​IT MATTERS.
 It started with a question 
2014 Summer "I'm sure you can name 5 superheroes but can you name 5 black superheroes - without the internet...". I asked this question to a social media forum. The end results proved that very few people could name a superhero of color and sadly neither could I. A few weeks later I posted the question again and nothing. And so, I began looking at a connection between media rhetoric, storytelling, perception, heroism and how those elements may impact us socially. This was after Trayvon and before Baltimore. 


 2015 January I'm at work, at a 9-1-1 dispatch center, thinking about how to improve our community. Searching the web and reading material on a very old "social" group, The Klan, I wanted to know where some of the negative rhetoric began and if it even started with them. A few months later a colleague introduced me to google archive papers online. Within the periodicals of 
history, I found that it is a community's social norm, - it wasn't the police it was the public. Public perception and public policy created the environment of generational discrimination.


2016 February I wore the t-shirt (shown on the left) to work and immediately someone asked to explain and why "white" heroes don't matter. I had to defend the thesis in the middle of a call center without the luxury of being around like-minded supporters. There was a dismissiveness to why it mattered as a continued to explain. If you want to give someone hope and make attempts to build then one must be willing to have this dialog. Building a community is more than commerce and fortification, there's artistry, story, policy, sciences and so on. 


      

It Matters 2019.

Back in 2014

It Matters 2018.

Your contribution, however large or small will help create a diversity comic con in Pittsburgh.It will be a place where New heroic characters and stories can flourish. Every little bit helps, thank you.

It Matters 2017.

​The Black Heroes Movement