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Adrianna Ramirez Cuellar
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit worldwide, anxiety, isolation, unemployment, and food insecurity have risen for so many, especially for Black people and communities of color. That is the reason why The Lighthouse decided to identify the most pressing needs of Black girls and women in the south-eastern United States during and after the COVID-19 pandemic....
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Money is obviously necessary to live and be part of the world. We need it to buy food, clothes, have a place to live in, travel, socialize and other things. Because of that, money actually contributes to our happiness and sense of emotional well-being. The problem is that people tend to over-estimate the happiness that can come from having more money. When
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June is Blackity Black with so many different things happening - It’s Black Music Appreciation Month! Juneteenth! Pride! BBQs! Father’s Day! Here at Money Matters, we’re especially excited that June is also a celebration of Black businesses! For this edition of Money Matters, we will do a deep dive into Black, women-owned businesses to let you know how Black women are making a difference and impacting the entrepreneurship world. 
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May being the month we celebrate motherhood, it’s worth analyzing all the struggles mothers face when it comes to motherhood, employment, and childcare. American businesses lose around $12.7 billion annually because of their employees’ childcare challenges. As the pandemic has taught us, most childcare in America falls on the shoulders of mothers, grandmothers, aunts and...
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, we have all experienced a lot of changes. From being locked down in our houses to being unable to do the activities we enjoy such as visiting friends, going to restaurants, visiting museums, or going on vacation. One of the most significant changes has been the...
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Dear 2020, I have developed a love/hate relationship with you. Good things happened to me during your time, and also lots of anxiety, fear and hopelessness. At your beginning, I was finishing my master’s degree and super excited about the idea of having an American commencement—the cap and gown and having friends and family with...
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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season surrounded (virtually counts) by your love ones, and Happy New Year! In the first Money Matters column of the year, I want to tackle something I’ve been hearing discussion about you may be noticing too. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, many businesses have decided to not...
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*for the Spanish translation of this column, see below It’s that time of year when most people are planning what to do for the holidays, where to shop for gifts, and what to buy to bring some cheer to their friends and family after a rough year. With all the gift advertisements on TV, social...
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Nina Taylor, 30, was a small business owner until March of this year. Her company, Gemstone Bakery – The Cake Bar, was a mobile cottage foods vendor supplying vegan and paleo options and catering to customers with certain food allergies. Before COVID-19 ruthlessly shut her down and cleaned out her bank account, Colorado Springs customers...
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