Five Black Women Superheroines

Five Black Women Superheroines

When I was young, my favorite TV shows were Wonder Woman and Electro Woman & Dyna Girl. I wanted to be Lynda Carter. I’d put my hands on my hips, lasso the villains and otherwise become a strong female superhero.  Representation is important.  I want to share 5 Black women superheroines who inspire me to save the world: 

1 Nubia 

I’ve always been fascinated by Nubia. She is Wonder Woman's sister. Both sisters were formed by Queen Hippolyta: one from dark clay and one from light clay. I also seem to remember on the Wonder Woman TV series, Nubia was played by Jayne Kennedy as a detective.  I’m hoping Nubia gets her own CW series soon. 

2 Shuri

When I first saw Shuri on the big screen, I was automatically enthralled with her character. In fact, it was the first time I saw a superhero that reminded me of myself.  I’m hoping that Disney/Marvel grow Shuri’s character so she can take over the Black Panther Dynasty.  If you’re not familiar with Shuri (and you should be…) Shuri is a princess of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. She is the daughter of T'Chaka and sister of T'Challa, king of Wakanda and the Black Panther.

3 Storm

Who doesn’t love Storm?  I’ll be honest, I was looking forward to seeing Storm and Black Panther as a couple. What I love about Storm is the fact that she’s one of the most powerful mutants in X-Men, she fights hard in battle and she controls the weather.  Storm will forever be one of my favorites. Disney/Marvel could do a Storm spinoff so we can dig deeper into her life and times. 

4 Thunder

Black Lightning is one of my favorite Superhero series, I’m sad that it will end in the fourth season.  It’d be nice if they spin-off with Thunder, one of Black Lightning's daughters, Anissa Pierce.  Thunder uses her powers to defeat villains and is not afraid to become the vigilante Blackbird.  Thunder is a complex character. She oftentimes has deep moral conflicts and causes.  I enjoy watching her do what she does.  

5 Vixen

I didn’t know much about Vixen until she showed up in Arrow as Mari Mcabe, aka: Vixen. I fell in love with her because she was from Detroit.  I was fascinated with how she uses a magical African totem to channel the abilities of animals.  Vixen, is apparently, the name used by the women in her particular bloodline because her grandmother, Amaya Jiwe, shows up in Legends of Tomorrow in 1942 and has her own adventures. I’ve enjoyed meeting Vixen in the multiple timelines and I hope they’ll do more with her character. I know DC created a comic series but it’d be nice to get a full CW series. 

Well, that’s five Black women super heroines who inspire me. Do you have more that you love? Hit me up below and leave a comment. I love meeting new characters. 

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