The month just started and things are about to get LIT! I actually never use that term and hesitated extensively before typing it. I had no choice. My son Juan refuses to share his pre-teen venacular with me, and there’s really is no other words to describe this highly feened release of the Black Panther movie. Welcome to Wakanda. It’s more than the fictional African nation found in comic books, it’s become the symbol of the greatness we came from and the standards that we aim to return to.
IT’S FINALLY HERE
For those of you who just came out of your coma, Black Panther is about to change EVERYTHING. Mindsets, beauty standards, the game… you name it, it’s getting changed. We’ll see Wakanda, T’Challa, vibranium, Killmonger, Claw and hopefully if not in this episode then in the next, we’ll see a new and very African actress play Storm. Yes, I said it. Don’t get me started.
If you know me personally, then you know and can avidly attest to the fact that I REALLY LOVE Storm (of the X-Men). She is me in so many ways, and I am her, but I’ll talk about that some other time. Anyway, Storm married T’Challa. Yes, my girl was the Queen of Wakanda. And like I said, we’re the same person, so that means I was the Queen of Wakanda… (the delirium is real). Many fans envisioned the X-MEN series with Angela Bassett as Storm instead of Hale Berry (I said don’t get me started) but having her play my mother in… I mean Storm’s mother in law is almost as gratifying.
Storm… helped me dream of a world where being black wasn’t a hindrance, and the only thing that mattered was the power I had in me. Need I say more?
THE LOVE IS DEEP
Yes I have a serious case of alter egoism. That’s what happens when a nerdy little black girl grows up an only child in 1980’s Montreal. My self-esteem sprouted from the dark-skinned heroines of the Marvel comics my cousin begrudgingly let me read through plastic page covers. Storm and her control of the elements was the impetus I needed to dream big. She helped me dream of a world where being black wasn’t a hindrance, and the only thing that mattered was the power I had in me. Need I say more?
So basically I’m on a permanent Black Panther high. Always giddy, enjoying behind the scenes photos of the Afro-futuristic sets, eclectic makeup, the costumes, and of course Angela Bassette’s angela-bassetteness.
Let’s pause for a moment of adoration. Badness on top of badness.
BLACK PANTHER IS MAKING HISTORY… AGAIN
It’s like the long-distance boyfriend I’m madly in love with is coming back in town on the 16th. In the islands we call it being BA-ZOO-DEE. If you’re wondering what about a superhero can elicit this much delirium, consider the fact that he is the very first black superhero to ever appear in mainstream comics. Created by the infamous Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, the Black Panther made his first appearance in 1966, one year after the Watts riots in Los Angeles. Racial tensions in the U.S. were still ablaze at that time. Now, 52 years later, our hero makes another debut to the big screen, again at a time when sadly, racial tensions in America are a torrid reality. Here’s what you need to know about T’Challa, The Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda;
- “Black Panther” is a rank not the main character’s name.
- The name Black Panther has no relation to the activist party of the 60’s.
- T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther is a member of the Panther Tribe, the ruling family which makes him King of Wakanda, the richest country in Africa.
- Wakanda is way ahead of the rest of the world in regards to science and technology.
- T’Challa is one of the most brilliant minds on earth. He has a PhD from Oxford in physics and is a renowned inventor.
- He can run up to 50 miles and hour.
- His suit is made of the strongest metal on earth. Vibranium is found in his homeland of Wakanda. It’s the source of his immeasurable wealth.
- His imperial bodyguards, the Dora Milaje are a team of fierce women.
- T’Challa was anointed by the Panther goddess as the worthy successor and heir to his father’s throne. She also provided him with healing powers.
- A special heart-shaped herb that grants him superhumanly acute senses, enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability, healing, and reflexes. It’s poisonous to anyone else outside of this family who consumes it.
BLACK PANTHER MAGIC
Racist misogynists beware. Black females enjoy a great deal of prominence in this film. In Black Panther, black women not only make up a majority of the cast, but they play roles that are very central to the plot. The most exciting aspect of this production is that black women are playing a plethora of roles, both on and off camera. From costume artists to demanding lead characters, Black Panther offers a very timely and innovative change of narrative.
Black Panther is the fastest pre-selling superhero movie ever, a clear indication of how highly anticipated this character’s story is. First reactions to the movie hail it to be well worth the hype with rave reviews from fellow movie stars and film makers. In a time of social, and racial unrest, it’s inspiring to see the anticipation and celebration among comic book fans everywhere. With the recent retirement of Wolverine and the number we’re sure to see at the box office, it’s clear that T’Challa’s reign is about to begin.
Were you a fan of the Black Panther comic series before the movie being made? Leave a comment with what kind of impact you think the film will have on black children.