Growing up in the 90s, my brother and I were big fans of superhero cartoons like Spider-Man, Batman, TMNT and Ghostbusters. Back in those days, there were very few characters who looked like us and shared our personal experiences. Heck, even Star Wars only had one brotha in the entire galaxy – albeit a very suave and smooth brotha – but he was the only one!
Fast forward to the year 2000. I was a freshman in high school, and one of the greatest superhero cartoons ever created hit the scene, totally shaking the foundation of everything I knew pop culture to be. The cartoon I’m referring to is none other than DC Comics’ Static Shock by the legendary Dwayne McDuffie.
For the first time in a cartoon, I saw a kid my age who looked like me, shared my personal experiences and struggles as a black youth in America, totally kicked bad guy butt, and was unapologetically black. The characters and story lines were complex, and reflected the real-life struggles African-Americans face, making for emotionally driven stories of heroism to which we as a people can personally relate.
Seeing the black representation in Static Shock inspired me to write my book Knights of 2nd Earth at the age of 16. Furthermore, it inspired Justin and I to found our publishing company Black Streak Entertainment.
Since 2011, we have independently published books, comics, and graphic novels, and produced animated shorts for kids, teens, and families featuring characters and story lines that represent our African-American experience.
We are now working to bring our books, comics, animation, and movies that represent people of color to mainstream audiences! Follow us on our journey to bring Black Streak Entertainment to mainstream media by reading our blog, following us on social media, and signing up for our mailing list. We need an army of supporters behind us to make this happen, so join us in changing the face of pop culture for children, teens, and families of color so that pop culture reflects and represents our culture!