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A flawless life should never have been the goal.

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It’s the day of love. Why not practice loving yourself?

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But hey, just because you’re alone doesn’t mean you have to let Valentine’s Day go by like an ordinary day. ZORA spoke with sexologist, therapist, and relationship expert Shamyra Howard about practical ways to show yourself some love and carry it with…


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Like many of you, I feel somewhat in limbo. I’m not old enough to qualify to get the vaccine just yet, and I’m not considered an essential worker either. So I’m left wondering just when I’ll get my turn at bat. At least I thought so until I read this bit of new news.

This post from sister publication Elemental raises the point that your turn might come sooner than expected. And the best way to guarantee that you’re ready is to take matters into your own hands as much as possible. Remember: you are your own best advocate. …


When the inauguration was underway last week, I admittedly was not as exuberant as my peers were, and I was beyond disappointed about it. There was nothing — not the gorgeous coats, wonderful performances, or historic swearing-in — that could make my spirit soar. Sure, I was relieved that Donald Trump would not be in office for the next four years, but I was depleted by the sheer cruelty that he and the rest of administration unleashed upon this country.

Back in November 2016 when the election was called, I knew I had to move out of my apartment because…


The government neglect has caused Black and Brown people to mobilize

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Whether it’s through demanding the cancellation of rent or reclaiming empty properties for the creation of affordable housing for working-class Black and Brown people, the housing movement is forcing a reckoning with the worsening housing crisis. …


The biggest challenges to the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Cox said, are trust in institutions, perceived safety of the vaccine, real safety of the vaccine, and access to the vaccine. Elemental has attempted to address all four of those issues and more in the answers below.

Here’s part of the answer: “In the Pfizer phase 3 trials, 9% of the participants were Black, 28% were Latinx, and…


Covid took my fiance. I’m still learning to let go.

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Holding hands at the hospital.
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I am more exhausted than I have ever been in my life

Tired South Asian mother holding her sleeping daughter.
Tired South Asian mother holding her sleeping daughter.
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I really am obsessed with my children, just like every mother. I take every opportunity to hug and kiss them and remind them that I love them. But I am crushed under my burdens these days. And I know as a working mother, I am not alone here.

It’s been several months since my children have been stuck at home and out of in-person learning, and in…


Inside the exclusive women’s group that trades ideas on tricking out yards and patios

A Black couple take a selfie in their backyard, where they’ve set up a projector screen to watch a movie with hanging lights.
A Black couple take a selfie in their backyard, where they’ve set up a projector screen to watch a movie with hanging lights.
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I knew the backyard I was blessed to grow up in was the kind of space I want to create now for me and my son: welcoming, relaxing, a bit luxurious. And honestly, I wasn’t sure how to even start.

“Have you joined that Facebook group yet?” asks my mama, who has one of the most colorful outdoor spaces I’ve ever seen, complete with…


Climate change impacts how the disease spreads, and racism affects how Black women are treated

An elderly Black woman as a patient at the hospital.
An elderly Black woman as a patient at the hospital.
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As the coronavirus pandemic throws seemingly countless inequities into light, much of the world is witnessing the overlap in the fight for health, climate, gender, and racial justice. …

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