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In what ways are you a superhero?

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When Robert Diggs, producer and “concept-crazed musical visionary” of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, is asked about Americans’ need for superheroes, he becomes animated.

“We need superheroes,” says Diggs — better known as “the RZA” (pronounced “Rissa”) — “and a superhero is somebody who does something super.”

Society needs superheroes, Diggs says: mentally, through entertainment such as movies and comics; and physically, through people who “go out every day in the world.”

When Diggs made his Bobby Digital in Stereo album, he went to the extent of imagining himself as a superhero. Diggs had a special “level-four security” suit made, “meaning you couldn’t stab me or shoot me. I was like, ‘I’m going out at night to fight crimes.’”

On a couple of nights, Diggs says, his mere presence prevented trouble.

Through its music, Wu-Tang captured its members’ childhoods and let listeners live them vicariously. One fan compared the band members to big brothers, giving him the confidence to feel that nobody could bother him. The music made him stronger.

Lesson: Be a superhero to your people. Protect and strengthen them.

— Adapted from “Our Man in Shaolin: The Stop Smiling Interview with the RZA,” Michael A. Gonzales, Stop Smiling.

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