Black Heroines: A Tribute

So there’s a popular internet meme going around online entitled We Love The Women Fandom Hates. It celebrates female characters that aren’t usually well-received by fandom.It’s a nifty concept and I’m glad that so many have taken to it.
In the spirit of that, I wanted to also show some love and celebrate the women fandom hates.
One group in particular, black women.

It’s no secret that characters of color, well people of color in general (artists, authors, actors, etc.) are regularly on the receiving end of the worst kind of racist and misogynistic denigration.
One group in particular, black women.

Anyone who has participated in fandom knows the type of disgusting hatred that the characters and the actresses who portray Tara from True Blood, Guinevere from Merlin and Dr. Martha Jones from Doctor Who regularly receives.

And there’s a reason for that.

Beautiful, sexy, intelligent, extraordinary, these goddesses are feared and despised because of the power they wield. Society constantly hurls shade at black women because of the phenomenal light that they shine.

So this post is not only a celebration of the nubian heroines who made me proud to call them my sisters but black women, period. This post is a tribute featuring a few of my favorite black female characters and actresses who brought the awesome back to fandom. This is also my way of saying thank you to all of the phenomenal nubian goddesses who have blessed and enriched my life over the years.

To all of my black women, this one’s for you:

Uhura: Star Trek

Cleopatra Jones

Pam Grier: Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown, Amanda Waller (Smallville)

Grace Jones: Conan the Destroyer, James Bond

Valerie: Josie & the Pussy Cats

Tina Turner: Thunderdome

Tess: Touched By An Angel

Shana: Jem & The Holograms

Netossa: She-Ra Princess Of Power

Nubia: The Black Wonder Woman


Monica Dawson: Heroes

Tara: True Blood

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Shuri, The Black Panther

Natasha Irons: Steel

Aaliyah: Romeo Must Die, Queen of the Damned

Tanya: Power Rangers Zeo & Power Rangers Turbo

Angela Bassett: Strange Days, Green Lantern, Alias

Misty Knight: Daughters of the Dragon, Heroes For Hire

Nikki Wood: Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Eliza Maza: Gargoyles

Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Eureka

Empress: Young Justice

Dr. Martha Jones: Doctor Who, Torchwood

Monet: X-Factor, Generation X

Guinevere: Merlin

Janet: Miss Jackson if you’re nasty. Rhythm Nation sealed it for me as far as fandom goes.

Capt. Kasidy Yates: Star Trek Deep Space Nine

Bonnie Bennett: Vampire Diaries

Kathy DuKane: Batman- Mystery of the Batwoman

Elizabeth X: Doctor Who

Kendra: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Marjean Holden: Mortal Kombat Ahnihilation, Beast Master, Renegade

Monica Rambeaux

Shepherd: Mass Effect 2

Max: Batman Beyond

Isabelle: The 4400

Naomie Harris: The Tomorrow People, Pirates of the Carribean

Vernita Green

Nikki Green

Francie/Alison Dorsen: Alias

Penny Proud: The Proud Family

Tiana: The Princess and the Frog

No. 5: Codename: Kids Next Door

Raina: Gossip Girl

Diana: White Collar

Diahann Carroll: White Collar, Dynasty, all things legendary!

Erica Tazel: Justified

Niobe: The Matrix

Xavin: Runaways

Angel: X-Men First Class

Zoe Saldana: Star Trek, Avatar, Colombiana….what hasn’t she been in?

Zoe Washburne: Firefly/Serenity


11 thoughts on “Black Heroines: A Tribute

  1. Dude you missed a one more person although they have a Japanese Name: Yoruichi Shihōin from Bleach, who was a former Captain and a skilled Martial Artist. Heck she was the first black woman that I seen in Anime that wasn’t a stereotype. I think that Tite kubo saw Eartha Kitt as Catwoman and drew his inspiration from that.

    Also you forgot Felicia Pearson from the Wire. Man I wish I can cast her in a Urban Fantasy Movie.

  2. Anissa Pierce/Thunder! I recently read the Judd Winick run on Outsiders (steeling myself for Chuck Dixon’s run), and she and Grace are my absolute favourites.

    (You also didn’t list the movie that Zoe Saldana cap came from: The Losers, from which film and original comic I’d have to nominate Aisha, despite her being very different people in each version)

    • Yeah there was no way I was going to be able to list everything and everyone. That’s why I joked about what movie Saldana hadn’t done. Otherwise, I’d STILL be compiling the list. LOL! 😉

  3. Grace Jones was the first black female actress I remember who wasn’t on the Cosby Show. And I remember thinking, “Oh — this is much better.”

  4. This is such an awesome list. I especially want to give thanks for mentioning the ladies of Power Rangers! They were a huge part of my childhood and it seems like the fandom forget these kick-ass ladies. (I’m also pissed off that they never seem to make anybody’s most attractive list either, but that’s whole ‘nother can of worms.)

  5. There a new black giel in Fantasy. Her name is “Bridget Reid,” from
    Landwhig’s Pride-The fifth token of life

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