Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day is my favorite collection of poetry by Nikki Giovanni. It’s been about 13 years since I was first introduced to it, falling deeply in love with the titular poem. I still cling to “Habits,” “Woman,” “Introspection,” and “Crutches,” which deftly declares:
emotional falls always are
and there are no crutches
to swing back on
Each time I read and reread a poem from Giovanni’s 36-piece collection of truth-telling, it opens me up a little more.
The ZORA Music Canon, our list of the 100 most iconic albums by African American women and a follow-up to the ZORA literary canon, is, like its predecessor, an unprecedented collection created to honor artists and artworks whose contributions to American culture have not previously been recognized this way. Canons have historically been reserved for the works of white men. These lists are meant to go beyond that — to give proper due to Black American women whose monumental influence not only shapes music but is foundational to its past, present, and future.
Bold, yet refined. A publication from Medium for Black women.