Adrienne Samuels Gibbs
At Medium: Deputy Editor @ZORA + Managing Editor @Momentum. Priors: Ebony, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, St Pete Times.

Life, death and memories reverberate through the things my parents purchased.

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Photo by Michael Walter on Unsplash

My mom died eight years ago and it hurts less than it used to but probably more than it should. I am frequently soothed because I live in the home I grew up in, and I am surrounded by memories and ghosts at every waking moment. They wink at me and I wink back. When I walk in my kitchen in the late fall and hear the crickets outside and see the fireflies flit around, I am instantly transported to a night spent playing with my Transformers on that kitchen floor while my parents watched Knight Rider in the next room. Kit’s whir-whir-whir-whir blending with the crickets and becoming something of a soundtrack for my childhood. Or I tuck my kids in to bed at night and remember the time I had food poisoning the day of my grandfather’s funeral, and how my mom rushed me to the hospital and stayed with me and fretted because I was violently, violently ill. …

The ZORA Cosign

She’s organized several writer meetups, runs two pubs, and is a general platform badass. Get to know Tee, Conscious Creative.

The ZORA CoSign is both a CoSign and an introduction. We celebrate writers
#onhere who unapologetically tell the story, write the poem, paint the picture, and inspire the masses. They also expand and enhance our Medium community.

Meet Teressa “Tee” Price, publisher of Tee, Conscious Creative

“I write to be heard and as an outlet. I also write to share information and tell stories. It’s how I release pain, shame, and honestly stay sane. It’s my way of getting out of my head. But it’s also becoming a source of income, joy, and a much needed sense of accomplishment.”

Price has several Medium pubs, including Conscious Creatives and #ClubhouseAppRecap. She also created a space on the Clubhouse app for Medium writers and editors of color to join together to talk shop, dollars, and editorial sense. …

Everybody has an opinion about spiritual cleansing

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Photo: René DeAnda/Unsplash

I was joking when I posted the question. Here’s what I said:

“Ministers: how much holy oil does it take to clean out and keep clear a White House? Asking for a friend. I guess a dab’ll do? A spray bottle for the perimeter? Buckets?”

The answers rolled in all weekend. But here’s the backstory. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden moved into the White House over the last two days. I’m happy for them. According to news reports, White House staff are also happy to have “life” and “energy” again in the big house and on the estate. …

Woo Sah. Have you exhaled yet?

The most contentious election of our lifetimes finally culminated with an inauguration that was stark yet beautiful. President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, took their oaths of office followed by a private presidential parade viewed by millions on television while flanked by 25,000 American troops. The event itself was largely uneventful, as it should be.

To start the new presidency in an uneventful manner under a watchful eye is a good thing. Biden was able to sign several executive orders that reversed dangerous EOs enacted by the previous president and in so doing, he placed racial equity squarely back into the realm of civil conversation. …

Take it down a notch and allow yourself mental rest

For those of us who are actively dealing with racism, microaggressions, or working on better allyship, it can be hard to sit down and power up. But rest is a must. To that end, not just rest but mental rest is necessary too. Many experts suggest meditation and prayer as a way to reset after a tough week, or day, or month, or years of racism battle fatigue. But if you can’t quite force the mind to settle down perhaps a puzzle might help.

Old school? Yes. But forcing yourself to think about the puzzle instead of doomscrolling on Twitter is a good way to give your mind a temporary respite from thinking about what’s next in the battle against racism. …

The TL is full of AKAs showing out and supporters rocking VP Harris’ go-to fashions

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Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The internet either loved or hated the Vogue cover featuring Vice President Kamala Harris rocking a suit and her favorite pair of Chucks. Regardless of where you stand on that debate, for many viewers at home watching the inauguration, it seems that pearls and Chucks are the uniform of the day. As the morning unfolded, various forms of the hashtag #pearlsandchucks2021 or #chucksandpearls showed up on the socials, and bedazzled T-shirts and sweaters, strings of pearls, custom Chucks, and entire outfits showed out.

Pomp and circumstance, and lots and lots of statements

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Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

After the 45th president of the United States departed Washington D.C., the congratulations messages for the 46th president started to show up in media inboxes. The tone and tenor of those messages largely congratulates an incoming presidency that vows to deal with the racial equity crisis as well as more effectively manage the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine program. With incoming Vice President Kamala Harris making history as the first Black woman and South Asian Woman to ascend to the vice presidency, many were ecstatic about the history-making aspects of the day.

This post is a running list of what people and organizations are saying on Inauguration Day. It will be updated as necessary. …

Perhaps the trial will go quickly

Rep. Stacey Plaskett, of the Virgin Islands, is on the impeachment team and she will serve as a prosecutor of Donald J. Trump once the proceedings being afresh. She tells ZORA magazine how she and her staff stayed safe during the insurrection, how they plan to move forward, and what she brings to the table as an impeachment manager.

“You know, this is the fastest impeachment trial,” Plaskett told ZORA editor Adrienne Samuels Gibbs. “I hear a lot of people asking, ‘When is the speaker bringing over the impeachment?’ The more appropriate question is when is the Senate going to accept the impeachment? The Senate is out on recess until the 19th. …

Rep. Stacey Plaskett is one of the prosecutors overseeing Trump’s trial

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Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Virgin Islands, like all U.S. territories, did not have a vote when it came to certifying the next president of the United States. But it certainly has a voice now that Rep. Stacey Plaskett sits as an impeachment manager for the trial of outgoing president Donald J. Trump.

The Brooklyn-born Plaskett, whose parents moved from the Virgin Islands to New York, says this appointment — by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — was unexpectedly perfect. …

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