Interrupting the usual flow to say that we need your help! BGIM needs you!!

By blackgirlinmaine | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Psst, hey you! Psst, come on in! Have you taken a look around here lately? Take a look, get comfortable. Black Girl in Maine recently underwent some changes, from a new logo representing the full breadth of what Black Girl in Maine Media is about in this moment to increased functionality, including a site that … Read more

No, we aren’t the same; change starts with an acceptance of truth

By Samuel James | November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

All too often, a white person says to me, “Black people and white people aren’t so different.” I understand that there can be a positive sentiment somewhere in that statement, but even when that sentiment is there, there is a lack of acceptance of a very real difference. My usual response to that statement is … Read more

Reflecting on the year of flames, or Change is possible

By blackgirlinmaine | November 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

As someone who is almost never without words, increasingly I come to this space unsure of what to say and how to say it. So today, I go back to my roots and I write the words to which I simply need to give life to—and hope that they will resonate with others. This past … Read more

Calling all white people, part 22: Trust and believe

By Average White Guy | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Calling All White People, Part 22 (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: When people of color says it’s racist, start with … Read more

It’s all about race

By Teddy Burrage | October 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

Football player Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality in August of 2016. Since then, other football players have joined him in peaceful demonstration as an act of solidarity. Despite their efforts to shine a light on one of America’s most glaring humanitarian crises, … Read more

Calling all white people, part 21: Look; don’t touch

By Average White Guy | October 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Calling All White People, Part 21 (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: People of color aren’t pets; don’t pet them (or … Read more

Real talk is sensitive, or How the truth is silenced

By blackgirlinmaine | October 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

As a Black woman in America, my entire existence at times can be summed up as: uncomfortable. Anytime I leave my house, I know that there is a strong probability that discomfort will be a part of my day by simple virtue of the fact that my soul and essence are housed in a container … Read more

#MeToo: The erasure and fetishization of the Black body

By LaLa Drew | October 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sunday morning when I logged online, a fluttering ping of status updates rolled into a steady flow of trauma to my feed. Ping “Me too.” Ping “Me too.” Ping “Me too.” Often accompanied with the words: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed and/or sexually assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as their status, we … Read more

Touching my hair and stealing my humanity, or How white supremacy robs us all

By blackgirlinmaine | October 13, 2017 | 41 Comments

Given the current state of race relations, the story that I am about to tell is seemingly small. After all, America is currently being governed by an openly white supremacist madman who lacks compassion and empathy for anyone who falls outside of his base. We are in the midst of a dumpster fire called America … Read more

Of a crumbling house and bended knees

By Samuel James | October 9, 2017

We can all agree that this country is not perfect. Some parts work very well. Other parts are very broken. Naturally, because we want a more perfect union, we want to fix what is broken. Because there are so many of us, it is difficult for all of us to see all of the problems. … Read more

Interrupting the usual flow to say that we need your help! BGIM needs you!!

By blackgirlinmaine | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Psst, hey you! Psst, come on in! Have you taken a look around here lately? Take a look, get comfortable. Black Girl in Maine recently underwent some changes, from a new logo representing the full breadth of what Black Girl in Maine Media is about in this moment to increased functionality, including a site that is now optimized for reading on a handheld device. Last year, I announced my plans to shift direction: to add contributing writers of color as well as a podcast. I am proud to announce that we have accomplished part of that. We now have six contributing writers, including the internationally renowned bluesman Samuel James. The site has also been redesigned for greater functionality, including the ability to read your favorite BGIM writers’ posts. My plans for expanding to include a podcast stalled out for a while but we are back on track now that my son aka Milo the Rapper is getting into the act with his own expansion. We hope to launch that aspect of things early in 2018....

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Interrupting the usual flow to say that we need your help! BGIM needs you!!

By blackgirlinmaine | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Psst, hey you! Psst, come on in! Have you taken a look around here lately? Take a look, get comfortable. Black Girl in Maine recently underwent some changes, from a new logo representing the full breadth of what Black Girl in Maine Media is about in this moment to increased functionality, including a site that … Read more

The same key to solve mass violence and systemic racism

By blackgirlinmaine | October 4, 2017

In these moments, words are meaningless. Here we stand at the moral crossroad as a nation, deeply fractured and in tatters. We are a nation under siege but the enemy is not from outside; it is the enemy within. This enemy has always been with us but until this moment, the vast majority of Americans … Read more

I am tired, or The trauma of white supremacy

By blackgirlinmaine | September 6, 2017

I don’t know about you but I am tired. Like deep in my bones, weary and wondering when will it end? The past few years have brought us a nonstop flow of Black pain and suffering as we have seen Black kids, teens and adults whose lives have been taken too soon by a system … Read more

The soul of the nation

By Teddy Burrage | August 17, 2017

The events that took place in Charlottesville and the days after laid bare the soul of the United States. No matter how hard this nation tries, we cannot rid ourselves of the seemingly everlasting scourge of white supremacy. Early movements for civil rights sought to change our institutions in favor of more equitable policies and … Read more

No, we aren’t the same; change starts with an acceptance of truth

By Samuel James | November 13, 2017

All too often, a white person says to me, “Black people and white people aren’t so different.” I understand that there can be a positive sentiment somewhere in that statement, but even when that sentiment is there, there is a lack of acceptance of a very real difference. My usual response to that statement is … Read more

Reflecting on the year of flames, or Change is possible

By blackgirlinmaine | November 11, 2017

As someone who is almost never without words, increasingly I come to this space unsure of what to say and how to say it. So today, I go back to my roots and I write the words to which I simply need to give life to—and hope that they will resonate with others. This past … Read more

Calling all white people, part 22: Trust and believe

By Average White Guy | November 7, 2017

Calling All White People, Part 22 (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: When people of color says it’s racist, start with … Read more

Changing Maine and the necessity of PoC spaces

By LaLa Drew | September 21, 2017

To be a person of color in Maine is to eat sleep and breathe Whiteness. Despite the melanin of our skin, we still live, move, and operate within a reality which centers Whiteness above all things. Because PoC Mainers operate within the long-endured rule of Whiteness, we have little to no opportunities to gather together … Read more

Navigating racism, or Hate exists everywhere whether you admit it or not

By blackgirlinmaine | September 19, 2017

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s in Chicago, there were neighborhoods and nearby suburbs that I knew, as a Black person, we were never to enter. Bridgeport, Marquette Park, Mount Greenwood and Cicero for starters. These were areas where being caught in them as a Black person could mean your life. In 1966, Martin … Read more

On being the Black friend

By Guest Poster | August 22, 2017

Today’s post is written by special contributor “Aya,” a Black Millennial making her way in Maine’s most populous city.  Even before moving to Maine, I’ve spent most of my life in primarily white spaces. I’ve learned to accept that if I want to be surrounded by people who look like me, I have to deliberately … Read more

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