Author Talks Journey Into Global Influence of Black Culture - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Author Nelson George will create video blogs from more than 30 cities for (Source: Jelena Vukotic)

As an author and journalist, Nelson George is known for his ability to pluck a reader out of her familiar surroundings and place her in another time and place. Later in his life he evolved into an acclaimed filmmaker and producer who used the same techniques to transport viewers into a different culture; particularly black culture.

Now as the face of, an interactive social networking site for black travelers, George couples his talent for storytelling with his love of travel, which has become an extension of his career covering music, film, and culture. As the author of 14 books including Hip-Hop America (Penguin; $15), the Brooklyn native will visit more than 30 different cities worldwide and film video blogs describing the historical, political, and cultural landscape of each location and its relevance to African Americans.

George, 52, is no stranger to traveling the U.S. As host of  “Soul City,” a travel show for VH1 Soul, he visited Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, and other cities infused with black culture. He caught the eye of executives at American Airlines, the sponsor of BlackAtlas, who, along with site marketers Burrell Communications Group (No. 4 on the BE 100s Advertising Agency list), pegged George for the job of travel expert-at-large. He has also traveled Europe extensively, and just recently traveled to India as the executive producer for Chris Rock’s new documentary “Good Hair.”

George took some time out from planning his itinerary to talk to about how he began traveling, what he’s found on his journeys and how BlackAtlas can play a paramount role in helping blacks learn about the lives of African Americans across the Diaspora. When was your first international trip?

Nelson George: My first international trip was to London for an interview with an artist in the 80s. As a New Yorker, I found London to be particularly user friendly. My first day there, I was everywhere, just like I would be if I was riding the subways of New York. In addition, England has always had a strong black– particularly Afro-Caribbean–community. I was really comfortable there. I loved London, and I wanted to see more of 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, 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 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 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.