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...

“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...

BGN Interview With Engineer Brittany Young Creator of STEM Outreach Program B-360

When someone mentions STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) your first thoughts are probably equations and giant machines, but if someone were to mention dirt bikes you just might look at them funny. Brittany Young — a young black female engineer in Baltimore, Maryland — created B-360 a multi-award-winning organization that teaches youth about the...

Thor:Ragnarok Superpower of STEM Challenge

Calling on Girls to Channel Their Superpowers of STEM for Good and Get a Chance to Win a Trip to the Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK and a Mentorship presented by Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories and Synchrony Bank. Disney,Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Synchrony Bank, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS and Society for Science & the...

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...

‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Film Set to Premiere in April

By Janaya Greene HBO released a trailer for their film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on March 15 and it looks to have a promising future. The film is based on a novel detailing how Deborah Lacks, daughter of Henrietta Lacks, searches to learn about her mother’s life and how her mother’s cancerous cells...

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....

“Search for Hidden Figures” Contest Announcement!

  PEPSICO AND 21ST CENTURY FOX ANNOUNCE “THE SEARCH FOR HIDDEN FIGURES” CONTEST TO DISCOVER EMERGING FEMALE VISIONARIES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM)   PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), announces “The Search for Hidden Figures” – a new scholarship contest designed to help uncover the...

Janelle Monae Brings “Hidden Figures” To Atlanta

In the utopian society I dream about daily, Black women are respected figures at the forefront of innovation and thought. Our status as the most educated demographic in the country would yield the same types of rewards the current world saves for our counterparts. And there would be nothing groundbreaking about telling our story...

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...
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