Adrienne Gibbs
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The ZORA Interview

Photo of Kelly Rowland with a logo that says “THE ZORA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW” on the right.
Illustration by Dennis Huynh for ZORA. Photo courtesy of Kelly Rowland.

Kelly Rowland is celebrating her 40th birthday, a new baby, a new clothing line, and her new music release K, a soul-confirming, five-bop, melanin-popped dance-in-your-house-naked-during-Covid jaunt into fun and discernment.

She is poised to talk about this record when her littlest co-worker decided he had something to say. Newborn Noah…

Photo illustration: Dennis Huynh/Medium

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is proof of what happens when you pair 18 years of blogging and writing with tenacity and synchronicity. She went from working for the man to being the woman, with a 14,000-member app, her own social network, a popular TED Talk, and now what is sure to…

The ZORA Interview

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. …

The fireworks at Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration were the best I’ve seen in years. Image: Getty

Disney World has a new app that you use in the parks, and I really want to love it. It’s cute. It’s clever. It’s fun to swipe through and it’s pretty robust. Graphically, it invokes Robin Williams’ Genie from the cult classic Aladdin and in so doing, it telegraphs that…

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…

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…


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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