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Marvel's Black Panther: The Revolutionary vs. The Peacemaker


Erik Killmonger and T'Challa

Photo Credit: Variety

Today, Marvel Universe released the much anticipated Black Panther film as part of the Avenger's series. If you are not into action movies or are unbothered by comic book's making their way to the big screen, this announcement may mean very little to you. Even if you could care less about the genre or the plot an decide to sit this movie out, you are doing yourself an injustice.

I personally could NOT wait to see the movie and went to the advanced screening last night. I was livid when a blatant lie was told on social media that Black Women were not going to support the movie.

I also had to get my Black Panther gear from a Black Owned business - AfriconShop.com, just in time for the movie premier.

Black Panther is hella BLACK, JUST AS I EXPECTED AND WANTED it to be. This movie has action (like I like it), Black star power, and vivid imagery. Proper African and African American REPRESENTATION is interwoven throughout. The acting and the African dialects (used by the American and British actors) are believable. Tribal music is offset by the Kendrick Lamar soundtrack. The costumes are regal. African spirituality is on grand display.

And the plot.... well...

The plot is familiar; a story of REVENGE... The long lost cousin shows up to the Wakanda cookout, bringing up old family dirt about the patriarch everyone believed walked water. Said cousin is in his feelings and looking for retribution. Secrets are revealed and traditions that seemed to have been keeping the family together threaten to tear it apart.

Aside from the bad-assery Marvel's Black Panther is, it is also a metaphor for the division and dysfunction of the Black community since our ancestors were stolen and brought to the Caribbean and the America's. How Sway? Keep reading and stay with me.

The Civil Right Movement was a collective of demonstrations and strategies, sit-ins and speeches, marches and murder that lead to the end of desegregation and the demand for equal rights. Many will say we aren't much better off in 2018 than we were in 1954 for reasons that are obvious.

Mass incarceration

The Crack Epidemic

The pre-school to prison pipeline

Inadequate funding of schools in low-income communities

The de-funding of HBCUs

Wage differential between Black workers and er'rebody else