Keys Soulcare lightworkers share how Black joy is shaping their lives and visions for the future.
– KEYS SOULCARE
We’re not the only ones who are celebrating Black joy 24/7, 365 days a year. We invited a few of our favorite lightworkers to share what Black joy means to them. From earliest memories and role models to how it shapes their lives and dreams for the future, the quotes below remind us how much joy is out there — and in us, too.
“I find and create joy by baking, laughing, writing to heal, and surrounding myself with like-minded people. I celebrate and uplift myself [and my] community by holding intentional space for love, hard conversions, and compassion.” — Alex Elle
“I’ve seen and felt a huge difference in the way I feel when I celebrate myself versus when I’m being my biggest critic. Something that I’ve picked up from writer Ashley Simpo is loving myself in my love languages of service and gift giving. So far, that looks like giving myself flowers and rethinking chores as something ‘I have to do’ and more like a task that supports me in feeling good in my body.” — Tomi Akitunde
“I find and create joy every day by taking care of myself and indulging in pleasures that lift my spirits. I recently cut off all my hair and donated it to Locks of Love. This act has brought such a renewed sense of energy and joy to my daily life. Not only has it decreased my hair care management time, but it has [also] given me the courage to step into new endeavors in my life and take risks!” — Hillary Lopes
“Joy looked like family when I was growing up, with [them] affording me space and opportunities to develop passions and pursue them. Joy and soulcare connect in my life now as I place myself in spaces of exploring curiosity and possibility, and mandate that the work I contribute my gifts to is intentional and purposeful.” — Anthony Demby
“I believe in my core that joy is a resistance. Everyday that I choose joy, when there are still people who believe Black people are not entitled to it, is a day I take back my power. Everyday I choose to share my joy, my wins, and my resilience publicly through my business is a day I inspire others to do the same. I don’t have the power to change the racism that exists in America’s soul, but I do have the power to raise awareness and call it out when I see it. There is no place like joy.” — Pia Thompson
How do you celebrate your Black joy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.