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What is a Blerd? | Part 2

Good grades, that wasn’t hood. It wasn’t G. Classical music, violin playing...that’s for white folks. At that time pop culture didn’t help blerds, black television and film poked fun at the non-stereotypical black male—if they showed one at all. Nobody wanted to be Carlton Banks, you wanted to be like Will Smith.

What is a Blerd? | Part 1

Growing up black and nerdy was intimidating. As black people, historically, we’ve fought so hard to preserve, maintain and express our blackness, which has been suppressed for centuries. For a long time, being nerdy was mistakenly synonymous with acting white. I was constantly called white or told, “you’re not really black.”

Superheroes are Not Enough: An Interview with Dr. Rachel Kowert on Pragmatic Princess

Dr. Rachel Kowert shares why kids, particiularly girls, need to supplment their superhero stories with stories about normal kids solving real problems.

How To Get Started GMing a Tabletop RPG

With a quick constitution check, you take on the role of GM for a TTRPG. But what now? Ric lays out some helpful guidelines to boost your GMing stats.

Relationship Building Through TTRPGs

"We are better people now that we play TTRPGs together." Jonathan Campoverde explains how Tabletop RPGs helped him and his wife stengthen their relationship.

Fifteen Board Game Gateways to Tabletop Roleplaying

Interested in tabletop roleplaying games? These board games are great ways to get into TTRPGs before you take on a full campaign.

How To Get Started Playing Tabletop RPGs

Want to hop into the world of Tabletop RPGs but aren't sure where to start? LTN writer Peter Martin has a few tips and guidelines to ease your way into a seat around the game table.

Level Up Your Game Night with These Tips for Teaching Board Games

Knowing how to teach board games well to others takes practice and skill. Jeshua Horca offers four tips to bring your teaching to the next level.

How to Get Started in Anime

Have you ever wanted to start watching anime, but were too overwhelmed to start? Brittany Lofland is here to help with some tips for beginners and a list of her 11 top picks.

Kaiju vs. Me: How Giant Japanese Monsters Stole My Heart

Randy Romig shares his journey from being a casual fan of Godzilla movies to falling down the never-ending rabbit hole of giant fighting monster fandom.