TRIGGER WARNING: ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Live-Tweet with BGN Tomorrow Night

The Surviving R. Kelly special has been the talk of the new year and promises to continue dominating newsfeeds through the weekend. The Lifetime Network show premieres Thursday, January 3 and runs three nights, through Saturday, January 5. In clips like the one above, we see that the show will be about the victims. Here's...

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 to call it “inclusive”. The medium is still dominated by white men and minorities still aren’t fully represented. Recently, Blizzard has come under fire for failing to add a Black woman to their roster in...

Filmmaker, Producer, and Writer Joslyn Rose Lyons

When I told filmmaker, director, and producer, Joslyn Rose Lyons that I was calling from Gary, Indiana, she immediately mentioned acting in a play about Gary as a child. I knew she was talking about the classic production, The Music Man and the song, Gary, Indiana. Both Gary and Oakland breed hometown talents. Gary...

Nijla Mu’min Creator of ‘Jinn’ on Her Filmmaking Journey

Written by: Megan Maher BGN had the opportunity to catch up with director Nijla Mu’min again after the successful premiere of her film Jinn at SXSW. Jinn is a coming of age film that centers around Summer (Zoe Renee), a senior in high school trying to find her place in the world. In the film, we follow...

Saniyya Sidney, Star of ‘The Passage’

12-year-old actress Saniyya Sidney has one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood and her career is just getting started. She's in the Oscar-nominated films Fences and Hidden Figures. She also appeared in an indie film that made its premiere at SXSW called Fast Color. I had the pleasure of meeting her and interviewing...

Exclusive: ‘Counterpart’ Season 2 Clip with Betty Gabriel as Interchange Investigator

The STARZ Original Series Counterpart season 2 is coming to the STARZ network and promises to be just as explosive as last season. There are new characters, some familiar faces, and a mission to get to the bottom of the whole "interloper from the other side" business before it blows both worlds apart. Betty Gabriel joins...

Why We Needed Kendra The Vampire Slayer: A Character Study

By Dennis R. Upkins In every generation, there is a chosen one She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness She is the slayer In every generation, there was only one slayer. Then, Buffy Anne Summers happened. One of the biggest stories to emerge from Comic-Con this summer is the announcement of the...

BGN Film: Keke Palmer and Aunjanue Ellis in ‘Pimp’ Exclusive Clip

We got our hands on a clip from the film Pimp which opens with limited distribution today, November 9. Lee Daniels directs this modern love story that layers several themes to create a story that is well worth the trek to the theater. Keke Palmer is the star, in a role we have yet to experience...

BGN Interview: Lyric Lewis on Her Improv Origins and ‘A.P. Bio’ Season 2

The multi-talented Tiffany Haddish aside, comedic acting is one area of showbiz that still needs more black girl nerd representation. A.P. Bio’s Lyric Lewis is doing her part to help fill that need. The actress plays history teach, Stef Duncan in the funny-chaotic NBC series and also has a recurring role on the Zach...

BGN Interview: Investigative Reporter Shawndrea Thomas of Oxygen’s ‘The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon’

When journalist Shawndrea Thomas joined KTVI-Channel 2 in June 2011 in St. Louis, MO, little did she know, six months later, one story would change her life. On December 18, 2011, 23-year-old Phoenix Coldon, left her parents’ home in Spanish Lake, MO. Three hours later, Coldon’s SUV was found abandoned in East St. Louis,...