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In Her Words
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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With a full heart, I often proudly introduce myself as a queer, Black, woman from the heart of the south. But I’ve got to be honest with you, it’s been a journey getting here. Like many others, the path to firmly standing in my queerness was riddled with uncertainty about my identity and the risk...
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I have never been financially independent. Every bit of what you see has been given to me or provided by someone else. More specifically, there is nothing I have a man has not given to me. I ooze privilege. White. Blonde curls (that I straighten). Designer clothes. New car. Bouncy disposition. I am the women...
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  The world—the days—was predictable until mid-March. I was certain of what my semester and summer would look like. I would finish my classes in May and head out to Washington, D.C., in June for my summer fellowship. Unfortunately, COVID-19 struck. My college, Delta State University, closed campus, put my classes online, and the rest...
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for a Spanish translation of this story, see below A few months ago, the whole world practically stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While this pandemic has caused an economic slowdown and generated negative effects all around the world—GDP fall, massive layoffs, rising unemployment rate, drop in consumption, public health crisis, and so on—people have...
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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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It seemed irresponsible not to say anything on our next staff call, but I didn’t know what to say, so I’d been vacillating. Then our senior staff reporter sent a text and asked if we—he wouldn’t write it, he noted—should have an editorial response to the most recent murders of Black folks. Here again, we probably should...
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I am coming to accept that the Hot Girl Summer I was looking forward to might become an extended season of self-isolation, or maybe some parody of The Purge where people fight over packages of toilet paper, while neglecting the soap and disinfectant aisles altogether (as if that isn’t part of the reason we’re in...
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Note: In recognition of Women’s History Month, I started out writing an admiration piece about Lizzo. During this time, the novel coronavirus arrived in the US and spurred many discussions about how individuals living in “fat” and large bodies as a pre-existing condition are being treated in this crisis. Thus, with those discussion in the...
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“Lo siento, pero su hija no puede practicar ballet porque tiene el pie plano.”   “I’m sorry, but your daughter cannot practice ballet because she has flat feet.”  The teacher and all of her ballet students in the class were white. Yamay “La Fina” Mejías Hernández and her mother were the only Black people in the...
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