BGN Interview: Christine Adams, Nafessa Williams and China Anne McClain of ‘Black Lightning’

BGN recently had the opportunity to chat with the women of Black Lightning about season 2, while on a recent set visit. It is the ultimate dream of any talent or writer to be a part of a show where the executive producers and showrunners genuinely consider their talent's perspectives, have diverse writing rooms, and create...

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 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,...

Cartoon Network Partners to Host First Black Women Animate Boot Camp

Black Women Animate (BWA) and Cartoon Network have partnered together to form a new initiative called Boot Camp Training Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California. The event will kick off with a conversation featuring the team behind Cartoon Network’s hit series Craig of the Creek. The groundbreaking show has connected with...

BGN Interview: Karen Toering, Director of the Gary International Black Film Festival

Eight years ago, I received an email from Karen Toering, a fellow, Gary, IN native, currently living in Seattle, WA. She is a consulting producer for the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle. However, her email expressed an opportunity to create a film festival in our hometown, with help from some of...

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 TV: “Maxine”(Erika Alexander) Is Coming to ‘Black Lightning

This year, fans of Living Single saw their show come to Hulu and Netflix. Now, one of our favorite actresses in the show, Erika Alexander who played Maxine, is coming to the CW's Black Lightning. And, she's got superpowers. Alexander will play Perenna, a therapist with powers of telepathy, who is hired to help Jennifer (China Anne McClain)...

BGN Film: Janelle Monae and the Latest on ‘Harriet’

Today, the internet is abuzz with word that Janelle Monae has joined the cast of the upcoming film, Harriet. It's a biopic about Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes of the Civil War because she set in motion the largest slave rescue system of the era. Tubman saved more than 300 lives that we...

BGN Interview: Reign Edwards of ‘Hell Fest’

As Halloween approaches, now is the time to hunt for some of your favorite scary movies and also check out some new ones. On September 28th, the new CBS film Hell Fest, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) made its debut in theaters nationwide. When a group of friends decides to take an...

BGN Interview: The Authors of ‘Deadly Sexy’

It is one thing to for an author to have his books on the bestseller lists. It’s another thing to see those books turn into movies. Like a dream. Award-winning, NAACP Image Award nominee, best-selling historical and contemporary romance author, Beverly Jenkins, remains in a dream state. One of her romance novels, Deadly Sexy,...
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