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Future Doctor Colin Kaepernick Hopes To 'Change The Game' With Young Adult Novel

Colin Kaepernick likely had no idea the impact he would have on society from taking a knee. His visible act of protest against police brutality attracted the attention of supporters and critics alike. However, he never let any of the pressure stop him from standing ten toes down (well, knee down) on what he believed was right. Several years into his activism, Kaepernick is adding young-adult author to his arsenal of tools with an upcoming book entitled “Change The Game.”

Josh Rodgers

May 19, 2022

Charlamagne Tha God Expands Imprint Into Graphic Fiction To Create New Black And Brown Superheroes

Since launching Black Privilege Publishing, Charlamagne Tha God has been working diligently to highlight Black stories that wake up the community and aren’t typically told in mainstream culture. In 2021, the multimedia mogul spoke with AfroTech about his imprint publishing its first fiction novel, “Shallow Waters” by Anita Kopacz. Now, he’s taking a new step of diving into graphic fiction. Charlamagne has announced that he’s expanding his media empire with new projects in the genre, according to a press release shared with AfroTech. For the imprint’s first graphic novel — “Darkstorm” — it’s written by seasoned screenwriter and comic book writer Kevin Grevioux, who’s most known for the “Underworld” film franchise. “If you know anything about me, then you know how much I love comics. I’m the guy who got Wolverine holding a microphone tattooed on his arm when he was 17 because of my love of comics. Partnering with Kevin Grevioux to present this new universe, filled with Black and Brown...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 14, 2022

Method Man's MEFaverse Continues To Unravel With The Launch Of Its Second Phase

Method Man is continuing to build out the MEFaverse! According to a press release shared with AfroTech, he has launched the second phase of his metaverse-backed world of Hip-Hop culture, gaming, art, tech, entertainment, and comic books. The rap legend and WMG’s Ray Acosta collaborated for the release of “a unique collection of NFT profile pictures (PFPs)”. “ We literally lifted 20 of the main characters from the graphic novel and made 20x mini-collections consisting of 420 variations and unique traits of each for a total of 8400 variations. Crazy!” Method Man said, according to the press release. He continued: “We wanted to provide a safe place for everyone interested in all things Hip Hop, comic books, skateboarding, gaming, Web 3.0 and, of course, art. Times are different today than when I was coming up. Be proud of your nerdism and wear it on your chest! I know I am.” The press release shares that minting is set to exclusively open for the MEFaverse on April 8 “with a set price...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 7, 2022

Alicia Keys Announces Her First-Ever Graphic Novel, A Story About A 14-Year-Old Black Female Superhero

The ability to translate a piece of art into a new medium is one that Alicia Keys has recently executed with her latest project — marking five years in the making. Inspired by her fifth studio album and hit single, “Girl on Fire,” the singer has released her first-ever young adult graphic novel, which she shared in an Instagram post. According to Rated R&B, the new novel follows the story of 14-year-old Lolo Wright, a young Brooklyn girl who discovers she has superpowers. Co-written by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by Brittney Williams, “Girl on Fire” embodies the song’s lyrics. For instance — “She got her head in the clouds, And she’s not backing down.” “When I wrote ‘Girl On Fire,’ I knew I was writing it for that girl in the way back row who needed someone to tell her there’s nothing you can’t do, that nothing is impossible,” Keys shared in a past statement, according to Rated R&B. “When Andrew and I came up...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 2, 2022

Rapper Vince Staples Turns The Page To Author As He's Set Release His First Graphic Novel

Vince Staples is venturing into new territory! According to Pitchfork, he has penned a graphic novel, “Limbo Beach,” which has an anticipated release date of December 2021. The book is currently underway in partnership with Bryan Edward Hill, the author of “Batman & the Outsiders” and “Titan,” Chris Robinson of “Children of the Atom,” and Buster Moody of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” “Every kid has the same story. Wash up on shore. Enter the amusement park. Get superpowers. Why are you so different?” reads the book’s summary. “Join fan-favorite rapper Vince Staples, Bryan Edward Hill, Chris Robinson, and Buster Moody on an adventure into the mysterious Limbo Beach, an island theme park ruled by adolescents with unique abilities! Follow the newest member of the Wunderlosts, a band of misfit teenage raiders, on a journey to discover the truth about the park—and himself—in a tale that is equal parts Lord of the Flies and The Warriors.” “’Limbo Beach’ is the story of lost children...

Shanique Yates

Jun 25, 2021