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Rachelle Lefevre of ‘Proven Innocent’ Gives A Candid Conversation on Race

Fox’s new legal Proven Innocent is set to serve up some pretty heated storylines. It’s based on a young lawyer named Madeline who uses...

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...

Jason Blum Shares Why ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ is the Sweet Spot of Blumhouse Films

The Blumhouse Universe has found great success with niche, smaller budget films that have touched on a variety of topics previously unexplored by Hollywood,...

7 ‘What Men Want’ Notes To Consider While Watching

I watched the first male-centered version of Adam Shankman’s What Women Want with Mel Gibson as the leading womanizer debuted in 2000. He was...

Rising Above the Stereotypes: Black Characters in Gaming that aren’t Cringeworthy

You only have to look around to see that, commercials, movies, and books are whitewashed as a matter of principle. Often, the Black characters...

Win An ‘Overlord’ Home Release Pack — Day 1

Overlord, the horror film that this critic loves is coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra on Tuesday, February 19. But, you can secure...

Podcasts

PODCAST: Filmmaker and Sundance Ignite Alumni Crystal Kayiza

Next week the 2019 Sundance Film Festival begins and we're going to give you a warmup before you experience the coldest festival brings the best...

PODCAST: Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and Film Editor Joi McMillon

This week a new series on CBS is scheduled to premiere called Fam, bout a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring...

PODCAST: Filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee and Actress Saniyya Sidney

This week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast features filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee and actress Saniyya Sidney. Segment 1: Malcolm D. Lee discusses the...

BGN #154 I It’s All About ‘Scrooged’

A holiday podcast episode based on the 1988 film Scrooged starring Bill Murray and an all-star cast. Jamie Broadnax, Jonita Davis, and Sezín Koehler....

Interviews

Don Cheadle Wants To Talk To Black Journalists about ‘Black Monday’

By: Mekeisha Madden Toby Don Cheadle wants to talk to Black reporters. And not just any Black reporters. He wants to chew the fat with the...

Rachelle Lefevre of ‘Proven Innocent’ Gives A Candid Conversation on Race

Fox’s new legal Proven Innocent is set to serve up some pretty heated storylines. It’s based on a young lawyer named Madeline who uses...

Jason Blum Shares Why ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ is the Sweet Spot of Blumhouse Films

The Blumhouse Universe has found great success with niche, smaller budget films that have touched on a variety of topics previously unexplored by Hollywood,...

Composer and Artist Kathryn Bostic On All The Right Tones

Multi-hyphenate Kathryn Bostic is a woman of many talents. She was the musical composer of the Grand Jury Prize-winning film Clemency at Sundance. She...

LaRoyce Hawkins of ‘Chicago P.D.’ Talks About the Powerful, “Night in Chicago” Episode

Hopefully, by now, you’ve watched the new episode of Chicago P.D. titled, “Night in Chicago” that aired Feb. 6 on NBC. The episode centered...

Interview: ‘I Am the Night’ ProducerDirector Patty Jenkins

TNT’s I Am the Night is a new miniseries about a young girl named Fauna Hodel, played by India Eisley. The girl is trying...

Comics

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...

Review: ‘Vindication’ Explores The Blurred Blue Lines of State Sanctioned Violence

This February just in time for Black History Month, Top Cow Productions, Inc. in conjunction with Image Comics releases the comic Vindication.  Vindication is...

Celebrate Wakanda Forever this February with a free digital bundle of BLACK PANTHER comics!

  Long Live the King! This February, Marvel is celebrating Wakanda Forever and the reign of King T’Challa by offering a FREE digital bundle of...

Review: Striking Art and Mysterious Story of ‘Naomi’ Brings Something New to DC Comics

It’s not that often that you see non-cape-wearing characters lead a comic title or show like Naomi #1, the intriguing new comic written by...

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Anime and Chill? A Community that Binges Together, Sticks Together

Written by: Camille Rahatt @_Curlycam I have loved anime since I was 12, but it did not come without a cost. Do not even think about...

Netflix’s Cultural Arm “Strong Black Lead” Launches Its Own Podcast

During the month of February to celebrate Black History Month, Netflix will debut its latest project, a podcast from the "Strong Black Lead" vertical...

NBCBLK Launches ‘She Thrives’ Series For Black History Month

  NBCBLK, the African-American news vertical of NBCNews.com, is presenting its inaugural She Thrives: Black Women Making History Today series — a month-long special feature...

Planned Parenthood Uplifts Black Women and Educates at The Macro Lodge at Sundance 2019

If some of your favorite shows, including Broad City, Jane the Virgin, Shameless, Insecure, and others seem to be smarter about women's health, that's because they are. Thanks...

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Book Reviews

‘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:...

Review: ‘Vindication’ Explores The Blurred Blue Lines of State Sanctioned Violence

This February just in time for Black History Month, Top Cow Productions, Inc. in conjunction with Image Comics releases the comic Vindication.  Vindication is...

5 New Books By Black Writers Every Sci-Fi and Fantasy Lover Should Look Forward To

What better month than February to start filling your bookshelves, or Kindle libraries, with new and upcoming science fiction and fantasy novels brought to...

Review: ‘Oliver’ Comic Book Reimagines Charles Dickens Classic in a Dystopian Future

The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens’ first novel, is a comic adventure collection published monthly in a series.  Initially Dickens was hired to step in...

Discover Secrets Behind the Production in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Collector’s Guide

In the Marvel Comic Multiverse, we have lived through the various clones, the symbiotes, and the body-snatch. In the most recent stories, it is...

BGN Book Review: ‘The Last Button on Ole Abraham’s Jacket’

As you settle in for the evening after eating a big holiday dinner, there's nothing more glorious than to grab your favorite fleece blanket...

BGN Book Review: The Feminist Thrill of ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’

by Nina N. Yeboah @gotmyniinaa First, it’s the bodacious cover: neon green lettering splattered on a crisp image of a dark-skinned woman in reflector shades. You...

Features

Shirley Chisholm Should Have Been Our First Black President

No shade to Barack Obama, who currently holds the title of being the first Black President of the United States, but Shirley Chisholm should...

As Expected — ‘The Punisher’ and ‘Jessica Jones’ Are Now Canceled

Today Deadline announced that the Netflix superhero series The Punisher and Jessica Jones are now canceled by Netflix.  This news doesn't come as much...

‘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...

Opinion

7 ‘What Men Want’ Notes To Consider While Watching

I watched the first male-centered version of Adam Shankman’s What Women...

Anime and Chill? A Community that Binges Together, Sticks Together

Written by: Camille Rahatt @_Curlycam I have loved anime since I was 12,...

What If ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Was A Woman of Color?

If you’re a fan of those 1950s musicals or Doris Day/Rock...

Technology

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,...

“Not Magic, Technology” MLab Is Helping Cultivate a Generation of Shuries

Black Girl Nerds Netia & Erica Use Black Panther to Enflame A Generation of Youth in Technology Black Panther introduced audiences to a world filled...

BGN Interview With Engineer Brittany Young Creator of STEM Outreach Program B-360

When someone mentions STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) your first thoughts are probably equations and giant machines, but if someone were to mention...

Video Games

Rising Above the Stereotypes: Black Characters in Gaming that aren’t Cringeworthy

You only have to look around to see that, commercials, movies, and books are whitewashed as a matter of...

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...

BGN Game Review: “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4”

On October 12th, Activision released the fourth edition in the "Call of Duty: Black Ops" series.  As we enter...

BGN Game Review: DC Universe Online “Atlantis”

Written by: Ashley Turner With Aquaman hitting theaters on December 21, it appears that all manner of media has gone...

Social Gaming: The Influence of The Social Era

The term “social gaming” may have once referred to groups gathered around a setup of Dungeons and Dragons, but...

Here Are the Black Women in Gaming to Look Out For

Written by: Kaylyn Williams The gaming community is one that’s continuously growing and developing, but we haven’t hit a point...

BGN Video Game Review: Wonka’s World of Candy is Unwinding, Whimsical Fun

Written by: Ashley Turner If a company wants to boost your game’s visibility with a beloved children’s pop culture hero,...

BGN Film: ‘Pokemon’s Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Debut

We finally get to see the film that so many of us had such a hard time imagining. Pokemon's Detective Pikachu is a...

‘Marvel Battle Lines’ is Mobile Tic-Tac-Toe — With a Twist!

By Ashley Turner Marvel is a multi-million dollar franchise with numerous films, TV shows, comic books, and games. So it...

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...

Shirley Chisholm Should Have Been Our First Black President

No shade to Barack Obama, who currently holds the title of being the first Black President of the United States, but Shirley Chisholm should...

As Expected — ‘The Punisher’ and ‘Jessica Jones’ Are Now Canceled

Today Deadline announced that the Netflix superhero series The Punisher and Jessica Jones are now canceled by Netflix.  This news doesn't come as much...

‘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...

Don Cheadle Wants To Talk To Black Journalists about ‘Black Monday’

By: Mekeisha Madden Toby Don Cheadle wants to talk to Black reporters. And not just any Black reporters. He wants to chew the fat with the...