Cover Photo: A still from The Legend of Korra. Shadow Korra menacingly approaches Korra, bound by chains, eyes glowing and ready to fight.
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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.

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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, a new yogi and a hazelnut latte enthusiast.