Suiting Up Mae Jemison: Meet Sharon McDougle

The film Hidden Figures revealed something that many of us knew already; Black Girl Magic is real. Not only have we reached out to the stars, but Black women and women of color are forces to be reckoned with when it comes to science, mathematics, and technology. Sharon Caples McDougle is one of these women. She...

Online Communities Can Be Both A Journey and Destination

Online Communities: For When Your IRL Community Isn't Affirming I grew up around white people. As a child, most of my friends were white. All of my teachers—with the exception of four—from preschool through my final year in college were white. I’m a pro-Black Black woman, but I never knew how to be around Black...

Black Girl Nerds Black Friday Sale Begins NOW!

Some of your favorite BGN swag is currently on sale over at Teepublic during the Black Friday sale and guess what?  The sale is happening ALL week!  No need to wait one day for the sale and miss it when it passes.  We're also having a Cyber Monday sale so stay tuned for that! Catch...

Why Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time Means So Much to Me

A new A Wrinkle In Time trailer just dropped and my emotions are sky high. I’m not only excited to see what looks like a great movie—I’m excited because of how much this film means to me personally and for the movie industry at large. I was in the fourth grade when I first read...

Press Release: Forward Into Fall

After only five years, Forward Comix just might be on the verge of a breakthrough. During the 2016-2017 season, Forward Comix got the attention of critics and award organizations across the spectrum, including: Glyph Comics Awards, Imagine FX Magazine, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, and the Independent Publisher Book Awards. This was in addition...

Completing The Circle: The 100 Black Females Project Seeks To Grow

There is nothing worse than the feeling of being on the outside of a circle, especially when that circle overlaps and is surrounded by other circles. The 100 Black Females Project started because there were times I felt as though I was on the outside of the circle. At times it was because of...

I Am Not My Hair

Long before I was old enough to understand what she meant, I was jamming to India.Aire’s ‘I Am Not My Hair.” The song’s lyrics were completely lost on me— I had not yet come to understand the gravity of the pressures placed on my hair. But now that I’m an adult, I see that...

Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It Continues to Expand the Important Narrative About Black Women

Spike Lee's film She’s Gotta Have It hit theaters in August 1986, creating a new voice and type of black woman rarely seen onscreen before. While I was yet to be born for the theatrical release, I did see the film later on and was immediately taken aback by the carefree nature of the main character,...

“The Lost Sister” Elevates An Already Excellent ‘Stranger Things 2’ With Anger, Agency and Empathy

I'm going to keep this brief because I'm supposed to be elbow deep in some queer science fiction for NaNoWriMo. Stranger Things S2 Ep7 "The Lost Sister" infused the narrative with a vitality and diversity that enhanced the experience for me as a viewer. Below thar be spoilers... When I mention diversity, I'm not using it...

Sofia Coppola Wants an Oscar… I’m Still Very Much Not Impressed

Yeah! The latest apology tour in the hopes to get an Oscar allows us to revisit one the worst stories from this summer—Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, and accusations of whitewashing. For those of you who may have forgotten, earlier this year saw the release of Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, a new adaptation of the 1966...
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