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 YouTube vlogger and writer Lily Meade.
Meet actress Ashley Romans.
Meet illustrator and designer Monique Steele.
L. Joy Williams
Meet L. Joy, a national political strategist, media thought leader, public speaker, and social justice advocate.
Meet Jay Justice, cosplayer, editor, and POC, LGBTQIA+ and disability advocate.
Britteney Black Rose Kapri
Meet Britteney Black Rose Kapri, poet, playwright, and author of Black Queer Hoe.
Meet writer, freelancer, podcaster, and creator of Pretty Poet Ink, Afiya Augustine.
Meet Angélique, a journalist, attorney, content creator, and communications professional.
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
Three Fears About Public Spaces I Had as a Black Nerd
As a black female nerd, have you ever been afraid of entering a new space? Renée shares some of her past fears and how she overcame them in our first Constant Companion essay.
Worldbuilding and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Bayana explores how Marvel built a world for the screen in a way that encompasses so many movies and television shows.
Introducing: Black Girls Nerd Out’s The Critical Companion
The Critical Companion series will feature bi-monthly blog posts written by Black writers. We hope those writers are some of you!
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Illustrates Several Renditions of the Trolley Problem
Sacrifice isn’t new to epic superhero movies. The modus operandi of most heroes is to lay down their life for their friends.
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 S1E5
Dean, Alex, and Blaise pull together to plan the BSU’s upcoming event, while Desiree tries to bring Hermione and Lavender together.
The Houses of Zabini
Adriana Zabini only killed two of her husbands, so far, thank you. (Not that you can prove it.) And she has raised a wonderful son. A story about Adriana and Blaise Zabini.
The Real House-students of Hogwarts S1E4
Things get heated at Hermione’s first Knit-In.
The Real House-students of Hogwarts S1E3
Drama comes to Hermione’s Knit-In.
Greenwood Academy Part 3
Chaos comes to Greenwood.
The Hairties That Bind
Angelina has a bad day. A friend helps her out.
Hogwarts BSU: Social Distancing Playlist
DJ Kayla Marie is BACK with vibes for these socially distant times.
The Real House-students of Hogwarts S1E2
Members of the Hogwarts BSU adjust to the changes in leadership.