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In my first semester, I am taking a class where we explore Black, College of Charleston (CofC) trailblazers since 1967. Recently, we hosted the second Black player to integrate the CofC men’s basketball team as our guest speaker. While he shared many recollections of his life worthy to be remembered forever, one thing he said...
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Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit worldwide, anxiety, isolation, unemployment, and food insecurity have risen for so many, especially for Black people and communities of color. That is the reason why The Lighthouse decided to identify the most pressing needs of Black girls and women in the south-eastern United States during and after the COVID-19 pandemic....
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Black excellence amplifies those making history right now and inspires following generations to aspire for greatness.
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One of my favorite memories with my daddy is going to the beach at Lake Michigan in Chicago. We would walk on what we called “the rocks” – huge rock-like structures you could sit on – and watch the sunset. Every time we were there, I remember asking a bunch of questions, picking little pebbles...
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When I think about attending a cookout nothing but pure joy comes to mind. Dancing, loud laughing, wonderful food, and fitting in without thinking about it. The scene from Poetic Justice with Tupac crashing by exclaiming ‘Cousin!’ is my leading thought. Many times, a cookout is a place we can just show up and share...
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People often say children aren’t born knowing how to hate; adults teach them. There’s even a Nelson Mandela quote from his book, “Long Walk to Freedom,” where he drones on—no disparage intended—about no one being born hating another person. “People,” he writes, “must learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate, they can...
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This month while we’re talking about all things Black Culture through the lens of Blackity Black, then a Little Blacker. We’re listening to Black podcasts that top some of the most popular lists of pop culture, gossip, comedy, and Black and queer identity. As our editor put it, “In June, whatever is happening—that’s not news—is...
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When BGX editors asked The Lighthouse staff to write a letter to a woman they loved, it inspired Margaree Jackson to reflect on what it’s meant to be a big sister. She wrote a poem, and in celebration of National Poetry month, we decided to share it here to affirm the sweet bonds of sisterhood....
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According to the Washington Post, which began tracking police shootings in 2015, the cops have killed more than 5,600 people nationwide. Of those, 24 percent were Black Americans (about 1,300) and 247 were women.  Forty-eight of those were Black women. This may sound small, but consider what Marissa Iati, Jennifer Jenkins and Sommer Brugal write...
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No one imagined this year we would be experiencing a global pandemic. No one guessed the toll COVID-19 would take on Black girls and women. No one imagined that colleges would be virtual for the rest of the semester and graduations would be celebrated virtually. Yet, it happened. There are many stories about how COVID-19...
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