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...

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 Politics: Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

The start of the mid-term election season is here and BGN wanted to support awareness regarding an issue of economic opportunity and civil rights.  Net neutrality has been defined as the principle that internet service providers must treat all data the same, regardless of their origin or purpose of that data.  In May 2018,...

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...

BGN Politics: Dog Whistles–What’s in a Word?

Omarosa Manigault-Newman is the latest individual in the crosshairs of a man who has insulted world leaders, whole countries, and religions without losing favor with his base. Although she is not known for her decorum, Newman does not deserve being equated to a domesticated pet that has been bred to enhance various characteristics.  In...

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,...