One of the problems with Black superheroes in Marvel and DC comics is that they may look Black, but very rarely do they reflect the experiences and struggles of Black people. This was a point that was made Kenneth Ghee who explained in Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation that: “Historically in comic books and movies, the Black superhero operates in a totally Eurocentric (White) context; no Black family, no Black lover, no connection to community or culture…For him (and for us and our children) there is no Black consciousness or Black cause, only a generalized ‘humanitarian’ supportive role from a Eurocentric worldview and perspective.” Given that the Black Panther movie is set to be released next month, I would like to point out that one of the unique things about the Black Panther is that he is one Black superhero who has to confront many of the problems that Black people confront daily. The Black Panther doesn’t just live in Africa, he also lives many of the real problems that Africa has faced and continues to face. Black Panther comics are filled with themes of Western imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism in Africa. These themes are especially prominent in the six episode cartoon series which was an adoption of Reginald Hudlin’s run of the comics.
In the comics Wakanda is the most technologically advanced country in the world because the people of Wakanda are able to utilize their country’s resources for their own benefit. Wakanda was the only African country never to be colonized or conquered, so it did not suffer through the ravages of the slave trade and colonialism which disrupted Africa’s development and, as Walter Rodney explained, underdeveloped Africa. Some have defended colonialism by arguing that colonization was a benefit to Africa because it introduced European technology, but this was not entirely the case. The technology that was introduced was utilized in the service of European domination in Africa. The vast majority of colonized Africans were exploited and impoverished, and they did not benefit from European technology in any significant way.
Ethiopia was able to fend off the Italian invasion and under Menelik II’s rule Ethiopia made many technological advances, including establishing a railway, a postal service, and the country’s first hospital. This was because without European domination Ethiopia was free to adopt European technology and apply it in ways that were beneficial to their country, but the other colonized African nations did not have this benefit. Whereas Menelik was able to establish a hospital, in many colonies Africans were malnourished and given inadequate medical care. In Mozambique the Portuguese failed to train a single African doctor and Guinea-Bissau was even more neglected by the Portuguese colonialists than Mozambique was. Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, once explained that by the time Tanzania gained its independence the country only had 12 doctors. Wakanda presents us with a glimpse of where Africa could have been had it not been for colonialism, as well as a glimpse of where Africa could very well be with the proper leadership.
Comic book superheroes are typically people who decide to become superheroes due to personal tragedy or by obtaining superheroes, but the Black Panther is unique in that he has inherited his role as a superhero. T’Challa comes from a long dynasty of Black Panthers that have protected Wakanda for thousands of years. The Black Panther does fight the typical super villains that are found in comics, but what makes this character unique for people of African descent is that the Black Panther also fights a threat that Africans had to fight in real life, which is European colonization. For example, one story in Hudlin’s run depicts one of T’Challa’s ancestors defending his nation against an assault led by a European settler known as Klaue. In the story Klaue is a soldier who fought military campaigns in South Africa and has nothing but contempt for Africans, whom he views as uncivilized savages.
T’Challa’s own story is rooted in Africa’s struggle against neo-colonial forces. T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, was murdered for refusing to give up Wakanda’s most valuable resource, which is a fictional metal known as vibranium. In Hudlin’s retelling of the story, T’Chaka’s assassination was part of a plot that was carried out by various Western countries that were unable to talk T’Chaka into giving them his country’s resources. When they realized that T’Chaka could not be bought off, their next option was to simply kill him. This brings to mind the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, and other African leaders who were killed or overthrown by Western countries for refusing to serve the interests of those countries. T’Challa ascends to the throne and has to remain cautious about the fact that the very governments that assassinated his father would be plotting to do the same to him.
Aside from the Western governments that seek to undermine Wakanda to exploit its wealth, the Black Panther also has to confront African dictators such as M’Butu, who is one of the antagonists in the cartoon series. M’Butu is the dictator of a nation that borders Wakanda and he is depicted as being the opposite of T’Challa. M’Butu is greedy, self-serving, and is easily paid off like many of the dictators that continue to rule Africa today. M’Butu is also a close American ally and even agrees to participate in a plot to overthrow the Black Panther. Black Panther not only fights to protect his nation against European invaders, but against African traitors as well.
I am not sure how deeply the movie will delve into these themes. The anti-colonialist message found in the cartoon series and some of the comics was toned down when the Black Panther was introduced in Captain American: Civil War. In that movie T’Chaka’s assassination was part of a plot to frame the Winter Soldier rather than being an assassination that was carried out because T’Chaka refused to give up his country’s resources. Even if the anti-colonialist message is toned down, I still think the significance of the Black Panther movie is that it’s a movie that will challenge some of the ways Africa and African people are typically depicted in the mainstream media. It is also significant in that it has a message that is relevant to all people of African descent. For African Americans and others in the diaspora it is a reminder that there is more to our history that slavery, and for those on the African continent it is a reminder of the great potential that Africa has.
Article by Dwayne Omowale
Are you transphobic? You might be. If you’re a heterosexual man and you’re not attracted to transgender women….then you are transphobic? Sounds ridiculous right? But that’s what these European social scientists are trying to teach the masses. Last week there was a lot of talk on social media about washed up R&B singer Ginuwine. I saw washed up because he is currently on the UK reality show Celebrity Big Brother. In the video(above) is shows an exchange between Ginuwine and transgender “woman” India Willoughby. India asked him whether he would date “her”. Ginuwine said “Not if you told me you was trans”. India then tried to kiss Ginuwine on the cheek and he pulled away. And the militant transgender community went haywire! They are saying he’s transphobic because he didn’t want to kiss a man. This is a clear sign of insanity! He has every right to reject India. The funny thing is there’s all this talk about sexual harassment against women. All these famous men are being accused of sexual advances against women. But where are these women from the #Metoo movement? Why aren’t they defending Ginuwine? You can’t have it both ways. Wrong is wrong.
I want you to take a good look at this picture(above). Look at all these damn symbols. Why are there so many gender and sexual orientation symbols? Third gender? Pangender? Genderqueer? What the hell is a demigirl? They’re just making up terms now. And the mindless sheep are just going along with it. I’m going to make this plain. There are only TWO genders. I repeat TWO. All this nonsense about third genders and ten different sexual orientations is absolute rubbish! Nothing but gibberish from these demonic people in the media. They use all these big words to confuse everyone. I call it articulate nonsense. Nothing but uneducated fools. This is not the way of African people. This is anti-life and anti-nature. It goes against the ways of our ancestors. This is not good for the black community. This is European pseudoscience garbage! And should be rejected anytime you see it.
This picture(above) is the Gender Unicorn. This is a carton character that teaches children about the gender identity. You’ll notice on the chart that it says “sex assigned at birth” Assigned?? You are born a boy or girl. You are NOT assigned a gender! And this is the sick agenda at hand. They want to start confusing children at a very early age. The next generation will see transgender people as just a normal lifestyle. They’ve already normalized homosexuals and lesbian. So transgenders are the next logical step. There is a concerted effort to make sexual perversion seen as normal. We must protect black children from this onslaught on their young minds. In African culture we understand the importance of masculine and feminine energy. We know that in Maat there has to be balance. Men are seen as the provider,protector and comforter to his woman and children. The women are valued as great mothers,teachers and being great spiritual figures. But this wicked European culture wants to destroy all of that. They want to create chaos and destroy the natural order of things. And to do that they must create confusion so they people can not get in tune with nature and their natural selves. They want to annihilate the divine masculine and feminine principles. And we can’t allow that to happen.
I love this video(above). It’s a video clip of R&B singer Bobby Brown putting some homosexual in check! It looks like an old reality show from a few years ago. Say what you want about Brown but I give him major props for this. He was about to beat give this man a serious beating. And I can’t say I blame him. These homosexuals think they’re so funny making advances at straight men. But they wont be laughing after their teeth get punched in. And the media wants all black men to be seen as soft and feminine. This is a clear attack on black manhood. And the #Metoo movement is supporting a double standard. If it’s wrong for a man to make unwanted sexual advances to a woman…then it should be wrong for a transgender person or gay man to make unwanted sexual advances towards a straight man. What is so complicated about that? The definition of transphobic is a “person with an irrational fear or hostility towards people who are transgender,or who otherwise transgress traditional gender norms”. Well I’m not afraid of them. I just prefer to date real women. I’m attracted to women that were born women. I love the way women walk,talk and smell. I love the softness of their bodies. Does that make me a bad person? I have a right to like what I want. Here’s the truth about this agenda. These sick social scientists want to disrupt nature. They know that they’re only two genders. But they want to change the definition of everything. These transgender “women” want to be seen as real women. And they are offended if you don’t view them as such. Well that’s too bad. They can’t change reality. If you’re born a man you can change your penis to a vagina and get breast implants…..but biologically you’re still a man. And I don’t care what any so-called sexual psychologist,therapist or celebrity has to say about it. If that makes me transphobic…..then so be it.
There has been much fanfare about the new August cover of Vanity Fair. It features tennis great Serena Williams. The black woman’s body is a beautiful sight to behold. And a pregnant woman is a glorious representation of new life. So when I saw the pregnant Williams I first thought it was beautiful. Then I had to remind myself that she was carrying a white man’s seed. But Williams is not alone in doing this. It seems many black athletes,singers,politicians and actors love to dilute their black genetics. Here’s a short list of black and (some biracial) people who over the years have continued to whiten their bloodline…
Ira Aldridge, Maya Angelou, Kofi Annan, Pearl Bailey, Amiri Baraka, Charles Barkley, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Ed Bradley, Carol Mosely Braun, Lonnie Bristow, Avery Brooks, Georg Sanford Brown, Clarence Williams III, Johnetta Cole, Ward Connerly, Sammy Davis Jr., Father Divine, Frederick Douglass, Marian Wright Edelman, Olaudah Equiano (aka Gustavus Vasa), Franz Fanon, Roberta Flack, Henry Louis Gates, Clarence Gilyard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Berry Gordy, Dorien Harewood, Ken Hamblin, Calvin Hernton, Chester Himes, Gregory Hines, Michael Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Reggie Jackson, C.L.R. James, Rick James, Jack Johnson, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, Vernon Jordan, Monica Kaufman, Eartha Kitt, Earl Klugh, Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Ali Mazrui, James McDaniel, Bobby McFerrin, Barbara McNair, Edwin Moses, George Padmore, Clarence Page, Floyd Patterson, Scottie Pippen, Sidney Portier, Richard Pryor, Seal, Lou Rawls, Alphonso Ribiera, Dennis Rodman, J.A. Rogers, Roxie Roker, Diana Ross, Richard Roundtree, Leopold S. Senghor, O.J. Simpson, Mike Singletary, Kanye West, Michael Jordan,Taye Diggs, Kobe Bryant, Iman, Alfre Woodard, Garcelle Beauvais,Marcus Allen,Zoe Saldana,Derek Luke, David Oyelowo,Omar Hardwick,Kristoff St. John, Shelby Steele, Clarence Thomas, Melvin Van Peeples, Ben Vereen, Alice Walker, Hershel Walker, Walter White, Charles V. Willie, Montel Williams, Fred Williamson, Richard Wright, and William Julius Wilson.
Why are we so desperate for white acceptance? Do we not value our African phenotype? Why do we want to dilute our black genetics? We are a beautiful people. We are beautiful with our full lips,dark skin and African textured hair. We don’t have to be mixed to be considered attractive. We are taught to hate our own reflection. Over hundreds of years of imperial indoctrination,slavery and colonization we have lost knowledge of self. They gave us European mythology full of false white gods and black demons. This is evident by the fact that our most intelligent,successful and athletic even want to reproduce with their oppressor. Many of these athletes and entertainers don’t see the beauty in themselves. They can only see beauty in their biracial offspring. Something that looks less black. Something less hue-man. They feel by accepting the white penis or white vagina will exclude them from black pain. They think by kissing white lips they wont be spat upon by white racism. But this is delusional. This shows how deep rooted the self hatred can be. Africans are the oldest people on the planet. The black man is the Original man. The black woman is the Original woman and the standard of beauty. All these other races are subspecies. European culture is anti-African by it’s very definition. But the reality is we don’t need their acceptance or consent for anything. All we have to do is accept and love ourselves. And once we do that we’ll be taking the first steps in reclaiming power and control over our own destinies.
I remember years ago I heard two white men discussing beautiful women. It was at a former job and they were talking about the prettiest women in Hollywood. One of them said actress Scarlett Johansson was the hottest. The other one said he thought actress Megan Fox or Charlize Theron were the prettiest. And they went back and forth naming actresses like Jennifer Lawrence,Liv Tyler and Natalie Portman. They never mentioned any black women in their discussion. And why should they? They’re white men so they are discussing what they find attractive. It’s only natural for a man to find his own more attractive than other races. But I do find it interesting that many times in Hollywood they will give a white woman attention for physical attributes usually associated with black women. When they talk about women with the most beautiful lips they bring up women like Brigitte Bardot,Sophia Loren or Angelina Jolie. I don’t get what all the hype is about. There are countless black women that have beautiful full lips. I see black women on the street everyday that have better lips than Angelina Jolie. This is one of the reasons you have white women getting lip injections so much today. They want lips that are pouty and full. The kind of lips you want to kiss. These white people know deep down that full lips are more attractive than thin lips. The white media always wants to uplift the beauty of white women at every turn. That’s one of the reasons I think their beauty is very overrated.
The media also loves to praise non-black women for having nice butts. This has always been a fascinating phenomenon to me. We all know that white women are known for having flat asses. When I was high school it was rare to see a white woman with some curvaceous thighs and nice butt. But ever since actress/singer Jennifer Lopez became big back in 2000..it’s all they talk about. Jennifer Lopez and rapper Iggy Azalea even did a song called Booty a few years ago. How can you have a song about booty without black women??? It’s obvious they want to promote any non-black woman with black women attributes. That’s why even though Lopez is Puerto Rican she’s still not a black woman. I doubt that Iggy’s butt is real. And she’s already admitted to breast augmentation. Iggy is a plastic rapping bimbo. And not a very good rapper at that. And Armenian no-talent socialite Kim Kardashian has also been praised for having a big butt. I personally don’t think the her butt is real. Kardashian and her fame whore sisters are the reason many white women are getting butt implants and Brazilian butt lifts. The big butt craze has gotten so out of hand even some black women are getting them. Which I never understood. Many black women already have nice butts. But this shows how powerful the media has become. It’s sad when black women feel they need to compete with something that most of them have naturally.
European beauty has always seemed manufactured to me. It seems like white women have always copied black beauty but denigrate it at the same time. Back in 1870 there was the Victorian Bustle dress era(pic above). This dress was very popular with white women. They say it was popular at ballrooms because of the expensive laces and multitude of fabrics. But the real reason was because the dresses made it look like they had a huge back side. It made them look more like a woman that had some curves. And keep this in mind that this was dress popular during slavery. Most likely their white slave owning husbands were lusting after their African female slaves. Many of these white women were jealous because their men were sneaking into the slave quarters at night. So they were resentful of African women and their naturally superior bodies.
When I did a google search for “most beautiful women”,I kept seeing the same handful of names. Names like Blake Lively,Jennifer Aniston,Nicole Kidman,Charlize Theron,Megan Fox,Kate Upton,Naomi Watts,Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian. I was quite surprised that as I researched these “beautiful” women I realized so many of them have had plastic surgery. There are not too many natural beauties in Hollywood or the music industry. The pic(above) is of actress Megan Fox and it’s obvious she’s had quite a bit of work done to her face.
What about the “classic beauties” like Marilyn Monroe? Monroe is an iconic film star. Many regard her as the symbol of white female perfection. It has been well documented that Monroe had surgery done to her chin and a nose job as well. Well I guess no one is perfect right?
This is actress Nicole Kidman. I never found this woman attractive at all. Her sickly pale skin never turned me on. She wasn’t even attractive when she was young. And it looks like she got some lip injections too. Is she going for that “full lips” look like a black woman has?
This is film actress Jennifer Aniston. I never got the hype about this hideous looking creature. She clearly ahs gotten a nose job. And she is not aging well at all.
This is film actress Blake Lively. I’ve heard a lot of white boys say she is the hottest thing since sliced bread. Which is a good analogy because she is plain as a piece of white bread. She does nothing for me. She looks rather plain to me. Wouldn’t look twice at her on the street.
This is actress Scarlett Johansson. She is mentioned a lot in fashion magazines. They fawn over her all the time. Some have even compared her to Marilyn Monroe. They act like she’s the epitome of white beauty. But as you can see a “natural beauty” she is not.
Now if we’re discussing fake plastic women..you can’t leave out Kim Kardashian right? I know a lot brain dead black men like this no-talent whore but I’m not one of them. They like her because she sleeps with a lot of black men. It’s amazing that a woman can do a sex tape and make the cover of high fashion magazines. Only a non-black woman could pull that off. But Kim has a fake ass as you can see from this picture. And most likely fake breasts as well. She’s just a high class whore. Real men who have standards and taste know this.
But all this cultural appropriation is nothing new. It’s been gong on for many years. Even back in the day actress Bo Derek(above) was in the film 10(1979). In the film she wore braids with beads in her hair. She’s given a lot of credit for popularizing what we all know is known African hair style.
And just a few years ago socialite/model/television personality Kylie Jenner caused an uproar on social media when she posted a selfie wearing cornrows. Jenner is not much different than her older attention whore sister Kim Kardashian. They all seem to love stealing from black culture and have created a $450 million net worth from being wannabe black women. I have news for these no-talent media women. Just because you have sex with black men and date them exclusively does NOT make you honorary black women.
To put it bluntly…I think white women are seriously overrated. There are black women that are overweight but so are white women. When a black woman eats healthy and stays fit…no other race can touch her. Black women age ten times better than white women and other races as well. That’s due tot he benefit of melanin. I’ve even had white women tell me personally that they wished they aged as well as black women. They are secretly envious of the black woman’s body,hair and beautiful skin tone. The only reason white women are held as the standard is because we live in a white dominated society. Using whiteness as the standard of beauty is just another manifestation of white supremacy. When white women are elevated to the superior position all other races that deviate from that standard and are considered unappealing or unattractive. Black women should embrace their natural hair and complexion. There is no need to try to look like European women. They are too busy trying to imitate black women anyway. A sad imitation at that. Sistas have an unique beauty all their own. I leave you with a poem from Jennifer Asiedu. It’s titled About My Black.
“My black is flawless
I’ve never been this proud before
My skin never felt so good
Was I not used to it?
I can’t remember when I loved this shade so much
My color is dark and lovely.
It sings with a rhythmic melody of beauty.
My black is loud
It yelled at this pale-faced lady the other day
She tried to demean my black
And just as quickly as she did
My black screamed back.
My skin roared with elegance
Reminding you it is not afraid anymore
My black is loved
I rubbed it down tenderly today
Making sure to touch every inch.
Ever so gently it glistened and radiated
My black shimmers and still catches attention.
It’s been kissed and hugged
Yet still selfishly wants more
My black is hopeful
I’ve had a freedom that was honestly free
I’ve lived in a time when my black was OK.”
I almost did it. I selected a theatre and even looked up showtimes. As I began to mentally assemble my outfit and rework my schedule to accommodate viewing the film, I realized that I was all too familiar with this story.
Wonder Woman is yet another page in the consistent white female narrative designed to portray white beauty intertwined with an earthly anglicism. I need not see this film to know that it will portray the white Woman as the catalyst for all things good in a “bad” world.
Contrary to the ideally nurtured in the western world, the bad is seldom blatant. Both the individual and the collective have a fair chance at combatting that which they can see. The true “bad” in the world lies in Wonder Woman-like figures, whose embedded message seeks to uplift through depicting the very exclusivity that dominates the western hemisphere.
Wonder Women debuts in a climate that veils this exclusivity with the implication of “change.” Seemingly every film and television series has adopted the feminist agenda, avidly if not aggressively, feeding this fictive utopia to the masses. The film exists to promote feminism as the cure to all worldly evils, omitting of course that feminism is a worldly evil. Clad in a form-fitting costume with long and silky dark hair, Wonder Woman encompasses the conventional sexiness of a blonde with the rarity of a red head to project feminism as the height of femininity. Wonder Woman is a dark haired, dark- eyed white Woman–the pseudo “every woman” in seeming to encompass lightness and darkness simultaneously. What the casual gaze may fail to see, is that Wonder Woman resembles her target audience, and encompasses all her acquired audience wishes to become. Her dark hair provides a strategic contrast to her fair skin, painting the “Wonder” of wonder woman as encompassing the figurative light to societal conflict or darkness.
The wonder in Wonder Woman is that she embodies the antidote to all the world’s problems. She’s Helen of Troy mixed with Hilary Clinton–a savior to white women but a mortal enemy to the woman of a darker hue.
Western childhood functions similar to this film, painting the white Woman as Wonder Woman in far less attractive variants. From the abundant white female school teachers, to the tooth fairy, Mrs. Claus, every princess from Cinderella to Snow White, the white female body is a consistent figure of humanity to the western gaze. These figures function to embed into the black female psyche what “Superman” and “Batman” seek to implement into the general western psyche–that if you are white, anything is possible.
But as the young girl who reads these stories, attends these schools and watches these figures on television grows up, the fantasy of Wonder Woman vanishes into reality. Instead the harsh world eventually prompts the once naive black body to wonder what was ever wonderful about these pristine figures of their childhood. Although portrayed as the hero in fictive and real scenarios, the white woman is gradually unveiled as an inevitable villain to the black female body.
So, as a black woman, I know this film functions as erasure. I know this film functions to seduce me into a amnesiac state where I falsely separate white female action and intention from white male supremacists. From the white women who chase our black men than scream rape when it goes sour, or objectify our wealthy black men as cash registers, or reduce the quotidian black man to his genitals, to the white women who abrasively target black women at work, back to the very white women who tormented the black female slaves—this movie functions to force the black psyche to accept a white hero, despite centuries of white female villainy.
White heroes, whether male, female, trans, or what have you, are never capable of saving anyone but themselves. For healing is incompatible to the autocrat, who decorates their lives with the blood of the oppressed.
Therefore, the true wonder woman will never occupy a leading role in mainstream film. She probably will never make six figures and is unlikely to rouse a shallow gaze on the street.
The true wonder woman has probably yet to arrive home from her twelve-hour work-day, her twenty-four hour job as a mother, or full- time victim of white supremacy. The true Wonder Woman sleeps at night with a six-figure debt heavy on her conscious from daring to dream outside of the confines of systemic oppression. She walks through a neighborhood of businesses owned by any and everyone but those who look like her. She faces ridicule for her skin tone, her nose, and curvy body and faces countless queries if her beauty or attributes are deemed outside the scope of blackness. The true wonder woman is literally and figuratively raped, never respected, or rewarded. She is frozen in time, pieces of her flesh still floating throughout the Atlantic Ocean, or concealed in an unmarked grave beneath a skyscraper. She is dismembered by a system who uses her limbs to assemble their privilege and writes their laws in her blood.
She is the unspoken gospel of this poached land—the original statue of liberty—the feminine mold to which every race, ethnicity, and creed stealthy covets.
The Wonder Woman film exists to place the “wonder” into the woman concept. As a being excluded from this concept, I replace wonder with “black.” For the black woman does not need wonder, she is wonder. Furthermore, members of the black female collective need not go to the movies to view this fictive wonder woman—they must simply look in the mirror.
Article by CC Saunders