The reality of Blackness in the fiction of Black Panther

By Samuel James | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The release of Marvel’s Black Panther really spoke to the Black writers here at Black Girl in Maine Media, and this week, we are offering our reflections on the film. Today Samuel James shares his thoughts.  This is not a review of Black Panther. It started off that way, but then I kept hearing white … Read more

A film and the affirmation of Blackness…my musings on Black Panther

By blackgirlinmaine | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Like millions of others in the past few days, I made my way to see Marvel’s Black Panther. This was no small feat for me given that my interest in superheroes has always been less than zero. Growing up, my father was a sci-fi and superhero comics geek and as a result, I was forced … Read more

Healing my heart: A quest for love

By LaLa Drew | February 18, 2018 | 4 Comments

Allowing the heart to open up and let in the love that is offered from the world and the people who occupy it is a constant practice. I am a person with a fortress of walls. I have dragons and moats and oubliettes. People often get eaten by the dragons, drown in the moats and … Read more

But sometimes you’re wrong

By Samara Cole Doyon | February 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

Yesterday, my four-year old said something profound and refreshing, in the effortless, unrehearsed way four-year-olds say almost everything. She told me, “I’m really smart. But sometimes I’m wrong.” The timing of her statement was exquisite, as I had spent most of the morning brooding over some unexpected wounds and the loved ones who unintentionally created … Read more

HIV/AIDS awareness for Black people…and all of us

By Teddy Burrage | February 7, 2018 | 2 Comments

Today is the 18th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. You might ask yourself, “Why do we need a special day just for Black people with or at risk of contracting HIV?” I ask you to consider the following: In 2015, 3,379 African Americans died from HIV disease, accounting for 52% of total deaths attributed … Read more

I’m in my feelings; where are my white folks who are riding or dying for justice?

By blackgirlinmaine | February 6, 2018 | 6 Comments

I have spent the past week unearthing my feelings regarding a recent speaking engagement that took a very wrong turn. If you don’t follow my social media feeds or missed this post, let me recap: On January 28, I and my colleague, author Debby Irving, presented our cross-racial dialogue to a group in Kittery, Maine. … Read more

Racism roadmap, or Let’s talk about it

By Samuel James | February 3, 2018 | 1 Comment

I’ve been online a lot recently. Too much, really. I’m not gonna lie, this means I’ve been losing my temper a lot. We got a racist governor up here in Maine, we got the “president” and his whole klan. Oh, and until recently we had a Nazi as the town manager of Jackman, Maine. He … Read more

Media is feeding the toxicity; this needs to stop

By blackgirlinmaine | January 29, 2018 | 8 Comments

I recently posted online about a toxic experience I had during a presentation in Kittery, Maine, on encouraging conversations about race and racism. Also recently, a story was run about the incident, and while me and my co-presenter and friend Debby Irving were quoted (in terms of our comments from the talk), I find it … Read more

Once in a blue moon: A manifestation and affirmation of Blackness

By LaLa Drew | January 29, 2018

On January 31 there will be a Super Blood Blue Moon. For the kids at home, a Blue Moon is when two full moons occur within the same month; this is very rare. A blood moon is when the moon is eclipsed and is reflected red by filtered sunlight. The “super” part is the moon … Read more

I’ll see you nice white ladies at the next Black Lives Matters protest, right?

By Veronica Perez | January 27, 2018 | 6 Comments

I can’t believe that it has been a year since that man took office in this country (this author refuses to acknowledge his name and is saddened by the fact that a staggering 52% of white women voted for him and are proud to call him their president). And it has also been a year … Read more

The reality of Blackness in the fiction of Black Panther

By Samuel James | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The release of Marvel’s Black Panther really spoke to the Black writers here at Black Girl in Maine Media, and this week, we are offering our reflections on the film. Today Samuel James shares his thoughts.  This is not a review of Black Panther. It started off that way, but then I kept hearing white people talk about how they don’t get why this movie is so important to Black people. So, if one of those white people is you, let me tell you why this movie is so important to this particular Black person. My father raised me to understand that I was born into a place designed to deny me everything it possibly could. From the smallest pleasure to my actual life, if this world could take it from me, it would. And the reason this place would deny me is because it doesn’t like the color of my skin. My father also raised me to believe I could be anything, do anything and get anything I wanted in this life. These things...

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The reality of Blackness in the fiction of Black Panther

By Samuel James | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The release of Marvel’s Black Panther really spoke to the Black writers here at Black Girl in Maine Media, and this week, we are offering our reflections on the film. Today Samuel James shares his thoughts.  This is not a review of Black Panther. It started off that way, but then I kept hearing white … Read more

Let’s not make a supercharged new Mammy trend, ok?

By blackgirlinmaine | January 9, 2018

During the recent Golden Globes broadcast, Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Cecile B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and, in accepting the award, she delivered a helluva speech. Given this current horrid moment in history, we needed her words and her energy—we needed a momentary respite from the fire and fury of the “very … 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

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

A film and the affirmation of Blackness…my musings on Black Panther

By blackgirlinmaine | February 20, 2018

Like millions of others in the past few days, I made my way to see Marvel’s Black Panther. This was no small feat for me given that my interest in superheroes has always been less than zero. Growing up, my father was a sci-fi and superhero comics geek and as a result, I was forced … Read more

But sometimes you’re wrong

By Samara Cole Doyon | February 13, 2018

Yesterday, my four-year old said something profound and refreshing, in the effortless, unrehearsed way four-year-olds say almost everything. She told me, “I’m really smart. But sometimes I’m wrong.” The timing of her statement was exquisite, as I had spent most of the morning brooding over some unexpected wounds and the loved ones who unintentionally created … Read more

HIV/AIDS awareness for Black people…and all of us

By Teddy Burrage | February 7, 2018

Today is the 18th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. You might ask yourself, “Why do we need a special day just for Black people with or at risk of contracting HIV?” I ask you to consider the following: In 2015, 3,379 African Americans died from HIV disease, accounting for 52% of total deaths attributed … 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

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

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