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.

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 much gender and racial variety to choose from. 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...
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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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Restrictive Abortion Bill Soon to Become Law

In an obvious effort to over-police women’s bodies, last week Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed SB2116, which prohibits abortion of an unborn individual after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, unless at risk of serious harm or death to the mother. A fetal heartbeat can begin as early as six weeks, which is before many...
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What is Senate Concurrent Resolution 596 and Why Should You Care?

This right here is wild: Legislators in the Mississippi House just passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 596, which could endanger the entire nation. The resolution, which passed the Senate in February, is almost solely supported by Republicans and plops Mississippi into a growing puddle of states that support a re-write of the U.S. Constitution. The author...
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House Bill 991

Anybody who has ever seen a picture of Mississippi Rep. Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, will immediately know his face. His peculiar facial hair is almost a warning, “As far as politics, go, this man gets excited about precisely all the wrong things.” Back in January, Rep. Smith and his mustache submitted HB 991 to the Ways and...
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Aunt Becky Goes to Jail

Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) from “Full House” done got indicted and turned herself in, y’all. If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, a gang (🤨) of celebrities have gotten arrested for a scam that many of us wouldn’t have ever fathomed was possible, let alone had enough money to engage in the pay-for-play...
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Governor Considers Snatching State Tax Refunds for Local Unpaid Bills

Mississippi is coming for your refund, and there seems to be no easy way to stop it. Legislators have already sent a bill to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant this month allowing county and municipal governments to direct the Mississippi Department of Revenue to garnish part or all of your state tax refund for certain debts,...
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Stories in the Wells

“Bobby* died,” my mother mentioned to me emotionless. She’s always forgetting to tell me someone back home has died. The news usually happens after she mentioned their funeral. “What did you do today?” I might ask. And one of the things on her list will be that she went to so-and-so’s funeral. A moment of...
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Season of Motherhood: Second Trimester

“Your baby is the size of a large eggplant,” it read. “This thing always compares my baby to food,” I always say as I scroll through the interactive BabyCenter app. Weekly, it displays the signs of growth I should expect and provides tools to prepare me, as my due date slowly approaches. My favorite feature...
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The Dominant Story: What I Learned From MOST

Here at The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects, I have a few names. The unwombed and the non-woman both quickly come to mind. Being a man in this space is interesting. Our staff brings their lived experiences into this space, and men have consistently failed them. They speak their truth, and it is triggering. I...
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(Self)Love as Space

“Be intentional.” “Set your intentions.” “Live your life intentionally.” Acting with intention has become a buzz-action of sorts, if I can coin a phrase, here — kinda like self-love being marketed to women as being sure to schedule time for essential oil-filled bubble baths and manicures. And those things are nice and relaxing, don’t get...
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On “Becoming”

When I learned Michelle Obama had written a memoir, I was excited and asked my mom to buy the book for me. Of course, my mom said “yes” and downloaded it. I took no time getting settled in and dived straight into the life story of one of my role models.  Mrs. Obama wrote about...
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