Why Black Panther Matters for Black Culture by Christopher Johnson (Posted February 4, 2018)
We are only a couple of weeks away from the most pre-ordered super hero movie of all time. A movie directed by a black man, Ryan Coogler (Creed). A movie with a star-studded black cast including but not limited to Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, and Danai Gurira.
A movie based on a comic currently written by a black writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. A movie about a black superhero, a king from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. This film is a big budget “A list” Marvel Comics/Disney production that takes place in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as Spider-man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America.
We are still a couple weeks out but I personally have never seen “Black Twitter” and the black community as a whole so united to support one cause in entertainment. There is something magical about a super cool positive black superhero and to have popular media portray an African nation, Wakanda as the most technologically advanced place on the Marvel Comics earth. Also having a cast full of strong female warriors and scientist who are main players in the plot and not just eye candy is also refreshing to see. This movie is on track to do huge numbers and I am all for it.
So send word to everyone, we are not bootlegging this one. Lets support positive representation and above all good films.