About Me

Who am I? A Black chick originally from the Windy City who landed in Maine several years ago. How did I get here from Chicago? Too long to get into though the quick story is it involved an ex-husband and joint custody.

Anyway, I live in Southern Maine where I juggle the demands of grown up life…kids, husband aka the Spousal Unit, homeownership and work. I started blogging in 2008 because frankly I wanted to connect with Black folks since as you can imagine as lovely as Maine is, its a tad light as far as people of color.

There is no rhyme or reason to the things I blog about, pretty much anything that comes to mind though current events and my personal life tend to be the basis for much of what I write.

Thanks for stopping by and do come back again. Note, this is my space and if you leave comments that don’t make me happy you can expect that you will not see your comment posted.

20 Responses to “About Me”

  1. genmaspeaks October 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    hello,
    It is nice to know black folks are in Maine. You have a wonderful blog. I will be back. Good place to sit and visit. Love the photo.
    Genma
    http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com
    http://www.genmaspeaks.com

  2. Sharon October 31, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Nice site, BGIM.

    Like you, I’ve been reading, pondering… and have not found answers to a long list of concerns.

    “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right….here I am, stuck in the middle again.”

    Those lyrics sum up my views.

    Going forward, I hope women connect, discuss, and work to present a voice of reason in a time of great uncertainty.

    Very best to you, the spousal unit, and mini-me 🙂

  3. Lorraine April 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    I like your blog. Continued success to you.

  4. Grey October 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    Nice to meet you! I’ve loved your posts, they keep me thinking.

  5. Tayaa October 28, 2009 at 12:43 am #

    Hello,

    I just moved to Maine about 3 weeks ago and I just love your blog I am too a black woman in the mix of Maine, my family is from the West Side of Chicago so I know this is a big change for you.

  6. Stephanie November 28, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    I’m not in Maine but Boston from NC….I feel a tiny lil piece of your pain. I love your blog and I just sent you a message on Nappturality. Hang in there sis! If you ever feel the need to head this way shout me out….I certainly could use a chance to get out of the city.

    peace.grace.love.light

    }i{

  7. tyrone mixon March 12, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    I’ve been up to Maine and it is a beautiful state.

    This is my first visit to your site and I just wanted to see or something like that, what a Black girl was doing in Maine. I know. I bet you married a white dude. I’m willing to bet my life on it and I swear I haven’t read that anywhere.

    Oh yeah, I’m Black.

  8. Blackgirlinmaine's Spousal Unit March 12, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    It is true that I’m white. However, the wife dragged me here…not the other way around. 😉

    I had only been to Maine once before (years before we moved here), and it was a miserable trip fraught with problems.

    In hindsight, the move has probably been good for us (and it was necessary for her to have regular contact with her son), but originally, I would have been happy to keep my melanin-challenged ass in Chicago where the palette of humans is more diverse….

  9. Black girl going to Maine March 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    I’m about to move to Maine and I’m black. Anyone willing to give me some advice or whatever? I hear it’s hard to meet friends and I’ll be up in the Hallowell area. According to City Data, there are no blacks in Hallowell. Any advice.

  10. Blackgirlinmaine's Spousal Unit March 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Well, on the bright side, you won’t be too far from Augusta. Hallowell is the smallest “city” in Maine (city is always a relative term in this state…most cities here seem more like really big towns to me), but Augusta is the state capital and I suspect it, at least, has some small amount of diversity, but probably less than in Southern Maine.

    I would suggest making it a habit to get into Portland with some regularity. Maybe not every week, but the drive is reasonable enough to get down there a couple times a month at least, and maybe develop some black contacts.

    The Augusta area is pretty civilized, from what I recall. Nothing spectacular, but reminded me of suburban areas in more populous states.

    The key is not to get too stressed out or expect too much the first year or so. You’ll spend much of that time just finding places you can consider cool or interesting, and getting used to the pace of life in Maine and the personalities.

    I’ll leave any additional advice to my wife.

  11. reach4thetoes May 25, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi! I’m a black woman who moved to NH from Los Angeles to teach at UNH last year, and I’m sooo glad to come across your blog. I’m beginning a new research project on women of color in New England. Actually, I have a blog (that I need to get writing on) called This (Covered) Bridge Called My Back: New England’s Radical Women of Color. I’m looking forward to reading your earlier postings and getting up to Portland.

    Courtney

  12. Snarky's Machine June 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    I feel you! Vermont has about a many brown folks as Maine.

  13. blackgirlinmaine June 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    Maine and Vermont are almost dead even when it comes to Black folks except Maine has a few more I believe.

  14. redlami June 28, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Pretty close, Maine is 0.8% black (10,918) and Vermont is 0.7% (4,329) as of 2006. The two whitest states east of the Mississippi.

  15. www.itsafullnest.com September 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Loving this!
    I will visit often.
    I moved to Colorado in 2002, from CHICAGO (Hyde Park) and I miss Chicago daily.
    Hubby is from rural MN and Chicago was a bit much for him.
    So now we’re in Colorado with our two kiddos and my non-black mother-in-law.
    Gorgeous Colorado is about 4.4% black, and I do have my lonely moments (and I get tired of explaining EVERYTHING).
    Keep up the great work!
    -Kanesha

  16. anzinga September 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    peace & greetings. I enjoyed my visit. stop by Anzinga’s Blog sometime and say hello.

  17. Afriqshenehneh October 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    So, how do we get all the Black girls in Maine together for some prolly much appreciated bonding time?
    Bonjour! Je m’appelle Folami.
    I’m teaching myself French, but more importantly I’m also a Black girl in Maine and a long time follower of your blog…in fact a year before I ever considered Maine an actual place I ran across your musings and enjoyed them. Now I’se here. And outta my mind in Lowell bout 45 minutes north from Bangor.

    We should get familiar(imho), no?

    http://www.facebook.com/bellepepper

  18. Consuelo October 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    I stumbled across your website by accident, but must admit I like what I’ve read. Do your thang gurl! Nice to see what I’m experiencing is very valid…gotta love that joint custody stuff 😦

  19. Folami November 7, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Hey! I’m AfriqShenehneh on nappturality, I couldn’t figure out how to contact you there I’m still jus a lurker. I’ll be in Portland soon for the P-Funk show and would love to spend time gettin my hair correct and what not. I’m about to have to hit up westbrook because all these salons I talk to promise they know about natural hair, but…I don’t trust them one bit. Anywho, email me whenever you have time, my dear.

  20. Joe December 5, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Hey! I just ran across your blog and really enjoying both your and your spousal unit’s posts. I am a white guy from Maine who will soon be engaged to an awesome black woman from St Lucia. She lives in Mass. I rarely see couples like us in the mass. southcoast area but seem to see a few in the Portland area. Have you had any musings on this?

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