Ever since the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther fans everywhere have waited anxiously for the follow up to the film. Many wondered how Marvel would approach the plot after the original leading actor succumbed to an ongoing battle with cancer. The writers of the film had their work cut out for them. With a fan base as devoted as this one, the obligation to do this sequel justice was enormous.
The roots of many forms of American entertainment are linked to a time that lacked diversity in these industries. Hollywood and specifically film is an industry that has been slow to change. There still has never been a person of color or woman that has been the head of a major film studio.
Comics have changed drastically from the humorous and over the top era that popularized them. No longer are they simple books for little kids. Comics have long-standing fan bases that cherish the story and characters alike. Today these publications are more gritty and the heroes often operate in a grey area.
All writers know that there is a slim chance of getting published, and becoming a bestseller is even more rare. Roxane Gay, however, has done both. Gay, 43 of Nebraska is an author, editor, essayist, professor, and columnist. She has over ten published works including fiction, non-fiction, comics, and a memoir.