The era of consuming television and cinematic entertainment strictly via mainstream sources is officially behind us. Advancements in technology have granted opportunities for film makers, screen writers and creative people of color worldwide to produce content that reflects their stories. While this often means tuning to a web series following adult protagonists’ adventures fighting for mankind in this realm or the next, today it can also mean watching a child of color take on adventures of her very own.
This is the case of seven-year-old Angie Martinez, the protagonist of hit web series The Invasion: Angie’s Logs. Portrayed by actress Catori Crawford, Angie is an adolescent with the superpower to make anything in her imagination come to life. While recording her YouTube show, “The Angie Show,” she witnesses the beginning of an alien invasion. Angie wages war against the aliens with the help of her babysitter, Beth, her trusted sidekick and teddy bear, Mr. Snuggles, and the artillery created from her imagination. Whether it means turning a cardboard box into a spaceship or bringing a home made laser gun to life, Angie will do whatever it takes to save Planet Earth and its unsuspecting inhabitants.
At Angie’s age it was common for me to declare myself a space cadet at any given time; searching for signs of life in other galaxies while living in a space station like the characters of Disney’s Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century. While my imagination had no limits, my representation did. Even in my adolescence I knew that seeing myself on screen was rare. That awareness fueled my excitement to see Nebula, a Black girl and Zenon’s best friend, who always appeared to help save the day.
The imagery we see as children impacts us in countless ways. Our entertainment should be a universal experience because it ultimately influences how we engage with ourselves and the world. Seeing a Black child star in a Sci-Fi web series as the lead character and protagonist is nothing short of revolutionary, and I plan to introduce this show to my nieces, my nephews and anyone with a child whose curiosity is endless.
Click here to check out the trailer and full episodes of The Invasion: Angie’s Logs.