Cover Photo: An image of a black woman smiling in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Photograph by Atikh Bana/Unsplash

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.”


The only student



Le Monde

, Aya,

Riri Williams: Ironheart #1



Black Girl Does Grad School

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,, or follow her on Twitter: @RavynnKaMia.