Beyond the Skin

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2 min readOct 5, 2023

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When visiting me in London, my friends from the USA and other parts of the UK often ask, “How can you live in Chelsea, man? There are no Black people.”

A lone man of African descent is walking on a Chinese street, where vibrant colors blend harmoniously with the surroundings, capturing the essence of cultural diversity and individuality. The bustling street is filled with traditional architecture and modern signs, which creates a juxtaposition of past and present. The man's confident stride embodies resilience and the assertion of his identity. A sense of mystery and allure permeates the air, drawing the viewer into the scene.
A lone African man walking on a street in China.

“So, what is your point exactly?” is usually my response.

Chelsea is peaceful, with clean streets and no constant confrontations or the blare of police sirens. Yes, everything is pricier here, but you get what you pay for — and, in my opinion, you get much…

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Often found in far-flung places reading Walter Mosley with a rucksack on his back.