Name: Ebony, Onyx and Jeta
HomeBase: Greater Philadelphia Area
LastTrip: The Finger Lakes in New York
NextTrip: Any suggestions for a summer adventure??
Facebook: Global Lipstick
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
Lipstick, of course! We all love the shade “Sisterly Love” from our own line. After that, a camera and a mind to dive into wherever we are.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Try to adjust your sleep schedule to the time zone you’re visiting 48 hours before your trip. If that doesn’t work, get all the sleep you can on the plane. As a last resort, get an espresso and bottoms up! Hopefully you’ll be having such a great time on your trip, you’ll never want much sleep anyway!
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Well, we’re all different. Ebony likes to hit the ground running, in search of local fun. Onyx wants to find a meal. And Jeta wants to take a nap.
4. What place has the best food?
Ebony’s is in our mom’s kitchen (brownie points). After that, one of the best meals she’s ever had was a pasta dish in Bratislava, Slovakia.
For Onyx, the place with the best food is the Bahamas! Being able to eat on the beach is the icing on the cake.
Jeta’s favorite is Mexico—hands down!
Ebony’s worst is definitely authentic English (UK) food. She lived in London and thank goodness they have such a dive food scene because she wouldn’t have survived on English food alone.
In Onyx’s opinion, the worst food goes to…. Abu Dhabi. It’s hard to find authentic dishes and when you do, it’s sooo blah.
Jeta doesn’t have any for worst. She’s pretty good at scouting good eats in any city.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Ebony: It’s hasn’t been just one place. I have an attitude of gratitude and keep my mind open no matter where I go. By keeping this mentality every time I travel, no matter 25 or 2500 miles, I’ve grown and learned a tremendous amount.
Onyx: France changed my outlook. It was so much more colorful and full of life than what I thought before going. It encouraged me to be more open to the unfamiliar.
Jeta: The strong air of gratitude in Marrakesh, Morocco was very humbling.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
Ebony’s wins—“I got ho*s in different area codes”, Ludacris
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
We love internationally filmed music videos. It’s interesting to see how the culture is portrayed musically and yes, they makes us want to visit the location. Ex: “They Don’t Care About Us” by Michael Jackson in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj in Port of Spain, Trinidad. “Losing You” by Solange in Cape Town, South Africa.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
Our first unchaperoned trip was an all-girl road trip to Virginia Beach for the 4th of July. There were eight of us in total. It’s so funny because we actually filmed it but we’ll NEVER publish that footage! We don’t have nearly enough time to share all the crazy stories. On the way down, we got into a fender bender. We stayed at a raggedy motel and the owner had the nerve to try to give us a curfew! We met a crazy group of guys that tried to kidnap us. The list goes on…
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
Travel videos can give you insight to places you’ve never been but may have wanted to go to. They can even attract you to places you never thought you would ever venture. That’s what is great about being able to get different perspectives through travel videos. And some filmmakers have such unique experiences that they inspire us to revisit places we’ve seen already. That’s the dopest thing about travel film—motivating someone to explore.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
We like to be informative and entertaining. We also want to show that Black people travel—to places beyond the islands—and have a good time doing it.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Just do it! Everything doesn’t have to be perfect before you start. Do a few testers on your phone or any inexpensive equipment to see what you like/dislike. When you decide to proceed, make an educated purchase when camera shopping.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Leave room in your schedule to wander, indulge in local culture and you’re never fully dressed without a smile ☺
Watch travel videos by Global Lipstick here.