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.

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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Better Than the Belt | Unlearning What I’ve Known About Discipline

As I navigate the ever-changing terrain that is rearing a child, I remind myself that parenting is not a one-size fit all situation. Along with trying to keep up with the learning curve, I’ve found myself having to actively unlearn some toxic parenting habits I was conditioned to believe are correct. However, that old adage,...
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Uprooting to Grow

As the seasons changed from autumn to winter, I found myself reflecting on the transitions I’ve gone through this year. Throughout last winter, spring and summer, I stood in the emotional intersection of enthusiasm, uncertainty and fear. After working for the same company five years, I felt stuck, like I was not making progress. I...
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Black Women in Politics, Pt. III | No Take Backsies

Editor’s Note: This installment will conclude our three-part series that considers the extensive impact of Black women on politics in the United States. Stay tuned in for legislative coverage at the state level from our monthly column, Under the Dome.  Representation Matters “Representation matters” has become a way to dismiss underrepresented people while pretending to...
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Adulting 101: Savings Edition

Sing this with me— but only if can relate to paying all of these bills, too. I’m in my 20s. I’ve found it to be a season of life where I’m sort of floating and figuring things out as I go. One of those things, in particular, is finances. Growing up in a Black household,...
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The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

Umoja | Unity by Jelisa Harvey Habari Gani! The first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja, celebrates togetherness. Umoja represents family, friends and community. During Kwanzaa, unity is first demonstrated by the families and community coming together to ignite the black candle that symbolizes togetherness.  Umoja is a union of two or more people to create or...
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Natalie’s Favorites List

I love gift-giving so much my friends and family call me when they have to buy gifts for others and ask me what to buy for people. Said people can be perfect strangers to me, it doesn’t matter. “Tell me a little about her,” and we get started. The best gifts are a combination of...
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Santa, Baby

If I ever for real, real believed in Santa Claus, I don’t recall, because I don’t remember realizing I’d been lied to. I do remember we were forced to write letters to the guy in elementary school and he never wrote back. Also that some folks who deserved coal, like Ms. Askew, never got it,...
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Getting Involved: Lemonade Day

The word entrepreneur is based on the Sanskrit word “Antha Prerna,” which in translation means “self-motivated.” However, in the fourth grade when I learned how to spell entrepreneur, I didn’t think about motivation or what was required to be a great entrepreneur — I thought about being the boss. Business school later taught me that...
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Giving, When Giving Is Hard

What I want, nearly more than anything is some justice in the world. I was never into pageants, but a Black girl can dream for world peace, right? In my most ideal mind, I want to give so much of myself — my time, energy and resources, to people who need it. But I feel...
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