Juliana Smith Was Inspired by ‘The Boondocks’ to Create This Feminist Comic.

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(h)afrocentric comic series


Written by Juliana “Jewels” Smith, and illustrated by Ronald Nelson (H)afrocentric is a new comic series that centers around a group of students of color attending Ronald Reagan University. Main character Naima Pepper is a self-proclaimed radical black feminist, who grew up in a mostly white community.

(h)afrocentric comic series

Smith drew inspiration from Aaron McGruder’s popular The Boondocks comic series, which she points out often featured one-dimensional female characters, despite tackling issues of race in America. She wrote Naima Pepper to be complex.

“I purposely used the soapbox as Naima Pepper’s weapon of choice to take a crack at myself and activists alike, who lean towards self-righteousness,” Smith told The Establishment, “I also wanted Naima Pepper to have black feminist politics with millennial sensibilities.”

You can preview (H)afrocentric HERE and read the recurring series at The Establishment.


(h)afrocentric comic series

(h)afrocentric comic series

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