Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 (for 55th year) in Newport, Rhode Island, August 7, 8, and 9, features a far more diverse lineup than in years past. Black, Latin, and Asian artists will perform on the same stage as legends Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck. Etta James, Branford Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, and Mos Def (and his Watermelon […]


New Jersey congressman Donald Payne visited Somalia this week and met with government leaders there to discuss last week’s hostage crisis and ways the global community can help the highly unstable country regain its sovereignty. As Payne’s plane was departing from the airport in the capital city of Mogadishu, mortar shells were fired and landed near his plane, which […]


Veteran R&B singer Ginuwine (known to his mother as Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) is planning to release a new album, A Man’s Thoughts, this summer. The video for the first single, Last Chance, is being shot in Los Angeles and features native Chicagoan and actress Lisaraye McCoy-Misick as the singer’s love interest. Ginuwine is married to Tonya Lumpking, […]


BET founder and billionaire Bob Johnson is building a $12 million, four-star beachfront resort in the African nation of Liberia, near Monrovia. The highly anticipated resort, which Johnson hopes will help improve the country’s international image, is scheduled to open next month. The mega-entrepreneur is also putting together a $30 million private equity fund to support […]