‘Malika: Warrior Princess’ Serves All Kinds of #BlackGirlMagic


The year 2016 has been a crock of bullshit in a lot of ways, but black art is not one of those. Netflix graced us with The Get Down and Luke Cage, HBO debuted Issa Rae’s long-awaited Insecure last week, and Donald Glover released his brilliant series, Atlanta. Finally, we’re not compelled to support any and every black work out of rarity (at least for now). We can pick and choose.

If you love shows like Game of Thrones, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Marco Polo, you should probably to choose to support Malika: Warrior Queen. Set in fictional fifteenth century West Africa, Malika is queen and military commander of Azzaz, a large empire with five provinces she inherited from her father. Trouble arises within Malika’s council, as well as abroad, with a foreign empire planning to destroy her people (sound familiar?)

Creator Roye Okupe surpassed his $7,000 goal on Kickstarter, so we can expect a graphic novel in spring 2017. I’m excited to support, but when looking at the pictures, all I can think about are the possibilities for an anime or live-action series. Okupe did seek distribution for his first futuristic comic, E.X.O.: The Legend of Wale Williamsbut didn’t get far and was finally told by a producer that he should consider changing the race of the hero. Hopefully, Malika gets further than E.X.O.

Read more about the kingdoms of Azzaz,  Roye Okupe’s kickstarter and YouNeek Studios here.

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