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, videography 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.

Mississippi Deputy Ducks Conviction for Murder and Evidence Tampering

Here’s an update you probably didn’t want to hear: A Mississippi cop who apparently planted evidence at the scene of a teen shooting six years ago managed to evade charges. It’s the rough reality in a nation where cop, after cop, after cop, seems to get away with killing Black people. News reports described Willie...
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On Resistance and Struggle: Women in the Cuban Hip-Hop Scene

1990s hip-hop greats Salt-N-Pepa, TLC and Missy Elliot traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Cuba not by airplane or boat but through radio waves. The signal may have been weak, but the message and influence were strong. Afro-Cubans in Alamar gathered to listen to the few hip-hop stations that they could pick up from America...
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Latest Cuba Travel Restrictions and Their Effects on the Afro-Cuban Community

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced new travel restrictions banning passenger and recreational vehicles, including cruise ships and private aircraft, from traveling to Cuba. The ban also eliminates the popular people-to-people educational tours that have allowed US citizens to travel to Cuba under loose terms.  This policy further backs legislation introduced in April that...
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Lawyer’s Committee to Georgia County: Stop Purging Black Voters

The Laurens County Board of Registrars and the Laurens County Board of Commissioners, in Georgia, is in the hot seat for illegally purging minority voters, according to a democracy watchdog group, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL). The organization joined the Georgia NAACP and other groups in calling out county officials for...
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On Rediscovery and Wild, Beautiful Things

1 2 3 4 5 This spring, I embarked on a journey through the southeastern wilderness. Growing up in a rural community, there was much time and not much choice in exploring the fields, forests and streams. As a deliberate act of reconnecting to the beauty that our subtropical climate has to offer, my adventures...
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Gerrymandering in Mississippi is Hurting Women: Know the Players

Republicans in the state of Mississippi have the kind of power they don’t get in many other states. The GOP here has a supermajority in both the House and Senate, which gives them the political strength to pass critical budget legislation that requires a two-thirds majority vote to get to the governor’s desk. One example...
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Getting My Snap Back

Last fall, I took myself on a date. It was around midterms, and my microbiology class had taken almost all of the joy from my life, so I thought a near-midnight showing of a movie (one of my favorite pastimes) was well deserved. I ordered my usual (a small popcorn and a Coke slush) and...
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Kaylee’s Summer Reading List

Summer is my favorite time of year. My favorite things to do during summer break are swimming, making slime (which my mom does not enjoy) and of course playing outside. My mom and dad make sure that my siblings and I do a lot of reading over the summer too, and I have already planned...
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A Q&A With Georgia Representative Renitta Shannon

Georgia Rep. Renitta Shannon is an outspoken member of organizations like 9 to 5 Working Women and the Fight for $15 campaign. She is also a previous executive vice president of the National Organization for Women. You may also remember her as the Black woman who made the Georgia Legislature drag her from the podium...
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The War on Women

Oh, boy. White men have really stepped in it now. If you’ve been out from under a rock these past few weeks you’ve probably heard about the list of horrible bills ending women’s right to decide what happens to their own bodies. Right now, Republicans in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Ohio have all passed laws...
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The Electability of Women is a Stupid Question, so Stop Asking It

The 2020 election for a new president is thoroughly underway, and this nation of ours has probably never had this varied a spectrum of candidates. Black, female candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, joins New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker in a group race containing savvy female contender Sen. Susan Warren, as well as outspoken Sens....
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The Impact of Dying

I have never been impacted by the death of a celebrity. Not Big. Not Bankroll Fresh. Not even Peanut the Don. It didn’t move me. Not because it wasn’t tragic, and not because they don’t deserve mourning. It was because I knew their story and I knew how that lifestyle ended. I saw that. I...
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Homeownership at the Intersection of Black and Millennial

The Dream A goal I’d dreamt about for years was accomplished last year when I purchased my first home. Home ownership for me wasn’t so much about settling down as it was about having a home base and attempting to build wealth. After a four year naval career, I left to attend college, just as...
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Tennessee Tries to Kill Vote Canvassing

In 2013, the conservative Supreme Court hamstrung the Voting Rights Act by destroying preclearance and removing authoritarian Southern states from a federal watch list. Practically the very next day, Southern legislatures could not wait to ratchet up their war on minority vote participation. Tennessee Republicans are apparently still squealing with delight. This session, they’re acting...
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‘Blue Lives Matter’ Creeping Though Alabama Legislature

Legislators in Alabama are trying to pass a “blue lives matter” bill that laughably ties gun-wielding cops to groups of historically-lynched and mistreated minorities and women. Alabama law currently states that “it is the right of every person, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical or mental disability to be secure and protected...
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