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Jolie A. Doggett
Senior Platform Editor @ZORAmag | book lover | fangirl | Black woman | Terp

Hey, ZORA Fam.

How are you holding up? We know it’s been a long week of trauma and drama. We lost rap legend DMX last Friday, the shooting death of Daunte Wright has us reeling from yet another instance of police brutality. We’re still enduring the grueling trial of Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering George Floyd last spring. Oh, and there’s still that pesky pandemic to worry about.

We are overwhelmed.

We want to help you find ways to smile through the struggle so we created The ZORA Joy List, a compilation of articles that will help you find joy in…


Who kept it one-hunnid this week and who needs to be put out with the trash? Check out our ranking of the biggest news this week.

Our unapologetic ranking of the week’s biggest news.

Amanda Gorman’s book tops the New York Times bestseller list: 💯/💯

Hey Queen. Girl, you’ve done it again! “The Hill We Climb,” the hardcover edition of Amanda Gorman’s moving presidential inauguration poem, has topped the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks in a row! The girl is on a roll and we don’t want her to stop anytime soon! It’s Amanda Gorman hive over here, honey! 👏🏾


Hey, ZORA Fam!

Hope you‘re all doing okay. Lots has gone down in the last week or so but don’t worry, we got you covered. Check out some of our fave stories this week and our ranking of the top news stories.

Enjoy your weekend, we’ll check in soon.

Take care,

— ZORA editors.

We’re ready for the weekend

Zero to 💯

Who kept it 100 this week? Let’s take a look.

Amanda Gorman makes history on the cover of Vogue magazine 💯/💯

Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman has made history yet again as the first poet to ever be featured on the cover of the…


A historic Vogue cover and a dreamy collab, Black women are keeping it 100 this week!

Who kept it 100 this week?

We’re ranking current events on a scale of 0 to 100! Who kept it 100 this week?

Amanda Gorman makes history on the cover of Vogue magazine 💯/💯

Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman has made history yet again as the first poet to ever be featured on the cover of the prestigious Vogue magazine’s May 2021 issue and little sis looks STUNNING! What’s more, she has some amazing things to say. “I’ve learned that it’s OK to be afraid,” Gorman told the magazine. “And what’s…


From the ‘Zola’ movie trailer to Lil Nas X’s controversial video, here’s what’s been going on in the world this week!

We’re ranking current events on a scale of 0 to 100! Who kept it 100 this week?


A selfie of Amerie with a bookshelf behind her.
A selfie of Amerie with a bookshelf behind her.
Photo courtesy of Amerie.

Amerie isn’t afraid to follow her passions. While many know her for her beautiful voice, the Grammy-nominated singer is also making waves in the publishing world. She’s released a New York Times bestseller, Because You Love to Hate Me, and launched her own book club and popular YouTube channel. In 2018, she gave birth to her son, River, and she’s still in the studio getting ready to put out some new music!

Amerie can (and will!) do it all.

I’m unapologetic about being a woman who speaks her mind. And one who has never been willing to play someone else’s…


Good advice for women from women

Black man and woman posing together in front of a maroon background.
Black man and woman posing together in front of a maroon background.
Photo: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

It’s been a bad week for Black love. Just a few days after learning that the love between rappers Saweetie and Quavo turned very icy (pun most definitely intended), car-seat relationship guru Derrick Jaxn revealed that he had been unfaithful to his wife, Da’Naia (and that he was selling a new book).

The internets immediately went into an uproar about everything from Jaxn’s audacity and betrayal of trust to his wife’s bonnet and checked-out demeanor in their confession video. It’s understandable why people are so outraged. This is a man who has built his entire career coaching women (Black women…


Photo Illustration: Save As/Medium; Source: Artist Carrie Mae Weems at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2016. Photo: Photo: Stephanie Diani/The New York Times/Redux

“The first time I picked up that camera, I thought, ‘Oh, okay. This is my tool. This is it.’” — Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems is widely considered to be one of the most influential contemporary artists of recent history. While she is best known for her photography, Weems also works in text, fabric, audio, digital images, and installation video. She’s a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (or “Genius Grant”), the first Black woman to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim and has even been cited as an influence for Beyonce’s “Lemonade” visuals.

Weem’s work primarily features Black subjects…


Thousands of Black children enter the foster care system every year and struggle with adjusting to their new and ever-changing surroundings, especially at bedtime, when many foster children suffer from night terrors and sleeplessness. After watching her own foster sister go through this trauma, Nicole Russell started the Precious Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children cope with fear and anxiety in healthy ways.

One of those ways is through journaling.

“In writing your truth, it allows you to self-reflect and work on your issues and become more clear about the situations and events you’re going through,” Russell shared…


I’m Learning

Idk if it’s possible to achieve perfection, I think we should strive for self-acceptance🦋

A portrait of a black woman outside in the sunlight, smiling
A portrait of a black woman outside in the sunlight, smiling
Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images

“I should be better than this by now.”

This is a thought that I said out loud during a recent therapy session. I felt like I was talking about the same problems and anxieties that I always talk about. I felt like I’d done so much work over the years to unlearn past trauma and learn new coping mechanisms that I should have evolved past my regular struggles. And I felt really down about myself. Like I must not be doing things right, like I must not be right. …

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