Kiki Symoné
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Digital Illustrations
In 2020, we faced great challenges, barriers and loss. And when I say we I mean POC (People of Color). In a way, I see it as both a win and a loss. For the first time, in a long time, due to Covid-19, non-black POC are finally being exposed to some of the issues we've been facing all along: systematically higher unemployment rates, fewer job opportunities, lower pay, poorer benefits and greater job instability.

I'm not saying that we all have equal opportunities and rights now...there's still a lot of work that needs to be done, but it took the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many other victims of police brutality this year, PLUS a virus that also killed millions of people, for the world to feel a balance or even a shift of power to create unity.
Two of my heroes to emerge so far this year have been Amanda Gorman, who wrote the inspirational poem 'The Hill We Climb' and recited it at President Joe Biden's inauguration, and Kamala Harris. Kamala is keeping the dream alive and standing up for the rights of marginalized people.

When Black women lead, we all win (and I loved loved loved her purple suit!). Cheers to being hopeful and optimistic for the future!

- Kiki