How 5 Women Are Redefining What Black Joy Means to Them: "I Know What My Magic Is About"

Margo Gabriel

Self-care has never been more important than it is right now, and that's especially true for Black women, who have had to juggle work, family, personal lives, and more amid ongoing racial trauma while also living in a pandemic. According to women's rights organization LeanIn.org, Black women have faced an even greater burden and were more susceptible to burnout since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It's enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed, which is why figuring out what Black joy means to us has also never been more important.

I spoke with five Black women about how they redefining what Black joy means to them, and in my conversation with each of them, learned how they've been intentional with their self-care practices. From how a publicist and political strategist finds joy for herself to a fashion stylish and mom explaining how seeking Black joy means maintaining strong faith and a steady commitment to prayer, these women are taking care of themselves with their own set of rules. Keep reading to see what Black joy means to these five trailblazing women.

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