My name is Jamie Broadnax. I’m 33 years old and live in Virginia Beach, VA and have a cute beagle mix named Brandy. In my spare time I enjoy live tweeting TV shows, reading, and writing. I have an addiction to television that is beyond normal and fantasize constantly of being booed up with Jon B. Well…maybe not constantly.
I started Black Girl Nerds for selfish reasons to be honest. One morning at 2am I was curious to see if there were any blogs or websites about nerdy black girls. I wanted to seek a place of solace for women of my ilk so I Googled “Black Girl Nerds”. In the world’s
largest search engine I could not find an afterthought for the term. So it was that very day I decided to open up a new Blogger account and create Black Girl Nerds.
The mission of Black Girl Nerds is a place of solidarity among women of color to embrace and feel comfortable with their nerdiness. I also include in my “Mission Statement” that this site is not exclusively for black women, I simply named it BGN because of the lack information and sites on the web about nerdy black women. Black women, non-black
women, and even men are just as much a part of the BGN family.
‘nerd’ losing it’s authenticity?
I’ve had this discussion and even did a podcast on episode 2 of BGN called “Fake Nerds”. I think in some circles, there are people are capitalizing off of the acceptance of nerds in the mainstream and utilize it in the fashion industry by wearing coke bottle sized
glasses, suspenders, or outrageous nerd hipster wear. To be honest, it doesn’t bother me. However, I would hope that once the nerd trends die down and become passe that we are not judged, criticized, and ridiculed because of who and what we are. Nerds should always feel accepted no matter what circles they choose to be a part of.
Yes! I’ve gotten a couple of calls from production companies who are interested in doing a reality TV show about Blerds (Black Nerds). I’m kind of over the reality TV formula that usually exploits for the sake of entertainment, but I have faith that blerdiness will be represented more in TV/Film. Shonda Rhimes follows the BGN Twitter account, and I
don’t have the courage yet to DM her and say, “Hey Shonda I have an idea for a TV show…can I pitch it to you?”
I would say to her to count her blessings. This is a beautiful time not only to be a nerd, but to express your individuality and not be judged for it. In the “olden days” we had to succumb to peer pressure and pretend to be someone we’re not to gain acceptance in our
respective communities. Peer pressure still exists, but most people are more expressive about their idiosyncratic personalities and quirky behaviors and its truly a beautiful thing.
Oh wow. I’ll be honest. I have crushes on more non-nerds than actual nerds. However, I think Donald Glover is absolutely adorable and I freakin LOVE Key & Peele. Those guys are cute, funny, and nerdy—which is the perfect combination!
I would love to have the ability to fly like Storm along with the power of telekinesis and the ability to read minds like Jean Grey. Those superpowers would be awesome!
I’ve directed two short films
I love singing Karaoke
I love writing screenplays (when the time allows)
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