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The Feature | Vexation and Revival
There was a woman born from a Lotus Her heart was golden, deep as the ocean And then this one man, he came and broke it ‘Til it was open, just like a Lotus Oh, yes, there were explosions She found her focus, the beast awoken # I almost died twice before I was even born.  The first would’ve been via abortion. In...
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For November, we are featuring a short story about a girl at an important moment in her journey to womanhood. Despite early missteps and fumbles, Omega tries to navigate this new terrain with grace. Happy reading! *** Mama Say: “Omega, Omega, Omega! Wake up!” Mama yells. She shakes my arm, and I groan. I roll...
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It is not lost on me that my uncle died of a virus during a pandemic, nor that I am imagining his life and death while COVID-19 destroys communities of color and lays bare asymmetries that predispose Black, Brown, low-income, dispossessed, and disregarded people to premature death. Like COVID, the AIDS crisis made clear who...
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People often say children aren’t born knowing how to hate; adults teach them. There’s even a Nelson Mandela quote from his book, “Long Walk to Freedom,” where he drones on—no disparage intended—about no one being born hating another person. “People,” he writes, “must learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate, they can...
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“Tell A Black Girl’s (COVID) Story” is a photo essay that seeks to tell a COVID story through the eyes of Black girls. The essay is part of the Lighthouse’s Stories of Resistance Project. The images depict Black girls ranging from the ages of 7 to 22. I have taken over 100 portraits utilizing various approaches...
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(Logan R. Cyrus)   It’s (Black) Women’s History Month for us, and politics is always a conversation on our minds, so let’s discuss the role of Black women in politics in 2020 this year so far. The Obama presidency was a historic event, but the campaign that preceded it was not all confidence and cheer.  Things weren’t going so well on a lonely campaign stop in Greenwood, South...
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Precious Lord take my hand. Lead me on. Let me stand. I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.  As I sat in my bedroom feeling heavy with the news of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Fannie Lou Hamer singing “Precious Lord,” played on repeat in the background. In this recording, she recalls finding...
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In 2020, I gained two ancestors. First, Grandma Van. She was 78 years old, light-skinned with an extensive and elegant wig collection. We both like our hair covered and cute. Grandma towered over me, which is no great accomplishment since I am not known for my height, but this was more than physical. Grandma Van...
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On April 22, 20-year-old Army Spec. Vanessa Guillén disappeared from the Fort Hood Army base, in Killeen, Texas, where she’d been assigned. Photos of Guillén accompanied the news reports, as her mother pleaded for information leading to her daughter’s return. As pictures of Guillén’s last movements were discovered, it was revealed she reported the sexual...
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I always feel my brightest, boldest, freest self when I’m on the road. I don’t know if it’s the calming solitude as I pass over empty highways after the sun slips away, or if it’s the thrill of meeting new people who don’t know just what a cow-obsessed bookaholic I am yet, but I love...
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