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Hi Beauties,

2020 has been a rollercoaster (to say the least) and as we head into the holiday season there’s a slight sense of relief that 2021 won’t be as bad. Whatever happens, we’re prepared, because if there’s one thing we learned this year, it’s that Black women will prevail. This Thanksgiving, we’re stopping to say thank you for rocking with us!

Shamika Sanders

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“I thought 2019 was hard, then 2020 said, ‘hold my drink.’ Life hasn’t been the same since March when doors began to shutter and the news became an anxiety-inducing train wreck I just couldn’t turn away from. Social media became inundated with heartbreaking stories from family and friends grieving on the only public platform that didn’t require a mask. Yet, as I approach the holidays I realize we are all desperately in need of a reason to celebrate. After all, the holidays always started with home anyway. The air is shifting to the time when invisible elves inject joy into the atmosphere and we all perk up just a little bit. The time has come for reflection on the things to be thankful for, like: health, food when the government slashes your unemployment benefits and a home in which to quarantine. Furthermore, it’s a time to eat cause the way my stomach is set up, I’ve been binging on worse. So enjoy the holidays and lean into the magic.” – Deputy Editor, Shamika Sanders

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Marsha B.

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“This Thanksgiving, all of my relatives were coming to New York for some much needed family time. I found out a few days ago that with their city going on lockdown, they won’t be able to travel. Travel bans are part of this new normal that we’ve had to experience lately. Although I was disappointed, I had to shift to a feeling of gratitude. I am thankful to have healthy family members. A lot of people lost their loved ones this year due to COVID. This will be a new experience for them too. It really puts things into perspective. To anyone who has lost a family member or loved on due to the pandemic, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.” -Marsha Badger, Editor

Thank you for rocking with us!

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