Memphis’ Church Park, Founded by the South’s First Black Millionaire.

Robert Reed Church was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi to an interracial union. His father, Charles B. Church, was a Steamboat Captain. His mother, Emmeline, was an enslaved mistress. In 1865, Robert and his wife Louisa Church, a former slave, settled in Memphis–where they both became entrepreneurs. Louisa opened up a string of Beauty Parlors, and Robert acquired a saloon. During the Memphis Race Riot … Continue reading Memphis’ Church Park, Founded by the South’s First Black Millionaire.

Traveling While Black Isn’t for Leisure

Everyone should be able to rub their feet in the sandy beaches of lake Minnetonka, pop a bottle and enjoy the breezes of the Caribbean, visit family and distant acquaintances and “tootsie roll” in Aruba if we damn well please. Unfortunately, leisure travel amongst melanated peoples is rare. Being in hospitality for ten plus years and having conversations with drunken guests of all ilks who … Continue reading Traveling While Black Isn’t for Leisure

Chicago’s Willis Tower SkyDeck Ledge cracks under visitors feet

Visitors to the Willis Tower’s SkyDeck got an extra scare Monday when the attraction’s protective layer covering the glass splintered into thousands of pieces. The glass sightseeing box extends from the 103rd floor of Willis Tower in Chicago and attracts about 1.5 million visitors each year. The ledge is designed to hold up to 5 tons, and its protective coating is intended to keep the … Continue reading Chicago’s Willis Tower SkyDeck Ledge cracks under visitors feet

If you’re visiting St. Louis you’ll have to skip out on this popular tourist attraction

Officials have stopped rides to the top of the Arch after minor water seepage into the lower loading zone of the monument’s south tram. The north tram is closed because of previously scheduled maintenance. Rides to the top of the Gateway Arch are expected to resume Saturday. Mississippi River flood water is creeping up the steps of the Gateway Arch. The water won’t get anywhere … Continue reading If you’re visiting St. Louis you’ll have to skip out on this popular tourist attraction

Trump Bans Cruises to Cuba

Many are beginning to come forward to voice that their upcoming trips are being affected by The Trump administration’s ending to a two-decade-old program that had become the most popular way for Americans to legally visit Cuba. This new change bans all cruise ships and recreational vessels in the process. Which means if your route was headed to Cuba, you may want to check for … Continue reading Trump Bans Cruises to Cuba