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Luke Cage and the Year Marvel Finally Reckoned with Its Black Audience
Cheo Hodari Coker, the African-American show-runner of Netflix’s latest superhero show, Luke Cage.and a number of Marvel fans, see things differently. “I’m not one of these people that says, ‘Oh, Luke Cage happens to be black,’” Coker told Vanity Fair. “No, he’s black all day because I’m black all day. There’s just no way around that.” “As people are talking about the relevance of the show compared to Black Lives Matter, my feeling is that all black art that is consciously black is ultimately about humanizing the black experience, and saying that our lives matter. It goes beyond a hashtag.”

Coker—who has created an all-punching, all-kicking superhero show brimming with cultural and literary references—names James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Sonia Sanchez, and Nikki Giovanni as inspirations for learning how to write about being “black in this country” and steeping Luke Cage in the culture of Harlem. “It’s always been about saying that no matter what we’ve gone through, we are people. We matter. We can’t just be swept under the rug. That’s all it’s about.”
Marvel  Comics  Blacks  Luke  Cage  James  Baldwin  Cheo  Hodari  Coker 
october 2016 by dbourn

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