“We Belong Together” BET Network’s First Original Film Debut

“Raw. Animalistic. Distraction!” is how Thomas Louis describes his attraction to his crazed student. But she doesn’t see it that way… This July BET premiers its original film, We Belong Together, starring Draya Michele as Tracy Jacobs a deranged college student, obsessed with her professor Thomas Louis played by Charles Malik Whitfield. Caught up by the...

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’s ‘Black Panther’ Set Visit: 20 Things I Learned That Will Blow Your Mind

  One of the most highly anticipated Marvel films will be released in theaters nationwide February 16, 2018.  The appearance of the Black Panther first premiered in Fantastic Four back in 1966.  Our King T’Challa has had a 50+ year history in comics.  And over 20 years ago, Columbia Pictures was flirting with the idea...

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...

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...

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 2017 Review: ‘Professor Marston & The Wonder Women’

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is a film directed by Angela Robinson, starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote. This biopic is centered around William "Bill" Moulton Marston, the American psychologist who put his progressive ideals about female liberation into practice, creating the DC superhero Wonder Woman and living in an "extended relationship"...

Letitia Wright: The Woman Behind Shuri, the Next-Level Disney Princess

Not many people, except for Marvel comic book fans and particularly Black Panther comic fans, know about the character of Shuri, the Wakandan whiz-kid princess, daughter of the late King T’Chaka, sister of King T’Challa, the Black Panther, and the future Black Panther herself. But all that is about to change because of Letitia...

Black Panther Shuri Nerf Toy Available In Stores!

As we count down the days until February 16th arrives, we wait to see what new exclusives are coming out from either Disney, Marvel or Hasbro.  Last week we reported the high-end jewelry collection from L.A. based designer Douriean Fletcher, which featured a selection of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. This week from a tweet sent to...

SXSW 2018 Review: ‘Isle of Dogs’

Where do the distinctions between cultural admiration, appreciation, and appropriation arise when it comes to art? Readers who are prepared for another Wes Anderson experience replete with precise framing, sudden bouts of violence, plucky characters facing disaster with wit and resolve, and that ever-present vein of romanticized ennui will find all such qualities reliably...
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