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The Lighthouse
Though school is starting back this month, learning never stops. In fact, we pride ourselves on working to improve always. One of the organizational values of The Lighthouse is self-evaluation. Our Book of Culture and Being says, in part, “we are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating ourselves, our positions and contributions.” Not long ago, this showed...
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In memoriam of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who helped us liberate our minds and bodies, groove on the dance floor, reminded us of our responsibility to community and celebrate spirituality all at the same damn time, a Spotify playlist to take you on a similar ride. And if you prefer Apple Music? Rest,...
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From the southern heat to the breezy Pacific northwest coast, The Lighthouse team recently traveled to Portland, Ore., for a work retreat. Nicknamed the City of Roses, Portland is home to the famous Blue Star donut shop (my new favorite) and the largest number of street food trucks in the United States. Upon our arrival...
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No one can take their mom for granted like a son or daughter. This story is about seeing my mom in unfiltered light and freedom. This liberation comes when her husband (my dad) is not around. This piece is a dart to his ego and a prayer said to my mom’s heart, urging it to love...
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Today’s the last day of us staying in my mom’s friend’s place. We’re going grocery shopping so when we go to our next Airbnb we’ll have food. Before we went grocery shopping, my mom and I wanted to pick a place in Europe, and we’re most likely going to go to Italy. Where in Italy?...
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November 12 Yesterday my mom and I landed in Cairo, Egypt. After we landed, my mom and I met up with a tour group. We left the airport in a bus and one hour later, we were at our hotel. The hotel was nice, but the food wasn’t. That same day we met the rest...
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Me and Noel been at it before Twitter names / Yeah, been on the move like the lease is up / And I can’t even name one person that’s keepin’ up —Drake,” 0-100/The Catch Up” We’re going all the way live today! We are trying something new this week and hope you will come along...
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There are sacred Christmas songs and maybe a couple you’ve never heard before, ones that slap,  Kwanzaa-inspired jams and a party song or two. These chanteuses will get you through the next several days, whether you’re hosting dinner, a cocktail party, or need a soundtrack while you’re chilling by yourself and reading a book. Merry...
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We were inspired. Local DJ, Young Venom, curated a playlist for the Mississippi Museum of Art, and we decided, “Why not curate one for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s opening, even though they didn’t ask?!” So we did. We have. And we’re sharing it. Here’s to #blackgirljoy that even 45 can’t dampen. There’s been so much...
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This article contains reflections related to child abuse that may be uncomfortable or triggering for survivors and some others. Years ago, I began writing a poem about one of the languages my mother spoke. It began, “Pain is my mother’s tongue, but I speak it fluently.” I thought the line was dope. I did my,...
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