The black superhero: A new age for a familiar genre

“It used to be that one show had to be representative of all black people,” says Cheo Hodari Coker, showrunner of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” and a former Los Angeles Times music writer. “Now you have several black superhero narratives on television, and at the same time you also have shows like ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Insecure,’ ‘The Chi’ and ‘Power.’ There’s so many different elements of the black experience on television now, it takes the pressure off any one [show] to represent everybody.”