why black superheroes matter

Why Black Superheroes Matter

“Could you imagine my misfortune when my son told me, ‘I want to be light-skinned so I can climb the walls like Spider-Man’ – just because he has seen Spider-Man and Batman and all these superheroes who were all white. The minute he said it, I was like, damn. My whole self was shattered. I was like, ‘wow, what sort of comeback do you have for this?’ It’s important to recognize yourself.”

Legend of Tarzan

Djimon Hounsou has gotten small parts in films like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Legend of Tarzan, but black superhero projects and opportunities too few an in between.

“It’s about time!” the Benin-born actor of the “Luke Cage” series and Black Panther movie. “It’s absolutely great news to have a hero that Black folks can identify with.”

But it takes the people to create the change they want. The driving force for more representation is simple: we need to take action and be the change we want. In the past few years, there has been an influx of black illustrators, authors, and artists who have created their Black comic books and superheroes. While it may still take time for these movements to reach the media, it still has come a long way. In fact, the first black-owned comic book store owner from the east coast was featured on a Marvel cover.

Ariell Johnson, who owns the Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse was featured on the cover of Invincible Ironman.

“Being introduced to Storm was a pivotal moment for me because had I not come across her, I might have grown out of my love for [comics],” Johnson said to ABC News. “To think I made it a decade-plus and I had never seen a Black, woman superhero is crazy because little white boys have so many [to chose from]: ‘I want to be Iron Man!’ ‘I want to be Batman!’ ‘I want to be Superman.’ ‘I want to be Han Solo!’ When you are a person of color, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with. I always felt like I was watching other people’s adventures,” she said.

Now that we’re starting to get more dominant characters in films and TV like Storm, Luke Cage, the Black Panther, we’re starting to see a change.

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