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: Parisa Fitz-Henley of ‘Midnight, Texas’

By: Megan Maher The cherry on top of this incredible set visit experience of the sophomore NBC series Midnight, Texas is the vivacious Parisa Fitz-Henley that plays Fiji Cavanaugh. She is Black girl magic personified with a heavy and fun dosage of Black girl nerd/geek mixed into one! I had the pleasure of sitting down...

BGN Interview: Actor Lori Laing Discusses Being Genderqueer In Hollywood

Lori Laing is an actor you need to keep on your radar. If you caught season 2 of Iron Fist, she played a pivotal role as Avalon — one of a trio of sketchy tattoo artists. She also starred as Nala in the acclaimed web-series Giving Me Life (In the Land of the Deadass) and since...

BGN Film Review: ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

Some of you may not like this Bad Times at the El Royale because it is too slow. That’s okay. Good stories take time to lay out all the pieces, set all the traps, and prep all the parties for action. It doesn’t take long for directors like Drew Goddard to set such things up,...

BGN Interview: Shaun Robinson’s Path From The Red Carpet To Philanthropy

By Diedre Johnson @diedremichelle Shaun Robinson was a fixture on the red carpet for Access Hollywood and one of the few on-air (yep, so retro now) faces of color in the early aughts in Los Angeles. After years of couture gowns at award shows and chatting with A-listers such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom...

BGN Interview: Filmmaker Amma Asante

Amma Asante is one of a handful of successful Black female directors working in Hollywood today. She's most notably known for her critically-acclaimed film Belle, about a mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral — who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England. The film stars actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead role. Asante...

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...
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