By Kathrina Tiangco
Posted June 21st 2018
(PHOTO: JANELLE MONAE IS ALEXIS IN ‘PHILLIP K. DICKS ELECTRIC DREAMS)
NAFESSA WILLIAMS AS ‘THUNDER’ IN ‘BLACK LIGHTNING’
With the premiere of Black Panther, black women are starting to become accepted in fantasy movies and television. Not just that but fans are embracing these strong and independent black women. Along with recent films such as Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Black Panther, black actresses are finally given the opportunity to show the entire world that they belong in the sci-fi world.
Even the television sci-fi industry is also promoting female black characters in fantasy series such as Black Lightning, Luke Cage, and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. This goes to show that the future of the science fiction is indeed female and black.
Here are some of the roles that we love and are paving way for more future female black characters to appear both in the small and big screen.
The Dorae Milaje (Black Panther)
The Dora Milaje, also known as the adored ones, is portrayed by Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Florence Kasumba. The upcoming Marvel movie introduces the audience to the kingdom of Wakanda located in Africa. Wakanda is ruled by King T’Challa who is also the Black Panther. In Wakanda, the Dorae Milaje is a group of female warriors who have sworn to protect their king.
In the comic book, these fierce women appear bald and are decorated with tribal marks. They also wear an armor so that they are always ready for battle. Nakia, One of the Dorae Milaje, falls in love with T’Challa but when the king does not reciprocate her feelings, she turns on him. Eventually, Nakia transforms into the villain called Malice.
Thunder (Black Lightning)
In the small screen, audiences were recently introduced to Black Lighting, another black superhero who just came out of his retirement from being a superhero. His oldest daughter Anissa Pierce played by Nafessa Williams discovers her superpowers and hence, her superhero name, Thunder.
In the comics, Thunder’s power is revealed after she finds out that her neighborhood community is in danger. Meanwhile, her relationship with her father becomes rough after he discovers her sexual preference.
Alexis (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams)
Alexis is played by Janelle Monáe. In the series, her character is the representative of a manufacturing company. The company she works for firmly believes that humans are dependent on products to feel happy. In return, if humans want a continuous supply of products, they are not allowed to have any free will.
The late Philip K. Dick is one of the most notable and popular sci-fi writers. Some of his works include Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall.
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