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letter from the editor.

Wassup, ZoraTribe?

You know one thing I love about being black? I love the sense of being connected to something bigger than myself and my own individual identity. 

I love that when I finally sat down and started watching the show Queen Sugar a few weeks ago, I felt a legit saltiness that "no one had told me" that I needed to get my entire life by watching this black family try to resurrect their father's sugarcane farm.

That's right. In my mind, some miscellaneous black person should have sat me down and been like, "Sis, you need this show in your life, ASAP." Because that's what we do. We create entire worlds and invite each other in. From tv shows to slang to memes to music, we cocoon each other in an entire web of culture and shared experience.

In the face of being stolen and sold, we as a people still produce secret handshakes and inside jokes.

In the face of discrimination and disillusionment, we as a people still produce art and artists.

In the face of hate and oppression, we as a people still produce black girl magic and black boy joy.

In my life, my identity as a black woman has been exhausting and painful and confusing and dangerous. But it has also been righteous and beautiful and hilarious and the one of the most integral parts of what makes me who I am. I think this is true of many black woman, many women of color - and I am so glad every day that I get to wake up and celebrate us.

I'm still mad at y'all for not telling me about Queen Sugar tho.


Founder, Zora's House

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 sister spotlight    |    around town    |     words of wisdom

sister spotlight.

Highlighting the work of a kick ass woman of color in the community.
Elizabeth Finnegan is one of only 33 women firefighters in Columbus. At only 5'2" tall, Finnegan faced challenges during her time at the academy but ultimately graduated on top of her class and now is leading the charge to recruit more women to the Columbus Fire Department. You can learn more about Finnegan and her efforts here!

happening at zora's.

Opportunities to engage and connect with other members of the #ZoraTribe in real life.

around town.

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

Y'all. There is SO much to do in CBUS this week! I don't know if everyone with melanin got together and decided "let's host ALL OF THE THINGS" but whatever the cause, I hope you'll check out some of the following:

On the social justice front, Bexley Library is hosting a conversation on white privilege and the Columbus Metropolitan Library - Northside Branch will be hosting a Prisoner Letter Writing Event. (A film screening of ‘The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown’ will precede the library's fourteenth letter writing event.) Apparently libraries are getting it poppin this week!

If you're looking for something a little more lighthearted: Sorry to Bother You opens at the Gateway Theater on Thursday, COSI After Dark: Christmas in July opens its doors after hours to the 21+ crowd, the Ohio Wine Festival is happening at North Market, and Moonlight Market on Gay Street takes care of fitness and shopping needs in one fell swoop. (Hey - you are *walking* from vendor to vendor! Lol)

On a self-care front, check out Tender, Love, and Curl (an uplifting and empowering event for black women) and Replish Spa is hosting intentionally recognized and honored yoga instructor and Lifestylist Faith Hunter for three days of programming that includes reggae inspired yoga, wine, and meditation!

Plus, there's lots to do outdoors from storytime at the Franklin Park Children's Garden (featuring local woc author Carlotta Michelle Penn, to the King Arts Complex 20th Annual Heritage Music Festival, to PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park feat Youth Jazz All Stars to the Thurber House Summer Literary Picnics featuring local poet Scott Woods reading works from famed Harlem Renaissance writers. 

words of wisdom.

Words, wit, and wisdom to get you through your week.
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