Meet The Dora Milaje: The Story Behind Black Panther’s Nakia and Okoye

  Marvel’s Black Panther which premieres on February 16, 2018, takes us to a new landscape within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We finally visit the land of Wakanda, a territory that has never been conquered and has one of the most advanced technologies in the world.  Its major resource Vibranium, is what keeps Captain America’s...

Coco Is A Somewhat Touching But Problematic View on Dia de los Muertos

I want to preface this by saying it is important to acknowledge that “Dia de los Muertos” is celebrated differently all over the Americas and the Caribbean and also goes by different names. In some places, it is called “Dia de los Difuntos”, “Dia de Todos los Santos” among other names. While the movie...

BGN Film Interview: Tessa Thompson Lends Her Voice to Bianca in the Creed II Soundtrack

My visit to the Creed II set this summer included a listen to the music coming out of the much-anticipated sequel to the 2015 film and the 9th film in the Rocky film franchise. Tessa Thompson comes back as Bianca, Adonis Creed’s love. In Creed, we learned that Bianca is a talented musician with...

BGN Film Review: ‘Black Panther’ – Marvel’s Greatest Accomplishment

The title of this movie review may seem hyperbolic to some, but trust me when I say that Marvel has created a masterpiece with Black Panther. I plan to keep this review spoiler-free and leave out details, because I want you to go in with fresh eyes and experience this the same way I...

Keke Palmer is “All Girl, All Pimp” in this Trailer for New film ‘Pimp’

Black women are always on the side of victimhood in films about sex work. They are the women who must struggle away from the pimps and the ones being abused by them. In the case of the legendary blaxploitation film Coffey, starring Pam Grier, the Black woman is the one saving others from sex work....

BGN TIFF 2017 Review: ‘The Shape of Water’

The Shape Of Water which premiered today at the Toronto International Film Festival is a 1960s fantastical romance set in the Cold War era starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer.  Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) he shares the story of Eliza...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘Beast’

Beast is another movie about people getting away with murder. Now, I can give props where they are due, as director/writer Michael Pearce tries to present this Bonnie and Clydesque thriller in a semi-original way. Unfortunately, its potential is weighed down by 30 minutes of unnecessary cinematic self-indulgence. Why is it necessary to add...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘A Star is Born’

I walked into the A Star is Born screening with knowledge of the basic story and a familiarity with the Barbara Streisand rendition. I also carried the hope of eventually seeing Judy Garland in the role that Lady Gaga has taken over. I was ready to compare this film to the rest of the...

Sundance 2018 Review: ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

In discussion Lisa's (Maggie Gyllenhaal) job as a kindergarten teacher, her poetry professor (Gael García Bernal) describes what's crucial about teaching students at that transformative age; it's a time where what they learn and experience presents some of of the most impactful lessons to their psyche. It's the responsibility of the teacher to protect...

BGN TIFF 2018 Review: ‘The Hate U Give’

Before I get started, I feel I need to clear up a few things. The Hate U Give was adapted by George Tillman Jr. (Notorious, Faster) from Angie Thomas’ debut novel. It’s not a remake of anything. In fact, the film is not like anything you’ve seen yet. It’s also not just a movie...
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