Another Monday means another blog, and we are “BACK AGAIN” – big up Troopz for that one!
Recently I have noticed the clear and apparent publication of black hairstyles in animation on TV and even big screen movies. I will be delving into examples of throwback and more recent characters that show a variety of these styles . If you are a fan of animated movies, cartoons and shows then this one is for you!
Let’s kick it off with the amazing Spider-man movie that dropped last year titled “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” This introduced the first afro-latina Spider-man character “Miles Morales” into the Spider-verse on the big screen. This quirky, cool character sported a rather un-tamed afro and really stamped black roots on a big mainstream hero. This was even accompanied by the black Spider-suit and the trade-mark Jordan 1 Retro High Spider-Man Origin Story Nike Dunks.
Who DIDN’T watch “The Boondocks” ?! This show was the pinnacle of Black America when it initially launched on 6 November 2005. It was a hilarious outline on black lives in America. It followed the trends of music, news, the world and even played up to stereotypes of Uncle Toms and the typical rapper lifestyle. Huey and Riley Freeman were the main characters with contrasting personalities and hairstyles. With Riley opting for canerows while Huey chose to have his hair out in a huge afro which seemed to signify his “woke” personality. Let’s not forget Thugnificent – his hairstyle was plain and simply WILD!
Frozone – “Where is my super suit?” he was a great addition to the Incredibles family that provided extra wit and a frosty finish. Although he was bald – it does show a variety of hairstyles or lack of hairstyles for black characters within the cinematic universe.
Real 90s babies are going to love this one! Who remembers Gerald from “Hey Arnold!” ? he was one of the original characters to have a consistent high top in the 90s cartoon world.
Static – the DC animated hero with the power of electromagnetic control and generation. He was known for his distinctive dreads and his electricity generating from his hands while surfing on his self-built metal saucer.
90s babies I’m going to take you down memory lane AGAIN for this one. Vincent Pierre “Vince” LaSalle is one of the main characters of the television show we all loved called “Recess.” On top off that, he rocked the typical 90s/early noughties high top fade throughout the shows air time on television. He was also known to be confident, cool and very athletic – often seen with a basketball in his hand.
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If you have any characters that I’ve missed in this blog, let me know in the comments below!