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SUPER BLACK: AMERICAN POP CULTURE AND BLACK SUPERHEROES - BLACK EMPOWERMENT BOOK - 2011

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In a time when the superhero character is ubiquitous across nearly all media, what role does the black superhero serve?

African-American studies professor Adilifu Nama explores this question in his black empowerment book, SUPER BLACK. Where others see a return of blaxploitation, Nama sees a new view on black identity. Famous black super heroes that Nama examines include Blade, Luke Cage, Black Panther, Black Lightning, Spawn, Storm and more. But, this is no mere trip through 20th century nostalgia.

Nama takes a hard look at the condescending nature of some of his childhood heroes. Largely created by white writers and artists, these characters could sometimes become  caricatures. Too often, they were either over-the-top misrepresentations, or simple retreads of existing white characters. But, Nama approaches even these simplistic super heroes with the recognition that they still presented black children with role models they were sorely lacking in the Civil Rights era.

Though sometimes relegated to the realm of kid stuff, Nama shows that the black super hero is more a representation of the need for racial justice and reconciliation.

Read Nama’s book and dive into the history and relevance of this under-explored area of black empowerment literature.

  • First-of-its-kind examination of the black superhero phenomenon
  • Published in 2011
  • 212 pages
  • A fine black history gift for comic book fans

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