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Kiratiana's Travel Guide to Black Paris: Get Lost and Get Found Perfect Paperback – May 3, 2010
More About the Author
As a traveler, she has explored more than 25 countries, spanning 5 continents, and has lived in France, Germany and Brazil. As an author, she has written for Jet Magazine, The Grio, BlackAtlas.com, Bonjourparis.com. As a journalist, she has covered the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), as well as the 2011 World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea. As an expert on exploring global culture, she has been featured in many prominent media outlets, including the New York Times, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Defender, NABJ Digital blog, and Black Web 2.0. And, as a speaker, she has presented at South by South West (SXSW), Blogalicious, and the Alliance Française of Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
As if not already wearing enough hats, Kiratiana has served as the editor of BlackAtlas.com, a social media travel site sponsored by American Airlines, and maintains her own travel website, KiratianaTravels.com. Kiratiana's unique approach and perspective is catching the attention of various social media pundits, and just recently, her efforts in travel-focused digital media landed her on Black Enterprise's list of "Top Black People in Tech to Follow on Twitter" and "Top Black Travelers to Follow on Twitter." Of course, ever seeking to expand the resources available to those seeking meaningful cultural exploration in their travels, Kiratiana's most recent venture is an eBook, launched in the spirit of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, entitled, "Kiratiana's Travel Guide to Multicultural London."
Kiratiana's greatest hope is that this book will provide a platform from which to launch a lifelong love of travel and the type of genuine cultural exploration that enhances understanding among people who share this earth, and ensures a better future for ourselves and the generations that follow.
Top Customer Reviews
Kiratiana goes beyond the travel basics and includes great historical and cultural context for the trip. From recommended pre-trip reading and films to what a traveler should expect to see on-site in the black French neighborhoods (KFC/Beauty Supply Store, anyone?), the author prepares you for the myriad experiences that Paris has to offer.
I don't read travel guides cover-to-cover; however, this guide does lend itself to a deeper reading with its historical inserts on subjects such as Negritude, Saartjie Baartman, Slavery Remembrance Day and the Jazz Age. I find myself flipping to random pages and sections, only to get lost in the Paris of Langston Hughes, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, Josephine Baker and Bricktop. Kiratiana gives us the key to the City of Light - places to find affordable lodging, splendid dining, unique cultural experiences and always adds her personal touch, recounting her own experiences in first-person voice (I won't forget how she was rebuffed at two hip-and-happening nightclubs in one evening!).
The book reads like a friend recounting her travels with you, making her recommendations and giving you great tips for your own journey through Black Paris.
This is where I feel that the guide is a bit weak. Too often "black" becomes African American, and the guide is reduced to a list of who slept or performed where. Although there are some wonderful sections on African and Caribbean history and food, I didn't get a sense of what homebred black Parisian culture really is all about. In addition, it's difficult to have faith in a few reviews about places she's never been to. In her attempt to be thorough, Kiratiana becomes a secondary source that might not be all that reliable. Points for originality though. Kiratiana is a true entrepreneur, having the sense and wherewithal to meet the growing demand of black women for travel resources. I'm looking forward to using her guide to Paris and reading the others as they come out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad I purchased this book, as I've been planning my summer trip back to Paris. So far, what I've read has been extremely helpful and I've been able to research alot of info... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by LJ
This book really helped me plan my vacation to Paris. It covers topics from where to stay to where to enjoy a nice glass of wine. It's worth every penny.Published on September 27, 2012 by Mrs. Sillah