Okay, not *everything* is an entanglement

Christina M. Tapper
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3 min readJul 17, 2020


Hey, ZORA Fam!

ZORA contributor Luvvie Ajayi Jones tells us that “normal is dead. There is no normal. Normal packed up its bags and left the keys on the kitchen counter.” In other words, 2020 has shown us that we ain’t going back to normal. No need to, and that’s okay. This year, the universe is asking us to audit the right now and imagine the future. That means not everything can come with us — though there are a few things we’d like to keep.

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In the spirit of Luvvie’s hilarious story, All the Things We Need to Ditch Once This Is Over, we’ve got a few things we want to let go of, and some stuff we want to keep.

The Ditch List

Cake memes: If we see one more Surprise! I Can’t Believe It’s Cake meme on the internets, we might actually lose our minds. It started out mesmerizing, but now we’re starting to get trust issues.

The word entanglement: We’re proponents of calling a thing, a thing. Thanks to Jada Pinkett Smith’s use of the word to describe her affair, folks are now using entanglement ad nauseam to classify everything. Time to untangle ourselves, ya’ll.

The Keep List

Growing our own vegetables and herbs: All the images of basil, tomatoes, thyme, echinacea hitting the timeline are beautiful to behold — and saving us some cash. We are all becoming our grandmothers.

Black women and girls roller skating: The video clips of skaters, like Oumi Janta, spinning and gliding effortlessly is the sage we need to cleanse the timeline. More, please!

⭐️ What do you want to ditch? What do you want to keep? Let us know on Twitter. ⭐️

Take care,

Christina M. Tapper, deputy editor

Jolie A. Doggett, platform editor

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Christina M. Tapper
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Rule breaker, champion of women and education, and recovering sports journalist.