Adrienne Gibbs
Director, Multicultural @Medium. Editor. Writer. Shouted out by Beyoncé. Judge: James Beard Media Awards, Scripps Howard Awards.

The ZORA Interview

The star of the Queen of Soul biopic has the perfect advice for women who lead.

Jennifer Hudson stars in “Respect,” a biopic about Aretha Franklin. Photo: Bethany Mollenkof/The New York Times/Redux

For Jennifer Hudson, Respect is not just another movie where she stars as a famous person who sings. For this biopic, she embodies her idol, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. …

I covered the dead and missing. Later I learned the hijackers lived not too far from me. Now? I’m tired of TSA searching my hair.

When the towers fell I was a cub reporter at The Miami Herald. I was two years into the job and had a slick little silver Nissan Altima with a black nose guard. I was running late for work, so I didn’t cut on my television set before I left…

From Chicago to North Carolina: mountains, plains, rivers, valleys, islands, beaches and a vacation from remote school.

West Virginia in April 2021. Image: Getty

We took a road trip. A real road trip. Not a quick, five hour jaunt from Chicago to Michigan, but an actual two-day drive through the Midwest, into the Appalachian mountains and finally ending on a small, blue-green island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

To be clear, it has never…


Nonperformative diversity is a game-changer for Chicago’s Art Institute

Kehinde Wiley. “Barack Obama, 2018.” Oil on canvas. Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The Obama portraits are home in Chicago, as they should be. Don’t get me wrong. I fully understand that the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art serves as caretaker for the life-size presidential portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, but there is something truly special about going to the Art…

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Airbombing Black people — as American as apple pie

TThey dropped a bomb on us. They literally dropped a bomb on us. Racist, White Oklahomans used airplanes, guns, rope, and fire to eliminate a wealthy Black neighborhood and its families — Black Wall Street — in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That’s how survivors described it. That’s how their grandchildren described it…

Here’s what you wrote about the racial reckoning of 2020

Flowers adorn a site dedicated to the life of George Floyd. Photo: Getty Images

When George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer Derek Chauvin, the world watched. Over and over and over, we watched. Some watched in glee. They enjoyed it. Others watched in horror. They hated it.

Floyd’s killing was captured on camera a year ago this week. And once again…

Amber the Alchemist has some Spirit Medicine for us all.

Photo Illustration: Save As/Medium; Source: Akamara Tarot, Getty Images

Dear Zora Reader,

Have we got a Spring surprise for you. Starting this Sunday, none other than mystic podcaster and all-around spiritual savant Amber the Alchemist will pen the new Spirit Medicine column. Amber will pull a card or two — some Oracle and some Tarot — and will break…

Adrienne Gibbs

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