Marvel Studios and Disney have teamed up to bring comic fans a long awaited arrival of “Black Panther” to the big screen. Box office totals are expected to shatter previous records and create new fans of the comic franchise. Have you seen moviegoers dressed in Dashikis and other costumes? It’s all part of this experience, soak it all in! Perhaps the greatest part of the BP experience is all the #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy on display in and around the film. From director Ryan Coogler to the amazing cast, this Black Panther Party just doesn’t stop! Check out the BP conversation with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Coogler
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is now open in theaters and its debut brings the pages of the historic comics to life. Making the characters in the fictional world a reality was tasked to costume designer Ruth Carter. Inspired by not one, but many different places in Africa, Carter melded the cultural aesthetics together to create a cohesive look that felt distinctly Wakandan.
I thought about it and unapologetically, I’m here for all of it! Almost as long as movies have existed, blacks have been depicted as subservient or criminal. Finally, we have a hero. The fictional land of “Wakanda” is set in Africa and features a mostly black cast (A Stan Lee cameo is par for the course).
This is a departure from the norm for Hollywood as well. There’s much to celebrate. This star studded cast carries its weight and I have to often remind myself that Angela Basset and Forest Whitaker are also in the movie. That much current star power in in the film. Of course, the trio of: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o lead the cast and have done earned much of the movie’s limelight.
For far too long, Hollywood has allowed let the worst of us define the rest of us. This is beyond problematic and is actually criminal. “Black Panther” won’t fully absolve Hollywood, but it’s an amazing start! Hollywood needs to continue to build on this and not stop short with a single film!
Not to be outdone, the bigots in America have reared their ugly heads. The demographic who needs no comic history lesson to understand the importance of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America or any of the other Avengers, seem to draw a blank when it comes to Black Panther.
For the record, this movie is not about the civil rights group from the 60’s. The name of the group has been demonized beyond repair, and to this day many people still mischaracterize it as a hate group.
Now that we’ve got all that cleared up, who’s ready for some popcorn and a good time?!? #WakandaForever