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letter from the editor.

Wassup, #ZoraTribe?

Happy belated Mother's Day to the mama's in the tribe! This was my second Mother's Day as a mama and I took some time this weekend to really reflect on how blessed this part of my journey has been.

I grew up playing with baby dolls, nurturing my younger siblings, and feeling fairly certain from a young age that one day I wanted to be somebody's mama. From there, my path was fairly straighforward. Girl meets boy. Girl marries boy. Girl stops taking birth control, gets pregnant, and has beautiful baby boy. 

There was none of the messiness that comes with some women's mothering (or daughtering) stories. Strained maternal relationships. Miscarriages. Infertility. Queer mamas mothering and queer mamas who are looking to find a way. Mamas who have passed away. Little ones who have passed away. Grandmas as mamas. Aunties as mamas. Siblings who mother siblings.

Like so much else in our life and in our world, I am humbled by the grace and grit of women. How we love. How we overcome. And the many forms and shapes that that takes. This weekend I made sure to hold space in my heart for the women who have experienced or are experiencing any of the above - and I hope you did to!

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 - What elements of your mama/daughter story do you still wrestle with? Do these things affect other areas of your life and relationships? If so, how?

  • DARE - Reach out to one woman in your life who has dealt with or is dealing with complication/confusion/trauma in this particular area of their life. Give a hug, a word of encouragement, or a kind act. 

sister spotlight.

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

A Cleveland native, Jeteia Benson is a licensed Nurse Practitioner, entrepreneur, and author. Her book “When Nursing isn’t Enough” is a collection of “motivational real-life experiences of juggling double careers” - in her case: as a nurse as well as owner of True Calling Healthcare & Training a home care based agency in the local community. Check out more about Jeteia and her book 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

The weather is heating up and so is the list of things to do around Columbus! Starting as early as Tuesday of this week, there are opportunities to get it poppin!

Tuesday morning, come by Zora's House for Coffee and Conversations, a look at Donald Glover's new video "This is America" from a WOC/feminist of color perspective. There will be caffeine. There will be donuts. There will be space for sharing ALL OF THE THOUGHTS.

Then, Wednesday evening come out to Keyholder - an annual event hosted by the Women's Fund of Central Ohio and highlighting stories of real women and real change in our community. This year will feature a candid conversation with Roxanne Gay (author of Bad Feminist and Hunger) - plus, our founder will be making a cameo appearance onstage!

On Thursday, check out the 5th Annual Trailblazer Award and Scholarship Luncheon hosted by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and highlighting some black female trailblazers right here in Central OH! Or, stop by St. Stephen's Community House for their bi-monthly Free Produce Market for all income-eligible households. (Only three more dates this season!)

Friday check out A Night of Lauryn Hill vs. D'Angelo Feat. music by NATURAL PROGRESSION at the Pelican Room and Saturday, put in an appearance at the Fierce Females Showcase at Hills Market, featuring tons of local incredible women owned businesses!

End out the week in one of multiple ways: with an author reading at the downtown library featuring Sandra Cisneros (author of House on Mango Street), a block party celebrating the launch of MPACC (Movement Pursuing Arts, Commerce + Community) - a POC led community arts space, or (of course) with your fellow #ZoraTribe members at our quarterly community dinner. This month's topic is: Self-Care for Women of Color in the age of Trump.

Basically, there is sooooo much to do this week. Hope to see you around!

words of wisdom.

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