Beyond Black & White http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Five Reasons American Black Women NEED to Travel to Toronto http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/five-reasons-american-black-women-need-travel-toronto/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/five-reasons-american-black-women-need-travel-toronto/#comments Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:25:43 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42884 As I conclude my first trip for our Swirl Around the World travel tour to Toronto, I go home a changed woman. This experience has truly enabled me to grow as a person and refine my message to black women. My only regret is that I waited too long. At the surface, Canada may seem […]

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As I conclude my first trip for our Swirl Around the World travel tour to Toronto, I go home a changed woman. This experience has truly enabled me to grow as a person and refine my message to black women. My only regret is that I waited too long.

At the surface, Canada may seem like “America Junior.” You might think the people and culture are nearly identical because of close proximity to the United States. You would be dead wrong. Here’s a few reasons why you need to book your next vacation to Toronto:

It’s the easiest English-speaking country to travel to.

Toronto is incredibly close. For many in the United States, Canada is just a short train ride away. If you’re looking to cut your teeth on international travel, this trip is easy peasy lemon squeezy. The Canadian dollar is about 25% less than the U.S. dollar, so our money goes further here. Book a flat with Airbnb and you can get a luxury high-rise in the heart of downtown for at a lower price than the adjacent hotels.

It’s extremely safe to travel alone.

For all of it’s hugeness, Toronto is one of the safest cities in the world. While it’s incredibly diverse, people of other cultures live alongside each other in relative harmony. Canada has a world-class travel system that is used by virtually everyone that’s clean and free of roving gangs or aggressive street harassers. Canadian men are reserved and respectful, if not even a bit shy, so you don’t have to worry about getting verbally or physically assaulted if you rebuff anyone’s romantic advances. Check out this feature about the best and worst neighborhoods.

You truly feel free.

Want to take break from “The Struggle?”

While Canada is our closest Western, first world neighbor, it doesn’t have a painful and persistent legacy of enslaving and abusing black people. In fact, runaway slaves headed to Canada via the Underground Railroad to freedom. American blacks expatriated to Canada to escape Jim Crow. The level of suspicion between blacks and whites because of an ugly history doesn’t really exist. When I strolled down Front Street in my vibrant sundress, I knew that the stares I was getting was from admiration. People of all races talk to you. It’s crawling with interracial couples of all combinations, and when a black woman walks down the street holding hands with her non-black partner, no one gives a second look. Now that’s not to say racism doesn’t exist, but as a black woman here, you’re free of the overt, bald prejudice we often receive in America.

True opportunities to date all types of men.

Toronto is the most diverse city in Canada and has the highest rates of interracial unions. If you’re interested in truly dating ALL men (not just white guys) you’ll have a much better chance here. Meet a sexy Hispanic man at a salsa festival, a kind-eyed Middle Eastern man at a pub, a handsome Nordic in the Financial District or Blue Jays game, or a cute and brainy Asian guy strolling bars and clubs down King Street. People of all races and cultures hang out together too, so there’s a great opportunity to make some nice new girlfriends.

Friendly people willing to help.

If you get lost or need help finding something, don’t worry. Ask anyone on the street to lend a hand, and they happily will. There’s a sense that Canadians feel like “we’re all in this together” and reflects in ways they treat their fellow man. While I was attending the Salsa Festival, there was a Japanese man struggling to get some bins full of educational materials up a hill in a narrow cart. One bin full of files spilled over onto the street. One person in my group went to help, but then a group of about five Hispanic kids in their early twenties stopped to join in to help re-stack all bins and make sure they were secure enough for the sidewalk incline. My crew and I looked on in stunned silence. When I commented to one kid about how cool it was to stop and help, he said, “Hey; it’s 2017!”

Indeed it is.

To find out more about Swirling Around the World, and how you might contribute to our next educational trip to London, click here. To get access to our FREE upcoming “Live, Work and Play in Toronto” info series, join our mailing list here.

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Countdown…Toronto! Beauty & the Bear, Kay Love, and Johnny!! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/countdown-toronto-beauty-bear-kay-love-johnny/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/countdown-toronto-beauty-bear-kay-love-johnny/#comments Mon, 03 Jul 2017 03:58:25 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42853 OMG I’m nervous, excited and so busy I can barely think straight, because on Wednesday I’m taking a trip with all of you to Toronto, for the first leg of our “Swirl Around the World” tour! The them is LIVE, WORK, PLAY, and we’ll be living the life of a black woman living abroad, outside […]

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OMG I’m nervous, excited and so busy I can barely think straight, because on Wednesday I’m taking a trip with all of you to Toronto, for the first leg of our “Swirl Around the World” tour! The them is LIVE, WORK, PLAY, and we’ll be living the life of a black woman living abroad, outside of the United States. You’ll be spending virtually every second with me from start to finish, and see some interesting people along the way.

https://youtu.be/ZRuYt2wWoUY

Explore what it might be like to live in Downtown Toronto, and tour the business district. But did you know that you can live in Canada up to six months without actually having to become a citizen? That means people who have online businesses or work remotely can take some extended time getting to know the place and the people, all while enjoying the perks of the U.S. dollar versus the Canadian one.

We’re ECSTATIC to announce that we’ll be meeting adorable IR YouTubers, Beauty & The Bear, and chat with them about what it’s like to live and love as a black woman dating and mating interracially in Canada’s most popular city. Check them out, and be sure to subscribe!

https://youtu.be/Nh_2yWFvKRs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK4bDoxMGtQ

We also are planning a day trip with the bubbly and vivacious “KayLove” who is also married interracially. Check out her vlog on life and dance. She has some amazing energy, so I’m sure I’ll be in a coma after she shows me the sights in Toronto!

 

And guess who’s going to be helping with all the filming? You might recognize Johnny…who I interviewed for the upcoming (and ever albatrossian) Pros and Cons series. You might not know, Johnny co-owns a film production company and social media marketing agency in Cleveland, Ohio. His business partner is his cousin (who is also joining us), David C. Snyder, and they’ve been making movies since they were 9 and 12 years old. He’s produced 2 feature films, 4 web series, and numerous music videos. His latest venture, SwirlNetwork.TV, is a passion project for his love of interracial dating.

Heeeerrreee’s Johnny!

We’re still working on the “where,” but we’re planning a meet up on Friday. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has been on this journey with us, and give your encouragement and financial support. This has been a lot of work behind the scenes, but none of this would have happened without you!

For more about Swirl Around the World, click here.

Follow Christelyn on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our You Tube channel. And if you want to be a little moreabout this online dating thing, InterracialDatingCentral is the official dating site for this blog. 

 

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Christelyn’s Big Announcement! Swirling Around the World! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/christelyns-big-announcement-swirling-around-world/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/christelyns-big-announcement-swirling-around-world/#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2016 07:03:22 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=41711 This has been a secret I’ve had a really hard time keeping and am really glad I don’t have to anymore! Remember all those conversations you’ve seen on You Tube about black women leaving the U.S. for greener pastures? Have you ever had the thought that you wanted to pursue men of other cultures out […]

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This has been a secret I’ve had a really hard time keeping and am really glad I don’t have to anymore!

Remember all those conversations you’ve seen on You Tube about black women leaving the U.S. for greener pastures? Have you ever had the thought that you wanted to pursue men of other cultures out of the United States? Want to see what your average day might look like in a totally new and foreign place?

It’s time for Beyond Black & White to go global. What does this mean? This means we can finally tell more success stories from around the world. We can explore the many dating and relationship possibilities available to Black women across the globe. Men of all cultures, nationalities and races who love and marry Black women.
We want to empower Black women all over the world, to no longer fear finding true love. There are many paths to happiness and we want you to choose THE ONE that’s right for you, whether he’s Brandon from America, Lorenzo from Puerto Rico, Errol from Jamaica, Carl from Great britain, Jean-Pierre from France, Mario from Italy, Alejandro from Spain, Hans from germany, Kwame from Ghana, Kareem from Dubai, Haruki from Japan or Greg from Australia.

Beyond Black & White is now going BEYOND BORDERS! First stop….CANADA!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wivREA9rBu4

 

Sounds great, right? But I need your help! We need your support and financial contribution–no matter how small. This is a big community, so even the meekest of donations gets us closer to our goal! And because this is my FIRST family, I want you to know where your donations will be going towards:

  • Flights and ground transportation
  • Camera equipment: e.g. travel camera such as GoPro, microphones, editing services
  • Small research staff to summarize vital information about our target locales (e.g. education and employment opportunities, demographics, crimes rates, etc.)
  • Lodging and food
  • Studio time
  • Meetups
  • General admin

We currently have a minimum threshold to when we can hit the ground running: $3000.00 (click here to see how much we’ve raised so far). Our first stop is Canada!

Nothing like this has ever been done…not like this. Let’s continue to be innovative, and let’s be the first…AGAIN…to empower black women in a way that we all can benefit.

 

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Destination gambling in various parts of the world  http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/destination-gambling-in-various-parts-of-the-world/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/destination-gambling-in-various-parts-of-the-world/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:54:03 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40011 There’s not a lot that is finer than playing blackjack or poker in various destinations around the world as either a part of your holidays or as a hobby. When people think of gambling, most people synonymously think of Las Vegas. The so-called number one place to go if you want to gamble, Vegas has […]

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There’s not a lot that is finer than playing blackjack or poker in various destinations around the world as either a part of your holidays or as a hobby. When people think of gambling, most people synonymously think of Las Vegas. The so-called number one place to go if you want to gamble, Vegas has all the glitz, glamour, bright lights and, more often than not, free alcohol to make it an incredible destination. However there are many other parts of the world that are beginning to become leading gambling destinations.

Atlantic City, USA

Atlantic City is a calmer alternative to Las Vegas as a gambling destination and is considered as the Gambling Capital of the East Coast and in 2011 had 28.5 million visitors to its themed casinos. It still has the bright lights of Vegas and there are a lot of casinos to whet your appetite. For over 30 years, casinos have created a veneer of glitz and glamour next to their seaside promenade in Atlantic City and the multitude of gleaming glass complexes have been heralded as the quieter Las Vegas, away from the drunken surge that has seen a rise since films like The Hangover. Atlantic City has the hustle and bustle of the casino atmosphere, without the rush of tourists to spoil the fun. If you can’t quite make it to Las Vegas, or if you’re after an alternative gambling destination, then Atlantic City is a good choice.

Melbourne, Australia

There’s often nothing better than lazing around on a beach and sipping cocktails during the day and hitting the casinos at night, and that’s exactly what you can do in Melbourne, Australia. If you’re looking to escape the winters in the west, December is a beautiful time to visit the vibrant city that plays host to a number of big brand casinos. With the laid-back Aussie lifestyle, Melbourne is a great choice for a new gambling destination. You can even watch some of the top poker players in the world playing at the Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino. With Melbourne, you really can’t go wrong.

Aruba

Much like Australia, if you’re looking to mix your time gambling with something a little more relaxing like lying on some of the best beaches in the world, then Aruba is one of the best gambling destinations. Aruba is the birthplace of Carribean Stud Poker and most of the island’s casinos are found along Palm Beach. In Aruba, the Crystal Casino is one of the highlights and all of the casinos on the island are stunning to look at. The Crystal Casino offers the thrill and excitement of high stakes and offers the full range of popular table games such as 9 blackjack tables and 4 roulette tables and live entertainment. The casino offers 24-hour gaming in an elegant yet laid back atmosphere. The Stellaris Casino is also ranked among the islands’ largest and best casinos. But if Aruba isn’t for you, try other Caribbean islands such as the Dominican Republic and Curacao, both of which are home to wide range of casinos.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you’re American then this destination is possibly one of the best for you. San Juan offers two dozen casinos open 24/7, all of which take the US dollar as currency and it gives American’s the opportunity to gamble in tropical paradise without a passport. Even if you’re not an American, San Juan is still one of the best gambling destinations, with popular casinos including San Juan Mariott Resort & Stellaris Casino and the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Casino and Spa.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

If you’re looking to gamble in James Bond style then Monte Carlo is the best gambling destination for that. Although you’re going to need a lot of money in your pocket to party with the rich and famous in Monte Carlo, the beauty and elegance of the 19th century casinos along with the spectacular Mediterranean scenery is a real win when you’re gambling in Monte Carlo.

Gambling Cruise

This might not be a specific gambling destination per say, but some may not want to stick to one particular destination. If you like the sound of Aruba, but don’t particularly want to stay there, then a gambling cruise can transport you to all of the gambling hotspots around the Caribbean. If you’re not interested in the Caribbean then other gambling cruises can take you around Asia, Scandinavia and other parts of the world. These cruises provide a unique opportunity for gamblers to hit tables and the slots at various destinations as well as onboard. These cruises are perfect for beginners as they offer a less intense experience but some cruises do cater for the more experienced players by hosting specific poker tournaments, blackjack themed cruises and high jackpots.

Macau 

Macau is slowly beginning to be picked as a favourite over Las Vegas. This unspoilt gambling destination, located in China, is home to the world’s largest casino. With unrivalled luxury, Macau has attracted people from all over the world because of its superb way of life. Soaking up the splendour of the city is a perfect example of a gambling destination. Gamblers in Macau do not sip cocktails like they would in Vegas. Instead, these serious gamblers drink tea and concentrate on the serious business of playing blackjack and baccarat in the world’s biggest gambling den.  A lot of money has been pumped into Macau and it has certainly paid off. Mainly owned by the world’s biggest gambling kingpins, China’s sin city has crept its way onto the gambling destination radar.

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The Ultimate Care Free Black Girl…Travalista Teri http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/the-ultimate-care-free-black-girl-travalista-teri/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/the-ultimate-care-free-black-girl-travalista-teri/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 02:26:45 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=38773 I’ve know of this young woman for years, and follow her Instagram because she’s just so gorgeous and happy. She embodies everything we try to encourage black women to have–a lust for life and a bold curiosity. She truly is one of the most beautiful black women I have ever seen. When your idea of […]

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I’ve know of this young woman for years, and follow her Instagram because she’s just so gorgeous and happy. She embodies everything we try to encourage black women to have–a lust for life and a bold curiosity. She truly is one of the most beautiful black women I have ever seen.

When your idea of roleplay doesn’t translate. #cambodia #police #angkorwat

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When all you can do is raise your hands when you realize how blessed you feel. 🙏🏽☀🙏🏽 #grateful #blessed #mermaid #travelista

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I love how this young woman has maximized her unique beauty, and takes great care of her gorgeous body. What a goddess! She’s doing what she loves and obviously get loves wherever she goes.

If you are single and childless, this too, could be your life.

Can you imagine how many dates she gets on a weekly? Gurl…I love it!

Stay gorgeous, Teri!

Follow Teri on Instagram here, and visit her blog here.

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Calling All Expats! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/calling-expats/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/calling-expats/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:49:43 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=36481 We have so many BW here who have worked, taught or studied abroad. On travel posts, a wealth of information often comes out in the comments section. So, let’s dish on our experiences abroad for readers who may be watching from the sidelines, gaining the courage for a big jump. Hair? Taxes? Belongings? Visas? Cultural […]

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We have so many BW here who have worked, taught or studied abroad. On travel posts, a wealth of information often comes out in the comments section. So, let’s dish on our experiences abroad for readers who may be watching from the sidelines, gaining the courage for a big jump. Hair? Taxes? Belongings? Visas? Cultural faux paus? Making friends? Let’s give the down and dirty. Just what has your experience been making the move to live and/or work outside of America?

I can start with mine – I spent a summer working in finance in Holland back in college. I was working for a large company so all of the technical details were taken care of. As far as hair, the first time I washed my hair and proceeded to plug in and turn my American hooded dryer on, there were weird noises like it was turning into a spaceship, followed by blue flashes of light and finally smoke. I was natural the rest of the summer, having finally painfully understood the difference between an adapter versus a converter. I had acrylic nails at the time and it did take awhile to find a nail salon. I was surprised to see that many were black owned and formed a lovely relationship with an African woman over the summer.

As far as connecting, my co-workers were all older with their own families and from all over the world (really just doing a year or so in Holland) and I never hooked up with an expat community; I met a group of Americans at the company who left a week or so after I arrived.

If I could do things over, one thing I do differently is being more adventurous and traveling to other countries. While I did a TON of local sightseeing every weekend, I worked so much I really couldn’t travel outside of Holland. I should have made the time.

Okay, I’ve dished! What experiences have YOU had abroad?

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