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Review: ‘Someone Great’ Needs Something Greater

30-year old filmmaker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson makes her feature film debut in the Netflix rom-com Someone Great. It’s a film centered on Jenny (Gina...

First Look: ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Trailer starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong

Tuca & Bertie is an animated comedy series about friendship. Two 30-year-old bird women live in the same apartment building: Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a cocky,...

On the 30th Anniversary of ‘Pet Sematary,’ Sometimes the Original is Better

Pet Sematary’s journey from Stephen King’s mind to book to screen was as arduous as Louis Creed and Jud Crandall’s walk through the deadfall...

‘Guava Island’: A Thrilling Tale of Love and Greed

Written by: Camille Rahatt Donald Glover is back again with another cinematic show stopper directed by Hiro Murai, entitled Guava Island. The short film made...

A Breakdown of the Stars Behind the Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Series

Written by: April Prince @LyricAiLove When one thinks of classic anime, Cowboy Bebop is one of those anime that comes to mind. From the entertaining...

A Casual Star Wars Fan Guide to ‘The Mandalorian’ TV Show on Disney+

Sundays are usually the “down” days of festivals and conventions, but the Star Wars Celebration Chicago is not your ordinary gathering. So, when I settled...

 


Podcasts

BGN Podcast Extra – #ThronesYall Recap

Winter has arrived! We breakdown Season 8 Episode 1 of the series finale of Game of Thrones.  Also known under the Twitter hashtag moniker...

PODCAST: Tessa Thompson, Nia DaCosta, Olivia Wilde and Numa Perrier

This star-studded podcast episode features films made by women directors! Segment 1: BGN chats with Tessa Thompson and filmmaker Nia DaCosta about the new film...

PODCAST: Jason Mitchell And ‘American Gods’

Segment 1: Actor Jason Mitchell stops by to make his second appearance on the BGNPodcast to chat about his latest film The Mustang. Released...

PODCAST: Lashana Lynch and Chinonye Chukwu

This week we interview actress Lashana Lynch playing the role of Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is...

Interviews

Interview: Roxann Dawson, Director of ‘Breakthrough’

“Without the ability to discuss, debate and use the minds and instincts that God gave us, how can we connect with each other? That's...

Tina Gordon Chism Talks Taking Big Risks, Controlling Your Narrative and Crafting Multidimensional Characters

Tina Gordon Chism, director and screenwriter of the comedy Little, always had a passion for the arts. Her journey began at the Duke Ellington...

DeWanda Wise, Gina Rodriguez, and Brittany Snow On Friendship in ‘Someone Great’

This weekend Netflix will globally launch the new rom-com Someone Great starring DeWanda Wise, Gina Rodriguez, and Brittany Snow. The clip features a fun interview...

Interview: Hellboy’s David Harbour, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim and Milla Jovovich Speaks to BGN

Hellboy comes out this Friday, April 12th and the cast of Hellboy chats with BGN. Actors David Harbour, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Milla...

Aydrea Walden on Victorian Cosplay Fashion in ‘Black Girl In a Big Dress’

Written by: Keshia McEntire @keshiaiswrite Aydrea Walden wears a lot of hats. We’re not just talking about the bold Victorian bonnets she dons on...

The Cast & Crew of ‘Little’ Chats to BGN about Problematic Bosses and More!

The production behind the film Little is literally is all about Black Girl Magic. From above the line crew positions like executive producer (Marsai Martin),...

Comics

Interview: James R. Tuck’s ‘Venom: Lethal Protector’

From Titan Books comes James R. Tuck’s adaptation of the 1993 Limited Series Venom: Lethal Protector.  The concept of Venom was first seen...

The Award-Winning Comic ‘Monstress’ is One Epic Fantasy

Written by: Pim Wangtechawat  There is not a quote more apt to describe Monstress, the award-winning comic written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana...

Interview: The Creative Team Behind the Comic Book ‘Naomi’

Last month BGN reviewed the first issue of Naomi, released by DC Comics' imprint Wonder Comics. Both the character and title Naomi are the...

The Comic Strip ‘A Problem Like Jamal’ Focuses on “Woke Culture”

A Problem Like Jamal follows the adventures a woke young brother named Jamal Marcus, growing up at the peak of “Woke Culture”. A card-carrying...

Skybound announces new comic ‘Excellence’, in stores May 8

Today, Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics announced its latest comic book Excellence, set in a world of magic and a secret society of black magicians....

African Magical Girl Manga from Adorned By Chi

Created by Jacque, the founder of Adorned By Chi is her latest project African Magical Girl Manga! The story tells the tale of Adaeze, a...

 

 

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The Google Tech + Entertainment Mashup Showcase Dazzled!

Written by: Peppur Chambers This past weekend, the Google Tech + Entertainment Mashup Showcase gave grown-up lessons to kids looking to learn about tech. The afternoon...

The 2nd Annual Freeform Summit was a Reimagined Beauty Pageant

This past Wednesday, Freeform had its 2nd Annual Freeform Summit, ingeniously themed as “The UnPageant” (a reimagined beauty pageant). The event included four different...

Celebrate Star Wars at Walt Disney World this April with Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

This April, Star Wars fans can experience the epic battle between the Dark side and Light side at Walt Disney World Resort in advance...

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Afua Richardson on Afrofuturism from “Walk this Way” to Wakanda

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Book Reviews

‘Before We Were Wicked’ Is Another Sexy, Complex Novel by Eric Jerome Dickey

For fans of New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, his new book Before We Were Wicked that debuts in April — is...

‘How Long Till Black Future Month’: A Journey Through Representation and Folklore

Written by: Anna Gibson I finished How Long Till Black Future Month by N.K Jemisin and my head is still spinning. In it, one finds...

Interview: James R. Tuck’s ‘Venom: Lethal Protector’

From Titan Books comes James R. Tuck’s adaptation of the 1993 Limited Series Venom: Lethal Protector.  The concept of Venom was first seen...

Martellus Bennett’s ‘Dear Black Boy’ Inspires Boys To Dream Bigger

Dear Black Boy is a book written by Martellus Bennett. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Mr. Bennett was a pro-NFL Tight...

Review: ‘Lest We Forget’, Is Our Black History Primer for 2019

You can rescue the waning hours of your Black History month with a deep dive into a book that gets real about the topic....

Karyn Parsons Talks About Her Debut Novel, ‘How High the Moon’

In the 1990s, I, along with millions, watched Karyn Parsons barely tolerate Will Smith as his socialite cousin, Hilary Banks on the hit TV...

‘Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground’ Introduces Younger Audiences to Zora Neale Hurston

By Nina N. Yeboah @gotmyniinaa Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground is the second book in the middle-grade series, Zora & Me. Co-authored by T.R. Simon...

Kennesha Buycks’ Restoration House Uses Faith As A Tool For Interior Design

“By wisdom, a house is built, and through understanding, it is established; through knowledge, its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”-Proverbs 24:...

Features

Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Limited Series ‘When They See Us’ New Dramatic Trailer

Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us, will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled...

On its 15th Birthday ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is Still the Most Perfect Love Story

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot The world forgetting by the world forgot The eternal sunshine of the spotless mind Each prayer accepted, each wish resigned. —Alexander...

Sean Patrick Thomas’ Horror Moment in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

He’s a familiar face that you might remember from the early aughts in that first Barbershop movie or in a trendy indie called Last...

Opinion

On the 30th Anniversary of ‘Pet Sematary,’ Sometimes the Original is Better

Pet Sematary’s journey from Stephen King’s mind to book to screen...

More Moments In Whitewashed History: Five Erasures of Black Excellence

Written by: Dennis R. Upkins As previously explained in the first op-ed...

The Revolution and Evolution of Women’s Wrestling is Just Getting Started

Written by: Dennis R. Upkins The future of wrestling is female. And if...

Technology

The Google Tech + Entertainment Mashup Showcase Dazzled!

Written by: Peppur Chambers This past weekend, the Google Tech + Entertainment Mashup Showcase gave grown-up lessons to kids looking to learn about tech. The afternoon...

Interview: Chiquita Evans, the First Woman Drafted into the NBA2K League

Written by: Ashley Turner Chiquita Evans has a high basketball IQ and isn’t afraid to let you know it. Like any educated baller, she knows...

After 5 Years In Development, Catt Small Releases the Video Game ‘SweetXheart’

SweetXheart (pronounced “sweetheart”) is a slice-of-life visual novel about microaggressions as it relates to both race and gender. The game shares creative technologist Catt Small's...

X On Demand Founder Rashidah De Vore Launches New Social Streaming Platform

What do you get when you combine the algorithms of Netflix and Black Twitter into one streaming platform? You get X On Demand.  X On Demand, Inc....

NEO: The New Crypto Kid on the Block

  In 2017, there were 700 different cryptocurrencies and the number more than doubled in 2018. However, in the top-heavy cryptocurrency index, a chosen dozen...

BGN’s Holiday Wish List: Nintendo’s New 2DS XL is Fun for All Ages

Now is the time to start shopping for those holiday gifts for friends and loved ones.  We will begin with this in-depth dive into...

Black Girl Gaming: #BlackGirlMagic in ‘Broken Age’

By Ashley Turner @AsheDT It’s no secret that a significant portion of gamers are Black even if that reality is not always reflected in the gaming...

BGN Game Night: ‘Fuse’

From the folks that brought us Clank! A Deck Building Game and Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, comes Fuse.  Released by Renegade...

#SDCC Exclusive: You Can Now Read Comic Books On Your HDTV

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, DC Entertainment announced its latest venture within the online streaming industry and now you can experience the DC universe like...

BGN Film: ‘The Dark Knight’ Turns 10 and You Can Help Celebrate

Ten years ago, Warners Brothers dropped a Batman on the world like none we had ever seen in The Dark Knight. Before the iteration...

BGN Tech Review: Cellarius, A Collaborative Sci-Fi Universe

  Today’s media landscape is dominated by a few centralized studios that we can all name. Though there is a growing willingness to explore new...

Hip Hop Architecture Camps That Offer STEAM Education Doubles Locations

As co-founder of the Urban Arts Collective, I have had the opportunity to work on many inspiring projects that involve bringing S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology,...

Video Games

Review: ‘Elder Scrolls: Blades’ Takes the Essence of the Best Elder Scrolls Games

Written by: Keshia McEntire Logging onto Elder Scrolls: Blades truly feels like starting up a new chapter in the Elder...

New City, No Separation: ‘The Division 2’ Game Review

On March 1st, Ubisoft released the beta of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.  Like its predecessor, this game contains...

Interview: Chiquita Evans, the First Woman Drafted into the NBA2K League

Written by: Ashley Turner Chiquita Evans has a high basketball IQ and isn’t afraid to let you know it. Like...

BGN Game Review: First Impressions are Key and ‘Anthem’ Has Potential

Starting February 1, 2019, Electronic Arts’ Bioware Studio unveiled the demo for Anthem.  Apparently, the VIP weekend demo,...