Nelson George Gives Us The Black Presence in Barcelona, Spain

I’ve recently found (hat-tip to and a couple of other sites) that writer and critic Nelson George, known for his writing about hip-hop and new black culture and generations, has now graduated to writing about travel.  Of course, his meanderings, video interviews, and blog entries at seem to be underwritten by American Airlines. (He’s not the only blogger on the site, but his official title is Travel Expert-at-Large.) His travel blog is called Nelson George’s Inside Scoop. He doesn’t appear to have done any travel in 2010; these were written and conducted last year.

Of course, AA wants you to put together some ducats and fly with them, and has a list of black-friendly cities, foreign and domestic where you could spread that green, if you have it. Places like Barcelona, Milan (where I’ve known since the 1980s that there has been a large African community of immigrants and Afro-Italians) and Toronto, for starters.

Here, George interviews Judi Oshowole who has lived in Barcelona for nearly two decades. Oshowole, a transplant from Britain, talks about the diversity in this Catalan capital, the second largest city in Spain. She also talks at length about how she arrived in Barcelona, and how she as well as other women from around the globe helped to nurture and build a women’s community there.

Makes one think of the possibilities of being an expatriate…

This is all very interesting.  However, George is known for a rather cavalier, paternalistic attitude towards women, especially in hip-hop.  He must have been biting his lip when this sista was talking.  But he hasn’t given up entirely on the genre, as Wikipedia outlines.

Currently he is serving as co-executive producer of VH1’s Hip Hop Honors television show and executive producer of Black Entertainment Television‘s American Gangster series, which was the highest rated series in the history of BET in 2006. His directorial debut, Life Support, starring Queen Latifah, aired on HBO on March 10, 2007. Latifah won several awards for her performance as Ana Wallace, including a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild award, and the NAACP Image award. Life Support was also named best TV film of the year by the NAACP. He also currently hosts the VH-1 series “Soul Cities”, which examines the music and culture of six prominent cities in the U.S.

~ by blksista on October 13, 2010.

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