I first read Octavia Butler’s Kindred in high school, but, looking back, I don’t really know that I was ready to process the novel for what it truly was: a dark reflection on how a person’s power and agency are inexorably linked to their race and gender. A new graphic novel version delivers the genius of the scifi…
You know the phrase “laughing to keep from crying?” There’s a bunch of that in the new teaser for the upcoming movie about the unheralded women who were important contributors to NASA’s early days.
“I don’t just seek justice. I stalk it.” It’s so very important that Misty Knight spoke those words on Luke Cage.
The Luke Cage TV show is undeniably black. But that alone isn’t enough to satisfy every black comics fan who’s watching the show.
After watching the first seven episodes of the Luke Cage Netflix series, I can confidently say that its lead character doesn’t always feel like the Power Man who’s shown up in decades of Marvel comics. But, as this spoiler-free review will show, I like him anyway. This Luke Cage is still an everyman superhero that…
An alien ship lands on Earth. Its occupant gets raised as human, hiding special abilities for fear of reprisal. But when the superpowered extraterrestrial becomes an adult, Truth, Justice and the American Way mean something very different. Because this strange visitor from another planet is black.
The Crew #5 is a comic that gave me life. It’s a remix of history, a superhero genre work that seethes with spiritual energy. Reading it feels like, no lie, going to church.
So far, Nighthawk has had a real estate developer pushing gentrification and cops profiling young black people. I can’t remember the last time a mainstream superhero comic tackled institutional racism this directly. It’s kind of breathtaking.
Moon Knight, Night Thrasher, the Black Fox... Marvel’s got a few characters that incorporate elements from DC Comics’ Dark Knight. But the House of Ideas’ most on-the-nose nocturnal-avenger homage is probably Nighthawk, a character who originated as part of the Marvel’s Squadron Supreme concept.
Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I'd like to keep talking about it.
Zak Cheney-Rice at Policy Mic puts it simply: "Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character." That's about to change with Home, a new DreamWorks Animation film hitting theaters in November.
Miley Cyrus is topless on her first-ever cover of Rolling Stone, and inside, she admits that she's bothered by her MTV performance being labeled racist — and she has some words for people who believe her "ratchet" ways are nothing more than cultural appropriation.
I wouldn’t exist if not for the ugly historical fact of slavery.