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National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated at MOLAA

A bit of background information. Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of Independence for Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence days on September... Read More

The sound of our footsteps is muffled by patchwork drifts of snow on a gravel track winding past the bottom of carpark stairs. Surrounding hills are covered in local rhododendron; the air icy, the trees tall, rough barked and bare.

Our guide strides ahead – rugged-up for the 10min walk – black puffer coat full length, fur trim sleeves and hood. She stops, adjusts her mittens and points her umbrella. There’s a gap in the trees, and the house appears on cue among flurries of snowflakes that float to rest on a leaf-littered forest floor.

Brenda is a local, and long-time disciple... Read More

African and African American Celebrations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles-As luck will have it, Angelenos experienced Summer weather Labor Day Weekend, which is suppose to be the unofficial end of Summer. Only in Los Angeles does Labor Day Weekend offer a smorgasbord of diverse activities to enjoy. This was quite apparent in the three events that I attended just on Saturday, August 31st.

My cultural journey through Los Angeles commenced in historic Leimert Park Village for the 5th Annual Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival. This splendid 3 day event was scheduled,... Read More

Popeye Village, is a group of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Village on the bank of the Niger river, Mali.

Hidden mountain village in Southern China.

Mist over countryside in Southwest England.

Hobbiton village – “Lord of the Rings” movie location in New Zealand.

Riomaggiore is a village and comune in the province of La Spezia, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy.

Mountain Village, Iran.

Beautiful African sea side village.

Hallstatt,... Read More

Statue of Zeus

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Pyramids of Giza

The Valley of the kings

The grand canyon

Christ the Redeemer (statue)

Great Wall of China


Easter Island

Statue of Liberty

French Statue of Liberty (Twin Sister) & Eiffel Tower

The Louvre

The Forth Road and Rail Bridges

Edinburgh Castle

Robert the Bruce & William Wallace stand guard at the front gate

CNN Tower

Houses of parliament and Big... Read More

Just off Broadway I’m in a side street by City Hall, the ubiquitous New York crowds somehow missing, the hum of traffic vague and distant.

A lonesome monument sits silent and tucked in the shadow of City Planning offices and a 30-storey Federal skyscraper; that building’s construction leading to the 1991 discovery of the largest North American cemetery of Africans and those of African descent. This is a small corner of a much larger 17th and 18th Century ‘Negros Buriel Ground’, originally 2.6Ha and the resting place of 15,000 men, women and children.

With New York’s voracious... Read More

The things people say right in front of you are sometimes very disturbing, Especially when what is being said is in another language that you don't understand. For years my wife and now 17 y/o daughter have been coming home telling me they just know the Asian women working at the nail salon are talking about them in a negative way. To be honest, I have always just blown it off. It has been my experience that most women always think someone is whispering something about them. I have seen this my whole life with family, friends, spouses, daughters, co-workers, and yes, even with the strippers... Read More

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