Amandla Stenberg Works #BlackGirlMagic With New Comic

By Kenrya Rankin Sep 03, 2015

Amandla Stenberg’s awesomeness is about to get a whole lot more animated. The outspoken 16-year-old actress is partnering with Stranger Comics to co-write “Niobe: She is Life,” which explores the life and times of Niobe Ayutami. Known as “The Harbinger of Truth” and “Half Breed,” the young black dreadlocked hero is “half elf” and “half wild elf.” 

“I was drawn to give voice to Niobe and co-write her story because her journey is my journey. I connect to her mixed racial background and quest to discover her innate powers and strengths, to learn who she truly is,” Stenberg said in a statement. “She is on a path to a destiny that will test her faith and her will, something we can all relate to. But there’s never been a character quite like her—one who shatters the traditional ideal of what a hero is. We need more badass girls!”

Sebastian A. Jones, the CEO of Stranger Comics, says Stenberg in the perfect person to help flesh out this particular badass girl. “It did not take long for me to know she was the person I needed to develop the most beloved character in a franchise I have been brewing for more than two decades—a hero that has the weight of the world on her winged shoulders, a woman who will bind nations,” he said. “I may be mixed, but I am not a young, black, teenaged woman, so it would have been idiotic and morally insensitive of me to not team up with someone who could really engage with Niobe’s soul and state of being.” 

The comic will be illustrated by Ashley A. Woods, a black artist based in Chicago, and will be released on November 4, 2015.

(H/t Huffington Post