Black Women of Bloomington: Recognizing Their Accomplishments & Contributions (COVER STORY)

The achievements of Black women are being recognized nationally as never before, thanks to the ascent of Kamala Harris to the vice presidency, the impact of Black women on the presidential election, and the several Black women appointed to cabinet and other key government positions. Finally, and long overdue.

Black women are also mayors of several of the country’s largest cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C., and Michelle Obama for the third straight year is the most admired woman in America, according to a 2020 Gallup poll. Read more.

15th Annual Wedding Guide

Oy! What a Year! There is an existential expression that pretty much sums up the year 2020: “Man plans, God laughs.”

That sentiment was certainly true for people expecting to marry in this year of the pandemic. Many weddings long planned were either minimalized or put off for another day.

The Bloom staff searched for in-person weddings that took place during the pandemic and faithfully followed the CDC safety guidelines for masks and social distancing. Alas, we could find none. So, what we present here, in our 15th annual Wedding Guide, are four of our most popular weddings from years past. Read more.

Editor’s Message: What I Miss

Editor and publisher Malcolm Abrams

You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I’ve been thinking about that sentiment often as the pandemic rages on, even as people are being vaccinated. The end is in sight but not yet in reach.

Even in my most run-of-the-mill day in pre-COVID times, there were many nice occurrences; small experiences to which I never gave a second thought. But I do now. Read more.