We have finally made it to Wakanda! The long-awaited release of Black Panther, the Blackest thing to ever happen to Black people during Black History Month since Obama was in office, has taken the world by storm. While the masses are excited to see the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan make action flick history, the fictional African nation at the heart of the film is just as excitement inducing, perhaps besting Zamunda as the place we wish we could run to now.
The Wakandan wanderlust has also sparked some serious conversation about finding space to be Black and fully-realized in a world that is so largely shaped by white supremacy. Where can Black people actually go to lead their best lives? Where are the thriving communities that our people can relocate to, or at least visit for an extended stay?
Africa is home to booming cities, like Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, but there are also places in other countries that have burgeoning, or flourishing, metropolises of Black people who are making moves. The question is how do you pick where to go. In truth, that depends on not just who you want to be around and what you do professionally, but how you want to live (climate, population density, beach or city, etc…). CASSIUS did a little digging and found a few cities where Black people, particularly African Americans, are doing it up and living their best lives in varied regions. These destinations may not exactly be Wakanda, but they’re damn close. Most important, they will open your eyes to the options of where and how you can live outside of the United States. Think about it.
It’s community building time folks. So, you ready to move yet…or nah?