Ever since I was younger, my favorite disney movie characters were princesses that I could more so relate to. I didn’t have Cinderella or Snow White bed sheets, I had Pocahontas sheets. I loved Mulan and always wanted to be the yellow Power Ranger. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that as a little black girl all I was looking for was someone that I could pretend to be, someone who was different because, living in central New Jersey, I was indeed… different. It didn’t matter if she was Asian, Black, Native American or Hispanic, all that matter was that she was ‘other’. I have a friend that refuses to give her little girl books, dolls, or watch movies where the main character is not of African descent. At first, I thought that was a little aggressive, until I thought about what that would mean for her little girl- representation matters people!
One of my best friends mentioned to me that she’s taking her son to see Black Panther and how he’s so excited to see it and I almost broke down in tears. I realized that, he is going to grow up knowing and following a superhero that when he took his mask off looked like him. That 15 years from now when his generation is dressing up for halloween they will be able to squad out as the whole Black Panther cast with costumes for everyone. That he has the opportunity to say that his favorite Superhero is Black Panther without having to google search a picture or search through a comic book.
That 15 years from now when his generation is dressing up for halloween they will be able to squad out as the whole Black Panther cast with costumes for everyone.
Walking in through the streets of Harlem I’ve seen Black Excellence all weekend everyone from 5 year olds to 70 year olds decked out to see this movie, I honestly don’t think I’ve seen this many people from every age range this excited since 2007-2008 when Obama first ran for president. Black Panther is bringing everyone together from all races, genders and ages to see history in the making. It’s a reminder to all of us how much the media and what we consume plays a role in our daily experiences. For so long we’ve allowed other people to dictate how we see the world and what we believe, I’m sure that 20/30 years ago someone scoffed at the idea of a a black superhero and villain making it to the silver screen, let alone with a black director at the helm AND grossing at least $100 Million dollars opening weekend. And here we are.
What Black Panther means to me is that we truly define the boundaries that we live in, we can choose to hide in plain site, or live as large as possible and change the world as we know it.
Pick your side.
Three women going through life.