In this day in age, we are often overwhelmed by the influence of digital media such as film. Growing up, many children are eager for the cinematic experience of viewing a motion picture. However; more often than not, African Americans in particular, are not given the opportunity to see their own culture fully acknowledged nor embraced on the big screen.
This year’s release of the highly-anticipated Marvel film, Black Panther, has provided the revelation movie viewers have been eagerly waiting for. The film both addresses and challenges issues such as oppression and colonialism while simultaneously offering diverse, progressive character development that audience members of all age and background can appreciate.
Seventh grade students from the Brooklyn Academy of Music shared their initial reactions and experience to be empowering as they were able to identify with the characters on screen. One student, Scottia Coy, told New York Times that “‘Black Panther’ will show people of the world how much more people of color can do.”
In addition to incorporating a predominantly African American cast, director Ryan Coogler was able to highlight a series of Afrofuturistic designs and technology within the feature, yet again, providing inspiration towards a global audience.
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The Wakandan army, primarily composed of technologically advanced females like the Dora Milaje, exercises a series of values including respect, loyalty, and strength. As a result, a petition has begun in order to create a Netflix series showcasing the bravery and merit of the Wakanda nation. If you’re interested in supporting this vision, sign the petition here.
Although Black History Month has come to a close, several doors have since opened following the release on February 16 and will continue to open. After making 700 million dollars at the box office on just its second weekend, it is no wonder the conversation has yet to cease. Wakanda Forever!