books and eBooks featuring her adventures. My plan was to create a series of stories featuring a positive Black female character that taught a good moral message. But some people want to take my good intentions down a Road to Hell.
Some say I shouldn’t have Isis as a Christian, and that a New Heliopolitan goddess can’t serve God. But as Isis always says in her stories, that’s her religion. She does not worship the gods of New Heliopolis. In her eyes she’s just a member of the family. She wears the ankh necklace as a way to honor her mother and father as stated in the Bible.
The way I see it no one knows how they’re gonna come into this world. It’s the one thing none of us can control. And Isis like the rest of us who were born of human women is trying to make the best of the situation she came into. She learned Christianity growing up and lives to be a light that inspires others. Isis wants to do God’s work, not be worshipped as a goddess. To that end, she uses her New Heliopolitan powers towards helping others on Earth. She serves the people, the people do not serve her.
And then there are those that say Isis doesn’t appear Black on the covers. These color struck individuals say she isn’t brown enough. These skintone debaters want to bring their asinine Darkskin/Lightskin argument into my work. To those detractors: I say Black is who you are on the inside whether your skin is as black as coal or as white as an eggshell, it’s the content of your character that makes you Black, not the color of your skin.
I want all my readers to know the Isis I write is a Black woman. My Isis was born in Nubia, a kingdom in Africa. Throughout the stories I write about her golden skin. Golden as in golden brown like my own skin color. She has kinky/curly chestnut hair, which is described by other characters like Raheema Sanders as NATURAL or NAPPY. BLACK character traits. In the first Isis story Isis, she clearly states that Black people in America have skin her color and hair her texture. And the main reason she identifies with the struggles of Black people because she has experienced slavery as a child in Nubia and racism and discrimination as an adult in America.
No, the women who look like little black girls today in the media are Halle Berry, Beoynce, Nicki Minaj, Precious, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Basketball Wives, and the numerous girls and women who lose face as they shake their butts twerking on YouTube. These whores are hardly what any decent mother or father would consider a role model for an adult, let alone a little Black girl.
I knew every little girl regardless of race wants to be a princess when they’re little, even little Black girls. And I wanted to give little Black girls someone who was a REAL princess from a REAL royal bloodline, not a fake one like Disney’s Tiana. Someone who could connect them with both their African-and African-American history and heritage. Someone who would show them that their Blackness is beautiful and that Africa was a place filled with great kingdoms like Egypt, and its sister nation Nubia. The Main reason why Isis is Nubian is because she comes from Egypt’s sister nation. As the daughter of a Nubian slave Mother and a New Heliopolitan Pharaoh, she’s still a princess…in the technical sense.
It disheartens me that some people want to take the stories I write and twist them to fit their personal, religious, and political agendas. I find it funny that the very same Christian people who would give me grief about the Isis series would let their kids read Harry Potter books or play with Monster High dolls. They’re fantasy based on pagan concepts as well. But no one looks that deeply into those series. (I’m a big Monster High fan and never miss a video. Torelai is where I got the inspiration for D’lilah.)
I’m a Christian who believes in Jesus, God, and the Holy Trinity. And I grew up reading comics about Mighty Norse gods, Amazonian Wonder Women, Dark Knights, Boy Wonders, Supermen, American Super-Soldiers, Amazing Human Spiders, Iron Men in flying armored suits and Hulking big green monsters and I never once thought it blasphemous. I knew none of the stuff in comic books was real. It was just an escape that helped make life in a rundown one-bedroom apartment with four other people in the South Bronx a little easier.
If it weren’t for comic books I read in my brother’s collection over 30 years ago I wouldn’t be a writer today. And the reason why I write the Isis series is to give little Black girls the heroine that looks like them. The way I see it, if we had more characters like Isis in the media who present Black and African history and culture in a positive fashion then maybe more little Black girls wouldn’t choose the White doll when they go shopping or go out to sew an Asian woman’s dyed blonde hair in their head. If we had more characters like Isis little Black girls would be so proud of their own Blackness that they’d love their own natural hair and go out and pick up the Black doll up at the toy store.