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...

BGN TV: The Talented Mr. Colin Woodell and ‘The Purge’ American Dream

By Donnie Lopez Colin Woodell walks onto the set of the new Purge television studio for an interview with a bright smile and a jawline so sharp you could cut your hand on if you ever got close enough. For many viewers, this might be the first time experiencing a performance from Woodell. Yet once...

BGN Politics Interview: Tiffany Loftin of the NAACP on Empowering Today’s Youth

By Lisa D. DeNeal (@diolette) As a child, Tiffany Dena Loftin wanted to be a theatrical actress, and, an astronaut. But the world had something else in mind for the 29-year-old Los Angeles native. She's the oldest of three children to union parents, and, raised by their mother. Loftin later became an activist after a...

BGN Politics Interview: Jehmu Greene, Black Women, and the 2018 Midterm Elections

By Lynnette Nicholas The mid-term election season is upon us and BGN recently spoke with Democrat, Jehmu Greene about why it’s important for women to use their voice, the power and influence that millennials have, and why the 2018 mid-term elections are the most vital.  Jehmu Greene, is a television commentator, social justice advocate, and...

Detroit & the Critique of “Wokeness” in ‘Sorry To Bother You’

By Ro @RoeToThe There’s been a lot of discussion of the character Detroit (Tessa Thompson) from director Boots Riley’s wonderful new film Sorry to Bother You. Riley himself has jumped into the discussion to give his own explanation of the character. I’m generally not down with storytellers explaining themselves. The point of art — is being...

BGN TV: The Black Women of ‘Harlots’–A Reclamation of the Female Body

“The city is made of our flesh. We’ll have our piece of it”. –Margaret, Harlots  By Lynnette Nicholas @truelylynnette Harlots is a British period drama series created by two women, Alison Newman and Moira Buffini. Harlots is a necessary retelling of time as it truly showcases multidimensional female characters. It’s the history that is rarely seen in societies where...

BGN Politics: Dog Whistles–What’s in a Word?

Omarosa Manigault-Newman is the latest individual in the crosshairs of a man who has insulted world leaders, whole countries, and religions without losing favor with his base. Although she is not known for her decorum, Newman does not deserve being equated to a domesticated pet that has been bred to enhance various characteristics.  In...

HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness Exhibit” is an Unforgettable Art Installation

By Lynnette Nicholas The two-day art exhibition features a variety of vignettes and installations that reflect themes and scenes represented in the Random Acts of Flyness variety series. Designed to celebrate black culture, the two-day experience will feature several interactive elements including: “Black Women Will Save Us All” Room-highlighting the Black women who continue to make and...

BGN Interview: Amy Aniobi and Ben Cory Jones on the ‘Insecure’ Writers Room

BGN got to speak with the writers of the hit HBO show Insecure, Ben Cory Jones and Amy Aniobi, as they worked with HBO’s The Studio. The program is billed as a “creative experience celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.” It runs through August 19 in Provincetown, Massachusetts bringing in creatives from HBO’s shows each week....
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