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Perdita Patrice
I just finished adding up all the payments I have been making on miscellaneous debt – loans, credit cards, consolidate debt, etc. I knew I cleared a lot of debt, but I just tallied those payments from the last four years and wow. The total came out to $36,824.03.   If you knew more about my...
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Content Warning: This piece discusses rape, sexual assault, physical abuse, and mentions murder and suicide.  For the past 10 weeks I watched the docuseries, Secrets of Playboy on A&E. As I settled into the stories, I got the sense that this is meant to be an exposé of both Hefner and the Playboy brand. The...
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are not new to generating headlines. They are both notorious for their ability to garner attention and court controversy. I’ll be honest I have zero respect or tolerance for Kardashian – and that family – or West. Her and her family’s history of exploiting their employees, fetishization of Black men,...
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Jazmine Sullivan’s highly anticipated, “Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe” album was released February 11. Earlier this month, Lighthouse contributor, Jessiree Jenkins, looked back at the original album “Heaux Tales” to revisit themes and thoughts the interludes and songs inspired.   I too went back to re-listen to the album in preparation for the release of...
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There’s never a wrong time for a good romance novel and since we are all about love this month, I couldn’t help but bring you a list of book recommendations that will make you gasp, giggle, squirm in your seat, and moan out loud. So, no matter your relationship status, power up that tablet or...
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The A&E and Lifetime documentary, Janet Jackson., aired January 28. The two-night, four-hour event promised to reveal more about Jackson’s life and career. My hope was that the trailer wasn’t over promising what it would inevitably deliver. Jackson, notoriously tight-lipped about her personal life – and even some aspects of her professional life – hasn’t...
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...two things became evident. One: every day, Black women are reporting to professional spaces that treat them with hostility, malice, disregard, and disrespect. Two: I’d been experiencing this kind of violence since I started working as a teenager. Vague reprimands about not smiling enough. A customer saying I had an attitude. Supervisors saying they couldn’t...
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No one could have predicted the intense and never-ending stress that has doggedly followed us from 2020. The uncertainty and negligence of our national, state, and local governments left me so mentally fatigued that I was often unable to focus on anything longer than 10 minutes. Walking around in a mental fog that never seemed...
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  I have spent the last 15 years unlearning capitalism and uncovering its influence on my behaviors and beliefs. I used to be hard on myself about spending money. If I wanted a treat, I’d go through all the ways I could justify my purchase. Then once the money was spent, I’d feel guilty. I...
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In 2019, I realized I needed a little help. After a decade of working non-stop and unraveling the reasons behind some of my life choices, I finally felt at peace. My 20s were filled with romantic pursuits, moving across country, working low-wage office jobs, marrying and divorcing, earning a college degree, and starting a new career in a new industry. If I were to assign a theme to my...
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