The Obsidian Archives include blog posts, critical essays, and fan fiction written by BGC members, contributors, and community. Take a trip through time and peruse through the blog, Critical Companion series, and Hogwarts BSU project for inspiration, nuanced critiques, and wonderful stories written in the Wizarding World!
Meet Black women who are creating space and art, learn about their process, and why they believe it is important for Black people to be creators. We feature a new Creator at the beginning of each month.
Meet illustrator Geneva Bowers.
Meet Candice, entrepreneur, educator, and musician.
Victoria L. Johnson
Meet Victoria, journalist and host of the Sailor Moon Fan Club.
Meet writer and creator of The Bookshelf, AJay Jordan!
Meet webcomic writer and meme queen Stephanie Williams!
Meet Jessie Blount, co-host of the Harry Potter podcast The Gayly Prophet!
Meet the creator of Adorned by Chi, Jacque Aye!
Marci and Ako
Meet Marci and Ako, the hosts of the Colored Pages Book Club Podcast.
We Black & Nerds
Our blog was a space that worked to be representative of our realities and experiences as a way to counter the ones largely depicted in the mainstream. The blog hosted a variety of commentary on popular culture including book reviews, television and film recaps, personal essays, and our contributor-led series The Critical Companion, a bi-monthly themed project that delved into different aspects of critical fandom.
The Critical Companion
Show Some Respect To Iris West-Allen
Kemberlie wants us to give Iris West-Allen the respect she deserves.
TV Needs More Complex Relationships Like “Jane The Virgin”
Kay-B writes about Jane and Rafael’s relationship in Jane the Virgin, and why it is one of the best depictions on television.
How Fantasy Became a Bridge Between Sisters
Syntrell writes about how fantasy books gave her a way to connect with her sister.
Exploring Slytherin House from a Black Historical Lens
Monika writes about her connection to Slytherin House and how it’s traits can tie to Black liberation.
Slavery in Thedas: How BioWare Could Bring Nuance to Dragon Age
Crystal talks about her love of Dragon Age, and what it’s writers can do to improve it.
In Defense of Thaddy Thor’s Physique in Avengers: Endgame
Nicole discusses why she liked Thor’s character arc in Avengers: Endgame.
Have a Biscuit, Professor McGonagall
K. Alexandra writes about Minerva McGonagall, who inspires her in her own teaching.
Finally Finding a Place in the Fandom
Stacie writes about how she finally found her place in the Potter fandom.
Of White Blaise and Black Hermione: The Highs and Lows of my Harry Potter Journey
How the Harry Potter fandom’s refusal to accept Blaise Zabini as Black left a Black fan feeling like she wasn’t welcome, and how Black Hermione turned it all around.
Hogwarts BSU was a fan fiction project that asked Black Potterheads to imagine what it would be like to be Black in the Wizarding World. Read stories of Black students at Hogwarts, Black businesses in the Potterverse, and Black Wizard History, and feel free to add your own stories to Archive of Our Own using the tag Hogwarts BSU!
Greenwood Academy Part 4
Sadie wakes up in a forest.
Foreign Exchange Chapter 1
Henry Fogg gets the offer of a lifetime.
Founding Home: Diary One (Part 3)
Helene searches for more answers and struggles to accept help.
A Journey Through the Diaspora – Part 6
Blaise and Desiree make their final stop on Celestina’s tour.
The Real House-students of Hogwarts Reunion Part 2
Albus Dumbledore talks to the Real House-students of Hogwarts in this explosive conclusion.
Founding Home: Diary One (Part 2)
Things become more dangerous in Treme as Helene continues to search for a safe place to build her school of magic.
A Journey Through the Diaspora – Part 5
Blaise learns more about his past and thinks more about his future.
A Journey Through the Diaspora – Part 4
Tensions come to a head as Blaise and Desiree arrive in Jamaica.