Podcast Launch- You Don’t Know The Half

By blackgirlinmaine | September 15, 2018

Colin Kaepernick and Nike: The good with the bad

By Samuel James | September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Do you think Colin Kaepernick ever gets sick of his agency being stolen from him? I do. I get sick of it. I mean, if every time I did something people went out of their way to find whatever they could to be offended by and no one even tried to understand why I did … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 27: Taking up less space

By Average White Guy | September 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Calling All White People, Part 27 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: We white people need to take up less space … Read more

Believe in something and get uncomfortable: The truth about fighting racism

By blackgirlinmaine | September 4, 2018

I am wrapping up my sabbatical from my day job as the Executive Director of Community Change Inc., which I sorely needed. After almost five years at the helm, I was burnt out and dangerously close to wanting to just quit my job. Instead, I went to my board of directors and negotiated taking the … Read more

Freedom of speech isn’t a blank check

By Samuel James | August 28, 2018

Welcome to this episode of The Whitest Things in the World: Free Speech Edition! Free speech? Really? That whole concept is just about the weirdest, most hubristic fantasy anyone could ever imagine, but holy shit, do white people believe in it! I swear, only a group of people encased in the arrogant armor of their … Read more

This white woman’s inner work

By Heather Denkmire | August 19, 2018

In this post on Black Girl in Maine, Shay Stewart-Bouley writes to white people: “You aren’t going to read 75 books, amplify marginalized voices online, donate money, attend rallies and occasionally have an uncomfortable encounter and earn a good white person badge. That’s not how any of this works. Instead, your mission if you accept … Read more

Any rat can learn a single maze; that doesn’t make the rat a genius

By Samuel James | August 15, 2018

Y’all. We gotta stop calling Stephen Miller a mastermind. Seriously. We’re calling him a mastermind way too much. He’s ain’t no mastermind. He’s and idiot who benefits from a system that is designed to benefit him. That shit is obvious from the second you even start to think about it. He’s taking peoples’ rights away, … Read more

Downward spiral into hate: A year after Charlottesville, a few thoughts

By blackgirlinmaine | August 12, 2018

It’s been a year since last year’s deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., which took the life of Heather Heyer, a white anti-racist activist. It was an event that shredded any last hope that America was post-racial, especially when the president couldn’t bring himself to condemn the actions;  instead, he equivocated and said … Read more

Reclaiming my time; saying ‘yes’ to me

By blackgirlinmaine | August 6, 2018

It ain’t easy being a Black woman. Never has been. But I guess I figured we wouldn’t have to still be working this hard just to stay behind, no matter how much education and how many skills we bring to so many tables. For every dollar that a white man makes, a Black woman earns … Read more

No, no…you can’t do it *that* way (why not?)

By Samuel James | July 31, 2018

Sometimes white people say they’re on my side. Then they say some shit like this: I don’t think that kind of protest is a good idea because of how it looks. The ironically obvious problem here is that just by giving that unsolicited advice, they are ignoring it for themselves—in other words, it’s a terrible … Read more

Downward spiral into hate: A year after Charlottesville, a few thoughts

By blackgirlinmaine | August 12, 2018

It’s been a year since last year’s deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., which took the life of Heather Heyer, a white anti-racist activist. It was an event that shredded any last hope that America was post-racial, especially when the president couldn’t bring himself to condemn the actions;  instead, he equivocated and said … Read more

If you see libraries as the enemy, then you’ve needed more libraries in your life

By blackgirlinmaine | July 29, 2018

There are some things you just shouldn’t do because it’s just mean, or maybe stupid, or possibly something that would bring a smile to Dick Cheney’s or Sean Hannity’s face—which is only a short step from giving Satan a sensual foot rub. Basically, things YOU JUST DON’T DO. These include: Going alone and unarmed into … Read more

Black women’s blood is spilled too freely

By blackgirlinmaine | July 25, 2018

So, today I want to talk about the killings of two Black women. Well, honestly, I don’t want to talk about it, but I feel that I need to, if for no other reason than the words of Malcolm X that still ring so true today: “The most disrespected woman in America, is the black … Read more

Colin Kaepernick and Nike: The good with the bad

By Samuel James | September 9, 2018

Do you think Colin Kaepernick ever gets sick of his agency being stolen from him? I do. I get sick of it. I mean, if every time I did something people went out of their way to find whatever they could to be offended by and no one even tried to understand why I did … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 27: Taking up less space

By Average White Guy | September 8, 2018

Calling All White People, Part 27 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: We white people need to take up less space … Read more

Believe in something and get uncomfortable: The truth about fighting racism

By blackgirlinmaine | September 4, 2018

I am wrapping up my sabbatical from my day job as the Executive Director of Community Change Inc., which I sorely needed. After almost five years at the helm, I was burnt out and dangerously close to wanting to just quit my job. Instead, I went to my board of directors and negotiated taking the … Read more

Fascism takes shape and ICE is key to that…and not just at the southern border

By Samuel James | July 1, 2018

Look, I’m about to get into some serious shit, so let’s start off by lightening the mood. Check out these silly-ass animals! I hope that brightened your day. OK. Now for the serious shit. The United States of America will probably become a literal dictatorship very soon. Every person of color in the USA saw … Read more

How are you showing up for Black women in Maine and beyond?

By blackgirlinmaine | June 3, 2018

“De ni**er woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.”– Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston published these words in 1937 and yet in 2018 those words still ring true for far too many Black women. Black women were the backbone of the Civil Rights … Read more

Looking for Black love in a sea of white apps

By René Goddess Johnson | May 27, 2018

As they sometimes say: The struggle is real. In this case, the struggle of being a Black woman trying to find love or at least the seeds of it in the dating pool. I have been on BLK, Bumble, Coffee & Bagel, Hinge, Tinder, and Zoosk. Fifteen to 30 minutes for a daytime date, for … Read more

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