Roxane Gay Becomes First Haitian-American Female Writer for Marvel Comics
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Writer Roxane Gay, best known for her book of essays “Bad Feminist” & “Ayiti”, has been tapped by Marvel Comics to become one of the first black women to be a lead writer on a Marvel comic. Roxane Gay is an American feminist writer, professor, editor and commentator. Currently she's an associate professor of English at Purdue University and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. 
She will be joined by black poet & University of Pittsburgh professor Yona Harvey to work on the comic Black Panther: World of Wakanda; a spinoff from the Black Panther series, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The story will center around Ayo and Aneka, two lovers who are former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s female security force. It will be drawn by Alitha Martinez with covers by Afua Richardson. The first issue of World of Wakanda will include a 10-page second story by Ms. Harvey about Zenzi, a female revolutionary who incited a riot in the first issue of the Black Panther series.
“It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done,” and I mean that in the best possible way". -Roxane Gay
Fans have been pushing for both Marvel and DC comics to diversify their heroes for many years. Marvel has recently made an effort to diversify certain titles: The new Iron Man, Iron Heart, will be a black teenaged girl genius Riri Williams. Miles Morales (Spider-Man) hit the scene in 2011 following the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics and is now a mainstay in the 616 Universe. In 2013 Kamala Khan took over the title of Ms. Marvel while Carol Danvers is now the current Captain Marvel. Most recently at the start of the new year Marvel introduced us to Moon Girl, Lunella Lafayette, a 4th grade genius and her buddy Devil Dinosaur. So it's great to see that Marvel has been slowly but surely diversifying not only their characters but they staff as well. What makes this an important milestone for me is that it's a personal one. As a Haitian-American myself it's always great to see and hear great things about my culture. From high school through college being haitian came with a stigma of not being a hard working individual. So for me it holds a special place in my heart to see things like this especially in the geek world.  

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