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| The Minority Report | Our favorite voices, ideas and people who aren’t Black girls and women
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Alex Brown, 82, used to live across the road from the old Mt. Calvary M.B. Church graveyard, back before an owner severed the church from its graveyard and moved the building further up the road. Since that time, the disembodied graveyard has slipped away from public notice. This is a surprise considering the place once...
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Every month The Lighthouse invites writers to reflect on a theme. For October we asked writers to reflect on the Spaces Between: Black Girls and Women in the Worlds We’re In & The Worlds We’re Building. That’s meant thinking about: the spaces between the living and the dead as understood through Black and African spiritualities; the...
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“Kinky”, “Coily,” and “Free to be”. This is something that traces way back in “Our Black Roots” history. A style that can make a statement, no matter the size or shape. Defines a culture with just one take. Day to day, our people struggle to decide if they want to make “the transition”. A transition...
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As we celebrate 5 (five) years of working alongside Black girls and women, creating change for individuals and communities, we also want to celebrate Black women painters. Here are a few we are excited to share with you. Gwendolyn Knight moved to New York in the 1930s, joining the Post-Harlem Renaissance Movement. Her paintings depict...
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Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation by John Lewis It’s been almost a year since Representative John Lewis transitioned from this life, but thanks to this collection of his final reflections we can still lean on his wisdom to create a bit of good trouble. In these pages, Lewis offers advice and inspiration for...
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    Trump-related record turnout among Black people last November has one political party panicking hard, so much so state legislatures run by white people are working to pass a rash of new voter exclusions and restrictions targeting African Americans, especially, it seems.* The state of Georgia passed the most odious example in March. Members...
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Here’s a list of upcoming and newly released books by Black authors: The Walls of Jericho, Rudolph Fisher (Mar. 4) (Fiction) This classic satire novel from the Harlem Renissaance is being rereleased. The 1928 book tells the story of a Black lawyer named Fred Merrit who purchases a home in the “most exclusive” white neighborhood...
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Good decisions rolling out of the White House are coming too fast to monitor these days, and labor rights is a good first example. After watching workers’ rights erode and die for four years, advocates are actually cheering some good news.  “Peter Robb” is a name that doesn’t ring many bells, but Robb first made a name...
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Dear Diary, This month’s wellness theme at The Lighthouse is “consent.” I’ve challenged myself to learn more about this subject and find ways to practice it more often. I found a pretty good definition for consent. It’s “a clear, voluntary agreement from one person to another to engage in some form of activity.” So to give...
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