Alleys of Awesomeness

Written by: E.Angel Here we are about 6 months into the 2017 convention season and we here at Black Girl Nerds had a great phone interview with Ben Penrod, founder of Awesome Con. Awesome Con has been around since 2013 and starts this year on Friday, June 16th and lasts through Sunday, June 18th. Like years...

The Color of Science is Indigenous

  Indigenous knowledge is often excluded from the mainstream scientific community. The ancient knowledge that different cultures have retained and maintained over thousands of years is often scoffed at or simply ignored. I’ve seen it first hand when I was a student at a University in California. At the time, I was working on my...

The latest look at Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets

Written by: DaVette See   The new trailer for Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets just dropped. It is, in a word, breathtaking. More aliens, more Alpha, more EVERYTHING, the new trailer for Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets has fans of both the Valérian & Laureline series and of filmmaker Luc Besson gobsmacked and...

We Need More Black Women Leading Fantasy Franchises

When the trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Discovery recently came out, it showed something I never thought I'd see in a popular sci-fi franchise: a Black woman and a Chinese woman front and center. Actress Michelle Yeoh will be playing Captain Philippa Georgiou of the Starship Shenzhou, and Sonequa Martin-Green will be playing First Officer Michael...

The Color of Science: Empowerment

Written by: Jahkotta Lewis Empowerment. What does that mean to the STEM community and how does it apply to our everyday lives? It depends, in some cases, it's as simple as designing green spaces that preserve ecological and cultural landscapes that reduce the carbon footprint. In other cases, empowerment takes the form of supporting indigenous communities...

The Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Has Us In The Feels!

Written by: Kai From the moment it was announced I’ve been cautiously optimistic about Blade Runner 2049.  However, after seeing this trailer however my excitement level has soared! Check it out below and share your thoughts! Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has...

“The Mars Generation” Review

At 97 minutes, The Mars Generation is a densely packed documentary about the history and projected future of American space travel. It is well structured, as it initially introduces you to several participants in the Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama, then blends in the historical record and current state of the space program...

The Color of Science

By BGN Guest Contributor Jahkotta Lewis The crunch of black cinder beneath my boots reminds me that I’m walking in the volcanic footprint of a recently active volcano. Above me, large stands of lehua (metrosideros polymorpha), māmane (Sophora chrysophylla), and ōlapa (Cheirodendron trigynum) trees sway gently in the afternoon breeze. Rays of the sunshine...

BGN #112 I It’s Oprah! And Karen Pittman

  Segment 1: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks debuts on HBO April 22nd. We chat with the cast including Oprah Winfrey herself! The film is based on the book of the same name by author Rebecca Skloot. Interview features: George C. Wolfe, Rose Byrne, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Courtney B. Vance, Rocky Carroll and Reg....

BGN Movie Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  This is one of those films that will make you want to learn more about the story of Henrietta Lacks after your first viewing. The story of Henrietta Lacks may be familiar to most of us, but for those who are not connected to the story, the experimentation of Black men and women's bodies for...
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