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Jazmine Sullivan’s highly anticipated, “Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe” album was released February 11. Earlier this month, Lighthouse contributor, Jessiree Jenkins, looked back at the original album “Heaux Tales” to revisit themes and thoughts the interludes and songs inspired.   I too went back to re-listen to the album in preparation for the release of...
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In 2021, Jazmine Sullivan dropped her new album “Heaux Tales” and set the internet on fire. Her last project had been “Reality Show” in 2015, and that one had us all singing along with her during her last tour.   “Heaux Tales” is different though. Yes, we can sing along, but the level of honesty and...
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At The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects we are celebrating November with Grace and Gratitude. We hope you have many things to be grateful for right now and are finding grace where and how you need it. Here are some podcasts to keep your ears happy for a bit. hey, girl. is a podcast that...
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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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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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Deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta rests a historical milieu slicing through the lurid white canvas of King Cotton that stretches on for miles. At Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood, two enormous pecan trees guard the grave of blues legend Robert Johnson. Reputed southern folklore claims Johnson once sold his soul...
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On those silent nights I’ve spent vamping until 2 a.m. during the frightening times of COVID-19, there’s a certain 90s classic by acclaimed southern rap duo OutKast titled “Spottieottiedopalicious” that remains in my Youtube search history for a quick and satisfying calm. Its ornamented production switching between subtle horn lines to psychedelic guitars delivers a...
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Havana, Cuba: June 27, 1995 – Rodolfo Rensoli, hip-hop artist, and cultural promoter, nervously prepared for the first–ever Cuban Rap Festival. There had never been a collective space for Cuban hip-hop artists to share their messages to the masses due to earlier government restrictions on the genre. Once the event began, Rensoli was filled with hope. The turnout exceeded his expectations.  Hailing from a family of educators, Rensoli is a firm believer that every human being...
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As a first-generation Black American who was born in the US, and whose parents grew up in Ethiopia, Burna Boy’s latest album, African Giant, feels especially significant to me. On one hand, as a young girl, I grew up with different kinds of traditional Ethiopian music being played in our house. This included music from...
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In 2013, a video of an 18-year-old college student went viral as she battled alongside male counterparts in a rap cypher. Three years after rapping on a rooftop carpark in Houston, Texas, the student would compete in the annual Houston Cypher, proclaiming to viewers, “Name a b*tch you know who f**king with my flow,” over...
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