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Natalie A. Collier
During a recent interview, the host of the radio show I was a guest on asked me about the women who’d inspired me. She prefaced her question by talking about the giants upon whose shoulders we stood, listing a couple familiar names of the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. I immediately thought about a story...
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Y’all know by now shopping is one of my talents. I let you down at the end of the year last year. Your girl was sinking. But I’m back. Let’s gooo! Leave a comment and let me know what kinds of trinkets you’re buying for V-Day.
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In December of 2021 we lost bell hooks, a giant thinker adept at identifying the inconsistencies of everyday life and building philosophical frameworks about our obligations to one another and how people, particularly Black women, can strive for wholeness and integrity in a white supremacist culture hellbent on dehumanizing us. So this month, we’re thinking...
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Can you feel the shift happening? I’m not talking about the fall weather, though that’s happening, and I love cool weather. I mean the shift in the atmosphere around here at The Lighthouse. One of my favorite and, simultaneously, most stressful things about being here is the growing pains. This is Lighthouse 6.0. What does...
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Often when September rolls around, I find myself thinking of Earth, Wind and Fire’s ode to the 21st day of the month. Truth be told, I don’t know most of the words to the song, so I can’t tell you what it’s about besides something special about September 21. I know it sounds celebratory, though,...
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Listen. (Don’t you love how so many Black folks say “listen” then don’t say anything?!) It’s been five years for The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects, and we’re celebrating. It’s also Black August, and in Black liberation, the month is a point of reflection and study. As we have moved celebrating our birthday to August—an...
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It’s about our priorities—what we pledge our allegiances to. If we say we are committed to supporting Black girls and women, buoying marginalized communities writ large, and creating an equitable society, that, by proxy, means we are also committed to destroying the power systems that uphold that. … even if we must sacrifice some luxuries.
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People often say children aren’t born knowing how to hate; adults teach them. There’s even a Nelson Mandela quote from his book, “Long Walk to Freedom,” where he drones on—no disparage intended—about no one being born hating another person. “People,” he writes, “must learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate, they can...
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One of my newest favorite things, accelerated by the pandemic, is novelty T-shirts. I’ve bought so many in the past 15 months, I dare say I have a little collection. They’re mostly Black women affirming shirts—ranging from those that hail fictional mavericks, like Maxine Shaw, attorney at law, to one with a woman wearing a...
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In the month of May, we’re celebrating mamas and life givers, all the babies graduating and figuring out what’s next, and the movements that got us here and are pushing us to even greater horizons. Enjoy this playlist for all the work you’re doing and everyone you have to celebrate this month! 
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