The rise and rise of the Black superhero
Superheroes have become an essential part of global pop culture, and over the years, we have seen the emergence of numerous superhero characters. But for the longest time, black superheroes were few and far between. In recent years, however, we have seen a rise in black superheroes in movies, TV shows, and comic books. What is their importance, and the impact they have on the world today?
By Mariam Abdullahi
Superheroes have been an essential part of American culture for nearly a century. Over the years, we have seen the emergence of numerous superhero characters, each with their unique abilities and strengths. However, for the longest time, black superheroes were few and far between. This exclusion of black characters has been a significant issue in the superhero genre for decades, with only a handful of black superheroes appearing in mainstream comics. However, in recent years, we have seen a rise in black superheroes in movies, TV shows, and comic books. Let us explore the reasons behind this ‘rise’ of black superheroes, their importance in today’s world, and the impact they have on popular culture.
One significant factor behind the rise of black superheroes is the growing diversity in popular media. As society has become more diverse, media representation has also become more diverse. People of all races and cultures want to see themselves represented in popular culture. The success of Black Panther, the highest-grossing superhero film in history, is a testament to the fact that people of color want to see themselves as heroes in the media. Black Panther introduced a new generation of young black people to the world of superheroes and inspired them to believe that they could be heroes too. The success of Black Panther has also shown that movies featuring black superheroes can be highly profitable, which has led to more studios investing in black superhero movies.
The success of Black Panther has also shown that movies featuring black superheroes can be highly profitable, which has led to more studios investing in black superhero movies.
Another significant factor behind the rise of black superheroes is the increasing number of black creators in the comic book industry. For years, the comic book industry was dominated by white creators who did not always create black characters with the respect they deserved. However, in recent years, there has been a surge in the number of black comic book writers and artists, who are creating characters that reflect their experiences and cultures. This has led to a range of new and exciting black superheroes, such as Miles Morales (Spider-Man), Riri Williams (Ironheart), and Nubia (Wonder Woman’s twin sister).
The increased representation of black superheroes has also had a significant impact on popular culture. Black superheroes are now seen as role models for young black people, who can see themselves as powerful and capable of achieving greatness. The success of black superheroes has also helped to break down stereotypes and negative representations of black people in popular media. By portraying black characters as heroes, creators are challenging the harmful stereotypes that have been perpetuated in media for decades.
One example of the impact of black superheroes on popular culture is the “Black Lives Matter” movement. In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, protests erupted across the United States and around the world. During these protests, people used the Black Panther’s “Wakanda Forever” salute as a symbol of solidarity. The Black Panther character had become a symbol of black strength and resilience, inspiring people to fight against racial injustice.
The rise of black superheroes is also a reflection of the changing attitudes towards race and diversity in society. As society becomes more diverse, people are demanding more representation in media.
The rise of black superheroes is also a reflection of the changing attitudes towards race and diversity in society. As society becomes more diverse, people are demanding more representation in media. The success of black superheroes shows that people of all races and cultures want to see diversity in media and that black people are not just supporting characters but can be powerful and inspirational heroes.
This new profile of black superheroes is a positive development in popular culture. It reflects the growing diversity in media and society and provides representation for black people, who have been underrepresented in popular culture for far too long. Black superheroes have become role models for young black people, challenging stereotypes and negative representations of black people in media. The success of black superheroes also shows that movies featuring black characters can be highly profitable, which has led to more investment in black superhero movies. Overall, it is a sign of progress toward a more diverse and inclusive world.
First post: Get your geek on
Welcome to the geek culture website you’ve been waiting for!
Dear Geek, what’s up? It’s December 1st, 2021, and you’re welcome to our website (your website, really), as well as our very first post. What exactly is GeekAfrique? Well, for starters, this is the website you’ve been waiting for because we made it just for you. Yes, you, the African fan. The fan of African origin. The fan of all that’s African, or of African origin. All of you.
If you’ve ever been tired of not seeing yourself or people like you treated with the deserved respect and fanfare, or looking for news and info on geek culture with an African bent, then look no more. We will serve you news, views, reviews, previews, and interviews related to the latest, hottest creators and projects that Africa has to offer, alongside mainstream ‘global’ pop culture.
We will feature famous writers, as well as ‘undiscovered’ ones. We will cover trending creators, likewise emerging ones. We will spotlight the hottest creations, and give platforms to new ones. Here, African creators and their creations are the mainstream. It’s by us, for us, and anyone else who loves us. Got it?
“Here, African creators and their creations are the mainstream. It’s by us, for us, and anyone else who loves us.”________________________________________________________________________
At GeekAfrique, African fans and their voices matter, and in more ways than one (more on this when we announce our contributor/submission guidelines in early 2022). If you have strong opinions about any part of geekdom, get ready to pen them down – you just might get published here!
And true to our African nature, we will continue to evolve, and in doing so give you the most heartfelt, Africa-centric content you could ever want.
While you’re at it, please do follow us on the socials:
Twitter – @RealGeekAfrique
Facebook – GeekAfrique.com
Instagram – @realgeekafrique
Thank you for your time, and see you around.
Get your geek on!
The GeekAfrique Team