Episode 09: Superheroes and Representation in the Comic Book Universe

We’re in the full swing of summer, and Chevon and Hiba are diving into a conversation about representation in the superhero universe and the comic book world! 

DC Comics authors Gene Luen Yang and Minh Le join our hosts to talk about their projects “Superman Smashes The Klan” and “Green Lantern Legacy” and how their art and stories fit into the broader context around diversity and inclusion in superhero narratives. The conversation explores the origins of some of our modern superheroes, the influence of the events of WWII and the Civil Rights movement, and why comics are as important as ever to young readers of color. 

Next time on our season finale, we’ll be shouting out some of our fans that have left us reviews –– stay tuned, same Momentum time, same Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast!


Resources (by order of mention) 


Wes Moore Talks Fighting Poverty, Budget Priority, Systemic Change + His New Book (via Breakfast Club Power 105.1)



Gene Luen Yang


Official Website






Gene Luen Yang: Comics Belong in the Classroom (via Ted Talks) 



Superman Smashes The Klan (via DC Comics) 



Minh Le


Official Website 






Green Lantern Legacy (via DC Comics) 



March (series) by US Congressman John Lewis



Thich Nhat Hanh: The Monk Who Taught the World Mindfulness Awaits the End of This Life (via Time Magazine)



The Shadow Hero 



The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew



Captain America Truth: Red, White & Black


Executive Producers: 

Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui

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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.


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