Black Girl Nerds

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Website
Name: Black Girl Nerds
Owner/Maintainer: Jamie Broadnax
Dates: February 1, 2012[1] - present
Type: Online publication & community
Fandom: Panfandom
URL: https://blackgirlnerds.com/
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Black Girl Nerds is an online publication and community for women of colour founded by Jamie Broadnax. It originated as a Blogspot in 2012[2] and later moved to a dedicated website with sections for Entertainment, TV, Film, Community and Empowerment.

The site covers a wide range of topics related to pop culture, entertainment, technology and more from the perspective of, and for an audience of, black female nerds. The site's tagline is, A Nerdy Online Community For Women of Color, although founder Jamie Bradnax emphasises that the community is open to nerdy women of all races. From the site's About page:[3]

Black Girl Nerds is an online publication and multimedia space that is the intersection of geek culture and Black feminism. I named this site Black Girl Nerds because the concept of Black women as geeky-dorky beings is somewhat of an anomaly. It’s against the order of things in the “Black Girl” world. We represent a wide array of diverse women who embrace all cultures and refuse to conform to the status quo.
This is a website for every nerdy girl that can finally come out of the closet and tell the world that they are PROUD to be who they are—no matter what anyone says, does, or think. This is a place where you can truly be yourself and not be judged by others. This site welcomes girls of all races, but it was called Black Girl Nerds because it is a term that is so unique and extraordinary, that even Google couldn’t find a crawl for the phrase and its imprint in the world of cyberspace.

Black Girl Nerds also produces a podcast, which won Best Podcast at the Black Weblog Awards in 2013.[4]

Controversies

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Details of the Universal FanCon controversy and BGN writer resignation

Fan Comments

I love that @JamieBroadnax started "Black Girl Nerds" because she googled the term many years ago and saw no meaningful results for the term. Great example of building what you want to see in the world. #FOSO18[5]

As the editor in chief of the social media behemoth Black Girl Nerds, Broadnax and her brand had helped to foster a community where all kinds of nerdy black women, along with other nerds, could come together and commune and bond over shared, nerdy interests.

As bitter as I am right now about what has happened with FanCon, I wouldn’t even be on Twitter if I hadn’t been introduced to Black Girl Nerds by my colleague Valerie Complex. I wouldn’t even know as many wicked smart and nerdy black women as I do today. Hell, maybe I wouldn’t even be the same person.

Still. The bitterness remains.[6]

Pssst.....BGN isn’t the center of Black femme nerdiness. It’s just the place that branded itself as such. Nerdy Black girls existed and thrived before it and god forbid if it goes down, we’ll exist and thrive after. Trust me.

-Signed an old Black nerdy bitch[7]

Further Reading

References

  1. ^ An Open Letter About Black Girl nerds, Black Girl Nerds. March 16, 2018
  2. ^ https://blackgirlnerds.blogspot.com/
  3. ^ About Black Girl Nerds, accessed June 19, 2021.
  4. ^ 2013 Black Weblog Awards Winners, Black Weblog Awards (archived link). Archived December 5, 2013 (Accessed June 19, 2021).
  5. ^ Tweet by Ethan Zuckerman, posted December 7, 2018 (Accessed June 19, 2021).
  6. ^ It Be Your Own People: On Universal FanCon and the Perversion of Community, Clarkisha Kent, The Root. Published April 24, 2018 (Accessed June 19, 2021).
  7. ^ Tweet by @NaniCoolJ, posted April 21, 2018 (Accessed June 19, 2021).