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SPIRIT MEDICINE

The “Forgivenesss” oracle card in the Awakened Soul deck by Ethony.

I’m so tired, family. And I know you are too. Each week there’s a new battle to face and whether it’s impacting us directly or indirectly, we still feel it. And when we focus on all of the negativity around us, peace can start to feel unattainable.

Collectively, we’re facing an extended game of tug-of-war with the universe, being pushed into a new direction, as we’re pulled by our past, regrets and disappointments. “How can we forgive others when we haven’t forgiven ourselves?” rang through my head as I pulled the 5 of Calabash and Forgiveness for this week’s message…


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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…


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It all started on Monday when Nicki Minaj tweeted that she wouldn’t be going to the Met Gala because she is unvaccinated. Though the rapper clarified that she is still doing some research about whether she should get the vaccine or not, most people understood this as an anti-vax position. And then, it got worse: when trying to defend herself, Minaj claimed that her cousin in Trinidad refuses to get the vaccine because his friend became impotent after being vaccinated.

Unceremoniously, Minaj tweeted to her 22.6 million Twitter followers: “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting…


5 o’CLOCK SOMEWHERE

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This year has been so weighty, and the sand is trickling quickly through the hourglass. I enjoyed and thoroughly celebrated a Brown Spirit Summer, and guess what? I’m ready to slip into a new season. Call it sipping season. As autumn leaves start to fall and the weather becomes increasingly chilly, that’s the time for sophisticated drinks meant to warm the spirit at a leisurely pace. I’ve been seeking a new way to understand and fully enjoy the spirits of the season, and I think I found just the drink. …


Point of view: It’s a gloriously sunny day. Not too hot where I’m dripping sweat and my forehead shines from a mile away, but warm enough where the sun just kisses my shoulders and the light breeze fills my lungs refreshingly. I’m waiting at the crosswalk in the city, any city, and a young Brown girl and her mother walk up beside me. I look down at her and she stares up at my big, full, kinky, curly ‘fro in awe. I smile and feel a mixture of badassery and warmth.

My hair has always meant more to me than…


MY PEN IS MIGHTY

Many hospitality workers are at the mercy of their customers. Photo: Getty Images

There is one reason — and one reason only — why I never took a job in the service industry where tipping was involved: My mother told me not to.

She used to tell a story of her waitressing days in the early 1960s when a White female customer left her two cents. Two cents. As my mother retells it, she took one look at that pitiful tip, looked the woman straight in her eyes, and said, “You keep it. You obviously need it more than I do.”

Her experience echoes the sentiments of many who believe that tipping encourages…


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…


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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.


WOMANISM + CULTURE

Megan Thee Stallion | Photo Credit | TIME Magazine

When a strong woman pulls up to the scene, people stop and take notice. However, let’s be honest for a moment. Not everyone likes what they see. From jealous glances to outright misogynoir, strong Black women get a bad rap simply for living their truth.

Megan Thee Stallion’s star-studded career and tongue-twister witty lyrics still have some men clutching their pearls. You would think they would give up their opposition after “WAP.” After all, that was a mic-drop moment. But, many men keep holding onto respectability politics like it’s the last ticket out of town.

Men who feel uneasy in…


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We need everyone to understand this:

We are human — just like you

We deserve respect, protection, and compassion — just like you

We have good and bad days — just like you

We have brilliant thoughts and endless potential — just like you

We have bills and responsibilities — just like you

We have feelings and want support — just like you

We are independent but would appreciate some help and gratitude — just like you

We get sick and tired and have moments of weakness — just like you

We suffer loss and deserve sympathy, space, and grace…

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Celebrating and centering the experiences of women of color.

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