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‘It feels like home’: why are Black Americans moving to Costa Rica?

‘It feels like home’: why are Black Americans moving to Costa Rica?

Race and moneyLife and style‘It feels like home’: why are Black Americans moving to Costa Rica? The Caribbean coast of Central America’s safest and most stable country offers Black expats a life that is less stressful, more affordable, and free from the burdens of everyday racism Brianna HoltThu 9 Sep 2021 05.00 EDTLast modified on Thu 9 Sep 2021 09.03 EDTWhen she first set foot in Costa Rica, Davia Shannon knew instantly that she would eventually return permanently. She loved being able to do yoga with the jungle as her backdrop and surf whenever she pleased. Even more, she valued the sense of freedom she gained. Free of the fear, anxiety and pain driven by not feeling accepted in the US, Shannon had found her future home.Upon arriving back in California after her 10-day visit, Shannon, now 46, developed a one-year exit plan which consisted of renting out her house, selling her car, rehoming her furniture and downsizing to 12 suitcases.In March 2016, Davia Shannon packed up her belongings and left her lifelong home in Los Angeles to move 3,500 miles away with her twin daughters.The adjustment wasn’t simple. Shannon, who comes from a large family, was hoping to recreate the same communal atmosphere in Puerto Viejo, with people who understood her struggles and came from a similar lifestyle, but admits that settling in was challenging. “I couldn’t find anybody that looked like me and when I did, I felt like …

‘Your outfit is killing the planet’: the company putting a label on fashion’s climate impact

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Green lightEnvironment Interview ‘Your outfit is killing the planet’: the company putting a label on fashion’s climate impact Nadra Nittle Allbirds’ sustainability lead Hana Kajimura on why the company uses carbon labeling and her hope that the fashion industry can become carbon negative Supported by About this content Fri 13 Aug 2021 08.00 EDT Last […]

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