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Yo, life is hard — even more so than usual right now. As Black people, we’re out here trying not to catch COVID-19, struggling to understand why folks don’t care enough about other people to wear masks, protesting for our lives, fighting to defund the police and praying we don’t get killed by them in the meantime. Not to mention our individual struggles.

In times like this, joy is hard to recall, let alone, seek out joy. But I’m reminded that joy is also a form of resistance. I’ve been finding joy in dope music and beautifully written books. Below are five pieces of joy I would like to share with you: