Anonymous asked:

Why did you choose the name Zora for your daughter? It's beautiful! Just want to know the inspiration behind it.

Idk how delayed this response is, because I never saw the question in my email, but… when choosing a name, I wanted one that bespoke my people without being overtly ethnic. That was my initial thought. Zora Neale Hurston is a female writer most known for her contribution to Af-Am literature, and as a writer - her contribution(s) meant a lot to me. The deciding factor was when I learned that Zora meant sunrise or dawn (it’s Slavic). I love names with meanings behind them and had been looking into Arabic terms for “a second chance” or “finally,” etc. With that in mind, sunrise/dawn seemed more than sufficient. Hence, Zora :)