What it's like to run for office while black

A lot of stories and updates are in this one.

Y’all know I don’t have much to say in these newsletters. But today I want to introduce you to an extension of Julia The Reporter — Julia The Food Blogger. I’ve been on a health journey for about 2 years now. And, after some pushing from friends, I decided to start a real blog instead of just using Instagram. (You’ll still get the best updates on IG though so, if you want, you can follow me: @plantbasedwisdom).

Anyway, I say all of this to say that “bruh” will now be a place where I share my reporting and my food blog posts with you! The formatting is a little different — and I’m still playing around with what I want this to look like — but I still won’t blow your inbox up. You’ll hear from me when you hear from me.

Now, let’s get into the #content.

Appetizer

Check out my blog’s homepage, which includes my mission statement. It’s a deeply personal piece of writing that explains why I’m on this health journey and why I decided to share my success and failures with the world. You can sip on my favorite smoothie recipe ever, a seasonal Pumpkin Spice Smoothie, while you do. It’s full of veggies but it tastes like your favorite latte.

Main Entrée

I’ve recently gotten back into politics reporting. I wrote a piece about three gubernatorial candidates and a discussion they had during CBC week about running for office while black. It was an eye-opening conversation — especially in a country where most political candidates are white men — but the most compelling narrative centered around the careful calibration required of them in responding to racist attacks.

“We have to talk about this … but at the same time try to hold our people,” said [Andrew] Gillum, picking up where [Stacey] Abrams left off. He noted that he never dismisses the role of race in America, and that in politics “it feels like it’s on steroids.” But Gillum can go only so far in talking about it.

“It’s a line you can’t cross in calling it out because then you call the race card, or you pandered in some way or you’re trying to send some secret signal to somebody,” he said. “Well, so far in my race, it seems that my opponent and some of his friends are the only ones trying to send secret signals. But they’re not so secret.”

Within days after winning the Democratic primary, the racist attacks on Gillum heighted. On Aug. 29, his opponent Rob DeSantis told Floridians not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum, before going on to refer to him as “articulate.” The next day, robocalls linked to a neo-Nazi group in Idaho began targeting Gillum as well.

When you’re done sitting with that, you can move over to my latest blog: My Morning And Night Routine. A lot of my IG followers have asked me how I get so much done during the day — including writing, working out and cooking all the fancy looking stuff I eat. Well, I finally did a post about it!

I also have a dope FAQ on meal prepping that goes more in-depth into how I have mastered the art of only spending two hours a week cooking and preparing for approx. 15 meals. I share tips for saving money on healthy foods, staying consistent and integrating new “white people foods” — don’t front, if you follow me you know what that means — into your diet.

Dessert

You can get into this piece about why I love Gucci Mane’s Instagram. Or you can immerse yourself in #RunThatBack, a series about black pop culture that I co-host with my amazing colleague Taryn Finley. The latest editions pertain to Season 3 of HBO’s “Insecure.” You can read either one of these while you enjoy some yummy homemade vegan ice cream (I love adding peanut butter to my batches!)

Coming soon

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