BGN TV Review: ‘A Million Little Things’

I've seen A Million Little Things called the This is Us lookalike, a "copycat drama," and worse. None of these nicknames are correct, or they miss an important point about the show. That it intricately weaves into its dramatic framework suicide and depression in their real, raw, and honest forms. Depressed Boys Should Cry So, I may...

BGN TV: What Neil Gaiman’s New Amazon Deal Means for ‘American Gods’

On the second day of the month that's practically made for horror/ fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, it was announced that he had signed an "overall" deal with Amazon Studios. What Happened with Amazon? Amazon is home to Gaiman's upcoming miniseries Good Omens, an adaptation of his popular 1990 novel co-written with the late Terry Pratchett. It's about...

BGN Film Review: ‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.’

Before I can talk about Steven Loveridge's new documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., we need to talk about the Sri Lankan civil war.  Warring, Bloody, Roots From 1983 to 2009, the island nation of Sri Lanka was embroiled in a horrific ethnic and civil war between the country’s Sinhala majority and its Tamil minority. The post-British colonial conflict was infamous...

BGN Interview: Rocky Speaks Out on the Legacy in ‘Creed II’

The new trailer for Creed II dropped this week, giving us all a better look at the lives of our favorite characters from the first film. In addition to a new baby, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) is in that trailer struggling to get into shape and may just be having some trouble reconciling his...

BGN Interview: The Cast of ‘Monsters and Men’

Reinaldo Marcus Green makes a strong directorial debut with his film Monsters and Men. It’s not that we have not seen this story before, but rather it is the transparent and gritty manner in which the narrative seamlessly depicts the reality of many disenfranchised and marginalized people who are a part of the fabric of America....

BGN Talks to ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Writer, Talicia Raggs

It was a photo that fellow Gary, IN native, Talicia Raggs posted on Facebook that prompted me to message her. She, and actor, Geoffrey Owens, smiling broadly on the set of CBS’s hit series, NCIS: New Orleans. Geoffrey Owens has been the target of controversy as a photo surfaced of him online working at...

BGN Interview: Shaun Robinson’s Path From The Red Carpet To Philanthropy

By Diedre Johnson @diedremichelle Shaun Robinson was a fixture on the red carpet for Access Hollywood and one of the few on-air (yep, so retro now) faces of color in the early aughts in Los Angeles. After years of couture gowns at award shows and chatting with A-listers such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom...

Take the Pledge with AT&T “It Can Wait” and Bevy Smith

Pledge to be an advocate for the cause, to lead by example and spread the message. @bevysmith is partnering with @att to take the “It Can Wait” pledge to drive distraction-free because it can save lives and make the world a safer place. Take the pledge with her! #itcanwait #sponsored http://bit.ly/ATT-ICW-PLEDGE_BGN

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Time: the word tolled like the bells of a church. Fonny was doing: time. In six months’ time, our baby would be here. Somewhere, in time, Fonny and I met; somewhere, in time, we had loved; somewhere. no longer in time, but now, totally, at times mercy, we loved.         — James Baldwin, If Beale...

King James’ New Projects Spotlights 16 Strong Women, Including His Mom, Wife, and Child

As if his week couldn't get any better. LeBron James introduced his new Nike line--a collaboration with the Harlem Fashion Row and its CEO and Founder Brandice Daniel. Fashion designers Kimberly Goldson, Felisha Noel, and Undra Celeste Duncan worked on the shoe that debuted at Harlem Fashion Row this week. Called the HFR X LeBron...
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