Gosh it’s fun being a nerd; keeping up with shows, collecting, cosplaying, the works. There’s something for everyone, really, and it’s a growing community. Recently, it’s becoming more well-known that nerds come in all shapes and sizes, races, genders, and sexualities. As a Black man, it’s been a great time for us. With people like John Boyega, Idris Elba, and Donald Glover being put into (or considered for) movie roles more frequently, our place in nerd-dom is being solidified more everyday! However, the hurdle for Black women seems to be a little harder to clear. This could be said of all women, but intersectionality makes it especially difficult for Black women. In a sense, Black women and girls are seen as sort of an anomaly in geeky/nerdy spaces. Luckily, there is a growing push for supporting these fans with this week’s Web Crush: Black Girl Nerds.
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New graphic novel from YouNeek Studios introduces precolonial West African female protagonist: “Set in fifteenth century Nigeria, Malikah: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of Queen and military commander Malikah, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever expanding kingdom.”
Mixed Race Studies, a site dedicated to “scholarly perspectives on the mixed race experience,” has collated some of Mafe’s work in one location.
Dagbovie-Mullins, Sika. “Manifestations of the Mulatta Archetype across the Atlantic.” Review of Transatlantic Spectacles of Race: The Tragic Mulatta and the Tragic Muse, by Kimberly Snyder Manganelli and Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature: Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines, by Diana Adesola Mafe. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, 2015, pp. 107-11.
Leverette, Tru. Review of Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature: Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines, by Diana Adesola Mafe. African American Review, vol. 46, no. 2, Summer 2015, pp. 166-68.