Racial Stereotypes Gone Cosmic: Meet Mam-E!

Houston, TX artist Dawolu Jabari Anderson paints gigantic old-school comic book covers, featuring weird racial archetypes turned science-fictional: like Mam-E, who wields the power of the Broom Cosmic to fight lizards, aliens and... the Kool Aid guy?

Anderson's comic-book covers take racist stereotypes and transplant them into a fantastical world of superpowers and stylized action. Here's Anderson's explanation of Mam-E's superpowers, which are always at the disposal of the "white chilluns":

Mam-E is endowed with great strength and enhanced agility and endurance. More than anything she has an undying will that has served her even more so than her cosmic capabilities. She has a broom that has secrets yet to be unlocked. She has learned with a sudden sweeping gesture that she can conjure a miniature tornado, which can lay low a small cabin. The broom can also project synthetic kinetic energy blasts. She can build up the force by slamming her broom against a hard object. The kinetic blows are stored in the circuitry of the broom where they are amplified and then channeled through the three rings at the end of Mam-E's broom. So far she hasn't reached a limit to the amount of kinetic energy that can be discharged.


If you're up for seeing more of these chaotic, satirical glimpses of a whole made-up comic-book universe ("Gullah Sci-Fi Mysteries") from Anderson, a member of the collective Otabenga Jones and Associates, then you can check out his gallery show that just opened in Houston. You can also find more of them at his blog, at the first link. (The Kool-Aid guy cover is at the second link.) [Gullah Sci-Fi Mysteries via Houston Chronicle]


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