Black-ish star gives Bermuda thumbs-up
An American actress and activist has promised Bermuda “I’ll be back” after she shared highlights of her trip to the island.
Yara Shahidi, of Black-ish and Grown-ish, visited with her family in June. She posted online a three-minute Instagram TV video of her special moments this week.
Ms Shahidi, 19, said in a voiceover: “From the pink sand to the history and the flavours, I miss it all.”
She told viewers that “Bermuda is indeed another world”.
During her stay — when a villa at The Loren at Pink Beach felt like a “home away from home” — the actress visited the Lili Bermuda perfumery in St George, where she learnt perfume-making techniques and enjoyed afternoon tea.
Ms Shahidi described St George’s tour guide Kristin White as “absolutely incredible”.
She said: “Kristin offers walking tours of St George’s, but we began her journey at her bookstore, Long Story Short, where she’s curated an incredible collection of books and trinkets from people of colour around the world.”
The actress, who starred in the film The Sun Is Also a Star, said she learnt about “enslaved and indentured people who arrived during the 17th century”.
She added: “There was also a beauty in the reverence that was paid to the descendants and in the markers and push that was being made to really have a proper remembrance of all who contributed to the development of Bermuda and who lost their lives.”
Ms Shahidi was excited to shop at Orange Bay Company, which she said was “full of high-quality, vintage and contemporary finds”.
She explained that a trip to Crystal Caves “did not disappoint” and one of her favourite activities was a foraging walk.
Ms Shahidi said: “When we weren’t walking on the cobblestone streets, reminiscent of a time past, we were on the beach, some of us reading, some of us in the water, some of us climbing rock formations, but every moment was perfect.”
She finished: “Bermuda, I’ll be back soon. Love Yara.”
Her visit was supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, whose chief executive, Kevin Dallas, said in July that the organisation was “thrilled to show off Bermuda’s best to Yara and her family”.
A BTA spokeswoman said that the family also took to the waves on jet skis and enjoyed food from Marcus’ and Bolero Bistro, in Hamilton, and Wahoo’s and Sweet Saak Bakery in St George.
Ms Shahidi and her family also met David Burt, the Premier, and his wife, Kristin.
The visit was part of the BTA’s efforts to double the number of African-American leisure air visitors by 2025 and to highlight the island’s appeal to young families.
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