#BlackPanther : An Out-Of-Body Experience Like No Other

The journey into the world of #BlackPanther , indeed makes one want to live in #WakandaForever . Cinema has proven itself to be a staple pastime of the human culture, oftentimes serving as a catalyst to escape many of the world’s problems, from domestic terrors to international catastrophes, moviegoing has withstood the test of time.  #BlackPanther has completely changed the game as it pertains to #diversity in #Hollywood, the power of #socialmedia and box office success.

Sitting in the theatre, legs propped and seat reclined, the 8-year old little girl in me watched the big screen in complete awe as the all-black cast of superheroes graced us with two hours of #blackexcellence.  In all of my childhood, I never saw a riviting blockbuster like #BlackPanther .  Sadly, there’s a game within the African-American community that many of us played called “Count the Black People”.

As if the title is not an indication in itself, the game centered around counting the number of black people in any given movie and rooting for them, even if their role seemed insignificant.  For years, we have yearned to connect with characters that are representative of ourselves, but no longer is that the case.

Ryan Coogler has masterfully created a motion picture in which every walk of society can participate in.  As if his superb direction isn’t enough, Coogler co-wrote the $200 million dollar blockbuster with Joe Robert Cole.  Together the two African American screenwriters shattered the ridiculous myth that people of color do not sell out at the box office, especially overseas.  According to #THR, the weekend is not even over and the numbers are tracking to break records with Thursday raking in $25M and Friday flooding in at $75.8M  domestically.  Internationally the blockbuster has raked in over $25 million!

Coogler is a visionary in cinema and that has been proven in his previous pieces of work, Creed and Fruitvale Station respectively.  That’s right, although his resume is sparse, his talent is not and that is what sells.  Talent.  It is something that you just can not deny.  Ryan put together a stellar cast which includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Florence Kasumba, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Letitia Wright, John Kani, Atandwa Kani, Isaach de Bankole and Sydelle Noel.  The bar has been risen and if it’s not excellent, #WeDontWantIt.

The stereotypes that so many actors of color have had to endure over the years simply do not exist in #BlackPanther.  Each character is deeply layered and exceptionally smart.  I believe that every child should see this film because it is one of those films that changes one’s outlook on life.

Hope?  It gives it to you.

Pride? Yep, your head will bob a little higher leaving the theatre.

Joy? Like you’ve never experienced before.

The checklist of emotions that #BlackPanther evokes is one that rarely comes around, and this is only the beginning.  The script unfurls a saga that will forever be held at the same level as other legendary pictures such as Star Wars, ET, The Color Purple, Avatar, The Avengers, Superman, Batman, etc.

I could go on and on about the film being excellent but that would be redundant. Odie Henderson from Roger Ebert gave #BlackPanther a rare 4/4 stars, so if that is not convincing, then I do not know what else to say that would be.

As an entertainer, I was blessed to be a part of the Marvel Studio masterpiece.  Although, I was a background actor, the experience was just as magical as the movie.   “There’s no such thing as a small part”, I was told during my conservatory training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and they were right.  I’ll forever carry an extra sense of pride that I was privileged  to sit on that bus (in the opening scene) and watch a tiny piece of the #BlackPanther production.

In closing, book your ticket to #Wakanda now, I heard seats are selling out worldwide.

 

 

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