Black Girl Beat: Issue 3

Afternoon, lovelies! BGB is all smiles (sort of) this week. It was a great week for introspection and celebration of ourselves, so here are a few articles for you to read.

Photo via: Entertainment Weekly

Black Panther Comic Origins

With Captain America: Civil War shattering records left and right, and the anticipation for the upcoming Black Panther spurning hilarious hashtags, Entertainment Weekly’s got our back in catching us up on our newest hero. If you’re not into comics or happened to miss out on the story of Black Panther, here’s a short and informative listicle on everything you need to know about T’Challa.
3 minute read

Photo: Danielle Dash

Beyonce, bell hooks, & a the Audacity of Lemonade by Danielle Dash

bell hooks has come under a bit of scrutiny for her latest piece about Beyoncé’s LEMONADE, and this short piece sums up pretty much why. hooks is often looked to as the mother of Black feminism, so a lot of people were in conflict about her article Moving Beyond Pain, which labels Bey as nothing more than a key player in capitalism. It was a tough pill to swallow, but eye-opening about how to accept a conflicting opinion with your fave.
6 minute read

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Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star in ‘Black Panther’ (Exclusive) by Borys Kit via Hollywood Reporter

Everyone’s fave, Lupita Nyong’o is joining what’s shaping up to be the Blackest Movie Ever and everyone is freaking OUT! Lupita is the essence of #blackgirlglow so it’s of course she would bless us in this movie. I’m super duper excited about everything regarding Black Panther, in case you couldn’t tell.
3 minute read

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Black, Greek, and Gay? It’s Time For Organizations to Fall In Line by George Johnson via EBONY

Homophobia in the black community is something that we talk about a lot. It’s important, it’s something we need to address. This isn’t to say we’re more homophobic than non-Blacks; we aren’t. But this isn’t about them, it’s about us, and we need to talk about it. Greek life isn’t anything I’ve ever been interested in, so reading this article was enlightening in ore ways than one. It gives an insight into what it’s like to navigate that space while gay, and addresses the exact problems Greek orgs have in these regards. An important part of fighting bigotry and hatred is understanding how it works, and this op-ed is a great eye-opener.
10 minute read

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Support Black Women in Rock by Nadine the Ranter via Black Girl Nerds

I don’t listen to rock music. To be honest, I actually don’t even know exactly what rock music is. But, like everything about this country, it was stolen by white people. Rock music was ours first, and there’s been a resurgence of Black people, Black women in particular, reclaiming it. Between Alabama Shakes and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s band Wicked Wisdom, Black women are rocking rock music, and they deserve our support. Queue up your playlists, it’s about to get loud in here 😎
2 minute read

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Corrine Bailey Rae Returns via Matthew Allen via EBONY

Actual ray of sunshine Corrine Bailey Rae has released a new album after four years and it’s just as joyous and refreshing as you’d expect. Her vocals are as smooth as ever and from ballad to pop, Corrine hits the nail on the head with this one. This interview is riveting honestly, and gives a great look into the mind behind the melodies. Corrine is exactly as shiny and bubbly as ever, and reading this interview is incredibly refreshing.
8 minute read

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