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Queen Victoria and the African Princess

Special Chapter for Lust, Lies and Monarchy Black lives matter! In the mid-19th century, Gezo, king of Dahomey in West Africa, was notorious as the largest dealer of slaves in the world. His vast army of 50,000 soldiers, many of whom were female, regularly invaded neighbouring territories. The old and weak were killed, and the remainder kept captive before being ... Read More »

Chronicles: African Burial Ground

In 1991, work began on new federal offices in downtown New York City but excavators soon turned-up something they weren’t bargaining for, skeletal remains. Building halted while archaeologists moved in to excavate what would end up to be the largest bioarchaeological site of its kind, which uncovered 419 men, women and children. The bodies were that of free and enslaved ... Read More »

Travel From New York’s SoHo to African Sahara This Weekend With “Barefoot to Timbuktu”

  In the early 1990s, Swiss-American Manhattan-based artist Ernst Aebi, a distinctively New York eccentric, decided to invest a good amount of his fortune, acquired through selling converted lofts in the then-hot downtown housing market on some less-than-prime real estate. Araouane, an ancient oasis city in Mali’s Sahara desert, was being swallowed by the dunes, its centuries of multi-cultural history ... Read More »

The Scene In Six Sounds: South Africa

Few countries can claim a more tumultuous recent history than South Africa, and great music, as they say, comes from great tragedy. International successes from the continent’s Southern tip are few and far between, however, but home grown talent makes plenty of noise in the bars and clubs of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The occasional artist who has broken ... Read More »

ASIA, OCEANIA, AFRICA

FILM + TRAVEL ASIA, OCEANIA, AFRICA A Curated Guide to Your Obsessions Edited by Museyon Guides   Traveling the World Through Your Favorite Movies        Drive into the parking garage at the University of Melbourne and follow in the footsteps of Mel Gibson in Mad Max. Go to the 83rd floor of the International Finance Centre in Hong ... Read More »

Max and Katya

Author Ted Takashima talks about what inspired him to write “The Gene of Life,” and about who were the models for his characters —the smart, brave, talented, and beautiful Katya and the genius scientist with a secret, Max. Chapter 2 Katya listened as she robotically brought spaghetti to her mouth. Occasionally, she drank from her glass of Coke with an ... Read More »

THE WALL: Author’s Note

1980s. El Paso, New Mexico, USA In the spring of the year I graduated from university, I visited the embankment of the Rio Grande River. The towns, and the river itself, often appear in Westerns. Upon crossing the river, I found myself in the Mexican city of Juárez. On the opposite bank, I spotted many young Mexicans sitting around. “They’re ... Read More »

Armchair Traveler: Phuket, Thailand

The gateway to a tropical eden, Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and is on the western coast. A steady stream of tourists looking for the idyllic beach has helped bolster Phuket’s economy; it is now one of the wealthiest provinces in all of Thailand. Even after the December 26, 2004 tsunami devastated the area, the resilience of both its people ... Read More »

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