BGN Film Review: ‘Liyana’

“It is more difficult to live your life, than writing a story.” The above quote comes from, Zweli, one of five orphaned children from the Kingdom of Swaziland, a small country in Southern Africa, featured in the award-winning, highly emotional film, Liyana. The film is done a style that partners documentary with 3D animation. This...

BGN Film Review: ‘A Suitable Girl’

In a world fueled by social media and technological advances, it might seem archaic that young and educated women in India still have arranged marriages. Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana’s documentary A Suitable Girl follows three young women of different social and economic standings as they and their families navigate India’s unique marriage industrial...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘The Hate U Give’

Before I get started, I feel I need to clear up a few things. The Hate U Give was adapted by George Tillman Jr. (Notorious, Faster) from Angie Thomas’ debut novel. It’s not a remake of anything. In fact, the film is not like anything you’ve seen yet. It’s also not just a movie...

Jessica Garza, ‘The Purge’ TV Series, and Rising Starlets

A new up and coming starlet is making waves in the first Purge television show series on USA Network. Jessica Garza is not the kind of actress who simply remembers her lines and performs it. Whoever Garza embodies comes to life in an outstanding array. She knows the darkest crevices of the mind of her...

BGN Interview: Amanda Warren on ‘The Purge’ TV Series and Her Nerdy Girlhood

By Donnie Lopez BGN recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Amanda Warren, the star of The Purge television series. Not only is Amanda Warren a funny, stunningly amazing actress, but also has hidden talents which makes her a triple threat in the entertainment field. BGN got the chance to speak to her...

Black Beauty–YouTubers Make their Mark in the World of Beauty

By Beverly Kwakye Black beauty YouTubers are rising within the YouTube beauty community. With the ever-changing scope of beauty, fashion, and style trends of 2018, it’s no surprise that young Black women are slowly breaking into the digital realm to showcase beauty products. From videos that focus on natural hair products designed for all African American...

Jada Pinkett Smith, Wale and Jay Ellis and Others Conference to Educate Youth in L.A

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation had a Careers in Entertainment (CIE) Summer Tour over the weekend. Jay Ellis from Insecure was the master of ceremonies for the event, which took place at UCLA. Co-founder and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, rapper Wale, and actor Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin) and others were speakers...

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Adds ‘Insecure’s’ Natasha Rothwell To Its Cast

  Actress Natasha Rothwell, best known for her quirky character Kelli on HBO's Insecure will star in Patty Jenkins' highly anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman called Wonder Woman 1984. Rothwell also appeared in the 20th Century Fox movie Love, Simon release this year. Rothwell is another new character that will join actors Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal making...

Megan Maher Chats about Short Film ‘Clandestine Magic’

Megan Maher created, wrote, and directed the short film Clandestine Magic. It is a story that centers black girls, identity, representation, and that thing folks call Black Girl Magic. Here, Maher delves into the inspiration, experiences, and the work that went into making Clandestine Magic. Why did you create the film? On an Intimate Level I created the film Clandestine...

‘The Hate You Give’ Trailer and 10 Notes Before Watching

Okay, you've probably already seen The Hate Your Give trailer online and around the web. But, you still could use some information to help understand the message deeply embedded in the book and the upcoming movie. You see, The Hate You Give is not purely for entertainment. It is a "call to arms" for not only Black...