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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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There is a plethora of research being conducted in communities of color this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 as well as it being an election year. It is crucial to consider ethics when working with and conducting research in communities of color. There are a few reasons that’s the case. I’m sure many...
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What if we gave ourselves permission to be creative? To dream big and find innovative ways to deliver on those dreams in support of young Black women and girls in the Deep South?In an effort to provide time and space to young Black women and girls in ways that empower them to grow into their...
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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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Goodie Mob, a group with whom I’ve consciously uncoupled because … reasons, sang at the end of the interlude “Free” in 1995, “But I won’t accept this is how it’s gone be / ’Cause I wanna be free, completely free / Lord won’t you please come and save me / I wanna be free totally...
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Our office was abuzz Monday, February 17. You may have been at home, catching up on sleep, a little cleaning, watching “The Price is Right.” It was President’s Day, but the staff here worked. It’s a holiday I don’t value enough to not be productive. I would imagine, though, on March 20, you may be...
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In our work, we adamantly believe survivors and support those who have been victimized by sexual violence. After basketball megastar Kobe Bryant’s unfortunate passing, the commentary worldwide was split. We received a (long) question from one of our regular readers: Should Bryant be forgiven for his transgressions or will his legacy always be overshadowed by...
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Someone once said, “The best things in life come when you least expect it.” For the longest, I heard that saying and was never able to truly apply it to my life, until I was accepted into the Reese|Brooks|Gilbert Collegiate Leadership Initiative at The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects. In all honesty, I struggled to...
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