Yesha Callahan

Amandla Stenberg Creates Black Warrior Woman Comic, Becomes Our Hero Yet Again

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Just when we thought Amandla Stenberg couldn’t get any more awesome, she goes and one-ups her awesomeness in the best way ever. There’s been much talk about the lack of black faces in the comic book genre and we are proud to say the 16-year-old is helping to even the scales a bit with the creation of an animated series centered around a black warrior woman, “Niobe: She is Life.”

The comic will follow the life of protagonist Niobe Ayutami, a half-elf, half-human warrior, who’s on a journey of self-discovery and a mission to save the world. Stenberg told the HuffingtonPost in a statement:

“I was drawn to give voice to Niobe and co-write her story because her journey is my journey. I connect to her mixed racial background and quest to discover her innate powers and strengths, to learn who she truly is. “She is on a path to a destiny that will test her faith and her will, something we can all relate to.  But there’s never been a character quite like her — one who shatters the traditional ideal of what a hero is. We need more badass girls!”

You can say that again.


Stenberg partnered with Stranger Comics, a multi-platform publishing company, to bring Niobe to life as well as Ashley A. Woods, a Black illustrator.

“Niobe Ayutami is our hope. Both in the real world and the world of dreams,” Woods told HuffPo. She is courageous, beautiful, flawed, brave, and has the tenacity to follow through with her convictions.

Niobe is Amandla… and I am honored to see them grow together into someone quite special,” she Woods told Huff Po adding that the character is “Someone I can follow. A hero for our time.”

“Niobe: She is Life” will make its debut November 4.

  1. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    In every generation, there will always be creative souls who stand out and express truth to power magnificently. One such human being is Amandla Stenberg. Consistently, she has defended the human dignity of black people, especially black woman. She has exposed the evil of cultural appropriation and she honors the beauty of blackness. She’s a genius who analyzes society in such a great way and realizes that the essence of truth is to promote love and to confront injustice. She has overcome obstacles despite the hate from the naysayers and she has spoken gracious truths that the world needs to hear and comprehend. She is a teenage and a person with a great future ahead of her. So, I congratulate Amandla on her comic book endeavor. The comic book shows the great message that females of color have every right to stand up for justice to express the prodigious concepts of helping out our neighbors, defeating evil, and following altruism. Her gifts are being shown globally and Sister Ashley Woods should also receive credit as a great illustrator as well. The character Niobe is a great character which will inspire other females to follow their aspirations as human beings.

  2. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    She’s just keeps on winning! Kudos to this very bright and creative young sister who is making her own way and finding creative ways to express herself. She is just wonderful.

  3. September 4, 2015 - Reply

    So much respect for her. I would do the same; I can write epic stories, but I need an artist! :'( I love comics and always wish for more black characters, especially females. I wish the same for video games. Video games are an area that is severely deficient of black female characters.

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