Never underestimate the power of cinema…
More than a week after its release in Los Angeles, Black Panther has already received critical acclaim, and a devoted fanbase who are absolutely in love with the superhero movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o.
However, the project — directed by Ryan Coogler — is more than just a Hollywood blockbuster.
On Tuesday, the hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe began trending, bringing attention to the importance of representation in pop culture.
With a black director, black protagonist, and nearly all-black supporting cast, a film like Black Panther is needed more than ever.
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe It means that my kids and young black kids everywhere will see themselves as heroes capable of leading their own narratives. #ReprsentationMatters
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 6, 2018
I am seen. We are seen.
Black Women and Black Men are celebrated for being our true and authentic selves.
Revolutionary. Unapologetic. Black.
When I saw the cast of women, all my complexion or darker, none sexualized or demonized because of it, and it wasn’t a film about slavery or drug addiction, I cried.
— MSOSullivan (@BlyssfulStorm) February 6, 2018
The possibility for young black kids to see themselves represented as powerful, intelligent, and dynamic characters capable of anything. For something I love to finally represent people who look like me.
— DMaser (@lesserknownhero) February 6, 2018
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe that seeing faces exactly like mine doesn’t have to be in a slave narrative. We can be raise our kids to see themselves as freaking superheroes ❤️
— trash panda✨ (@Nadia20) February 6, 2018
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe seeing my little bro get excited because of a hero that looks just like him and the overall badassery of the black women in this movie!!
— ※ Neko LaChaun ※ (@XoHNeko) February 6, 2018
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe It means that Hollywood will have hard evidence of how much films with Black casts, Black directors, Black writers & Black dollars impact the box office. Our $ and our representation matter, and always have.
— Sho (@ShoStanback) February 6, 2018
[Image via Marvel.]