Wakanda Forever!

You know why I’m here. Earlier in the week my friends and I went to go see the highly anticipated movie ‘Black Panther’. Bruh it was a masterpiece!!! I couldn’t express the joy and pride I felt at the magnificent depiction of the various unique and proud displays of Black Excellence from many spectrums of the diaspora. This film was a need, not a want. I don’t want this true representation to be an outlier in how Hollywood or society views the legacy and history of African and Black culture. Black Panther rightfully serves as the true pioneer to commence a new turning point in how the black narrative should be told and viewed to a larger audience.

Now I can only speak on my personal behalf because myself nor anyone else is the spokesperson for Black people all over the world. After watching Black Panther I felt

Powerful, restored, and rejuvenated.

In this day and age that is NEEDED in the black community. I felt a plethora of nerves being struck within me because I related to so much that many of the outstanding cast members and storyline was speaking about. I saw reconciliation with the past. Understanding and respecting tradition while simultaneously acknowledging the need for change and progression. Inner turmoil and a powerful confrontation with culture and history.

The women in the film were incredible!!!!! They embody the strength, pride, dignity, grace, resilience, class, and resolve that Black women are known for possessing whether people acknowledge that or not! There was no need for rescuing the damsel in distress. All of the queens were more than capable of handling business and even saving King T’challa when he froze like an antelope in headlights. When I see other black people my age and older weeping openly and honestly because this is the movie that the community deserved for a very long time now.

When I see children on social media cosplaying as their favorite character from the movie that genuinely puts a smile on my face because I didn’t have the same opportunity when I was their age. My parents couldn’t take my brother and I to a majority Black and African filmed, directed, costumed, and casted movie simply because it wasn’t an opportunity at the time.

Being a young black man born and raised in America is an experience that comes with many hardships and trials that takes a lifetime of healing and reconciling to come to terms with. Being black and abroad is a narrative that isn’t on the cover page at colleges that insist on everyone to go overseas during their undergraduate career. I’m still trying to figure things out as I process what exactly I want to do with my life in the present and the future.

Black love is truly a beautiful and powerful force to be reckoned with. As the film navigated that topic it caused a plethora of emotions to surge within me as I thought about people very important and dear to me.

Love is a very complex emotion and everyone regardless of the identities that they hail from deserve the time to explore and comes to terms with the type of love that they are willing to give and receive from themselves and others.

I have a few regrets about watching Black Panther while overseas.

1. I couldn’t pop out with my best friends from college to see the film and then have an infamous all night discussion about it and the implications going forward.

2. I couldn’t go with my valentine to see the film and just enjoy the experience together.

3. I couldn’t go with my own family to see the film.

4. I couldn’t squad up with other POCs to bask in the greatness that is Black Panther.

There’s always DVD so I can still do all of those things and make wonderful memories so I’m cool with that!

I’ve never appreciated a movie’s soundtrack like I have with the ‘Black Panther Album’. I was the only person singing along to the ending credits when All the Stars began to played. I usually butcher song lyrics but my flow was ice cold for this special occasion! I would highly recommend this album to anyone looking for good Vibez and a good time. Personal favorites are All the Stars and X (s/o to my brother graduating in May so proud of you!)

I can honestly go on and on about this film because it means a lot to me and Black culture for a lot of reasons. I do have one thing that I want to point out.

Wakanda is most certainly real.

I’m more than willing to expand more on that statement but do know that my beliefs will not waver nor stray away from it.

I will highly recommend this film for everyone because it breathes life into so many important subjects and topics that the entire world is struggling to come to terms with.

Positive and intersectional representation matters.

The revolution is only beginning.

#WakandaForever

Ignite Hope.

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