Excursions

Dream On

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One the most exciting new ways to see the Caribbean is with Disney’s latest addition to its cruise line fleet—the Disney Dream. Hanging out poolside is always fun, but there’s plenty more to do while at sea aboard the 14-deck, 4,000-passenger ship.

The 12th Annual Star-Studded Black Heritage Festival, Inc is back and filled with Florida's most cultural and historical venues. This 10-day festival resides in the Tampa Bay community and serves as the largest cultural arts event in this region, January 12-21, 2012. The theme for this year's event will be "Keeping the Dream Alive, Something for Everyone" as civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis kicks off the festival with the premiere of the biopic "Blood Done Signed My Name" and a Q&A to follow. Legendary featured groups such as the R&B group Rose Royce, Jazz Saxophonist Paul Taylor and Hip Hop violinists Black Violin will entertain crowds as this festival draws in thousands of patrons. The Black Heritage Festival coincides with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday which will help promote this year's Children's Village initiative and help celebrate Tampa's history, cultural beauty and promote proactive health and wellness in the African American community.

For more information and a complete list of the Heritage Festival events visit www.tampablackheritage.org.

Ten minutes into my first visit to Johannesburg, and I’m as certain as I’ve ever been that I will leave here with lessons learned. Already, the contrasts are hitting me from every angle. On the left is a painfully spare township. But all too soon, it fades in the rearview mirror as we turn into the swanky Sandton area, home to plush business hotel Radisson Blu Sandton (radissonblu.com). At Vivace restaurant, also on the 13th floor, I savor the lights of the city below, seen through the glass walls, as much as I do the food.

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