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Self-care has never been more important than it is right now, and that's especially true for Black women, who have had to juggle work, family, personal lives, and more amid ongoing racial trauma while also living in a pandemic. According to women's rights organization LeanIn.org, Black women have faced an even greater burden and were more susceptible to burnout since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It's enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed, which is why figuring out what Black joy means to us has also never been more important.

I spoke with five Black women about how they redefining what Black joy means to them, and in my conversation with each of them, learned how they've been intentional with their self-care practices. From how a publicist and political strategist finds joy for herself to a fashion stylish and mom explaining how seeking Black joy means maintaining strong faith and a steady commitment to prayer, these women are taking care of themselves with their own set of rules. Keep reading to see what Black joy means to these five trailblazing women.

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The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living.

DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.