General epicness, for one.
This is such a proud moment for black culture. To have succeeded in creating and portraying our own narrative to mass audiences is HUGE. To have shared and expressed and exhibited from our own viewpoints–that which is ultimately human and humane speaks volumes above what’s been spewed by society and media for who knows how long. I am so proud of our being able to get here, knowing it had to have taken pulling teeth, blind eyes, general disinterest, and a yet-pressing-forward to arrive at this very moment. It feels as if the stars aligned, where all the actors, the writers/director, producers, and everything else were in place for this to be brought to fruition this February 2018.
Now that I think about it, what an awesome way to celebrate Black History Month! With an unique (or, maybe not so very unique depending on the extent to which you already knew about Black Panther before the movie), Marvel Hollywood action blockbuster! Who doesn’t like an action blockbuster!?
Another reason I love this movie and will continue to love it, is because it’s satisfied my desire to have black society address the nuances of difference and similarity within our race. Jamil Smith says in the TIME:
“If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you–executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless. … Those of us who are not white have considerably more trouble not only finding representation of ourselves in mass media and other arenas of public life, but also finding representation that indicates that our humanity is multifaceted.” (Issue February 19, 2018)
Because it is a film with a predominantly black cast, suddenly any preconceived notion of what or who a black person is is dismissed. Growing up I’ve always found it challenging trying to figure out where I fit in and where I belong, like a puzzle piece. Growing into maturity I’ve come to realize that my culture and my experience have culminated into my being who I am today, and it only takes but a bit of patience, willingness, and understanding for any one person to learn another.
I love another point by Smith:
“What seems like just another entry in an endless parade of superhero movies is actually something much bigger. … It’s a movie about what it means to be black in both America and Africa–and, more broadly, in the world. Rather than dodge complicated themes about race and identity, the film grapples head-on with the issues affecting modern-day black life.” (Issue February 19, 2018)
Honestly, I can go on and on. But the top three reasons I’m still buzzing from Black Panther would have to be: 1) the cultural significance of self-portrayal to the masses, 2) my own ability to resonate with the issues of identity the movie presents, and 3) that it still maintains being the bomb, action, scifi, Marvel movie that you’d expect.
Bravo, Black Panther, to being all around dope! I’ll low-key be in theaters again this weekend.