Black Girls Shine In STEP

STEP begins with a view of a pressurized Baltimore: protests happening by its inhabitants, the mourning of Freddie Gray, and a city scrutinized under a microscope. Director Amanda Lipitz sets this tone as a reminder that everything that is on the news is not what it appears to be. Baltimore is a living environment;...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart’

Documentary filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explores the life of the famed and world renown playwright and Black activist Lorraine Hansberry in the new documentary Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart.  Hansberry is best known for her work in her landmark play A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry is the first Black woman to put on a...

BGN TV: ‘Black Lightning’ Season 2 Brings the Thunder and Lightning

BGN recently had the pleasure of visiting the set of Black Lightning as season two was being taped. We were given the opportunity to speak with the cast, crew, and showrunner about all that is in store for this forthcoming season. From the very beginning, it was evident that the showrunner and executive producer,...

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘The Drop In’

The Drop In is an Afrofuturistic action drama, written and directed by Naledi Jackson, The Drop In stars Mouna Traoré (Murdock Mysteries, Brown Girl Begins) as Joelle, a young hairdresser, and Oluniké Adeliyi (Working Moms) as Grace. The film begins fairly quietly; as Joelle is cleaning up after a busy day, a woman enters the salon, asking...

5 Things Everyone Will Talk About in ABC’s Still-Star Crossed

  Shondaland TV has done it again with changing the game in how we see diversity on the small screen in her latest project Still-Star Crossed.  The story of this new innovative take on William Shakespeare's classic play Romeo and Juliet begin after the tragic deaths of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet.  Sharing bits and...

BGN Film Review: Girls Trip

  By: DaVette See  Let’s cut to the chase: Girls Trip is the summer party movie you’ve been waiting for.  It flat out delivers all the fun, all the heart, and all of the wild alcohol-infused revelries that you’d hope for in a movie about four girlfriends who have been apart for too long to get together...

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 Book Review: Kym Whitley’s ‘The Delusion of Cinderella’

When I noticed the cover art for actress, comedienne, and, now author, Kym Whitley’s debut novel, The Delusion of Cinderella, I knew right away that this was not a rendition for children. “This is not for the faint of heart! You cannot, I repeat, cannot read this Cinderella story to your babies,” Whitley said to...

BGN Review: Black Women in Medicine

  Black Women in Medicine is a documentary film written, directed, and produced by Crystal R. Emery that chronicles the challenges Black women face in the medical field and provides insight into the history of Black female doctors. To provide you with some staggering statistics, only two percent of all physicians in America are Black...

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...
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