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

Hey ZORA fam!

How you doin’? No, really, how are you doing? May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we want to check in on you and remind you to take your mental wellness seriously.

Black women are known and praised for being strong but we get depressed, we get anxious, we battle with things in our minds that everyone can’t see. Yet despite the very real issues we face in our lives, Black women are still not getting the mental health care we need and deserve.

it’s okay to not be okay.

If you’re looking for a sign to start therapy or to take your…

Get the most out of your alone time with these masturbation tips.

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May is National Masturbation Month and we honestly can’t think of a better way to show yourself some love than by really loving on yourself.

Masturbation isn’t something to be ashamed, secretive or embarrassed about. In fact, self pleasure is not only a good way to pass the time, but it can help you feel less stressed, feel more motivated and just feel good about life.

[Solo sex] is about more than just spending a couple of feel-good minutes in bed. Intimate alone time should leave you more…

How authors and artists are making a space for us in science fiction.

Illustration: Dani Pendergast

Whether here on Earth or in a galaxy far, far away, there is a dire need for representation. Thankfully, Black writers and creatives are bringing a new hope for the future of diversity in the vast worlds of science fiction.

Despite a bevy of writers releasing or publicizing science fiction and fantasy that centers on people of color, some of the most-anticipated fantasy realms remain whitewashed. Yet, there is hope. A handful of enlightened publishers and film distributors are catering to a large and growing audience of…

You’ve been surviving and putting in that work. We see you. And we celebrate you.

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Hey ZORA fam!

Did you watch the Oscars this weekend? I didn’t! I kinda gave up on the various awards shows a while ago because even though we occasionally see our people walk away with the gold (shoutout to H.E.R., Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson and the other winners!), too often, we leave empty handed if our work and talents are even acknowledged at all!

However, a disappointing awards season reminds me that we need to normalize celebrating ourselves and everything we achieve on a daily…

Hey ZORA fam!

Did you watch the Oscars this weekend? I didn’t! I kinda gave up on the various awards shows a while ago because even though we occasionally see our people walk away with the gold (shoutout to H.E.R., Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson and the other winners!), too often, we leave empty handed if our work and talents are even acknowledged at all!

However, a disappointing awards season reminds me that we need to normalize celebrating ourselves and everything we achieve on a daily basis. It may not seem like it, but we have a LOT to celebrate. …

It’s hard to feel hopeful about justice when Black folks keep dying.

Photo by Anik Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Hey, ZORA Fam.

We know this week has been another whirlwind of emotions. After weeks of watching and waiting for a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, he was found guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd last spring. A rare case of accountability in the justice system!

But not even minutes after finding out this news, we learned of the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Ohio who had called law enforcement for help and ended up being killed.

As…

Hey, ZORA Fam.

We know this week has been another whirlwind of emotions. After weeks of watching and waiting for a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, he was found guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd last spring. A rare case of accountability in the justice system!

But not even minutes after finding out this news, we learned of the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Ohio who had called law enforcement for help and ended up being killed.

As Danielle Moodie reminds us in her recent essay for ZORA, one guilty…

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…

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