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      The Power of Punctuation Toni Morrison said, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” This punctuation day, I am thinking about how Black women writers use punctuation to do language their way, particularly, the poets. These women use...
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It used to be pretty common when someone might ask another “What’s your dream job?” the other person would respond with a point where their passion or hobby met an opportunity to make money. If you’re a millennial—elder millennial, as they call us in our late 30s, early 40s—a generation older and maybe even younger....
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An important part of self-care is rest, so that’s what we’re doing this week! There won’t be any updates or new posts for the week of August 8-12, but we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday, August 15. In the meantime, catch up on any of the content you might have...
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There are a few of us at The Lighthouse who’ve found ourselves on gluten-free diets lately, for one reason or another. We’re also people who like to eat. If you’re like we are, here’s a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses gluten-free flour you might like to try. (This isn’t our recipe, but maybe...
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August is a significant month in many of our lives for a myriad reasons. For some, we’re preparing for the start of school—choosing the best ‘fit, deciding how deep we want the side part to be or wondering how we’ll deal with that clique of girls we somehow avoided online but now we’ll be seeing...
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By Briana Perry and Cierra Kaler-Jones   On Friday, the Supreme Court leveraged the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision to strike down Roe v. Wade. This devastating ruling allows states to ban safe and legal abortion at any stage of pregnancy. It’s estimated that at least 26 states are certain or likely to...
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Jackson’s last abortion clinic will be closing within days, putting the onus upon voters to either accept the loss or protest with their mid-term vote.   For months, professionally trained escorts were required to protect patients from the mob of begging, noisy anti-abortion activists hounding them all the way into Jackson’s last abortion clinic. The...
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Perdita and LaTanya discuss the Rothaniel comedy special that aired on HBO Max in March. Enjoy their conversation and share your thoughts in the comments!
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By Jaylin Jones   The national wave of Starbucks unionizations hit Texas last week, throwing corporate CEO’s into a panic. Employees at two Starbucks branches in Dallas announced their intent to unionize on Twitter, with workers claiming it’s time to remind the corporation that it was “built by and for people.” They argue that it...
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Blackwell Collage by Sarah Hairston Mayor Unita Blackwell was Mississippi’s first Black female mayor, and she represents a generational effort by Black Mississippians to defy 200 years of un-democratic government and shape Mississippi into a true democracy.  Two centuries after this nation declared independence for everyone wealthy, white, and male, Blackwell and her brave community...
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