Brains Beauty & Black Girl Magic! 7 Black Female Comicbook Superheroes Who Deserve The Spotlight

Brains Beauty & Black Girl Magic! 7 Black Female Comicbook Superheroes Who Deserve The Spotlight

Representation of women superheroes in starring roles is finally catching on. Now, let’s turn our attention to Black female superheroes.

Disclaimer: I originally wrote this for a now defunct publication

Most superheros on the big screen and on television are either male or white. And that's cool. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that (except for Iron Fist. He whines too much). But let's be honest. We ALL know most of the time it's the women kicking just as much, if not more ass than the male protagonist.

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Will Jac Schaeffer Do Marvel's "Black Widow" Justice?

If TiMER is any indication of Jac Schneider's abilities, then Black Widow is in serious trouble.

If Wonder Woman's success is any indication, the world is ready for more women-led superhero films. WW broke records and barriers, becoming the first successful, woman-led superhero film. WW is something we've been asking for for years but film industry execs didn't think that a woman-led superhero film could bring in the big bucks. Boy were they wrong! Now, that Hollywood has gotten the message, Black Widow has gotten the green light. But there's cause for worry.

Jac Schaeffer is rumored to have been selected to pen Black Widow's solo film debut. But who the heck is Jac Schaeffer? What has she done? Why is she the right woman for the job?

Schaeffer made her screenwriting debut in 2009 film TiMER, an unconventional romantic comedy about timer implants being able to predict and countdown to the day the wearer will meet their soulmate, provided their soulmate also has the timer implant. The humor was a bit dry. I struggled to sit through the entire film, but I had to. I was hoping against all hope that the film would turn into something magical. It didn't. Granted, the film wasn't horrible. It was just not very memorable, exciting or funny-not entertaining.

Schaeffer also wrote The Shower, a Black List script (film and television scripts that were not selected for production, so a group of professionals offer to do readings of the script). The Shower is about a baby shower that is abruptly interrupted by a meteor shower that turns all of the men into blood-thirsty zombies. It's not a film premise I'd get excited about. It sounds like a film I'd maybe check out if it were on network television and I couldn't find anything to watch. The celebrities who read for The Shower raved about its unexpected and fresh writing. Maybe that says something. But the humor was just flat or nonexistent. Not even the talented Anne Hathaway reading could spruce it up. Schaeffer also wrote Frozen's Olaf's Adventures. Kids like Frozen, so there's that.

This isn't looking all that great for Black Widow and she deserves better. Now is not the time to take a gamble on one of the most anticipated female superhero characters--someone fans been dying to see in a solo film since her first film appearance in Iron Man 2. What about about Ryan Coogler? Everything he's written has been beyond beautiful, especially Black Panther. How about Nicole Perlman who wrote Guardians of the Galaxy? Or Jane Goldman who wrote Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service

Multiple Nurses Say #MeToo About Marvel Comics Creator, Stan Lee

Say it ain't so, Stan!

An excerpt of "Fantastic Four" #49 via Vulture

An excerpt of "Fantastic Four" #49 via Vulture

The Daily Mail has learned that multiple women have accused Stan Lee of sexual harassment in his Hollywood Hills home. The women, all nurses, work for the same nursing home, which caters to the Hollywood elite.

Lee, 95, is said to have "asked for oral sex in the shower, walked around naked and wanted to be 'pleasured' in the bedroom. The nursing company, who has not been identified, claims "that Stan has sexually harassed every single nurse that has been to the house." 

Tom Lallas, Stan Lee's attorney said in a statement to DailyMail.com: 'Mr. Lee categorically denies these false and despicable allegations and he fully intends to fight to protect his stellar good name and impeccable character." Instead of filing a police report or a civil suit, the women of the nursing home have demanded payment or they will take their story to the media. Lallas says that "Mr Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong."

Julie Wozniak, a representative for his current nursing company, Vitale Nursing, Inc has said that "Lee has been nothing but 'polite, kind and respectful' since they took over.

Amid the sexual harassment allegations, TMZ learned that Lee's staff discovered that someone had written a check for $300,000 to his partner organization, Hands of Respect LLC without Lee's knowledge or consent. Beverly Hills Police Department is investigating and it's believed that someone inside the organization forged the check to keep the money for him/herself. TMZ also also discovered that someone used $850,000 of Lee's money to buy a condo in West Hollywood.

Joan Lee, Stan Lee's wife of 69 years, passed away July 7, 2017.