“*Jay-Z voice* Allow me to reintroduce myself.”

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Entertaining the thought of starting a Youtube channel can be daunting for some, but I’m here to assure you that it’s possible and can be accomplished with little effort. It’s simple: create an account, brainstorm a channel theme, and begin recording!

I know you are most likely thinking, “Okay Tatiana, easier said than done.” But I’m here to tell you it’s that easy and doable! Allow me to be your personal cheerleader and accountability partner, to make a plan and get it done!

For some time, I had contemplated beginning my channel. My…

I’ve raised my faith to believe nothing is impossible for God.

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I recently experienced a monumental birthday, the big 30, of which I had one wish in mind, to get closer to God. This month, I have chosen to deliberately seek his word by joining The Bible app, Open Heaven: 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer Devotional.

As I reflect on the last decade of my life, I know that I often struggled with putting God first, not because I didn’t want to, but rather, life has had a funny way of pulling me away from Him.

My intentions are clear and simple this time around: anchor myself and grow a…

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An ode to Black womxn.

Too often are Black girls and womxn placed at the edge of recognition and representation when exhibiting lifestyles, movements, and trends.

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It’s 7:00 am, and I am doing my usual routine: sit at the tea shop, people watch, and write. I contemplated my next writing topic when the words of philanthropist and supermodel Aamito Lagum dawned on me. “Define what you want, ask yourself what do I want. If everything was to go away if I had no fear if I had no obstacles, what is it that I want?” And it was as if the floodgates opened and the water came bursting. I want simplicity, joy, and freedom. I want minimalism.

My earliest memories of minimalism were when I was…

My mental health will no longer take the back seat.

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Although 2020 may have been daunting for most of us, it created a sense of space for reflection and realignment that has proved conducive to my well-being — this I know for sure.

As we enter the new year, I’m reminded of three impactful life-changing lessons that have me feeling the sky’s the limit in 2021!

  1. Faith, Prayer, And Meditation Equals Balance

How many times have you been on a spiritual high with Creator, and all of a sudden, you’ve fallen off? This is a life lesson that continues to…

Formatting and Submission Guidelines for En Color.

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Welcome to En Color, a progressive publication illuminating Black voices, Black art, and Black culture. Thank you for choosing to be a part of the En Color community and share your pieces — as it truly takes a village.

We are a collective created for us and by us; a library of thought-provoking stories from writers across the African Diaspora. Rooted in a passion for storytelling, art, and culture — we impact, influence, and inspire one story at a time.

How to Submit to En Color?

En Color accepts creative, thought-provoking non-fiction articles, poems, first- person essays, listicles, and…

Ready. Set. Go!!

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Last night I was in a very thought-provoking conversation with my girlfriend, Mila. We touched on just about everything from identity, race, gender, and of course, writing! I expressed how I’ve was inclined to write more and keep my creative juices flowing when she shared an insightful idea.

“How about when you wake up every morning, you write three pages of unfiltered stream of conscious thoughts! And just like that, I knew we were on to something.

It’s a party; it’s a party, it’s a party, aye!

In celebration of En Color’s launch, I introduce to you, Food For Thought — our first column dedicated to inspiring…

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Joy is our most powerful counternarrative and has the capacity to decolonize imaginations. — Aja Monet

Since I can remember, I’ve been an avid book reader. My younger self would spend hours nuzzled in my local library — getting lost in a novel. The library held a world of phenomenal writers of which we shared a deeply rooted commonality — our love for our Blackness.

I turned to books by Black authors to gain wisdom about my heritage. I was enamored by how writers like Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Myers, and Connie Porter used their storytelling to evoke emotions and…

Tears were shed as I ingested this beautiful piece. I felt as though you were sharing a chapter from my life of what the past year has felt and been like; for my Black female body. Your vulnerability and storytelling are truly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your words, experience, and truth. "The worth matters in all the work Black womxn do."

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I vividly remember when I was nominated to be part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I Have A Dream writing contest.

My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Shiroki, insisted my follow-up speech to Dr. King’s disquisition was inspiring. She suggested that I compete with our cities’ young writers for the grand prize: a $100 gift card and medallion!

Although I couldn’t quite articulate the continual injustices that I witnessed towards Black and Brown people living in my neighborhood, I did understand that being Black and Brown meant being treated and viewed differently — and not in a moral way.


Tatiana Donaldson

Tatiana is an educator, writer, and Editor of 𝙀𝙣 𝘾𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙧 — a progressive publication illuminating Black voices, Black art, and Black culture.

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