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...two things became evident. One: every day, Black women are reporting to professional spaces that treat them with hostility, malice, disregard, and disrespect. Two: I’d been experiencing this kind of violence since I started working as a teenager. Vague reprimands about not smiling enough. A customer saying I had an attitude. Supervisors saying they couldn’t...
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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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Black excellence amplifies those making history right now and inspires following generations to aspire for greatness.
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One of my favorite memories with my daddy is going to the beach at Lake Michigan in Chicago. We would walk on what we called “the rocks” – huge rock-like structures you could sit on – and watch the sunset. Every time we were there, I remember asking a bunch of questions, picking little pebbles...
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When I think about attending a cookout nothing but pure joy comes to mind. Dancing, loud laughing, wonderful food, and fitting in without thinking about it. The scene from Poetic Justice with Tupac crashing by exclaiming ‘Cousin!’ is my leading thought. Many times, a cookout is a place we can just show up and share...
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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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I’ll always remember the afternoon of Sunday, November 15, 2020. That’s the last “normal” conversation that I had with mama. As usual, she was asking when I was goin’ to get me a husband and have her some grandbabies. “One day, mama. One day.” That was always my response to her. That was back when...
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“What I can offer every Black woman is empathy. Just because I don’t f*ck with you, just because you can’t come to my party and I’m not trying to go to your party, and I’m not buying your books, and I’m not liking your Instagram pictures— just because that is the case does not mean...
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Cuando los editores de BGX pidieron al personal de The Lighthouse que escribiera una carta a una mujer a la que quisieran, esto inspiró a Margaree Jackson a reflexionar sobre lo que significa ser una hermana mayor. Escribió un poema, y para celebrar el mes nacional de la poesía, decidimos compartirlo aquí para afirmar los dulces lazos de la hermandad....
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Con el corazón lleno, a menudo me presento con orgullo como una mujer queer, negra, del corazón del sur. Pero tengo que ser honesta con ustedes, ha sido un viaje llegar hasta aquí. Al igual que muchos otros, el camino para afirmarme en mi condición de marica estuvo plagado de incertidumbre sobre mi identidad y el riesgo...
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