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The bucket list for the culture is finally here. The Mocha Minute has taken the liberty to compile our bucket list in the biggest, blackest, boldest (insert descriptive words starting with the letter “B” here) way ever! As a melanated millennial, see how many you would like to mark off your bucket list if you haven’t already done so…Here goes:
1. Visit The Motherland
EVERYONE on earth came from this one gorgeous continent. The only thing more beautiful than the land is the people. There’s plenty of places to see in Africa. Just pick anywhere on the continent to visit and book a flight! We guarantee that your visit to an African country would be one to remember and just in time. I know I’ll be rocking a dashiki and a fro at the Black Panther premiere.
2. Essence Festival
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never been to Essence Festival and I honestly never planned on going. However, after seeing the movie Girls Trip, I damn near got my bags packed and ready to book my flight today! There’s nothing like being surrounded by good music and beautiful black people. Add a group of friends to the mix and you’ve got a party! Be sure to save up because Essence festival is not cheap. Dates for the 2018 Essence festival have been released and will be available for pre-sale on August 10.
3. Experience an HBCU Homecoming
This isn’t your typical homecoming you might find at a PWI, and if that’s what your looking for then I got bad news for you, ITS LIT! If anyone knows how to party its an HBCU (Historical Black College and University)! As a product of an HBCU (TheRealHU), I know what it means to experience an HBCU homecoming. Where people come to the football games just to see the bands battle, and alumni return faithfully every year just to show that their class is still the best. Where the Greeks get down at the step shows and the hottest artists show up to preform a concert every year. The entire Homecoming week is just a big ass party.
4. Invest in stock
All this turn up talk is nice but it won’t be any partying if you’re broke! Take it upon yourself to research investing and invest! Educate your children and your children’s children on the importance of being wealthy and not just rich.When investing, you get to understand the business and what makes a good investment. It’s easy once you get the hang of it, and all you have to do is sit back and watch your money grow. Let’s bring back Black Wallstreet!
5. Add Ancestry Testing to your Bucket List
Now this is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. But the truth is, I’m just lazy as hell. DONT BE LIKE ME! Get an Ancestry Kit to trace your roots, you may be surprised at what you find. In 2006, Oprah Winfrey was one of the biggest celebrities to get her DNA analyzed. Her genes were traced back to the Kpelle people, a West African group that resided in what is now know as Liberia. Who knows, Oprah just might be your distant cousin.
6. Go Natural OR Go to Curlfest
In 2012 I got rid of the creamy crack and started my transition. In December 2013, I said fuck it mask off and cut all my permed ends off, and I never turned back! I am loving this natural hair movement and encourage any and everyone to join. But if going natural isn’t your style, I advise you to attend Curl Fest at least once in your lifetime. There’s plenty of events and freebies to grab and all the beautiful curls and melanin would make you fall in love with your natural tresses. It is a must do event if you are natural or thinking about joining the movement. #HappyToBeNappy
7. Learn a Second Language
There are plenty of reasons to learn a second language, too many to name on this post. Learning a second language has so many benefits and allows for many opportunities. A major one is being marketable to many job opportunities. The world is changing fast and many jobs require their employees to learn a second language. Not only that, you will be able to make connections and gain cross-cultural relationships. It will also make traveling to certain areas much easier, depending on what language you learn. My advice is to learn a language ANY language and visit that place. It will make your experience 10x better. Need help learning a new language? Try Rosetta Stone!!
8. Visit the National Museum of African-American History and Culture
The newest addition to the Smithsonian family and in my opinion, the most informative. The National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a state-of-the-art building that explores every corner of black history from art and music to slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. There are over 35,000 artifacts in its collection, and each have a story to tell. Visiting this museum will be a very humbling experience and will make you proud of the work of our ancestors.
9. Patron Black-owned Business
There are many directories like SupportBlackOwned and The Black Mall that lead you to where to find black owned business.There are many reasons to support black owned businesses. Supporting black owned business help grow our economy from within. Instead of giving money to big corporate owned business, support that friend that sells hair products or that one friend who is a photographer. One of the components often overlooked when supporting black owned business is job creation. By supporting a black business, you are helping create jobs in our community. This will aid in the overwhelming unemployment rate in our community and help build wealth among our peers.
10. Give back to your Community
While this may go hand in hand with shopping with black owned businesses, it is much more than that. Giving back to your community means that you hold yourself and your neighbors accountable for your community. Becoming a mentor or volunteering is a step in the right direction. There are many young girls and boys who lack an authority figure in their lives and being a mentor can help bridge the gap between the old and the new generations. Also, lending a helping hand to those in need in any way possible is a great way to give. For example, last Christmas, my sisters and I decided to make Blessing Bags to pass out to the homeless. A small, inexpensive gesture can go a long way.