Phillip Boutté, Jr. – Your Friendly Neighborhood Superhero Costume Illustrator


If you haven’t heard of or seen Marvel Studios’ Black Panther by now, you’re probably a hermit. If you’re not a hermit, then you not only know the names of the stars and the director, you also know the names of a few members of the talented design team. But I recently had a...

BGN Interview: Keesha Boyd, Director of Multicultural Consumer Services at Comcast

As Black History month comes to a close, we continue to celebrate the work of African-Americans in the entertainment industry, and the Comcast Xfinity’s Black History Month campaign has featured a myriad of blerds featured in the Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind The Mask. The spotlight is on the pioneering talent behind some of America’s most beloved...

BGN Interview: Stuntwoman And Actress Janeshia Adams-Ginyard of ‘Black Panther’

2016 saw Janeshia Adam-Ginsyard cast as one of the Adored Ones, a/k/a the Dora Milaje, as well as Danai Gurira's stunt double in Marvel's Black Panther. More recently, Janeshia received a lot of social media attention when she attended the Hollywood premiere of Black Panther in an outfit designed and made by Tamara Cobus with accessories...

BGN Interview: Comic Book Artist Alitha E. Martinez

If you haven't heard of Alitha E. Martinez, let me provide a brief explainer on why you should know who this eminent comic book artist is. With a nearly 20-year career in comics, Alitha E. Martinez is an inker and penciller, who has worked for both of the big 2 --- Marvel and DC....

‘Black Panther’ Goes Couture At New York Fashion Week!

  It was a cold winter night in the West Village, but at the Industria, things were heating up in a frenzy only Black Panther could create. Upon arrival to the venue, there was a massive line of finely dressed people in everything from fur coats to tribal face paint. Black Suburbans with tinted windows...

An Interview With Ryan Coogler, Ruth E. Carter and Nate Moore ‘Black Panther’

While walking out of a viewing of Black Panther, I can see the opportunity for a whole new generation of blerds to be born.  Back in the late 70’s, George Lucas and John Williams sealed Barbie and her Dream Camper’s fate to always be a target for my Luke Skywalker piloted X-wing fighter.  Thanks...

Move or Be Moved: Interview With ‘Black Panther’ Actress Florence Kasumba

From the first impression, I admit I felt intimidated by Florence Kasumba. She’s beautiful, statuesque, and certainly towered over my small five-foot-nothing frame. Even though the weather was terrible that day, she walked into the room with a smile on her face and greeted people everyone and shook hands. You could tell she was...

Tessa Thompson Playing Jewelry Heist Icon Doris Payne

According to Variety, it has now been reported that actress Tessa Thompson will be playing the role of the jewelry thief that never stops Ms. Doris Payne.  Born in West Virginia, Doris Payne built skills and expertise stealing luxury jewelry. Payne in her 60-year career has stolen over $2 million dollars worth of jewelry. Payne's life...

BGN’s State of the Union Coverage with the Congressional Black Caucus

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is an icon. She represents the 43rd District in California, which encompasses a large part of South Central Los Angeles that includes: Watts, the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, and Torrance. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990. Throughout her career, Congresswoman Waters has been a leader...

‘Black Panther’ Screenwriter Joe Robert Cole Seeks To Deliver An Authentic Narrative

A feature film needs many different people filling many different roles to come to life but it all often starts with the script. Though Director Ryan Coogler is credited as screenwriter, he shares the title with wordsmith Joe Robert Cole. Like Coogler, Cole has made a huge impact on the screenwriting community. Growing up, he...
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