Another series on deck, “Futuro Negro” (Black Future). It is an off-shoot from the “Black Boys Bloom Thorns First Series.” This one will be a little more heavy with violence I think. It’s Fuckboi Erik +Hoe Ass Erik + Junior Killmonger. If you read “Say Less”, you’ve met Marisol, and also one of Erik’s Brazilian girlfriends. This book takes place right before “Say Less” and some parts during BBBTF Vol. 3.
Erik Stevens and Marisol De Souza have known each other since they were born. Having mothers that were best friends, their lives have been intertwined so much that they have become family–play cousins–and like all families, they have their ups and downs together.
Raised in Black activist households and taught to master the art of Capoeira since they were children, both Erik and Marisol go through an unexpected trauma together in grade school when Marisol’s politically active Aunt, Lia De Souza, is assassinated after a political rally in Sao Paulo, right in front of Erik.
Forever changed by the assassination, Erik and Marisol become closer and vow revenge as teenagers, carrying through on that vow as young adults, setting the stage for Erik’s transformation into Killmonger later in life.
Marisol shares many of Erik’s darkest secrets, even his plans for Wakanda as she marks his body for him with the keloid scars that start even before Erik joins the military.
Throughout their journey together with Capoeira, Carnival, and Candomble, Erik and Marisol learn that Black life only changes with direct action, and that love is for the brave, even a forbidden love that Marisol hides from Erik.