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?)...

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...

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...

Blitz Champz Wants To Score a Touchdown with Sporty Black Girl Nerds

Adrienne Smith proves that Black Girl Nerds also come in elite athlete edition. The Boston Renegades receiver is an entrepreneur, educator, scholar, actor and creator of Blitz Champz, a football-themed card game for ages 7 and up. The fun, fast-paced game features 100 vibrantly illustrated playing cards that depict a diverse lineup of male...

The Never-Ending Erasure Of Women Of Color In Media

Over this past weekend, a groundswell of controversy stirred online when a photo from the L.A. Times under The Envelope released its all-women feature cover with a monolith of white faces under the message, a shift in focus.  The overall discussion talked about the treatment of women in film and their own personal experiences...

Silicon Valley Badass Bozoma Saint John Chats with BGN About Uber, Personal Branding and Why We Should Embrace Our Otherness

I first heard about Bozoma Saint John in the summer of 2017. She was featured in a New York Times article titled, “Is This the Woman Who Will Save Uber?” It profiled Saint John’s recent selection as Chief Brand Officer of Uber.  Besides the article was a picture of Saint John: cocoa-colored in pink...

We Bare Bears Examines and Highlights Immigrant Life

We Bare Bears on the Cartoon Network opens with its theme song, “We’ll Be There” by singer Estelle of Steven Universe fame. For the show’s protagonists – Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, and Ice Bear – being there for each other is necessary to live in a human world. Like Adventure Time and Steven Universe,...

Nola Darling Is One of the Most Emotionally Free Black Woman on TV — BGN Opinion

'She's Gotta Have It's Nola Darling may be a lot of things, but she's definitely one of the most emotionally free women on television to date.

Teen Vogue Summit: Maxine Waters, Amandla Stenberg, Ava DuVernay, Rowan Blanchard & Storm Reid

On Saturday, December 2—Congresswoman Maxine Waters and actress Amandla Stenberg took the stage at the Teen Vogue Summit for an intimate, cross-generational conversation today in Los Angeles.  Earlier in the day, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay was joined by actresses from the film Rowan Blanchard and Storm Reid for a conversation on representation in Hollywood led by Teen Vogue editor in chief Elaine Welteroth. The Teen Vogue Summit brought together...

Listening to My Heroes

Superheroes saved my life. No, Batman didn't swoop in on a cable, nor did Deadpool kneecap a crook on my behalf, but a few special women have nonetheless given me a second shot at living on my own terms. Without their wisdom, filtered through page and screen to a wide-eyed black girl in the...
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