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5 AMEN! Moments from Black Panther

Unless you’ve taken residence under one of the rocks in a garden where there’s no sunlight or Instagram, you’ve probably heard of the Marvel-produced action flick, Black Panther. Critics are calling the film a cinematic masterpiece. Black Twitter is living for the concept of an entire film about black action heroes, and of course Angela Basset who literally can do no harm. Most recently, we got a chance to see an advance screening and while we cheered for the same reasons, there were plenty of AMEN! moments from the film that spoke to the black experience on a larger and more personal level. Here are five of our favorites:

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1. The Revolution SHOULD be Televised

One of the biggest themes in the film had to do with the land of Wakanda and its innovators. A debate arose several times throughout. Should the people reveal their technologies, weapons, and academic advancements? When slavery was legal on paper, it was a punishable offense for a black person to be caught reading. Any academics where black people were concerned had to be practiced in private for fear of consequence (which sometimes meant death, and at the very least, could have meant a lashing). The film has a few flashbacks but the bulk of it takes place in present day where the Wakandan people still felt it necessary to hide.
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One of the biggest themes in the film had to do with the land of Wakanda and its innovators. A debate arose several times throughout. Should the people reveal their technologies, weapons, and academic advancements? When slavery was legal on paper, it was a punishable offense for a black person to be caught reading. Any academics where black people were concerned had to be practiced in private for fear of consequence (which sometimes meant death, and at the very least, could have meant a lashing). The film has a few flashbacks but the bulk of it takes place in present day where the Wakandan people still felt it necessary to hide.

2. No (Black) Child Left Behind

The film at it’s core does an amazing job of sewing big ideas together with the precision of a master seamstress. One such example deals with one of the villains – and his backstory. What happens to black children who are often forgotten and left behind? And why is this an issue only when it becomes a detriment to a society? Black Panther has its sad moments but the saddest of them all is about one such character who acts out of a lack of inclusion and a need to be justified in his existence.
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The film at it’s core does an amazing job of sewing big ideas together with the precision of a master seamstress. One such example deals with one of the villains – and his backstory. What happens to black children who are often forgotten and left behind? And why is this an issue only when it becomes a detriment to a society? Black Panther has its sad moments but the saddest of them all is about one such character who acts out of a lack of inclusion and a need to be justified in his existence.

3. Get Up! You’re a King

Certainly one of the most beautiful scenes of the film happens when a father tells his son, “get up – you’re a king.” Some rhetoric suggest a different way of living for blacks – especially those in Africa. One of the best things about Black Panther is its ability to show black royalty. This gives black children a new face, one that they don’t often get to see. In this action film, they weren’t the funny best friend or the sassy homegirl. They were Kings and Queens.
Marvel

Certainly one of the most beautiful scenes of the film happens when a father tells his son, “get up – you’re a king.” Some rhetoric suggest a different way of living for blacks – especially those in Africa. One of the best things about Black Panther is its ability to show black royalty. This gives black children a new face, one that they don’t often get to see. In this action film, they weren’t the funny best friend or the sassy homegirl. They were Kings and Queens.

4. We Don’t Talk About All of That

Growing up, there are certain things you speak on and certain things you don’t. What does that mean? It means that black people know how to hold onto a secret especially when it comes to family. It’s a secret that instigates the larger plot that doesn’t get fully revealed until the third part of the film. “Say nothing of this,” is often the phrase that creates the loudest noise.

Growing up, there are certain things you speak on and certain things you don’t. What does that mean? It means that black people know how to hold onto a secret especially when it comes to family. It’s a secret that instigates the larger plot that doesn’t get fully revealed until the third part of the film. “Say nothing of this,” is often the phrase that creates the loudest noise.

5. For Us By Us

The idea of the Wakandan people having the resources to help other black people in other countries comes up a lot in the film. If one can help, shouldn’t he? Some thought yes, others thought no. Police brutality, apartheid, and every other experience in between that affected black people since the first flashback in the film, give the debate its steam. Black Panther hits theaters tomorrow.
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The idea of the Wakandan people having the resources to help other black people in other countries comes up a lot in the film. If one can help, shouldn’t he? Some thought yes, others thought no. Police brutality, apartheid, and every other experience in between that affected black people since the first flashback in the film, give the debate its steam. Black Panther hits theaters tomorrow.

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