How to Support Your Strong Friend — And Yourself

It’s time to dispel the myth of the strong Black woman, for good

Candice Marie Benbow
ZORA

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Amid the fifth month of a global pandemic, continued anti-Black violence around the world, and the gendered oppression Black women face, sisters’ common refrain remains “I’m okay.” Even if Black women are overwhelmed, there is the expectation they will endure it with the…

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Candice Marie Benbow
ZORA

Candice Marie Benbow is a theologian, essayist and creative who situates her work at the intersections of beauty, faith, feminism and culture.