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    #HumansOfScottAFB: Senior Airman Dacari Richardson [Image 9 of 23]

    #HumansOfScottAFB: Senior Airman Dacari Richardson



    Photo by Senior Airman Tara Stetler 

    375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

    “Outside of work, I like to read, draw, and write. I’ve been working on a project for a good year now. I was inspired by the movie Black Panther, which had a massive impact on me. I’ve been a fan since I was a child, and getting to see one of my childhood heroes on the big screen made me feel like a kid again and made me wonder what the next one was going to be like. Black Panther has a limited number of villains, so I thought to myself ‘I should make my own villain for him.’ I started drawing and writing the villain’s background and powers. I got my wife involved, and she loved it, but then she told me, ‘You should make your own thing instead of just doing Marvel.’

    I started thinking of ideas and researching African mythology, which opened up so many doors. Reading these mythologies and legends I’d never heard of made me think, “Why isn’t this a movie? Why isn’t this a show?” Discovering this inspired me to make my own African-based fantasy. Right now, it’s African mythology meets Narnia meets Avatar the Last Airbender. The villain I made for Black Panther is now the main villain for my creative piece. I started sharing my ideas with friends and co-workers, and they liked the concept. My family and friends have been really supportive. To be honest, I haven’t decided on what platform I want to use, whether it’s a novel, comic book, TV show, or movie. Right now, I’ve been calling it my creative piece until I decide. Working on this distracts me when I’m down. It makes me feel less stressed and brings out the creative side of myself.

    Black Panther became a cultural phenomenon because a lot of African Americans didn’t see themselves as superheroes. I want to do the same when it comes to the fantasy genre. I read a lot of fantasy, and there aren’t a lot centered around African Americans or African culture. I feel that it’s very underrepresented and under-appreciated, and it’s not just us, but people of color in general. So, I want to put this piece out there so everyone can relate and feel included.”

    - Senior Airman Dacari Richardson, 375th Force Support Squadron Official Mail Center administrator

    #HumansOfScottAFB is an ongoing photo series featuring the stories of people who work, live, and volunteer at Scott Air Force Base.



    Date Taken: 07.18.2019
    Date Posted: 09.16.2019 16:46
    Photo ID: 5754613
    VIRIN: 190718-F-VX890-2011
    Resolution: 5838x4339
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