letter from the editor.
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