"You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail a revolution."
In a societal climate where cultural awareness and different forms of protest are at the forefront of our nation, the release of Black Panther could not have come at a better time. The topical points in this cinematic masterpiece are culturally relevant, informative and timely. This film is ABSOLUTELY necessary for where we are in the world right now. Great art reflects the times; and Ryan Coogler's strategic portrayal of this Marvel character, his back story and all of the intricacies within the movie, mirror the realities of the day. The performance by the cast, their commitment to their roles and to working together to tell this story and tell it well made the experience all the more fulfilling as an observer. For two-hours and fourteen minutes viewers are introduced to a world that encompasses all of the good, beautiful and creative potential that has yet to be realized in all of us. It's engaging, it's clever, and it is masterfully edited and produced.
Black Panther was already a highly anticipated film, but on its opening week, it has quickly taken on a life uniquely its own. This is such a MOMENT for popular culture. Social Media has coined the phrase "#WakandaForever" in support of the movie, and it has evoked a deeper sense of pride in the hearts of the African Diaspora and is being demonstrated through the wearing of traditional African garb or entirely black ensemble to the movie theatre. This Black Panther movement is for a new generation. It is a movement where authenticity reigns supreme and giving yourself permission to own your power is the key to your success. The message throughout the film is not severe or abrasive, but rather powerfully present and purposeful.
A film as special as this, is one that will break barriers and spark courageous conversations. You cannot help but feel a sense of hope and inspiration after watching the movie. Words like integrity, service, leadership, goodness and excellence are woven into the very fabric of this story, a story that will never lose its relevance. We all need to be reminded every now and again of our rich heritage, our history and our inheritance.
"The mark of a strong society is one that does not allow its story to be forgotten. "
This film is an absolute MUST SEE ! Check your local movie theatres for your tickets!!!
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