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Obama missed mark at Bowie

When Michelle Obama delivered a commencement address to the class of 2013 at historically black college Bowie State University, something went awry.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 18, 2013
Someone Should Tell Common And Sarah Palin That They Have The Same Stance On Abortion

Someone Should Tell Common And Sarah Palin That They Have The Same Stance On Abortion


Common's not an MC who subsides on beef. In fact he sports the opposite stereotype, and is more likely to trade noodle recipes with Mos...
By Chris Faraone  |  May 10, 2011

VIDEO: The Phoenix's Peter Kadzis on Scott Brown & the START treaty; Sarah vs Michelle; plus a Christmas wish


Phoenix mascott Peter Kadzis makes his weekly appearance on FOX 25's "Heavy Hitters." This week: our liberal lion goes head to head on Scott Brown,...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 21, 2010
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Fortnight to fitness

If you’re reading this now, it may be too late. It’s the middle of May, and beach season is right around the corner.
Shaping up for the summer — in two exhausting weeks
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 21, 2010

A very long way to go

“You’ve come a long way, baby.”
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 02, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010


Ask the black woman

I've lived in Maine for seven years and been writing for this fine publication for about five, and during that time I've covered a wide array of subjects on the issue of diversity in Maine.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 21, 2009
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Factory food

Since Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant maize, no food has been more emblematic of the evolution of American eating habits than corn. That's been true from the sepia-tinged golden age of the Midwestern breadbasket to the present day, where those yello
Why the cheap, mass-produced food we eat is killing our environment, our economy — and us
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 26, 2009
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Dance Monkey!: Mehran Khaghani

Every week we put a comic in the hot seat. This week's victim is...
Hates to be called Mommy Face
By  |  April 10, 2009
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Dance, Monkey!: Joe Madaus

Every week we put a comic in the hotseat this week's victim.......
Loves to go whaling
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 26, 2009

Is black the new black?

Was new Portland police chief picked because he is black?
Was new Portland police chief picked because he is black?
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 04, 2009


Nice to meet you

Hello, I'm Black America, and I just wanted to introduce myself. You'll be seeing a lot of me now that the Obama family is in the White House.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 04, 2009
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President Obama

In retrospect, it all seems of a piece: suitably fitting, almost ordained.
The trek ahead
By EDITORIAL  |  January 21, 2009
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Inauguration daze

For the next week, the press and pundits will talk all about the historical importance of Barack Obama's inaugural address. And, based on his past rhetorical performances, it should be a great one.
If a presidential speech is made outside of prime-time TV-viewing hours, does it make a sound?
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 15, 2009
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Obamastrology

Another Leo president. That's what we're getting with Barack Obama, and it's even good news on an astrological level.
Astrological musings on our next President and other political movers and shakers
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 30, 2008
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The feminine critique

It was almost a banner year for women in politics.
Women in politics came a long way in 2008, but the weight of double standards endures
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 23, 2008


He’s not like us

While I’m still celebrating the election results — and don’t plan to stop until just before Thanksgiving — there is one sobering thing.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 12, 2008
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The enthusiasm gap

The selection of gun-shooting, anti-abortion, creationist, doctrinaire conservative Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice-presidential nominee has finally got the GOP’s conservative base excited.
This election, with Obama having stoked pennant fever in Denver, it is the Dems who have cornered the excitement market  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 03, 2008

Facebooking the convention

We rounded up a few Maine luminaries who’ve alighted in the Mile High City for the Democratic National Convention, and translated their observations into Facebook speak.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008
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Opening-night jitters

The Democratic National Convention started off with a strange vibe that might be summed up in one word: restraint.
The DNC’s primary colors
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 27, 2008
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What Obama must do

For all the fawning press Barack Obama has received, the grace and favor with which he has been treated is nothing compared with the free ride McCain has enjoyed.
A new talent must wrestle with an old hand at political survival
By EDITORIAL  |  August 27, 2008


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Leggo my ego!

If Barack Obama loses the presidency this November, it won’t be because of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or “Bitter-gate,” or sundry other vulnerabilities.
The GOP is smearing Obama as a narcissist. So why is the press playing along?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 30, 2008
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Let’s embrace satire, not boycott it

When the New Yorker last week ran a cover illustration spoofing the right-wing critique of Barack Obama, it was another instance in which the storied magazine put a provocative point on its front page.
Get a grip
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 23, 2008

Baby mama drama

I’ve been working to kick my heavy diet of mainstream media programming.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 25, 2008
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Claiming the nomination, Obama achieves the re-markable

On Tuesday, the Democratic Party’s historic embrace of a black presidential candidate seemed both unremarkable and amazing.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 04, 2008
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Could America face a committee choice for president?

Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
Surprise Scenario
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 2008


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The battle of the smallest state

Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008
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Obama bicycle cycle

In case you haven’t already heard, Barack Obama is your new bicycle.
Mat Honan will start your new online fad
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 27, 2008
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The ‘A’ word

How can the media cover a subject that nearly everyone’s thinking about, but is almost too abhorrent to discuss?

Is there one political story the press shouldn’t report?


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 15, 2008
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Brain gloss

The merger of thought and glossy spreads of girls in streaming, DIY couture.
Two new Boston mags aimed at women beg the question, why not the perfect women's magazine?
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 15, 2008