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Black Woman 2020: The Box Gives America What It Deserves

In these exhausting political times, it has become painfully apparent that America needs a hero. While the news of a possible Oprah presidency sparked excitement in some people, for others it was just another reminder of the burden placed on black women to fix America’s problems. From changing the course of history by voting...

BGN Interview: Maori Karmael Holmes, Executive Director of ARRAY Alliance

In February of 2018 it was announced that Maori Karmael Holmes would take on the mantle of Executive Director of ARRAY Alliance, the non-profit arm of the film collective ARRAY Now, founded by director Ava DuVernay. Holmes previously founded Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women (2006 - 2010) which catered to and...

Candice Patton Ignores the Trolls and Focuses on the Importance of Representation

Many of us have experienced the vitriol of cyberbullying. It’s everywhere on social media with marginalized groups taking the brunt of these attacks. Black women and women of color are popular victims of online harassment. Not only are we harassed because we are women, we are harassed because we are women of color. Thus,...

“Not Magic, Technology” MLab Is Helping Cultivate a Generation of Shuries

Black Girl Nerds Netia & Erica Use Black Panther to Enflame A Generation of Youth in Technology Black Panther introduced audiences to a world filled with images of Black technology created by some of the best Black designers and makers in the business. For Netia McCray, Founder and Executive Director of Massachusetts-based Mbadika, it was...

Short Film “Sirens” Introduces a Black Mermaid & Explores Police Brutality

In Sirens, a mermaid is asked to use her powers of hypnosis to help a woman forget her son who was killed by a police officer. From writer-director, Jo-Dean Roark (Max Compact, Black&SexyTV), and producer, Rachel Upshaw (Breaking Open, Berlin for Lovers) comes a ten-minute short film with elements of fantasy, grounded in reality. Sirens...

An Ode to Black Women Creatives in Media

As it stands, there are few Black women creatives receiving their due moment in the spotlight — but can 2018 bring the end of that? Here's on Black Girl Nerd's ode to the Black women in media and her celebration at their hammering of the glass ceiling that separates them from the rest of the world.

Four Ways “Siren” is NOT “The Little Mermaid” (and Why You Should Watch it!)

Siren is a series about mermaids, but don’t go into it expecting a love-struck redheaded teenager with a great voice and a clamshell bra. At WonderCon this past weekend, the creators and stars of the new drama from Freeform make it clear that you won’t see any pet flounders and singing crabs in this...

My Time at WonderCon

  WonderCon 2018 is sadly over. This year was chock full of cosplayers and top-notch content which made me wish I had a time turner so I could see it all. I have attended WonderCon for the past 4 years and every year I am amazed at what is available. Panels included We’re Still Here:...

BGN Profile: Cosplayer KayBear Talks Craft, Community, and Cats

Cosplay Quick Facts Name: Kay Thomas Age: 23 Birthplace: Trinidad Length of Cosplaying:  2 years Hobbies Outside of Cosplay: Playing League of Legends, traveling, hiking, playing with her cats! If you could be any crayon color, you’d be? Pink Ayana Underwood: Hi Kay! I’m thrilled to be chatting with you, especially since you’re a fellow Trini gyal. My mom is actually...

Gail Simone: The Nerd Community Has Not Forgotten the People of Puerto Rico

The comic book community is again coming together to assist in the recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island six months ago. After organizers of Puerto Rico Comic-con announced they would go forward with the annual event, several artists, celebrities and creators have reinforced their commitment to the people of the island...