The Legacy Continues: Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics

Mad Event Entertainment and Long Beach Comic Con announced Friday that nominations for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics are now open. This McDuffie Award has a new director, Will J. Watkins, and several new Selection Committee Members: Mark D. Bright, Don McGregor, Kevin Rubio, Cassandra Pelham and Gail Simone. The...

Who Has the Final Say?

Well…..as I search for the words to continue with this morbid post, I find myself in a space with no identity. I find myself in a space that is void of labels, but entrenched in human feelings, emotions and concepts. I have just finished reading Between The World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a...

How To Be A Black K-Pop Fan

Six years ago while scrolling through my favorite LiveJournal gossip site, I came across a post for a Korean group called Big Bang. I had no idea who they were or what type of music they made but I decided to click on the YouTube link and give it a listen. Fifteen listens later,...

Happy Birthday Katherine Johnson

Happy Women’s Equality Day AND Happy Birthday to Katherine Johnson!!! 2000 steps. 120 miles. 5 honorary degrees. 4 great-grandchildren. These are some of the numbers that have defined Katherine Johnson’s legacy. And today is her 98th birthday. Katherine Johnson played by Taraji P. Henson in 20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated new film, HIDDEN FIGURES, is the real...

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...

48TH NAACP Image Awards Hosted by Anthony Anderson

TO AIR LIVE ON TV ONE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017   Telecast will also include a Pre-Show Airing Live from the Red Carpet   The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and TV One, a television network dedicated to the best of black culture and entertainment, today announced that the 48th NAACP Image Awards will be...

Valerie’s Complexium: Navigating Through Nerd Spaces

  Hello, Welcome to my column. I thank Jamie Broadnax and the BGN family for giving me a platform to talk about the adventures I experience being a journalist. Let me remind everyone that just because I have been given this platform, my thoughts are my own. And don’t necessarily reflect the thoughts of those at...

Hotep Is the Modern Day A.B.S. And It’s Not OK

I am willing to bet a fair number of people reading this have already sussed out what A.B.S. stands for in the title of this article. So ubiquitous is this epithet, I used it and had it used against me 30 years ago on the playground, and recently, a very funny YouTuber named Evelyn...

Nate Parker. No Pass.

  Nate Parker does not get a pass. Neither does Jean Celestin. Nor does the creation of a film of historic significance about rebellion, redemption and freedom. The success of the film, Birth of a Nation, was a testament to triumph and was a success before it was ever released. Now, it is a reminder...

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,...
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