In the 1937 book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston said that like mules, Black women carry the w wishes on their backs. We smile, we dance, we hide grimaces just to participate. We do everything that is asked of us, exactly how it is asked, even to our own detriment. People don’t concern themselves with whether we wither or not. We’re asked for more of the grueling song and dance, no matter how inauthentic or harmful it may be. The only time there is a problem
There are Black women who speak truth to power every day, and Michele Ghee is one of them. She is the new CEO of Ebony and Jet magazines, and is more than ready and capable for the challenge ahead. Growing up, it didn’t matter whose house you went to, Ebony and Jet magazines would be expertly sprawled across the living room coffee table. It was a cardinal sin to throw them away, or keep them out of plain sight. Their iconic presence meant you were not only “in the know” about
As we look back over this year, it can be safely said that it’s been rough. We had to endure the loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, navigate through a global pandemic, and stress over an unprecedented presidential election. Many of us have stressed more this past week than at any other point this year! There was so much at stake, and the country has been ready for change. Despite the hand that we’d been dealt, I believe that we all had the resolve to be in a better place.