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Measuring the distance between where you’re from and where you are | Black Joy – May 19 2023

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As I come to the final stretch of my time in Mississippi, I am thinking about how much my relationship to this place has changed. All the shame and hopelessness I felt from calling this place home is no longer at the forefront of my existence here. But that doesn’t mean those feelings weren’t valid. Nor does it mean that I have completely rid myself of them.

I am a descendant of several Black women on both my paternal and maternal side who left Mississippi for a better life. Now, here I am in 2023, feeling as though I’m having to make a similar decision. This inspired me to speak with other young millennials about their migration experiences.

In today’s newsletter, you’ll hear the migration stories of three elders and four young millennials. There is also a Q&A featuring artist and poet, Anastacia-Reneé discussing her collection, side notes from the archivist.


Beyond the Great Migration: stories from the past and present

What does migration look like for younger Black folks in 2023? Where are they leaving? Where are they going? How have their migration patterns transformed their relationship to place?Oftentimes, we think of Migration within the United States as moving from South to North, or vice versus. Maybe from the West Coast to the East Coast. But really, migration is any move of great enough caliber to garner culture shock. Black folks exhibit such a diverse range of cultural markers based on the part of the country we live, so we are especially sensitive to the upheaval intrinsic to a cross-country move.

Four Black Millennials share the joy, pain, and unexpected transformations that comes with moving from the only place they’d ever called home.

Read the full article on the Reckon website.

Archiving Black Memory: A conversation with Anastacia-Reneé

In their latest poetry collection, side notes from the archivist, Anastacia-Reneé welcomes us into an experience of Black cultural memory.

As an archivist, they provide side notes to get us started on our own exploration beyond the text. As a witness, they remind us that there are real people, real violence, real laughter, real grief behind what we call Black history, our history. During our conversation, we discuss what led Anastacia-Reneé to curating this collection, who she looks to for inspiration, and the role of joy in her work.

Read the full article on the website.

See you next time and remember to spread the Black joy!

Danielle Buckingham

Danielle Buckingham

Danielle Buckingham (she/her), affectionately known as Dani Bee, is Reckon’s Black Joy Reporter, and a Chicago-born, Mississippi-raised writer based in Oxford, Mississippi. A 2021 Lambda Literary fellow, her work has been published in MadameNoire, Midnight & Indigo Literary Magazine, Raising Mothers, and elsewhere.

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