kweliTV Is the Streaming Service That Centers the Black Diaspora

kweliTV delivers authentic stories about the Black community through documentaries, films and series. For the Black Girl Nerds out there, kweliTV has a sci-fi fantasy section with short films like Habeas Corpus starring Chad L Coleman from The Walking Dead and screen legend Tim Reid in a story about a man who can’t get over...

‘Puerto Rico wants and needs this’: After devastation of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Comic-con to continue

As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria, organizers for Puerto Rico Comic-Con announced this year’s convention will go on as planned and will be one of the first largest non-fundraising events to take place on the island. “The idea of not holding the event never crossed our...

BGN Interview With Engineer Brittany Young Creator of STEM Outreach Program B-360

When someone mentions STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) your first thoughts are probably equations and giant machines, but if someone were to mention dirt bikes you just might look at them funny. Brittany Young — a young black female engineer in Baltimore, Maryland — created B-360 a multi-award-winning organization that teaches youth about the...

An Open Letter About Black Girl Nerds

On February 1, 2012, I started the website blackgirlnerds.com. It was created immediately after a Google search where I typed the moniker "Black Girl Nerds", and nothing came up in one of the largest search engines in the world.  You can find nearly everything under the sun, but during that year, if you typed...

Black Panther and the Reclaiming of An Authentic Afrofuturism

Watching Marvel’s Black Panther for the first (and second) time, I reveled in the unapologetic Blackness of it all. With Black women, loved and respected, at the center of a narrative that embraces Afrofuturism, it is a wonder when we realize that this character and world were originally created by two white men, Stan...

‘A Wrinkle In Time’: The Past, The Present and The Future

  The Past When I was growing up, reading was my sanctuary. I took my books to restaurants and to track meets. I would rush to finish my work and then hide under my desk so that I could read. By the fourth grade, I was reading Animal Farm and Charles Dickens and at that time,...

BGN Film Review: ‘The Light of the Moon’

The Light of the Moon is lived-in, in every sense of the word. The new Amazon film takes a great look at the affects of sexual assault and how one woman overcomes it all. Read on for this Black Girl Nerds film review.

Wakanda in Us: Great Black STEM Leaders

As I watched Black Panther, I couldn’t stop feeling grateful that young Black boys and young Black girls could see themselves in a film of that magnitude. It displayed a positive portrayal of the African diaspora rarely seen; Black Panther depicts Black people as royalty, spies, warriors and, most significantly, scientists. The most compelling...

BGN Interview: Ruth E. Carter, Costume Designer For ‘Black Panther’

With dozens of costuming film credits to her name, Ruth E. Carter has become the go-to for many directors in Hollywood, including Ava DuVernay (Selma) and Spike Lee (Malcolm X). Looking at a list of the productions Ruth has been involved in, it almost seems as though she knows, on some deeper level, that...

Natural Black Hair: Unlearning the Fear of Being Distracting

In the Black community, we tend to do things subconsciously. We don't realize that our ideas and feelings may have ties to our ancestry. Black hair, bodies, and skin are politicized. We sometimes feel that we need to follow forced beauty standards to fit into society. We sometimes feel like our hips are too...
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