Black Girl in Maine (BGIM) came along after Shay Stuart- Bouley, the founder, had her own experiences with living in Maine. Shay is a Chicago native who came to Maine after she had no choice but to relocate. She has won a New England Press Association Award, done a TED Talk, and was even the diversity writer for the Maine DigPortland in 2015. The site came along in 2008 as a way to let out her rage as well as connect with other people of color who also happen to live in Maine.

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