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Customer Spotlight: Authors!

The incredible women in our Zuri community never cease to inspire us, and we wanted to highlight a few of you today who are using the power of the written word to change our lives and world for the better. 

We're just one week away from an election where our values and democracy are on the ballot. We can't emphasize enough how important it is to vote, encourage those around you to vote, and to think of women like Tricia, Gina and LaNitra and so many in our community who are taking action to fight for social justice, equity and inclusivity for all of us.

Tricia Elam Walker is an award-winning author, attorney and educator. Her first children’s book, Nana Akua Goes to School, was published in June and it's fabulous! If you're looking for a new read for a little one or yourself, look no further!

 

 

 

Every time Gina Apostol stops by Bleecker St, we all drop what we're doing to admire her wild in the best way outfits. She's a celebrated author and a true style inspiration! Gina's fourth novel, Insurrecto, was named by Publishers' Weekly one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. Her third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Confronting colonialism and colliding histories, Gina is a fearless, powerful storyteller.

LaNitra Berger is an academic, social justice advocate, and inclusive excellence professional. She recently edited a book on Social Justice and International Education, and her monograph, Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art, is coming out next month. We encourage you to check out her work!

 

 

 

Let's VOTE // Share your pics!

With Election Day one week away and early voting already started, little makes us more proud than the thought of our sisterhood turning out at the polls in force to VOTE!

Follow these steps for a 10% off code on any upcoming order!

1) Throw on your favorite Zuri.
2) VOTE! (at home or at the polls)
3) Take a selfie of yourself at the polls or with an "I VOTED" sticker on your dress.
4) Post the pic on Instagram + tag @zurikenya.
5) Check your Instagram DMs for a code for 10% off any purchase!

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Our Body Politic with Farai Chideya

Our Body Politic is hosted by journalist Farai Chideya and explores the impact that Black women and women of color have had on the election and politics today. Through in-depth conversations with activists, politicians, and academics Chideya brings us insightful analysis and perspectives on today's most pressing issues.

 

 

WHAT WE'RE READING// How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation from ProPublica

Misinformation (incorrect information shared by people who believe it to be true) and disinformation (deliberately created with the intent to cause harm) are playing a huge role in this year's election, and this article from Propublica breaks down what this means, how to spot it and what you can do about it.

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Bembeya Jazz National

In the aftermath of Guinean Independence in 1958 and the encouragement of national pride, several bands sprang up, one of the best known of which is Bembeya Jazz National.  A rich sound with 7 original musicians, give yourself some space to get wrapped up and whisked away!

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Voter Registration Drive ✨

Voter registration drive!

With less than two months until the elections and so much at stake, we decided that in addition to donating to voter registration efforts, we would like to step up and start a voter registration drive at our stores! 

If you're already registered, GREAT! If you're not sure about your registration, you can find out here! If you're not sure if you're going to vote, register anyways, so that you CAN!

While it's super easy to register online, sometimes it takes a nudge (socially distanced, of course), so pop by our shops and we'll help you get registered!

Your vote matters, and together we can take action to protect our democracy and create a humane, generous and equitable place for all of us!

WHAT WE'RE READING // A Litany for Survival: Giving birth as a black woman in America by Naomi Jackson

American women are more likely to die in childbirth than women in the rest of the developed world, and black women are three to four times more likely to die than white women, regardless of income or education. In New York City, black women are nearly twelve times as likely as white women to die during childbirth or in the postpartum months. In this essay, writer Naomi Jackson shares her experience and illuminates systemic biases in our healthcare system.

WHAT WE'RE READING // Read a Book! with Kara

This is not exactly a reading recommendation, but more of a book club recommendation! Kara Brown is a writer, pop culture critic, podcast host and reader. She just launched a book club where she selects a book each month, and at the end of the month hosts a conversation along with really cool writers! We just joined and hope you will, too!

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Ethio-jazz

 

Best known for his nostalgic, smooth sound, Mahamoud Ahmed got his start in 1962 at the Arizona Club in Addis Ababa. When one of the singers for Haile Selassie's Imperial Bodyguard Band didn't show up, he offered to sub-in and has since become one of the most influential musicians within the Tizita tradition of Ethio-jazz.

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter Aug 11, 2020

Community Spotlight: Zuri farms!

If you, like us, are just REVELING in the bounty of summer and endless tomatoes and peaches, you'll also be as excited as we are to celebrate some of the incredible, inspiring women in our community who are building sustainable, ethical and inclusive food systems.

Shellie-Ann Kerns runs Bunkhouse Acres, a 20-acre homestead and designated tree farm in the Middle Satsop Valley, in the homelands of the Tsihalis Salishan people in western Washington. Through sustainable and regenerative land management techniques including permaculture, biodynamic farming and companion planting, Shellie-Ann is creating a farm that is connected to the history of land and an inclusive local farm network. Learn more about the farm and support Shellie-Ann's work here!

Lizy Bryant is a queer, Black, emerging land steward born and raised in Minnesota. She is currently fundraising to buy 25 acres of land and farming infrastructure an hour outside of the Twin Cities, which will be converted into an agricultural and artistic resource for Black Minnesotans and their families. When fully operative, this land will function as a farm, a gathering place, a learning facility, and a generative nexus for wellness and creativity. If you'd like to support Lizy's work, please follow the link here!

Dalila Boclin is the Director of Programs at FRESHFARM, a nonprofit based in DC that focuses on building a better food system by connecting the dots between sustainable agriculture and food access. If you live in DC, Maryland, or Virginia, maybe you've visited one of their 33 farmers markets, or seen their FoodPrints programs at DC's elementary schools. Since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, FRESHFARM has provided 100% fresh, locally produced food to over 9,7000 residents of the area, supporting both vulnerable urban communities as well as dozens of family farms during this critical time.

WHAT WE'RE READING // Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

In her mid-twenties and unsure about what to do with her life, Emira finds a job baby-sitting for the Chamberlain family. A confrontation at a local supermarket while watching the Chamberlain's toddler sets off a vortex of events that bring us into the complexity of race, gender, economic status and transactional relationships. This novel is so engrossing that you won't be able to do anything else until you finish it, so make some time and enjoy!

 

WHAT WE'RE READING // Interview with Isabel Wilkerson

Ever since reading her definitive history on the Great Migration, Warmth of the Other Suns, I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Isabel Wilkerson's next work. Her new book, Caste, was just released, and this interview is the perfect amuse bouche for those of us eagerly checking our mailboxes waiting for her new book to arrive!

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Syli Authentic

In addition to a fantastic sound, what's so incredible about the Guinean band Syli Authentic is that the members were all students, ranging in age from just 14-16.  The sound is rich and complex; it's a happy reminder that young people are truly capable of amazing things.

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter Aug 4, 2020

Community Spotlight: Zuri writes!

We're big readers and it is an endless delight that we get to fill our libraries with the thoughtful, inspiring work of authors from within our Zuri community! If you're a writer, send us a message so we can be sure to add your work to our library!

Grace Talusan's first book, The Body Papers,  is a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, a Must-Read for the Massachusetts Book Awards, a Foreword INDIES Finalist, and winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. It recently came out in paperback, and we can't recommend it enough!

Edwidge Danticat is the author of many books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection and Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist. Her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her most recent book, Everything Inside, is a stunning must-read!

Audrey Ferber is fixture at the Writer's Grotto in SF, and her short stories have appeared in Fiction International, The Cimarron Review, The AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Literary Mama, the anthologies VIRTUALLY NOW, Eating Our Hearts Out, The Intricate Weave, and elsewhere. She was also one of our earliest supporters in SF, where she modeled our dresses in the SF Chronicle, and we're excited to share her newest work, here!

 

 

 

JULY GIVING UPDATE // Equal Justice Initiative

Thanks to your mask purchases, we are so proud that we were able to make a donation of $7,200 to the Equal Justice Initiative for the month of July. That brings the total contribution that we've made to EJI in the last two months to $15,930! We couldn't be prouder that we have been able to make this impact together, as a community! 

As we near the elections in November, we would like to direct our focus towards voter registration. For the month of August, we will be donating to the Voter Participation Center, which has a really smart and effective approach for getting the Rising American Electorate (young people, people of color, and single women) registered and voting through methodically tested mail programs, which are particularly important in the context of the pandemic. Voter registrations are way down in 2020 due to COVID-19, and now, more than ever, we are committed to making sure that all voices are heard and represented in our government.

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Richard II at the Public Theater

Whether you're a Shakespeare fan or just love live performance, this radio broadcast is for you! Starring Andre Holland and developed in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, this performance feels contemporary and resonant.

WHAT WE'RE READING // So Brutal a Death by Edwidge Danticat

In this essay reflecting on George Floyd's killing, Edwidge Danticat writes about the immigrant experience and global solidarity. "In the agony of his final moments, while crying out for his mama, water, and breath, George Floyd reached out to and became all of us. He has joined a vast community of people, across the globe, who see echoes of the injustices and the inequalities of their own societies in his American story, and recognize their own torment in his suffering."

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE

Ambrose Akinmusire is a trumpeter, composer and bandleader whose music both transcends and redefines his instrument's place in jazz.  He's been known for pitting contemporary classical music against deconstructed hip-hop, finding beauty in the fusing of two extremes. The next time you need to clear your mind, think of this album as your reset button; it'll change the course of your day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter July 28, 2020

Market Days

We usually travel monthly to the markets to source fabric for our clothing, and throughout the month are in touch with vendors to see what's new (in the market and in their lives!). While we aren't able to go to the markets now, we're revisiting photos from a recent trip to Dar es Salaam, and some of the fabrics may look familiar!

Meet Emmy! She always has the most wonderful prints, especially in the crackle batik style, and we're so excited to share Verdant and Cornucopia with you, both sourced from her!

 

 

 

Lunch is a pretty big deal for us in life and in work, and it's hard to express in words the feeling of relief and excitement when we sit down to a heaping plate of rice, veggies, fried tilapia and a bowl of beans!

The fabric section of the market is a mere fraction of the entire, much larger market, and it's always fun to wander through the other areas, especially where produce is being sold, to see what's in season and new! How amazing do these little peaches, tree tomatoes and passion fruits look?

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Les Filles de Illighadad

 

These filles ROCK!  Based in Niger, the lead vocalist and performer, Fatou Seidi Ghali, is one of the only female Tuareg guitarists in the region, and is completely self-taught. They have a beautifully rich sound and I promise you will keep this album cycling through your "favorites" for years to come.

 

 

WHAT WE'RE READING // The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

 

 

 

This multi-generational epic weaves together four generations of families whose lives have sprouted from the fertile Zambezi delta. Serpell's evocative storytelling amplifies reality and gives us a lesson in history and a deep exploration of relationships and family.

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING // Zenele Muholi at the Seattle Art Museum 

South African Zanele Muholi is a visual activist and photographer, and in this video, they talk about their work and while it's not a substitute for seeing their powerful, moving work in person, it's pretty close!

 

 

 

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