*Keeping this brief until the movie has been out a little longer.*
I was fortunate to be able to see the “Black Panther” movie the very first opening night. This movie is so captivating from beginning to end. It is so much more than simply a superhero movie, it delivers so many messages, ideals and traditions. It is not only shattering movie records, it is shattering negative stereotypes. I will not go into a lot of detail about the movie’s premise because I feel everyone needs to see the movie for themselves and form their own opinion. However, I will discuss the messages I derived from the movie.
First, let me state how proud this movie has made me. It was refreshing to see our black community depicted in such an elegant and regal manner. The movie managed to entertain while educating without preaching; and that is a rare achievement. The overall message to me is about Unity – unity in our community , unity between our black men and women and unity among different races.
There was honestly so much I wanted to say but with the movie being so newly released, I did not know how to say it all without giving spoilers (enough reviews have already done that). So let me just pay homage by sending a clear message to Hollywood – “All you have to do is look at the opening weekend numbers, and you will clearly see we are starved for my diversity in our movies.”
I will follow up with an additional blog to really dive into this movie after a couple of weeks have passed.
~ Author Mara Prose