Empowerment

Star Wars Turns 40!

Written by: Mel Perez There’s a scene in A New Hope - Luke stands outside of his home watching the two suns sink beneath Tatooine’s horizon. John Williams’ score swells in the background. That’s the moment I fell in love with Star Wars. It’s a love that’s lasted a little over two decades. On May...

BGN Children’s Book Review: Riley Can Be Anything

Written by: Lori Hill Growing up, when it came to a profession or passion I wanted to pursue, I was often told by my parents, "Be whatever you want to be." But as an African-American child, I rarely saw faces like mine in the industries that I wanted to pursue. Surely, some were there but...

Is American Gods Sexist?

Written by: Paige Allen Somehow, we are already halfway through the first season of American Gods, the dazzling lovechild of novelist Neil Gaiman, showrunner Bryan Fuller and co-creator as well as co-showrunner Michael Green that has graced our screens and social media feeds in the last few weeks. To call the show, a springtime smash...

Essence Festival 2017: “Back to NOLA!”

By Kay-B I cannot wait to head back to NOLA for the annual Essence Festival! If you missed Essence last year, you definitely do not want miss it this year! Essence Magazine, traditionally known as a staple and pillar of black news & entertainment for decades, gives us not only the hottest interviews & advice...

I Am Rocket: A Reflection on PTSD from a Sexual Trauma Survivor

By Maya Golden   The Guardians of the Galaxy films are fun. Moments of chaos turn into laughter and heartfelt exchanges even draw a few tears. The day after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I was at the theatre, ready for what I knew would be a great film. I wanted to see...

Tidewater Comicon: The Large-Scale Virginia Beach Con For Geeks Everywhere

Written by: Tai Gooden Comic book and geek culture enthusiasts came together on May 13th and 14th for the 3rd annual Tidewater Comicon. The Virginia Beach-based convention has experienced exponential growth in three years with over 20,000 people in attendance. Tidewater Comicon (TWCC) boasts a guest roster of actors, artists, and professional wrestlers, but the...

Where’s the Queer Representation in Science Fiction and Fantasy Media?

*Contains slight spoilers for Beauty and the Beast, The 100, Walking Dead and The Magicians. Recently I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2. There are several things I liked about the movie- the soundtrack, of course, the focus on families of choice, baby Groot. I had an excellent time seeing it. It was funny, the...

Geek Actually

Geek Actually premieres June 7, 2017 and will be available in text and audio from Serial Box. It is collaboratively written by Cathy Yardley (the Fandom Hearts series), Melissa Blue (the Dirty Sexy Geeks series), Rachel Stuhler (Absolutely True Lies), and Cecilia Tan (the Vanished Chronicles). With this serial, these authors are sharing their truths: women are diverse and complex...

Second Annual Game Devs of Color Expo announces speakers and arcade including 20+ games from around the world

  Brooklyn Gamery is proud to announce the lineup of the second annual Game Devs Of Color Expo, which is being organized by a team of indie game developers and marketing professionals including Catt Small and Shawn Alexander Allen. The event is being sponsored by Xbox and various other companies. The first of its kind to...

The Color of Science: Empowerment

Written by: Jahkotta Lewis Empowerment. What does that mean to the STEM community and how does it apply to our everyday lives? It depends, in some cases, it's as simple as designing green spaces that preserve ecological and cultural landscapes that reduce the carbon footprint. In other cases, empowerment takes the form of supporting indigenous communities...
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