BGN Book Review: The Chronocar by Steve Bellinger

By Nina N. Yeboah @gotmyniinaa In her historical memoir, Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman says, “In an apocalyptic account of history, the end is inevitable and destruction can be traced to the most innocuous and routine beginnings, like the exchange of salutations and vows of love on the Atlantic coast.” She’s speaking of the 1482 meeting...

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 Pull List: Sorghum and Spear – Simidan Comic Power

In March 2017, the creative team of Dedren Snead and Timothy Geathers initiated a Kickstarter campaign that introduces a universe where the All-Mother Eshe has shepherded the An’Fre people in the world of Tal'Jazar, known as the Eternal Realm.  As with all realms, all good things must end as a dark force enters.  In...

BGN Book Review: ‘Slay in Your Own Lane’ Cheers on Black Women Who Go Their Own Way

By: Brittany M. Thompson Slay in Your Lane, the Black girl Bible, by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené is an absolute revelation. It highlights and validates the experiences of Black women in society. Every Black child has been told that you must be twice as good to get half the credit of your mediocre colleague....

BGN Interview: Laurell K. Hamilton On Sensual Words and Sexual Awakenings

On August 7, Laurell K. Hamilton released the 26th installment to her best-selling romantic fantasy series, Serpentine, to great fanfare and a top spot on the book sales charts. It's the latest on her character Anita Blake--a necromancer, a vampire hunter, and a federal agent tasked with regulating the country's "monsters". However, so many fans have...

BGN Book Review: The Immeasurable Want of Light

By Nina N. Yeboah @gotmyniinaa We’ve burdened darkness with all our fears. We blame it when we see evil. We call on love, light, and all the forces of good to protect us from it. Our goal is to eliminate it, to rid ourselves and our world of it. But in Daaimah Mubashshir’s new play, The...

BGN Pull List: Farmhand You Can Go Home Again – But Why?

From Image Comics, Rob Guillory — the artist who made you want to eat chicken — has branched out on his own to draw and write the upcoming title Farmhand.  It seems more and more that the cycle of life continues to pull you back home.  As we are living longer (no thanks to...

‘The Hate You Give’ Opens In Theaters October 19th, 2018

  One of the most highly anticipated book adaptations of the year from 20th Century Fox is coming soon to theaters October 19th 2018.  The star-studded cast of the film The Hate You Give, based on the Angie Thomas book of the same name will be making its debut soon to a theater near you.  BGN...

Book Review: ‘Real Women Do It Standing Up’ by Leighann Lord

Real Women Do It Standing Up, by Leighann Lord, is an interesting memoir of her life and experience on stage as an acclaimed comedienne. Throughout her memoir, Lord takes readers through the very nuances she faced while crafting her passion and building her fan base throughout the world. Her stage presence can be felt...

BGN Book Review: ‘Zahir: Her Ruthless Sheikh’

Y’all. Have you ever started a book and within one page you know that you’re not going to put it down until the very end? Zahir: Her Ruthless Sheikh does just that, pulling you in until, before you know it, it’s midnight and there's no way you’re gonna stop now (true story, and why...
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