Joy Notoma

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Joy Notoma is a freelance writer and journalist who lives in transit between New York, Benin, and northern France. She writes about the emotional landscape of migration, spiritual freedom, and topics related to black womanhood in a global context. Her essays and reporting have appeared in Longreads, Zora Mag, Al Jazeera, Huff Post, CNN International, and Quartz Africa. You can find her on twitter @joyinthestillness.  


Cover Photo: Illustration by Monica Ahanonu for Catapult
The Civil Rights Activist Whose Unique Spirituality Helped Me Find My Own

After I left my family’s religion, I was, for better or worse, searching for a blueprint, a model I could trust, which felt familiar enough to be safe, yet bold enough to be revolutionary.

Apr 09, 2020