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Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian and co-host of Truth’s Table Podcast. Her writings have been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Huffington Post Black Voices and her insights have been quoted by NPR, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker.

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  1. Wow I love this and was just thinking to myself what is normalcy in my life? Does it exist? Why is it that I work so hard and while it is said to be appreciated it comes with criticism? I need a soft girl summer break for real. Entering into 2023 I told myself not to create a New Year’s resolution or a vision board but get closer to God and write down 4 goals that I wanted to accomplish (without) time constraints. I have done that and 1.5 of the goals completed. 1 thing I realized was that I did not say how I would treat myself for all the hard work done. Well no more, it’s time to celebrate everything I have put effort into doing, without boundaries! “Come thru soft girl summer”

  2. Enjoyed this!! My soft black girls summer will consist of: the beach, massages, baths, wine, reading, writing and good food!!

  3. I so needed this refresher; however, as a fifty plus adult, I refer to my summers as “adulting season”. During this time, the focus is primarily me enjoying me [friends] with minimal costs or effort. My habitation demands proper care for my melanated skin, so I embrace this Soft Black Girl Summer with all its vibrancy and joy.

  4. I enjoyed reading your post. A Soft Summer sounds great! My Soft Summer looks like laying in my hammock, listening to sermons from my favorite, Bishop Noel Jones and others, journaling through my imaginations of what I want my life to be, 3-5 years from now. Buying or making props and decorate my yard and styling outfits for photo shoots from the many clothes in my wardrobe. Hosting sip and paints with my daughters and sisters. Laying by the poolside, listening to soft instrumental jazz music so I don’t try to sing alone. Just enjoy being Me!

  5. My soft Black summer consists of: Working in my gardening, visiting family, hanging out with friends, quilting, reading a pile of books, walking, visiting museums, eating great meals and naps.

  6. I really enjoy your writing. My soft Black summer consists of gardening, visiting family, hanging out with friends, massages, beach, walking, visiting museums, eating great meals and meditation.

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