Erawan National Park

So I kind of have a thing for waterfalls and Erawan National Park was a majestic waterfall park.  Located in an isolated area of Kanchanaburi this national park is a true beauty.  It is a seven tiered waterfall in Thailand and it is not to be missed if you are in the area.  I haven’t been to any other national parks in Thailand but I can’t imagine any park being more beautiful than this one.  It is quite a long hike up to the top and you can rest and stop at each waterfall along the way.  We were given advice to go early in the morning and hike straight… Read More

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A Few Hours in Kanchanaburi

You’re probably asking where the heck is Kanchanaburi.  Kanchanaburi is a town in west Thailand located about 3 hours from Bangkok.  A friend and I traveled down to the River Kwai for a weekend getaway and we decided to spend a few hours here.  We made the most of our time here but Kanchanaburi is definitely worth a visit.  The town is known for its Death Railway Bridge that was built during WWII.  The bridge crosses the River Kwai and was built by prisoners of war.  Many died building this bridge.  We met some friendly Americans while there and got a tip on a few good eating spots.  We decided… Read More

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It’s Exhausting Being Black in America

This post is for any black person going to work still and their employer and co-workers expect you to act like everything is normal. We are in the middle of a pandemic that is affecting black people more, we have witnessed Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, Breonna Taylor has been murdered by cops without being charged, George Floyd was lynched on video, Rayshard Brooks was gunned down and the list goes on. Now they tell us blacks are “hanging” themselves from trees. We are not required to operate as normal. Too often blacks have had to remain professional at work to spare white people from being uncomfortable. This stops now. I saw… Read More

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The Power of the Black Dollar

Recall that blacks had to sit in the back of the bus and if a white person boarded the bus and they were the only black in a seat then the law was that they had to give up their seat to the white person.  We as consumers have power.  Never forget why the Montgomery Bus Boycott was successful.  Blacks accounted for approximately 40,000 bus riders which was 75% of the city’s bus riders.  They wanted black drivers, segregation laws and a first-come, first-seat policy.  They made sacrifices to sustain the boycott.  They organized carpools, black taxi drivers charged the same price as bus fare and many people walked.  The boycott lasted 381 days.  Companies today wouldn’t last that long in a boycott.  Covid-19 has shown us that.  Black buying power is close to $2 trillion dollars… Read More

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The Black Experience in Corporate America

Black people make up 13.4% of the US population, but only 3.3% of all US corporate executive or senior leadership roles were held by Blacks in 2018. Data taken from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Only FOUR, less than 1%, of the current Fortune 500 CEOs are Black and ZERO are women. Corporate American has been failing black America for centuries. This is a form of systemic racism. There are talented non-white men that can lead companies. It makes absolutely no sense that you have white men making decisions for an entire consumer population.  Companies have no problems advertising using black culture but won’t put us in power positions… Read More

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Rajawongse Custom Bangkok Tailor

If you are looking for a custom tailor in Bangkok then look no further than Victor and Jesse at Rajawongse.  Victor’s shop was recommended to me by a co-worker and said they were the best.  They stand by their quality and I was given a certificate for a free hand-made shirt and pants.  I knew then any tailor that would do this for free must be good and rely on the quality of their product to get repeat customers.   They have an impressive list of clientele including Presidents, congressmen, generals and statesmen from all over the world.  It is safe to say that they are the premier tailors of Bangkok. … Read More

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Discrimination Against Black Natural Hair

Systemic racism runs deep. Especially in corporate America where they can use something as simple as black hairstyles to discriminate against us. The year was 2006 and I was about to graduate college. I was forced to make a decision. Cut my afro that I had been growing for 4 years in order to conform to white society norms or risk not getting hired out of college. I chose to cut my hair. This was an all too familiar decision that we face as blacks. A couple years ago a black high school wrestler was told by a referee that if he didn’t cut his dreadlocks, he would forfeit his… Read More

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