Black joy, Black lives, as celebrated by culture columnist Jeneé Osterheldt

We are more than police brutality and suffering. We can acknowledge injustice without being defined that way. Blackness is not a burden. Here, we tell our stories and our struggles, too, through the lens of love. We amplify the truths of Black folk and other people of color living as their fullest selves in a region, in a country, set up to keep them from doing just that. Their joy is a form of resistance. Join us on Instagram @abeautifulresistance .
A Beautiful Resistance -- what's ahead
Trailer for the next episodes of "A Beautiful Resistance" with Jeneé Osterheldt.

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Episode 2: Graffiti or mural? It's all a beautiful resistance
A Beautiful Resistance: Black joy, Black lives, as celebrated by culture columnist Jeneé Osterheldt. Join us on Instagram @abeautifulresistance. (Video by Caitlin Healy/Globe Staff, Photo by Erin Clark/Globe Staff, Commentary & concept by Jeneé Osterheldt/Globe Staff)

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— Episode 3 —

Protest is a beautiful resistance

Coming December:

OJ Slaughter is a Boston based photographer. Since the murder of George Floyd, they have captured most of the protests in the city, as well as the March on Washington. And when a Black photographer captures the uprising, the gaze captures more than anger. OJ sees the joy, the community, and the love in protests. And it comes out in their photography. OJ is working to fund other Black storytellers and document the history of now.

— Episode 4 —

Vogue is a beautiful resistance

Coming December:

HBO Max saved a lot of TV summers with "Legendary," a competitive ballroom reality show, a celebration of queer culture and voguing down the runway. And London Escada, mother of House of Escada New England, brought heart to the ball. London was born and raised in Springfield, Mass. and is now a proud Bostonian helping others love themselves through dance and community.

— Episode 5 —

To Be Black, Bostonian, and Proud is a beautiful resistance

Coming December:

Dart Adams, a hip-hop historian, author, and Boston griot is a native son of the South End and Lower Roxbury. The world outside of Boston likes to believe Black and brown people don't live here and Old Boston is complicit in their erasure. Dart learned young the importance of keeping the stories and marking the space. He takes us on a tour of his Boston Black history.

— Episode 6 —

Land is a beautiful resistance

Coming December:

Krista Scruggs, a farmer and winemaker in Vermont, is one of the rising tastemakers in natural wine. As a queer, Black woman, she's often labeled as a disruption to the whitewashed narrative of who makes wine. But as a native of Fresno, she's a farmer by nature and farming the land is just as much the story of our ancestors as it is anyone else's.

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↗ Jeneé Osterheldt

Jeneé Osterheldt is a culture columnist who covers identity and social justice through the lens of culture and the arts. She centers Black lives and the lives of people of color. Sometimes this means writing about Beyoncé and Black womanhood or unpacking the importance of public art and representation. Sometimes this means taking systemic racism, sexism, and oppression to task. It always means Black lives matter. She joined the Globe in 2018. A native of Alexandria, Va. and a graduate of Norfolk State University, Osterheldt was a 2017 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where her studies focused on the intersection of art and justice. She previously worked as a Kansas City Star culture columnist.See more of Jeneé's work here.

↘ Paula Champagne

Paula Champagne, who created the logo and Jeneé’s portrait, is a visual storyteller specializing in video, documentary photography, illustration, and graphic design. Champagne’s multimedia work communicates authentic human experiences. Inspired by her own experiences in the outdoors— her most recent passion projects explore and honor the intersection of Blackness, nature, and the quiet resistance of rest. paulachampagne.com

↘ Dart Adams

Dart Adams is a hip-hop historian, author, and Boston griot representing the South End and Lower Roxbury. His book, "Best Damn Hip Hop Writing: The Book of Dart," came out last year. Adams is curating New England inspired playlists for each episode of "A Beautiful Resistance."


Commentary, concept & curation: Jeneé Osterheldt


Videos produced: Caitlin Healy & Jeneé Osterheldt


Video shot & edited: Caitlin Healy


Project art: Paula Champagne


Playlists curated: Dart Adams


Featuring: Dart Adams, Che Anderson, Mercy Bell, London Escada, Krista Scruggs, & OJ Slaughter


Project editor: Jason Tuohey


Audience editor: Heather Ciras


Social producer: Jeneé Osterheldt


Photographers: Jonathan Wiggs, Craig F. Walker, Suzanne Kreiter, Pat Greenhouse, Jeneé Osterheldt


Digital design: Ryan Huddle


Animations: Brendan Lynch


Emotional labor: Christopher Hunt, Amy Pedulla, & Jonathan Jackson. Thank you, Caitlin & Jeneé