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In 2013, the conservative Supreme Court hamstrung the Voting Rights Act by destroying preclearance and removing authoritarian Southern states from a federal watch list. Practically the very next day, Southern legislatures could not wait to ratchet up their war on minority vote participation. Tennessee Republicans are apparently still squealing with delight. This session, they’re acting...
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Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) from “Full House” done got indicted and turned herself in, y’all. If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, a gang (🤨) of celebrities have gotten arrested for a scam that many of us wouldn’t have ever fathomed was possible, let alone had enough money to engage in the pay-for-play...
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Umoja | Unity by Jelisa Harvey Habari Gani! The first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja, celebrates togetherness. Umoja represents family, friends and community. During Kwanzaa, unity is first demonstrated by the families and community coming together to ignite the black candle that symbolizes togetherness.  Umoja is a union of two or more people to create or...
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I love gift-giving so much my friends and family call me when they have to buy gifts for others and ask me what to buy for people. Said people can be perfect strangers to me, it doesn’t matter. “Tell me a little about her,” and we get started. The best gifts are a combination of...
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Our work with colleges and students this year has been a dramedy of the cinematic variety. They, of course, are the stars; we have been the supporting cast. From too many commitments to office set-up, to site visits, and a Pacific Northwest staff retreat, when it was time to kick off this academic year’s events...
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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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