But the single most visceral example of how this movie has moved African-american people surely lies in a viral video that appeared online shortly before Christmas. It depicts a group of black guys standing in a movie theater before a coming attractions poster that features the “Panther’s” mostly black cast, including Michael B. Jordan as the villain, Erik Killonger; DanaiGuiria as the military leader, Okoye; Lupita Nyong’o as the spy, Nakia; and towering over them all, Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther, king T’Challa of Wakanda.
“So,” says a voice off camera, “we sittin’ here lookin’ at this dope-ass Black Panther poster and the conclusion that we have come to is that this is what white people get to feel like all the time.”
“All the time!” echoes one of his boys, hyping him like Flavor Flav. “All the time!”
“Since the beginning of cinema,” says the off camera voice, “you get to feel empowered like this, and represented.”
One brother is embracing the poster. Flavor Flav is pointing at Boseman’s face. “This?” he asks, incredulously. “This is what y’all feel like all the time? I would love this country, too.”
“If some young child out there sees a superhero, who is black, and they get the inspiration to be more than what they’ve been told they are able to be, then this film does something good for the world, so I’m proud to be here.”
Black Panther. For those who may not understand the hype surrounding this movie, for Black people who have been displaced, histories erased, art and technology stolen, etc. this movie offers a glimpse into what could have been . . . if Egyptian technology thrived (Egypt isn’t even considered part of Africa by many ie. Middle East), If Black Wall was not burned down by the KKK, if the Moors continued to thrive throughout Europe or if our leaders (Malcolm, Martin, Marcus, etc.) were not killed or destroyed. The success of this movie is driven by the thirst of a people who have been lost, removed re-educated and reprogrammed to the point that they/we don’t even know our real history, our real names, or where we come from. The thirst for truth is real. The history is there to be discovered. The time to learn/teach it to the next generation of Black children is now! But before we teach it we need to learn it ourselves, overcome the trauma and then be open to the concepts that have been systematically hidden from you to keep you in a subservient, slave like dependent place. Time to wake up and learn who you are. Learn that the richest human being was an African king names Mansa Musa, the oldest relative to humans (2 million years old) had black features (homo erectus) and Black saints did exist and change the game forever 9ie. Saint Nicholas, St.Maurice). Hats off to this amazing film that holds up a mirror and exposes what we have been missing and what we still have yet to learn.