The Women of Wakanda: An Explosion of Black Girl Magic on the Big Screen!

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***Disclaimer: THERE ARE NO SPOILERS IN THIS POST! (I wouldn't do that to y'all!)

Tuesday evening, I attended the Marvel Studios Chicago Premier of Black Panther at the IMAX Theatre at Navy Pier.   Easily one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Black Panther was an amazing, beautifully shot, brilliantly acted movie that was worth every bit of the hype! T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. The film stars, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Angela Basset, Sterling K Brown, Forest Whitaker and more.  This film was brilliantly cast. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film was magnificently shot and the imagery in this film was absolutely breathtaking.   From the start of the film, I was awestruck at the costumes, the cultural representations, scenery, the music; Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler, really focused on the details and the result was this beautiful Afrofuturistic land that I immediately felt a part of.  It was those little details that truly made this film  visually stunning.  The film was so rich in Black Culture and traditions; I couldn’t help but feel a huge sense of immense pride watching this film.   Now I won’t get into any spoilers but I will touch on my absolute favorite aspect of the film….

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 …THE AMAZING BLACK WOMEN!

Whew….the amount of #BlackGirlMagic in this film is epic and the characters these women play are equally as badass!    The central female characters, Nakia (played by Lipita Nyong’o), Okoye (played brilliantly by Danai Gurira) and Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) were so incredibly layered and well developed. It felt so good to see black women playing such strong, multi-dimensional characters.  There was no damsel in distress, there was no woman using sexual prowess as her main strength;  these women were kickin ass and taking names.  These women were using their brains to develop technologically superior devices and equipment.  They were smart, beautiful, fearless and courageous.  The male characters looked to them for guidance and wisdom and held them in the utmost regard.   

CLEARLY THERE ARE NO HOTEPS IN WAKANDA!

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These women reminded me of the women I know in real life; the real life “she-ro”s of our communities.    The women who nurture, love, correct, advise with wisdom and stand side by side during times of trial and adversity.    These were the black women who were superheroes in my eyes and I was so happy to see black women beautifully reflected in this way on the big screen in such an epic film.  It was the way we love that was so authentic; it was a beautiful display of the depths of our loyalty, love and commitment to our  men and our communities that was brilliantly acted and portrayed that made my heart swell with pride.

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The land of Wakanda valued, respected and trusted black women and the entire community flourished.  We weren’t forced in the background; we were side by side, valued and included.  What a message the world needs to hear!!!  I can’t wait to take my children to see this movie this weekend.  There’s a message for Black boys and girls that’s so necessary in these times.   Black Panther was brilliant in every way and there were so many awesome points I’d love to discuss but that will wait until after opening weekend but I highly recommend it. I won’t say more so I don’t spoil it but please support this outstanding movie and let me know your thoughts!

Black Panther opens nationwide, Friday, Feb. 16th!

Until next time, Take care of yourselves and one another.

D.  Sanders