.This seems like an auspicious moment to engage in reflection, conversation and active listening about race in America. Every time we think we’ve reached a peak in terms of urgency for this to occur, a new incident reminds us that there is a lot of really difficult work ahead of us. Difficult days. Tough conversations. Hard lessons to learn – or re-learn. In that spirit, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of riveting new books to read in 2021 about race and the black experience in America, including memoirs, essays, histories and novels.. So much has already been said – and yet this new crop of books has lessons and wisdom that we all really need.
Have you heard? Of course you have, because for at least a few moments last week the fashion world was solely focused on a seminal 2021 event. No, not the D.C. insurrection. The Disappearance of Bottega Veneta from social media. Which got us to thinking: is mystery the new authenticity? Is a whisper the new shout? Is this a bad move or a boss move? Perhaps the new definition of luxury brand power is this: real power is when a brand is so strong it can disappear from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and other social media and still be the object of clamorous attention and intense desire. Political types, you might also want to take note.
The start of a new year, or of a new chapter in your life, is the perfect moment for focusing on how to surround yourself with positive energy in your home, at work and throughout your life. The techniques of feng shui are designed to do just that. Our correspondent Funto Omojola went in search of answers on how we can achieve positivity and balance in our surroundings with help from this ancient technique. Here, her report on feng shui expert advice on five effective ways to bring positive energy into your home, with recommendations on luxury home décor and fragrance to get you started.
As a nation, we remain in a moment when many people continue to earnestly try to learn more about how black people experience life in America. And many of us who are black are in search of solace, inspiration and reminders of our heritage and the legacy of our forbearers. There are several ways to do that effectively. One is by reading poetry. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has gathered a list of some of the best and most iconic poems written by leading black and African-American poets. Here you will find voices from many generations of writers, including some who are creating brilliant work today. Any one of these would be perfect poems to read right now to better understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the lived experience of African-American poets. And to celebrate the laureates who give voice to our community, which is still too often silenced.
We remain in a moment when many people are earnestly seeking to learn more about how black people experience life in America. Also a moment when many of us who are black are looking for inspiration and reminders of our rich heritage and the courage of our ancestors. There are many ways to do that, of course. One is reading memoirs written by black writers. Empathy and knowledge can help build bridges. And understanding can begin – or be further deepened – by listening to stories. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has gathered a list of 20 exceptional memoirs written by top black authors to read right now to better understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the African-American experience. Making time to immerse yourself in one or more of these is an excellent way to support brilliant writers. And to hurry along the change that we all so urgently hope for.