Black superheroes, like Black versions of most things, were never really relevant in “pre-post-racial America.” For years, young Black kids didn’t have superheroes who looked like them and were forced to either create them (in their mind) or sift through scraps for decent Black heroes like those on this list. Here are the ten greatest Black superheroes. Take a look.
Django The greatest of all exceptional negroes who did things in a movie that we’ve never seen a Black man do before. Runaway slave killing thousands of wicked white people before riding off into the sunset with his queen? Legend.
John Henry He’s just as real as Meek Mill’s inside voice, Candyman and Zamunda, but will always be a true Negro-American hero to those who grew up reading his classic tall tales during Black History Month.
Shaft No fictional character defined an era like the super-cool Blaxploitation icon. With legendary swag levels and the greatest theme song ever, he was everything the brotha man strived to be in the ’70s.
Hammerman MC Hammer had his own cartoon where he fought crime with magical talking church shoes. If THIS doesn’t make him a legend, nothing will. Photo credit: Instagram
Kwame the Planeteer Voiced by LeVar Burton aka Kunta Kinte/Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (first Black man in space), he flourished as the token Black on “Captain Planet” who controlled Earth while wearing Cross Colours, high water shorts and British Knights. Photo credit: Instagram
Zack, Black Ranger It was only right that the Black Power Ranger was Black on the politically-incorrect hit show where the Yellow Ranger was Asian. Hindsight is hilarious.
Meteor Man Corniest. Superhero. Ever. But he was all we had at the time and, for that, we’re thankful. Well, not really, but he definitely paved the way for today’s Black superheroes. All three of them.
Storm Most people will never forgive Halle Berry for her cringe-worthy portrayal of the iconic weather-controlling mutant in the X-Men movies. Without Storm and her incredible power, the X-Men just don’t work. Photo credit: Instagram
Luke Cage At one point, he was the ONLY Black superhero in comics whose popularity led Marvel to develop the now mythical Luke Cage movie with the same release date as “Detox.” Photo credit: Instagram