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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Nov 14, 2018. 21 comments

How Stan Lee, Creator of Black Panther, Taught a Generation of Black Nerds About Race, Art and Activism

How Stan Lee, Creator of Black Panther, Taught a Generation of Black Nerds About Race, Art and Activism

When I was a kid, I didn’t live close enough to a comic book shop to get there on my bike. My parents would have to take me to Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va., and I’d get my comics off the old spinner racks at Waldenbooks. As the years went on and specialty comic shops opened, my friends and I had a comic book ritual of sorts.

Matt, Jeff and I would borrow one of our parents’ cars, drive out...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 25, 2018. 2 comments

Come Through, Comic-Con! How Celebs Turned Up for the World's Best Known Comic Convention

Come Through, Comic-Con! How Celebs Turned Up for the World's Best Known Comic Convention

In case you didn’t get the memo, Comic-Con isn’t just for cosplay—or even just for comics. Celebs and fans of all types of pop-cultural phenomenons descended on the convention’s West Coast event in San Diego, Ca. from July 19-22 to attend panels, rubs elbows with their faves, and, or course, dress up to celebrate all things comic- and fantasy-related.

But while the convention may still be best...

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Danielle Young Danielle Young May 21, 2018. 14 comments

Zazie Beetz Is the Only Thing That Matters in Deadpool 2

Zazie Beetz Is the Only Thing That Matters in <i>Deadpool 2</i>

“I know white superheroes aren’t your thing,” The Root’s resident Suge Knight, also known as our deputy managing editor, Yesha Callahan, said to me as she tasked me with writing about Deadpool 2. No, white superheroes aren’t my thing, but Ryan Reynolds is my thing, and even more so, Zazie Beetz as freakin’ Domino!

Marvel’s Domino typically looks nothing like Beetz. This comic book character...

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Andreas Hale Andreas Hale Feb 21, 2018. 5 comments

Writer Bryan Edward Hill Explains Why Black Representation in Comics Matter and Why Michael Cray Is Out to Kill Aquaman and the Flash

Writer Bryan Edward Hill Explains Why Black Representation in Comics Matter and Why Michael Cray Is Out to Kill Aquaman and the Flash

Comic books have struggled with diversity since Famous Funnies was released in the United States in 1933. However, the past few years have finally seen some cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling as black culture has permeated into the mainstream of the comic book universe. From Marvel’s reimagining of classic rap album covers as comic book covers to the success of Black Lightning, Luke Cage...

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Nov 14, 2017. 6 comments

A Guide to Fantasy and Science Fiction Made for Black People, by Black People

A Guide to Fantasy and Science Fiction Made for Black People, by Black People

Last week, Marvel unveiled a line of Black Panther character posters that snatched the souls out of every living melanated human being. Black Panther (1966) was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, later followed by characters such as Luke Cage (1972) and Black Lightning (1977).

Thousands of Black Nerds Reportedly Deceased as Black Panther Character Posters Slay the...

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Jeremy Harriot Jeremy Harriot Oct 23, 2017. 22 comments

Black Heroes for Hire: Scratching the Black Panther Itch

Black Heroes for Hire: Scratching the <i>Black Panther</i> Itch

As colorful as comics are, they have not always been kind to people of color. Even though Stan Lee and Marvel were bold enough to create the X-Men in reaction to the civil rights movement, not everyone else was so enlightened or has been so enlightened since (see #DonaldforSpiderman).

The gap is noticeably present in characters that make the jump from the comic page to television and movies....

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