Finding African American heroes was always relatively easy for me.
What types of heroes, you may ask?
Great authors and hard-hitting journalists that brought down institutions with pen and smarts? Doctors or firemen saving lives on the front lines? Not always. As a kid, my heroes came to me on a regular schedule, after school and on Saturday mornings on a Zenith television (with an actual cathode ray tube!)
Like most every other kid that I knew in the 80’s (and part of the 90’s), I was glued to the television watching my favorite shows. Whereas my older sister watched shows like Dance Party USA and listened to Menudo, I found myself lost in, and totally enthralled with, the world of science fiction. To me, the absolute perfect blend of art and science.
Sure, there are the obvious list of greats including Lando Calrissian (Star Wars). But everyone knows him. He’s got an action figure.
What about those little known stars you may have forgotten about? Let’s travel down a little stretch of memory lane at a time when VHS toploaders were the “hottest technology” and a new cell phone only weighed a few pounds.
5. Dr. Elvin “El” Lincoln. Misfits of Science. El is a very tall and socially awkward man, who is able to shrink from 7’4″ to 11″ with a press on the back of his neck.
4. Winston Zeddmore. The Ghostbusters. The only member of the Ghostbusters team that wasn’t a founding member. Zeddmore provided common sense and comedy relief.
3. Jazz. The Transformers. Self-possessed, calm, and utterly collected, Jazz is head of Special Operations, with his own dedicated roster of agents.
2. J. D. Bennet (aka I.Q.). Bionic 6. Super-strength (he is even stronger than the other, superhumanly-strong members of the team) and super-intelligence.
1. Geordi LaForge. Star Trek: The Next Generation. LaForge started out aboard the Enterprise as Helmsman, but was shortly promoted to Chief Engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
– Justin H. S. Breaux