Black Panther has stolen the show ladies and gents. Black people have arrived and we’re not going anywhere.
Grossing more than $700M worldwide within a two-week span, Black Panther is the third largest grossing Marvel movie of all time.
Director Ryan Coogler, an Oakland native, and the all-Black all-star cast, including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker and many more, brought to life a modern day hero to Black and African communities.
Growing up in the 90s, I never saw a Black hero. Maybe if you count that one kid from Captain Planet, or the black Power Ranger. Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, demonstrates to young African American boys that they are not bad, they are not hooded thieves, or drug addicts. Leading lady Lupita Nyong’o shows young African American girls that they can be beautiful, kick ass and find love without compromise.
A few themes shine throughout the movie, such as:
The divide amongst Wakandans (Africans) and Black Americans
A young Black man who is raised by the streets with no father figure to show him right from wrong
Black women as the Queens and warriors we truly are
Unity / Peace, not only among all Wakandan tribes, but with the world
And the winner of “Best Film of 2018” goes to…Mr. Coogler (shoutout to my fellow Sac State Alum) and his production team for developing such an amazing, inspiring, righteous story.
Generally, black films are portrayed or assumed to be low budget, a comedy or be a story surrounding slavery; however, Black Panther is modern, action-packed, and allows us to tell our own story the way we want.
As Issa Rae said, “I’m rooting for everybody Black.”
By CSUITEMusic Lifestyle Blogger Tiffany Garcia
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