Why We Love Black Panther...Before We See It

You have to be living under a rock if you don’t know about the Black Panther movie by now. Already breaking box office records for just the presales and receiving rave reviews, The Black Panther illuminates the black boy joy and black girl magic that we’ve all been basking in.

Let me share with you a few reasons why we love the Black Panther.

Representation Matters

No this isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a predominantly black cast. We have plenty of movies and sitcoms to relate to. However, seeing a black cast that’s a part of the Marvel Universe of Comics is another story.

For the comic book lovers, you know that the Black Panther has always been a Marvel character. To see his story be told on the big screen is amazing in itself. For those who of us who don’t know a thing about comics, seeing a cast of men and women who look like them, who are royalty, who are a proud people, and warriors with dope superpowers is just what we need during such trying times in our country.

All of that beautiful melanin magic is a reflection of ourselves. We love that young black boys and girls can see a glimpse of themselves on the big screen.

Black Production

The cast isn’t the only thing to be excited about. The task of producing this film was also in the hands of some very talented black men and women that you probably didn’t even know about.

The director/writer of this film is Ryan Coogler. He directed Fruitvale Station and Creed. Production Designer, Hannah Beachler, has worked with Coogler on his other movies but also on Moonlight and Beyonce’s Lemonade.

 Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter- Photo courtesy of  Facebook

Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter- Photo courtesy of Facebook

These accolades alone should make you want to see the Black Panther even more. Such talent and creativity hail from the beginning to the end of this film’s production.

Oh and have you heard heard the soundtrack?  Produced by the Grammy award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, it exudes the pride, power, and spirit of the fictional kingdom, Wakanda.  Check out the video for All The Stars featuring Lamar and SZA; it will amaze and inspire you to be proud of who are and where you come from.

 Black Panther Soundtrack- Photo courtesy of  Facebook

Black Panther Soundtrack- Photo courtesy of Facebook

 Song list from the Black Panther Soundtrack- Photo courtesy  Facebook

Song list from the Black Panther Soundtrack- Photo courtesy Facebook

We are all about breaking down barriers at debunking myths here at Black Girl in CLE.  We love to have adventures and go places that may not be “typical” for us. We love to prove the critics wrong about what their perception is of us.

One of the things I love about this movie is how it shatters the barrier and ideologies of colorism. For so long women of color, especially those with dark skin, have taken smaller roles because they aren’t offered leading lady roles. Coogler purposely highlighted all of our hues in this movie showcasing the beauty and talent of our blackness.  

For all the reasons above and more, I would highly recommend you watch Black Panther and take your kid too. In Cleveland alone, advanced screening sales have been off the charts demonstrating our desire to experience this movie together.  

 Photo courtesy of  Facebook

Photo courtesy of Facebook

How perfect was the timing of the release for this film during Black History Month?  It feels like a holiday. A true reminder that we are the greatness that is within us.

Wakanda Forever,

-Chauna