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Roxane Gay is honored with the Freedom to Write Award during the PEN Center USA's 25th Annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Frederick M. Brown—Getty Images

Roxane Gay on Being the First Black Female Lead Marvel Writer: 'We Aren't Allowed to Fail'

Nov 10, 2016

Roxane Gay has made history as Marvel's first black woman lead writer for Black Panther: World of Wakanda, but her watershed achievement hasn't been an effortless experience.

The Bad Feminist writer was tapped by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Marvel to write a spinoff story of Coates' series, focusing on two of the Black Panther's female bodyguards who fall in love.

Writing about two women of color in a queer relationship for a mostly white, male-dominated franchise is groundbreaking, but Gay notes that it can also be daunting.

In an interview with Complex, Gay explains that while she is proud of the work that she is doing, it's not always easy to be a trailblazer, especially when it comes to making spaces for diversity.

" All too often, black creators aren't allowed to make mistakes," Gay said. "We aren't allowed to fail. If we do, we're not only the first, we're the last. That keeps me up at night."

However, Gay is up to the challenge — and looking to the future.

" I certainly hope this isn't the last comic book I write."

Read the full interview at Complex.com

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