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Serengeti Voted Best Park for African Safaris

Wouter Vergeer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Wouter Vergeer

An in-depth study of over 3,000 reviews showed that Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is Africa's best safari park. The reviews were contributed by safari tourists and industry experts.

LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Megan Smolenyak

Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.

Declining Wildebeests: Why Conserve Non-Threatened Species?

Natural Habitat Adventures | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Natural Habitat Adventures

So, wildebeests have perfected what they are and have demonstrated their staying power. With so many other animals on the brink of extinction, there's no immediate reason for us to be worried...Or is there?

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

An Open Letter to My Mom and Black Women

N'Kosi Oates | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
N'Kosi Oates

Multiracial, intergenerational communities have proudly proclaimed that Black lives matter. But "Black lives matter" seems to be associated only with Black men. I want to tell you, Mom, that when I chant those three words, when I march, lie in the streets, or raise my hands symmetrically in the air, I do so to assert your humanity too. You are worthy.

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 04.25.2015 | Chicago
Sarah Enelow

I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.

Great Migration Shortened Lives Of Blacks Who Fled Jim Crow South

NBC News | Errin Whack | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

The move North for millions of African-Americans during the Great Migration brought greater economic and educational opportunities — but also new st...

A Crossing In Kenya: A Thrilling Spectacle of the Great Migration

Susan Portnoy | Posted 09.24.2013 | Travel
Susan Portnoy

There are no guarantees when it comes to a crossing. You may wait for hours and nothing happens, but when it does, it's magical. At first it was orderly. But suddenly the endeavor became frenzied, as if a wildebeest in the back had screamed, "Lion!"

Hey, Prince, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.10.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, has the music world intrigued with the series of singles he's been releasing. I thought I'd take a peek into his pre-Minnesota, pre-purple, ancestral past. Here are a few of the discoveries I found scattered in the branches of his family tree:

12 Things To See Before The Apocalypse

U.S. News Travel | Posted 02.13.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

With the Maya apocalypse fast approaching, now is the time to start crossing some things off your bucket list. If you've ever wanted to stay on a private island, gamble with your life savings, or treat yourself to the best meal on Earth, you've got less than two weeks to do it.

PHOTOS: Kenya's Dramatic Great Migration

Posted 08.10.2012 | Travel

In a migration that makes our looming national back-to-school rush look like a Starbuck's line, up to two million wildebeests and hundreds of thousand...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.

Ancestors of Michelle Obama in the 1940 Census

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

The cost for nine relatives of the First Lady -- including her mother, grandparents and great-grandparents -- to rent these cozy quarters in 1940? $45 a month or roughly the equivalent of $737 today.

Make History in Your Pajamas

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

On April 2nd, after a long wait of 72 years, the 1940 census will be released, and in a historic first, the collection will emerge online in digitized form -- a remarkable snapshot of a nation still recovering from the Great Depression and not yet aware of its approaching entry into war.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The First Lady's Multicultural, Great Migration Past (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.30.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries -- particularly those per...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Purnell Shields

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
Megan Smolenyak

D.T. lived in hopeful expectation, but even today, it's stunning to think that the life of this one-time slave overlapped with that of his great-granddaughter, Marian, who now resides in the White House.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Rebecca Jumper (aka Coleman)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.22.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Michelle's maternal grandmother, Rebecca Jumper, did an admirable job of keeping her past a secret, but that's probably because she didn't know much about it herself. That's unfortunate, because hers is an intriguing history.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Fraser Robinson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.15.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

It's providential for Michelle's sake that LaVaughn ever met Fraser C. Robinson, Jr. because he would have much preferred to never leave the South.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: LaVaughn Johnson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.09.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Of Michelle's grandparents, LaVaughn Johnson was the most like her. A native Chicagoan, she was an early product of the mixing effect of the Great Migration with parents of radically different histories.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Migration

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.02.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

This is the second in a series about the ancestry of the First Lady. The introduction can be found here: Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Chicago Beginni...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Chicago Beginnings

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.31.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama's presence in the White House is historic. A hundred years from now, scholars and school children will still be stud...

Rest in Peace, Elzie Whittington, AKA Grandma

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 02.19.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

A lot of times you hear about a funeral being a celebration, but it doesn't feel that way. With Elzie Whittington, grandmother of childhood friends...

Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup

J.D. Bell | Posted 01.11.2012 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

Commentary from the blogosphere you may have missed this week.

Trymaine Lee

Chicago's Great Migration: Blacks Leaving Historic Neighborhoods To Return South

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 12.16.2011 | Black Voices

This is the first installment in "The Great Return," an occasional HuffPost BlackVoices series about the shift of African Americans toward the South a...

Chicago Changes Colors

Zack Isaacs | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

It's the new Great Migration: black Chicagoans are "relocating" to the southern suburbs. But it's much bigger than a residential issue. Chicago is not what it used to be -- and I think I know the reason why.