Back to the Future

Back to the Future: Reflecting on the Pivotal Year That Was 2000

Twenty years wasn’t that long ago for what we’re experiencing right now

Morgan Jerkins
ZORA
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2 min readOct 13, 2020
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The year 2020 has been one for the books, to put it lightly. We’re weeks away from one of the most important elections of our lives, we’re continuing to socially distance as a way to protect ourselves and each other from a deadly virus that our administration has failed to take seriously, and part of the country is literally on fire all while millions of Americans file for unemployment or move to survive. In the midst of this isolation, recalibration is needed. We may be finding new ways to cope or returning to previous habits and hobbies to maintain a semblance of normalcy in a truly unprecedented time. Ironically, 2020 is a year where we’re approaching many 20th anniversaries — an auspicious time to indulge in our nostalgia.

In the recent past, we at ZORA are fond of these indulgences. Whether it’s celebrating the 20th anniversaries of Love and Basketball, Jill Scott’s debut album, or the hit teen movie Bring It On, we love looking back at the pivotal year that was 2000. In doing so, we’ve created Back to the Future, a collection of reflections that examine key moments and crucial events, all from 2000, that today still influence us personally and collectively.

For our Back to the Future package, we carved out several categories of our society — politics, technology, magazine publishing, music, TV and film, fashion, and sports — to demonstrate how the selected moments and events across these categories still have a ripple effect streaming into the present day. Whether it’s the Y2K bug and the hysteria that echoes the Covid-19 pandemic, Baby Phat’s debut fashion show and its resurgence, or the 2000 presidential election, our contributors — both younger and older millennials — will show that the time is a circle, and there is always a precedent for what we are experiencing today.

— Morgan Jerkins, senior editor

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Morgan Jerkins
ZORA
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Morgan Jerkins is the Senior Editor at ZORA and a New York Times bestselling author. Her debut novel, “Caul Baby,” will be published by Harper in April 2021.