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The Contours of Black Fandom

Omar Al Farooq Pn
Digital fan art of comicbook super-hero Black Panther

Recent films like Marvel's "Black Panther" and Jordan Peele's "Us" have been praised as a huge step forward for black representation in Hollywood and pop culture. But black actors and directors have been making art in Hollywood far before these films came to the big screen. 

On this segment of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe sat down with University of Iowa assistant professor of black and queer media studies Alfred Martin Jr. to discuss black fandom.

"It is very much representational in, 'Oh my god we have this black super-hero,'" says Martin. "But it is also political in the sense that it is, 'We got this black super-hero, we are showing up, and showing up with our dollars."

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa