a young Zoë Pulley sports a party hat while eating cake
Zoë —photo by JaLeel Marques Porcha


Zoë Pulley is a Presidential Fellow pursuing an MFA in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. She received her BFA in Fashion Design with a minor in Media Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Thank you to all contributors for trusting me with your stories & for letting me be part of your joy.

Please contact Zoë Pulley here with all inquires.


Black Joy Archive is a biannual publication. If you are interested in participating in the third volume, please complete the form here.

*please note that all images are property of the listed contributors. Please reach out to Zoë for permission to use.


Thank you to the many generous, and gracious folks who helped make this project come to fruition:

  • RISD Office of Research & Strategic Partnerships
  • Shiraz Gallab
  • Jesse Hoyos
  • Secret Riso Club
  • DWRI
  • Jenn Lam and the Ace Hotel Brooklyn
  • Ryan Waller
  • Jennifer Liese
  • JaLeel Porcha
  • Nik Muka`
  • Samantha Storch
  • Brianna Medina
  • Chapman Bettis
  • Lydia Chodos
  • Sunho Lee
  • Brett, Stacey & Blake Pulley

And thank you to all who donated to bja v.i to sustain the ongoing efforts of this project.