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Nia Long and Omar Epps Reunite After 20 Years in ‘Fatal Affair’

Nia Long and Omar Epps reunite 20 years after starring together in In Too Deep in this brand new steamy thriller for...

Misty Copeland Stays Strong Inside

Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland shares advice on how she is taking care of her mental health during the pandemic.  The dancer says,...

DC Reveals First Look at L. L. McKinney’s ‘Nubia: Real One’

Nubia now has her stand-alone story in DC Comics' Nubia: Real One due for release next year. Nubia: Real...

Pixar’s Short Film ‘Out’: An Unexpected Gay Story We Needed

The new Pixar animated short film Out is a magnificent work of color and narrative. For many viewers, this is the first...

‘Screened Out’ is a Documentary That Focuses on Our Obsession With Smartphones

Technology connects us, but if we’re not careful, it can also control us. From smartphones, tablets, and social media,...

‘Run Sweetheart Run’ Headed to Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime members can expect to see a new feature film, Run Sweetheart Run, on their streaming service very soon.

Podcasts

PODCAST: Our Nation is Burning

The 2020 Protests that have expanded across our nation have shed light on the cracks of systemic racism in our country and...

PODCAST: Recording Artist TeaMarrr

BGN sits down with recording artist TeaMarrr featured on season 4 of HBO's Insecure soundtrack. Shaking up pop, hip-hop,...

PODCAST: Actor Stephan James on ‘Homecoming 2’

Actor Stephan James reprises his role as Walter Cruz in the sophomore season of the Amazon TV series Homecoming.

PODCAST: Comic Book Superheroine Monet St. Croix

This week's episode of the BGNPodcast, Ryanne brings to you another comic book superheroine highlighting Monet St. Croix. If you're new to...

Interviews

Kelvin Harrison Jr. on Being Single and Quarantined

Kelvin Harrison Jr. mentions he's single and quarantined, but most importantly, he has a lot to say about his character David Cliff...

Nisha Ganatra on Finding the Right Notes in ‘The High Note’

In an interview with filmmaker Nisha Ganatra (Late Night), BGN talks about her latest feature about the dazzling L.A. music scene.

Interview with Betty Gabriel: ‘Defending Jacob’ Is a Must See for Serious Watchers

Grab your favorite bag of chips, your preferred drink, pick your seat, and get ready to enjoy Betty Gabriel’s thoughtful and intense...

Interview with the ‘Vagrant Queen’ Star: Adriyan Rae is the Real Bad-Ass of the Show

Self-isolation can sometimes bring to the forefront feelings that can include vexation, desolation, occasional glimpses of optimism, and surges of sorrow.

Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba are Certainly ‘L.A.’s Finest’

BGN interviews actors Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba for the return of the sophomore season of their show L.A.'s Finest.

Yvette Nicole Brown: ‘Community’ Star on Hosting Her First Gameshow, New Series with John Stamos

Yvette Nicole Brown is no stranger to television, although it has been five years since she played Shirley Bennett on Community.

Comics

DC Reveals First Look at L. L. McKinney’s ‘Nubia: Real One’

Nubia now has her stand-alone story in DC Comics' Nubia: Real One due for release next year. Nubia: Real...

Themes of Depression, Anxiety, and Psychological Trauma Can Be Found in ‘Cremisi’

Written by April Prince Are you a fan of comics? Do you like the really gritty ones with...

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Misty Copeland Stays Strong Inside

Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland shares advice on how she is taking care of her mental health during the pandemic.  The dancer says,...

Octavia Spencer Shares Advice for Child Mind Institute’s #WeThriveInside Campaign

The Child Mind Institute today launched #WeThriveInside, a timely and empowering response to the unprecedented challenges facing American children and families during...

Megan Thee Stallion Talks Anime with Crunchyroll

Today, iconic rapper Megan Thee Stallion will appear on Instagram Live to speak with Crunchyroll about her love of anime. You can check...

Ava DuVernay’s #ARRAYMatinee Film Series Begins April 15th

Independent Spirit Award-nominated film Out Of My Hand is this week’s featured film for our weekly, “watch and tweet” digital film series...

Who is Coming to the ‘Insecure’ Virtual Block Party?

In celebration of the season four premiere of hit comedy Insecure, HBO will host its fourth annual block party for the series virtually.

Movie Reviews

TV Reviews

Latice Crawford

Latice Crawford’s Cure Is God in Every Season

Written by: Sierra Lyons Many know Latice Crawford for her powerhouse performance as a contestant on BET’s Sunday Best. But Crawford doesn’t just have an...

Books

Interview: Gabrielle Union’s New Children’s Book, ‘Welcome to the Party’

In addition to being an award-winning actress of both the big and small screen, Gabrielle Union has long been a champion of...

‘Stealing Thunder’: Epic Fantasy with a Badass Trans Heroine

There is nothing I appreciate more these days than having an ever-expanding bookshelf full of queer lit — especially when it’s delving...

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Set For a Documentary on Netflix

First Lady Michelle Obama's debut NY Times best-selling book "Becoming" is now due for a documentary on Netflix. According...

Director Kasi Lemmons Brings All-Female WWII Soldiers Novel to the Big Screen

Filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, best known for her Academy nominated film Harriet will adapt and direct Maaza Mengiste’s historical fiction novel The Shadow King.

‘Farima’ is a New Solar-Punk, Afro-Futurist Novel

Farima is set in 2082 in a fictional nation created by author Brian M. Lewis called New Manden.

Sistah Scifi Brings Afrofuturism to Black Book Lovers Everywhere

Ever since the explosive arrival of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone in 2018, Afrofuturism and Black fantasy have been pulling...

Opinion

Keep Amy Klobuchar Away From The White House

If Joe Biden picks Amy Klobuchar as his VP, he’s got a lot explaining to do. My issue with...

Lost Girls vs. Lost Boys: The Case for ‘Fight Club’ on Its 21st Birthday

“People are always asking me, did I know Tyler Durden,” the Narrator (Edward Norton) says in Fight Club before he comes to...

25 Years Ago ’12 Monkeys’ Taught Us the Futility of Time Travel in a Pandemic

Prevention, not time travel, is the key to halting a viral contagion. “Five billion people died in 1996...

Features

‘Run Sweetheart Run’ Headed to Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime members can expect to see a new feature film, Run Sweetheart Run, on their streaming service very soon.

Review: ‘Central Park’ is a Refreshing Shot of Family-Friendly Funny

Written by: Tracee California With the recent influx of adult cartoons, it’s not uncommon to see new efforts popping...

Season 2 of ‘American Soul’ Continues to Be Tragic but So Authentic

One might never imagine that the man with the deep baritone who stood in front of cameras and wished viewers “peace, love,...

Real-Life ‘Lord of the Flies’ in the Works

Prepare to see it again, but this time the real-life version of the Lord of the Flies is being adapted onto the...

Only 2 Episodes Left in June of HBO’s ‘Insecure’! Will Issa and Molly Make Up?

Today via press release, HBO provided information on the final two episodes due to premiere in June for the hit series Insecure.

New Red Table Talk about Colorism Tomorrow

An emotional new episode of Red Table Talk is coming to Facebook Watch tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27 at 9 am PT / 12pm ET as Jada, Willow and Gammy tackle Colorism,...

Themes of Depression, Anxiety, and Psychological Trauma Can Be Found in ‘Cremisi’

Written by April Prince Are you a fan of comics? Do you like the really gritty ones with...

‘Hollywood’ Recap: “A Hollywood Ending”

In our seventh and final recap of the Netflix series Hollywood, we recap the episode “A Hollywood Ending.” At Ace’s...