The Cameroun, Benin Travel Project

May 6th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Featured, Mobile, Random No Responses
The Cameroun, Benin Travel Project

Dear Friends,

Thank you for letting me know that my travel journeys through the Cameroon and Benin have been inspirational and enlightening. The posts that have been shared via my various social media platforms are a mere fraction of my total experiences. There truly are no adequate words that can fully explain what this seven week journey has meant for my soul, personal growth and spiritual elevation. For those who know me personally and have witnessed the process can attest, on my many occasions I have proceeded willingly, yet as is my nature, all too often I have submitted to the process with my face twisted, kicking and screaming. Yes, I am a work in progress, learning and always striving to do better, to bring forth my best self.

The journey has been real and also incredibly amazing. My companions and handlers have been, firm, principled, disciplined, kind and caring. I have been challenged on so many levels, that have all served for the healing of my person, as well has certainly helped to alleviate the long suffering of generations of my ancestors. In the end, this has all strengthened my spirit and fortified me to remain on course and continue to fulfill my mission. For this I am ever grateful.

Regarding our work at Cinnamon Traveler;

Yes we can certainly connect you with our contacts for African Art, from Cameroon, Benin and many countries in Central and West Africa.

Yes it is our pleasure to connect you with our contacts for Traditional African Spirituality and Healing, Cameroon, Benin and many countries in Central and West Africa.

Yes we can make travel arrangements for you and your group to connect with our contacts in Cameroon, Benin and many countries in Central and West Africa.

When you are ready, let’s schedule a conversation to discuss exactly what you have in mind. Cinnamon Traveler is available via all the usual outlets: WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, IMO, Messenger. Our mobile contact is 404.915.6701 and our email is

Meantime, thanks again for encouraging us, liking our work and following us as we pave the way to document regional influences of African experience, while connecting the African Diaspora to the Continent of Africa, one travel journey at a time.

To get information about the project dates in July, August, September 2017, call 404.915.6701.

Adventurous Journeys!


Queen Salo Matriarchy Festival Cameroon

January 24th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Featured, Jengu Health Traditions, Public History Programming No Responses
Queen Salo Matriarchy Festival Cameroon

In Association with our Family and Friends in Cameroon, Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust is Pleased to Share.

Togetherness. Limbe, Cameroon.

Limbe, Cameroon.

In honor of Queen Salo, the  eponym founder of the same Bwassalo, and in honor of all African heroines sheros, Prof. Mbonji Edjenguele, Ruling King of Bwassalo, announces the holding of the QUEEN SALO DAYS, the Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival, from March 31st to April 2, 2017 in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Bwassalo, Cameroon

Bwassalo, Cameroon

Bwassalo, Cameroon

Bwassalo, Cameroon

The Divine Feminine. Africana Advance in Cameroon 2017.

The Divine Feminine.
Africana Advance in Cameroon 2017.

In celebration of the Queen Salo Days, Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival 2017 |

Cinnamon Traveler presents |

Jengu Restorative Healing Journey – The Divine Feminine Advance.

Africana Art in Motion. Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Africana Art in Motion.
Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

15 days African Diaspora Pilgrimage in Cameroon, Central Africa. Douala, Bimbia, Kribi, Bafoussam.

Sawa Traditions, Culture, Cuisine, Shopping & Queen Salo Days Divine Goddess Matriarchy Festival.

MARCH 28 – APRIL 11, 2017.

Bwambe, Kribi Cameroon.

Bwambe, Kribi Cameroon.



Bafoussam, Cameroon.


$4,300.00 USD per person.

Package Includes—

RT Airfare to Douala Cameroon*

Airport Transfer

All In Country Transportation

Modern Accommodations and Hotels

Africana Art in Motion. Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Africana Art in Motion.
Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Breakfast Daily

Celebration Meals

Multi lingual Guided Tours

Cultural Programming**

Queen Salo Days Matriarchy Festival Pass

Jengu Ancestral Rituals and Divine Feminine Rites

Sacred Jengu Rites Douala, Cameroon. #ngondo

Sacred Jengu Rites
Douala, Cameroon.

Foumban Royal Palace. Foumban, Cameroon.

Foumban Royal Palace.
Foumban, Cameroon.

Black sand Seme Beach. Limbe, Cameroon

Black sand Seme Beach.
Limbe, Cameroon.

Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust is Honored to Offer Comfortable, Culturally Authentic African Experiences in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Please Share Freely.

*Departures from most major North American, South American and European airports.

**Orientation, travel visa application assistance.

Details and information 404 915.6701 or

It’s Happening –CUBA Live! 2017

January 10th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Featured, Field Study Research No Responses
It’s Happening –CUBA Live! 2017

The Africana Cuban Culture and Traditions Travel Project.

La Habana, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Matanzas, Cienfuegos.

Conversations |Tours | Visits | Art | Food |Science | Authenticity | Variety||

Daily departures from many U.S. cities.

Information and details 404.915.6701.

Feeling good in Cuba, Join Us!




Warm Temperatures, Sun, Sand, Surf.
Shoes not required.


Feel at home in Cuba. Join Us!

Feel at home in Cuba.
Join Us!



Mountains and hills dominate the landscape.
Santiago de Cuba.

In Santiago de Cuba; you are either traveling up hill or down hill.

Compared to La Habana, Santiago is cleaner, quieter and more picturesque.

Mountains are everywhere, glimmering in the distance.

This started as a video, then accidentally the slo-mo setting was activated.

Pardon the change in pace.

Slo-mo is only fun when we are doing the business 😉






#cubatravel #cuba #afrocuban #cubaculture #santiagodecuba #lahabanacuba #uscubatravel

Diaspora Journey Project Fall 2016

October 15th, 2016 by admin Categories: Brasil, Cameroun, Cuba, Featured, Field Study Research, Martha's Vineyard No Responses
Diaspora Journey Project Fall 2016

Recently we realized that our 20th anniversary is 2018!

Now is the moment to create something significant and special to celebrate.

Earlier this year I enjoyed my virgin trip to the Motherland with a visit to The Cameroon.

Douala, Bwassalo, Bafoussam, Bandjoun, Bayangam, Yaounde, Kribi, Limbe and Bimba, it was a milestone indeed.

Since then there have been visits to Cuba, Tacoma, Seattle, Martha’s Vineyard and New York.


Over the course of these trips and many conversations, my tribe has kept me thoroughly engaged and inspired.

One especially memorable chat was with my sisterfriend Joye.

She shared with me that as travelers we do not engage in any type of retreats.

That we Sisters are forward thinkers, and therefore we travel for Advances.

The purpose of travel is for advancement.



Enlightened by this outlook, came the birth of the Diaspora Seasonal Advances 2018.

Diaspora Seasonal Advances are travel projects that explore, practice and restore African Diaspora cultural ties for Afrocentric people.

Offering intelligent, responsible African Diaspora travel in community.

We make space to enjoy culturally meaningful group travel experiences.


The 2018 Diaspora Seasonal Advance Project will happen at minimum, once per season and twice in summer.

Each Diaspora Seasonal Advance covers one region significant in African Diaspora history.

The idea is to visit fun and interesting destinations.

A few destinations where we are making plans to contribute to the conscious global vibe.

Africa – Cameroon

Caribbean – Cuba

South America – Brasil

North America – American Beach FL, Sullivan’s Island SC, Martha’s Vineyard MA.



Update with details for the 2018 Diaspora Seasonal Advances will get posted here in January 2017.

Adventurous Journeys




Ready for this next project.

Thought, care and attention to the details of this journey

Will prove a wise investment.















This is Africa.

This is Africa.

It’s Happening – CUBA Live!

July 31st, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Featured, Field Study Research, MIldred G. Skillman Fund, Public History Programming No Responses
It’s Happening – CUBA Live!

Cienfuegos Lighthouse, Summer 2016.

The Measure: Heading Back to The Source.

A few months ago one of my sister’s playmates from childhood, called me out of the blue to say that she wanted to experience a point and shoot adventure in Cuba. Shocked, I asked her straight up, you mean you want to go with me to Cuba, to stand in the street and take photographs? You have a deal!!!

Our most interesting guests approach us with special requests. We love doing special.

Thus far we have done, Feria del Libro, Festival Jazz Plaza, African American Artists and Abstraction, Cuban Architecture, surprise birthdays, permaculture, freestyle, and for this second time, point and shoot. Not to mention all the cool events coming up in 2017.

Social capital greases the wheels, making sure that we have an excellent time along the way.


The Jazz Dancers – Festival Jazz Plaza 2015.


So here we are now. A couple of us will go over first.

A few days later our Travelfriend will join us.

Then when the team is complete, we will set off on our triangular road trip, to point and shoot all things Cuban.

Faces, sights, sounds, smells, tastes and of course we will touch most everything.

Over the past few weeks the excitement has been so high, that I have often wanted to scream.

Who knows, perhaps instead there will simply be quiet tears upon arrival.

Meantime we have plans and the image of the Cristal Girl will have to hold me until I make contact with the sand.

The Cristal Girl is from my very first visit, she has magic and sends all of us Love, Peace and palm grease.


Playa Ancon, Spring 2011.

Beach time soon come.


Cuba Project Schedule 

Dec. 13 – 20, 2016  –  32nd La Habana International Festival Jazz Plaza

Feb. 16 – 20, 2017  –  26th Feria del Libro International Book Fair

April 2017  –  Havana Arte – African Influences in Contemporary Art

July 2017  –  Santiago de Cuba – Fiesta del Fuego

December 2017  –  33rd La Habana International Festival Jazz Plaza

For more information and details, please email or call 404.915.6701.

Adventurous Journeys


Cameroon – Architecture

June 9th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Featured, Field Study Research, Public History Programming, Random 5 Responses
Cameroon – Architecture

The Measure:

Douala Cameroun

A limited introduction to the local architecture.

Dika Akwa Palace.

Built in 1985 by legal anthropologist, Prince Dika Akwa nya Bonambela (1933 – 1995).















The landscape is vast.

Cameroun is filled with opportunities to fully explore the boundaries of your photo lens.

Looking for the next time when we can do it together.

Africa, I have seen her, she is beautiful.

Next Advance: Fall 2016, Douala and Kribi.


LAND – Change of Consciousness

March 31st, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Featured, Public History Programming, Random One Response
LAND – Change of Consciousness

Change of Consciousness – On the precipice of gentrification. FREE THE LAND.

Tonight I was speaking with a sisterfriend mentor and while updating her on the project, I finally digested the meaning of FREE THE LAND.



Before tonight, in other conversations about the land development, urban farm project, two other people have responded with the phrase FREE THE LAND.

Over the last 30 days I have delved deep into the process. This is the deal.


As per the historic record, for over fifty years during the 20th century, this was the familial home of a woman painter, printmaker. My mind can barely imagine the various scenes which transpired in this space to explain what has happened over the course of 20 years, that marks the time between 2016 and when the artisan matriarch left this dwelling to make her transition to join the ancestors. Just yesterday I saw a mid century photograph of the living room…

Yet amid the rubble are remnants of grandeur. Back to nature, this grand pile of debris has been colonized by opossum.  For our purposes, we will work from the presumption that wildlife habitats benefit the ecological balance of the urban ruin environment. 

Hindsight is 20/20

So was it false bravado that enticed me to accept this project? Location, history, value, eccentricity: All of the above?


Daydreaming I imagine that the real estate advertisement that lured me to this project would read:

“Expand Your Horizons. Affordable tear down envisioned strictly as land acquisition, purposed for urban farm development initiative. Structural architectural characteristics include…”

Open Masonry Porch; Corinthian columns; high pitch front gable; single frame, triple 6 light double sash windows;


Brick masonry fireplace;

Built in 1930 the brick work has withstood fire, rain, wind. For as long as neighbors can recall, this house has been in despair.


Steadily collapsing, a mountain of debris threatening to spill across the property line. FREE THE LAND.



Brick masonry pier supports;

With scaffold technology and careful demolition clean up removal, the brick masonry piers, perhaps the columns and a few other things could be salvaged.

The demolition process…many site visits.

Estimates: this project requires several. Hat, boots and other apparel considerations are required for site visits, because the location is raw. The bids are all over the board and are complimented by my angst ridden responses, including involuntary consideration sessions in the wee hours of the night. At this moment, the dental night guard is required. A restful night sleep would include a nifty dream sequence, where our project is adopted by an Architecture or Engineering professor as the perfect field study research project, tailor made for their favorite class or TA.

Fun, Fun, Fun. 


Lattice wall insulation; 5 panel oak doors; crystal door knobs;

Extensive exposure to temperature extremes, wind and rain.


15 light oak wood french door; glass and hinges intact; Blue skies;


1930s 6 light lead glass window frame;


After getting cited by COA code enforcement in February, this architectural beauty has commanded my love, attention, requiring that become intimately acquaintanced with a sundry of associated COA agencies and bureaus. Inspections, applications, waivers, permits, learning so much, navigating the City Hall Shuffle.


Site surveys, neighbors, on the ground, in the community, there is so much illegal dumping. Arduous and complex, this is a massive clean up project. Afterward we plant out the grounds to restore ph balance, cleanse and encourage a healthy soil revolution. 


73% rubble. Every rain episode increases the rate of collapse. Moments spent at the site have stirred a lot of emotions. Paramount is sadness.

The day that I met our border neighbor, after introducing myself and explaining our plans, I apologized for the condition of the eyesore. Documenting the survey with my camera, it was important for my spirit to acknowledge and recognize this dilemma. Eyesore implies a visual assault or imposition upon one’s sensibilities. In this case physical encroachment threatens the surrounding environment further in the wake of every rain event. Although we are not the cause of this debacle, it saddens me, that in the U.S., Black folk can live next door to a hill of construction debris. Unfortunately this is not the only instance of this type of environmental travesty happening on the urban landscape. 


Message left in wet cement.


Visioning in the Westside of Atlanta.

Sustainability, good health and solidarity. 

On the precipice of gentrification.




Changing blight into light, one step at a time. 


Please share freely. 


Sr. Obama, Bienvenida a CUBA!

March 20th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Destinations, Featured, Random No Responses
Sr. Obama, Bienvenida a CUBA!

U.S. First Family Visits Cuba

On Sunday, March 20, 2016, at 4:37 PM Air Force One lands in La Habana, CUBA.

U.S. President Barack Obama looks genuinely pleased to have the opportunity to finally visit CUBA.

I know the feeling…

How sweet it is.


The Measure: March 20, 2016 At 4:37 PM Air Force One lands in La Habana CUBA President Obama looks happy. I know the feeling... #Howsweetitis #CUBALive!

The Measure: March 20, 2016.
At 4:37 PM Air Force One lands in La Habana CUBA.
President Obama looks happy.
I know the feeling…
How sweet it is.



The Measure: March 20, 2016 U.S. First Family Visits CUBA. #newday

The Measure: March 20, 2016
U.S. First Family Visits CUBA.


IBF 25 * 2016

March 12th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Featured, Feria del Libro, MIldred G. Skillman Fund, Random No Responses
IBF 25 * 2016

La Habana, CUBA –

25th Feria del Libro de La Habana

International Book Fair, February 11 – 21, 2016 





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Tupac en Habana Vieja

February 11th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Featured, Field Study Research, Mobile, Public History Programming, Random No Responses
Tupac en Habana Vieja

February 10, 2016, La Habana, Cuba.

Look who I saw in Habana Vieja!! #tupacshakur