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Black Girl Nerds is an online community devoted to promoting nerdiness among Black women & people of color. Check us out on http://blackgirlnerds.com and play with us on social media by following us on Twitter @blackgirlnerds!

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English


Episodes

391: Jazmin Jones and Olivia McKayla Ross of Seeking Mavis Beacon

2/19/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome filmmakers and e-girl investigators Jazmin Jones and Olivia McKayla Ross of the new documentary Seeking Mavis Beacon. From feature debut filmmaker Jazmin Jones and their collaborator/associate producer Olivia McKayla Ross, Seeking Mavis Beacon follows the pair as they seek to untangle the mystery of the iconic Mavis Beacon, a predecessor to familiar AI figures such as Siri and Alexa and the face of popular 90s’ educational software Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. Jones and Ross discover that the cover model when the game was created in Silicon Valley in 1986 was a Haitian woman named Renee L’esperance who was last seen in 1994. As they attempt to find her, they conduct a thorough examination of her legacy representing that which taught thousands of people how to type. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:19:04

390: BGN Podcast Extra - 'Madame Web' Show Featuring Director SJ Clarkson and Actor Celeste O' Connor

2/14/2024
This week we are dropping a bonus episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast. Premiering in the theaters today is Sony Pictures film Madame Web. Featured on this episode is the film's director SJ Clarkson and actor Celeste O' Connor who plays Mattie Franklin. In the film Madame Web, Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:19:04

389: Actor Jordan Calloway and Comedian Dulcé Sloan

2/12/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome actors and entertainers Jordan Calloway and Dulcé Sloan. Segment 1: Jordan Calloway started working at a young age and found early success on Unfabulous and two seasons of ER. More recently, Calloway starred in Black Lightning, Riverdale and Freakish. Additional TV credits include Beyond, House of Lies and Pure Genius on the Network. He is currently starring in the CBS series Fire Country. Host: Ryanne Segment 2: Comedian/Actress Dulcé Sloan was a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for six years (2017-2023). She took over the main chair as guest host multiple times last year to critical acclaim and now serves as a contributor. Also under this banner, she co-hosted the popular podcast "Hold Up with Daily Show" writer and fellow comedian Josh Johnson. On the podcast, the two co-workers turned their hilarious, unpredictable, and legendary office banter into a weekly war of words about topics big and small, but mostly small. Host: Ryanne Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:01:50:41

388: Nico Parker, Laura Linney and Laura Chinn of 'Suncoast'

2/5/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome the cast and crew behind the Searchlight Pictures film Suncoast. Featured in this interview are actors Nico Parker, Laura Linney and director Laura Chinn. A teen living with her strong-willed mother must take her brother to a specialized facility. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with an eccentric activist at protests surrounding a landmark medical case. Suncoast premieres on Hulu Feb 9th. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:36:05

387: The Movies We Loved and Hated at Sundance 2024

1/29/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast we wrap up our coverage of Sundance 2024 by sharing some of the films we loved and hated at the festival. Special thanks to TT, Charles, Travis, Tim and Cortland for participating in this roundtable chat. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:01:10:08

386: Authors Shawnelle and Shawneé Gibbs

1/22/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome authors Shawnelle and Shawneé Gibbs. The Gibbs Sisters are accomplished comic book and animation writers. The two recently released their acclaimed new graphic novel, Ghost Roast. In Ghost Roast, when 15-year-old Chelsea Grant is grounded for her newfound rebellious teen lifestyle, her father’s biggest punishment is making her spend her summer working with his ghost removal agency, but Chelsea doesn't want to be any kind of ghost hunter; she just wants to be a normal teen. Chelsea’s forced into the family profession kicking and screaming, until she discovers that she has a talent for communicating with ghosts, and one in particular, a wealthy 17-year-old heir to a family fortune, who died over a century before. Ghost Roast is available wherever books are sold. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:33:11

386: Kali Reis of 'True Detective: Night Country'

1/15/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome actor and professional boxer Kali Reis. Kali Reis is an American professional boxer and actress, holding a world champion title in the female middleweight and female light welterweight classes. She is currently starring alongside Jodie Foster in the HBO series True Detective: Night Country. In the series, ;aw enforcement in the fictional mining town of Ennis, Alaska, who are brought together while investigating the men who disappeared from a local arctic research station. The series is currently on HBO and streaming on HBO Max. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:17:29

385: Actor Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor

1/8/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome actor Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor. Known for her work in several film and television productions, she has received several awards including nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is currently starring in the film Origin based on the best selling book called Caste. Origin is currently playing in selected theaters and expands in more theaters Jan 19th. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:23:06

384: Actor Erika Alexander

1/1/2024
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome actor and entertainer Erika Alexander. Erika currently is starring in the film American Fiction due for wide release in theaters January 5th. She is currently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Erika is also a director, producer, activist, and entrepreneur. Her company, Color Farm Media, develops and produces scripted and non-scripted content for film, television, streaming, and podcast platforms. She has had such an illustrious career on and off screen, from acting roles such as Living Single and Get Out to creating and producing such documentaries as John Lewis: Good Trouble under her Color Farm Media banner. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:19:22

383: 'Black Cake' Author Charmaine Wilkerson

12/18/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds Podcast, we welcome NY Times Best-Selling Author Charmaine Wilkerson. Charmaine Wilkerson is a Caribbean-American writer currently based in Italy. Her debut novel Black Cake is a New York Times bestseller, a #ReadWithJenna book club pick, and the inspiration for the Hulu screen series of the same name. Charmaine is a former US news and communication professional whose award-winning short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. Black Cake is currently streaming on Hulu. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:13:39

382: Actor Lonnie Chavis and Comedian Dina Hashem

12/11/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome actor Lonnie Chavis and comedian Dina Hashem. Segment 1: Award winning actor Lonnie Chavis, known for his role as young Randall Pearson on the hit TV show This Is Us, is set to star in the upcoming film How I Learned to Fly (coming to theaters Dec 1st) In this touching story, Lonnie portrays a teenage boy who is high functioning on the spectrum. The film explores themes of brotherhood, friendship, tragedy, and triumph, offering a heartfelt and authentic portrayal. Host: Ryanne Segment 2: Dina Hashem has a new special called Dark Little Whispers, which premieres on Amazon Prime on November 10th and is Executive Produced by fellow comic Sam Morril. In this much-anticipated breakout hour of comedy, Dina discusses everything from death threats and existential dilemmas, to relationship problems, quiet people, and her upbringing as a first generation Arab-American. Dina is also a writer on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and she will be heard voicing the recurring character “Lamby” on Comedian/Actor Ramy Youssef's upcoming animated Amazon series #1 Happy Family USA with A24 where she will additionally serve as a writer. Host: Ryanne Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:38:09

381: Director Lagueria Davis of 'Black Barbie: A Documentary'

12/4/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome filmmaker Lagueria Davis. Black Barbie celebrates the momentous impact three Black women at Mattel had on the evolution of the Barbie brand as we know it. Through these charismatic insiders’ stories, the documentary tells the story of how the first Black Barbie came to be in 1980, examining the importance of representation and how dolls can be crucial to the formation of identity and imagination. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:34:55

380: Iyanla Vanzant and Aml Ameen

11/27/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome Iyanla Vanzant and actor Aml Ameen. Segment 1: Iyanla Vanzant is best known as the host of the hit OWN series “Iyanla, Fix My Life,” which recently completed its 10th and final season. From welfare mother to New York Times best-selling author, from the Brooklyn projects to Emmy Award winner, from broken pieces to peace, Iyanla is one of the country’s most celebrated writers and public speakers, and she’s among the most influential, socially engaged, and acclaimed spiritual life coaches of our time. Host: Ryanne Segment 2: Aml Ameen plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Netflix’s film Rustin, directed by George C. Wolfe and produced by former President Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions. The film follows civil rights activist Bayard Rustin as he organizes the 1963 March on Washington and as you may know, it’s already getting a ton of awards buzz this season. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:35:12

379: Poet Maya Williams

11/20/2023
Maya Williams is a religious Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently the seventh poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Maya's debut poetry collection, Judas & Suicide, was selected as a finalist for the New England Book Award in July 2023, and is available via Game Over Books. Eir second poetry collection, Refused a Second Date, is available via Harbor Editions this October. They have contributed essays to venues such as Black Girl Nerds, Stylist, The Daily Beast, LGBTQ Nation, Honey Literary, The Rumpus, and more. Host: Ryanne Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:28:29

378: Twitch Streamers BigBossBoze and ChelseaBytes

11/13/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome Twitch streamers BigBossBoze and ChelseaBytes. Segment 1: Ericka "Boze" Bozeman is a Twitch streamer and former member of Smosh Games. She streams a wide variety of games under her Twitch channel BigBossBoze. She’s notably known for her true crime content which you can also see on her Twitch channel and YouTube. Host: Jamie Segment 2: ChelseaBytes is one of two Women' Guild Leaders and she is all about the tech on-stream. Not only is she an official G2 Esports streamer, she also hosts events for Amazon, Intel, and more. Her goal is to show the world that computer scientists don’t look and act the way most people imagine. ChelseaBytes was also a member of Twitch Women’s Alliance (TWA). Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:33:51

377: TV Host Al Roker

11/6/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome TV host, weather man and executive producer Al Roker. Al Roker is a journalist, television personality, and author. He is the current weather anchor on NBC's Today and occasionally co-hosts 3rd Hour Today. His latest project is the film Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land. The documentary explores the complex history of the American Black farmer. As an underrepresented topic that continues to impact Black farmers today, it’s important to showcase the legacy of Black farming in America and the devastating impact of heirs’ property on Black land ownership. It also addresses how landowners are reclaiming their agricultural rights and their paths to generational wealth with the support of other landowners and organizations. Host: Jamie Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:32:11

376: Exec Producers Jim Cooper and Jeff Dixon of 'Curses!'

10/30/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome executive producers Jim Cooper and Jeff Dixon of the new Apple TV+ series Curses! In Curses!, when a generations-long family curse turns Alex Vanderhouven to stone, it’s up to his two kids, Pandora and Russ, and his wife Sky, to return artifacts stolen by their ancestors to their rightful homes to finally lift the curse for good. The series is created and executive produced by Jim Cooper (“DreamWorks Dragons”) and Jeff Dixon (“The Hurricane Heist”). Writer/director John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place” Parts I & II) also serves as executive producer and Allyson Seeger (“A Quiet Place” Parts I & II) as co-executive producer. Leo Riley (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Tron: Uprising”) is supervising producer, with Chris Copeland (“Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”) and Justin Copeland (“Wonder Woman: Bloodlines”) serving as creative consultants. Leo Riley (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Tron: Uprising”) directs with animation services provided by CGCG and House of Cool. Host: Ryanne Edited by: Jamie Broadnax Music by: Sammus

Duration:00:17:30

375: Tatiana Obey, Author of 'Sistah Samurai'

10/23/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we welcome author Tatiana Obey. Tatiana Obey writes badass characters slaying dragons. Her debut novel, Bones to the Wind, is a 2022 BBA Award Winner and a 2022 Indie Ink Award Finalist. She taught English in South Korea, studied abroad in Japan, and worked as a marketing specialist for a woman-owned law firm. The one thing she loves as much as writing is traveling the world. Host: Ryanne Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:28:12

374: Beserat Debebe, Founder of Etan Comics

10/16/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we chat with comic book creator Beserat Debebe. Beserat Debebe is the founder of Etan Comics and the writer/creator of HAWI, JEMBER, and ZUFAN. He was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. In 2018, his love for graphic novels and fantasy stories led him to establish Etan Comics, a Pan-African entertainment company bringing African stories to life using comics & graphic novels made by African storytellers. His works have been nominated for Best Graphic Novel Awards, and featured on BBC, OkayAfrica, ComicsBeat, and more! Host: Ryanne Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:00:29:45

373: Discussing The 'Ahsoka' Season 1 Finale

10/9/2023
In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we discuss the season 1 finale of the Disney+ series Ahsoka. Specifically the discussion circulates around episodes 7 and 8 of the series. The show is about Ahsoka Tano, the former Jedi knight investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy. Building off her popularity in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), seeks to quell a threat that is attempting to revive the Empire. Featuring a majority female-led cast, the series centers around three women with a shared history of standing up against repression and fighting for what is right, even when the odds are stacked against them. The team comes face to face with new conflicts as society struggles to reform. The women are prompted to consider their places in a post-war environment and what it means to work together as a team… along with awesome lightsaber battles, of course. Host: Jamie and Ryanne Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

Duration:01:05:42