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5 o’CLOCK SOMEWHERE

What’s your go-to, top-of-mind drink order? For me it’s a classic rum and Coke! (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Picture this — it’s the before times and you’re sandwiched in a loud crowd at a packed bar. The bartender is incredibly busy and keeps moving further away from you. The bartender arches their eyebrow at you. It’s time to order something, anything, and fast. The crowd is surging, the sand is trickling through the hourglass and you gotta put in your order — what do you yell at the bartender? What’s your go-to, top-of-mind drink order in the heat of the moment?

For me, that has always been a classic rum and Coke. I was born and raised in…


SPIRIT MEDICINE

The Connection card in the Awakened Soul oracle deck by Ethony.

Virgo season did what it came to do! It gave us the time to mold these energetic caves for each of us to find safety, solace and a peace of mind as we tuned out the outside world, while getting to to know ourselves a little better. Libra season has now commenced and in true Libra fashion it is inviting us to come from those depths of self reflection and energetic attainment so that we can apply these lessons, reflections, and new outlooks into the real world.

A lot of healing work took place this summer, and Spirit reminds us…


RACE + CINEMA

Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga in ‘Passing,’ a film adapted from a book and produced by Rebecca Hall | Credit | Netflix Trailer

“Passing,” which first aired at the 2021 Sundance Film festival, unearthed a lively story from the Harlem Renaissance era based on a novella written by Nella Larsen and reimagined by director Rebecca Hall. Netflix, which will air the film in November, released the trailer, and it’s causing quite a cultural stir.

Ironically, some casual critics claim the actresses in the film don’t actually “pass for White.” But, unfortunately, they’re missing the point. To pass for White, a Black person doesn’t have to look identical to a White person, just close enough to be mistaken for one.

“We wouldn’t have a…


ON POLITICS

U.S. Border Patrol agents stop migrants crossing the Rio Grande River near the Del Rio-Acuna Port of Entry in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. U.S. officials plan to expel thousands of Haitian migrants that arrived at the small Texas city of Del Rio this week. Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

This week, horrific images of Haitian migrants being whipped by Texas Border Patrol agents went viral. For many Black people in the United States the images were beyond triggering. They were disgustingly reminiscent of a time –not too long ago — when the open abuse of Black people at the hands of slave masters and slave catchers was the norm. Currently, more than 14,500 Haitian migrants are camped underneath a bridge in Del Rio awaiting processing by Border Patrol. On Monday, the area saw temperatures that soared to 104 degrees. …


MY PEN IS MIGHTY

A festively decorated apple cider, complete with a sprig of rosemary, sits on a cheeseboard. Not all drinks require liquor. Image: Getty

I’m one of those people who celebrates her birthday for an entire month. The festivities begin in late August and end late September, and popping bottles complement almost every meal.

But even before that, summer is chock full of occasions designed for liquid indulgences: street festivals, backyard cookouts, rooftop parties, other people’s birthdays, staycations, bottomless mimosa brunches, extended weekend trips, weddings, and so much more. …


Editor’s note: Since the publication of this story, The Activist TV show has been totally reimagined in light of the criticism lobbed at CBS. That said, the author of this piece points out issues that will continue to loom large in society as content creators all vie for more viewers and readers. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Editor-in-Chief, ZORA

Competition shows have evolved as the bedrock of American entertainment. It started with The Amazing Race, America’s Next Top Model, and American Idol. The objective for these shows was to “be the best” and “beat your competitors.” A few weeks ago CBS…


A teddy bear sits next to a flyer asking for the return of Gabby Petito, who is missing. Image: Getty

The sad story of Gabby Petito’s disappearance resurrects a timely and much-needed discussion about the inequity of media coverage when it comes to missing women and girls of color. And that discussion is all about how American mainstream media bias further marginalizes non-White women and girls and puts their safety at risk.

Over the weekend, FBI agents and police found a body “consistent” with the description of Petito, a 22-year-old missing White woman whose disappearance has deservedly garnered global attention. Her case is truly heart-wrenching and a clearly devastating loss for her family and friends. The nation is rightfully focused…


Photo by Brett Garwood on Unsplash

This is beautiful. Congratulations! I exclaimed as I walked into my friend’s newly purchased home. Congratulations Mom and Dad, and welcome to the world little one! I rejoiced at seeing the birth announcement of a couple I know. That’s awesome! Congrats! I said to my friend when she mentioned her promotion. These weren’t empty words. I was genuinely excited for each. They were crossing a threshold into a new chapter of life and that was worth celebrating and I was overjoyed for them.

Yet, I couldn’t deny that there was something lurking beneath my joyous expression. Was it jealousy? I…


Hi, ZORA fam, happy Hispanic Heritage Month! For the next 30 days, we’ll celebrate and learn about the histories, cultures, and impacts of our Hispanic and Latinx ancestors, neighbors, and family.

This month, want to hear from you! If you identify as Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Latinx, or anywhere in between, how do you express pride in your heritage? What are the aspects of your culture that you love the most? Are there any Hispanic or Latina/Latinx women you admire? How do they inspire you? What role do they play in your life? What have you learned about your heritage recently? Have…


Photo by Jonathan Francisca on Unsplash

This is a righteous rant — so buckle up buttercup this Black chick’s magic doesn’t include a broomstick or Airwick.

Hi, one of the ladies from GFC entering the chat.

I’m a bougie negro who does not enjoy cleaning.

I love bleach and clean often — but only because I was raised that way, it’s not my birthright or a natural inclination.

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