Black Girl Times

Our blog offers Black creatives a platform to discuss their experiences and those of southern Black girls and young women (in particular but not exclusively) on The Lighthouse’s website. Through this project, creatives use writing, photography and other mediums to underscore the organization’s mission, further elevating those voices on matters ranging from reproductive justice to music, economic justice to pop culture.

Editorial Team

Natalie A. Collier

Editor in chief

Maya Miller 

Senior Editor

Pam Thompson

Deputy Editor

Joecephus Martin

Creative Director

Rose Parkman Marshall

Copy Editor

Jelisa Harvey

Editorial Assistant

Margaree Jackson

Social Media Specialist

Adam Lynch

Senior Staff Reporter

Ashlee Kelly


Perdita Patrice


Impoverished K-12 Students Head into Next Year Missing Pivotal Building Blocks

Young students all over Mississippi and the South are celebrating their high school graduation under the shadow of COVID-19. Schools have taken to breaking up graduation ceremonies into multi-day events in order to keep participation low and reduce the risk of spreading the deadly disease. Clinton High School, for example, broke their celebration into 19...
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Resting While Black

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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The Girls Are Not Alright

If your life is anything like many of us who work at The Lighthouse, whenever your phone buzzes lately, it’s one of a few things: someone looking to start a conversation with “WYD?,” a question about work, (despite the fact you have some intra-office communication medium, like Microsoft Teams), or the “Do you have time...
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Black Businesses in the Red | When Equity Meets History

It doesn’t take any real level of scholarship to understand Mississippi has struggled with equity since it was granted statehood more than two centuries ago. That trend has continued with the state’s latest—and honestly feeble—attempt to address the disproportionate economic and social toll the COVID-19 pandemic is exacting on Black Mississippians, who represent nearly 40...
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Quarantine, Eat Fruit Snacks and Chill

When the COVID-19 quarantine started, I thought “How hard could this be?” This time last year, I was concerned about the lack of time I was spending with Alex, my 2-year-old daughter. I was trapped in a cycle of work, sleep, repeat. Although at the beginning of sheltering in place, I would be home with...
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Federal Government Pulling Protection from School Campus Sexual Assault Victims

The U.S. Department of Education, under Education Secretary Betsy Devos, is rolling back Obama-era rules to the nationwide Title IX program that will make it even harder for women to report incidents of rape and sexual assault to campus supervisors. “Title IX” is a federal civil rights law passed as a component of several amendments in...
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GOP Governors Charge Ahead with Reopening States Despite Health Warnings

Two years after barely defeating his Black Democratic opponent, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is opening his state for business amid a deadly pandemic. Atlanta residents, frankly, are not amused. “I can’t understand where this (eagerness) is coming from considering we’re unable to properly distance ourselves from our clients,” said Linda Sharp, owner of Lark &...
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Mississippi Court Affirms 12 Years for a Black Man with a Phone

While everybody was fretting over being locked away in their own house for a few more weeks, one Mississippi man is facing being locked away in state prison for 12 years for walking into a county pen with a cellphone. Mississippi resident Willie Nash didn’t know what hit him the day Circuit Court Judge Mark...
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COVID-19 Makes the Case for Medicaid Expansion in Mississippi

When the Mississippi economy faltered due to the 2008 national recession, and again in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it was largely due to circumstances beyond the influence of the average Mississippian. When Americans and Mississippians voluntarily choose to shut down a whole economy, however, we do it with flair. Mississippi and the...
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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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Lawsuit on Mississippi’s Jim Crow-Era School Funding System Moves Forward

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals did something nobody expected in this political climate: They took public education seriously. Last month, the judges bucked their court’s conservative nature and opened the door to a trial over school funding, which conservative U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour had wanted dead. Two years...
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Mississippi Governor Uses Corona as a Tool to End Abortion

When a deadly virus tears through the world’s population and single-handedly ransacks the U.S. economy, you can always count on certain people to try to use it as a tool to push a personal (and political) agenda. Such is the nature of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves who gleefully announced his plan last month to impose...
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Arlan Is Here

For Women’s History Month, I am immensely grateful to the women whose past contributions are still beneficial, and I would like to introduce you to Arlan Hamilton. Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, my mentor and godmother, although, it is highly unlikely she is aware of the latter. Backstage Capital is...
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Food is Love: A Q&A with Sade Meeks, Founder of G.R.I.T.S

I’m not a foodie, but I do love good food. Growing up, the smells from the kitchens or grills of the women and men in my family made my tummy jump and face smile. Those smells were usually a signal to me that I could take a break from sports and games with my brothers...
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Ida B. Wells: A Lasting Legacy

I don’t know when I first learned about Ida B. Wells. I wonder if, being a Mississippian, she has always existed in my consciousness or if there was a moment at which I was specifically educated about her. No matter, when I think about influences, inspiration and admiration, it is Ida B. Wells who, after...
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