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After lockdown and restriction brought on by the global health pandemic, the idea of being “outside” renders an air of newfound freedom for many. Resumed travel, time with loved ones, and re-invigorated event attendance all stand as signposts of hope after a difficult period of isolation. While we all long for semblances of normalcy, for...
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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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I just finished a full re-watching of Criminal Minds – I blame TikTok users for posting clips of the show, which reminded me that, oh yeah, I used to like watching that. In turn, I spent the past several weeks catching up with Garcia, Reid, Rossi, Morgan, JJ, and Prentiss over 15 seasons and two...
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Almost every time I click on my “explore” page on Instagram, I see a post telling me that yet another WNBA team has either waived a player and/or signed a player on a hardship contract. When I say every time, I definitely mean EVERY. TIME.  Coming off the 2021 Chicago Sky championship winning season, I...
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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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Over the past two years many of us have spent more time exploring our homes and thinking about how we can make them more comfortable, beautiful, and practical. If you look at TikTok any length of time you’re sure to notice how much home improvement and design interests have inspired people. From do it yourself...
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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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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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The young women at Septima Clark Academy have been learning about art and putting that learning into practice. The past few weeks have been particularly lively. Students visited the Mississippi Museum of Art to experience the Silver and Gold Key Winners in Mississippi for the Scholastic Art Awards. As one of our first field trips,...
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During a recent interview, the host of the radio show I was a guest on asked me about the women who’d inspired me. She prefaced her question by talking about the giants upon whose shoulders we stood, listing a couple familiar names of the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. I immediately thought about a story...
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