"One day you may be able to afford you own private beach, but it the mean time you can fake it till you make it with these almost-secret beaches."
It’s time we all admitted something that nobody is talking about: beaches can really suck.
On no normal day would I want to spend hours among hundreds of half naked strangers, or be wedged between a random sunburned guy clad in a miniature speedo and tons of over-enthused beach goers kicking around sand in what can only be explained as a ploy to build a sand castle in my mouth. And If you’re not tormented by the views of scarlet red peeling skin or a mouth (and bathing suit) full of sand, just consider the cringe-worthy display of the peacocking “gym guy” that has finally made his way to the beach to show-off the “beach body” he spent the last 9 months cultivating.
But admittedly, stripped of all human factors, a day at the beach is a beautiful gift from nature, even for us skeptics. And even better than a beautiful beach is a beautiful beach with nobody else on it. Get ready to lay out in your tiny speedo, kick up a sandstorm in every direction you can figure, and develop a weird sunburn all your own–this beach is all yours, king.
Alexander-Julian Gibbson & Daniel Obasi Team Up for a Stunning Editorial Featuring 6 Top Nigerian Creatives
Nigerian-American stylist and content creator Alexander-Julian Gibbson returns from his recent trip to his homeland with a fresh editorial featuring six Nigerian creatives you need to know for Coveteur.
-- Photos by Daniel Obasi // Styled by Alexander-Julian (all clothing by young Nigerian designers)
THE NIGERIAN CREATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Gifted with a deep and rich culture, today’s African artists have imagined up a world where these traditions are brought into the 21st century, a cultural aesthetic popularly known as Afromodernism. Nigeria has served as a fashion and music hub for this culture cultivation, leading the pack of African creatives. So I went to Nigeria and gathered some of the new class of influential creative artists for a roundtable shot by Daniel Obasi, the 23 year old photographer/art director, who has been capturing the beauty of these creative minds, including his own, for the past few years. They say humanity started in Africa, if so, Nigeria was definitely where they got fresh first.
CV: Designer of Orange Culture
CV: Host of 53 Extra + plays “Nneka” in Nigeria’s first legal drama, Castle and Castle.
CV: Designer of Ré Lagos/Owner of Wèré House
MINORITIES IN TRAVEL:
WHAT TO KNOW:
African Americans spend $50 billion/year on travel. market, and the fastest growing niche travel group. Latino American families spend close to $63 billion/year! But the African American market is poised to take the lead.
As general travel is declining in the US, Black travel is the only market still rising, exponentially.
Despite that large spending trend, only 2.6% of ALL advertising is even focused on African Americans. We are a largely untapped market, exploring the world on our own fruition, without being sold an itinerary.
For African Americans, travel has always been filled with roadblocks. In the ‘40s to travel safely w/i the US, AAs had to rely on Victor Hugo's “The Negro Traveler’s Green Book” to discern which establishments were black friendly and which were not.
Group travel is twice as popular among African-Americans than whites, possibly for a sense of security in numbers as well as the proliferation of black interest clubs and professional groups
We also travel for different reasons. African Americans travel internationally in search of the diaspora and culture. We love seeking out beautiful pockets of blackness in countries like Greece, Amsterdam, and Colombia.
We travel to attain all different kind of experiences. Some to see other people like them, some to see people who aren’t like them. Some to have fun and see the world, some to find themselves, and some to lose themselves.