Black Girl Times

Our blog, Black Girl Times, offers Black creatives a platform to discuss their experiences and those of southern Black girls, women (in particular but not exclusively) and gender non-conforming people on The Lighthouse’s website. Through this project, creatives use writing, photography 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. Additionally, we share information important to our community and those, likewise, disenfranchised. We proudly say our aim is not to break news–there are people doing that. We want to ensure people in our communities know how the news in traditional media impacts their everyday lives.

Editorial Team

Natalie A. Collier

Editor in chief

LaTanya Lane

Managing Editor

Imani Spencer

Digital and Online Editor

Alexis Hicks

Engagement  Editor

Joecephus Martin

Creative Director

Sirita Render

Lead Graphic Designer

Rose Parkman Marshall

Special Projects Copy Editor

Haile Cole

Contributing Editor

Vernadette Barnes

Sykina Butts

Danielle Buckingham

Jammie Garrett 

Jessiree Jenkins  

Ashlee Kelly

Tysianna Marino 

Perdita Patrice

Ste’Aira Thomas


Jelisa Harvey

Editorial Assistant

Lighthouse Staff





Misogynoir in the Workplace

...two things became evident. One: every day, Black women are reporting to professional spaces that treat them with hostility, malice, disregard, and disrespect. Two: I’d been experiencing this kind of violence since I started working as a teenager. Vague reprimands about not smiling enough. A customer saying I had an attitude. Supervisors saying they couldn’t...
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Keep Listening and Learning | September 2021

September is all about Back to School and with this in mind, we’ve been listening to some great podcasts that draw on the Black learners’ experience and the state of education for Black communities. Here are a few you might find interesting too.
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It’s About Racism: Studies Suggest Why White Politicians’ Still Oppose Expanding Medicaid

White Mississippi leaders are digging their heels in on refusing to expand Medicaid in the state, despite the resulting financial fallout and health problems. With a mountain of evidence favoring expansion critics are beginning to look past the opposition’s illogic and seeing something else in all the stubbornness. Some detect the specter of racism.  “I can’t speak to these political leaders or their motivation (for refusing to expand Medicaid)...
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What Language Does Your Hair Speak?

“Kinky”, “Coily,” and “Free to be”. This is something that traces way back in “Our Black Roots” history. A style that can make a statement, no matter the size or shape. Defines a culture with just one take. Day to day, our people struggle to decide if they want to make “the transition”. A transition...
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Keep Watching | September 2021

There are a lot of great shows coming out or starting back up in the month of September. From our favorite Black students at Winchester U to a Black reboot of a 90’s classic, check out these highly melanated shows in the month of September: Blood Brothers- This documentary explores the friendship between Muhammad Ali...
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Greenwashing Britain’s Clean Energy by Polluting Black Mississippi Communities

Those financial benefits are precisely why Black community leaders keep invitations open to potential polluters. The money is still good, despite coming at a cost to African American neighbors. The U.S. Census reports the city of Gloster is more than 80 percent Black. More than half the town’s residents also live below the poverty line. Drax...
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Black Artists, Black Art | September

This month, we are sharing artists whose work unteaches who is at the center of art and culture and offers bold and vivid lessons about Black culture and history. These Black, women artists create works that empower Black women, challenge their viewers, and inspire awe. These works share stories pulled from deep traditions, and in...
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  I’m in my first semester of college – eleven hours away from home – and also a former basketball player and multi-sport athlete. Throughout every phase in my life, I can never seem to abandon the “basketball player” in me. I find myself looking for (and fangirling over) Black women succeeding (and ABSOLUTELY killing...
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Still Here

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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Black Artists, Black Art | Celebrating Black Women Painters

As we celebrate 5 (five) years of working alongside Black girls and women, creating change for individuals and communities, we also want to celebrate Black women painters. Here are a few we are excited to share with you. Gwendolyn Knight moved to New York in the 1930s, joining the Post-Harlem Renaissance Movement. Her paintings depict...
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Black Women Bein’ BOSS

Part of The Lighthouse’s celebration of its fifth birthday includes celebrating Black women, and this summer there were four glorious women who swung them knuckles and put some folks in their place. This includes … U.S. Rep Ayanna Pressley, who got up in President Joe Biden’s DOJ for trying to bring back the death penalty....
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Money Matters: Research Matters

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit worldwide, anxiety, isolation, unemployment, and food insecurity have risen for so many, especially for Black people and communities of color. That is the reason why The Lighthouse decided to identify the most pressing needs of Black girls and women in the south-eastern United States during and after the COVID-19 pandemic....
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Keep Listening and Learning | August Podcasts

This month while we’re celebrating The Lighthouse’s 5th year, we are listening to Black podcasts that dig deep into the issues of being Black and brown in America and stories that reflect the necessity of the work being done at The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects.
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American Colorism

An article the Lighthouse produced on Haiti’s recent travails took an unexpected turn last month. Our focus had begun with the damage of colorism in Haiti, but it could not possibly stay a “Haitian story,” not with all the similarities and parallels between the little island nation and the U.S. For starters, multiple sources we’d...
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Searching for Comfort in the Binge

No one could have predicted the intense and never-ending stress that has doggedly followed us from 2020. The uncertainty and negligence of our national, state, and local governments left me so mentally fatigued that I was often unable to focus on anything longer than 10 minutes. Walking around in a mental fog that never seemed...
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