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...

Meet Tati Gabrielle of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

BGN got an opportunity to chat with actress Tati Gabrielle, best known for her role as Gaia on CW’s The 100. Tati spoke to us while on set, with her adorable, super chill chihuahua, Nas (like the rapper as she pointed out) in hand.  We chatted briefly about her new character, Prudence on the...

Keke Palmer is “All Girl, All Pimp” in this Trailer for New film ‘Pimp’

Black women are always on the side of victimhood in films about sex work. They are the women who must struggle away from the pimps and the ones being abused by them. In the case of the legendary blaxploitation film Coffey, starring Pam Grier, the Black woman is the one saving others from sex work....

Rihanna Says, “Nope” to the Superbowl, Cuz Kaepernick and More

Deadline reports that Rihanna took time from her Fenty firebrand and from producing new music to give the NFL a big, "NOPE!" on headlining the Superbowl. Reports are that Rih-Rih is staying away from the gig because of her support for Colin Kaepernick. But, her action dredges up an even deeper issue — how...

Chaka Khan Honored As 2019 Rose Parade Grand Marshal

Let me tell you something good! Wednesday morning on the front lawn of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses House, icon, Goddess, the Queen of Funk herself, Chaka Khan was named the 2019 Rose Parade Grand Marshal. This is a huge moment for Pasadena and a huge moment for the Tournament of Roses. Chaka Khan...

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...

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)...