Whenever I go over to my mom’s house, one of my favorite activities is to look through all the family photos. The most exciting album dates back to the 1960s, when she and my father used to throw glamorous dinner and cocktail parties at their Nashville apartment.
I always thought they looked impossibly chic in these photos. The women wore brightly colored brocade or silk cocktail dresses with pearls while the men were decked out in dark, slim suits with skinny ties. …
“What struck me most was her fleeting comment about ‘the monster that I am today.’”
I first saw her in a 1984 United Negro College Fund commercial. Instead of Black educational promise portrayed through the familiar visuals of a young Black actor and his respectable, hard-working parents―reliably fortified by the voiceovers of James Earl Jones, Adolph Caesar or Ossie Davis―there she was
her face & chest / low-lit / black gown /
square-necked & sequined / sleeves / of beaded fringe
I just about burst when her 60-second apparition materialized on our kitchen TV and she sang
We’re not asking…
I want to be crystal clear — this is not a sneer or implication that the beautiful and brilliant, Pulitzer prize winning Kendrick Lamar ever uttered these words to or for Black women. However, I’m using his lyrics to highlight that everyone in the world has gotten way too comfortable telling Black women:
Shut up/Sit down/Be humble/Be grateful/Don’t complain/Stop fighting/You care too much/ You look like you don’t care/Say something/Do something/ Fix it/Fix me/Fix my life/You think you’re smart/You expect too much/Everything doesn’t need a response/Stop looking at me like that/Stop being strong/Stop being smart/Stop being discerning/Stop pretending you have…
Six bestselling Black women authors have joined forces to co-author a new love story that’s sure to have us feelin’ the heat this summer.
Bestselling authors Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, Dhonielle Clayton, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, and Tiffany D. Jackson came together to write Blackout, a new young adult novel about a fictional blackout that plunges New York City into darkness. But sparks still manage to fly between several young Black characters trying to navigate the city and their own love lives through the dark.
What makes Blackout truly unique isn’t just the collaboration between some of the biggest names…
Happy Friday ZORA fam,
Let’s get right into it. Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday but… is that a good thing? It’s a nice gesture to have national recognition for a day with incredible significance to Black folks but is that all this is, a gesture?
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Will the meaning of the Juneteenth be lost now that all of America observes it? Right now, it’s a special day to celebrate Blackness and freedom and push for equality. …
It gives me no pleasure to make this admission. In fact, it is with great sadness that I share this with you. If put on the witness stand to testify, as I most surely expect that I would be, just like Lieutenant Colonel Markinson in “A Few Good Men,” I would say: I don’t want a deal and I don’t want immunity. I want you to know that I am proud neither of what I have done nor of what I am doing.
Like most kids, I feel like my mom is the best cook of every type of food…
Moving to Scotland for university was a huge culture shock to me. I grew up in South London in a town called Croydon, which is known for many things (most of them being crime-related and not at all pleasant), but the thing it is probably most recognised for is its racial diversity. Growing up, I was never a racial minority. The majority of my high school classmates were Black and Asian; my ethnic background was considered ‘normal’; I could go days without seeing a white person my age; and I could easily find people who not only looked like me…
Maya Angelou was recently recognized as the first Black woman to be honored in the American Women Quarters Program; her likeness will be stamped onto U.S. coins. Kim Godwin made history recently as the first Black woman president of ABC News. Denise Gardner is the first Black women chairperson of a major museum board in her new appointment at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Awards and accolades are well-deserved for these Black women, but all Black women need recognition, gratitude, and support.
In the midst of the chaos that is 2021, Black women in the U.S. have many considerations, but…
I’ve seen the article.
And while I can appreciate Billy Porter’s story, applaud his strength, and recognize while fully understanding the level of transparency and vulnerability it takes to do it on a national level, a larger part of me wishes that Black women were handled with this much care and attention and extended this level of grace and compassion.
But we’re not, and many of us wish we were.
I’ve seen the article.
“This Is What HIV-Positive Looks Like Now”… for whom?
Not for Black women, the most vulnerable population of Black folks who are continually disproportionately impacted by…
W hile we cannot call this verdict justice, accountability seems to have come to Minneapolis. This moment feels bittersweet. Of course, it’s good to know that other people agree that George Floyd’s life mattered. Yet America’s policing problem runs much deeper than one case.
Each generation of Black people sees people who look like them killed by police brutality. My brother once told me, “I’m more afraid of them than criminals.” Ever since he became a preteen, police officers have followed him around in stores. We discussed these events — the loss of his innocence in their eyes.
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