Dr. Juli-Anne Russo: Enamored in Italy

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Dr. Juli-Anne Russo is a serial entrepreneur and aquaculture and marine scientist. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she met her husband who was born in Rome, while they were pursuing graduate studies in Florida. In 2006 they were married in Rome Italy. Since then, traveling between Jamaica, and Italy she has learned to combine the flavors of the places she calls home and is currently writing her first literary cookbook, From Jamaica to Italy – Finding Home in the Tolfa Mountains.

Collecting travel-inspired cookbooks is a hobby which led her to be a judge for the International association of culinary professionals (IACP) 2020 cookbook awards culinary travel section. Julie-Anne’s background in sustainable aquaculture, marine ecology, and technology transfer has led to her involvement in community and fisheries based projects in Jamaica, Latin America, and Asia.

Juli-Anne’s Blaxit Blueprint

  1. Devise a Plan: Between racism, she encountered during her time in the United States and constant bullying endured by her son, Juli-Anne, and her husband, Ricardo, realized that it was time to leave. The abysmal U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic opened “Pandora’s Box” and was the last straw for their family.
  2. Follow Your Heart: Even while growing up in Jamaica, Juli-Anne always saw herself living in Italy. The close-knit community of the Tolfa Mountain area felt reminiscent of her own upbringing in Kingston. She and her family are relieved to now call it home.
  3. Finding Your Bliss: Although Juli-Anne reached a glass-ceiling in her career as a scientist, she now engages the analytical and creative sides of her brain through culinary art. Her upcoming cookbook, From Jamaica to Italy – Finding Home in the Tolfa Mountains, explores the cultural similarities between Jamaica and Italy through various recipes. 

To read more about Dr. Juli-Anne Russo and her forthcoming cookbook, From Jamaica to Italy – Finding Home in the Tolfa Mountains visit Follow Juli-Anne on Twitter: and Instagram:

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Chrishan Wright is the visionary behind Blaxit Global—an influential platform inspiring and empowering the African diaspora to embrace a life abroad. As the dynamic host of the Blaxit Global Podcast, Chrishan amplifies the stories of Black expats, weaving a narrative that transcends boundaries.

Chrishan's impact extends far beyond the podcast, as she's become a sought-after freelance journalist and speaker. Her compelling insights have garnered attention from media outlets including The New York Times, HuffPost, PBS, InStyle Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Travel Noire, and more. As a speaker, she brings a unique perspective on the intersection of culture, identity, and the transformative power of relocation.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Chrishan is a devoted mother to two adult children. Fueling her passion for exploration, she embarked on her own journey, leaving the United States in 2023 to call Lisbon, Portugal, home. Chrishan's story is not just about relocation; it's a testament to the profound impact of embracing change and finding empowerment in the global tapestry of life. Join Chrishan on this transformative journey and let her experiences inspire your own adventure abroad.

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