I’ve seen this before…I’m gonna see a lot more, aren’t I?

By Samuel James | July 18, 2018 | 4 Comments

I have a feeling of dread. It’s new. I live a pretty happy-go-lucky life. A constant optimism is the break in the clouds over my head that results in me dancing everywhere I go. I am fairly certain that, given the chance to walk around in my head, the degree of positivity sloshing about in … Read more

Let’s talk about the “white voice”

By blackgirlinmaine | July 15, 2018

This weekend I had a chance to see the delightful new film “Sorry to Bother You” by rapper/filmmaker Boots Riley.  Have no fear, I am not about to offer any spoilers other than to say that you absolutely must get out to see this film. For me, Black-made films are precious and offer a moment … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 26: Minding one’s own business

By blackgirlinmaine | July 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Calling All White People, Part 26 (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: Instead of calling the police, you could call MYOB … 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

All things being unequal

By Samara Cole Doyon | June 27, 2018

Lately, I can’t get over this thing that happens when people of color have something to say to white folks about our experiences in the world, offering a perspective that is rarely heard and scarcely heeded. There is almost always an inexplicably dire need on the listening party’s end to offer what they see as … Read more

A small sign that things can change

By Samuel James | June 24, 2018

I don’t know if things will get better for Black people in America, but I am absolutely certain that they can. Why am I so certain? Let me tell you a story… My father taught me awareness and perseverance. He taught me how to read and write and play music. Any kind of forward momentum … Read more

We are the change and now is the time! Use your voice

By blackgirlinmaine | June 18, 2018

“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”- Preamble to the … Read more

Pissing on our heads and calling it rain

By Tiffany Foster | June 16, 2018

Recently, in Trump-landia, the Donald had this to say in the wake of complaining about (or vaguely threatening) NFL players for taking the knee during the national anthem and Kim Kardashian “advising” him about prison reform: “What I’m going to do is, I’m going to say to them instead of talk … I am going … Read more

Learning about white culture to unlearn it as the default

By Heather Denkmire | June 13, 2018

Driving through Oxford County, Maine, over the weekend, my daughters and I were talking about how fascinating and puzzling it is for us to imagine being a family whose idea of fun would be hanging out in an RV in the parking lot of the Oxford Plains Speedway and going to the races. We talk … Read more

Black, LGBTQ and influential

By Teddy Burrage | June 11, 2018

Bayard Rustin was an expert community organizer and played key role in the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream Speech.” He mentored Dr. King and taught him tactics of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience.  His philosophy was inspired by Gandhi and labor leader A. Philip Randolph. Arrested … Read more

I’ve seen this before…I’m gonna see a lot more, aren’t I?

By Samuel James | July 18, 2018 | 4 Comments

I have a feeling of dread. It’s new. I live a pretty happy-go-lucky life. A constant optimism is the break in the clouds over my head that results in me dancing everywhere I go. I am fairly certain that, given the chance to walk around in my head, the degree of positivity sloshing about in there would deeply disgust almost everyone I know. But now I have this feeling of dread. It started when our current president was “voted” in and it was happening once a month. Now it’s once a week. I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to explain the feeling, but it’s so new that it’s difficult to find the words. It’s kinda like that feeling when you sit down to watch a movie and five minutes in you already know what’s gonna happen—but not because you’ve already seen this particular movie. No. You know what’s gonna happen because you know who the director and writers are. You know the actors. You’re familiar with this kind of movie. It’s...

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I’ve seen this before…I’m gonna see a lot more, aren’t I?

By Samuel James | July 18, 2018 | 4 Comments

I have a feeling of dread. It’s new. I live a pretty happy-go-lucky life. A constant optimism is the break in the clouds over my head that results in me dancing everywhere I go. I am fairly certain that, given the chance to walk around in my head, the degree of positivity sloshing about in there would deeply disgust almost everyone I know. But now I have this feeling of dread. It started when our current president was “voted” in and it was happening once a month. Now it’s once a week. I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to explain the feeling, but it’s so new that it’s difficult to find the words. It’s kinda like that feeling when you sit down to watch a movie and five minutes in you already know what’s gonna happen—but not because you’ve already seen this particular movie. No. You know what’s gonna happen because you know who the director and writers are. You know the actors. You’re familiar with this kind of movie. It’s … 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

Pissing on our heads and calling it rain

By Tiffany Foster | June 16, 2018

Recently, in Trump-landia, the Donald had this to say in the wake of complaining about (or vaguely threatening) NFL players for taking the knee during the national anthem and Kim Kardashian “advising” him about prison reform: “What I’m going to do is, I’m going to say to them instead of talk … I am going … Read more

A royal occasion

By Tiffany Foster | May 31, 2018

It’s almost June as I write this and I’m still trying to figure out how racist the Duchess of Sussex’s white side of the family had to be for her to cut them out of her life the way she had to. The marriage between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has been the must-see TV … Read more

Let’s talk about the “white voice”

By blackgirlinmaine | July 15, 2018

This weekend I had a chance to see the delightful new film “Sorry to Bother You” by rapper/filmmaker Boots Riley.  Have no fear, I am not about to offer any spoilers other than to say that you absolutely must get out to see this film. For me, Black-made films are precious and offer a moment … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 26: Minding one’s own business

By blackgirlinmaine | July 10, 2018

Calling All White People, Part 26 (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: Instead of calling the police, you could call MYOB … Read more

All things being unequal

By Samara Cole Doyon | June 27, 2018

Lately, I can’t get over this thing that happens when people of color have something to say to white folks about our experiences in the world, offering a perspective that is rarely heard and scarcely heeded. There is almost always an inexplicably dire need on the listening party’s end to offer what they see as … 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

No to this “Oh”

By blackgirlinmaine | May 5, 2018

Too often, White America has selective memory when it comes to the past. It reminds me of my tween daughter’s forgetfulness around things like chores, and yet she never forgets when her allowance is due. As a Black American, it is fascinating to me how often White America looks back on the distant past with … Read more

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