Telling the Story of Black Hair

Cheyenne Cochrane explores the role that hair texture has played in the history of being black in America — from the heat straightening products of the post-Civil War era to the thousands of women today who have decided to stop chasing a conventional beauty standard and start embracing their natural hair. “This is about more…

NO, DIVERSITY DIDN’T KILL MARVEL’S COMIC SALES

Over the past several years, there has been a decided shift in Marvel’s superhero line, with the on-page characters starting to look a bit more like people in the real world. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in series starring female superheroes, as well as a less pronounced (but still significant) increase in titles starring people…

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes

By GEORGE GENE GUSTINES MARCH 2, 2017 Art by Ross MacDonald When Marvel Comics announced in September 2015 that Ta-Nehisi Coates would be writing a new Black Panther series, the timing could not have been more fortuitous. That same month, Mr. Coates, who writes regularly for The Atlantic, was awarded a John D. and Catherine T….

Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets Luc Besson Interview

In 1997’s The Fifth Element Luc Besson introduced to a future that was fantastic, a future where the president of  earth was a black man  and the world’s most popular tv personality was Ruby Rhod  a future that was inclusive This morning, the trailer for Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets…

Afrofuturism and the Phenomenon of the Black Panther

By Steven Underwood Posted: May 27, 2016 CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR bore its claws with the captivating debut of comics’ wealthiest warrior: T’Challa, the Black Panther. #BlackPantherSoLit trended nation wide as a declaration: the Black Panther is a favorite. Many tweeters were seduced by the culture, tradition, and wealth of both T’Challa and the mystery of Wakanda. In truth,…

VICTOR LAVALLE’S DESTROYER #1

BOOM! Studios has announced Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer, an all-new monthly comic book series debuting in May 2017 from best-selling horror novelist Victor LaValle (The Ecstatic, The Devil in Silver, Big Machine) and artist Dietrich Smith (Shaft, Incredible Hercules). The recipient of prestigious honors including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a…