It all began when in the late 80's I would stop by the corner store to buy a Captain American comic book for 75 cents. Then in the early 90's when I was a young man in the US Army. This man would sell me once a month, Brother Man, Dictator of Discipline
. That was the first black superhero comic book I ever saw with excellent writing and great artwork. That's when I started to seek other black superhero comic books.
Sadly, there wasn't any I could find. All the comic book stores were covered from top to bottom with comic books. But none of them look like me.
Now in the 2014, I have a company called Heroes Like Me Entertainment
that is dedicated to presenting stories of sci-fi, action, mystery and fun with heroes that look like me and you.
I have created a short video called The Alien Ambassador: Nightmare of the Gorans
. It is an attempt to present a black teenage superhero to multimedia thru YouTube.
It is also a launching pad for my endeavor to seek funding from the Internet community to produce The Alien Ambassador; The Movie.
As I began to send out press releases about my project. I noticed I was getting little attention and no responses back from comic book websites and sci-fi companies. I even turned to African american websites and have gotten positive responses from a few. One of them is Black Science Fiction Society
I was upset when Marvel Studios didn't green light a Black Panther movie but instead green lighted Guardians of the Galaxy. A group few have heard of, but since it's Marvel it will make millions of dollars.
I firmly believe there will not be any black superhero movies on the screen until a black creator makes once for everyone (Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indian) to see.
Dragon Ball Z and Speed Racer are Japanese cartoon shows that were made into movies. Instead of the lead characters being Japanese, they replaced them with white actors.
That was wrong. The movie could have been successful if the movie studios stayed true to the original material and kept them Japanese.
I know that if my characters where white that I would have gotten a better response for my project from both white and black audiences.
Several years ago a black cartoon movie was made called The Golden Blaze
. It had a A-list cast of black actors, but it wasn't commercially successful. Even balck folks didn't support it well.
Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek fame once considered to leaving the show in the sixties because she felt that she was a glorified telephone operator. Martin Luther King Jr heard about this and asked her to stay on the show since she was a positive black woman on a sci-fi show.
She did. That is why we know who Nichelle Nichols is.
Another project worth looking at is Earth Squadron
by the creator of Black Science Fiction Society. I will definitely contribute to it's development.
We need to see heroes in tights of color, we need to see heroes of color too fly space ships and chart alien worlds. We need to see heroes that look like me an you. I love Superman, Spider man, Batman and Wonder Woman but we have been denied the opportunity from the major movie studios to see a black hero on the screen.
We have to make our own, We have to support those who are trying to make that happen by any means necessary.