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.

Five Ways U.S. Courts Straight-up Clown You

Chances are you already know that the U.S. Court system is no place for poor people or minorities. If you’re rich and white, however, and you land in front of a judge for chasing toddlers with a weed-whacker, you stand a much better chance of being back out in a few days with a new...
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Daphne Chamberlain: A Scholar-Activist Sparks Change in Mississippi

Dolls lined along the floor, chalk in hand, lesson planed. Daphne Chamberlain, Ph.D., recalls the day she got in trouble for writing on her door with chalk while teaching her dolls. This memory would come to play an important role in leading Chamberlain to find her calling. Chamberlain, however, did not always want to teach....
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Meditative Medicine

“This isn’t working.” I sat cross-legged on my yoga mat with my knees crooked in a way that would have made my rheumatologist mad and threw my headphones down to the floor. I had just been “meditating” which means I really was just sitting in a painful position for all of 90 seconds, frustrated that...
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On the Road with RBG: Learning Tour Reflections

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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Mindful Movement: 12 Yoga Poses to Decompress

Yoga has been proven to improve physical tone, decrease stress and anxiety, stimulate creativity and help you sleep better. We've curated 12 of our favorite yoga poses for a restorative flow that fits easily into your daily routine. Begin in easy seat. With shoulders pulled back and away from the ears, press your palms forward...
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B Graham Beauty: Natural Products that Represent Black Girls and Women

Many girls dream of owning a business and becoming a #boss. Sixteen-year-old Brayden Graham never imagined that a Christmas shopping trip would lead to her becoming a CEO. Brayden Graham created B Graham Beauty after being disappointed with the ingredients listed  in bath bombs that were allegedly “all natural.” As if  having harmful ingredients that...
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On Toni Morrison and the Craft of Writing

I learned of her death while driving through Bed Stuy.  I saw the first tribute flash across my phone during a quick Instagram scroll at a red light. I recall immediately knowing it was true, that the inevitable had happened.  I considered letting out a guttural scream, but my daughter was in the backseat, and I...
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Mississippi Immigrant Raids Timed with Texas Shooting Spree, Says Critics

Last month, a white extremist shot and killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas. He was hunting exclusively for Latinos, according to his racist screed on an 8chan network. Days later, the U.S. government reinforced that gunman’s incendiary language of a “Hispanic invasion,” by arresting almost 700 undocumented laborers at several Mississippi chicken processing plants....
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Footprint Farms and the Path to Food Security

The soil is dark and rich in Mississippi, much like its history. Agriculture accounts for over one-third of exports in the state. However, 1 in 4 children in Mississippi do not know where their next meal will come from and much of the rural state lives in a perpetual food deficit. It was reported in...
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Mississippi Politician’s Sexism and a Bigger Fight: Intersectionality

Republican state Rep. Robert Foster gave social media a glimpse of American Sharia this month when he refused to allow a reporter access to his campaign during the height of the campaign season. The crime? Being a woman. Foster, a Tea Party gubernatorial candidate known for calling “anyone who votes Dem[ocrat] in 2018 … either...
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International Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean, and African Diaspora Women’s Day

Florinda Soriano Muñoz aka “Mama Tingó” – Dominican activist and defender of rural farmer’s land rights. Zulia Mena – women’s rights activist and first Afro-Colombian congresswoman. Maria Elena Moyano – Peruvian activist for low-income families and president of the Federación Popular de Mujeres de Villa El Salvador (Popular Women’s Federation of Villa El Salvador. As...
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Visiting A Tale of Two Collections

Langston Hughes once said, “But this is the mountain standing in the way of any true Negro art in America–this urge within the race toward whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into the mold of American standardization, and to be as little Negro and as much American as possible.” As I walked into A...
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Men Benefit From Abortions, Despite Authoring Most Anti-Abortion Legislation

While white, male legislators across the U.S. are doing everything they can to reduce young rape victims to chattel by restricting abortion access and giving their rapists custody rights, the fact of the matter is that men—here and abroad—view family planning and a woman’s right to bodily autonomy as a necessity. Consider an opinion shared...
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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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