Crown is a comic book I have in the works. Crown is about Teji a young black girl trying to live her truth in a world where the norm for beauty is white. Teji will explore the challenges black girls and women face in society trying to be natural, trying to be themselves. Teji is a superhero, who’s hair is her superpower. Here you will find updates on Teji and her journey to life.


Like every superhero, Crown has a logo, a symbol that represents who she is in her core. Crown’s logo is inspired by a hair pick. The power pick to be exact.

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Teji aka Crown. Her Crown was her hair. Her most prized possession!

Character design final (1)





Got the first stretches of Teji aka Crown! 👑

Her hair gave me the goosies! ❤️💓💝

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Lashawn Colvin Artist: Julie Anderson


Another WIP (work in progress), The artist, chose a grey scale to highlight her facial features.

I wanted Teji, the main character to have noticeable black features. Features that black people get ridiculed for, but others pay millions to have!

Teji is her name. Teji means Crown in Swahili

Artist: Julie Anderson
Editor: Lashawn Colvin

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Two years ago I got an idea for a comic book. For two years this idea rattled around in my head with no outlet! Until now!

Teji aka Crown woke me up out of my sleep (most of my story ideas do). I had a dream of a superhero. A black superhero. A black female superhero. A black female superhero, whose hair was her superpower!

Black hair is the best hair (to me). There is so much black hair can do, from curls to coils, to an afro, to straight as a bone, to braids and finger waves! When wet our hair shrinks to sometimes half its length! Our thickness is unmatched! And don’t get me started on the many textures are hair can have! Black girls can change her hair and change her whole appearance in one day!

For a woman, her hair is a huge part of her identity. Black Women pay thousands of dollars a year on just their hair just to be told it’s not good enough! Black hair is being attacked in the workplace, in our kid’s schools and even by our own people!

Teji was created to tell black girls, black women that their hair is good enough! Their hair is beautiful! Their hair is accepted!

Her Crown was her hair. Her most prized possession!

Editor: Lashawn Colvin Artist: Julie Anderson


Teji aka Crown was created to let the world know that Black features are beautiful! She will be a symbol for young black girls! She will help them realize their natural curls don’t mean nappy! She will teach them that nappy can be beautiful! She will give a voice to all the girls that were teased for what God gave them! Teji will teach girls the power of their hair! That it truly is a superpower! Teji was created for my nieces and God daughters! My hope is she touches every girl in the world! 👑

Her Crown was her hair. Her most prized possession!

Editor: Lashawn Colvin Artist: Julie Anderson
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When we first started creating Teji aka Crown’s character we decided to go with a more cartoony look! I knew I wanted Teji to look young, embody the essence of Janelle Monae and to have big CRAZY hair!

Artist: Julie Anderson Editor: John Schaidler

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Teji’s original character design started out extremely cartoony.

I decided weeks after she was originally created that I wanted something more realistic and dramatic. I wanted little girls to be able to relate to her looks and also see themselves in her features.
I consulted with another artist to see what they could come up with! I told them I wanted her hair to make a statement!
And boy did artist: dodotasmoro do just that!
Editor: John Schaidler