Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth to Co-Star in ‘Men In Black’ Reboot

Looks like Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are reuniting for the big screen once more — and this time, it's NOT for another Marvel Universe film, either! Learn the news about the pair here on Black Girl Nerds!

BGN Interview: Felicia Henderson of BET’s ‘The Quad’ and Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’

Since its series premiere in February 2017, The Quad created by Felicia D. Henderson (Soul Food, Fringe) boasts a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. With the apparent suicide of Terrence Berry, the threat of Georgia A&M University (GAMU) joining a predominantly white state university system, and Cecil Diamond battling with his cancer diagnosis, the...

BGN Interview With Engineer Brittany Young Creator of STEM Outreach Program B-360

When someone mentions STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) your first thoughts are probably equations and giant machines, but if someone were to mention dirt bikes you just might look at them funny. Brittany Young — a young black female engineer in Baltimore, Maryland — created B-360 a multi-award-winning organization that teaches youth about the...

SXSW 2018 Interview: Lena Waithe is The Iron Giant!

Lena Waithe is virtually a household name by this point, with her momentous Emmy win a hint of further accolades to come. Like many fans, there was a mix of excitement and trepidation at her casting in the upcoming blockbuster and Steven Spielberg adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel, Ready Player One. Would she be somehow...

The ‘Get Christie Love’ Reboot Finds Its Cast!

The ABC network has approved a series run of the classic Blaxploitation action show Get Christie Love with actors Khandi Alexander and Kylie Bunbury to star. Power creator/showrunner Courtney Kemp and producers Vin Diesel, Debra Martin Chase and Shana C. are producing the series. Lionsgate and Universal Television are co-producing the series as well. According to...

BGN Interview: Gugu Mbatha-Raw is ‘A Wrinkle in Time’s’ Down to Earth Dr. Kate Murry

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is perfect for the role of Dr. Kate Murry, astrophysicist, and Meg’s mother, in Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time. Though she has played a variety of characters on stage and screen, there seems to be a type she embodies particularly well: the accomplished, brainy woman. From the costume drama Belle, to the...

Wakanda in Us: Great Black STEM Leaders

As I watched Black Panther, I couldn’t stop feeling grateful that young Black boys and young Black girls could see themselves in a film of that magnitude. It displayed a positive portrayal of the African diaspora rarely seen; Black Panther depicts Black people as royalty, spies, warriors and, most significantly, scientists. The most compelling...

BGN Interview: Ruth E. Carter, Costume Designer For ‘Black Panther’

With dozens of costuming film credits to her name, Ruth E. Carter has become the go-to for many directors in Hollywood, including Ava DuVernay (Selma) and Spike Lee (Malcolm X). Looking at a list of the productions Ruth has been involved in, it almost seems as though she knows, on some deeper level, that...

Natural Black Hair: Unlearning the Fear of Being Distracting

In the Black community, we tend to do things subconsciously. We don't realize that our ideas and feelings may have ties to our ancestry. Black hair, bodies, and skin are politicized. We sometimes feel that we need to follow forced beauty standards to fit into society. We sometimes feel like our hips are too...

BGN Interview: Anna Deavere Smith

It's always interesting to interview an interviewer. Not because they're cagey—quite the opposite. They're too relaxed. Anna Deavere Smith is gratefully accepting an espresso as I sit down and ask if it's okay to open my laptop for my notes. She's seated across from me, maintains excellent eye contact, a formal but gracious presence, with...
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