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Black Panther (2018) Movie Review: A Call To Action

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During the 3 day weekend that America celebrates President George Washington, Black Panther (2018) came into theaters and is challenging the conversation of what it means to be an African American, the relationship between Black women and Black men, and the role of white allies in the conversation of Blackness.  Black folks, it is time for us to talk.

 

We Dismiss the White Ally

Black Panther is dismissing the concept of a White Ally within the issue of dealing with Blacks and all of the African descendant communities around the world.  For Everett Ross, we appreciate his service, and we acknowledge his assistance, but Ross represents the necessity of White people needing to sit back and just listen. For years, we, as Blacks, have had to listen and partner with Whites to help forward Blacks being able to gain Civil Rights in America and begin to live the Civil Liberties that are written in the Constitution and its Amendments. 

The moment of Ross being in the presence of M’Baku and not being able to verbalize his analysis of the situation is what White Americans need to understand – your voice is no longer necessary or wanted. Black America needs to deal with these issues amongst Black Americans and other people of African descent around the world without the input of White Americans.

The initial conversation between Black Panther and Ross reiterates how Ross does not even begin to respect Black Panther and his people.  During the interrogation of Klaw, Ross was able to connect with Klaw (who is not an American) simply because White people around the world are able to connect based on one principle – as Shuri stated they are “The Colonizers.”  Clearly, Colonizers around the world can connect even if Ross is a “good” Colonizer, his services are useful and we appreciate it.

Thank you for your contribution, but we got this.

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What Responsibility Do African Nations Have to African Americans?

Dripped in the imagery of the newly revised Roots, we are reminded that Black Panther is willing to take us to places that we never imagined.  As African Americans, we have always been in search of our past and our ancestors, but we never paused to think about if they have been in search of us.

Michael B. Jordan in his portrayal of Eric Killmonger, (and I would prefer to call him N’Jadaka), is deemed as an angry Black male.  Why is he labeled as an angry Black male?  Also, if he is an AngryBlack male, then why not?  Doesn’t he have the right to be angry?  He was the remnant of Africans who were left in America.  His mother was American, and his dad was Wakandan.  It is easy for people to see that he was abandoned from the elders of the Wakanda tribe, but let’s have a bigger question, “Why nations of Africa did you not come for us?”

We have consistently had the conversation of White people who enslaved our ancestors, but we need to start placing blame in another space – the nations of Africa.  Not only did they contribute to the slave trade, but they also never came to retrieve us or align with us to improve our lives in America.  Why did you not partner with us in our cities to help African Americans prosper?  Yes, we are Americans, but we are your descendants.  What is your responsibility to us? 

So, N’Jadaka comes back to Wakanda with the notion that he should have the opportunity to sit on the thrown.  Instead of entertaining that idea, T’Challa turns his back on him without giving N’Jadaka the opportunity to speak his truth and pronounce who he is.  It is the elders that want him to declare his truth, so they can deal with the consequences.  One would assume that T’Challa would want to give space for N’Jadaka because they are of the same bloodline, but after a lifetime of dreaming of “home,” it is “home” that turns its back on him.

When N’Jadaka sits on the thrown, he states that there are 2 billion people of African descent who are needing to be liberated. Fascinating idea, and yet we are to go back to the idea of What role does the African Nations have to the billions of people who are their direct descendants?

 

Black Women Matter

I have been explaining how Black Women are the backbone of Black men.  We have seen how important Black women were in the elections of Donald Trump and the Senate race of Roy Moore, but we have also seen it throughout history.  Why is anyone surprised that black women of Wakanda are strong and have some significance in with the leadership council, technology development, and the army? 

Let’s be clear, wherein American history amongst African Americans have Black men thrived without the sacrifice and care of Black women?  Even going through the history of African tribes, many of them were inherently maternal (before colonization).  With that being said, it is pretty clear that I can firmly state – Where would the Black Panther be if it was not for women? 

The technology is developed by a woman.  He was nurtured back to health by three women. It was a woman who made the decision to fight for the nation as a way of service to the nation.  In the end, women stood and fought for the installation of the Black Panther as the men sided with N’Jadaka. The men were for a more aggressive style of leadership that undercut women’s role within leadership and effectiveness within the governing that would eliminate their voice.  The women sided for collaboration and strived to retain their voice in governing, as they fought for T’Challa.

It must be intentional to think of the strength of women in the Black Panther (2018) movie is in alignment with the Black Panther Party.  Even though we know the leaders of the Black Panther Party were male, but the women implemented the programs.  They were the people who lead the Hot Breakfast program that was the beginning of the Head Start Program that was adopted by President Johnson and still is active to this day. 

In fact, it is there level of involvement within the Black Panthers that kept the organization moving as the leadership was in jail and on drugs.  We can argue the complexity of the program and the involvement of the federal government dismantling the organization, but the role Black women played in that movement is clear and significant.

 

What Now?

It is clear that we are now at a crossroads with this movie. 

Should we as Black people demand more from our partners, fathers, brothers, friends, and institutions about respecting us? 

Should we as Black Americans demand more respect and accountability from African nations, and in essence not ask for America alone to pay us reparations, but ask for these African nations to pay for the damage they have done to us? 

Should we seek partnerships amongst a variety of leaders who lead nations that are predominantly of African descent? 

Should we exile white allies completely until African Americans rebuild and start a “community”?

I don’t know, but this movie sparked a conversation and demands for us to respond.

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The Diversity JUMPED out: Savage x Fenty Fashion Show Gave us all the Inclusion we Needed

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Last night Savage x Fenty by Rihanna ended New York Fashion Week with a bang! The lingerie brand had an array of women from different skin tones to body types. Rih wanted to show the world that ANYONE can wear Savage x Fenty and feel sexy. There were even pregnant models featured in the show. Yes, pregnant. Get into the models and event down below:

 

Rihanna is taking the fashion industry by storm. Let’s hope other fashion brands can follow suit.

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Lawrence Makes His Way Back to Insecure and Leaves Us SHOOK

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Lawrence must’ve had a seasonal positional at Best Buy because he is back but will he be in a full-time employee in Issa’s life?

Insecure delivered one of the most sickening episodes with “High-Like” episode 4, and not because they brought back breaking couch potato, Lawrence. It was the conversation about friendships and how things change. Dealing with real situations and how friends can all have something going on but also come to support one another. But for some of us seeing Lawrence made us wet and how us wondering why since we didn’t want to see him anymore.

The last 2 minutes as Issa walks in 7-Eleven after trying to assure Tiffany that things will be the same after she has her baby. Tiffany seems to be reluctant that it will be. Issa walks into the store to get some water and runs into Chad the Bluetooth wearing real estate agent. As she looked over to her left (in my Tweet voice) their goes Lawrence looking so good without a mustache OH MY! Issa’s looks as if she is excited and Chad’s mood is all of us!

Take a look at some of the reactions from Twitter as some said: “To hell with Lawrence!”

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Black People Stay Winning! Tiffany Haddish & Katt Williams Win Emmys!

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Tiffany Haddish made history last year for the being the first black female comedienne to host “Saturday Night Live.” Her performance garnered her a Creative Emmy for “best guest actress in a comedy.” During her SNL episode, Haddish addressed the hot button issue of sexual assault in Hollywood. It’s great that Haddish was able to bridge the gap between comedy and current events and get an Emmy for it! Haddish beat out Maya Rudolph, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, and Wanda Sykes.

Another Emmy award winner we’re excited about is Katt Williams. The comedian won “best guest actor in a comedy” for his appearance on FX’s “Atlanta.” Katt Williams played Earn’s Uncle Willy and stole the show. This is great news because Williams career has gone through its ups and downs along with his personal life. With the Netflix special and this Emmy hopefully, this indicates that the “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin'” comedian’s career is on an incline and we get to see him in more TV and film projects. Williams beat out Bryan Cranston, Donald Glover, Sterling K. Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bill Hader for the award.

It’s great to see black talent that would be classified as “ghetto” or “ratchet” win Emmy awards. This goes to show that that respectability politics isn’t ruling anything over here. Black people are being their authentic selves and getting awards for it.

Are y’all here for the Emmy’s now that we’re getting awards or are they still late like always? Let us know in the comments.

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