Indie & Out Here: Jason Richardson of J1-Con Is Making Moves

J1-Con, Philadelphia's premier anime and gaming expo, is packing its bags and moving to a bigger set of digs. In 2018, from September 14-16th it will be at the Showboat Hotel, in a town known for its spectacle, Atlantic City, New Jersey. At a press conference in late January, J1-Con President and Founder Jason...

#BGNPlaylist Is Back For ‘Black Panther’

I have one passion project for BGN that is near and dear to my heart and it's the #BGNPlaylist. We've heard you ask when we would start back up, and this month we got you. Just in time for Black Panther. An idea that came to fruition back in early 2017, has created a new way...

Representation Isn’t Finite And Shouldn’t Be Treated As Such

My default setting is Representation Matters. It kind of goes with the territory of being part of a marginalized group (or groups). The feeling of seeing myself in my favorite forms of media is indescribable – when it’s done well. And while we’ve made some progress, (Do you have your Black Panther outfit yet?)...

How David Yates and J.K. Rowling Are Failing Queer Fans

The Harry Potter series is filled with romantic relationships: Harry’s brief relationship with Cho Chang, the growing relationship between Hermione and Ron, the ultimately tragic relationship between Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks and the unrequited relationship between Snape and Lily to name a few. All of them have one thing in common: they’re all...

A Decade Later Iron Man Is still One of the MCU’s Most Dangerous Heroes — BGN Opinion

In honor of 'Iron Man's 10th anniversary, one BGN contributor takes a critical look at both the film — and it's star character has made both a great by dangerous impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I’m Already Here: Anissa Pierce & Black Lightning’s Queer Representation

When I first saw the trailer to the CW’s Black Lightning I said, and I quote, “Sign me the eff up,” but that eff was a bit more vulgar. My black girl joy shot through the roof when a poster was released of Nafessa Williams as the eldest Pierce daughter, Anissa. Seeing a black...

Freeform Summit Shows Network’s Commitment to Youth Culture

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television network, hosted the “Freeform Summit” this past Friday at Neuehouse Hollywood, in Hollywood, California. The network-wide event featured a series of panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation in television and various other important cultural issues defining modern youth culture today. The panelists and speakers included talent, executives, showrunners...

How America Failed Black Women (Once Again) with #BoycottBlackPanther Hoax

Yes, I said hoax. On January 2, #BlackTwitter lit up with tweets about black women boycotting the Black Panther movie because of the actor is dating Ashlyn Castro. Soon, the gossip sites picked up on the story, and so did the forums. By January 3, the major media publications were spreading the word that the...

TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund Fights The Sexual Abuse Of Power

The new year brings new change to women in the entertainment industry and it was announced today that a new legal defense fund has launched to help fight the sexual abuse of power and sexual harassment in the workplace as it relates to many women---especially women of color, from being safe and reaching their...

Kwanzaa May Be a Thing of the Past, But Here’s My Proud List of 2017 Kwanzaa-Bots — BGN Opinion

Kwanzaa may not be as popular as it used to be, but BGN contributor Ayana Underwood is proud of the holiday — and has even compiled a list of 2017's Kwanzaa-Bots! Read on for more!
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