I’m not in the mood for Black pain

Jolie A. Doggett
Published in
4 min readFeb 18, 2021


Hey ZORA fam!

One of the great things about working from home is being able to watch some good TV in between meetings and there is plenty to binge. The interwebs have been abuzz with praise for the Euphoria featurettes, Malcolm & Marie, Bridgerton and the latest blockbuster, Judas and the Black Messiah.

But as lauded as these Black cinematic creations are, I will not be watching them.

Sorry! I’m not watching some of your fave shows.

I know, I know. But hear me out! Of course I support Black stories and creators, they can have all my money and retweets. But I’m not really in the mood for dramatic, trauma-heavy TV and movies right now. I get enough drama and trauma in my life trying to survive covid and racism all while managing day-to-day responsibilities while quarantined.

ZORA Deputy Editor Adrienne Samuels Gibbs captures my sentiments precisely in her essay, Hold the Trauma: I’m in the Market for a Silly, Sexy Black Rom-Com:

“I’m already traumatized by Covid-19….I’m more in the market for silly love stories that make me laugh, lift the spirits, have a predictable storyline, have an amazing soundtrack, make me nostalgic for the before times,” she wrote.

Which is exactly why instead of diving into the newest films and series, I’ve been sticking to rewatching my old, comedic favorites. Some wellness experts actually believe that a healthy dose of nostalgic TV/movie binging can be good for you and help you feel soothed and who doesn’t need some soothing right now?

Support Black art but also, protect your Black peace. Now if you don’t mind, I’ll just get back to my regularly scheduled viewings of Living Single and The Golden Girls. Happy (and I mean happy!) binging, y’all.

Take care,

Jolie A. Doggett

Senior platform editor, ZORA

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Issa Rae teams up with City Girls for a new rap show 90/💯

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Justin Timberlake’s public apology to Janet Jackson and Britney Spears 🚮 /💯

A white man saying sorry to women he hurt, years later, after being called out for repugnant behavior and inaction. Seems like the backlash and damage control are the real reasons that Timberlake, who has a movie streaming on Apple TV, made amends. Cry us a river, JT.

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