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 filmmaker and creator of the Juju web series, Moon Ferguson.
Meet artist Sketch Smith.
Meet author T.B. Darks.
Meet writer Nicole Hill.
Meet Michelle, business owner and founder of YES I AM, Inc.
Meet the owner of Lockett Down Productions and founder of Women in Comics Collective, Regine Sawyer.
Meet writer and new BGC Creative Coordinator, Delia Gallegos.
Meet professor, artist, and writer Ajuan Mance.
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
My Granny and Her Love of Comics
Bilal writes about their grandmother, who shared her love of comics and knowledge.
Beyond the Kokiri Forest: A Father and Daughter’s Zelda Adventure
Delia talks about her father and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the origins of her nerdiness.
Shade to the Supernatural Nerdom: My Mom’s Disgust For My Love of the Supernatural
Growing up, Afiya loved all things supernatural, but she was often met with pushback…
The Struggle of Being an Ethiopian Preacher’s Kid
Being the oldest daughter of an Ethiopian preacher isn’t easy when you become a fan of comic books and fantasy. Mahlet shares her story.
Magic or No, All Schools Have Limited Range
Patriarchal systems in magical schools (and in the real world) tend to cause problems. Porshèa explores the way these systems manifest in different fictional schools and discusses what should be done to change it.
The Importance of Magical Mental Health Education in Harry Potter
There are inevitable risks to living in a magical school, but does Hogwarts truly have the tools to physically and mentally support its students?
Doctor Who’s Narratives on Race Have Improved — But Have a Long Way to Go
Doctor Who has increased both its racial representation and conversations on racism in recent years, but the show still has a lot of work to do when addressing in-universe racism.
How ’12 Monkeys’ Changed How Time Travel Should Be Viewed
There are lots of shows about time travel, but read how 12 Monkeys changed the game.
Finding Inclusion in the Digital Age
What do you do when you’re a biracial Black girl living in the land of camo and conservatism in the 90s? You turn to the internet. Read Kira’s story of finding community in Sailor Moon RPG chat rooms.
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!
The Real House-students of Hogwarts Reunion Part 1
Albus Dumbledore sits down with the Real House-students of Hogwarts to discuss this dramatic season.
A Journey Through the Diaspora – Part 3
Blaise and Desiree visit Uagadou School of Magic.
The Real House-students of Hogwarts S1E6
Dean and Alex pull together the Hogwarts BSU gala.
A Journey Through The Diaspora – Part 2
Blaise and Desiree go on tour.
From the Desk of Ms. Charlotte Noelle Thomas, Runeologist
Charlotte Noelle Thomas records her time as the Runeologist on a suspicious archeological site.
A Journey Through The Diaspora – Part 1
Blaise’s mom keeps trying to set him up. He figures now is the time to introduce her to Desiree.
BGC Juneteenth Cook-in Playlist
Porshèa and Bianca bring you the 2020 Juneteenth Cook-in Playlist!
Music, A Magic Beyond All
Cicily attends her first marching band practice for the magical HBCU Hughes State.