Saturday/ Wakanda forever

Clockwise from the Bottom Left: Wakanda’s all-women army | Black Panther in his super-powered ‘vibranium’ suit | Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa  aka Black Panther | Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka aka Erik “Killmonger” Stevens | the newest comic incarnation from Marvel has award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates as writer | Lupita Nyong’o as T’Challa’s love interest Nakia | the high-tech world of Wakanda, created by Industrial Light & Magic studios


A real black panther [from Wikipedia]. Black panthers in Asia and Africa are black leopards, and those in the Americas are black jaguars (picture). What a magnificent beast .. but man, would I hate to run into one in the night, in a rainforest!
Black Panther is ‘a movie about what it means to be black in both America and Africa—and, more broadly, in the world’ says Jamil Smith in TIME magazine. Of course, it does not hurt that it is also a great action flick, full of beautiful people and gorgeous scenes of the utopian world of Wakanda.

The movie is not not devoid of racism – in more than one scene, a white character finds out what it’s like to be in a world in which black people have wealth, technology and military might.  (A world where white people are not allowed, in fact!).  Overall, the movie has a great message, though: in the real world full of different nations and ethnicities, we are all our brother’s keeper.

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