Monday, August 10, 2009

Learn How To Use DNA To Track Your Roots And Travel To Africa Like Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg & Chris Tucker Did On The PBS Documentary 'African American Lives'

Learn How To Use DNA To Track Your Roots And Travel To Africa Like Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg & Chris Tucker Did On The PBS Documentary 'African American Lives'

"Roots Recovered" is a How-To Guide for Tracing African-American and West Indian Roots Back to Africa and Going There For Free Or On A Shoestring Budget.

Trenton, NJ (PRWEB) February 28, 2006

The authors of “Roots Recovered” were very pleased with the airing of the brilliant PBS documentary “African American Lives” by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates. Author James White said while he was very pleased with the show he wants the opportunity to explore one’s African heritage to be accessible to the “not so rich and famous”. He said, “My book makes African travel and using DNA to trace your roots accessible to the working person.” “Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker and Whoopi Goldberg have the wealth and resources to easily explore their African roots.” My book helps the everyday not so rich and famous do what they did on the documentary on a shoestring budget.”

The book has received rave reviews and generated great interest since its release in January 2004 and was featured on the Tavis Smiley Show on National Public Radio. Besides appearing on the Tavis Smiley show the author James White and the book have also been featured on numerous radio shows such as Africa meets Africa with Angelique Shofar on Pacifica Radio; on WHUR The Caribbean Experience, on Radio One and WKGO Radio on the number one rated travel talk show John Hamilton On the Go. The book was selected for the DiverCity Book of the Month Club March 2004 as well as featured on The University of South Florida Africana Heritage website, the Boston Globe, the Westside Gazette; October Gallery's Paint Magazine; The Trentonian; Cream Magazine; Kitchen Table News; Rolling Out Urban Style Weekly; The Washington Informer; as well as many other internet and media outlets in the United States and Europe.

Additionally, the author James E. White appeared at the TransAfrica Writer's Forum workshop and book signing in Washington, D. C. and he delivered a lecture on the topic of African travel, history and tracing your roots at the Herkhuti African Enlightenment Council's Free Your Mind Lecture Series at the public library in Albany, N. Y. He also appeared at a book signing and lecture at the Hue-Man Bookstore in New York City.

Roots Recovered is a travel guide unlike any other. Roots Recovered contains bullets of information that range from African history, psychology, obtaining passports and visas to very specific country information. However, unlike other African travel books, the purpose of Roots Recovered is to use African travel as a vehicle to open the door for understanding Black psychology, history and to develop a positive Black self-concept for future growth. Roots Recovered is the guide for anyone of African descent who wants to travel to Africa. Not only does the book tell you how to fly to Africa for free or very cheaply, it guides the reader on how to trace your roots back to your specific tribal grouping utilizing a combination of traditional genealogy methods, the Internet and DNA technology.

To learn more about Roots Recovered, visit the author's website at www. rootsrecovered. com

The book can also be purchased at the author's website or at www. barnesandnoble. com, www. cushcity. com, www. amazon. com or ordered directly from the publisher ay www. booklocker. com. It also can be ordered at any bookstore.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

James E. White

James is an African American who obtained his undergraduate degree from Howard University and his law degree from New York Law School. James met his co-author Jean when Jean hired James for a legal matter. The two fast became good friends and together they have traveled extensively in West Africa, on and off the beaten path. Together they have crossed country borders by land and by air, experienced power outages and have stayed in tourist hotels and inexpensive local lodgings. James was eventually married in Senegal West Africa in a traditional ceremony and his first child was born there. Furthermore, he has utilized DNA technology and traces his roots to the Mende people of Sierra Leone and the Fulani people of Guniea. He is an African art enthusiast and has a penchant and knowledge of African history and culture and frequently travels there.

Jean-Gontran Quenum

Jean-Gontran is an African who is a native of the Republic on Benin and a citizen of France. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Benin and his MBA from Portiere University in France. Jean is a businessman whose dealings in telecommunications, real estate and farming have taken him all over West Africa and other parts of the continent. He has avidly collected African art and this has taken him to remote areas in search of the best deals. James first trip to Africa was with Jean-Gontran in which Jean-Gontran showed him the tourist side and the native side of travel and living in Africa.

The authors can be contacted at 609-638-5383.

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Unique Collaboration of Tourism Industry Leaders and Conservation Organizations Come Together to Devise Caribbean Conservation Action Plan

Unique Collaboration of Tourism Industry Leaders and Conservation Organizations Come Together to Devise Caribbean Conservation Action Plan

In a first of its kind ‘chief executives meeting,’ key decision-makers influencing Caribbean tourism development will come together to develop a sustainable tourism action plan. Balancing business interests with regional conservation will be the focus of Making Biodiversity Work For Your Travel Business: Increasing Profitability While Protecting the Environment, taking place April 24-26, 2003 at the Punta Cana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic.

(PRWEB) April 23, 2003

In a first of its kind ‘chief executives meeting,’ key decision-makers influencing Caribbean tourism development will come together to develop a sustainable tourism action plan. Balancing business interests with regional conservation will be the focus of Making Biodiversity Work For Your Travel Business: Increasing Profitability While Protecting the Environment, taking place April 24-26, 2003 at the Punta Cana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic.

Tourism industry leaders will join government officials, conservation organizations, scientists and local representatives to find solutions for the greatest threats facing the Caribbean tourism industry and economy: environmental degradation and species loss. Keynote speakers include: Captain William S. Wright, Sr. Vice President, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Hon. Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Chairman, Sandals Resorts and Air Jamaica, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, world-renowned experts in environmental economics, and Dr. Sylvia Earle, leading international expert in marine science and conservation.

Co-conveners include the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International (CABS), the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation and the Punta Cana Resort and Club.

“Tourism can be both a cause of environmental damage as well as a positive force for conservation,” said Jamie Sweeting, Director of Travel and Leisure for CELB, a division of Conservation International. “This event will bring business leaders and conservation experts together to find creative, business-minded solutions to the environmental problems facing the Caribbean.

Regional stakeholders will collaborate on a variety of pressing issues including: protecting the tourism industry from the financial risk associated with environmental degradation; identifying opportunities to protect and profit from the unique ecosystem; creating business value through environmental stewardship; and analyzing case-studies of environmental practices that have optimized investments.

“The tourism industry today faces many challenges, including increasing competition, raising operational costs and increasing customer expectations,” said Frank Rainieri, Founder and President, Punta Cana Resort and Club. “Business leaders who do not recognize that an aggressive environmental conservation program can help them address all of these obstacles will not be successful in this changing market.”

Tourism is a particularly important industry in several of the global biodiversity hotspots, such as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Large-scale tourism involves major infrastructure development, increased demands for water, energy and waste disposal, and an influx of people, ideas, and cultures. The tourism industry has perhaps the strongest incentive to conserve biodiversity, as the future of its business depends on protecting the natural beauty and cultural richness of destinations.

One of the most geographically complex regions of the world, the Caribbean is a biodiversity hotspot. The EarthÂ’s 25 biodiversity hotspots combined make up just 1.4 percent of the planetÂ’s surface, yet harbor over 60 percent of all plant and animal diversity, and are under increasing threats. The Caribbean Basin has some of the greatest concentrations species found nowhere else on Earth. The Caribbean Sea is home to over 1,550 species of corals and fishes, a quarter of which can be found only in the Caribbean. The regionÂ’s biodiversity and natural beauty attract millions of visitors a year.

The popularity of this destination, however, has not come without cost. Invasive species have led to the extinction of a number of native plants and animals; more than 60 percent of coral reefs in the region are under threats ranging from fishing and coral harvesting to water quality degradation; and the last remaining pristine lands on these islands are being lost to new resorts and golf courses. Without collaboration to balance consumer demand with environmental protection, much of this unique biodiversity will be lost forever.

Industry executives recognize that they can no longer disregard the importance of biodiversity protection and how it affects the quality of their products. By attending this event, leadership companies in the travel and leisure industry are demonstrating the importance of reducing biodiversity loss and turning conservation into a source of competitive advantage.

Contact:

Jason Anderson

Center for Environmental Leadership in Business

(202) 912-1464/j. anderson@celb. org

About the organization:

The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business was formed in partnership with the Ford Motor Company to engage the private sector worldwide in creating solutions to critical global environmental problems in which industry plays a defining role. The Center promotes business practices that reduce industryÂ’s ecological footprint, contribute to conservation, and create business value for the companies that adopt them. To find out more about the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, go to www. celb. org.

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