Skip ‘Green Book’ and Watch This Instead

“Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America,” directed by historian Gretchen Sorin and director Ric Burns (younger brother of Ken Burns) premieres tonight on PBS, and the documentary reveals how the automobile — portrayed as the ultimate symbol of independence — has long been of particular significance to  African Americans who relied on travel guides and informal networks to keep them safe and, most importantly, alive.

It’s hardly surprising that mobility for African Americans has always been restricted, from the days of slavery to Jim Crow America when “Sundown Towns” were a thing. “The Negro Motorist Green Book” became a necessary guide decades ago, and the focus on Black mobility continues in the form of recent stop-and-frisk laws in New York City that predominantly targeted Black people. Limitations on movement from before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation has carried over, in different forms, into Reconstruction and beyond.

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Where Was ‘The Bachelorette’ Filmed? How to Book a Stay at the California Resort

This season of The Bachelorette looks a lot different from those past, mainly because of the location. Clare Crawley and suitors didn’t spend any time at the Bachelor Mansion due to COVID. Instead, they bunked up at a glamorous resort, which you can definitely visit—when it’s safe to travel again, of course.

Clare Crawley meets Riley on night one of "The Bachelorette" Season 16.

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Clare Crawley meets Riley on night one of “The Bachelorette” Season 16.

Instead of the cast traveling the world, or even throughout the California area, all of the Bachelorette filming took place at the La Quinta Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. It’s located in La Quinta, California, which is super-close to Indio, where Coachella usually takes place. So, next time you’re headed to the music festival (whenever it resumes, post-COVID), you might want to check it out, to get a slice of that Bachelorette lifestyle. Why exactly producers of The Bachelorette chose to

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From the “Green Book” to Buicks, PBS’ “Driving While Black” examines the history of Black mobility

Driving While Black
Driving While Black

Driving While Black PBS / Steeplechase Films

Black mobility has always come with its limitations in this country. A vision of a better life met with fear entrenched the journey. The automobile for many African Americans was a utility of safety, freedom, and opportunity. Shackling someone cruising along the highway is difficult. Historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin has done extensive fieldwork on the subject, culminating in her book “Driving While Black,” which was published earlier this year. The book provides the basis for the two-hour PBS documentary of the same name, directed by Sorin and Emmy-winning filmmaker Ric Burns.

The documentary examines “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a small directory of Black-only businesses, restaurants, staying accommodations, and gas stations that were safe for African Americans to use while traveling. The book was published by New York mailman Victor Hugo Green from 1936-1966. Its chief goal was to no

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Book questions how 2 Africans businessmen died in Springfield hotel


Two South African men, on a trip to ride motorcycles along historic Route 66, were found dead in 2015 in separate rooms at a Springfield hotel.

How they died was not immediately apparent.

But six weeks later, the Springfield Police Department announced the mystery had been solved after testing from the CDC: the two men — Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44 — died from cerebral malaria.

It seemed the two men must have been bitten by infected mosquitoes during a fishing trip back in Africa, fallen ill and died after traveling to Springfield.

Case closed. Or at least, that’s how it appeared. 

A photo illustration of a mosquito. (Photo: CDC / GETTY)

But when the News-Leader requested the full investigative report in the case last month, the response from a police department spokeswoman was that the case is still considered open five years later — and the

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For a scary time, book a room near these 4 haunted places in the Northeast

Halloween is more than trick-or-treating, goblins and scary decorations.

Some folks actually like to head to haunted places to hunt ghosts and learn more about the stories behind why a place is haunted.

Below we list four such places in the Northeast and how you can lodge near those places through

VRBO stands for Vacation Rentals by Owner.

Good luck with your scary vacation and don’t let the ghosts get you.


The Amityville Horror House, Long Island, N.Y.

Amityville Horror House

In 1974, a boy killed his parents and four siblings at this house in Amityville, L.I.

Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his parents and four siblings in this home in 1974. The horrific event captivated the media and a book called “The Amityville Horror” was released in 1977. A series of movies followed.

The house is said to be haunted by its violent past.

You can lodge close to the house

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Now you can book a vacation from this pandemic

But wise words from tourism chief Berna Romulo-Puyat as domestic travel resumes: Have a safe trip!

WELL[FARE] Flight and hospitality staff strictly enforce Covid-19 safety precautions

Boracay has reopened to domestic travel since the start of this month.

Staying home is still the best way to protect oneself and others from Covid-19, but the reopening of one of the top destinations in the Philippines is a signal that maybe we can now start taking calculated risks. The economy that should sustain us, after all, needs as much protection from the pandemic as we do.

While stressing that safety is top priority, Berna Romulo Puyat, secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), says, “We cannot surrender to this pandemic. We have to find ways to live and thrive in it while protecting ourselves and other people.”

We might say that reopening Boracay has been a bold move, but the DOT, along

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5 Reasons To Book A Bath Staycation While Lockdown Rules Still Allow It

For the last decade or two, with increasingly reasonable air travel, brilliant house swaps and inventive boutique hotels to be booked at first swipe, Instagram inspo and some of the best city guides ferreting out secret sources of joy and relatively undiscovered charm, travelling the world has become a widely undertaken and easy rite of passage.

a castle on a bridge over a river: Staycationing around the UK has become a lifeline for those who can’t live without a dose of escapism. And, thankfully, some cities remain open to visitors.

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Staycationing around the UK has become a lifeline for those who can’t live without a dose of escapism. And, thankfully, some cities remain open to visitors.

Sadly, the pandemic has brought much of the above to its knees. Long haul travel has quickly become frightening and, in many cases, off-limits. Even short stints across the channel come with fresh disadvantages, such as the chance that the government’s Covid-19 rules will change while you’re abroad, throwing your return (and potential quarantine period) into question.

Luckily, necessity is the master

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Sandals encourages travel advisors to ‘Learn, Book, Earn’

A number of travel advisors are currently in the island at Sandals and Beaches resorts as part of the company’s new incentive programme dubbed “Learn, Book, Earn”.

Since the start of October, travel advisors across the United States and Canada have been encouraged by the resort chain to visit its resorts to experience the product, and in particular, the Sandals Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness.

The goal, according to a release from Sandals, is that the advisors be allowed to sample the resort chain’s myriad luxury-included facilities, just as their clients would.

The Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness are additional protocols and guaranteed cleanliness standards to ensure heightened health and safety measures for guests seeking peace of mind in the Caribbean during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first-hand experience of the travel advisors will in turn build the confidence of their clients that the protocols are in place and working, the release

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What We Learned about Sam Heughan’s New Book with ‘Outlander’ Co-Star at Comic Con

Sam Heughan and his former Outlander co-star Graham McTavish faced off at New York Comic Con’s virtual trivia deathmatch, with host Josh Horowitz. Turns out one of them was really bad at trivia. But before the game got started, Heughan and McTavish talked all about their new book Clanlands, which comes out in early November. They dropped behind-the-scenes details about co-stars Caitríona Balfe and Duncan LaCroix, both of whom are in the book it seems. In fact, they reveal a particularly “memorable” night the cast shared when most had to work early the next day. Let’s just say, saki and whisky were involved.

Clanlands is based on the road trip they took around Scotland together, as they were filming their upcoming Starz show, Men in Kilts, which is expected to be released in early 2021. Heughan reveals not only do they talk Outlander and Scottish history, but they also

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Early Prime Day laptop 2020 deals: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex for $1,200, Asus ZenBook 14 for $830, Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 for $900 and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

If you are looking for a deal on a new laptop and don’t want to wait until November for Black Friday, you’re in luck because Amazon Prime Day 2020 arrives this Tuesday. Even better news, you don’t need to wait until then to get a great deal! Amazon is running a laptop deal right now that is Prime Day-level good, and Newegg has a laptop discount of its own worthy of your attention. The best deal is at Best Buy, however, where you can save $400 on Dell’s flagship 2-in-1 laptop.

So if you don’t want to wait for the Amazon Prime Day sale and are looking for a great laptop deal now, or if don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, take

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