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Black Aesthetic
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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The church I grew up in was the same church my grandmother grew up in. Going always felt like reconvening with distant relatives and the church itself served as a kind of home-away-from-home for me. The church was where I met and developed childhood friendships. When folks discovered my gift of singing, the church celebrated...
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I want to highlight one of my favorite musicians: Missy Elliot. She is a rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, visionary, and role model. Simply stated, Missy Elliot is Black Girl Magic personified.  In thinking about her career, it is difficult to choose just one song as my favorite. While she was not the first woman rapper,...
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At The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects, we love art. We especially love art created by Black women and girls. Because we here at TL|BGP believe in sharing the stories and lives of Black women and girls in their own words and through their own visions, we want to bring you the opportunity to explore Black...
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At The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects, we love art. We especially love art created by Black women and girls. Black art and artists are becoming more popular as institutions like museums, mega galleries and auction houses are extending an invitation to open previously closed doors (Hand, March 14, 2021). Like many opportunities that are...
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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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