A Celebration of Positive Influence

It’s been an amazing week for the Outdoor Afro community. I just came back from New York to participate in Henry Louis Gates’ 2012 Root 100 Gala to celebrate the most influential African Americans, of which I was honored to be a part. Among those recognized included Melissa Harris-Perry, LeBron James, and Benjamin Crump, among many…

We Made The Root 100!

This week, we learned Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro founder and CEO, was selected as one of TheRoot.com 100 black achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45! See the entire list! Founded in 2008 under the leadership of Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, The Root offers a unique take on breaking news,…

Sci-Fi, Black Men, and Woods, Oh My!

The Abandon is a sci-fi TV series created by Keith Josef. Here’s the skinny: after a possible alien invasion, five black hikers in Upstate New York discover they may be the last humans on Earth and quickly learn the importance of survival, loyalty, and manhood: Of course, as a sci-fi fan, I was intrigued by the…

Outdoor Afro Welcomes Séla Steiger to the Team

As most of you know, Outdoor Afro has been run on solo steam these past couple of years since it began, and I now am quite grateful to have the help and support needed to sustain and grow this wonderful network. So I am proud to welcome intern Séla Steiger (24) who brings a wonderful mix of outdoor…

2011: The Year of Relevancy

  Dear Outdoor Afro Friends, 2011 has been a terrific year! Through the power of social media, we have seen our community steadily grow, and help people make culturally-relevant connections to nature and outdoor recreation. Throughout my travels this year, the hot topic has been relevancy: “How can we connect more diverse audiences to the…

Monta Ellis as Landscape Canvas

Photos of a large tree tattooed on the chest of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis on the Tattoos by Randy Myspace page are making a big stir today. Thanks to urban forester Kemba of Urban Releaf for the initial sharing! The tat has now inspired her to recruit Monta to help plant trees in the…

BBC Casting Call for Outdoor Afro Adventurers

I just received this in my inbox — I sure hope someone from the Outdoor Afro community can get involved! BBC CASTING NEW OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SHOW: BBC Worldwide Productions – the producers of Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear and What Not To Wear – is currently seeking fearless competitors for an original survival adventure series! Are you a…