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  I’m in my first semester of college – eleven hours away from home – and also a former basketball player and multi-sport athlete. Throughout every phase in my life, I can never seem to abandon the “basketball player” in me. I find myself looking for (and fangirling over) Black women succeeding (and ABSOLUTELY killing...
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Often when September rolls around, I find myself thinking of Earth, Wind and Fire’s ode to the 21st day of the month. Truth be told, I don’t know most of the words to the song, so I can’t tell you what it’s about besides something special about September 21. I know it sounds celebratory, though,...
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It’s about our priorities—what we pledge our allegiances to. If we say we are committed to supporting Black girls and women, buoying marginalized communities writ large, and creating an equitable society, that, by proxy, means we are also committed to destroying the power systems that uphold that. … even if we must sacrifice some luxuries.
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Dear 2020 and 2021, I’m writing to you in tandem now because for me you are inextricably linked. You both held and hold great hope and great fear I am doing my best to reconcile. You, 2020, opened the doors of opportunity for me. New city, new job, new apartment, new friends, new lovers, and...
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Dear 2020, We had a rocky start. You were cold and financially unstable. I was always dreading waking up to you. I worked hard to make things better, make them easier. You were a fortress of sadness for the first four months. I lost some family and friends. I lost my car. I drank too...
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Bare feet on the cliffside wondering how it will all end, the darkness swallows me. Rocks and sticks pierce my skin, as I take another step, but the coldness has taken my will to feel. I dance carelessly along the edge, knowing I have to make a choice, hoping my careless character does it for...
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Dear Younger Self, It was a pleasure meeting you. You were there through it all. I will never forget how you had big dreams and goals for yourself, the ones you use to envision yourself doing. I hope this letter to you does not sound too harsh, but it is something that needs to be...
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Dear Diary, This month’s wellness theme at The Lighthouse is “consent.” I’ve challenged myself to learn more about this subject and find ways to practice it more often. I found a pretty good definition for consent. It’s “a clear, voluntary agreement from one person to another to engage in some form of activity.” So to give...
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Dear 2020, I want you to know, 2020, I wrote this letter to you from a hidey-hole somewhere under my mom’s bed because I haven’t stopped crying yet, and I’m trying to avoid the high cost of therapy in your COVID-19 economy. I also need you to know I’ve filed multiple restraining orders against you...
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  Dear 2020, This is a break-up letter. I am sure you haven’t gotten one of these in a while. I feel childish and petty writing this, honestly, but I know this is the best way to communicate my true feelings. It is over. What we had is done. You probably won’t take any responsibility...
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