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Natalie A. Collier
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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  It’s apropos (and disgusting) that Miss. Gov. Tate Reeves declared April Confederate Heritage Month. So many things happened in April besides whatever would compel someone to dedicate a month to people who lost a war. Here are a couple of things we could be commemorating this month:     In April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr....
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There’s an unspoken rule when Black folks die: other Black folks bring fried chicken, canned drinks, paper towels and other paper goods, anything that makes hosting a house of bereaved family easier. These practical gifts aren’t only about convenience; they’re about the camaraderie that comes with the visit, collective grieving. Community resumes post-funeral service at...
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I’ve always worked a lot. This year was no different. The pandemic required we shift the way we do most of our work at The Lighthouse and demanded we do some things we haven’t done before (like putting money aside specifically to give individual microgrants to people we work alongside who have been financially impacted...
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Goodie Mob, a group with whom I’ve consciously uncoupled because … reasons, sang at the end of the interlude “Free” in 1995, “But I won’t accept this is how it’s gone be / ’Cause I wanna be free, completely free / Lord won’t you please come and save me / I wanna be free totally...
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