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Black Girl in Midlife

By Shay | December 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently a disgruntled reader left a comment on my personal Facebook page telling me that I am self-absorbed and not doing anything for the Black people of Maine. Initially, I was pissed off but upon further reflection, I realized that I am in a stage of my life where from the outside, I probably do appear to be self-absorbed. And …

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Are we really supporting Black women or is it lip service?

By Shay | November 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

It has been a little over a month since I announced that after 14 years, Black Girl in Maine Media would be taking a new direction, and I can definitely say that since writing  that post, I have been in a mental slump. A slump so deep that I have been deeply appreciative of the fact that for November, I …

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Being a part of Black-positive media

By Samuel James | November 27, 2022 | 2 Comments

A few years back, when Biden was still a part of “the most diverse group of candidates” to ever run for the democratic presidential nomination, I wrote a piece about him right here on BGIM Media. It was a bit of a warning, I guess. The piece was a lot of facts and links to his history and a bit …

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Gen Z voted to save themselves—good for them

By Guest Poster | November 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

By Liz Henry My daughter had been planning what she wanted to wear to the polls for a few days: a black “I heart hot moms” T-shirt, fuchsia peace symbol earrings the size of toaster waffles, and wide-leg pants with a purple-ish sheen.  Whatever gets her excited, I thought.  It’s unclear just how many younger voters showed up on November …

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Do you see Black women as humans?

By Shay | November 17, 2022 | 1 Comment

Thanks to the good folks of Generation Z, marginalized folks, and Black and brown folks, we staved off the worst predictions of a red wave and kept democracy from completely flatlining for another two years. However, the House of Representative did fall to GOP control, which is a huge blow to progress. And with the announcement that Trump is planning …

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Leaning how long racism has been harming white people, too

By Samuel James | November 6, 2022 | 3 Comments

My co-producer Florence Edwards and I have spent the last 18 months or so working on a podcast. It’s called 99 Years and it’s a Black exploration of the deliberate creation of the whitest state in the nation: Maine. It debuted a few weeks ago and there are three episodes out so far, so please check them out wherever you …

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How to be Anti-racist

By SU Jeff | November 2, 2022 | Comments Off on How to be Anti-racist

Racism is a real problem in our society. The sad truth is that there are people who believe it’s okay to treat people differently based on their race. If you’re like me and see this as wrong, it’s important that we each do what we can to help make things better — even if it means confronting racism head-on. It …

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When it’s not white people’s time to talk

By Heather Denkmire | November 2, 2022 | Comments Off on When it’s not white people’s time to talk

One of the most important lessons I’m learning when it comes to undoing racism in myself—and in my racial justice work in the larger world—is that there is not simply one set of rules I can start following. As much as we white people—those of us committed to antiracism, at least—want to learn and do better, we are not going …

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White discomfort causes harm 

By Shay | October 28, 2022 | 2 Comments

I am not certain when I discovered that life was not always going to be a comfortable experience for me. But if I had to guess, I suspect it was when I started kindergarten and was seated in the back of the classroom, as one of the only Black kids in the classroom.  While I did not have the language …

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Not good-bye but a new direction: The future of BGIM

By Shay | October 23, 2022 | 4 Comments

If you live long enough, you realize that nothing lasts forever, from relationships to careers to these containers we call bodies and so much else. Everything and everyone will eventually bite the dust or, at the very least, make major changes at some point to ensure their survival until their eventual demise. As uncomfortable as it is, it is part …

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Black Girl in Midlife

By Shay | December 4, 2022

Recently a disgruntled reader left a comment on my personal Facebook page telling me that I am self-absorbed and not doing anything for the Black people of Maine. Initially, I was pissed off but upon further reflection, I realized that I am in a stage of my life where from the outside, I probably do …

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Black Girl in Midlife

By Shay | December 4, 2022

Recently a disgruntled reader left a comment on my personal Facebook page telling me that I am self-absorbed and not doing anything for the Black people of Maine. Initially, I was pissed off but upon further reflection, I realized that I am in a stage of my life where from the outside, I probably do …

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By Shay | May 29, 2022

Happy Friday! It’s a gorgeous day up in my corner of the world and way too beautiful to be writing a blog post today. So I present you with the Friday Round-Up a list of blog posts this week from other bloggers that blew my mind. Perhaps if you need to kill some time or have a quiet moment you can check them out. http://ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com/ Check out this cat, I have been a fan of his work forever. http://www.whataboutourdaughters.com/ Good stuff here as well http://sweetersalt.com/ A Maine blogger who talks fashion and food…the best of both worlds http://paganchild-starmommy.blogspot.com/2011/03/keeping-focused.html A new blog that offers words of wisdom for all of us. http://mscleaver.com/ Another Mainer who for Lent is giving up pants, she is also a crafty gal If you have any links to good blogs, feel free to leave em. It’s my hope to make the Friday Round Up a regular feature at my new home specifically I would live to shine some light and love on smaller bloggers. It’s hard out here in this blogosphere with so many good blogs to choose from and so little time so let’s help everyone get a slice of the pie. I will be back on Monday, at that time I will unveil some ideas I have around monetizing things but You May Also Like: No related posts.

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