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Raheem Mander – Surian Seed, Trainwrecks

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Top row L–R: HBCU Superhero Sabotage // Raheem Mander // HBCU Superhero A.R.C.H. (photos via Surian Seed) 
// Bottom row L–R: Grimes (photo via Instagram) // Whipped Drinks (photo via website) // A very hungry 
raven (photo via Unsplash)

This week on Geek Girl Riot we chat with Raheem Mander about his creation Surian Seed comic book universe. We also dive into some trainwrecks. But first, a message from Sherin about racism, police brutality, and the failed justice system in America.

How ’bout Another Round of Trainwrecks
2021 just keeps handing out the trainwrecks which means we have to keep calling ’em out. Sherin, Philip, and Alex dig into some news that has got them giving major side-eye. We get into Staples Center’s ridiculous new rules, Grimes making some memories with aliens, and a very hungry raven. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

Introducing Surian Seed with Raheem Mander
Get ready to see the name Surian Seed everywhere. Right now it’s a proof of concept for an animated film that’s been years in the making by Raheem Mander—soon it’ll be an ever-expanding universe of HBCU superheroes. That’s right, a whole universe filled with superheroes representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities—how cool is that?

Raheem introduces Surian Seed and shares why it’s about to become a mega-hit, how he and his team have been working for years behind the scenes. He explains how they’re on the verge of turning the comic book series into an animated feature-length movie, a TV series, merchandise, and soon to be cinematic universe. 

As a Morehouse alum, Mander is working hard to make sure Surian Seed brings the community along with them by representing HBCUs in their superheroes AND giving the institutions a cut of the profits too. Which is a fantastic way to invest in Black futures for years to come. 

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Tune in to Geek Girl Riot on idobi Radio every Tuesday at 11pm ET / 8pm PT for your dose of late-night geekery from our team of Rioters. ’Til next time, see a list of everything our Rioters talked about below:


Campaign Zero
Color of Change
Black Lives Matter
Black Visions Collective
Black Women’s Blueprint
Ways You Can Help

If you’re interested in supporting Surian Seed:

From the show:
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s beef with Steak-umm
 – Staples Center’s new rules
 – Grimes’ new alien tattoo
 – J-Lo and A-Rod break up
 – A very hungry raven
 – A white-run company acting like they invented Dolgona coffee
 – Fiame Mata’afa potentially become Samoa’s new prime minister
 – This Land is My Land video game
 – Soul
 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
 – Captain Marvel
 – A Different World
 – Black Panther
 – The Blockheads
 – Avatar: The Last Airbender


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