To whom much is given, much is required.
And even if that isn’t the case, the responsibility exists all the same.
I don’t have much (I am a professional author after all), but whenever there’s an opportunity to pay it forward, I try my best to do so. This is especially true when there’s an opportunity to give back to young people.
From time to time, people will happen upon one of my pieces and will reach out to me. Sometimes it’s for a job opportunity, a freelance gig, sometimes it’s for a research project for a college class.
So a few months back, a young brother named Ricky reached out to me after reading my review on Spider-Man: Homecoming.
He wanted to interview me for a documentary discussing the diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly in lieu of the release of Black Panther in February.
Essentially he wanted to know my take on the matter. Ask and ye shall receive. He got an earful. He got a dissertation. ROFL!!!! Which he was happy with because that gave him plenty of material to work with. Essentially I broke down how the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the Gloved Rat) has been anti-diversity and specifically anti-blackness. It’s no accident that the Coulson May Power Hour aka Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (one of the most diverse shows on tv) has been treated like the black sheep of the MCU.
It took over a decade and competition from a more diverse DCEU for Marvel to finally put a nonwhite superhero on the big screen. Marvel had to be forced to act out of self preservation to finally a release a black superhero film and a black Netflix series (Black Panther and Luke Cage respectively) and both broke records.
However something unexpected happened and I realized why The Powers That Be saw to it that Ricky and I crossed paths. He told me that he appreciated my writing and specifically my writing style. It was very educational, informative, entertaining and written in an engaging style. Where even if you don’t know about a subject, not only will you be thoroughly educated but you’ll be entertained in the process.
For me Ricky’s comments was God’s way of reminding me that I have a gift and a purpose. As I’ve stated before, anytime I write be it a novel or a social media update I write to empower, enlighten and entertain. I call it my E-Cubed Directive. And if I can do all three simultaneously…..golden.
As cheesy as it may sound, I don’t help others with the expectation to get anything out of it. I help others because it’s the right thing to do and that’s enough for me. Just the same it was cool being reminded that I have a gift and it’s making a positive impact on people whether I always know it or not.
Rewards like those have me feeling awesome. Epic even. In fact………super.