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letter from the editor.

Wassup, tribe?

Last week on International Women’s Day, I shared the following graphic on the Zora’s House Instagram page.

It reads: Happy International Women’s Day to trans women, black women, femmes, disabled women, queer women, masculine women, sex workers, women of color, old women, muslim women, undocumented women, girls, poor women, fat women, mentally ill women, and hoes.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the women who are often erased from the conversation around women’s empowerment - those at the intersection of several marginalized identities, whose lives and choices do not fit neatly within our understanding of women who deserve to be loved and celebrated; women who deserve to be free.

What does it look like to embrace women whose experiences are not our experiences? Who laugh, cry, cope, create, and self-express in ways we don’t understand?

I’m not asking because I have an answer. I am asking because I, too, am still seeking one.

Yours in sisterhood,


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truth or dare    |     sister spotlight    |    around town    |     words of wisdom

truth or dare.

How I'm challenging myself this week in mentality and in action. Join me!
  • TRUTH - Who is included in your definition of "sisterhood?" Are there women whose identities/choices you adamantly do not understand? Can you find at least one way in which you share a human challenge or belief?

  • DARE - Immerse yourself in the lived experience of a woman who you wouldn't normally consider a "sister." Read a book. Listen to a podcast. Engage in meaningful conversation.

sister spotlight.

Highlighting the work of a kick ass woman of color in the community.

Candice Williams-Bethea is a social justice warrior who uses dance as her outlet for change. A member of the Thiossane Dance Institute, she is a dancer herself as well as a teacher and mentor to young dancers in the community. Check her out this week at the Lincoln Theater where she will be performing an individual piece alongside two other dancers as well as  a collaborate dance tribute to Nina Simone. A Q&A will follow the program.  Grab your ticket here!

around town.

Events and opportunities by, for, or in need of women of color in and around CBUS.

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T S


O T H E R   F U N   T H I N G S

We already shouted out Candice Williams Bethea's dope dance showcase (featuring a collaborative tribute to Nina Simone)! But what else is happening this week?

On Tuesday,  The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio and Greater Cleveland Chapter, Annual Legislative Day from 10 AM - 4 PM at the Ohio Statehouse. They will be talking about issues impacting black women and girls in Central Ohio and across the nation as well as preparing black women to run for office!

And on Thursday, Columbus Urban League Young Professionals will be hosting their Monthly Member Meet & Greet at The Eagle in the Short North. Not just for members - but a great networking opportunity (and drinking opportunity, because, duh) for young professional folks of color!

Or, if you’re looking for healthy reasons to get out of the house this week (and mimosas don’t count), check out Habeeba’s Beginning Belly Dancing, Avery’s Plant Based Brunch, or Sip, Stretch, and Sweat - a combo of yoga, healthy snacks, AND adult beverages!

Or just stay home and watch Netflix. Because it is going to be cold as hell this week and, yes, I am mad about it.

words of wisdom.

Words, wit, and wisdom from inspiring women of color.
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