Jonita Davis is a writer, film critic, and professor. She’s a member of NABJ, AAFCA, a Rotten Tomatoes critic, and an adjunct professor.
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Every February, America looks for Black superheroes to celebrate. They trot out the same faces — Blade, Falcon (from the Avengers), and Storm. However, there are so many more Black characters and stories in comics, and MulDiversity wants you all to know about them.

For Black History Month 2021, the MulDiversity team has created videos that you can find on their YouTube page. Each video is a look at a Black superhero, offering details that many people probably had never heard before. …

The project is one of the many activities being used to engage DC fans who are eagerly awaiting Zack Snyder’s Justice League. This is how it works.

Ask any fan of the upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League what they think of online film ratings. Take a step back before you do, as many will get fighting mad. That is because so many fans have witnessed the misuse of the system to maliciously “tank” or downvote a film. This means giving the film low scores so that the rating average score goes down. …

Fred Hampton was assassinated in 1969, as he lay eerily sound asleep in his bed. Later that night, his wife Deborah Johnson would tell her lawyer that Hampton was alive, but unwakeable when police pulled her out of the room. This was after a shower of bullets ripped through the space, and through the flesh of several Black Panther members who were staying with Hampton and Johnson that night. Two cops went into the room where Hampton lay sleeping. Shots rang out. We all know the rest.

Another notable piece of information is that the security officer William O’Neal disappeared that night. Years later, O’Neal would open up to tell the story of how the police extorted him into informing on the Black Panthers and Hampton. He was the one who gave them a map of the apartment. The man was racked with guilt so overwhelming that in 1990, he would attempt to kill himself by running out onto the expressway near his uncle’s home. He would later repeat the act one fatal and last time.

The Villains in Their Story and Ours

The assassination was tragic…

Beyoncé has a song about broken relationships called Sandcastles. One very notable verse goes something like this…

“Your heart is broken ’cause I walked away.

Show me your scars,

and I won’t walk away.

But although I promise that I would stay,

Every promise don’t work out that way.”

The verse perfectly describes an unseen but very toxic relationship between marginalized people and fandoms. After a year like 2020, many of the marginalized are tired and ready for a breakup. Just like the couple in the song.

Anatomy of Fandoms

To understand the relationship, you must understand how fandoms work. They are…

Dr. Ben Stong guides us through the hard truths about the vaccine.

The news as of late has been all about the COVID-19 vaccine. So many people are looking at the vaccine announcements as the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Vaccines are being touted by some on social media as the key to opening public gatherings back up — the ticket to travel again, to live away from home, to get out of the house. Unfortunately, the information coming out about the vaccines contradict these expectations and warrant a serious discussion.

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Benjamin C. Stong, MD is a facial plastic surgeon who runs a full practice and surgery center in Atlanta. Dr. Stong has followed the vaccine news closely. He will need this info to protect his employees and patients when the vaccine becomes available.

In fact, the information is so confusing…

The argument essay is one that English teachers and professors all dread. This essay is often the toughest to teach and the driest to grade. Every semester we look at that stack of arguments and think out ways to get them graded without actually reading them all. So, far no one has figured out how to grade without reading the essays. However, I have found a way to make the essays much more interesting than they were before — by structuring the argument like good gossip.

Why Gossip?

In my nearly 15 years of professional writing, one of the things that my…

[Abridged interview, edited to fit the space]

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21Poster for the ‘Superman and Lois’ Show coming to CW in January 2021. Nadria Tucker warns of a potential lack of “color” in the upcoming show.

The internet knew of Nadria Tucker’s work before they heard of her struggle. She was a writer on the ground-breaking Syfy show Krypton and the beloved series Underground. Krypton is the story of Superman’s family, the House of El. The show never lacked diversity in fact, that was a controversial point within the fandom. The Zod family are known villains within the comics, where they were also depicted as white-skinned and evil. In Krypton, the Zod ancestor is a dark-skinned Black woman who intimidates all men who enter her path, except her husband…

About a month into a nation-wide shutdown, Time Magazine editor Tom Weber tweeted out a series of CNN screenshots that caught my eye. In each one, the President was giving his usual briefing, but the headline revealed something else going on.

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Today, two days after the still contested Presidential election, Trump is at it again, claiming voter fraud in the ballots that states are counting. He has at press time, sued the states of Michigan and Georgia to stop the vote counts. Both cases have been denied and the counting goes on. …

Racism is insidious. It allows covers for the most heinous acts against Black and brown people. Meanwhile, its practitioners persist in publicly denying that the very idea of a racist act is ludicrous, unimaginable. I experienced this firsthand (here). My supervisor called the teaching of race-related topics in the writing classroom an agenda that I forced upon my students. This came before a racist attack on my appearance and followed by requests that I tone down my Afrocentric physical traits to comfort my roster of predominantly white students. I learned then that racism needs darkness and intimidation to thrive.


Are we raising boys who are free to be themselves?

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A still from “#blackAF.” Photo courtesy of Netflix

A young Black boy comes into the house crying. When his parents ask what’s wrong, he explains: His classmates forgot his birthday. He cries harder, beginning to hyperventilate. The mother comforts the boy, tells him to breathe. It’s the picture of loving parenthood. The father, though, stands back with a look of disgust, shaking his head. On the screen, a mock scouting report appears distilling the 10-year-old’s disposition: He is the “sweet, sensitive, moist towelette of the family.”

This is a scene from Netflix’s #BlackAF, the latest comedy from Blackish creator Kenya Barris. Though the show portrays an entire family…

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