BGN’s #LivingWhileBlack Living List of News Stories–Updated 7/17

The racial profiling and unnecessary 911 calls on black people for the doing the most harmless of tasks are getting of hand. Simply look up the hashtag #LivingWhileBlack on Twitter and you'll come across too many posts featuring instances where cops were called on black people for doing nothing wrong. The hashtag was created...

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...

BGN Politics: Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

The start of the mid-term election season is here and BGN wanted to support awareness regarding an issue of economic opportunity and civil rights.  Net neutrality has been defined as the principle that internet service providers must treat all data the same, regardless of their origin or purpose of that data.  In May 2018,...

BGN Film Review: ‘A Kid Like Jake’

Directed by Silas Howard (Transparent) A Kid Like Jake is a family drama about two Brooklyn parents raising their son Jake. Jake (Leo James Davis) is a very special highly intellectual 4-year-old boy who is an artistic visionary that loves all things feminine — from playing with Disney princess dolls to wearing pink. He prefers skirts...

Nakia VS. Killmonger: Same Vision, Different Routes

Following the release of 'Black Panther,' endless fans have found themselves sympathizing with the ideals of the Killmonger character, though his ideas were very similar to Nakia's albeit different. Read on for more!

Natural Black Hair: Unlearning the Fear of Being Distracting

In the Black community, we tend to do things subconsciously. We don't realize that our ideas and feelings may have ties to our ancestry. Black hair, bodies, and skin are politicized. We sometimes feel that we need to follow forced beauty standards to fit into society. We sometimes feel like our hips are too...

Representation Isn’t Finite And Shouldn’t Be Treated As Such

My default setting is Representation Matters. It kind of goes with the territory of being part of a marginalized group (or groups). The feeling of seeing myself in my favorite forms of media is indescribable – when it’s done well. And while we’ve made some progress, (Do you have your Black Panther outfit yet?)...

IN STUDIO With Sharon Obuobi: New African Art Podcast Launches on iTunes

In STUDIO with Sharon Obuobi is a weekly podcast series of conversations with artists, curators and influencers particularly in the African arts. Passionate about stimulating open-minded discussions as inspired by art, Sharon created the series to tell the stories of creatives and challenge listeners to see the world in new ways. The podcast airs with weekly...

Beyond Aziz Ansari: What Men Should Learn From This

So by now everyone's heard the news about "woke bae" Aziz Ansari. If you haven't, here it is in a nutshell: homie had a very bad night with a woman that has the nation currently divided. Some are calling it sexual assault, some are calling it just a bad date that a woman decided...

I’m Already Here: Anissa Pierce & Black Lightning’s Queer Representation

When I first saw the trailer to the CW’s Black Lightning I said, and I quote, “Sign me the eff up,” but that eff was a bit more vulgar. My black girl joy shot through the roof when a poster was released of Nafessa Williams as the eldest Pierce daughter, Anissa. Seeing a black...
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