Editor's Note

December Letter from the Editor: Holiday Gift Guide

I don’t know about you, but Cowgirl Candace has been a bit naughtier than nice this year.

I’ve taken on this why-the-hell-not approach (but that’s every year in all honesty) to taking chances and not taking “no” for an answer.

During 2016, however, I’ve connected with and reached out to so many fellow cowhands; nature-lovin’ folk; and natural hair and beauty entrepreneurs.

A few cool collaborations formed and others faltered.

My biggest professional self-challenge of the year: Submit an original, national story to JET since the publication has created a section open to its readers. JET has been one of my top childhood reads and inspirations to entering this field of study, so I jumped at the opportunity.

Although I never received a reply from the newsweekly concerning my historical coverage about African-American cowhands going from non-existent Western roles to now leading ones in today’s film and TV industry (click here for the full story), the fact that I’ve spent my decade-long career preparing for that “submit” moment gave me relief. I set a goal and accomplished it.

This year I’ve also explored new editorial subject matter and met new sources to write about, stretching my skill set as a feature and digital media writer.

So to treat myself during the holidays, I’m sharing my go-to gifts to take me into another Southern-sophisticated year of storytelling.

— Ride on!

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