Ravynn K. Stringfield

Instructor & Writer
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Ravynn K. Stringfield is an American Studies Ph.D. candidate at William & Mary. Her research centers Black women and girls in new media fantasy narratives. She is also a blogger, essayist and novelist. Ravynn's work has been featured in Catapult, ZORA, Shondaland, Voyage YA Journal and midnight & indigo. For more about her, visit her website, ravynnkstringfield.com, or follow her on Twitter: @RavynnKaMia.


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Black Women in Fantasy Saved Me Where Academia Failed

What I needed was a lifeline—a project that would make this whole thing feel worthwhile. Monica Lynne led me to that answer.

Cover Photo: Promotional photograph via Universal Pictures
What ‘Fast & Furious’ Can Teach Us About Women Who Reclaim Their Power

Letty Ortiz reflects back the best of our hero’s characteristics with fewer of the hang-ups.

Cover Photo: Promotional still via Marvel Studios
Zendaya is Not Your Mama’s Mary Jane

The Black leading ladies of superhero media haven’t always gotten the best deals. But like much of the comic book–inspired world, one change could shape the mythos for decades to come.

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Unraveling the Myth of the Black Supermom

Nora and Iris West-Allen's fraught relationship proves that even we daughters often expect superheroics from our very human Black mothers.

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Cover Photo: This is a photograph of one of the author's bullet journal pages. It's a calendar drawn out in dark blue marker, with flowers around the edges and a section for goals, to do's, gratitude, and notes
Bullet Journaling to Save a Life

After being diagnosed with bipolar II, I resolved that a soft-cover turquoise journal and a set of brush pens would guide me back to myself.

Cover Photo: on the left: a photograph of Dr. Eve. L Ewing seated in a chair, smiling and wearing a dark green and rose sweater; on the right: a Marvel comics illustration of Riri Williams (Ironheart) in flight; both images are set against a dark starry background
How Eve L. Ewing Makes Her Stories Fly

“I’m passionate about advocating for young people to engage with literature, with art-making, with storytelling, because those are opportunities I had at a very young age.”

Cover Photo: crop of comic book cover illustration of Riri WIlliams, aka Ironheart
How I Became a Scholar of Black Girl Fantasy

These stories had deep histories, centered Black women, and belonged to us. We only had to be brave enough to claim them.

Cover Photo: A still from The Legend of Korra. Shadow Korra menacingly approaches Korra, bound by chains, eyes glowing and ready to fight.
How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

Cover Photo: An image of a black woman smiling in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
How a Black Girl Learned To Fly

As the plane began to taxi, the first line of the comic Riri Williams: Ironheart #1 danced in my mind: “I was never meant to fly.”