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BATIKS IN PROGRESS!

Join us behind the batik scenes! For the last four years we've collaborated with Edwina and her team in Accra, Ghana to produce all of our wax-stamped batiks, and we're super proud to share this process with you!

BOOK CLUB REMINDER + UPDATE! 📚

Please join us via Zoom on Sunday, April 11th at 1PM EST (10AM PST) for our first bookclub! This month's selection is: We Do This 'Til We Free Us, by Mariame Kaba

Our host this month will be Ruth Nyambura. Ruth is a political ecologist and eco-feminist from Kenya who focuses on the intersections of gender, economy and ecological justice in the Global South. 

The discussion should last about an hour, but feel free to hop in or out! While there's no need to participate actively, here's a page with a list of discussion items to consider. We look forward to seeing you soon!

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Aura by Nenny

Born to Cape Verdean parents in Portugal, Nenny wrote and performed her first song at age 10. Her strong, rich sound combines influences of rap, soul, and R & B in a truly original way.

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // What a Day Podcast

What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the biggest news of the day and share important stories you may have missed--—all in just 20 minutes.

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Zuri Community Spotlight: Young Readers Authors!

Our Zuri community is filled with so many incredible, talented writers that we realized that in addition to compiling this great work on our Reading List, we should make a Bookshop! We've got a wonderful selection of works from many of our Zuri community authors, as well as some of our favorite newsletter picks! We hope you'll enjoy it, and of course, if there's a book that you'd like us to consider including, you can always drop us a line at heyzuri@shopzuri.com.

Meet Carmen Rubin! She's an acclaimed author of picture books, interactive ebooks, apps, and animated children's programming. Her best-known work, Ashti Meets Birdman Al has lyrically warmed the hearts of many children and their families. For decades, she has used her voice to empower youth, promote literacy, and reinforce the importance of keeping music in elementary schools. 

 

 

We were so thrilled to learn that our dresses were the uniform of Aisha Saeed's recent book tours! Aisha is a New York Times bestselling author whose novel Written in the Stars was listed as a best book of 2015 by Bank Street Books and a 2016 YALSA Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. She is the author of the middle grade novel Amal Unbound, the picture book Bilal Cooks Dal and the Wonder Woman Adventure series. Aisha is also a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, an organization advocating for greater representation of diverse characters in children's books.

 

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novels Finding My Voice and Somebody’s Daughter. Her stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Guernica, and The Guardian, among others. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work. She's a founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and was an Our Word Writer in Residence for the Columbia MFA program. She runs a reading series at Columbia and shared with us that at one reading 3 of the 4 writers were wearing Zuri! Incredible!

 

INSTA CORNER! WHO WE'RE FOLLOWING: @wellreadblackgirl

If you're looking for some fabulous reading recommendations focusing on the works of Black authors, and the Zuri newsletter alone is not getting the job done, we think you'll love Glory Edim's Instagram universe, which loops you in on all kinds of literary goodness.

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Snap Judgement Podcast

Glynn Washington hosts this weekly radio hour, which features dramatic tales, each told by super talented emerging storytellers. We think you'll especially enjoy his latest episode, "Birdzilla" about the biggest baddest bird in the wild, who is on the brink of death, and the couple that will do anything to bring her back home. ("A Canadian love story.")

SMALL BUSINESSES WE LOVE // Tackussanu Senegal

Harlem-based shop Tackussanu Senegal creates the most gorgeous handmade baskets, as well as other items for the home, all made by artisan groups in Senegal. From storage baskets to accent trays, Jasz and Cheikh have an amazing eye for color and we think you'll absolutely love their work! 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Mariem Hassan

We're HUGE fans of Mariem Hassan, who was a singer and songwriter from Western Sahara.  A political voice for the Sahrawi people, her sound transitions seamlessly from desert blues to soulful ballads, and we know that you'll love her work as much as we do. 

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PROUDLY INTRODUCING: HAND-LOOMED LINENS YOU'LL LOVE!

This June, we were thrilled to release our first line of solid-colored hand-loomed linens, produced in collaboration with team Sasha (pictured above)!  Woven by India's oldest certified fair-trade artisanal weaving cooperative, these textiles turned out so beautifully, we decided to expand this partnership with new colors, textures and techniques!

Over the last several months, we've been working together on some gorgeous textiles, starting with the colorfully rich (and super cozy) beauties below.  Each of these fabrics is a hand-loomed blend of cotton and linen, and takes about 4 months to complete. (While the fabric was produced in India, the dresses were all proudly stitched in Kenya by our team.) This fabulous 70% linen/30% cotton blend both creates subtle texture and movement within the weave, and also ensures that your dresses will be super easy to wash and wear -- they're wrinkle resistant, durable, and as an added bonus, will drape a bit more gracefully when worn.

We hope that you will love them as much as we do, and that they'll bring both joy and color to your world!

Holiday Reading List

 

We're book lovers here at Zuri, and we love that so many of you in our community are, too! This holiday season, what better gift to share than a really good read? We've compiled a list of Zuri writers that we'd love you to join us in supporting and celebrating, and we're highlighting local women and/or BIPOC owned bookstores, where you can find these books and many more!  We'd also love your recommendations, so if you're an author or have a bookstore that you'd love us to include, drop us a line at heyzuri@shopzuri.com.  (Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Edwidge Danticat, Monique Truong, Tracy K. Smith and Zadie Smith.)

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta

Started in Burkina Faso in 1964 by Kone Idrissa, Volta Jazz became a symbol of global inspriation, fusing Cuban influences with west African funk. This all-star compilation album is a nostalgic must-listen--it's an especially perfect soundtrack for an evening spent cooking, as it will definitely turn up the heat! 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE READING // Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Set in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 1969, Deacon King Kong reminds us what we love about New York, and about humanity itself.  The story details the tailspin of Deacon Cuffy ("Sportcoat") after the loss of his wife, through his interactions with an ensemble cast of truly memorable characters, and is told in way that is quick, witty and humorous. It is absolutely worth the read! 

 

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING // An Interview with Edwidge Danticat

We're going deep in the archives for this interview with one of our favorite authors, Edwidge Danticat. If you're a fan of her novels, you'll love watching this conversation with Marlene Racine-Toussaint, the founder of the Multicultural Women's Press.

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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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