Black Girl in Maine is creating Independent BGIM Media and Musings In New England
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Greetings and Salutations!

My name is Shay Stewart-Bouley, better known to a lot of folks as Black Girl in Maine. By day, I am a non-profit "admin extraordinaire," heading up the oldest continuously running anti-racist organization in the United States, Community Change Inc. By night, I can be found at my digital home, Black Girl in Maine where (since 2008) I have written about life in Maine as a woman of color, growing into middle age and musing on the state of race relations in the United States, among occasional other topics.

For years I was a freelance columnist for the Portland Phoenix, until it changed management in early 2015. I rejoined the Portland Phoenix in January 2017. My work has been featured in Bitch Magazine, Huffington Post and in various regional publications. In 2011, I won a New England Press Association award for my writing on diversity issues in New England. I was also a contributor to The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, which was released by Seal Press in 2014. At one point, I was considered a top mom blogger though, as a "bad mother" (wink, wink), the mom-blogging world realized the error of its ways and cut me from such listings. I appeared (in fall 2012) via Skype on the "Melissa Harris-Perry Show" that once aired on MSNBC, I have have made an appearance on Maine Public Radio’s "Maine Calling" show, I have done numerous speaking engagements in New England, I’ve appeared on television network affiliate’s broadcast of a roundtable on race relations, and I’ve answered more than a few questions from Maine reporters and columnists when several racialized events have cropped up.

After almost a decade of blogging, I am making changes as I work to accommodate more voices at Black Girl in Maine. I am working to move from Black Girl in Maine the blog to Black Girl in Maine Media as a media hub for non-white voices as well as ally voices in Northern New England, BGIM Media will include blog posts, podcasts and hopefully more. I have long held to the belief that we need to look at who creates the narratives that we read and believe. In most places, the narratives are fed to us by white people who are often unaware of the biases and prejudices that are often projected in the messages they share, which in turn tends to keep things like white supremacy and institutional racism alive and well, in both subtle and overt ways. Now more than ever (especially as we see so many Black hosts in particular having their shows yanked recently from various channels like Comedy Central and MSNBC), there is a growing need for non-white voices to be heard and elevated, and my mission is shifting to do just that.

BGIM Media now has several regular contributing writers and I asking people who believe not only in me but independent Black media to support the expansion. It is not enough to hear independent voices regardless of race (or gender) because, in a world where Black and Brown women earn far less than our white counterparts, economic justice is a must. I am committed to ensuring that anyone who writes or works for me under the Black Girl in Maine mantle is compensated because, as groovy as exposure is, as I have learned over the years that the utility companies do not accept exposure as payment, nor can we feed our families on exposure (especially in a world where for women of color exposure via digital platforms is often a one-way ticket to harassment).

Your support at this time will ensure that not only can I continue to run and grow BGIM Media but will also allow me to make the investment needed to sustain and grow the site including a well overdue site re-design and upgrade. If you enjoy my words (whether on the blog, Twitter, Facebook, in person or otherwise), please consider supporting those words with a monthly pledge.

No amount is too small, and it helps ensure that Black Girl in Maine Media moves forward to create a space for voices that need to be heard. And yeah, it ensures that I continue to have access to luxuries such as indoor plumbing, food and a retirement free of Kitty Chow under the bridge while I am working on birthing and nourishing this larger vision.

So what's in it for you? Aside from the groovy feeling of knowing that you are keeping the words flowing and creating more spaces for writers/creators of color, there are perks. All monthly patrons access to patron only postings and first cuts from the podcast which is moving closer to materialzing thanks to the help of a a few angels and my son, Milo the rapper.

In 2017, it's hard out here for writers and writing for pennies or exposure is just not something I can afford to do anymore. So I hope that if the spirit moves you, you will consider becoming a monthly supporter at whatever level is comfortable for you. If you aren't comfortable or able to make a monthly pledge, a one time tip to my Paypal is also greatly appreciated. 

Thank you all for your support!

XOXO
Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per month
All pledges over $5 a month will receive early access to the BGIM podcast once it is up. 

Includes
  • Early access to my work
Podcasts!
$10 or more per month
Pledges over $10 a month receive access to one bonus podcast once podcasts kick off. 

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
Monthly Chat with BGIM
$20 or more per month
Anyone who pledges $20 or more per month can participate in a monthly Zoom video chat or Google Hangout with me. Chats will be done in groups and limited to 30-45 minutes. 

Includes
  • Early access to my work
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Monthly Q&A
Chat with BGIM
$50 or more per month
Anyone who pledges over $20 a month can participate in a monthly Zoom chat or Google Hangout with me. Chats will be in groups of 5 or more and will be limited to 30-45 minutes 
Pledge $100 or more per month
Over $100 a month (for a solid year) and I will present to a group of your choosing (speak, conduct Q&A session, etc.) within a 300-mile radius of Portland, Maine, in a for at least an hour. Or a session by Skype. 
Goals
73% complete
As Black Girl in Maine the blog moves to Black Girl in Maine Media creating blog posts and podcasts, equipment needs to be purchased and contributors must be compensated. Reaching this goal will ensure that not only can I cover my core expenses that allow me to keep the words flowing but I can cover the expansion without losing my shirt! Support independent Black media in Northern New England by helping me reach this goal. Thanks you. 
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Greetings and Salutations!

My name is Shay Stewart-Bouley, better known to a lot of folks as Black Girl in Maine. By day, I am a non-profit "admin extraordinaire," heading up the oldest continuously running anti-racist organization in the United States, Community Change Inc. By night, I can be found at my digital home, Black Girl in Maine where (since 2008) I have written about life in Maine as a woman of color, growing into middle age and musing on the state of race relations in the United States, among occasional other topics.

For years I was a freelance columnist for the Portland Phoenix, until it changed management in early 2015. I rejoined the Portland Phoenix in January 2017. My work has been featured in Bitch Magazine, Huffington Post and in various regional publications. In 2011, I won a New England Press Association award for my writing on diversity issues in New England. I was also a contributor to The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, which was released by Seal Press in 2014. At one point, I was considered a top mom blogger though, as a "bad mother" (wink, wink), the mom-blogging world realized the error of its ways and cut me from such listings. I appeared (in fall 2012) via Skype on the "Melissa Harris-Perry Show" that once aired on MSNBC, I have have made an appearance on Maine Public Radio’s "Maine Calling" show, I have done numerous speaking engagements in New England, I’ve appeared on television network affiliate’s broadcast of a roundtable on race relations, and I’ve answered more than a few questions from Maine reporters and columnists when several racialized events have cropped up.

After almost a decade of blogging, I am making changes as I work to accommodate more voices at Black Girl in Maine. I am working to move from Black Girl in Maine the blog to Black Girl in Maine Media as a media hub for non-white voices as well as ally voices in Northern New England, BGIM Media will include blog posts, podcasts and hopefully more. I have long held to the belief that we need to look at who creates the narratives that we read and believe. In most places, the narratives are fed to us by white people who are often unaware of the biases and prejudices that are often projected in the messages they share, which in turn tends to keep things like white supremacy and institutional racism alive and well, in both subtle and overt ways. Now more than ever (especially as we see so many Black hosts in particular having their shows yanked recently from various channels like Comedy Central and MSNBC), there is a growing need for non-white voices to be heard and elevated, and my mission is shifting to do just that.

BGIM Media now has several regular contributing writers and I asking people who believe not only in me but independent Black media to support the expansion. It is not enough to hear independent voices regardless of race (or gender) because, in a world where Black and Brown women earn far less than our white counterparts, economic justice is a must. I am committed to ensuring that anyone who writes or works for me under the Black Girl in Maine mantle is compensated because, as groovy as exposure is, as I have learned over the years that the utility companies do not accept exposure as payment, nor can we feed our families on exposure (especially in a world where for women of color exposure via digital platforms is often a one-way ticket to harassment).

Your support at this time will ensure that not only can I continue to run and grow BGIM Media but will also allow me to make the investment needed to sustain and grow the site including a well overdue site re-design and upgrade. If you enjoy my words (whether on the blog, Twitter, Facebook, in person or otherwise), please consider supporting those words with a monthly pledge.

No amount is too small, and it helps ensure that Black Girl in Maine Media moves forward to create a space for voices that need to be heard. And yeah, it ensures that I continue to have access to luxuries such as indoor plumbing, food and a retirement free of Kitty Chow under the bridge while I am working on birthing and nourishing this larger vision.

So what's in it for you? Aside from the groovy feeling of knowing that you are keeping the words flowing and creating more spaces for writers/creators of color, there are perks. All monthly patrons access to patron only postings and first cuts from the podcast which is moving closer to materialzing thanks to the help of a a few angels and my son, Milo the rapper.

In 2017, it's hard out here for writers and writing for pennies or exposure is just not something I can afford to do anymore. So I hope that if the spirit moves you, you will consider becoming a monthly supporter at whatever level is comfortable for you. If you aren't comfortable or able to make a monthly pledge, a one time tip to my Paypal is also greatly appreciated. 

Thank you all for your support!

XOXO

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Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per month
All pledges over $5 a month will receive early access to the BGIM podcast once it is up. 

Includes
  • Early access to my work
Podcasts!
$10 or more per month
Pledges over $10 a month receive access to one bonus podcast once podcasts kick off. 

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
Monthly Chat with BGIM
$20 or more per month
Anyone who pledges $20 or more per month can participate in a monthly Zoom video chat or Google Hangout with me. Chats will be done in groups and limited to 30-45 minutes. 

Includes
  • Early access to my work
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Monthly Q&A
Chat with BGIM
$50 or more per month
Anyone who pledges over $20 a month can participate in a monthly Zoom chat or Google Hangout with me. Chats will be in groups of 5 or more and will be limited to 30-45 minutes 
Pledge $100 or more per month
Over $100 a month (for a solid year) and I will present to a group of your choosing (speak, conduct Q&A session, etc.) within a 300-mile radius of Portland, Maine, in a for at least an hour. Or a session by Skype.