In case you missed it, a movie called Black Panther came out last week and it is uh… kind of a big deal.
Literally no one cares, nor should. Go read these awesome and insightful posts by writers of color! I’ve included both celebratory pieces and critiques. (Almost all contain spoilers, fair warning.)
If you don’t already follow Luvvie on social media and read ALLLLL of her work, you’re missing out. She’s hilarious, insightful, and you need her in your life. A Nigerian powerhouse of a writer, Luvvie goes into every aspect of the movie using her wit and on-point observation skills. The art direction, the deeper pieces of story lines. It’s all here. And you’ll laugh. Hard.
Damon Young, one half of the genius behind VerySmartBrothas.com, celebrates the absolute genius of a character Shuri, the young scientist powerhouse that is the source of Wakandan technological advances. And isn’t here for anyone’s shit. Another great from Damon – “We Need to Start Barking at White People Who Speak Out of Turn”
From AfroPunk, this piece highlights one of the many amazing aspects of Black Panther – it’s equality in genders, and expression of a fact that has saved this planet over and over again – trust black women.
Briana Lawrence, a freelance writer, published author, and the creator of “magnifiqueNOIR” – a magical girl book series starring black girls with superpowers and fantastic hair, discusses the lack of queer representation in Black Panther and how, as a queer woman, it made her feel.
Chris is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time. This piece ruffled some feathers, but Chris makes a really excellent point about how Black Panther devalues black American men.
In this video, Danielle interviews the cast about the importance of black superheroes, and the utter importance of seeing someone who looks like you on screen (something that we white people have gotten to enjoy for a reeeeeeeeeeally long time).
Benjamin Dixon is the Editor in Chief of Progressive Army, a website that aims to provide an uncensored and unfiltered platform to progressive citizen journalists and elevates the voices of the poor, people of color, and marginalized communities. In this piece, he goes into his take on how moments in the movie spoke – well and poorly – to black communities.
Typically in movies that have predominantly white casts – read: 99.999999999999999% of movies ever made – characters of color are used to advance the plots of the white main characters. Black Panther flipped the script – the characters in this cast are each complex, full people. Something white audiences have gotten to enjoy about the characters who look like them since forever and always.
Jamil Smith is a journalist and editor. Most recently Smith was senior national correspondent for MTV News. Previously he served as senior editor at The New Republic. In this piece for Time, Jamil writes, “If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often.” The piece goes into just how important he has found Black Panther to be.
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