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...

TIFF Black Star: Celebrating 100 Years of Black Excellence on Screen

Black Star: Celebrating 100 Years of Black Excellence on Screen   November 3 - December 22 TIFF Bell Lightbox From Dorothy Dandridge to Queen Latifah, Sidney Poitier to Denzel Washington, throughout time Black actors have forged inspirational careers in an industry that was not designed to help them prosper. Whether the big screen offered hostility, ignorance, or empowerment...

Fandom Loves Puerto Rico

Fandom Loves Puerto Rico Geek Auction Fundraiser for Puerto Rico Goes Live Fandom Loves Puerto Rico, a fan-organized charity auction for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, opens today with 350 fan creators, as well as donations from professional comic creators, authors, and artists at New York Comic Con. Donations from fan creators include custom fanfiction and...

Black Films: 4 Story Lines I’d Love To See Explored

Black films in the Hollywood system can be limited in subject matter. I've been a cinephile ever since I first glanced a screen. I've been passionate about films and how they were made since the pre-Netflix era. I took weekly trips to the video store with my father when I was a little girl....

BGN Profile: Lauren Coaxum Shows Us How to “Give A Little TLC”

Lauren Coaxum, a 21-year-old medical student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, is setting trends in digital citizenship! Natural flare, brains, and the boldness to stand up for others radiates from Coaxum as her efforts to promote positive self-esteem spread across this nation. She prides herself on being a family-oriented woman from Douglassville, PA....

When Biracial Actresses Become the Main Faces of Black Girlhood

Biracial Identity As the Standard Bearer For Blackness Lately, whenever there’s a mention of a woke, young Black starlet it’s either Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, or Amandla Stenberg. It’s great that these actresses are getting recognition, but the fact that three biracial girls have become the predominant representatives of young, Black girlhood makes me wonder about...

‘Brown Girl Begins’ Director Sharon Lewis Sits For BGN Feature Interview

Nothing is more exciting than being able to speak one-on-one with someone who has the power to bring one of your favorite novels to film screen life. Fortunately, I was able to speak with writer/director/producer of the upcoming film, Brown Girl Begins, Sharon Lewis. It is set to premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival “one...

BlackStar Film Festival QOTD

When you gather a bunch of artists together, you're bound to come across some pretty cool ensembles. The BSFF was no different. Check out what folks wore and what they had to say about BlackStar. Importance of the Festival "I'm so excited and happy to be around artists. It's everything that life is supposed to be,...

BGN Book Review: Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

Last week, Ava DuVernay announced that she would be adapting the late great, Octavia E. Butler's Dawn, with the help of frequent collaborators, Victoria Mahoney and Charles King. The internet was abuzz, celebrating the very first adaptation of icon, Octavia E. Butler's work. Before the television show hits airwaves, let's take a look at the...

Is Reality Turning into a Black Mirror Movie?

By: Camille Rahatt We have reached the dawn where technology is slowly taking over every aspect of our lives. If you walk a block, it’d be hard to miss strangers, head down, and nose deep in their phone. I’m guilty of being distracted easily by my phone and tablet too, so I’m not claiming to be...
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