-Tameka Mullins, Author of 12 Hours of Daylight - A Jason Jules Novella
"Part memoir and part travel guide, Hola, Morocha! captures the joys and frustrations of being a woman abroad with humor and grace. As a black woman in Argentina, Jennifer Poe was indeed a stranger in a strange land - only 0.4 percent of its 41 million inhabitants identified as Afro-Argentine in 2010 - so you know immediately that this is not your typical travelogue.
Accompanying Jennifer on the ups and downs of her journey helped me remember everything I loved - and hated - about living abroad. Hola, Morocha! made me want to hop the next plane to Buenos Aires - or at least go get an empanada."
-Kathy Pulkrabek co-host and producer
XX Will Travel: A Podcast for Independent Women Travelers
"From her irreverent humor to her worries and insights, Poe has an uncanny ability to articulate her feelings through vivid actions instead of direct words. For intrepid travelers, this book is a gem and an invitation to walk down memory lane. The scenes she chose to highlight and share were so familiar to me as veteran traveler, that I began reliving my own moments of fear, anxiety, and accomplishments while traveling. Yet, newbie travelers setting out on their first solo adventure will likely find solace and inspiration in Poe's journey. It's definitely one of those "if she can do it, so can I" types of books that having read it they'll be better for it."
-Davita M. McKelvey
Editor-In-Chief, Griots Republic
"In a few short pages Hola, Morocha! manages to capture both the humor and vulnerability of being a young, black, female expat. It is a quick, fun read with a simple message: don't let fear keep you from chasing your [international] dream."
-Amanda Bates Founder and Editor of The Black Expat
When I first heard the word "Morocha," I thought people were calling me a damn roach-granted, some exotic breed of roach that only skittered through luxury-but a roach! When I found out they were basically saying, "Hey, black girl, hey!" I took it as a term of endearment.
Buenos Aires, Argentina-a city where black people are so few and far between that Ebony magazine once dubbed it "The Land of the Vanishing Blacks." Yet that's exactly where Jennifer Poe headed with a one-way ticket in 2007 at the age of twenty-two, fresh off a break up, desperate for a change from her New York City life, and thirsty for adventure in every form.
Armed with a copy of Hemingway's Moveable Feast and the contact info for the only hair stylist in a fifty-mile radius who could do black hair, Jennifer landed in BA with big plans, but zero amigas and only a cave-woman grasp of the Spanish language. As culture shock set in, Jennifer found herself dealing with the hilarious (a bidet that fought back), the absurd (the Argentine customs agency that held her fifty-pound package of black hair care products hostage) and the unexpected-like realizing her black skin and hair made her stand out in the best possible ways.
Funny and insightful, Hola, Morocha! offers readers a new twist on the "stranger in a strange land" tale. Told in a funny, blunt style, this first installment in a series reads like postcards from your quirky best friend, inviting readers to experience every heartache, frustration and hilarious misstep right alongside her. Hola, Morocha! A Black Woman's Adventures in Buenos Aires: Culture Shock is the travel-memoir fusion of Awkward Black Girl meets Me Talk Pretty One Day: honest, intelligent, and an authentic representation of empowering female solo travel.
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About the Author
Jennifer Poe is the author of the Hola, Morocha! series. She worked as a consultant with actress Elizabeth Berkley on her book for teen girls, the New York Times bestselling Ask Elizabeth and her writing has been published by Clutch magazine (2009); Zaji magazine (2012) and in an anthology made up of young women authors, endorsed by Eve Ensler, titled We Got Issues.
She is a world traveler who stumbles off the beaten path into quirky adventures filled with hot men, local cuisine and dusty book shops. She writes about her adventures online at imported-chocolate.com. Fans of Issa Rae's Insecure and Awkward Black Girl or the anecdotal comedic style of David Sedaris will enjoy her work. She resides in New York City.