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Black Aesthetic
Every month The Lighthouse invites writers to reflect on a theme. For October we asked writers to reflect on the Spaces Between: Black Girls and Women in the Worlds We’re In & The Worlds We’re Building. That’s meant thinking about: the spaces between the living and the dead as understood through Black and African spiritualities; the...
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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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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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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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Black excellence amplifies those making history right now and inspires following generations to aspire for greatness.
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Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation by John Lewis It’s been almost a year since Representative John Lewis transitioned from this life, but thanks to this collection of his final reflections we can still lean on his wisdom to create a bit of good trouble. In these pages, Lewis offers advice and inspiration for...
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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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It’s June, which is when Black Music Month is celebrated. I never need a reason to listen to music, so I just use this month to delve deep into my crates and curate new playlists. I decided to create a short list of songs that make my Blackness shine from the inside out. I picked...
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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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This month we are sharing some of our favorite artists who capture the strength, compassion and challenges of Black motherhood. Latisha Shepard is a self-taught artist from Indiana. She captures emotion and expression in her paintings. Check out some of her work on IG @757.artography   April W Harrison wants you to feel something when...
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