The Wakanda Wave

So by now, I would hope that everyone has had the opportunity to see Black Panther, and if not, I suggest you buy a ticket, put on your best garments and head to the theatre to get you a good dose of Wakanda’s best.

I had the pleasure of seeing Black Panther on opening weekend and was pleased with the movie.  So pleased that I do intend on seeing it for a second time (the question is when; because life).  From the visuals, the acting, and the overall mood itself, it is definitely worth the time seeing and the experience at least once.

First, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the accolades that the movie has managed to achieve in the past weeks since it has been in theaters.  Black Panther has made somewhere in the ballpark 704 dollars (as of 3/2 and is steadily rising), after it’s worldwide premier on February 16, 2018.  The movie has broken records and vastly exceeded expectations beyond anyone’s dreams and realties have been put in place that this movie was not only needed, but also well-deserved amongst the African American communities that came out in droves to show their support.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Black Panther has done wonders for the culture.  Children are now seeing that more and more children are now seeing how important it is to see a superhero on the big screen that looks like them and live in a communitg. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t look on the internet and see a reference to Black Panther in some way. Shoot, even I changed my Twitter name to my favorite character in the movie (Shuri 🙂 ). This movie definitely gave people something more than some other movies did, just like movies such as Hidden Figures did; it gave us people to look at and be in awe of. Black Panther gave us a type of culture to see and even an opportunity gather bits and pieces of African history and experience on the way. You were able to see several different concepts and cultures that were depicted from real customs and traditions from Africa (i.e. the Dora Milaje, the lip plate, Killmongers mask, the languages, the clothing, etc.).

From the Killmonger fan art, to the M’bakuChallenge on Twitter, the world is all about Black Panther right now, and possibly will be for a while.  Black women are advocating and demanding that our Disney Princess conversations include the leader of the Dora Milaje and the technological genius of Wakanda.


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