Ravynn Stringfield

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Ravynn K. Stringfield is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at William & Mary in Virginia. Her dissertation research focuses on Black women and girls in new media narratives that are fantastic, futuristic and digital in nature. She is a dog mom, stationery lover and hazelnut latte enthusiast.


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.”