In the spirit of that, I wanted to also show some love and celebrate the women fandom hates.
One group in particular, black women.It’s no secret that characters of color, well people of color in general (artists, authors, actors, etc.) are regularly on the receiving end of the worst kind of racist and misogynistic denigration.
One group in particular, black women.
Anyone who has participated in fandom knows the type of disgusting hatred that the characters and the actresses who portray Tara from True Blood, Guinevere from Merlin and Dr. Martha Jones from Doctor Who regularly receives.
And there’s a reason for that.
Beautiful, sexy, intelligent, extraordinary, these goddesses are feared and despised because of the power they wield. Society constantly hurls shade at black women because of the phenomenal light that they shine.
So this post is not only a celebration of the nubian heroines who made me proud to call them my sisters but black women, period. This post is a tribute featuring a few of my favorite black female characters and actresses who brought the awesome back to fandom. This is also my way of saying thank you to all of the phenomenal nubian goddesses who have blessed and enriched my life over the years.
To all of my black women, this one’s for you:
Uhura: Star Trek
Pam Grier: Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown, Amanda Waller (Smallville)
Grace Jones: Conan the Destroyer, James Bond
Valerie: Josie & the Pussy Cats
Tina Turner: Thunderdome
Tess: Touched By An Angel
Shana: Jem & The Holograms
Netossa: She-Ra Princess Of Power
Monica Dawson: Heroes
Tara: True Blood
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Shuri, The Black Panther
Natasha Irons: Steel
Aaliyah: Romeo Must Die, Queen of the Damned
Tanya: Power Rangers Zeo & Power Rangers Turbo
Angela Bassett: Strange Days, Green Lantern, Alias
Misty Knight: Daughters of the Dragon, Heroes For Hire
Nikki Wood: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Eliza Maza: Gargoyles
Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Eureka
Empress: Young Justice
Dr. Martha Jones: Doctor Who, Torchwood
Monet: X-Factor, Generation X
Janet: Miss Jackson if you’re nasty. Rhythm Nation sealed it for me as far as fandom goes.
Capt. Kasidy Yates: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Bonnie Bennett: Vampire Diaries
Kathy DuKane: Batman- Mystery of the Batwoman
Elizabeth X: Doctor Who
Kendra: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Marjean Holden: Mortal Kombat Ahnihilation, Beast Master, Renegade
Shepherd: Mass Effect 2
Max: Batman Beyond
Isabelle: The 4400
Naomie Harris: The Tomorrow People, Pirates of the Carribean
Francie/Alison Dorsen: Alias
Penny Proud: The Proud Family
Tiana: The Princess and the Frog
No. 5: Codename: Kids Next Door
Raina: Gossip Girl
Diana: White Collar
Diahann Carroll: White Collar, Dynasty, all things legendary!
Erica Tazel: Justified
Niobe: The Matrix
Angel: X-Men First Class
Zoe Saldana: Star Trek, Avatar, Colombiana….what hasn’t she been in?
Zoe Washburne: Firefly/Serenity