*Looks to the left* *Looks to the right* Oh look…I still have a blog. Weird.
Anyway, it’s Black History Month! You know, those 28 days that we are supposed to honor and celebrate the past, present, and future of the African American culture…. please tell me this time of the year is ringing a bell for you…
Welp, since I’m me, I decided that instead of doing the normal thing and honor actual people, I would shine some light on prominent Black superhero characters that I grew up on. Completely nerdy, yet you know you want to read more.
First up on the list is Captain Planet’s own wielder of the Earth power ring, Kwame.
So I’m starting out with Kwame for two reason: 1) He’s probably one of the first African superhero characters (he’s from Ghana, Africa if you didn’t know) you were aware of and 2) He’s is the first Black character I ever remember to be the leader of a team.
For 6 seasons, Kwame led the Planeteers through all types of eco-threatening hi-jinx in the 1990’s (3 of which he was receiving marching orders from Whoopi Goldberg . Google it), summoning the power of Earth
, which is a WAY better power than Heart. Ma-Ti sucks, to kick butt and take names. And when things got tough, he’d give the order to bring out the big guns by saying those four famous words, “Ma-Ti, you are useless” “Let our powers combine” calling forth the one and only Captain Planet.
Kwame was a huge asset to the team; being the voice of reason and maintaining the team’s focus. He always kept his cool under pressure
except for that one time when he questioned his usefulness and subsequently abandoned the Planeteers all while while saving the planet one day at a time. Hats off to the guy.
Oh! and lets not forget this guy provided Kwame’s voice
Always remember. The power is yours!