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The Latest Black Panther Trailer Is Us

By now, you likely have seen Marvel’s latest trailer for Black Panther—if you haven’t, I strongly recommend that you take a few minutes and rectify that immediately. The anticipation for this release is due as much to the gripping visuals and ensemble cast as it is to the fact that this is only Marvel’s second superhero film in which the primary protagonist is black (the first, of course, being the woefully overlooked and underrated Blade). It is shaping up...

What If Wolverine Were Reimagined with a Native American Origin Story?

Wolverine’s first appearance was in 1974, but he went more than two decades without anyone knowing much about him, including himself. Young fans like me were content with this status quo, though when writers gave us nuggets of information through new characters and villains who had a secret history with him, we never stopped turning the pages to find out more. But in 2001, Marvel Comics decided to do the unthinkable: they were going to reveal Wolverine’s origin. After...

What J. K. Rowling’s North American Content Gets Wrong

Many Harry Potter fans are excited that J. K. Rowling has continued to produce new writing set in the wizarding world, and Pottermore is the online platform through which she can introduce fans to new stories, characters, and histories. At the end of June, Pottermore was updated with the latest installment of the Magic in North America series, part of the author’s world history of magic. “Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” tells the story of the North American wizarding...

That’s Not Gonna Happen to Me

While I was growing up, a voice would pop up in my head sometimes. A voice that would say, “That’s not gonna happen to me.” I remember having discussions about racism at a very young age. My family knew it was vital to talk about it, but as a kid I thought, “That’s not gonna happen to me.” I was a nice kid. I wasn’t like those other black kids, the ones who misbehaved and talked back. Then I’d...

Brotherman Meets Hancock Meets Green Lantern in The Legend of the Mantamaji

At first glance, Eric Dean Seaton’s Legend of the Mantamaji may look like a typical comic-book story, complete with pencil-thin-mustached villain, a seemingly formulaic world-ending plot, and a reluctant Black hero . . . and if you merely skim the book, that’s probably what you’d see. But you’d be wrong. Below the surface is a cornucopia of subtle messages and plot devices that reveal this series to be more—so much more. For a little background, if you were reading comic...

Why Halloween Season Can Be a Downer for Black Cosplayers

It’s almost Halloween! Every cosplayer’s favorite, or least favorite, season. We spend most of the year constructing costumes, but when it comes to preparing for the day where everyone wears a costume . . . sometimes we’re not quite sure what to do. But this article isn’t about that. Honestly, it was going to be, but then a pattern started to develop. Halloween—no, the entire month of October and even the months surrounding it—is becoming many black cosplayers’ most...

From Diversity to Community in Geekdom and Convention Spaces

I remember the first time I was invited to join friends CONvergence, the sci-fi and fantasy convention near the Twin Cities. I had barely dipped my feet into the shallow end of the geekdom waters. I had gone head over heels for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Firefly. Futurama became my go-to show for laughs and comfort. However, when I was invited to attend CONergence with friends, my immediate instinct was to say no (I didn’t, but more on that...
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