MBHM – Travel and the Nomadness Revolution

Making Black History Moments (MBHM): In September of 2011 Evie Robinson founded the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an award winning virtual community of over 20,000 black and brown nomads who contribute over $50 million into the travel industry annually.

Showing off my very first official passport stamp in Barcelona, Spain on June 2, 2019.

I am infected with Wanderlust. You can see it swirling all around me as I dart here and there. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to stay still in the same place. My brain just can’t bend around the concept. It might have something to do with the way I came up.

I was about 10 years old when I made up my mind that I would one day visit Barcelona. My logic was clear and simple, I was studying Spanish in school and loved the language so I should clearly go speak Spanish with Spaniards in Spain.

Give me a break, I was 10 and living in the middle of a cornfield. 🤷🏾‍♀️. While my initial motivation for visiting Spain may have been a bit underdeveloped, the notion never left me.

Even at that age, I was no stranger to travel. My parents took me on my first plane ride from Savannah, GA, to Chicagoland to meet my paternal grandparents for the first time before I celebrated my second birthday. By 10, I had already visited at least 10 of the 50 states and Canada 🇨🇦. I honestly thought that was what everyone did. I was a kid and so I didn’t have a passport to stamp and I don’t even remember anyone asking us for one. We were visiting family in Detroit and decided to cross the river and spend the day in Windsor. It was a very different time.

It wasn’t until college that I got close to leaving the country again. My school wasn’t offering a study abroad program to Spain but they had one to Cuernavaca, Mexico 🇲🇽. I was so excited and then they cancelled the trip because I was the only student who signed up to go. I was heartbroken.

I finally managed to leave the mainland and set foot in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to an amazing job that required I travel on occasion to places like that (😆) but neither of those places granted me the satisfaction of a passport stamp.

Years later, when my husband and I finally took a moment to have a honeymoon I just KNEW this would be my time. We were cruising to the Bahamas and I was READY to join the passport club. I returned to the mainland defeated. The customs agent just scanned my passport through the machine. NO STAMP 😩! Not only was my passport book still naked on the inside, but our bank account was breached so we were broke in Florida and had to figure out how to drive back home with no money and no help from our bank because it was a federal holiday. But that’s another story for another day…

So there I was, sitting at my computer one day 🧑🏾‍💻 halfway through my 38 year of fabulosity when it hit me. I needed to get stamped by any means necessary. It just so happened that this decision happened close to the time when my brother and his family pulled up stakes and relocated to Northern Italy 🇮🇹 to try something new. Now I had even greater motivation to break free of the North American continent so I could go see my little nephew and niece. I figured it out and landed in Barcelona on June 2, 2019, and backpacked my way across Spain 🇪🇸, France 🇫🇷 and Italy 🇮🇹. It was fantastic! The only real let down was that I only got stamped for Spain because I entered the EU there, a situation I partly rectified by returning to Europe six months later and getting my Paris stamp 😆!

Knowing a bit of my travelocity, is it really any wonder that I would feel an immediate kinship to the Nomadness Travel Tribe. The work these organizers have and continue to do is soul work. It’s cleansing and healing and something sorely needed in our current atmosphere.

People need people.

All kinds of people.

Same people, different people, bad joke making people, smarties, slofies, you name it, we need it!

Travel helps us be better to one another and connect. As I consider my upcoming travel I know that a few things will remain constant for me.

1. I will convene with members of my tribe on a regular basis for my personal health and well-being.

2. June is my month to celebrate me and will involve travel. This year’s trip is going to be epic.

3. I will authentically share my travel stories because someone might be waiting to free themselves to live more fully and my story might help them.

To learn more about the Nomadness Travel Tribe please go visit https://www.nomadnesstv.com/ and know that this movement isn’t going to slow down because it can only grow because we NEED Nomadness!


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – Black Menswear

Making Black History Moments (MBHM): On February 16, 2019, Black Menswear sponsored a fashion flash mob of over 100 black men styling and profiling in Dallas, Texas, combating the negative narrative surrounding men of African descent living in the United States of America.

Photo Credit: Stephon Lathom Photography

Y’all, I saw a few images from this account roll across my timeline and had to dig a little to find the source. Imagine my delight when I discovered an Arkansas connection. 🥰 This isn’t even about a “oooh they fone” moment. It was just refreshing to see images of black men that were “normal” for me on a public platform. I mean, look at them!

Photo Credit: Stephon Lathom Photography

This effort is based out of Dallas, Texas, and incorporates the concept of a black menswear flash mob photo shoot to push these positive images into cyberspace. Loving it!

If you want to add a little extra happy to your day, do yourself a favor and go follow @blackmenswear on Instagram. You’re welcome. 😉


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

MBHM – The Black Icee Project

Making Black History Moments (MBHM): On January 30, 2020, twenty-seven African-Americans made history by running a half/full marathon in Antarctica with the Black Icee Project.

Welcome to Black History Month 2020! I am so excited that you are here and reading this first post on my new writing project, This Girl Write Here. I can not think of a better way to launch into February than to bring you all 29 days of black excellence which I have titled, “Making Black History Moments”. This year I am going to focus on celebrating those of us who are making history in the here and now so you are definitely going to want to hit this subscribe button and let me help “learn” you something. 😉

I am not new to the blogosphere by any stretch. In fact, I believe I first started blogging long before it was fashionable about 18 years ago. Basically, if my blogs were children I would be sending the first ones off to college right now. That’s really how I seeing many of my writing projects as labors of love.

So without future delay, let’s jump into today’s black excellence feature.

The Black Icee Project is a group of amateur runners from all over the United States of America who came together to for a common purpose to complete a half or full marathon in Antarctica together. When the project first launched in January 12, 2019, in Atlanta, I became aware of the effort through my amazing sisterfriend, Cassandra, who is one of the 29 who completed this awesome undertaking.

First, I want you to picture what the commitment to completing a marathon is when you work like regular folks and have life stuff like regular folks. I have a half marathon coming up and I am in awe of those who prepare to do twice that so my hat is off to this group from jump.

Now, imagine running this marathon on a continent that most humans will never even set foot on. Yeah, let that sink in.

If that isn’t enough, this experience was billed as costing $12,000- $15,000 per participant. 😳. Now, I don’t know all of the people who belong to BIP and I am not a gambling woman, but I would be willing to bet you there weren’t any trust fund babies among them. These folks invested in this endeavor with their own hard earned funds and fundraised to help each other afford to do this for themselves and I dare say for the culture because how many times have we heard things like “black folks don’t run long distance”?

Black Icee Project at White Continent Marathon 2020

I am proud of the fact that I was able to provide a small bit of monetary support to see this idea come to fruition. Do not misunderstand me, I am not bragging by saying I gave to the effort. I am making a point that there are opportunities for all of us to contribute to causes all the time and if someone you love asks you to help them do something that has deep meaning for them if feels good to help if you have the ability to do so. I knew I could not go to be with my sisterfriend on this amazing journey but I very much felt like I was there in spirit.

Cassandra Gilliam at King George Island, Antarctica 🇦🇶

Completing this marathon is not what makes this woman amazing (though I am still in awe). Her beautiful spirit and her commitment to being an extraordinary educator are her true superpowers. Who could have imaged that little girl from Mississippi would one day stand on the continent of Antarctica as a living, breathing example of what you can do if you set your mind to it and put in the work!

Kudos to Heather King the Creator of the Black Icee Project. (Y’all, go read up on this incredible woman HERE). Congratulations to all the members of Black Icee Project and my Cassandra for doing all of us proud!

And do yourself a favor and hit my subscribe button so you do not miss a single day of Making Black History Moments.


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.