Posted on February 20, 2018
If you are on social media, I am sure this past weekend your timeline has been flooded with hashtags of Wakanda, Wakanda Forever, and other Black Panther related posts. If you are like me after seeing the 3rd dramatic skit with the #wakanda, you were probably thinking to yourself what the heck does that word mean? I must admit I heard about Black Panther but until this past weekend I did not know much about it other than Lupita Nyong’o being one of the main characters based on a brief ad I saw. Disclaimer, I don’t really watch television so I never even saw the trailer for this movie lol 🙂 Embarrassing, I know.
When I asked my friend what Wakanda was, she advised me that this is the name of the place where the Black Panther movie takes place. Then she stated we just need to go see the movie. I must note, I loved seeing all the ankara printed garb people were wearing to go see this movie. It gave me life 🙂
Black Panther was released across the country this past Friday, February 16th. When my friend mentioned we should go see it on Saturday we began looking up theaters that would be showing this movie. My thought process was that once Friday and Saturday are over it should be easy to find a showing for a popular movie. Boy was I wrong! This movie was pretty much sold out everywhere I checked. Or the very 1st two seats at the front of the theater room were the only seats available. Finally, I found an AMC theater approximately 30 minutes away from my home without seating arrangements and with tickets still available. We purchased our tickets right away and arrived at the theater approximately 30 minutes prior to showtime only to be met by a long line for our 5:15 pm Sunday showing.
Thankfully my friend and I were not the last people in line and we ended up with pretty good seats when we finally reached the theater room. Now on to the movie.
Don’t worry I won’t reveal anything about the movie, just in case you have not seen it yet. I will say this movie is definitely refreshing to see, no matter what type of movies you are into. Normally I am not interested in Marvel/ Comic movies, but this one changed my mind about them. I have never even seen Captain America but this makes me want to check it out.
I honestly had no clue what impact this movie would have on me and the people around me. There is something about seeing people of the same hue as you accomplishing great things that inspires you to want to do greater things. Growing up your entire life, not seeing any positive roles being played in movies with people who look like you that you would aspire to be like does something to your subconscious mind. It slowly kills you. Imagine only having slave, drug related, and hood related roles to look up to. It definitely does not make you proud to be a melanated being, especially if the media only portrays people who look like you as violent even when you have nothing in your possession which is of a threat, but that is for another post…
Anyway, seeing both female and male melanated beings work together as a team without trying to tear each other down was absolutely exhilarating! This movie is filled with romance, comedy, and action. Might I also add the technology in this movie was mind blowing 🙂
That is why a movie like this means sooo much to me. I loved this movie so much that I want to see it again and take my nephews to see it. Do you know how obsessed my nephews were with Spiderman? Well I can tell you they were extremely obsessed 🙂 Now they can see that super heroes do not just have white faces like Superman, Batman, or Spiderman. Although these are all fictional characters, Black Panther is a super hero that looks just like them.
For all the people trying to mock this movie and make it seem like it is a racist movie. Go watch the movie for yourself, you will see it is far from it. It just focuses on a positive story about a group of melanated beings in the mother land for once, which helps us viewers to relate. Interestingly enough in the theater we went to catch the movie, there was surprisingly a large number of people from all different races checking out Black Panther as well. I’m not sure why but in my mind I imagined not many people of other backgrounds would be interested in seeing this movie. But once again I was wrong lol 🙂
If you have not seen this movie yet, go now. You will not regret it. This is THEE movie to see. As an adult I left the theater feeling excited, empowered, and ready to dream big after realizing the underlying messages. Imagine what this movie will do for kids and teenagers?
I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to comment below with your thoughts about this movie.
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