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The moment we’ve all been waiting for

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Hey Momentum readers,

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: The chance to say goodbye to the hectic, harrowing year that was 2020. We entered the new decade with high hopes; sadly, those Roaring ’20s references didn’t quite track on our IG posts the way we hoped.

But as we close out this year, I am focusing on gratitude. For one, painful police brutality ignited a racial reckoning we needed centuries ago. We’ve learned to speak up and rise up. We made it possible for a new administration to take the reins next month. And we baked bread — lots and lots of bread.

READ: The Meaning of Kamala Harris’ Win, According to 11th-Graders

On behalf of the Momentum editorial team, we thank you for learning, expressing your pain, and sharing your hope with us this year. We plan on being a guide and good friend and to get you through the fight against anti-Black racism through 2021 and for years to come.

🎁 Your Anti-Racism Gift Guide

It’s the holidays, right? Let’s say we close out 2020 with a little celebrity fun! We spoke with Tayshia Adams of The Bachelorette about her journey as the Afro-Latina lead in the George Floyd era. You’ll also want to stay tuned for a fun story from our brothers at LEVEL about how a new Bachelor Nation fan bonded through his DVR with the show’s Black male contestants.

READ: The Bachelorette’s Tayshia Adams Makes Room for Mixed-Race Fans Like Me

And of course, Santa Claus is coming to town later this month, but where will children find him in our socially distant world? You’ll want to check out our story on how virtual holiday celebrations are making it easier for parents to find Black Santas coming later this week.

Jada Gomez
Editor, Momentum

P.S. Team Momentum is taking some time to rest and relax through the holidays. We’ll be back in your inboxes in the new year!

More stories to keep in the conversation

We honor the Black women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that happened 65 years ago — it’s important to remember that Rosa Parks didn’t take action alone. Writer Keith Nelson Jr. explores gaming’s racism issues in an interview with an esports star. Amy Shearn writes about a new wig line that offers a host of options for Black cancer survivors. And for our Netflix lovers, we take a look at Missy’s character on Big Mouth, whose storyline leads her to embrace her biracial heritage.

Deck those halls and make a New Year’s wish; you are now Up to Speed.

How are you advocating for justice at home, at school, or at work? Drop us a line and let us know, and tell your friends to follow us and see what we’re up to.




Momentum is a blog that captures and reflects the moment we find ourselves in, one where rampant anti-Black racism is leading to violence, trauma, protest, reflection, sorrow, and more. Momentum doesn’t look away when the news cycle shifts.

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