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Awesome Black Characters (Black History Month Inspired)

(I’ve purposely missed out characters from historical films about slavery or the segregation of black people, for I have another post coming purely for that)

Also, this is a list of characters that I know, not the only ones that are out there! Please add your favourite awesome black characters in the comments…

Shuri (Black Panther)

T’Challa (Black Panther)

M’baku (Black Panther)

Okoye (Black Panther)

Heimdall (Thor)

Starr (The Hate U Give)

Hazel (Heroes of Olympus)

Frozone (The Incredibles)

Nick Fury (The Avengers)

Nakia (Black Panther)

Rue (Hunger Games)

Sister Mary Clarence (Sister Act)

Michonne (The Walking Dead)

Will (Fresh Prince)

Michael (My Wife and Kids)

Geoffrey (Fresh Prince)

Terry (Brooklyn 99)

Agent J (Men in Black)

Dre (Black-ish)

Diane (Black-ish)

Charlie (Black-ish)

Captain Holt (Brooklyn 99)

Gus (Psych)

Troy (Community)

Kenan and Kel (Kenan and Kel)

Taystee (Orange is the New Black)

Poussey (Orange is the New Black)

Suzanne (Orange is the New Black)

Missandei (Game of Thrones)

Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Marlon (Marlon)

Lando (Star Wars)

Finn (star Wars)

Writing this list, I realised that I didn’t know many black characters. I struggled to think of them, which is really sad. As a mixed race (half black, half white) women who grew up with the black side of her family, I feel sad that I haven’t watched enough shows and films featuring black people. And even sadder is that this list has nearly no black characters from books.

But as an author, I aim to change that one day…And you should too, fellow writers!

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