BGN Politics Interview: Tiffany Loftin of the NAACP on Empowering Today’s Youth

By Lisa D. DeNeal (@diolette) As a child, Tiffany Dena Loftin wanted to be a theatrical actress, and, an astronaut. But the world had something else in mind for the 29-year-old Los Angeles native. She's the oldest of three children to union parents, and, raised by their mother. Loftin later became an activist after a...

Obama Stopped into Gary, IN To Remind Us All to Vote Nov. 6

Word that the 44th President, Barack Obama was coming to Northwest Indiana hit my neck-of-the-woods just as the news of Trump’s plan to sow his hatred on the same grounds was announced. To many of us, Obama has been that refreshing salve on an excruciating abscessed tooth that is Trump and his base. And,...

BGN Film Review: ‘On Her Shoulders’

By Utibe Gautt Ate When you watch filmmaker Alexandria Bombach’s poignant documentary, On Her Shoulders, you’re reminded that two worlds exist simultaneously. There is one world, that of a young girl, fifteen probably younger, who lives in Sinjar, Iraq under ISIS rule and law. She is their sex slave. Her mother and father are dead,...

Elizabeth Liang’s ‘Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey’ is a Poignant Transcultural Voyage

  The Earth, glowing blue and green as viewed from space, transitions into a stage backdrop screen. A woman wearing a goofy alien explorer mask peers quizzically out at the audience. “What are you?” a deep voice booms, omnipotent, startling her. She doesn’t know how to answer. “Where are you from?” the voice asks again,...

5 Ways You Can Protect the Vote…from the Poll Line

Election day 2018 is turning out to be the largest since 2008 when President Obama's name first appeared on the ballot for the highest seat in the land. Precincts around the country are reporting record turnout. However, all that activity means much longer lines at the polls. The 2018 midterms have also been fraught with...

BGN Opinion: Trump Desperate to Save White Supremacy with Immigration Scare Tactics

In my interview with Constitutional Law professor and expert Corey Brettschneider, he explained that the core of the 14th Amendment is what Trump and his base want to abolish. "The idea that people are equal at birth" is the part they take issue with, he told me. And it fits. Bans, Birthrights, and Caravans Hiding...

BGN Film Review: ‘Maki’

The image of a geisha as a delicate, beautiful hostess catering to the whims of Japanese businessmen in rampant in the international film industry. Memoirs of a Geisha was a film meant to make some revelations about these endangered girls, but ended up romanticizing the system they are trapped in. Even Mulan harnesses the...