Amandla Stenberg Is Creating A Comic For Girls Of Color
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Our IRL hero Amandla Stenberg is going 2-D, as she's set to release a comic book created for girls of color called NIOBE: She Is Life this November.
Telling the story of elf-human hybrid Niobe Ayutami (who's loosely based on Stenberg), NIOBE follows her innate journey toward self-discovery and "quest to discover her innate powers and strengths, to learn who she truly is."
"[Niobe] is on a path to a destiny that will test her faith and her will, something we can all relate to," Stenberg said. "There's never been a character quite like her -- one who shatters the traditional ideal of what a hero is."
Created by and for girls of color, the comic is groundbreaking in the sense that it addresses a demographic barely touched by the mainstream industry; a sector that's sorely lacking in the narratives of "badass girls" amongst all the Clark Kents and Professor Xs. And it's about damn time that changed. You go, Amandla.
[h/t Huffington Post]