BGN Film Review: ‘Love Jacked’

By: Tejah Wilson Love Jacked is a new romantic comedy about Maya (Amber Stevens-West), an ambitious artist facing a creative block. She takes a spontaneous trip to Africa in hopes of finding inspiration for her art. Unexpectedly, she comes back home after her month-long trip with a fiance. Her father is not happy when...

Finding Solace: An Interview with Filmmaker Tchaiko Omawale

Written by: Nina Yeboah @gotmyniinaa In talking about her debut feature, Solace, Tchaiko Omawale tells me about the Black women who’ve helped her develop a language around it. Fellow filmmaker, Ja’Tovia Gary is among those women. Omawale tells me about their friendship and the text Gary sent earlier to check in. “She cares for my emotional...

BGN Book Review: ‘How to Sit’ by Tyrese Coleman

Have you ever read your best friend’s diary? And, not just a current passage that she shows you from when she was 16 and crushing on a boy in the back of the class. Nah, all of her diaries. Just the ones from when she was a little girl through those awkward teens, the skanky...

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,...

BGN Interview: Sanaa Lathan On ‘Nappily Ever After’ ‘Native Son’ and ‘Twilight Zone’

Sanaa Lathan never ceases to amaze us. The last time I spoke with the illustrious actress was during the broadcast run of the Fox series Shots Fired. In the episodic series, Lathan played Ashe Akino — an investigator working to solve the case of an unarmed white teen killed by a Black cop. Lathan came...

BGN Interview: Filmmaker Janine Sherman Barrois

The film industry is slowly evolving into a future that is female. With more women filmmakers and women of color filmmakers coming into the fold, media platforms are giving these incredibly talented artists a voice. TNT is producing in partnership with Refinery29 a platform called Shatterbox. Shatterbox’s mission is simple but essential: to give female...

Voting Machines Auto-Cast Ballots Against Abrams as the Shady Georgia Governor Race Continues

You've all heard of the allegations engulfing the Georgia race for governor. All roads have led to the Kemp camp as Black voters find their efforts to cast a ballot for candidate Stacey Abrams thwarted in alleged "errors". Funny thing is, these errors, especially the latest ones, have benefited her opponent Brian Kemp. The NAACP has had...

BGN Interview: Markeia McCarty on ‘Ask Your Black Geek Friend’ and Her Rising Star

I met Markeia McCarty on the junket for the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom film. We geeked out over getting to play with the newest toys released from the movie and a new gaming app. I immediately knew that I had found a kindred spirit or a "kindred nerd". Since then, Markeia has been letting her...

BGN TV Review: ‘Charmed’

Brilliant and smart women in the past have historically been seen as witches. Many societies and cultures have often portrayed women with talent as enchantresses. So, it comes as no surprise that our three favorite sorceresses-Prue, Phoebe, and Piper--have been readapted for modern audiences. The new Charmed reboot is a more inclusive and ever...

BGN TV Review: ‘Imperfect’

Imperfect might have audiences feeling like they are watching a television commercial instead of an engaging and entertaining program. This is partly due to the concept of the short episode that the series adheres to and very closely. But it is also partially due to the quick pace nature of the seemingly banal situations...
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