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Our hearts melted when a member of the Outdoor Afro community on Facebook shared a link of photos, like the ones below that show images of black children enjoying and learning in nature in their 4-H camp in North Carolina in the 1940′s.
“What is old is new again.” one member commented. We could not agree more. Enjoy these timeless images that showcase examples of African American connections to nature over time.
Wake County – July 14-17, 1941, Camp Whispering Pines. Boys and girls enjoy a swim at the Wildlife Camp – at extreme …
Media, National Parks, News, Parks »
We are grateful to have been on CBS Bay Sunday Show, which aired in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this week. For those of you who live outside the area – or were out on a hike while the show aired here is the link to the video for you to enjoy and share!
Thanks to producer Akilah Bolden-Monifah, and the entire CBS Bay Area team for making the show happen – we had a blast! Please Like them on Facebook!
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 other awesome, and passionate individuals representing a wide range of professional paths and vocations aimed at improving the black community. Check out the entire list
For me it was a huge honor to help represent the outdoor …
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, provides solid analysis and presents dynamic multimedia content. The Root raises the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engages anyone interested in black culture around the world. It is owned by the Washington Post Company.
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 narrative, especially since it features an all-African American cast set in the woods in a not too distant future where they might be the last living souls on earth!
However my curiosity quickly gave way to thoughts …
Talk about inspiring – here is a wonderful Get Active Rap Video by New American Media for the East Bay Regional Parks‘s Get Active Youth Contest based in the San Francisco Bay Area to encourage young people to get outdoors!
Contest winners will be featured in the Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival in June, and there are three (3) $500 top prizes and tons of other great prizes.
In this example, we love how youth share in the video what they care about in nature – like tossing a ball, grilling meats, and hanging …
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 experience and perspective that is certain to enrich our work here at Outdoor Afro. Séla will be primarily responsible for supporting social media communications and events. Please read her very first Outdoor Afro blog post below then …
Diversity, Environmental Education, Events, Media, National Parks, Nature, Policy, Reflections, social media, Travel, Urban Nature »
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 outdoors?” people ask. While there is not one neat and tidy answer that can work for everyone (nor should we expect there to be), what we have discovered is that people embrace what is important to them. So …
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 local community!
Adventurers, Media »
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 survival, endurance or outdoors expert, with a way above average tolerance for all things adventure? This new reality TV show takes mankind’s most intense instincts – survival, competition, adventure – and throws them all together to create the most exciting wilderness series …