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Marvel’s First African-American Superhero Movie In Development | News One

February 2, 2011

February is Black History month.  It is a time when people (especially African-Americans) take the time to learn about the vast number of contributions that Blacks have made to the country or to the world for that matter.  It is a time for everyone to learn, acknowledge, and appreciate the sacrifices and the service of these brave and highly skilled people. While Blacks made significant contributions from the moment they stepped on this soil, it has taken some time to break down barriers and have their talents and full contributions recognized.  While we applaud every one, those that were the first in any field were the trailblazers who opened up the doors of possibilities for the multitudes to follow.

There are a lot of firsts to be celebrated, the first black president, Barack Obama, 2008, yay!  The first U.S. Senator: Hiram Revels became Senator from Mississippi from Feb. 25, 1870, to March 4, 1871, during Reconstruction.  The first  U.S. Supreme Court Justice: Thurgood Marshall, 1967–1991. The first patent holder: Thomas L. Jennings, 1821, for a dry-cleaning process.  The Inventor of the blood bank: Dr. Charles Drew, 1940.  The first Ivy League president: Ruth Simmons, 2001, Brown University, the first  Poet (published): Phillis Wheatley, 1773. and the first black  Miss America: Vanessa Williams, 1984.  These are just a few, of course.

Read more: Famous Firsts by African Americans (Inventors, Government, Law, Literature, Film) — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmfirsts.html#ixzz1Cm3irGAR

So now it is normal to have black  presidents, poets, politicians, inventors, and even beauty queens.  But,  how many black superheros have you seen on the big screen?  According to Wikipedia, there are at least 50 black superheroes that have appeared in various forms of media.    But, according to New One, not one has appeared on the big screen.  Hopefully things are about to change on that too.  “Marvel is looking to breathe life into mainstream’s first black superhero Black Panther (Also known as Prince T’Challa). There has been struggles to put ‘Black Panther’ on the big screen, which was in development back in the 1990’s with Wesley Snipes on board to play the role. However, things are changing for the better. According to information found on Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is back at work in developing ‘Black Panther,’ and is currently experiencing good progress in putting the project together.” via Marvel’s First African-American Superhero Movie In Development | News One.   Note:  If you can think of a Black Comic Superhero that has been in the movies,  please comment.  Also share what you think the importance is  of having black superheroes.
I’m Barbara Talley, the poet who speaks and inspires.  To find out more about me check out: What Does Barbara Do? or visit  my website.
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  1. February 2, 2011 12:23 am

    Barbara S. Talley, thank you for taking the time to produce your newsletters and blogs. It seems like a dozen full time jobs when you add your poetry, keynotes and authorship. National Endowment for the Humanities should beat a path to your door and award you a $100,000 scholarship so you can stay true to your calling. Thanks again…

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