ROUTES: A Guide to African American Culture
was created by publishing visionary Ron Bunn in the 1970s. It debuted as a monthly magazine about the size of Ebony magazine that celebrated the talents of contemporary African Americans. Ron ended that publication after nearly three years, then brought it back nearly ten years later in a more compact version similar in size to Jet magazine. It honored the strivings of historical, contemporary, famed, and little-known African American artists and entrepreneurs in the tri-state area of NY-NJ-CT. I met Ron during the second incarnation of Routes and he brought me in as one of his regular contributing freelance writers. Nearly twenty years later, Ron Bunn has relaunched Routes as an online publication that highlights the accomplishments of African Americans worldwide. I am proud to be a part of the new Routes that continues to serve as a cultural Atlas of all the roads African Americans travel and all the roads African Americans have paved.