5 Ways You Can Protect the Vote…from the Poll Line

Election day 2018 is turning out to be the largest since 2008 when President Obama's name first appeared on the ballot for the highest seat in the land. Precincts around the country are reporting record turnout. However, all that activity means much longer lines at the polls. The 2018 midterms have also been fraught with...

BGN Interview: Corey Brettschneider, Constitutional Law Expert on Trump’s Birthright Citizenship Nonsense

The whole country has been debating the Trump’s latest announcement to repeal the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship announcement. It came first through an interview with Axios. https://twitter.com/axios/status/1057226389001256961 And then from one of his infamous tweets. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1057624553478897665 Everybody has an opinion on the case, from the dude who bagged my groceries this morning to my one of my relatives...

BGN Film Review: ‘On Her Shoulders’

By Utibe Gautt Ate When you watch filmmaker Alexandria Bombach’s poignant documentary, On Her Shoulders, you’re reminded that two worlds exist simultaneously. There is one world, that of a young girl, fifteen probably younger, who lives in Sinjar, Iraq under ISIS rule and law. She is their sex slave. Her mother and father are dead,...

BGN TBT: The Underrated Gems of the “Golden Age” of Black TV

By Ashley Turner, @AsheDT On this TBT (Throwback Thursday), we visit the golden age of Black tv. That era, more so than anything else, was helped bring about a that were character-focused, comedic, and complex. Because of the sheer amount of shows in rotation at that time, it's not surprising that there were a few gems...

Voting Machines Auto-Cast Ballots Against Abrams as the Shady Georgia Governor Race Continues

You've all heard of the allegations engulfing the Georgia race for governor. All roads have led to the Kemp camp as Black voters find their efforts to cast a ballot for candidate Stacey Abrams thwarted in alleged "errors". Funny thing is, these errors, especially the latest ones, have benefited her opponent Brian Kemp. The NAACP has had...

5 Things I Saw in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Trailer That We Need to Discuss

The Curse of La Llorona brings the most interesting aspect of Mexican and Mexican American culture into perspective for non-Latino American audiences. The film promises to be an experience that will bring together those familiar with the folklore, and those who seek out that familiarity. They will experience one of the old tales passed...

Rihanna Says, “Nope” to the Superbowl, Cuz Kaepernick and More

Deadline reports that Rihanna took time from her Fenty firebrand and from producing new music to give the NFL a big, "NOPE!" on headlining the Superbowl. Reports are that Rih-Rih is staying away from the gig because of her support for Colin Kaepernick. But, her action dredges up an even deeper issue — how...

After the Laquan McDonald Verdict: What Must Change for Justice to Finally Be Done?

Two Weeks ago, the Laquan McDonald shooting case played out over the airwaves. Everyone wondered if an officer would finally be convicted of murder. Would that end the now-rote "defense of my life" excuse that exonerated officers every other time they committed murder? Would it do anything to curb the deaths of unarmed black...

BGN Interview: George Tillman Jr. on ‘The Hate U Give’ and Telling Angie Thomas’s Story

BGN met with George Tillman Jr. after experiencing his masterpiece The Hate You Give the previous night. There, in the elegant Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, we sat out in the audience as Angie Thomas's words sprang to life onscreen thanks to Tillman's direction. We sat down to discuss the film's intensity and the themes...

BGN Baltimore Comic-Con 2018: Checking Back into Charm City

The week previous to the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con saw the comic book nerd world all abuzz with the uncowling of Batman’s genitalia in Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Batman Damned.  The first issue released on DC’s Black Label has us visiting another universe where the Joker is dead.  Of course, there is no injustice...