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#176: The Weight I Carry

Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and welcome! Last week’s Highlighter was the most popular issue ever.
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#176: The Weight I Carry
By Mark Isero • Issue #176 • View online
Happy Thursday, loyal readers, and welcome! Last week’s Highlighter was the most popular issue ever. Thank you for reading the articles, sending me your thoughts, submitting pet photos, and suggesting topics to follow. This reading community is a strong one!
This week’s issue includes articles on spirituality, Afrocentric schools, and burnout. They’re all excellent. But if you have time to read just one, I recommend “The Weight I Carry,” which explores the turmoil of daily life of a 460-pound man.
+ Pop-Up Article Club: 3 slots left! Want to read and discuss a great article in person with other Highlighter subscribers? Eight of us will gather on Feb. 10, 2-4 pm, at The Highlighter Retreat Center in Oakland. Let me know if you’re interested in signing up or if you have questions about this new endeavor!

The Weight I Carry
Land Not Theirs: Confronting Religion’s Role in Oppressing Black Women
Honey, who belongs to loyal reader Christsna, likes rooting for the Warriors. Want your pet to get more famous? hltr.co/pets
Honey, who belongs to loyal reader Christsna, likes rooting for the Warriors. Want your pet to get more famous? hltr.co/pets
‘I Love My Skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools
This Is What Black Burnout Feels Like
+ Podcast Update: When I featured “79” as one of last year’s best three articles (see #173), naturally I wanted to speak to author Brian Broome. Good news: He’s on the latest episode of The Highlighter Podcast! In the interview, Brian talks about how he became a writer in rehab, how the first piece of writing he submitted got published, and how “79” began as a rant against white supremacy. We also explore the effects of capitalism and white supremacy on Black people and the perils of respectability politics. Please take a listen!
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