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Collective Work & Responsibility: To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and solve them together

This year has truly been a year of elevation within the broader sense of the black community. Not only have there been impressive strides and new precedents set, there’s just been a consistent aspiration for black excellence in the culture.

Black people are breaking box offices world wide and paving the road for new talent. But we can’t forget the folks out here doing grassroots work.

There is such a sense of community building for people of color that I’ve found since being here in NYC and it’s truly something that fills me with love and light.

The Chosen Family Collective

I had the pleasure of rolling up on an event hosted by The Chosen Family collective here in Manhattan. Though we only got to spend a few hours with them, their desire to foster community and build spaces for qpocs in genuine. And they’re all just really dope.

@chosenfamilycollective

The Literary Swag Book Club

A true New Years Resolution that I have for 2019 is to actually start hopping on the train to Brooklyn to make it to The Literary Swag book club meetings. (Though their FB Live streams have sufficed, thus far.)

Lit Swag founder, Yahdon Israel, is doing the good work and making space for some sophisticated and swaggy discussions on literature and the culture at large.

Though I am a textbook introvert, I still crave some sense of community. As I progress along in this thing called life, that the things I crave most deeply come to me when I stop looking for them. While coming to NYC was a move toward growing my education and career, the things and people that nourish my soul are finding me as well.

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