A Voyage into the Black Diaspora - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

BlackAtlasIn many respects when African Americans travel, they are no different than travelers from every culture, says Nelson George, travel expert-at-large for BlackAtlas.com. At the same time, they are often curious to learn about the black people, neighborhoods, restaurants, and historical sites in a city that have particular historical significance to the black experience.

Black Atlas is an interactive, community-run social networking site that offers travel insights from an African American perspective. Visitors can rate content, and using blogs and discussion boards they can share travel tips about African American restaurants, music, entertainment and events from around the world. Users will also be able to create profiles, and share videos and photographs across different social networks.

The site is divided into destination/city-specific and category-specific information, such as travel tips, restaurants, nightlife, culture, arts and museums, historic sites, beauty and barber shops, and places of worship.

American Airlines developed BlackAtlas.com in partnership with the marketing company Burrell Communications Group L.L.C. (No. 4 on the BE 100s Advertising Agency list).

The site, which launched earlier this month, will also feature video blogs by George, who will visit 30 to 35 different cities in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America for the site. Users will also be able to make airline reservations on American Airlines from the site.

George, a prolific author, director, and television/movie producer has traveled the world covering music and film as a writer and filmmaker. Most recently he was the executive producer of the Chris Rock documentary “Good Hair.” He was also host of VH1’s black travel show “Soul Cities,” which showcased six American cities associated with black music, culture, and food.

George says it is not only important for African Americans to see black culture through a historical lens by visiting museums, but it is also important to see how black culture has been integrated into other cultures around the world.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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