A few weeks ago the kids and I went to Movie Tavern to see Black Panther. Although, I did not grow up reading comic books my younger brother did and I knew he could unravel any questions. Also did some of my own research and learned that the comic book was created in 1966. My brother was the one who told about the Stan Lee pop-up in the Marvel movies. I think I was more excited than my kids to see the film. My kids have no clue this was real for me because growing up I did not see a Black superhero on the big screen. The only Ryan Coogler film I did not see is Fruitvale Station but this was a must-see. Black Panther was worth every drop of the hype it was given. From the start of the movie, I was glued to the screen.
There were so many things I thought were beyond a dope. A few things that left an impression on me:
- Shuri, sister of T’Challa is the all about STEM! How could I not love her character? When I was contemplating choosing a STEM major I was lost in terms of women who came before me in the technological field. This film brought to light how brilliant brown girls are with a splash of sassy! I know Brown girls walked away seeing themselves.
- The Dora Milaje, female bodyguards of T’Challa were exquisitely beautiful and dedicated to protecting Wakanda by any means necessary. The physicality of their role is my next fitness goal. It showed women of color in such an amazing light that made black girl magic a reality.
- Wakanda, while fictional allowed us to escape to a nation that was rich in African pride. The cinematography, special effects, and costume design were a flawless example of talent on the big screen.
- I believe it is a film that will leave a lasting impression on children of all ages. My inner child thoroughly enjoyed every second of the film.
- Kudos to Ryan Coogler for bringing this film to the big screen in an exquisite fashion.
History in the making…..