Since leaving the United States, I’ve realized the importance of a sense of security and belonging in the community in which you reside. These are things which I never really had 100% while living in my home country, although I have gotten closer to finding them in foreign countries. I guess Jay-Z knew what he was talking about.
This all being said, I didn’t leave the U.S. with the intent of escaping these issues. I left in search of adventure, economic opportunity and job opportunities. It has only been after all of these years that I question why leaving isn’t more of a topic among Blacks in the U.S., especially Black women. I’ve met many Black women across the world, that have made a life overseas work for them. I hope by sharing their stories and mine, we can begin to start the conversation. As someone once said, “What do you have to lose?”