We may need to rethink how we portray Black women in the comic universe

Lola Falana in “Vega$,” 1979. Credit: ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

“I want to be Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel for Halloween!” my niece proclaimed.

She was excited and already planning her outfit months in advance of her favorite holiday. After nearly jumping for joy, she then wrinkled her brow and took a brief trip into the depths of her six-year-old mind. I let her thoughts breathe a little before inquiring about what had come over her.

“How come none of the girl superheroes look like me?” she asked.

I took a moment to let that sink in, observing her caramel skin, her soft flowing curls, and her big doe eyes…

We no longer have to play into stereotypes to be seen

Tiffany Haddish. Credit: Fairfax Media/Getty Images

I’m just going to come out with it and say that 2019 is a thrilling time to be a Black female comic. From Tiffany Haddish dominating comedy blockbusters and Issa Rae blazing trails as a multi-award-winning film and television producer to young Black women being hired in writers’ rooms at an increasing rate, we are here.

We’ve been here. But now, we are being seen and heard more broadly and with more diversity. …

Nash Rose

Nash Rose is a Musician, Writer, and Comedian based out of New York City. @nashxrose

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