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...

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....
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