In September 2011, Evita "Evie" Robinson created the Nomadness Travel Tribe, "an online social community for travelers all around the planet, who have the similarity of an urban background and were looking for likeminded travelers to connect with around the world."
What she did was kick off a new travel revolution, spurring thousands of travelers, the majority of whom are millennial black women, to pack a bag and see the world.
These days, Evie is laser focused on how to take Nomadness to the next level, from hosting events around the world to purchasing vacation properties and, of course, staking her claim as the mother of the black travel movement. This Fall, her first TED talk, in which she discusses the history of travel in African American communities from the days of Jim Crow and segregation to Nomadness today, will hit the web.
On facing adversity: "Sometimes the universe edges you into things. Life is really rough with me because I think it knows I can handle it. Sometimes it'll just kick you off the cliff and you've gotta free fall a little bit before you realize how to fly on your own."
On her four-year journey to a profitable business: "I'm not gonna make money one way. I'm gonna make money 10 ways...it's all about diversifying your income."
On facing competition from other black travel upstarts: "It's about innovating and thinking outside of the box and staying true as hell to who you are regardless of what other people are doing in your space."
Learn more about Nomadness at http://www.nomadnesstv.com/