BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Time: the word tolled like the bells of a church. Fonny was doing: time. In six months’ time, our baby would be here. Somewhere, in time, Fonny and I met; somewhere, in time, we had loved; somewhere. no longer in time, but now, totally, at times mercy, we loved.         — James Baldwin, If Beale...

BGN Interview: Nicolette Robinson of the Broadway show ‘Waitress’

By Lynnette Nicholas @truelylynnette Nicolette Robinson becomes the first woman of color, and first real off-stage mom to step into the role of Jenna. Nicolette Robinson recently made her Broadway debut in Waitress, taking on the central role of pie baker Jenna. Not only is this her Broadway debut, but she is actually making history as the...

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...

King James’ New Projects Spotlights 16 Strong Women, Including His Mom, Wife, and Child

As if his week couldn't get any better. LeBron James introduced his new Nike line--a collaboration with the Harlem Fashion Row and its CEO and Founder Brandice Daniel. Fashion designers Kimberly Goldson, Felisha Noel, and Undra Celeste Duncan worked on the shoe that debuted at Harlem Fashion Row this week. Called the HFR X LeBron...

BGN TV Interview: Jasmine Luv Break Out Star of AT&T Hello Labs’ ‘Starter Pack’

Jasmine Luv is endeared to her fans as the wisecracking creator of Vines and YouTube videos. Hers aren’t of the how-to variety. Luv creates skits that showcase scenarios and characters that she has created over the years. That is probably the reason why her role in AT&T Hello Labs' Starter Pack on Facebook Watch seems so...

Stream the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s Home-Going Live on Bounce TV

Thousands of mourners have poured through the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to pay their last respects to Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul. Still, millions more fans and followers are unable to make the trek to Detroit to be a part of the home-going ceremony. Local Detroit affiliates and many...

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...

BGN Politics Interview: Jehmu Greene, Black Women, and the 2018 Midterm Elections

By Lynnette Nicholas The mid-term election season is upon us and BGN recently spoke with Democrat, Jehmu Greene about why it’s important for women to use their voice, the power and influence that millennials have, and why the 2018 mid-term elections are the most vital.  Jehmu Greene, is a television commentator, social justice advocate, and...

BGN TV: The Black Women of ‘Harlots’–A Reclamation of the Female Body

“The city is made of our flesh. We’ll have our piece of it”. –Margaret, Harlots  By Lynnette Nicholas @truelylynnette Harlots is a British period drama series created by two women, Alison Newman and Moira Buffini. Harlots is a necessary retelling of time as it truly showcases multidimensional female characters. It’s the history that is rarely seen in societies where...

BGN TBT: Anatomy of an Episode–Aunt Viv and “The Big Four-Oh”

By Ashley Turner In today’s #BGNTBT (Black Girl Nerds Throwback Thursday) post, I want to take look at what came to be the establishing moment of Professor Vivian Banks, Ph.D. Everyone has seen the memes and gifs generated from this episode. I think that says a lot about how much of an impact the show...
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