Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wakanda Forever

One thing that was made abundantly clear during Black Panther's release is that many people don't want to see Black people be great or joyful, so we often have to embrace and create opportunities of greatness for ourselves. Black Panther, for many, has ignited a fire in our creative drive, and the camaraderie amongst Blacks. There should have been a fashion week solely for Black Panther fans' designs and ensembles across the country!

T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is the most inspiring superhero in the Marvel universe. His actions denote a man who understands and takes full responsibility for the burden and privilege that comes with being a king of a nation and a protector of the world.

The importance of the inclusion, representation, and celebration of Black women, often not seen in many social circumstances, is immense. Black women are often pushed into the beauty shadow of our white counterparts while our style is simultaneously appropriated. Our hard work is utilized while the credit is distributed elsewhere. I for one am exponentially happy to see Black Panther's representation and success in my adulthood, which I didn't always see growing up. It wasn't until I was 22 that a Black Disney Princess was created. Watching Black Panther made me feel like a kid again, but it also empowered me as a  Black woman watching other strong women on screen, who look like me, embodying excellence and strength in their purest forms.

To fans, Wakanda isn't just the fictional African nation in the comics housing vibranium and technology far beyond our years; Wakanda is a vision of what could have been if colonizers had left our ancestors alone to thrive. Wakanda is what could be, and it is the rich utopia Blacks long for in a time and country where we still have to fight for our right to protest not being killed over the color of our skin, while the content of our character is overlooked.

So to all of you I say, "Wakanda Forever!"

What are your thoughts on the film?