Jada Pinkett Smith, Wale and Jay Ellis and Others Conference to Educate Youth in L.A

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation had a Careers in Entertainment (CIE) Summer Tour over the weekend. Jay Ellis from Insecure was the master of ceremonies for the event, which took place at UCLA. Co-founder and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, rapper Wale, and actor Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin) and others were speakers...

BGN Film: 10 Things About ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ You Only Learn Growing Up Hispanic

By Donnie Lopez Growing up Hispanic, you learn that your culture has a few major differences from the society at large. Most things go unnoticed, but there are some things that can be instantly recognized. One is our folklore. Latinos can recognize the legends on sight and will get excited when they see the lore...

Diverse Panels to Check Out at #SDCC

The largest comic convention in the U.S., Comic-Con International: San Diego, is here! This year SDCC has numerous programs and diverse panels covering a wide range of topics related to inclusivity and diversity in the comic, pop culture, and entertainment worlds. Anyone attending Comic-Con should attend at least one of the panels below. They are all...

BGN’s #LivingWhileBlack Living List of News Stories–Updated 7/17

The racial profiling and unnecessary 911 calls on black people for the doing the most harmless of tasks are getting of hand. Simply look up the hashtag #LivingWhileBlack on Twitter and you'll come across too many posts featuring instances where cops were called on black people for doing nothing wrong. The hashtag was created...

Paramount’s Docuseries ‘Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ Premieres This Month

Paramount announced the premiere date for its six-episode docuseries, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. Set your DVRs to the Paramount Network on July 30 at 10 pm. Here's the trailer released this week. The documentary traces the real-life story of the iconic Black teen whose death turned the hoodie into a garment of rebellion...

BGN Opinion: Can ‘One Day at a Time” Beat Hollywood’s Whitewashing?

By Donnie Lopez “This Is It! Gloria Estefan Is (Finally!) Coming To Netflix's One Day At A Time" I read this Netflix newsletter title and immediately thought about the words alone. I thought about all the prominent luminaries like Gloria Estefan whose ethnicities were misidentified at the beginning of their careers. Then my eyes moved from the...

A 21st Century Pride and ATL Pride Assessment

By Alisha Street In the words of Nina Simone, "Its a new Dawn/Its a New Day/Its a new Life/For me/ And I'm feelin' Good." We’ve come a long way from the Stonewall riots of 1969. So far, that the same Greenwich village of Manhattan NYC now houses the world’s largest Pride march to date. This year's...

BGN Playlist: BGN Black Ass Summer

BGN is ending June, National African American Music Appreciation Month and the first month of summer on a dancing note with the #BGNBlackAssSummer Playlist. We have talked to our fans and our staff to come up with the songs that are unapologetically black and undeniably summer. Here's BGN's Black Ass Summer Playlist of over...

BGN Talks to Joe Jackson’s Fans At the Family Home in Gary, IN

By Lisa D. DeNeal @diolette The Jackson family patriarch died just two days after the ninth anniversary of his son, Michael Jackson’s death. Joe Jackson, 89, died Wednesday morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Fans gathered outside the family home to pay their respects. BGN spoke to a few of the mourners. Angela Burnham of...

‘The Hate You Give’ Trailer and 10 Notes Before Watching

Okay, you've probably already seen The Hate Your Give trailer online and around the web. But, you still could use some information to help understand the message deeply embedded in the book and the upcoming movie. You see, The Hate You Give is not purely for entertainment. It is a "call to arms" for not only Black...
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