As one of the most commonly visited Black nerd/geek websites, Black Nerd Problems features stellar writers and reviewers constantly working to bring quality content to Black gamers, writers, pop culture enthusiasts, and the entire nerd and geek community.
Since the presence of Black women and girls in gaming is often overlooked, Black Girl Gamers has dedicated itself to being a safe space for those marginalized individuals. It has now grown into a full-fledged community for Black women and girls to discuss and cultivate their love of all things gaming.
I Need Diverse Games works to bring light to the varied experiences of marginalized communities in gaming. Founded by Tanya DePass, this organization has allowed various writers to discuss the lack of diversity in gaming and helped to get actual diverse games created.
Though not uniquely dealing with Black geek and nerd communities, Shadow and Act does highlight many indie and mainstream projects that do fit into those categories. What the site does is bring awareness to the work of Black actors and actresses and allow their work to never again go unseen.
BlerDCon brings Black nerds from across the globe to a centralized location to commune with one another and discuss ways to push forward the fights for inclusion and representation. It is three days of gaming, cosplay, anime, comic and prose fun that is inclusive and appropriate for the entire family.
The art of cosplay has often been whitewashed, and the most talented Black cosplayers are often overlooked simply because their skin doesn’t match people’s limited viewpoints. On Cosplaying While Black, that is not the case. Black cosplayers are praised and highlighted for their talent and dedication to their craft.
Even though its not updated as much as it used to be, The Dark Fantastic is still a very useful site for those interested in discussing Blackness, particularly in the fantasy genre. Dr. Ebony Thomas, the main blogger, has also done really well to link a number of other sites that may be useful. Thomas even has a book out that includes a lot of the information on the site.
Rainbow Blerds is a Facebook community dedicated to giving Black queer (LGBTQ+) people a safe space to be themselves and love geek and nerd culture. It invites people to share in their experiences and their work, while all the while being a great place to escape from the intersections of racism and homophobia especially prevalent in nerdhood and geekdom.
As a new track at the infamous Dragoncon in Atlanta, the Diversity in Speculative Fiction and Literature focuses on inclusion across the board for the genre(s). It brings the desires of marginalized speculative fiction creators to the forefront and allows them to discuss their issues at one of the largest nerd/geek conventions in the world.
Onyxcon is one of the, if not the, most well known Black geek/nerd convention in the Atlanta area. For over ten years Onxycon has focused on comics, film, television, and overall African descended culture in the geek and nerd spaces, and as an ever-growing convention if proves to be fun for all those involved.
Like many of the sites listed here, Blerds Online is a blog and review site for the most part, but its greatest strength honestly lies in its social media. Blerds Online is known for coining hashtags to livetweet various geek/nerdy shows and its hashtags bring Blerds from across the globe together to talk about their favorite shows. Be sure to give them a follow!