I was delighted with Black Panther for so many of the reasons articulated elsewhere. The one I want to highlight is the thoughtful representation of African culture. I admit I had been a bit wary about this going into the movie, being so aware of the ways the continent is regularly misrepresented, but I was impressed with the care taken, recognizing attire, jewelry, and more that identified specific ethnic groups of which I was familiar. The plot was fabulous — not being familiar with the Black Panther comic — all new to me. Wonderful characters and acting. All in all, the accolades are deserved.
One thing I’ve seen on some of my social media feeds is a wish to be more familiar with Africa. I’m glad to see that and want to share what I can to help. I’ve got a series called “Learning About Africa” that might be a start. Much of it relates to Sierra Leone (given my own time there), but not all.
Here are some recent pieces related to Africa and the Black Panther movie that I think are worthy reads:
- America’s Wakanda
- Are Black Americans Allowed in Wakanda?
- ‘Black Panther’: Why the Relationship between Africans and black Africans is so messed up.
- African audiences are having a very emotional response to Black Panther: ‘We were humanised, and that matters’
- Black Panther is a stunning reimagining of Africa’s aesthetic for Hollywood movie fans
- The glory of Wakanda: “Black Panther” has America celebrating Africa