America Divided Is Coming September 30th

Next month with all of our favorite shows starting to awaken from their Spring and Summer slumbers, don't miss out on this NEW important docu-series executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, Norman Lear, and Common. Each show couples celebrities (the people Americans are conditioned to listen to and think about most often), with the inequalities...

Dark Matter 2.6 Review: You Have to be A Level 15 Friend To Unlock My Tragic Backstory

Not gonna lie, this episode kinda bummed me out, and by 'kinda' I mean super a lot. Don't get me wrong, it's a well executed, well written, well acted story like all the rest. Guest star, Mpho Koaho was deeply affecting as Nyx's brother, Milo. Melanie Liburd made me ache for Nyx. Melissa O'Neil...

The Privilege of Being “an Environmentalist”

By Yordanose Solomone   One theme that has impacted me to get involved with environmental reform is the issue of food. I am going to use my own community that I was brought up in as an example and try to explore how it changed my perspective and definition of environmentalism and food. I grew up in Addis...

“The Girl with All the Gifts” Race Analysis

By Kevin Wayne Williams The Girl with All the Gifts is one of those books that I had to read out of professional interest, as it was in a sense the inverse of my debut novel: while I had written about a nine-year-old black girl out to survive in a world full of zombies, M.R....

BGN Cinema: Moonlight Trailer

Upcoming film, Moonlight written, directed, and produced by filmmaker Barry Jenkins, dropped a trailer earlier today, and it has the internet buzzing. It's not an adaptation of a beloved comic book, not a sequel from a prominent franchise, nor is it the vehicle for a so-called A-list movie star. (Though Brad Pitt is the Executive Producer). It is,...

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...

Journalism: On Life support and in Critical Conditions

  By Hunter Kimble The journalism field suffered a massive blow in 2016 due to biased, poorly-covered news and lies, which distracted citizens from real life issues happening around them. One of the many moments that stood out news-wise in 2016, besides the election was the trend #BoycottHamilton. Almost everyone on social media was talking about it,...

Get Ready For Shots Fired This Spring

By Thelonious Legend   We live in troubled times. A spoiled man child has been coronated to the most powerful position in the world. Special interest owns our politicians who in turn give scant attention to the people they are elected to serve. Our planet is warming at an alarming rate; our urban schools are suffering...

Don’t Worry, I’m White

  What’s the quickest way to lose a white audience? Tell them they’re white. That may seem strange, but in the US white people aren’t white. They’re normal. Good people who are just trying to live their lives. There’s no need to go any further. They’re normal.  It’s not decent to suggest otherwise! Using a list of adjectives...

Underground’s Subversion of Villainy & Heroism Affirms Black Humanity

By Abbey White From pop-up procedural extras to galactic ‘Big Bads’, one thing TV has never been short on is black villains. I mulled over the implications of this during Underground’s first season and found myself coming back to it as I re-watched in anticipation of season two’s March 8th premier. The truth of Underground—WGN’s...
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