, police brutality, economic uncertainty and the ineptitude of the current administration to provide sound leadership during a global health pandemic; has left many to explore their options around the globe in search of a new place to call home. The reality is there’s no perfect government and no true escape from racism. If living in America doesn’t sound like the best fit for you and your family, keep in mind that the world is a very large place and you may be able to live the life of your dreams in another country.

With remote work becoming normalized, it is a great time to consider all your options as it pertains to adopting a nomadic lifestyle, obtaining dual-citizenship or leaving altogether. As always, before you make any drastic decisions make sure you do your due diligence in researching the culture, politics, laws, crime statistics, healthcare systems and languages of a foreign country. You’d be surprised at the drastic differences in the cost of living, overall health conditions and tax regulations that exist in other places. Don’t allow fear to stop you from you creating the life you desire.

Ghana

In 2019, the “Year of Return” campaign successfully commemorated the 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to America. “Beyond the Return” is a follow up campaign promoting tourism, trade and investments to the country. Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Barbara Oteng Gyasi stated. “Come home, build a life in Ghana. You do not have to stay where you are not wanted forever. You have a choice, and Africa is waiting for you.” In a USA Today report, New Jersey native Lakeshia Ford spoke on her experience in moving to Ghana and stated, “here I don’t have to think of myself as a Black woman and everything that comes with that… here, I am just a woman.”

Tanzania

Travel Noire interviewed single mother of two, Rukiya McNair who relocated to Tanzania after visiting for a family vacation. Originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania she now lives in Dar es Salaam with her children, who she states are enjoying the experience. Safety, the laid-back atmosphere and host of outdoor activities were key components to her decision to move. While she admittedly moved spontaneously, McNair also is an entrepreneur who works remotely which made the transition easier. The only downside acknowledged was her failure to learn the native language of Kiswahili prior to moving.

Anguilla

If you aren’t quite ready to make a long term move, this Caribbean island is hoping to attract “longer-stay travelers” who plan on at least a three to 12 month stay. Applications are required which include a digital work permit. In an effort to maintain safety and prevent further COVID exposure, priority is being given to people who come from “low-risk” countries and others will be considered on a case by case basis.

Italy

At least three cities in Italy have created initiatives to attract tourists. Emilia Romagna, Cinquefrondi and Luserna  each are offering monetary incentives or low cost home buying options in exchange for residents committing to home renovation, community service and reigniting the economy.

 

 

 




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Michael Blackson Debuts ‘NO FILTER With Michael Blackson’ Podcast

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Standup-comedian and actor Michael Blackson launched NO FILTER With Michael Blackson, a new comedy podcast from iHeart Radio and Charlamagne Tha God’s The Black Effect Podcast Network.

Blackson, alongside co-host Chinese Best Friend, interviews a wide variety of guests from the entertainment world. The show features funny commentary on current events, back-and-forth banter, and takes audiences behind the scenes and into the life of one of the most hilarious comedians on the circuit.

The show made its debut on Tuesday, and comic Gary Owen is Blackson’s first guest. 

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Wendy Williams Reveals She Will Not Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

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Wendy Williams made it clear during her recent virtual appearance on The Dr. Oz Show that she will not get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Williams, 56, spoke with Dr. Mehmet Oz about her health scare when she collapsed on air during The Wendy Williams Show. He asked Wendy if she plans to get vaccinated, to which she replied, “No, I don’t trust it.”

“I’ve never gotten flu shot either, though. And you and I have talked about that,” Wendy added. She maintains that she rarely gets sick and doesn’t even take Tylenol.

As for the coronavirus vaccine, she reiterated, “No, I don’t trust it. There I said it. I don’t trust it.”

Dr. Oz, however, disagreed with Wendy and revealed to her that he already got his COVID-19 shot. He stressed that the vaccine has been tested and that it’s been proven to be safe. He then advised Wendy that she should get it, noting that she will feel safer having done so.

Despite Dr. Oz continuing to change her mind, Wendy maintains that she will not be getting vaccinated.

Check out their back-and-forth below.

 




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Janet Jackson Two-Night Documentary Coming To Lifetime And A&E

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of her debut album, Janet Jackson will be the subject of a two-night documentary airing on Lifetime and A&E next year. 

The two-part, four-hour project is said to offer “unprecedented” access to Jackson. The film will examine Jackson’s most polarizing moments, including the death of her famous brother Michael, and her father, Joseph. It will also touch on her controversial 2004 Super Bowl appearance with Justin Timberlake and more intimate moments like motherhood.

Filming for the doc, tentatively titled “JANET,”  has been underway for the last three years. Jackson has given filmmakers access to archival footage, unseen home videos, and interviews with famous contemporaries. The documentary is targeting an early 2022 release. 

The doc is executive produced by Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson. It is co-produced by Workerbee and Associated Entertainment Corporation. The executive producer for Workerbee is Rick Murray, and Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for A+E Networks. Ben Hirsch is directing.

News of Jackson’s doc came during A+E’s virtual upfront, where 2500 hours of new programming were announced, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and more than 200 movies. 




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