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Philadelphia’s Best Places for Selfies

Penns Landing

PHILADELPHIA, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, welcomes the Democratic National Convention. The city has become a major restaurant destination, where you can find chefs rivaling those of its near neighbors, New York City or Washington, D.C. Take a ride along Boat House Row, swing to jazz at the Clef Club or, on a more serious note, pay ...

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James Denmark

Flowers and Day Dreams by James Denmark

James Denmark: The Pride of the low country   James Denmark is the pride of the low country in South Carolina. He has pursued a love for art since he was a child and was first introduced through family members while growing up in Winter Haven, Florida. Denmark, who was born in 1936, says on his website, “he was exposed ...

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Chef Jesse Jones Offers Tips for a Successful Holiday Party

Like many African-American chefs, Jesse Jones developed his knowledge of cooking from his mom and Nana. “There were amazing cooks in Snow Hill, North Carolina,” he said. They were hands-on, no-measuring, take-no-prisoners-with-the-soul-food kind of cooks. And though he grew up in North Jersey, Jones parlayed that love of cooking and knowledge of southern cuisine into what he calls southern cooking ...

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Response to the sisters who were thrown from the train

Say it Proud, “I’m Black and I’m Loud.” by P.J. Thomas   When one of my best buds and a fellow journalist sent me the story about the 11 women of an African- American book club who had been unceremoniously tossed off the Napa Valley Wine Train for disturbing other passengers with their laughter, there wasn’t a doubt in my ...

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Garden of Stone, Grace, and Beauty


Arlington National Cemetery By P.J. Thomas Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), located in Arlington, Virginia, was established in 1864 on the orders of President Lincoln as a final resting place for America’s military heroes.  Two hundred acres of land which once belong to General Robert E. Lee who had abandoned Arlington House by 1861 during the Civil War years, was set ...

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Alaska, It’s Hot! Cool Adventure in Cruises and Tours

Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America

Alaska, It’s Hot! Cool Adventure Awaits in Cruises and Tours By P.J. Thomas     Alaska is an alluring destination, especially “cruise tours” that combine a popular land vacation for people wanting to experience America’s wilderness beyond just viewing it from the balcony of the ship or through nearby ports of call. Cruise lines such as Norweigan, Celebrity, Princess and ...

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It’s Kentucky Derby Time!

Arnold Jackson (left) won the men's competition for the Best Looking Gentleman Dandy

Kentucky Derby The Run for the Roses By P.J. Thomas   It’s been called the most exciting two minutes in sports and ranks near the top of the “bucket list” for sports enthusiasts. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing that includes the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Though the Belmont Stakes ...

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HAITI: Pearl of the Antilles Rediscovered


By Lesly A. Patterson “Ayiti,” as it was once called by its native people, means “land of mountains.”m Also labeled “Pearl of the Antilles,” Haiti occupies the western one-third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Its neighbor, the Dominican Republic, makes up the eastern two-thirds. Until recently I had never considered Haiti as a vacation destination because of my perceptions ...

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