If Africa would have been able to realize itself for itself- Lupita Nyongo. All photos are courtesy of Disney/Marvel Black Panther promotional material.
Whew! Black Panther is the best movie in the history of best movies ever! I can’t believe that it has finally made its arrival to theaters all across the nation and the world.
I remember sitting and watching the preview of Black Panther at Blogalicious9 in Miami in 2017. I literally became mesmerized to see such beautiful people of color across the screen, with such majestic beauty, intelligence, power, and grace all over the place!
When the preview ended, I jumped out of my seat and screamed and gave a traditional African salute to Black Panther in the form of pure ululation! I am seriously loving everything, and can’t for more of this stunning movie.
I love seeing a beautiful African cast in all of it’s abundant diversity, directed by a creative genius, and total mastermind in the form of Ryan Kyle Coogler a very talented director, and screenwriter. Coogler has a wonderful history of breath-taking movies including Fruitvale Station and Creed. Black Panther hands-down had the best cinematography, and costuming that just sends the movie-goer on a direct flight straight to Wakanda. The amazing soundtrack, promoting the increased knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the African Diaspora, the limitless displays of female empowerment played by strong characters who could stand on their own with their own special gifts and talents.
I need to see more of the pride, love, representation, culture, life, and wealth of Africa. I want my children to continue to see their legacy in living color. I want them to embrace that they are truly Kings, Queens, and Princesses, and not the negative stereotypes that seem to plaster across the mainstream television screens, and social media. I want them to know that they have a deeper story, a larger picture that is beyond creation, because they are the most beautiful creation of a lifetime.
I want them to know that they are powerful, just by being both Zimbabwean and Black American, and that they are the future of several nations, and the messengers of a global voice that should, and will continue to be heard, and not locked away in history books, and lost slave chronicles.
I want them to see African faces taking on technology, engineering, arts & sciences, math, film direction, and costume design. They can become the people who write, direct, and create the movies for future generations. Black Panther “pushed the button,” on everything, and I am so here for all of it.
Black Panther is a movie, but it had a brilliant way of intertwining real African concepts into a futuristic backdrop that showed the positive aspects of African life.
Africa is a continent of wealth that has been exploited, assaulted, raped and pillaged, and the narrative has been changed several times for the people who have left due to slavery, immigration, or fleeing from their lives during times of war.
Black Panther created a narrative that showed the diversity, and beauty of the continent that sometimes get lost in translation in the western world. The word wakanda itself means to throw or threw in Shona a language spoken in Zimbabwe the southern reigon of Africa.
The Wakanda in the movie, was not colonized, so it showed the possibility of Africa if it realized itself for itself. The wealth of Africa is very seldom seen on such a global scale, but the movie Black Panther displays a re-imagining of what would have been possible if colonization did not exist.
I think that the most gratifying feeling was seeing everyone rocking their African attire to go see the movie. I saw so many FB and IG pics of men, women, and children rocking their own unique looks to see Black Panther.
I saw so much diversity in the way that African people of the Diaspora wanted to show up, and show out for such a stunning epic adventure. I felt super proud to be a “daughter of the diaspora,” and to support such growth, and love of the human spirit. I love the conversations, think pieces that are being written, people yearning to learn more about their African ancestry, women standing in their truth without any apologies on color or hair texture in the world.
The impactful role of empowered female characters in the movie. Nakia is a Wakandan spy and a member of the War Dogs. Shuri is a Science ad technological wiz, and the creator of most of the improvements to the Black Panther suit.
Ramonda which is Angela Bassett’s character in the film is just super bad for no reason. I swear Angela Bassett could act her way out of a trash bag, and still remain flawless in the process. She is a strong, wise, graceful, and beyond stellar personification of female leadership. She commands the respect, honor, and dignity, of everyone that is in the room. And Girl, how could I leave out Okoye, the head of Dora Milage (a fierce all female army based on the Dahomey Amazons, at one time considered the most feared women in the world.
I really have so much more that I could say about this awesome, amazing, stunning, and fearless “work of art.” called Black Panther. I have fan-girled, philosophized, critiqued, and analyzed this movie more than enough in one blog post.
All I have to say is, “What if Africa could have realized itself for itself?”