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Sophomore Duke University athlete, Rachel Richardson, allegedly endured a storm of racial slurs during a volleyball game against Brigham Young University (BYU) in August. Richardson reported the abuse, and the suspect was initially banned from all of BYU’s athletic events. In an Aug. 26 statement, however, the BYU athletics department reversed course on their decision...
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On February 17, 2022, Russian Federal Customs Service detained WNBA superstar, Brittney Griner for possessing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. Griner was then arrested and charged with smuggling narcotics. This information was kept relatively quiet for weeks. Then, news of her detainment broke on March 5, Griner’s wife, Cherelle T. Griner, took to Instagram on March...
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Mississippi is fostering a queasy reputation for corruption, and gaping holes in its oversight and sunshine laws are making that reputation deserved. The steady crank of court filings in the state’s expanding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) money racketeering and bribery scam is uncovering new revelations every week. At the heart of the suspected...
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      The Power of Punctuation Toni Morrison said, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” This punctuation day, I am thinking about how Black women writers use punctuation to do language their way, particularly, the poets. These women use...
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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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Part of The Lighthouse’s celebration of its fifth birthday includes celebrating Black women, and this summer there were four glorious women who swung them knuckles and put some folks in their place. This includes … U.S. Rep Ayanna Pressley, who got up in President Joe Biden’s DOJ for trying to bring back the death penalty....
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Our commitment to power as space and time has expanded. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27, our website will feature full Spanish translation and several other accessibility options, including text for dyslexic users, color inversion and link highlighting.   Additional features include:   Plain text mode  Adjustable letter and word spacing  Adjustable font size  Adjustable line height  Left and...
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All week this week, we’ll be sharing letters to 2020 and 2021—Dear John and strawberry letters, respectively—from staff, contributing writers and contributing editors. Last year was, universally, hell for many of us, but it also had sun rays that shone brightly on us. How was your last year? What are you anticipating (or, intentions, as...
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There’s an unspoken rule when Black folks die: other Black folks bring fried chicken, canned drinks, paper towels and other paper goods, anything that makes hosting a house of bereaved family easier. These practical gifts aren’t only about convenience; they’re about the camaraderie that comes with the visit, collective grieving. Community resumes post-funeral service at...
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