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.

In Black and White: The Long and Short of It

Black Folks: Keep Your Head Up When I was in New Orleans last week, a small group of us Mississippians gathered to talk about the election, since lots of other people at the convening were also discussing it. I was reminded of how know precarious the voting situation is for Black folks in the state,...
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New GOP Voter Purge Underway in Georgia

Almost one year ago, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) barely eked out a win over Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams by throwing Black voters off the voting rolls. This week, Georgia law allowed the Republican-run Secretary of State’s office to push through a second round of voter purging. The office will begin mailing out purge notices to...
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Burna Boy’s “African Giant” is a Feat in Connecting Global Black Music

As a first-generation Black American who was born in the US, and whose parents grew up in Ethiopia, Burna Boy’s latest album, African Giant, feels especially significant to me. On one hand, as a young girl, I grew up with different kinds of traditional Ethiopian music being played in our house. This included music from...
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“Move Mississippi Forward” The Lighthouse Q&A with Zakiya Summers

After a year of campaigning, former ACLU Communications Director Zakiya Summers won the Democratic primary for Mississippi’s District 68. Summers will be running against Republican Jon Pond in the November election, but her district is a safe, blue district with a history of electing Democrats. As it stands, she will likely be a double-minority entering...
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Media Says Paying Off School Loans is Possible With Simple Hard Work, Causing Laughter

The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects readers might’ve noticed the recent Twitter/People Magazine/ABC News post about a Daily Beast editor and freelance writer who managed to pay off a whopping $102,000 school loan by buckling down and paying more than her monthly loan minimums. Editor Mandy Velez apparently beat her ungodly debt into submission by...
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Thee Invincible Stallion

In 2013, a video of an 18-year-old college student went viral as she battled alongside male counterparts in a rap cypher. Three years after rapping on a rooftop carpark in Houston, Texas, the student would compete in the annual Houston Cypher, proclaiming to viewers, “Name a b*tch you know who f**king with my flow,” over...
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Making it Home: Beginning to Reimagine Your Space

After all the paperwork is completed and your keys are in hand, your to-do list as a first-time homeowner can be extensive. New locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, are just some of the things you may find yourself needing. If you purchased a newly renovated home, you may not have much...
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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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