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Black folks are a global people, but in spite of traveling around the globe, we rarely hear about African Americans living and working in Africa. Because of this, producers Stafford and Judy Bailey decided to hit the road and document how many black Americans travel, and in many cases move, to Africa in order to live the “American Dream.”

What the Baileys created was the groundbreaking documentary Blacks Without Borders that told “an emotional story of hardship, sacrifice and great rewards” about “a group of African Americans who went to South Africa to find the American dream, only to discover that America is not the only land of opportunity.”

After the documentary received raved reviews–and aired on Showtime–the Baileys knew they needed to keep telling more stories about black folks living abroad and fulfilling their dreams. Last month they embarked on a fundraising campaign to turn Blacks Without Borders into a series and need support to make it happen.

Check out the Blacks Without Borders website to learn more about the project, buy the DVD, or contribute to the cause. 

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  • I_Hate_The_Title

    I hate the title.

    Why is it called “blacks without boarders?” Blacks didn’t boarders. You can find African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants in America, Latin America, Canada, Europe, and even China.

    Are Africans or Afro-Caribbeans not black? If so, then why not call it “African Americans without boarders” or “black Americans without boarders”?

    If a white American made a documentary about only white Americans but called it “Americans …” People would moan about not being considered Americans. But because ….

    • mariposa

      I agree..the title is misleading.

      As a black american woman, I definitely believe that this an american thing (not even just a black american thing). I know plenty of black people from latin america, the caribbean, and africa that have lived in the us and other non native countries. They move around for better opportunity It isn’t a big deal to them…however, I think it has a lot to do with the ‘american dream’.
      As far as education and jobs go, Americans have not (until recently perhaps) needed to seek opportunity in other countries. We will move to bigger more cosmopolitan cities for better opportunity but perhaps only go abroad to travel.

      I definitely want to travel more but am not sure about living abroad permanently. I’ve been away from home for 10 years…. left home at 18 to go to college 1500 miles away and now live in a city 1000 miles away. It has been hard enough seeing my family living this far away..it would be even harder if I was across the ocean.

      However, I understand that some ppl gotta do what they gotta do.

    • Zenzo

      I hate the title of the post too but for a separate reason.
      Why does it state “Would you ever move to Africa?” when the documentary is clearly about one specific part of Africa; South Africa.
      People love to refer to Africa as one when all the countries in the continent are vastly different from each other. Gets old real quick.

  • I just couldn’t hold it any longer, this trailer reminds me of a rap video minus women shaking their asses. There is something about it, that makes me not want to go back to the motherland.

  • The Taker

    Move there…Well if I what saw in that movie 2012 with John Cusack , where the entire world goes to sh*t and at the end, Africa was the only continent to survive, then hell yes I will go. Either than that, no. I would love to visit the beaches and experience the gazillions of other cultures there. However, I would love to move to Hawaii though. Live next to the ocean and getting to surf all day and night whenever I wanted to.

  • I am an African- American with a passion for culture, business, and tech. I currently live in Cape Town, South Africa. I enjoy it here. In the event, that anyone has questions…feel free to connect.

  • Economic realities are forcing Black people in America to think seriously about opportunities globally. Africa is a natural option for many. I would advise people to avoid being too idealistic. However, if you do well in an African environment you will feel a sense of accomplishment that you might find hard to get in the Western World.