July 17, 2019
If you saw the 2018 movie, Green Book, you know that lodging was hard to come by in the 1960s, if your skin was the “wrong” color.
While the story has been fictionalized, the situation was true: The film is about a black concert pianist who took a driving tour of America’s South—and was forced to rely on The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guide prepared by Victor H. Green that listed safe places to stay nationwide during a time of racial segregation.
Unfortunately, that unspoken taboo still exists in many places today.
Robinson produced the new “travel lifestyle brand and community” from the recommendations of a 22,000-strong fellowship of black travelers—who share resources and experiences from around the globe in order to increase diversity in the travel industry.
“My focus from the beginning to end is always community. It started with a need for people—a need to be accepted,” she told CBS News. ”
“Nomadness was started eight years ago. We were really at the forefront of this entire movement and we are making a real dent in the travel industry,” she said, noting that the African-American community spends about $60 billion annually on travel.
Indeed, she describes Nomadness as “the ultimate resource” for people of color who want to feel safe abroad. It can be used, she says, “if you are going to Tulum, Mexico, and you want to know where to eat, where to stay, where as a person and traveler of color are you most comfortable and accepted.”
Put more simply, “We are a travel family, we look out for one another in a myriad of ways,” Robinson said.
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