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LaTanya Lane
On July 4, 1776 a cadre of land-owning white guys declared themselves independent from the reign of King George III. The rest of us were fighting for those rights every day prior and have continued fighting for those same freedoms every day since. This July, The Lighthouse is celebrating that ongoing struggle. We agree with...
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When I was little, my mom would take us to the Newport News Public Library on Saturdays and make a bee line for the video section. Most of the library videos were black and white films, some of them goofy and others great. Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier was great. Some...
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Summer is here and after years of lockdown and 45 We are out here! Short, shorts, legs out. Out here. Exams finished, schools out. Out here. Juneteenth, BBQs, Black business shopping. Out here. Flag waving, PRIDE swelling. Out here. Fresh from the vine. Out here. Unapologetic. Faces to the sun. Basking in the joy of...
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So much of growing up is learning to parent ourselves – to soothe our own aches and pains, to listen to ourselves even when it’s late at night and we are tired and would rather go to sleep. We have to learn how to watch ourselves make mistakes and treat ourselves with compassion. Maybe we...
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In her front yard my grandmother had three clothes lines that stood useless in the winter. But as soon as April hit each line sank under the weight of rugs and blankets. The blankets she washed in the machine and then hung in the sun. The earth underneath each one would darken with seemingly endless...
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August tends to be a slow month for book releases, hopefully because people are celebrating The Lighthouse’s Birthday Month!!!, but thankfully there are a couple of upcoming titles you will want to put on your TBR list:
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In 2020, I gained two ancestors. First, Grandma Van. She was 78 years old, light-skinned with an extensive and elegant wig collection. We both like our hair covered and cute. Grandma towered over me, which is no great accomplishment since I am not known for my height, but this was more than physical. Grandma Van...
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