Posts tagged black expats
Black and Abroad: How to Celebrate Black History Month No Matter Where You Live

When moving abroad, you know you must accept the differences that come with your new country. After all, you came prepared to leave your customs behind and learn new ones, right? Embracing differences, opening your mind, broadening your horizons... all of that. Great. BUT: what can you do when the holiday that exists to celebrate who you are, is nowhere to be found in your host country?Here are a few ways to keep on keeping on during Black History Month abroad.

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Coping with Black Trauma as an Expat

It is simply exhausting to be bombarded with the images and videos of death, especially when I'm abroad and can do absolutely nothing about it. Every day I'm surrounded by people who don't exactly understand what is happening back home. They're all curious to know my opinion on all the shootings, all the violence, and I find myself re-living, re-watching, and re-examining the details.

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Perspective From a Black Male Teaching Abroad

The Black male teaching experience abroad is unique. Living and working as a teacher and eventual manager of an international department has given me perspective in ways that I had never imagined. Being a teacher is an honor and a truly rewarding experience. As a Black male teaching abroad, I've learned a lot regarding how I am initially perceived by those I have yet to meet.

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That Blue Gold: Reflections on American Privilege

We, those of us who are POC and decided to travel outside our homeland, have and are etching our own American story, elsewhere. Thing is, we can always come back to the states if we so choose too. I think ‘choose’ is the operative word here. After having many conversations here in Spain with immigrants from Africa or elsewhere, even American’s who have immigrant roots: these people didn’t have the privilege to choose to leave, many had to. Let's talk about American privilege... 

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Understanding Blackness Abroad — How To Shift From Struggle to Joy

Before moving to Spain, blackness wasn't something that was internalized in the same way as it might be abroad. We all yearn to leave the US for a number of reasons but some weigh heavy more than others. This long-term expat in Spain shares her story, inspiration and meaningful tips on how to understand your blackness abroad and learn to thrive. 

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LMDES Event Recap: Madrid Afternoon Soirée

A few weeks ago, over 50 people of color came together one Saturday afternoon to celebrate life and the thriving community of expats in Spain. When living abroad, there is nothing more comforting than feeling like you’re a part of a collective of like-minded individuals. The afternoon was filled with meaningful conversation, inspiring stories and influencers from many different fields coming together for a memorable time. Find out more of what happened at the LMDES Madrid Soirée!

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Meet La Morena: Anita A

Anita is a soul singer and fashionista from Dublin, Ireland. Although she currently resides in Madrid, Spain she is the defnition of an international woman! She's so talented and multi-faceted, and she's one morena making big moves on the scene in Spain that you should have on your radar! Get to know more about Anita with this exclusive interview!

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A Look Inside Life In Paris with Estelle Lubino

Estelle Lubino is a creative mind that we've had on our radar for a while. Intrigued by the beauty and simplicity of her Instagram feed, she was included in our 5 Creative WOC Abroad to Follow on Instagram but we wanted to hear more from her! Living in Paris for many years, she has an alluring way of capturing and sharing the simplicity of everyday life in France. We got to sit down with Estelle to hear about her favorite hot spots, how to live a healthy lifestyle and advice she has on fashion and creating a life you truly love. 

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Keep it Warm + Trendy: Outfit Ideas for Winter in Spain

Coming from Minnesota, USA, I know cold. Not just your average it’s snowing cold, I’m talking your below 20 have to warm up your car for 10 minutes before you drive cold. So when locals here told me that northern Spain is the coldest place they’ve ever been I just laughed. The coldest it gets here is maybe 15 degrees. They don’t know my struggles. I love autumn and winter fashion so I’m always excited when this time of year rolls around. 

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Event Recap: LMDES Social

Las Morenas de España recently just turned one and we wanted to celebrate. There's something beautiful about bringing an online community together in real life to congregate, meet new friends and catch up with old. The evening brought in women who have been living all over the country for over 10 years, to those who just moved earlier in the week to ladies who were just in town visiting for the weekend but knew that they needed to be in the space. The room was filled with great vibes, meaningful conversation and women slaying in all white. Needless to say, everyone left feeling inspired and a bit more at home. 

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Meet La Morena: Ferima Faye

Ferima Faye is a talented young woman from Harlem, New York who's made the leap to living in Europe. She's a singer, photographer and visual artist who has a laundry list of goals that she will, without a doubt, accomplish.  She's someone you should know because Ferima breaks the mold and re-defines the traditional concept of creativity because she chooses not to limit herself to simply one means of artistic expression. Keep your eye on her! 

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