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By Chauna Whitlow  via

When I was a little girl, my mom refused to let me have any dolls that were not black. She would always say, “That’s not what you look like.” She wanted me to be proud of who I am and that skin that I’m in. Black Barbie was beautiful too. My mother understood the power of seeing and believing. Every black girl should have someone to look up to, aspire to be that looks like them.

When co-blogger, Shana and I went to visit Carol and John’s Comic Shop, in Cleveland’s own Kamm’s Corner, he gave us a selection of comics featuring black girls including, Invincible Iron Man, Fight Like a Girl, Motor Crush, and Moon Girl.  I will forever be grateful for those gifts because it has brought me share with you why I think that every black girl needs to read black girl comics.

It was my first time reading this genre of lit and it won’t be my last. I’m forever grateful for these gifts because of what I learned about myself.

Let me share with you why I think black girls need to read comics about black girls.

1.    Black Girls in Comics are Real

In Fight Like a Girl, Amarosa finds herself literally in the fight of her life. She gave up her freedom to become a warrior who eagerly takes on 9 trials (difficult challenges) to save her terminally-ill brother.

There’s something to be said about a person who puts everything on the line for a loved one or anyone for that matter. Sacrifice. It’s what we as women do take care of our families and homes.

That is as real as it gets. With her purple glasses, ponytail puff and low-rise jeans, Amarosa doesn’t miss a beat as she fights her way through the 9 unknown trials.

2.    Black Girls in Comics are Smart

In the Invincible Iron Man series, RiRi has been classified as a super genius at a young age. When she gets older, she finds out that she is not in a league of her own. Read more at

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