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The past year saw some of the most devastating climate catastrophes across the globe, from floods in Pakistan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Brazil to droughts in Somalia, Spain, Kenya, China, Ethiopia, Europe and the United States. While climate change affects the entire world, the impact is borne disproportionately along the lines of gender, race,...
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Mississippi legislators, under current Republican leadership, will likely fail to enact lasting solutions for a rash of hospital closures across the state, despite a whopping $3.9 billion revenue surplus. State health officer Dr. Daniel Edney warned senators last November that more than half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals—38—could close, aggravating already poor health conditions in the...
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As we close in on the holidays, The Lighthouse caught up with Marquitrice Mangham, a woman who recently opened a grocery store, Farmacy Marketplace, in the underserved town of Webb, Miss. Grocery stores are rare in the Delta, which leaves residents in a vast “food desert,” with no access to fresh vegetables and produce. This,...
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The state of Mississippi is losing its only burn center at Merit Health Central in South Jackson. The JMS Burn and Reconstruction Center, which includes 13 intensive care patient rooms, is closing due to staffing issues. “The complex medical needs of burn patients require support from a broad range of specialists — ones you typically...
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Often when people think of Black women in sports, they think of basketball, track, and maybe softball and soccer.  But with the year that collegiate Black gymnasts are having, I think everyone should start thinking “gymnastics, basketball, track, and maybe softball and soccer.”  We know the OGs of Black girl gymnasts, Gabby Douglas and Simone...
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Those financial benefits are precisely why Black community leaders keep invitations open to potential polluters. The money is still good, despite coming at a cost to African American neighbors. The U.S. Census reports the city of Gloster is more than 80 percent Black. More than half the town’s residents also live below the poverty line. Drax...
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Black excellence amplifies those making history right now and inspires following generations to aspire for greatness.
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In this world, our current world, male dominated, white supremacist structures are working to return women to the bondage that legal powerlessness brings. Nowhere is this clearer than in the fight for reproductive justice...In the care of a whole womxn, the goal must be access to reproductive justice, which encompasses access to abortion as well...
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President Joe Biden recently met with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to try to hash together a deal on financing a massive rebuild of the nation’s ailing infrastructure, but time is running out for Biden and Democrats to overcome Republican efforts to tank a bipartisan deal. Critics say the GOP is hoping to sink the...
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Dear Black mother-to-be, Here’s what I need you to know about birthing in today’s society¾we are at war. Like many other institutions in the so-called Western world, we are not embraced by the medical “care” system when it comes to birthing our children. Often, we are acknowledged only as bodies in a room. Our spirits...
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