BGN’s TBT: 8 Rules for Living from ‘Martin’

By Ashley Turner Martin was a weeknight staple from 1992 to 1997 in many Black households. The show helped shape the culture and lifestyle of a generation of sitcom-viewers. It starred comedian Martin Lawrence and gave us lingo such as “You SO crazy!” and "Wuzup, Wuzup, WUZUUUP!!" We laughed over Sheneneh’s antics, Lil Roscoe's tricks and...

In Preparation for Coming Out: A Mother’s Wish for Pride

It will never understand a parent who disowns their LGBTQIA kid. Mine is the same precious girl that she was when I brought her home from the hospital as a newborn. In fact, I think she is better since coming out when she was a high school freshman. Coming out made her more free,...

This Really Is America

By Appei Porbeni, America (the United States of America) has always been an object of fascination for me. Growing up in Nigeria, I always heard those around me herald it as the greatest in the world. It’s a true paragon of what a nation should be. Not like our devastated and corrupt taped-together-and-barely-standing excuse for a...

Spotlight: 5 DC Comics That Are Transforming the Universe

A few weeks ago at WonderCon, DC’s Dan DiDio and Jim Lee a live-stream event where they laid out their plans for upcoming book releases. DC Comics seems truly focused on finding a book for every type of reader. They are reaching out to middle grade and teen readers, respectively, with the Zoom series, featuring...

Breaking the Hollywood Chains: Diverse Motion Pictures Continuing to WIN

Creeping into the weekend of the 90th Academy Awards, Black Panther (directed by Ryan Coogler) continued to break records, grossing $760 million dollars at its start and exiting with an estimated $898 million+, making it the fifth highest grossing Marvel movie. And the ticket sales don’t seem to be ceasing anytime soon. Deadline predicting...

I’m Moving To Wakanda So I Can Relish In Black People Magic 24/7: #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe

Whoooooo! Black Panther debuts in theaters on February 16th. We're only a few more days away! Stay calm people; it'll be here before we know it! I personally first started hearing buzz about Marvel Studio’s Black Panther back in 2016. At the time, I had been doing research on racism and minorities in comics/graphic novels for the final...

BGN Comic Review: X-Men Gold #1

When I saw the press release for X-Men Gold #1 issued by Marvel and glanced at that cover art I knew I had to get my hands on this comic book.  Let me explain---the superhero team Excalibur, was my gateway into comics.  My very first issue was Excalibur Special Edition (1987).  Can I be...

Requiem For A Team: The Top 8 Cracked Humor Videos

Cracked Layoffs Have Effectively Canceled Two Great Internet Shows. Today We Say Farewell As any pop culture guzzling nerd will attest, losing a beloved show can really be a kick in the chest. Well, for those of us who were (are?) Cracked dot com/Cracked YouTube enthusiasts we just lost a gang of shows in one fell...

Bold As Love: Thoughts on ‘Star Trek’

Last year we heard so much buzz about the new Star Trek series. 2016 seems so long ago, but really it was the future. You know, “the future,” the one we’re always talking about and pining for? Star Trek and I celebrated our fiftieth birthday last year. This year, 2017, we’re at fifty-one with...

Listening to My Heroes

Superheroes saved my life. No, Batman didn't swoop in on a cable, nor did Deadpool kneecap a crook on my behalf, but a few special women have nonetheless given me a second shot at living on my own terms. Without their wisdom, filtered through page and screen to a wide-eyed black girl in the...
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