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R.Cummings-Yeates

Writer and Author at Freelance

Chicago, IL, United States

Professional Bio

Independent journalist, author and blogger specializing in cultural travel and lifestyle topics. Credits include MSN, Salon, Miami Herald, Brides, Woman's Day, Chicago Sun Times, Go Magazine, Travel + Escape,Hemispheres, Journey, Where, Ebony.com, Get Lost and Rough Guide To Women Travel ,among other publications. Author of the Chicago guide book, Exploring Chicago Blues: Inside The Scene, Past and Present (History Press 2104).

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  1. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on The privilege of place: diversity and cultural representation in travel writing
    Thank you Gigi for being interested in diversity and feeling strongly enough to want to make a difference. i think conversations always help but in the end, you need actions to inspire change.
  2. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on The privilege of place: diversity and cultural representation in travel writing
    Amy, the travel industry is very insular and based on your connections. I get invited to some events and conferences, I was actually a speaker at the first TBEX but most of the time, I am the only poc…
  3. R.Cummings-Yeates added an article The History of Brazilian Graffiti Art: An Introduction
  4. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on Close to 200 Countries Deep, Nomadness Travel Tribe Isn’t Stopping Anytime Soon
    I'm a member of Nomadness and it has been a supportive outlet for travelers of color for years. It's good to see Evita and the group get some recognition.
  5. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on The privilege of place: diversity and cultural representation in travel writing
    No, the field is not even close to being leveled. Media in this country will always reflect the voices of the powerful and until there is more equity overall, that will not change very much.
  6. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on The privilege of place: diversity and cultural representation in travel writing
    I think it's both. There are many travel blogging groups of color online that connect and support each other. Often, the discussion is about being excluded or ignored from mainstream networks and conf…
  7. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on The privilege of place: diversity and cultural representation in travel writing
    Yes, i never thought of it that way but you're right  The supremacy of developed countries and the people who control them have mostly been the voices heard. But I do think that the foundation of…
  8. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on The privilege of place: diversity and cultural representation in travel writing
    I think that travel writing reflects the overall system of white privilege and appropriation. Black and brown people are typically treated as the exotic other and rarely given voices. I've gotten into…
  9. R.Cummings-Yeates added a comment on This Is How We Celebrate Our Dead
    I totally agree Paige. I believe it is the wide acceptance of cultural appropriation in the West that makes people not even question the practice. The best way to learn and adopt traditions is to conn…
  10. R.Cummings-Yeates added an article Clementina de Jesus Queen of Classic Brazilian Samba