Black Panther Matters

Black Panther… if you are one social media you have probably heard a lot about this infamous film. If you have not seen the film yet, I want to say that you should give it a try. This film means so much it has turned into a bit of a movement.

I believe that the reason that Black Panther is so special in this day in age is because representation matters. A friend of mine has recently asked did it matter that Black Panther has a black cast. And I am not here to defend his question but I just wanted to discuss it. Here I have this friend who is a blerd (black comic book nerd)  excited to see this film solely because it was Black Panther and not because it was a black film. And a small part of me understood it. I consider myself to be a blerd. I am willing to give Marvel and DC all of my money for their films but on a Tuesday where the tickets are discounted to $5. When they announced the Black Panther, I had reserved the Tuesday after opening day to go see it on my calendar (just like how I now have the Tuesday after Ant-Man and The Wasp). It actually wasn’t until I saw the first trailer that I thought that this was a badass black film and I’d be damned if I didn’t go see it opening weekend. I want and still want Black Panther to do amazingly, and break all kinds of record because I believe that when a film with people of color is winning then we are all winning (it’s the reason why I have been checking on their box office grossings every morning). I took my nieces and nephew to go see the film, because I wanted them to see and film with people who look like them and hope that they would believe that they could do anything.

What Black Panther did for me as a black person is the same thing that Wonder Woman did for me as a woman. It empowered me. I think back to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man and remember thinking how cool it was to see a superhero on the screen. Just to have people like me on the screen was even more marvelous.

My nieces just entered their teens and so they are old enough to think about box office records and one of them told me (before we even saw the film) that she wanted it to be number one. It was very important for a black film to be number one because that meant that there would be more. Another told me that she felt like a lot of black films were sad and involved a time of racism or slavery and although she didn’t think it was bad, she really wanted to see something more.

Black Panther is an afrofuturistic film where these people in Wakanda on the continent of Africa would probably always be the smartest person in every single room no matter where they were. I mean Shuri is way smarter than Tony Stark (which makes me even more excited for Infinity War).

And I don’t want to give away anything about the movie but I am here for all the badassery of every single woman in that film. So go see Black Panther and if you have seen it already let’s talk about it on twitter @SaraDashClaire